After another exciting reveal of such very different and wonderful quilts it's time to choose a new theme for the coming quarter. And that is the very last theme in our bag! :
This quilt will be due 1 February
Having done a less than ideal job of explaining Fibonacci numbers during the last reveal, I will try again.
These are the first few numbers of the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..... You get a Fibonacci number by adding together the two numbers that came before it. For example, in the little sequence above, you would add 21+34 together to get 55 which is the next number in the sequence, and so on out into infinity.
Fibonacci numbers are everywhere -in nature, in architecture, in the human body, but I was quite surprised to find the following headline in the Smithsonian Magazine (I don't take a newspaper, so a magazine had to do.) Anyway, the headline I used for this quarter's challenge is The Fibonacci sequence is Everywhere -Even the Troubled Stock Market. It is subtitled: The curious set of numbers shows up in nature and also in human activities.
I came upon the sequence when I was looking for a pleasing pattern to make a striped crochet afghan; but it shows up in human activity, too?! Groovy.
It took me forever and a day to come up with an idea for this challenge. In the end, I went with what I was pondering in the first place (isn't that always the way it works??), although I had to idea it would be in the context of Minnesota.
My idea first began thinking about fractured quilts, and my final project used a little bit of that idea. My inspiration was earthquakes, and then I came across this interesting link from the Minneapolis Star Tribune about earthquakes that have hit Minnesota. Growing up in South Dakota, I do recall one very mild earthquake event that hit my area, but have not experienced any since my relocation to Minnesota.
For my quilt, I decided to take a piece of fabric with a bit of a nature scene that made me think of Minnesota. I traced out the state outline onto SoftFuse and fused it to be back of that fabric. Then I cut the the piece into 1-inch strips. I fused it onto Grunge fabric in a deep teal that made me think of the lakes of Minnesota (since we are the land of 10,000 lakes) in a staggered arrangement, hoping to give the idea of being shaken. I stitched around each strip using raw edge applique with a cream thread.
So that was pretty simplistic. I pondered whether I could add anything else, and considered some wording, but in the end decided to go with simple. Here's a view of the back, with the same fabric I used for the state outline.
I had a little bit of fun with the quilting, and decided to quilt a siesmometer readout design over the fractured state outline. Thinking it would be a quick quilting idea, but it took me longer than I thought it would. I used a light variegated cream thread, so that it would show against the teal but fade into the state outline.
Hopefully you can see that in this angled shot, where the light picks up the quilting a bit better.
I'm looking forward to seeing the other interpretations of this theme. It was a tough one for me!
When I first read the prompt, my mind went immediately to the question I'm often seeing on social media and elsewhere: What is the first major news story you remember as a child? And I answered, "The Kennedy Assassination," which is what most people in my cohort will say. I was nine years old, and in the 4th grade when that happened. I can remember getting the news as plain as if I were reliving the day. A couple of boys ran by our classroom and yelled in the window, "President Kennedy has been assassinated!" It was shocking news.
But getting back to this prompt, I asked myself...really? Is that really the first newspaper headline I can remember? And then I was reminded of one from earlier: John Glenn's orbital flight on Friendship 7. It was a part of the Mercury Project. I was in the second grade when he made his historic flight. I remember talking about the exciting events of the day with a boy who sat at the desk next to me. And so I went with that for my inspiration.
For some time, I've been wanting to try incorporating a human face into my quilting repertoire. So, I went in search of some news stories about John Glenn. I liked this cover from Life magazine.
I turn to quilting for respite from all the terrible happenings that surround us, so this topic, A Headline from a Newspaper, was a stressful one for me.
I wanted to create a portrait as a reminder that all of the tragedies happen to real people; people who have to live through the events that are so terrible they cause panic and depression even to others who are thousands of miles away and safe. The headlines take over our heads; we cannot get away from them.
The batik fabrics in the background, with their contrast and motion, suggest the constant surge of noise and hazard we are subjected to. Even if we turn it off, we know it is there.
Her face is fragmented and she "can't keep it together"; pieces are blowing through the atmosphere around her. Her once starry eyes have turned into that deer-in-the-headlights look as she tries to cope with every new barrage.
The halo of orange around her head, and the spiky orange stitching, show how these headlines keep us at a level of high alarm.
My quilt doesn't need much explanation - it represents the majority of headlines at the moment, and pretty much sums up my feelings!
My 'headline' is painted with fabric paint and I quilted in black round the letters, which are based on a font called Impact. There is a double layer of batting under the white 'paper' which is stipple quilted. The background newsprint is quilted in random geometric shapes inspired by the print. I liked the way that the asterisks look vaguely like the Covid virus under the microscope!
I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling uninspired to be creative recently, and it was very good to have this challenge! As usual I'm looking forward to seeing what has inspired the other members of the Endeavourers.
|My sketch of a guitar in fabric scraps.|
Ed Sheeran is also really popular and tickets sold out really quickly. One of my very best friends from childhood has a birthday the week in May that he's playing so I took a chance and bought 3 tickets when I saw the extra tour date go up. I kept my fingers crossed my friends are ok & happy to go - they are! We are all so excited to have something to look forward to. After so much lock down in the past 18 months it feels a bit strange.
So once I had decided the headline, I knew I wanted to make a guitar themed quilt. I got as far as 3rd grade classical guitar in school and don't play very often but acoustic guitar is my favourite kind of music.
Two weeks ago, I was asked to teach the ticker tape workshop I had put together a good number of years ago and one of the samples I had put together in an unsewn state was an abstract guitar. This sample was showing how you can create shapes and create emphasis with scraps of different colours or values.
I decided to finish it off and pulled out all my orange scraps. I quilted it with straight lines echoing around the curves of the guitar and some extra lines on the guitar strings to make them look like they were after being plucked. Ticker tape is a quilt as you go method and in this piece I didn't sew around the scraps just quilted over them in a raw edge state.
I used an Ikea frame and modified the mat to make it bigger to frame the guitar and hang it on the wall. The whole family loves it and its wonkiness. It makes me smile when I walk into the living room and it definitely brightens up the space. Ticker tape quilts are a lot of fun and sometimes you just need to play. It's good for the soul!
I thought that I had this theme sussed ages ago but, then, naturally, I changed my mind at the last minute :)
We are hoping to get back to our holiday house in France soon, we haven't been able to visit since October last year. Like many others our summer holiday this year was a home stay and that, according to the headline below has resulted in a huge increase in the price of that Edwardian staple - the beach hut!
So, my quilt for this month's theme is a look back at the beach hut in it's heyday.
Once again, I turned to the Crafted Applique technique that I used in this raindrop for a previous challenge for my strolling beach belles.
She looks very swish for a stroll along the beach, doesn't she? I would love to have an occasion to wear a hat like that!
For more information on the construction of this mini quilt head on over to Celtic Thistle Stitches
I look forward to reading about my fellow Endeavourers responses to this challenge, as always I am sure that I will be amazed and inspired :)
For a number of years there have been numerous wildfires on the west coast: Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada, to name a few states that have been affected. There have been others in other countries.
In 2016 my cousin, Judy, lost her home near Feather Falls, California, so she bought a house in Paradise, California. Her brother also bought a home in Paradise.
In 2018 Paradise burned to the ground in a very fast burning fire that began when a power line coming in contact with dry trees caused a spark. They both lost their homes.
In 2020 the CZU fire, started by lightning, spread across the San Mateo and Santa Cruz mountains, burning more than 86,000 acres of redwood trees. This was near my hometown of San Jose, California. I spent many wonderful summers in those trees and one of my memories is of the smell of redwoods in the early mornings when it was foggy. We had breakfast under a tarp that covered the outdoor kitchen listening to the dripping of the water from the fog.
That same year we, on the Oregon coast, had several days where the sky was red orange.
In 2021 Oregon had the Bootleg fire that covered more than 400,000 acres while California had the Dixie fire that burned almost 1 million acres. There was also another fire in the ancient large Sequoia National Park where they covered some of the oldest trees with foil so they would not burn.
Most of these large fires burn for months while thousands of firefighters battle the flames day and night. And those are just the major fires, there are dozens of other, smaller wildfires that are little reported. My heart goes out to the firefighters and all those who lost their homes, family and friends.
Every year I hope there are fewer fires, and every year there seem to be more and larger ones thanks to global warming, lightning and the carelessness of humans.
General Sherman giant sequoia – KNP fire 2021
This tree is the world's largest tree - 31 meters in diameter, 83 meters tall, weighs 6167 tons and is about 2000 years old. It would be a terrible shame to lose it to fire.
That was another great reveal and, as usual, it was really interesting to see all the different interpretations and techniques.
I just came over to do this post and I was surprised to see we are nearly running out of themes. Only two to go and we will be needing some more!
Our remaining themes are:
1. A quilt inspired by a newspaper headline
From these, Mr Random has chosen:
So our next theme will be a quilt inspired by a newspaper headline, with the reveal of our pieces on 1 November.
Hello friends, sorry I’m a bit late to post. Life has been a bit hectic and I just had time today to sit down and post my little project. This theme was fun and interesting. The first this I thought about was day and night and then I thought about the Chinese symbol of yin and yang -“how opposite forces may complement each other and be interconnected” - so I created this little pice representing how opposites actually interconnect with each other.
I love how it turned out in all of its simplicity.
When the theme was announced, I immediately thought of Cats and Dogs, Yin and Yang, and a couple of others. They would have been easy enough to create, but they just didn't resonate. It being Summer and all, I just wanted to play. So I grabbed handfuls of scraps, sat down at the machine, and started making random half square triangles. And then I went with the Opposite that did resonate...my husband and me! I handed him the sewn triangles and asked him to put them together as he liked.
He went at it with great enthusiasm, working on it for four days on the bed in the guest room while the cats howled their displeasure at being shut out. I wanted him to make a small quilt, but once let loose, he would not be contained. "Just one more row," he kept saying. "Okaayyy...," I said. And that was that.
It's 3.5 x 4 feet / 1.067 x 1.22 meters, made with what I had, heavily quilted because I love a heavily crinkled quilt. Friend Debbi asked, "But is it an Art Quilt?" I said it's going on the wall over my bed, close enough.
And there you have it, Opposites Attract on August 1st.