Sunday, December 14, 2014

My Quip – Progress – Chopsticks Quilt

Good Day,

Just a quick note. 88 blocks have been completed for our new Chopsticks quilt.


16 more in progress.


And hopefully 16 more can be made from the remaining strips.  Each strip is 1" wide and 5 1/2" long.


Our Chopsticks design has begun using CorelDRAW X7.

For more details check My Quip – New Project Stared – Chopsticks.

If you have questions, thoughts, ideas please feel to contact us via email at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Quip – New Quilt Project Started – Chopsticks

Good Day,

Well there have been a couple of Jelly Rolls just sitting on the shelf in our work room asking to be used.

Hell, don’t we all see and buy some fabric at some time and say to ourselves that’ll make a nice quilt? The new fabric was bought and then a number of other projects got in the way.  There always seems to be another one that butts into the project schedule and line.

And then I picked up Karen Fisher’s 2012 book Easy Grid Quilts. I like Karen’s approach to color and her use of mathematical progressions. I like her use of classic patterns and her examples of composed quilts. I also admire the use of the word “Easy”.

Her piece Garland just triggered a thought that I may be able to use one of the Jelly Rolls socked away in our work room. Karen’s certainly looks like a beautiful use of the Rail Fence pattern.


I picked one labelled Chop Chop by Robert Kaufman Fabrics by Lunn Studios. Why not?

These are the current inspirations for our new Chopsticks.  And here are some images of our current work.  At this point 80 of 120 blocks have been completed.


Do we know what our final Chopsticks will look like? Well, somewhat. Do we know the intended size of our finished Chopsticks? Maybe. Somewhat. Do we have an idea of a final design? Well…maybe.

Oh yeah, each strip is, pre-sewn, 1" wide by 5 1/2" long.


Andy and I are just as interested in what our final outcome will be. You’ll have to keep checking back to see our progress and where we are going. There is sort of a freedom creating a quilt in this manner.

Two other almost completed projects are our new Equality and NT Celebrations quilts.

If you have questions, thoughts, ideas please feel to contact us via email at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

My Quip – Our Equality Quilt – 99.99% of Quilting Completed

Good Day,

Thought you might be interested in an update.

99.99% of the quilting has been completed for our Equality Quilt.


Thank you Keith Haring for your vision.

With permission of the Keith Haring Foundation many months ago Andy and I received the go ahead to use Keith Haring’s art as a basis for our quilting work. We discussed a number of issues. The main issue we discussed was the possibility of reproduction for commercial use. (Obviously there are a lot of persons on this planet who do not necessarily follow the rule-of-thumb regarding copyright.)


I actually redrew Keith’s 1987 Untitled work on acetate. Next I then burnt a stencil through the acetate.


Andy then pounced the stencil with chalk powder. He then quilted each of the 81 blocks. Each block has 80 starts and stops which each has to be knotted and buried into the layers of the quilt sandwich. It took him about 3-plus hours per block. Oh and that’s about 6,480 starts and stops


The border is one that I created myself. Same technique with the burning tool and the acetate. As each set of "crowd" is 9 characters, which I also drew connected, Andy did not have as many starts and stops as for the blocks.


The quilting and the binding on our new and completed Equality quilt has been done. The four corner figures are left. Andy and I are both extremely pleased with our work and the final product. Stay tuned for my final write up of our Equality project journey at Quilts SB. (http://quiltssb.com/)

To follow our Equality progress and construction check out the following Quilts SB links.

My Quip – Our Equality Quilt – Quilting Update and Progress 

My Quip – Update – Equality Quilt 

My Quip – Equality – Quilts and Wall Hangings in Progress 

My Quip – A New Quilt – Equality

If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, and comments please feel free to email Andy or me at Quilts SB. Also please note that our Quilts SB new URL address is http://www.quiltssb.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My Quip – Our Equality Quilt – Quilting Update and Progress

Good Day,

Today is Voting Day, November 4th in the year of 2014. And we are continuing to work on our new Equality quilt.

Our Equality quilt top measures about 88” (223.5 cms) square.


It is composed of 81 blocks created from four Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Cotton fabrics.

The quilting of our Equality quilt is a function of stencils, thread, and starts and stops. And for you quilting neophytes that basically means that there is a mind-set and competition requirement that all threads, from each starting point to each ending point, has to be buried and not visible or tripped upon by some deft judge’s fingers and touch. (Not deaf… deft. And that is not the past tense of “could not hear”.)

With permission of the Keith Haring Foundation I have created an adaptation of one of Keith’s graphics that Andy and I are using to form a quilting pattern. I drew the graphic design on a clear piece of acetate.

I then cut a stencil which we used to Pounce chalk dust on to the fabric. This produced our pattern which Andy then used a domestic machine to free-hand quilt along the dotted chalk lines.


Each one of the 81 blocks has a total individual count of 80 starts and stops.




In discussion with Siri, s/he cogitated a total number of 6,480 starts and stops that need to be buried. And this process takes one hell of a lot of time.

We have created a stencil, again inspired by the works of Keith Haring which we will use for the quilting of the border.

I think our final product, Equality, will be an amazing step in our experience in this world of quilting and fabric art.

If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, and comments please feel free to email Andy or me at Quilts SB. Also please note that our Quilts SB new URL address is http://www.quiltssb.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Quip - NT Celebration – Top Completed – Progress Update

Good,

The top of Andy’s and my new king size quilt project, NT Celebration, has been completed. Right now our NT Celebration is 101” (256.5 cms) wide and 113” (287 cms) long.


The following are what we were requested in order to produce this king size quilt.

  • Please use fabrics from my own, my husband’s, and my mother’s gently used shirts.
  • We would like to use the main colors of red, white, and blue.
  • We would like to have a separate but merging effect of the colors.
  • We would like it to have a somewhat patriotic attitude.

Sure, we said. We can try. I had an idea.


And with CorelDraw X7 I translated and drafted my initial designs.


Next was the application of the three key colors, red, white and blue.


The provided fabrics were all cut into 4 ½” and 2 ½” squares.

Check out our previous thoughts and post in Quilts SB at –

My Quip – NT Celebration – A New Quilt in Progress

And the top has been completed. Here are a few images –













Next are the choice of backing and the style of quilting.

Follow our progress at Quilts SB. If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, please feel free to contact us via email at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Q124 – Sleep Jezebel – Quilt and Wall Hanging

Good Day,

Our new quilt and wall hanging, Sleep Jezebel has been completed.




We pixelated a black and white image clip of Bette Davis from her 1938 movie Dark Victory.



Here are some other images of our Sleep Jezebel.








Follow our thought process and progress, with additional images, at the following postings at Quilts SB.

Sleep Jezebel – Our New Quilt and Wall Hanging Update

Progress Report – Sleep Jezebel

A New Project - Sleep Jezebel – Quilt and Wall Hanging 

Sleep Jezebel is currently on display at the Fiber Expressions 2014, October 17 through November 23 at the Unitarian Universalists Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater, Florida.  For further information follow this link - Fiber Expressions 2014.






Andy and I would like to hear your comments, thoughts, ideas. Please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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