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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Making Music – A Closer Look, Part 1

Making Music Project Quilting Pieces - A Closer Look, Part 1

1. Just Believe Mini art quilt, 2. Side1B, 3. Shout!, 4. A Hazy Shade of Winter, 5. Strawberry Fields Forever, 6. Carolyn's Project Quilting (Making Music) - Caroline - Up Close Created with fd's Flickr Toys


I am starting my closer looks at the 28 quilts that were created for the 2nd Project QUILTING Challenge – Making Music.  I hope you enjoy reading more about each of these amazing pieces!  I tried to make notes if a person wants a more critical critique done on their piece – just click on the link I add to make your comments about them on their flickr photo page.  Thanks!

Quilter:  Sally’s Angel Works

‘Just Believe’ -  Mini art quilt

Inspirational Song:  Overcome by Jon Egan

Just Believe Mini art quilt

This quilt is for Project Quilting Season 3 challenge #2. The challenge was to pick song lyrics to inspire your quilt. I actually asked Mr. Gorgeous what song he thought I should pick. He suggested the new song we just sang in church on Sunday, Overcome by Jon Egan. The bridge lyrics say this:
"We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Everyone overcome."
When I read these lyrics and when I sing them, I think about all of the mountains in front of us that stop us from reaching the potential that God wants us to reach; the dreams that He has buried deep in our souls...and that lead me to think about the verse that is embroidered here on this mountain - Mark 11:23
"I assure you that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea’—and doesn’t waver but believes that what is said will really happen—it will happen." (Common English Translation)
How awesome is that???? So I added the flowers and birdie on the right hand side of the mountain to remind myself that the beauty is reachable...the dream is there, once that mountain is cast into the sea. All I have to do is ask and believe!!

I used raw edge appliqué and "mountainous" quilting on the mountain. Then I did swirly meandering on the background. I used Sweetwater fabrics from their line Hometown. The little bird on the flower is from Anthropologie. (so fun!!). I framed the quilt by securing it to foam core board and putting in a glass-less frame.
This quilt is 16"x20" and made in Texas!!

***Sally would appreciate some constructive criticism on her piece – please click HERE to leave your comments!***


Quilter:  Katie's Quilts and Crafts


Inspirational Song:  "The Music Never Stopped." Written by John Barlow and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead

MusicTotesThe song I chose for this project is "The Music Never Stopped." Written by John Barlow and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. One of my favorite Bobby songs!

This is a Reversible Quilted Tote.
I used my gradated hand-dyed fabrics for this tote and quilted it with my new machine using variegated metallic thread.

For more photos and info go here:

I am in Milton, WV and the size is 12" x 10" x 2" approximately not including strap.

***Katie would appreciate some constructive criticism on her piece – please click HERE to leave your comments!***


Quilter:  Quilts by Lisa


Inspirational Song:  “Shout!” -- an oldie but goodie done by various artists and used in the movie “Animal House”


Project Quilting Challenge 2 – Music;
“Shout!” baby quilt, 31” x 31”
The idea to use a song title for inspiration nearly had my head spinning – so many possibilities! After considering many songs, I decided I just had to pick one and go with it. I picked the song “Shout!” -- an oldie but goodie done by various artists and used in the movie “Animal House”. To me, it’s a song of fun and high energy. I designed a block with an exclamation point to represent shouting, and used mostly bright, fun fabrics. I quilted it with a variegated thread in bright colors. It’s a small quilt, which is what I usually make whenever I use a new block. Doing this gives me a chance to evaluate how well I like the block. I had fun making this quilt using fabrics from my stash. I chose the colors based on the ladybug print in the border. In hindsight, I think a border with a more random print would have been a better choice. I plan to donate this quilt to a group that provides quilts for babies born prematurely.

Lisa in Kentucky


Quilter:  JK Goldman

‘A Hazy Shade of Winter’

Inspirational Song:  A Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon and Garfunkel

A Hazy Shade of WinterI created this quilt in Washington, Il and it is called A Hazy Shade of Winter. My quilt measures 13X13.

There were no song titles humming through my brain, so I went to my iTunes and started looking at the song titles. When I saw A Hazy Shade of Winter, I knew I had my inspiration. If you go to this link, you will see the video and hear A Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon and Garfunkel that fueled my inspiration. I went to my stash and found that my fabrics were not hazy enough but then I thought, what about the ‘wrong side’. Perfect, just the hazy shades I was looking for. The lyrics in the song repeatedly mention going round and round and that gave me the idea of a pattern that goes round and round.
This was fun, I am looking forward to the next challenge. This is the first quilt challenge I have entered. My daughter encouraged me to enter as she is also entering.

***JK would appreciate some constructive criticism on her piece – please click HERE to leave your comments!***


Quilter:  Quilties

‘Strawberry Fields Forever’

Inspirational Song:  Strawberry Fields Forever from the Beatles

Strawberry Fields ForeverI had a few other ideas rolling around, but when I asked my husband for a good "visual" song title, this was his first idea...brilliant! I got started that night and loved every minute of it. I listened to the song at least six times through while working on this. It's mostly improvisational. I just cut some rolling hills and arranged them right onto the batting and quilted them together. Then I stitched on the strawberries in a deliberatively sketchy way. I had just enough of that perfectly psychedelic binding fabric to do a single layer, so it is a fused binding cut with a wavy rotary cutter, because that's all I had!

10.5" x 18" I made a challenge to myself that no side could be more than 20" this time, because last time I started too big! Then I had to trim the sides a little because that's all the binding fabric I had! But I only used scraps and I'm proud of it!

By Emma Thomas-McGinnis, Urbandale, IA


Quilter:  Sweet Boater Chick

Carolyn's Project Quilting (Making Music) - Caroline

Inspirational Song:  "Caroline" by Old Crow Medicine Show

Carolyn's Project Quilting (Making Music) - Caroline

~Carolyn Braun
~Lanoka Harbor, NJ

When I first read the challenge for this week the first song that popped into my head was Caroline (by Old Crow Medicine Show) and I couldn't get it out of my head. So this song has special meaning... it is a song that always takes me to the river when I hear it. Every time we paddle we play this song at the put it so clearly my quilt would be based on the river in some fashion. And the phrase in the chorus "heartbroken hard times... never got us down" really has a strong meaning right now since I am currently unable to paddle due to an injury.

I dug through my stash and came across some amazing batiks. Perfect colors for my modern abstract mini quilt. of the river, the mountain and the sky. To get more specific, that "mountain" is dimple rock on the Lower Yough which I have had a love/hate relationship with for the last few years. Each section is pieced with sections of the batik, sewn individually onto interfacing . It really shows off all the different colors that are in the fabrics. I did this free form and it measures 11.5" x 7.5".
My blog post about this is here...

***Carolyn would appreciate some constructive criticism on her piece – please click HERE to leave your comments!***


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