Sunday, September 23, 2018

Bolted : Bloggers Quilt Festival

16 1/2" x 16 1/2" Mini
I've chosen to share the mini that I made as part of the 2018 QuiltCon swap and am calling it "Bolted" for Bloggers Quilt Festival, 2018 Fall Edition.   There's a QuiltCon Recap post where I mention it briefly but I think it deserves more attention than that!   

Sneak Peak 
Creating an original design for a partner that reflects what I think they will like as well as my own style is a challenge that I very much enjoy.  Being paired for a direct exchange rather than secret and having the opportunity to hand off in real life at QuiltCon made the swap especially fun.  This is the blurry sneak that I posted on Instagram as a teaser ahead of time.

Ditched Design 
 Depending upon my mood, I will often snap pictures along the way as I go.  The ditched design above made me laugh because it reminded me of a frog with its legs sprawled out.  I do like the center set on point even if I didn't go that route it's something I may revisit.

Y seam fussiness 
The most challenging construction was setting in the upper corner to the mitered portion.  The bolts fabric reads so differently in the two color ways, I just love it.

Directional Fabric
I took a lot of thought and care in making the most of the graphic print and varied shades of pink and yellow.  Playing with hard and soft as well as directing the eye with directional fabric was very satisfying.  There are endless possibilities and it's easy to get caught up when you design as you go, but I did have a deadline and that was a good thing to keep me from over thinking things.

For the quilting, I went with organic improv on my domestic.  The binding was fussy cut and I matched the hang sleeve print.  I'm glad that Alex liked it and am so thrilled with the mini that she made for me.  This was her first time attending QuiltCon and came all the way from Germany.

My Previous Blogger's Quilt Festival Entries: 

Fall 2017

Fall 2016

Fall 2015
CastlesIn The Sand – Original Design
Perspective – Small Quilt

Spring 2015
Goats Askew - Original Design 
IG Mini - Mini 

Fall 2014
Look Who's Walking - Small Quilt

Spring 2014
Giant X-Plus  - Scrappy
Rip Tide - ROYGBIV

Fall 2013
Tassels - Group/Bee

Fall 2012
Old Italian Block - Scrap/ROYGBIV/Bed

Spring 2012
Catalyst (aka Mod Mosaic) - my first time to participate 

Thank you Amy for another great festival and opportunity to discover new bloggers and to all of the generous sponsors too!  

BeeSewcial September and August Blocks Finished

BeeSewcial September: Home

Both Home September BeeSewcial Blocks
Block One: Titled “Staycation” 16”x19” (shown above on left) 
September's BeeSewcial prompt for Anne was HOME and she provided a gorgeous palette and asked that we personally symbolize our interpretation.  

Choosing one of the most iconic scenes: The sunrise over the Santa Cruz municipal wharf as viewed from the Dream Inn hotel balcony. The blocks ended up quite pastel but I wanted to capture the subtle color changes that happen right before your eyes. 

Other design elements that I focused on were the contrast of horizontal and vertical (land/water, pillars/piling etc) were key and I also tried to infuse bit of the California woodcut artists influence that I admire. 

This was my first time staying at the hotel and I must say, listening to the bark of the sea lions while drifting off to sleep was pretty spectacular. 

The scene was also a reminder of the time that Anne and I played tourist with our first SBAMQG charity quilt and had an epic photo shoot day along West Cliff way back in 2013 💕.  It was displayed at QuiltCon and gifted from our chapter to the Autsin Children's Shelter 
2013 QuiltCon Charity Quilt SBAMQG
Prompt and Inspiration
Fun facts about the wharf: built in 1914, it is the longest pier on the west coast and visited by 1.5 million annually. No wonder traffic is challenging! 

Initial Sunrise Portion 

Block Two: Titled “Not to Code” 9”x13” (shown in the first photo above, on right) 

An improv take on a house block as a nod to the fact that many homes were built as vacation cottages back when it was a sleepy little town people would escape to in the summer. 

One of my favorite quilting phrases immediately came to mind: Embrace the imperfections. Aim for structurally sound. The unplanned pencil portion is a nod to (not) drafting blueprints. 

Block two in process
Here are a few other photos that I have great shapes in them for future quilt design ideas and relate to my second block:

August BeeSewcial - Rapid Transit Map

Bart 18"x23" BeeSewcial Block
18”x23” BART block for Silvia @astrangerview 

I chose the Bay Area Rapid Transit map for July’s Subway prompt, focusing on 3 of the lines including the only one I’ve ridden on from Fremont to San Francisco.

Many people ride the subway early in life but I was a grown up the first time I did.  Despite that, I remember being just a little freaked out about traveling at a high speed not only underground but underwater. The Transbay Tube rail tunnel is a pretty unique thing to have available and I really should take advantage and plan a trip to the city.

Minimalism is something that I push myself to explore with the bee blocks and I decided to eliminate the bottom portion of my sketch.  The final design reminded me of a seat or even a body seated in a very modern art sort of way.  Considering the subject matter and that when I do go to San Francisco it is to visit museums, this felt very complete in concept.
In process underside
Although the thin lines could have been done with bias tape appliqué  I chose to machine piece. The technique of scissor and rotary ruler-free cut until the final square up suits me fine.
auditioning fabric
I'm excited to have these blocks mailed off to my bee mates and can't wait to see them all together in a quilt.

Linking up to Bolt to Beauty "Brag about your Beauty" with my finishes.