The art of quilt making through time lapse photography
QUILTING IN THE FAST LANE
“The Complicated Queen”
It wasn't supposed to be a big deal.
My sister-in-law Sherry, is my biggest supporter in my quilt making! Over the years she's been very generous with her praise and gifts to encourage me to move forward. So, it was only appropriate (and about time, jeeeesh), to finally make a quilt for her.
It was only going to be a a simple lap quilt that she could curl up with on the couch at night. Something I would quickly whip together this Winter. I wasn't even going to make a video production out of it.
I had been wanting to try out a quilting process/technique called "One Block Wonder", where you take one ONE PIECE of fabric, cut it up into hundreds of triangles to make hexagons, then place the blocks into a pleasing layout.
Well, it didn't take long for me to make this project whole lot more complex and involved . . . and much larger, tuning the once small lap quilt into a full fledged queen sized quilt! Hence, the name . . .
And I did make a quilt/lapse video of it's construction! Just click on the quilt above to watch it.
“Moon Prism Power Make Up”
It's the transformative battle cry of the Japanese anime character, Sailor Moon.
And the inspiration for quilt #19.
A variation on the quilting pattern "Pinwheel Surprise", by Jaded Spade Creations, this quilt (and quilt/lapse production) had me 'break out of the box' and expand on what I thought this quilt (and video) was going to be when I started it on the first day of Spring 2019.
This year's project was a very communal one, all about the birth of a quilt and the quilting community behind it.
It begins with 4 quilt stores around the Olympic Peninsula, WA (and one in NW Oregon) that I have come to know . . . . . and ends with a very talented, giving, supportive group of quilters I profusely admire, respect and trust (with a special guest).
This video challenged me to think and act much differently than previous productions. And is shows in the 'third act' (the quilting). With the help of a little portable generator, I was able to take my quilting . . . well, anywhere! It's opened the door for all my future story telling and productions.
"Just the facts, Ma'am"
2,014 pieces of fabric (5X the amount than a regular quilt because of all the fabric folding, resulting in a very heavy quilt)
6 different colors of glittery Mylar based 'holographic' thread
32 fabric covered buttons
8 months to complete (the longest I've ever worked on a quilt and quilt/lapse video)
17+ hours of recorded time lapse footage
Edited down to 12.5 minutes (half the length of my 1st quilt/lapse)
556 individual shots
1st time I use credits at the end (this wasn't a solo project this time around!)
This quilt and production was a 'test' . . . for next year's BIG idea!
“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
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
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”
“New Cities in Ancient Lands"
And, of course . . . “Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright
“Into the Woods”
Quilt #20 . . . for 2020
My original name and concept behind this quilt was to "Just Watch". Not only is it an ambitious quilt (a modified version of "Moon Prism Power Make Up"), but it was an even more ambitious quilt/lapse production . . . until the world-wide pandemic of 2020 change my plans.
All the pieces had been set into place, discussions with city leaders, police department, parks & recreation, main street merchants and countless Port Townsend citizens would cooperate with me to shoot ALL OVER town. Sort of my love letter to this little town of mine.
A lot of my time lapse 'motion' was going to depend on the throngs of people that would appear in the background of my shots. But since we've all been quarantined for the time being, this year's quilt/lapse production will be 're-imagined' . . .
and shot in the backyard.