The art of quilt making through time lapse photography

QUILTING IN THE FAST LANE

Let's  give 'em something  to talk about

Here we go . . .


Chip and I have begun work on our collaborative quilt/lapse production:


"CHALLENGE ACROSS THE SOUND"


When we first met, it was soon apparent that Chip and I were on the same wavelength.

We had been aware of each other's online presence, but finally reached out to each other to introduce ourselves when, by pure serendipity, I saw myself in one of Fiber Hustle's videos. We clicked right away! But one of things that stood out for me in our first email exchange was that he was interested in collaborating on some quilt/lapse production together. I was immediately ALL IN on this, as I had been interested in joining creative forces with someone who'd be ambitious enough to want to tackle a labor-intensive project like these quilt/lapse videos. And when we started brainstorming about what we could do . . . .

. . . it became instantly clear that both of us had WAY TOO MANY really good ideas to choose from (Chip went in directions that had never even occurred to me . . . which is the very best thing about collaboration).


What we've decided to do was take a very ambitious idea of taking on a project together and amplify the complexities of this undertaking . . . . by creating it long-distance from each other (me in Port Townsend, Chip in Seattle). Not difficult enough, you say? Then . . .


MULTIPLY THAT BY 3!


As I mentioned, we had A LOT of good ideas! And we couldn't settle on one. So, we took our best/favorite 3 and decided to produce 3 mini-challenges and bundle them up into one dizzying, head-spinning, split-screen extravaganza! And ambitious IT IS!! This may take us a while. But we're off to a rollicking start . . .


The idea to challenge each other is simple. Create a set of parameters (style, fabric, color, etc.), and challenge each other to create something from them. Our 3 challenges are:


PILLOW TALK

Self explanatory, really . . . we're making pillows


SPECTRUM

Creating a quilt from the whole color spectrum


SAME PLANET

TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS

This challenge surprised us both! The idea was to challenge each other by creating a quilt based on artists that we admire. A tribute quilt. When the idea came up, we both were very excited because we both have wanted to do this for some time . . . and each of us had an illustration that we wanted to 'tribute'. We both chose different artists that we respect and admire . . . but were completely floored when we realized we chose the same subject!


Like I said . . . Chip & I are on the same wavelength.


There's going to be some REALLY FUN STUFF coming up in 2021!!! And I'm going to share it with you all along the way (without giving away the farm). Today I begin the first few shots of Challenge #1 . . . PILLOW TALK. Chip has a REALLY AWESOME idea for his pillow(s)!! And I wanted to try something a little different. Completed the design and prototype yesterday. Another One Block Wonder (like "The Complicated Queen"):

Heeeeeeey . . . . that's not a pillow!


Or is it?

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OH BOY! Just wait till you see what's going to happen next!!

I'm very excited to announce that this next project I'll be working on is a collaborative quilt/lapse production with the VERY TALENTED Chip Conner from "Fiber Hustle - Sewing & Knitting Podcast". Doris and Rock are our inspiration for a head-spinning, split-screen extravaganza!! Chip had SO MANY great ideas about how we should proceed that we both decided it way too grand for ONE simple production. So, we've turned this project into a long-distance quilting challenge . . . featuring THREE quilt/lapse videos in ONE!! Production beings in earnest today.


And while I've been pretty quiet about the last couple of quilts and video productions this last year, I plan to post periodic updates about the progress of this one (three).

This is going to be . . . SO MUCH FUN!!!

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Man

Woman

Life

Death

Infinity

That's a pretty heavy, existential name for a baby quilt!




I'm sorry . . . but I've had to keep this little beauty a secret for a while, so I haven't been able to talk about it.


Earlier this year, I found out that my niece Angela, was pregnant, and was expecting in early November.


Within seconds, I already knew the quilt I was going to make for her! I had purchased a couple of colorful charm packs of fabric a while ago (a collection coordinating colors and prints, measuring 5"x5"), and have been eager to try a process that creates a 'puff/bubble/biscuit' quilt. PERFECT for a baby. And perfect for Angela's new baby boy.


I also knew what piece of music I was going to use for her quilt/lapse production. When I heard the news, I immediately started singing the title song to John Hughes' 1988 movie, "She's Having a Baby".

I had always liked the tagline to this movie, , using symbols to convey a message. And as I proceeded on this project, the more I thought about it . . . the more I thought it made sense that this series of symbols would be the name of this quilt.


This was the most intimate, personal and smallest production for Quilting in the Fast Lane. It was created at our kitchen table, when the early Autumn light would allow.


The whole quilt and production had to be accomplished without Angela knowing about it, but I still wanted her to be involved. I did manage to collect many pictures throughout the stages of her pregnancy. And in the end . . . Angela is quite involved!


You may notice that I'm wearing all black during this production. It was my attempt to blend into the background, like live theater puppeteers, and draw attention solely on the making of the quilt . . . and Angela.

Gilda Approved!



And finally . . . . Quilting in the Fast Lane is HAPPY to present;

SHE'S HAVING A BABY





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