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The art of quilt making through time lapse photography

QUILTING IN THE FAST LANE

The Quilts

"DREAM WEAVER" quilt by Todd DuBay. Made of 150 different fabrics and lots of black velvet.  "Woven Ribbons" pattern by Jinny Beyers Studio.

    “Dream Weaver”

The quilt that started it all!

It was the inspiration and motivation for

"Quilting in the Fast Lane"

 

This is my fourth quilt completed in 2017.

It's a quilt of many first for me.

1st purchased pattern

1st time using a 'charm pack' of pre-selected fabrics

1st time using A LOT of black velvet

And 1st time producing a time lapse quilt making video

 

Dream Weaver by the Numbers:

 

The pattern is “Woven Ribbons” from Jinny Beyer Studios

1,080 pieces

150 different colors of cotton fabric

Black velvet from Mom’s old clothes

 76 days to complete

250+ hours of cutting, piecing, sewing and quilting

Miles of black, invisible and colorful, shiny, metallic thread

I shot 6 hours and 37 minutes of time lapse footage

That breaks down to 32,661 individual photographs

Final edit is 24 minutes

The music is by:

 

Philip Glass from the movie soundtrack, “Powaqqatsi”

Song list: “New Cities in Ancient Lands, India”

“Serra Pelada”

“Caught”

“New Cities in Ancient Lands"

"Africa”

And, of course . . . “Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright

"SANTA FE DAYDREAMS" quilt by Todd DuBay.  Based on the 'Zia' quilt design by Kathy Tolbert.

     “Santa Fe Daydreams”

This is the 18th quilt under my belt!

This quilt was inspired by a romp around the Southwest in the Spring of 2018 to thaw out from our Northwest winter and to collect fabric along the way. It was also a souvenir/anniversary quilt for my husband Tom and I.  The design was based on Kathy Tolbert's wonderful "Zia Quilt" pattern.  This was my take on her creation with different colors, color placement, and a radically different border (a last minute design change since my original fabric and pattern choice almost made me barf when I put them side by side).

 

This quilt had a few 'firsts' for me: Foundation piecing, using paper patterns to assist in ultra precision (my new love), a sewing technique on the border (that universally seems to be people's favorite/most memorable part of the quilt) and some of the most extensive, free motion quilting I've ever committed to a quilt!

 

The Qulitiest Quilt of them ALL!

 

It took about 2 weeks to cut and piece the the body and border, then I spent about 6 weeks out on our deck quilting amongst the blooming flowers (until the last 5 days, when smoke from Northwest and California wildfires forced me indoors). And then another 2 more weeks to edit this video from 7 and a half hours of time lapse footage down to 17 minutes. Some new time lapse equipment and tricks help things 'swoooooop" right along this time around.

 

As usual . . . . don't blink! You may miss something

The three pieces of music used in this video are:

 

"Brejeiro" by Trio Brasileiro

"Penguins" from Cirque du Solei

"Star Guitar" by The Chemical Brothers

“Moon Prism Power Make Up”

(currently in production)

It's the transformative battle cry of the Japanese anime character, Sailor Moon.

'Quilt/Lapse' video #3 is currently in the works, documenting quilt #19 for me. Perhaps you've seen me out in public working on this.  This is my big test this year . . . to see if I can take my time lapse quilting out beyond the studio/home, and bring it outside to some remote locations (always searching for awesome time lapse possibilities). There's a strong chance you'll find me at some local quilt shops in the Puget Sound area during this time (Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Gamble, Poulsbo, Washington and St. Helens, Oregon).  If you see me off in the corner at one of these shops someday, please stop by and say 'Hello'.   Perhaps you'll show up in one of these videos . . . and become a star!

I hope to have this ready to show you by Autumn, 2019.