Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rain(bow) Drop - Project Quilting

"Rain(bow) Drop," art is 4" x 5" in a 5.5" x 6.5" (exterior measurements) frame, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 4: Mellow Yellow, Feb. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Mellow Yellow":

"Yellow is a color that frightens many quilters. It's true, yellow sometimes can overpower a design. But it's also a happy color, so focus on that this week."

Personally I'm not afraid of the color yellow...I live in Yellow Springs after all. But I did learn in my graphic design years that yellow doesn't have a lot of shades to it like the other colors so it doesn't have as much contrast and you can only make it so dark.

For this project I painted some drops of color in a tear drop or egg shape (subconsciously thinking of the drink Mello Yello or it's competitor Mountain "Dew"?) 


I fused this to a yellow background then quilted around the raw edges with white thread then free motion quilted in the white spaces between the colors.


I added 11 seed beads in matching rainbow colors going across the drops. I put it in a small black frame which has an easel back and can go both horizontal or vertical.


One interesting note about quilting with the color yellow: I no longer buy any yellow thread. If I have a yellow fabric and I want to quilt with a similar color on top of it, I use my tan thread which will look yellow enough.


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To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Mellow Yellow challenge page.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Shine - Project Quilting



"Shine," art is 4" x 5" in a 5" x 6" (exterior measurements) frame, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 3: Bold and Brave, Feb. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Bold and Brave":

Your project should be about bravery: Try a new technique! Honor someone's courage! Conquer your own fears!

Being a graphic designer, when I think of "Bold" I think of typefaces. I did a Google search and there are many inspirational memes encouraging people to "Be Bold." I decided to use the word "Shine" but instead of making in a bold typeface, I chose a script typeface.

To play up the bold theme, I painted some fabric with a boldly colored rainbow splotch then embroidered the word on top of it. I don't do embroidery and my sewing machine doesn't do embroidery so this was the brave part: I did it with the sewing machine by free motion. 


I printed the word out the size I wanted it then traced it in reverse on to the back of the fabric and using my free motion foot, I went over the outline several times with a white thread. When that didn't show up enough I did it, this time from the front, with a varigated shiny blue and green thread. This also didn't show up enough so I did one single layer with navy thread, so you could still see the other colored thread behind it.


I fussy cut the whole thing around the rainbow shape, fused it to a hand-painted navy fabric with stars on it, machine quilted some lines shining from the rainbow cloud, added some subtle shine by hand sewing blue sequins to the background, then I put it into the frame.

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To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Bold & Brave challenge page.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Peaceful Ocean Waves Baby Quilt - Project Quilting

"Peaceful Ocean Waves," 32" x 32", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 2: Traingulation, Jan. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Triangulation":

Your project should be (as much as possible) primarily made from and characterized by triangle shapes.


I made this baby quilt using Island Batik fabrics cut into half square triangles in bright greens, blues, and purples. It is quilted with a bright blue thread stitch-in-the-ditch along the diagonal lines.


The backing is a bright blue and green batik with peace signs on it, which is why I named it "Peaceful Ocean Waves" instead of just "Ocean Waves."

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To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Triangulation challenge page.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Yellow Springs Yarn Bomb - Project Quilting

"Yellow Springs Yarn Bomb," art is 4" x 6" in a 7" x 9" (exterior measurements) frame, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 1: Hometown Proud, Jan. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Hometown Proud":

Be inspired by the best of you community – what makes your town special?

There are a lot of things that make our little village of Yellow Springs special, but what makes it special to me is the amount of art:
  - art galleries
  - artist co-ops (including Village Artisans, which I'm a member of)
  - an arts council
  - restaurants that display art on a rotating basis 
  - the Sunrise Cafe with murals that covers all of their interior walls 
  - seemingly random outdoor public art including our yarn bombings


To create this piece I fused some brown pieces of fabric (the tree) to a hand dyed blue background then I did zigzag stitches (as wide as my machine would go) to make the "yarn" on the tree. I probably spent more time changing the thread and bobbin colors than I did sewing the yarn.

Then I did a small free motion meander quilting around the tree and put it in a cool wood frame.

In the photo at the top of the page, the two ceramic pieces were made by other Yellow Springs artists. The pot on the left was made by Geno Luketic and the little bird was made by Carol Culbertson.

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To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Hometown Proud challenge page.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Project Quilting Season 9

It's time for Project Quilting's ninth season! It's a three month on-line event that challenges participants to create a quilt in one week, with a week off in between. You can participate in as few or as many as you like. Participants are automatically entered into random prize drawings and at the end of the season there will be grand prizes awarded to all participants, with one entry per challenge quilt, so the more challenges you enter, the better your chances.

I've participated in every year in some form or another (and I was the overall grand prize winner of Season 2). Some of my favorite quilts that I've made were Project Quilting challenges.

The schedule for 2018 is:
Challenge 1: January 7
Challenge 2: January 21
Challenge 3: February 4
Challenge 4: February 18
Challenge 5: March 4
Challenge 6: March 18

Each challenge is posted at noon CDT and due exactly one week later at noon CDT.

Here's a post with some tips about how to participate.

The challenge will be posted on the "Persimon Dreams" Project Quilting blog and you can also find links about past seasons there. Still have questions? If so, check this out.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Custom Quilts made in 2017

It's my annual look back on the custom quilts I made during the year that I haven't shared yet (some were gifts).

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Ariel's Double-Sided T-shirt quilt. 46" x 80"

Alice's Double-Sided T-shirt Quilt, 85" x 91"


Jo Jo's Double-Sided T-shirt quilt, 58" x 78"



YSKP T-shirt quilt, 46" x 80"


Salem T-shirt quilt, 46" x 88"


Gypsy Moon bed quilt and pillow cases, 88" x 93"


House Banners art quilts, 16" x 21", each


White Mum Corsage Fabric Mosaic, 11" x 14" framed


Skull & Flower art quilt ala Georgia O'Keeffee, 6" x 6" x 1"

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wool Roving as Embellishment featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine


Two of my framed quilted fabric mosaics, "Mountain Mist" and "Northern Lights" are featured in Art Quilting Studio's Magazine's Winter 2018 issue.


The article that I wrote gives a brief description on how I made both of these pieces but focuses mostly on the wool roving that I used as an embellishment.

Art Quilting Studio is only published two times a year but is packed full of new quilting techniques and innovative design ideas. It is one of many publications put out by Stampington & Company. I've heard it's available at some Joann stores. Or you can order it from the Stampington website.