The art of quilt making through time lapse photography


Let's  give 'em something  to talk about

Meet Aaron & Chip, your hosts of "Fiber Hustle ~ a sewing and knitting podcast".

Aaron knits, Chip quilts.

In their most recent episode (#26), Chip had a little something to announce . . .

The Evidence;

It's true! In the coming months, Chip and I will embark on a new chapter for "Quilting in the Fast Lane" . . . . COLLABORATION! We have something pretty special planned that will be very different than anything you've seen here before. Chip has been very generous with his praise about all the ideas I have, but it was he that inspired me when communicating with him over the last few months. This man had vision and ideas that hadn't even occurred to me until we began talking. He motivated me to approach this whole collaborative project together in an entirely new way than what I was originally thinking (always the BEST part about any collaboration) . . . . and I'm really eager to begin this journey with him!!!

As I wind up the 'outdoor season', capturing shots for the opening sequence of "Into the Woods", and prepare to move inside for Autumn & Winter, I foresee some very busy months ahead with Chip. We've decided there is no timeline for this project, and we'll proceed when it fits our schedules . . . and remains fun. This could take a while, but it will be worth the wait. And I'll be talking about it all as it progresses.

I just know that the creativity from both of us is going to create some spectacular results!!!

As mentioned earlier, the opening sequence (the cutting of the fabric) for "Into The Woods" is shot and in the can! I'm very happy with the results!!

I will continue to shoot into the next sequence (piecing) for as long as the good weather holds up, since this WHOLE production is being shot outside this time around. There's some BIG ideas ahead to fulfill, so there will have to come a time when the production on this quilt and quilt/lapse video will have to go on hiatus until next Spring. And maybe that's a good idea. This shoot has been hard on my body, lol. I've been transporting Dad's table, plus all my recording equipment in a wheelbarrow, along with a couple of ladders for hard-to-reach camera angles (which also double as an impromptu tripods) all around our property to get some terrific shots. As a result, I've acquired a few injuries (neck, shoulder and elbow) along the way that need a little time to heal before I get back out there. I can only do so much damage inside, right?

And one last thing . . . .

I often reply to new subscribers of Quilting in the Fast Lane that they (all of you) will be privy to details, pictures and video of the current quilt and quilt/lapse production that won't be available anywhere else (social media). That time is now. It may be up to a year before "Into the Woods" is finally finished (it's a really BIG project) but I'm busting to show you some of what I've shot already . . .

So, here it is. The first 40 seconds of "Into the Woods". A sneak preview JUST FOR YOU!

It's been a long, hot Summer. I wish I could say that I've been rolling ahead like gangbusters with the current quilt, "Into the Woods", but the truth is, I've been up on the dang roof all Summer long . . . cleaning the moss off and emptying the gutters. It's a L-O-N-G project, and it always takes weeks longer than I'm ever expecting. But it's finally done!

"Into the Woods", the current quilt/lapse production, is in full swing out in the forest(s) that surround our house and the lake we live on. And it's going even better than I expected!!

This is going to be gorgeous production. Much different than previous outings. Slower, quieter, more serene. But since I usually start these productions on the first day of Spring, and I've spent most of the season, so far, cleaning the roof and gutters . . . I'm 4 months behind on starting this. So, as a result, because of my late start and this whole production being so dependent on the weather, we may not be seeing the completion of this venture until next year sometime. My enthusiasm for shooting in the woods has been gaining momentum with each completed shot, and as usual, . . . is becoming more complicated and elaborate with each passing day.

All my productions feature a 'cameo' of the quilt I made in the production before it. I missed placing "Moon Prism Power Make Up" in my "Complicated Queen" quilt/lapse video . . . so BOTH quilts make an appearance in my opening title sequence this time around.

This shot will feature a small card showing what this current quilt will look like. If you remember, all my productions begin with, "THIS . . . is my next quilt".

So, with all my 'beauty shots' completed and under my belt for the title sequence, the actual shooting of the quilt construction officially begins. My first shots will begin here; at a giant 'birds nest' in the woods. No one seems to know when, why, or who built this nest, but it's been there ever since we moved here 15 years ago. When I was thinking about my opening shots, and the whole idea about the 'birth of a quilt' . . . . I just knew that this was going to be the location I was going to use. It's all high concept here, folks!

I just KNOW you're gonna dig this . . . .

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INTO THE WOODS begins production.

Time to put all these lush, glorious fabrics into the quilt that they've been acquired for.

It's the first day of Summer, the gray, cloudy Spring weather has given way to perfect shooting days . . . . and the ironing, marking, cutting and time lapse recording has begun!

The first block (a prototype, really) has been completed . . . and I couldn't be more excited at the fabric and color choices. THIS is the quilt I've been waiting to make for myself!!! 14 different prints and 144 separate pieces of fabric comprise this block. I love that it has a primary and secondary design.

If it looks familiar, it is. It's a slight variation of fabric placement and a complete color overhaul from last year's quilt, "Moon Prism Power Make Up". This visual should help to make the connection (with Boo's help, of course).

There's A LOT to accomplish in the coming months. More pieces, larger quilt, later start (than usual), and plans for a spectacular ending that will be worth the wait. I promise!

Let's go . . .


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