The art of quilt making through time lapse photography


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Here we go again . . .

As 'Quilting in the Fast Lane' approaches it's first anniversary, I'm beginning to gear up for this year's quilt and quilt/lapse production. It's quilt #20 for me, so it seems appropriate that it's created in 2020.

This year's quilt is a slight variation of last year's "MOON PRISM POWER MAKE UP".

This quilt was so much fun to make and I was beyond happy with how it all turned out. It was entirely designed around my friend Heather, her color pallet and her love for Sailor Moon. I LOVE this technique and pattern. I LOVE this quilt . . . . . but I knew it wasn't mine to keep.

So, this year I'm doing it all again!

This time around, I'm basing the whole color pallet and fabric prints around a wild piece of fabric I received for my birthday last year;

The hunt has already begun. I'm trying to focus on prints that don't necessarily look like fabric.

I'll even be including some leather from an old bomber jacket I used to wear in the 80's!

The block will be slightly different than last year, so the overall design will be fresh enough to still keep my interest while making it. It's also going to be larger. My first king sized quilt for 'QitFL'.

Each block will still have 36 pieces

4 blocks make a dramatic 'main block'

And 16 of the main blocks make up the body of the quilt

I'll be constructing the border using the One Block Wonder technique from the main fabric.

The name for this year's quilt is an obvious one (for me). The whole philosophy behind 'Quilting in the Fast Lane" is to sit back, relax and . . . . "JUST WATCH!" And this year's quilt/lapse video production will be shot ALL OVER every square inch of my little town of Port Townsend, WA.

Production, like last year, begins on the first day of Spring. If you see me and my 'production' out and about on the streets, in the shops, on the docks, in the parks, at the games, festivals and parades . . . . . please stop by and say "Hello". And if you want to be in the production, I may have just the spot for you!

So stick around for the next several months. It's going to be a whole new spin on an old familiar favorite.

Don't believe me?


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I had such a wonderful time shooting individual scenes for this year's quilt/lapse production! I would spend an hour or two (or three) with each of these quilters I respect and admire, then at the end of the day, I'd edit the footage into 1-2 minute, bite-sized mini epics and send them back to each of the quilters to let them see what kind of magic we captured that day. I'd also ask each of them to let me know what kind of music they'd like to hear in their lil' movies. I loved the variety that each of them would suggest. In the end, I did include the footage in the final production, but the scenes tend to rush by much too fast to truly absorb all the details of each sequence. All of them are little gems all unto themselves, and they were just too good not to share, so I thought I'd devote this page to all these gems. Have fun!

Mary L




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