The art of quilt making through time lapse photography


Let's  give 'em something  to talk about

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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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;


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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!

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