Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Formline Quilt-so far

 I did not get a lot done on the trip. The first problem I had was I left my white marking pencil at home. And how do you mark on black fabric without it and in the middle of the ocean??? You don't! I am doing reverse applique in some areas. The white you see is actually on the back of the black. So I am marking the fabric and cutting it away and then appliqueing. Hard without a pencil. We stopped in Ketchikan and I went to the Whale's Tail Quilt Shop. She was all out of marking pencils. I almost cried. It meant no applique for me on the trip. So she gave me her personal pencil!!!! She was so sweet and I shall be sending her a  thank-you gift for that. She wouldn't even take my money.

I did buy a little fatquarter set of Formaline fabric!!!

I think if I make another, or design a pattern from this quilt, it shall be fused!!! :^)

Anyway, that is it so far and I am pleased even though I did not get a lot done. It will be a really cool quilt when finished.

Take care and Happy Quilting.

Martha

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Formline Quilt

We are actually going on our very first cruise and it will be to Alaska with friends. I know I need to bring some hand work along so decided to design an applique quilt using the artwork drawn by my uncle, Russell Mohney.

His original drawing is the small one.

So what is Formline? Per Wikipedia, "Formline art is a feature in the indigenous art of the Northwest Coast of North America, distinguished by the use of characteristic shapes referred to as ovoids, U forms and S forms. Coined by Bill Holm in his 1965 book Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, the "formline is the primary design element on which Northwest Coast art depends, and by the turn of the 20th century, its use spread to the southern regions as well. It is the positive delineating force of the painting, relief and engraving. Formlines are continuous, flowing, curvilinear lines that turn, swell and diminish in a prescribed manner. They are used for figure outlines, internal design elements and in abstract compositions."

I copied the original on a clear sheet so I could use my overhead projector to trace the lines. Then I colored it all in.


Notice the drawing in the upper Right? That is
another one of my uncles drawings.














I changed  the design of the eye and I don't like it. So I am going to try doing his design but will probably end up painting it.

So for the background?????? It will not be traditional but i think it will work.


So now the task of tracing out all the pieces on freezer paper and compiling all the pieces to take on our trip. I am so excited about the cruise and this quilt.

I have given it the name of "Redemption-Galations 2:20"

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I love it!!!!

Happy Quilting!!!!
Martha

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Teaching the grandchildren to sew!!!

I have not been doing any quilting, but I did start teaching the grandchildren how to sew!!! This is Cooper and he was so excited to make a pillow cover this past Monday. He just hugged his pillow and kept repeating himself, "I can't believe I made this!!!!"

So sweet!!!

His sister also got to sew. She is just four, almost five, so got a little bored in the end but ended up with a baby blanket.


I had them both "sew" on paper like I did in 7th grade to get the feel of the machine.





It was a fun afternoon. Now I need to come up with another sewing project as I think they both got bit by the sewing bug!!! Nana is very pleased to say the least.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Not Quilting Much


Just a quick note to let you all know that I have not been quilting as much as I would like to be doing.
We went to Astoria, so I was able to mark the quilt while there. Look at the view from our room. The marina at the Port of Astoria.




We cleaned the graves and put new flowers out for family members.

 I've also been cleaning off the deck and getting it ready for summer dining.
 I've also been planting the garden and goofing around with the grandchildren.
And of course I cannot forget
I still work full time!!!

So I missed my May OMG-One Monthly Goal so it shall become my June project. It has been pinned and I have started the quilting process, but there is still so much garden to take care of.

More later!!!

Happy Quilting! Martha

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May OMG One Monthly Goal


Here is my May project for Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Challenge. I started this quilt a few years ago at our quilt guild. We have disbanded and I never finished mine.

I already have a name for it, "Rise and Shine".

Next on the to do list is one last border and quilt it. I am really hoping to have it done by the end of this month.

I am in need of a quilt that measures 52" wide. I have quilts hanging in 3 different medical offices and one Rehab center. I move the quilts around about every 6-8 months and one place needs a wider quilt. So to do that, this quilt is going to get 5.5" outer borders!!!

Well, that is it for now, wish me luck, I am going to need it!!!!

Happy Quilting!!!!!

Martha

Monday, April 23, 2018

Riley Blake Designs Fabric Challenge for the Modern Quilt Guild-OMG April 2018

This is the finished quilt.

And I am happy to say I made my OMG-One Monthly Goal for April!!!!! Very happy about that!
 I went through so many design ideas before settling with this one.

It had several names from Window Box to Flower Boxes until the quilt decided to name itself. Every time I looked at it I saw Dance!!

I settled on 
"Let's Dance"

And the day that I finished it, while doing some hand sewing, the video of David Bowie singing "Let's Dance" came on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously!!!!

This quilt has some intense background stitching. I wanted to really push back the background to allow the feathers to really pop.

I will show you the progression of the quilting. I love how the three layers become one. Actually for me it is four layers. I put Quilters Dream cotton on the bottom with Quilters Dream wool on top, then of course the backing and the quilt top.



















I finished it on the due date, thank goodness. 
I will admit, this is not really modern. I'm not sure that I really understand the concept, I try but I seem to be pretty traditional. 

I still like it a lot and look forward to my next months goal!!!

Happy Quilting and thanks for the visit!!!!!

Martha in sunny Oregon!!!