I’ve had a lot of free-motion quilting practice this past month! In January, I attended a Gloria Loughman class at Road to California on Confident Colour. Which means I’ve had four lovely small sized quilts waiting to be quilted! The skies were especially fun to quilt, with swirls, squiggles, and even algae (I turned one sky landscape into an underwater landscape!).
Having many small pieces to quilt also let me play with different quilting designs on the hills. It is an interesting opportunity to have the same design to quilt over and over again. After seeing the different results and textures, some I liked and some I thought could be better.
My first finish was in May, with a triad color scheme between purple, orange and green. I finished it just in time to be shown in our Calico Quilt Guild biannual show, and then I gifted it to Lesley for her birthday (she is rather fond of purple!).
For our upcoming library show, I pulled out the remaining designs last month, and got to stitching! My second finish was the split complementary, which included a range of greens from yellow-green to blue-green and a red-violet for accent. I thought this one looked like it could have been underwater, so I filled the sky with algae.
The next one up to be stitched was the monochromatic, with a range of blues. This sky was my most dramatic, the dark colors making it look moody and stormy.
For this quilt, I tried a narrow and wide border, a technique that Gloria Loughman outlines in her book Radiant Landscape. Before stitching, when I put the three layers together of quilt top, batting, and backing, I made the batting and backing three inches larger than the quilt top. After quilting the quilt top, I sewed on a narrow then wide border. I really like the overall effect this border has, but it does make some funny stitching lines on the back. But who sees the back anyway?!
I also felt like I was channeling Vincent Van Goh’s Starry Night when quilting the sky. I really love swirls! If you have a second, take a closer look at the direction of my swirls. I always entered them from a counter-clockwise direction. While stitching, I kept trying to figure out how to do a clockwise swirl, but never managed to!
The Underwater Sea and Stormy Night quilts will be for sale at our Mammoth Lakes Library art quilt show which opens today! Save the date for a reception on Friday, December 16. I’ll be sharing more details when I know more.
From my Study in Color set, I have one last quilt top to finish, a complementary color scheme, from blue-green to red-orange. The orange hill in the middle of the blue hills continues to bother me. Perhaps this is why I subconsciously left this quilt to last to finish. I’m contemplating attempting to replace with a blue hill. I think that might be good …
And then, I ask myself, where to go from here? These designs were templates provided by the class, and while I learned a lot about color, quilting designs, and borders, I want to make one that is more uniquely me. I am inspired by a local artist, Ann Piersall, and her dramatic mountain-scapes. Perhaps I need to pull out my pencil and paper, and try to capture one of our local-scapes in a way that is uniquely me.