Here are a few of my currently favorite quilts. You can see the quilt in more detail by clicking on the image.
First, a series of “Darned Quilts” based on a class I recently finished with Dena Crain at www.quiltuniversity.com
Darned Southwest Sunset
The other current series I am working on is based on the Zentangle art form developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. If you want to know more about Zentangle, go to www.zentangle.com. There are lots of books available to explain how to do it, and even a couple that discuss how to translate it to quilting. A good book is called Zen Quilting, by Pat Ferguson.
My first two little quilts (each is less than 10 inches square) are copies of designs in Pat’s book. The main structure of the design is marked on the background fabric with watersoluble ink and the lines are quilted. Then the design detail is filled in with permanent ink and shading added with pencil.
A Study in Quiltangles I
A Study in Quiltangles II. Tsukineko inks were used for the color on this one. The color didn’t come out as uniform as I would like, so I will be working on a better technique in the future.
And the next one is my original design, first drawn on paper and then transferred to fabric.
A Study in Quiltangles III
Another quilter and I are having a show where the theme is “structure” so I did Quiltangled Portland below from a photo of the Portland skyline – my first cityscape.
And this black and white quilt looks similar to the zentangle ones, but is in fact a combination of commercial black and white fabrics and embroidery.
Black and White Embroidery
And below are some previous quilts I have done that I really like
Leaves In The Wind – developed in a class called “Inspired To Design” taught by Elizabeth Barton at Quilt University. Every leaf was cut out and fused down; then the veins were satin stitched. Talk about tedious! Why do I get myself into these things?
Autumn Forest. This was a guild challenge to use the leaf fabric shown in the bottom border. I photoreduced that fabric seven times to make the fabric of the forest floor look like it was receding into the distance. The sky fabric was hand painted, the tree canopies are thread painted on with variegated rayon thread, and the shadows are rubbed on with Tsukineko inks.
Desert Flower at Midnight. This was a Quilt University challenge to invent a flower. I found an image of a fractal that I thought looked sort of like a flower, so I based my design on that image.
A Day At Hurricane Ridge. This one was an exercise in finding a way to use photos printed on fabric with a more interesting layout.
Tropical Flowers and Sashiko. This is a pattern by Sylvia Pippen, and was great fun to do. A closeup detail photo of one of the blocks is shown below.
The current trend for “Modern” quilts includes lots of hexagons. The quilt below is one I did some years ago that uses large hexagons in a variety of oriental fabrics. It is hand pieced around paper patterns using the same techniques as a classic Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The Chinese characters are made of ultrasuede and machine appliqued. It is also hand quilted, and I am really pleased with the final result.
The quilt below, “Lightning At Sunrise” is one I painted as part of another Quilt University class. The teacher was Michelle Scott. Except of the middle purple border, the hills and the binding, all the fabrics were painted. A fun although messy project!