Saturday, 1 August 2020

Inspired Challenge

It was challenging to figure out how to use my inspiration fabric, but in the end, I'm very happy with my two projects that came from the fabric given to me by Martha. However, I was so busy thinking and then working on the project, I forgot to take a photo of the inspiration piece before I cut it up. It is present in each project, so you still get to see it.

The fabric sent to me was a little piece of approximately 7" square of text fabric. I taped it to my wall and thought about it for awhile. To begin with, I decided to choose a phrase from the fabric and play with that a bit.

Here's the phrase I chose:


I'm not really sure why "twirling in circles" appealed to me, other than that it reminded me of a line from the movie, You've Got Mail. The scene where Meg Ryan (as Kathleen) talks about the photo of her as a little girl and her mother where they are twirling.

I thought I needed to add a little more challenge to that phrase, so I decided that all my fabric I used had to have circles in the design. The only fabric that had a polka dot design was the background fabric. The only non-circle fabric used was the inspiration fabric, which you can see here:


Of course, I had to use a circle design, so I decided on some curved piecing. I had been wanting to play with the new templates from Jen Carlton Bailly so this was a great project for some creative play. Here's a peek at my finished mini quilt:


This quilt measures 16.5" square. Here's a little closer peek at the circle fabrics:






I had fun with simple big stitching within the circles, around the edges, and then echoed the circles with some machine stitching in a soft gray that matched the background fabric.

I also added a little more stitching between the circles, for more twirling effect.


I used a gray Grunge for the backing fabric, and one of the circle fabrics for the binding.



I wasn't really satisfied that this little mini was an art quilt, and I still had some inspiration fabric left over, so I got the idea for something a little different.

I cut up some of the encouraging words and phrases from the text fabric, and made a little coneflower.


Using a piece of natural Essex linen for the background, I started by stitching the stem with 12 wt thread that matched the color in the inspiration fabric. I drew out the center of the coneflower and stitched it to the stem by machine, using raw edge applique. Then I glue basted the text pieces on separately, stitching each one down by machine, again using raw edge applique. I found a matching scrap of batik fabric that I used for the leaves and added those, using the same method.


I added a fun text fabric for the binding, and a piece of neutral fabric for the back. The quilting is simply straight lines with a matching thread color.


This little quilt is 8" x 20". Both of these little mini quilts will eventually end up on my mini quilt wall. I like them both for different reasons.

This was such a fun challenge. Thank you, Martha, for the fun inspiration fabric!

Wendy

14 comments:

  1. These are both lovely Wendy, I am impressed with your tiny text pieces on your coneflower I can't imagine that they were that easy to do! Your circle quilt is absolutely an art quilt in my book :)

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    1. Thank you. The tiny text pieces weren't too bad since I machine stitched them; the hardest part was getting them evenly spaced at the base of the flower!

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  2. I love both your pieces, and the way you developed your ideas from your inspiration piece. You've managed to cover all the bases with both of them - your circles quilt is so fun and colourful and I like the way you developed the whirling idea with your stitches. The coneflower is just beautiful. I think the way you used the fabrics to such effect is so clever and I love that you gave it space to breathe!

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    1. Thank you. These challenges are so enjoyable. They definitely stretch me, and I'm definitely still learning!

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  3. This is so much fun, Wendy. I love all the big stitching. Your little cone flower is so inspiration, and the simplicity really brings home the inspirational messages from the fabric. Nice job.

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    1. Thank you. I ended up really enjoying this challenge after much thought and pondering as I worked on the pieces.

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  4. Wow Wendy! I’m absolutely blown away by your interpretation and use of the fabric. Both pieces are absolutely beautiful. Stunning pieces both

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    1. Thank you, Martha, both for your kind comments and for the fabric! I had to think on it a bit, but I'm very happy with the two quilts!

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  5. Wendy, my mind always looks for internal patterns. One of the first thingsI noticed in your circle quilt is every piece of fabric is used twice except the golden yellow which is used three times. That is extremely pleasing to me. And as my favorite shape is the circle, your circles upon circles gives you bonus points in my book! LOL! I've always wanted to try big stitch quilting but haven't quite done it. Yours is delightful. Regarding the cone flower...I remember the first time I touched the center of a coneflower and found it rigid. Really?! It was inspired of you to use the phrases as the petals as the flower stretches for the light. And like Catherine says, I love it that you gave it room to breathe. That's something we all yearn for, isn't it? Art quilts, both. Well played!

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    1. Oh, thanks so much! I don't think I had a rhythm to how many times I used the circle fabric, but I'm glad it pleased you! Thanks for all your kind words of encouragement!

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  6. Love them both. The first reminds me of our little Jack Russell Charly when she gets excited for a walk or her dinner she twilrs in circles and it makes me laugh. I love the cone flower - what a great way to use the text - so creative and very effective.

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    1. Oh that's so cute about your pup! Thanks so much!

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  7. Both of these are beautiful. I love the phrase 'twirling in circles' and your circling quilt is stunning. I'd definitely call it and art quilt. I also love your cone flower. The simple colour palette and text petals are such a clever and effective combination. Thank you for sharing both of your lovely creations :)

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    1. Thank you, Janine. I enjoyed making both of them, but I'm partial to the coneflower!

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