The art of quilt making through time lapse photography


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Challenge #1 with Chip from Seattle is finished!

There are many parts of quilt making that I love; the hunt for the fabric, the smell of singed cotton as you iron, that first cut, the free motion quilting. But there are few things as gratifying in life as that last stitch on a finished quilt, when the hundreds/thousands of pieces come together as ONE! This quilt (named after some song lyrics by the 80's Rockabilly group, "The Polecats") was such a blast to make. This is my 2nd One Block Wonder quilt . . . . and probably not my last.

I often find that the back of a freshly completely quilt top can be just as beautiful and exciting as the front.

Quilted with a 'Super Spiral', starting in the center.

Boo models his new do for the Summer.


In the end, the whole quilt folds up into a little 'pocket' on the back, and ultimately becomes a pillow for the living room sofa.

A "Quillow".

You'll have to wait for the quilt/lapse production for this one, though. It's just the first chapter of the 3-part challenge I'm working on with Chip from Seattle. The footage so far has been terrific! I promise, this production will be worth the wait!!

And now . . . "Challenge #2 - SPECTRUM"

I'm really looking forward to beginning this one!! Back to my usual color pallet (all of 'em), and trying out a new (to me) technique involving raw edge applique'. It will provide me with lots of improvisation and 'playtime' with placement of colors and color flow . . . just like the One Block Wonder. But this will have to be my "rainy day project", when I'm stuck inside the house and can't get outside to finish the monster quilt I began last year . . . . . .

Because, now it's time to go back "INTO THE WOODS"!

I've had to put this one away for the Fall and Winter months. But Spring has finally arrived here in the Great Northwest and the sun is shining again. Hooray! There's A LOT of work to do to finish both this quilt and this ambitious production. There's some REALLY BIG plans coming up this Summer (particularly for my last act, where I take this production on the road and shoot all over this great state of Washington). And I plan to take you along for the ride . . . every step of the way!

Here we go!

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RED . . . Ready

AMBER . . . Set

GREEN . . . Let's GO!

The first 'challenge' with Chip has begun! First up . . . "PILLOW TALK". We're making pillows. But since I'm always up to challenging myself with something I've never tried before, I took it up a few notches and am creating something a little different. It's a quilt that folds in on itself and tucks neatly away in a pocket to transform into a pillow. A 'quillow'!

To create the quilt, I'm repeating myself with the One Block Wonder technique I learned when making "The Complicated Queen". It was such a blast to make, and I loved the end result!! This time around, I'm keeping it, so I'm making it in the color pallet based on this gorgeous Halloween panel;

(*the subject was a little too . . . 'charming' for my own taste,

but I LOVE these colors and knew it would make a good One Block Wonder quilt.)

The technique is still the same;

Line up 6 exact pieces of fabric, aligning all repeats in the pattern (this is my first panel which makes the process a tad bit easier) and cut it up into 3.5" strips.

Cut the 6-layer strips into equilateral triangles.

Make hexagons from the 6 triangles,

And let the fun begin!

This is the part of the process that is very improvisational. Very playful. Very personal. You can give 100 people the same fabric, cut it up the same way, and you'll get 100 different OBW quilts! And that's what I love about this technique. No two are ever alike!

I wanted to play around with design and employ similar ideas I used in "The Complicated Queen", (separated 'frames' and flanges). To see what kind of colors, patterns, textures and color flows I had to work with, I laid out the triangles on my new design wall for a couple of weeks, changing the layout day after day . . . and eventually the treasure slowly revealed itself.

After I knew what I had, I laid out a simple, dark brown fabric, 5 compartment 'frame' to contain all that color!

I wanted to achieve a sort of swirly, galaxy feel to the color flow. It would eventually be emphasized with a big, ol' super spiral of quilting from the center on out. Not as easy to achieve as you might think. Sometimes you have to let the fabric tell you where to go . . .

The following 90 seconds is what I've been doing the last couple of weeks.

In the end, I'm hoping it will end up looking something like this.

The sewing begins tomorrow!

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Here we go . . .

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


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 . . .


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:


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


Creating a quilt from the whole color spectrum



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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