Monday, April 30, 2012

O Tannenbaum III and 2012 UFO Challenge

Quilt # 84.

O Tannenbaum III

This is my UFO Challenge 2012 for April. A challenge issued by Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times.

#10 – DONE!

This is my fourth UFO to be completed. I finished March's before the deadline but could not link it up as I was travelling and had no computer access.

O Tannenbaum III is (obviously) the third in a series of stylized trees. O tannenbaum I was made up of 4 blocks as a Christmas table topper. I had good intentions of making another one and made 4 more blocks but did not like them together, so I will make 4 wall hangings. (2 down – 2 to go)   See I and II here.

This is what I started out with this month: 


I found another batik in the 'right' colours and added 2 borders.

The quilting features some feathers as learned from the Diane Gaudynski free motion quilting workshop, and stippling in the background. Love quilting feathers!

back- facing - sleeve

The back is made up of a piece of hand dyed and left-overs from the front.

label on sleeve

I added a facing instead of a binding and incorporated my label into the sleeve.



Quilt Name: O Tannenbaum III
Description: wall hanging of stylized tree with borders
Pattern: original
Size: 24” x 24”
Fabrics: Batiks, 100% cotton
Predominant colours: turquoise, moss green, charcoal
Construction Techniques: Layering of 2 fabrics, stitching and cutting away. Decorative stitches cover raw edges. Technique shared by Maurine Roy in magazine article.
Back: Hand dyed egyptian cotton, batiks, 100% cotton
Batting: wool
Edge finish: facing
Quilting: free motion – feathers & stippling
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: yes
Label: yes (on sleeve)
Date completed: April, 2012
Maker: Terry Whyte

Purple Amish & April's Free Motion Challenge with Don Linn

 Quilt # 84

This is my practice piece using the tutorial technique of transferring a quilting design onto the quilt top for the April 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge by Don Linn.


I used wool batting and Rainbows Superior Thread on the top and black Wonder Invisible thread in the bobbin.

I tried different marking tools and preferred the chalk pencil but found it rubbed off easily. The  water erasable pen marked well and stayed until it was wetted.

design on tulle  

using chalk pencil

using Water Erasable Fabric Marking Pen

Purple Amish

This is a little quilt from my "Amish Period" that had been in the UFO pile for a long, long time.

Sorry, the colours are all over the place. The first is closest to original. 

Purple Amish top
I probably should have reduced the motif to fit inside the quare, but I didn't and actually don't mind the look.

close-up of quilting
I found this background filler design on Patsy Thompson's website and used it with light blue The Bottom Line Thread. The flower design was quilted with a purple 100% Rayon.

border and binding
Instead of a label, I "signed" my name and year into the background.

 The back is an Egyptian cotton that I snow dyed this winter.  A small needle (70) prevented the holes from showing on this cotton as it is very tightly woven.

Because this is going to be used as a table topper, I used a thermolam batting.  I do prefer quilting with the wool batting but not sure how much it would shrink when washed.  I have only used wool in wall hangings so far.  Has anyone washed wool batting?  Any shrinking?

close up of back
Certainly not traditional Amish, but I think I like it. 

Enjoyed learning this process and can see where it could be used to transfer any kind of design onto a quilt sandwich either for quilting or thread painting.

Thank you Don Linn.



Quilt Name:  Purple Amish
Description:  Small amish nine patch quilt
Pattern:  4-patch nine patch alternating with plain blocks
Size:  28" x 28"
Fabrics:  100% cotton ( all solids)
Predominant colours:  Purple, blue, red, green
Construction Techniques:  pieced
Back:  Snow dyed egyptian cotton and cotton commercial print
Batting:  thermolam
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting:  Free motion.
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Yes
Label:  Signature in quilt top
Date completed:  April 2012

Maker: Terry Whyte

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Empty Spools Seminar

Bailey and Mackie
I was away for almost 3 weeks and one of the reasons for the trip was to take a 5 day workshop at the Empty Spools Seminar at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.  It is a State Park and located on the Monterey Peninsula.

I took Patt Blair's workshop: Painted Quilt Art .  We learned so much about using inks to paint on fabric.  Patt is an amazing teacher and so much fun!   Check out her blog for pictures of all the students' projects from the class.

This was a wonderful experience, the quilters, classes, location and accommodations were great, and I would certainly consider going back.

Here are some pictures of my work in progress:

This one is ready for quilting and another partially done.

And some pictures of the ocean where we went for walks every morning:

Lots of waves

Surfers loved the waves

The boardwalk
Rock formations

a Canadian visitor

And look what the Easter Bunny brought me

These little guys were having their breakfast
And this is our dining hall where we went for ours

Friday, April 27, 2012

Belles at the Ball – Viewer's Choice

Quilt #83

Belles at the Ball

Belles at the Ball was juried into the 5th Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Museum of Northern History in Kirkland Lake, ON  before I left to go California and Arizona. 

While visiting at my daughter's, I received an email telling me that I had won the Open House Viewer's Choice.

I was surprised, excited and very proud to get this award.

The call for entry to artists across Ontario was for miniatures of 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, perfomance or video works of art.  Works had to be 12" x 12" or smaller.

45 artists from 10 different locations responded and a panel of jurors selected 30 to be included into the exhibit.

Among the 30, three entries were chosen to receive a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award.

The viewer's choice award was chosen by visitors during the Open House.

Belles at the Ball started out as a finger painted mono print.  After running out of white and black solids, I decided to do a few prints on some hand painted fabric.

This is what the mono print looked like:

Mono Print before stitching

I immediately saw women's shape and stitched those out on the quilt sandwich before filling the background with a free motion design.

The piece was mounted on a 12” x 12” canvas.

Look at the lovely prizes I received for Viewer's Choice:

Viewer's Choice prizes

Sunday, April 22, 2012

NOFA Meeting – April 21, 2012

I'm now home again, after almost 3 weeks away with lots of exciting things going on.

I will try to blog a little about all the quilty things that have been happening lately.

Northern Ontario Fibre Artists had another great meeting on Saturday. We also took in the 5th Annual Contemporary Art Exhibit ion at the Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake.

A stamp carving workshop was enjoyed by all.

Here are some of the pieces and experiments from that meeting:
Jane - from Empty Spools Seminar


Karen - Snow dyed and foil folded technique


Marnie -  from Empty Spools Seminar 



Marie - Organza flowers

Cards received by Kit

Terry - Snow dyed fabric and thread

Jane - A round robin


Jane from Empty Spools Seminar

Have a great day!