The Columbus Museum of Art currently has an exhibit of lovely antique quilts with botanical themes on view through March 11, 2018. I went to this gallery today, and thought you may enjoy seeing a few of these quilts from the 19th and early 20th century.
- Left: Rosebud Wreath, 1865
- Center: Cockscomb Variation with Jester’s Plumes, about 1865-1885
- Right: Cactus Flower Variation, about 1860-1880
- Cockscomb Variation, about 1860-1875
- Hawaiian Quilt, about 1925-1950
- Tree of Life, about 1945-1955
- Album Quilt, about 1850-1865
- Princess Feather Medallion with Urns of Flowers and Stuffed Work, about 1845-1855
- Left: Grapes and Vines, about 1925-1935
- Right: Pink Dogwood with Butterflies, about 1925-1935
Lateral Ascension is based on a simplified drafting of a spiral staircase. Lateral refers to the suggestion of treads on the staircase, and ascension references the use of stairs to move to an upper level.
This quilt is a larger and even more simplified version of a spiral staircase mini quilt I did a couple years ago. A spiral staircase is a really beautiful thing to look at in its drafted form. The image below shows the beginning stages of drawing a front view of spiral stairs.
The horizontal lines of the stair treads are emphasized with matchstick quilting done in 12 weight thread in a color to match the fabric of the tread rectangle. The remaining quilting is also comprised of horizontal lines. In the background, every quarter inch is stitched in 50 weight thread to match the background. Between many of these lines are rows of stitching in a variety of colors. All of the primary and secondary colors are represented in the fabrics and/or thread in this piece.
Some large stitch hand quilting is included between some rows of machine stitching. This is intended to show the balance between the regimented appearance of architecture and the hand done craftsmanship that goes into producing it.
Title: Lateral Ascension
Size: 65″ x 74″
Techniques: Machine Piecing
Quilting: Walking foot quilting on a domestic Bernina 1008, Large stitch hand quilting
Fabric: Kona Cottons
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Wool
Thread: 50wt Aurifil in multiple colors, 12wt Aurifil in three colors
Binding: Facing in the same Kona as the backing
This quilt was entered into QuiltCon 2018
QuiltCon 2018 is coming up in February, and Thursday was the last day for entries. I always end up having one quilt that I either:
1) Have to make by the deadline – or
2) Allow to grow from a small project to a big one.
My Michael Miller Challenge quilt was definitely the second. It was going to be a small-ish wall quilt, but it ended up being a generous lap quilt at 63″x69″.
“Overlay” is my second entry and is entered in the Modern Traditionalism category. This was also my entry in the Riley Blake Challenge earlier this year. I really hope this one gets in- it is a personal favorite!
For my negative space entry, I continued exploring the idea of highlighting the use of thread to tell the story of the design.
“Lateral Ascension” is entered in the Minimalism category. The design is inspired by the drafted front elevation of a spiral staircase.
“Franklin Park/Greenery in the Garden” is the only quilt I have actually written a more in depth post about. It is entered into the Improvisational category.
Even though there is now a maximum number of five quilts accepted per entrant, I couldn’t resist adding a sixth entry. I would love to share it with you, but it is a piece of secret sewing, so I will have to wait (and so will you!)
I have been away from the blog for awhile, and I am really missing it. In the hopes of encouraging myself to make it more of a habit to blog, I am going to try participating in the 31 Day Blog Challenge hosted by Cheryl Sleboda at muppin.com.
Crystalized Citrus is my second entry into The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. I hope you will all set aside some time this week to look at all of the amazing inspiration provided by the festival entries- there is some amazing work on display!
I originally created this quilt for this year’s Hoffman Challenge which required the use of this digitally printed butterfly fabric. I enjoy transforming distinctively patterned fabric into something completely unexpected, so I was excited to transform the butterfly wings to the flesh of citrus fruit.
The center of each fruit is improvisationally pieced before being set into the surrounding “skin.” The entire fruit is then hand appliquéd to the background. I used matchstick quilting in a range of coordinating colors to ground the pieces on the white background.
For more about this quilt you can check out the original Crystalized Citrus post.
Every year The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side brings tremendous inspiration to us all- I love seeing so much lovely work collected in one place! I am thrilled to submit “Columbus Skyline” as an entry into the appliqué category of the festival.
This project began when I was asked to create a “Row by Row” pattern for a local quilt shop. The theme for the year was “Home Sweet Home” so we embraced the unique skyline of Columbus, Ohio to develop a design specific to our area. (For more information on the design process, I hope you will take a look at the original Columbus Skyline post.)
Hand stitched needle turn appliqué is used to create the city skyline. I selected bright colors to reflect the vibrant community within the city. This small quilt is finished with borders that provided a space to quilt in both the shop and city names. The quilting is done in thread to match each building so the design is reflected on the back of the quilt.