30 November 2012

Quilt 489

I submitted this quilt to Quilt Con this morning!  It was Quilt 489.
The Full Stops Quilt


Of course, I think of this quilt not as "489" but as "The Full Stops Quilt" since it is based on a paper collage by Anna Betts called "Full Stops."  You can see the collage here along with process shots of me dying the fabric circles.

For anyone who is new here, I sell the plexiglas resists used to make shapes while dying in my etsy shop.  The process is a variation on immersion dyeing (read my tutorial here) and the shapes ship with complete instructions for clamping and dyeing.  I'm mostly-out of circles at the moment, but they will be back soon, and I'm getting hexagons, too!

I started thinking about this quilt in 2010 and did some of the dying then, but I did most of the dyeing this summer and then the piecing at a retreat with the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.  A few months later, a week before the Quilt Con deadline, I decided to see if I could finish this quilt up and submit it!  This was, of course, the day before leaving for my Thanksgiving trip (5 days out of town).   I had a little bit of piecing left to do, so I put some hustle in my bustle, finished the piecing, and then packed up the quilt top, some batting, and a back with me to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving.  I pin-basted the quilt at my parents house.

By the way, check out my mom's dog, Olive.
Ollie-1
Crazy cute, right?

Once back from my trip, I snuck out to the studio whenever I wasn't needed at work and by Wednesday night had this baby quilted and bound!  The quilt then went through the washer and was ready for photos on Friday morning (this morning!)

I was so excited to wake up and see a bright-but-overcast day.  That's my favorite light for photographs.
This orange wall is attached to Spur Studios (where I work on my quilts).  I have always liked the color.
getting the shot


The Full Stops Quilt

The quilt is held up with masking tape.  I was a little worried that the quilt would fall off, so I threw my easily-washed not-easily-stained fleece blanket on slightly-wet-and-cigarette-butt-littered ground. That slipper?  That's my camera case at the moment. :-)  My old case doesn't fit around the longer lens I keep on the camera now and the slipper is clean and padded.  I don't know if anyone oversaw this photo shoot, but if they did, I can only assume they were greatly amused.

Especially as I moved around to get close-ups from a variety of angles.
Dyed and Painted circles


This little piece remains my favorite.
My favorite bit.


I hope this quilt gets to go to Quilt Con!  I think the show is going to be great and I'm really looking forward to taking classes--I'm signed up for classes with Sherri Lynn Wood (Friday), Lotta Jansdotter (Saturday afternoon), and Denyse Schmidt (Sunday). There were many more classes I was interested in, but only so much time in the day and money in the wallet, so decisions had to be made.  If only I had a time-turner and a million dollars.

12 comments:

  1. This is lovely! I love the 'gritty' wall too!

    I am wearing those slippers right now! [not your ones, my ones] they are necessary in my freezing flat.

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    1. Thanks! I really do dig the wall. i might get i the habit of using it!
      Slippers are the best!

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  2. it's fantastic! I hope it makes it :-)

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  3. Such a great quilt! I can't decide which part is my favorite - the circle parts or the great background. I entered my quilts around 8 Friday night and they were around #640.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I hope they release the counts at the end, it would be fascinating to know! especially, with all the categories...I mean this could be handwork, improvisational, or negative space....It was hard to know where to submit it!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous quilt. And your camera case made me laugh!
    Good luck!

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  5. My quilts were in the 600s!
    I can't remember which Lotta and Denyse classes I got in to myself, but they are on the Saturday and Sunday too (because I'm teaching on the Thursday and Friday). Crossing fingers that we're together!

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    1. That would be AWESOME!!!!! We're hanging out, regardless, right? Can't wait to meet you in real life.

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  6. I love it!! I entered one, too. I was chicken until the last day, but entered one of my favorite from this year.

    This quilt is awesome. I hope I get to see it in person, and I'm glad I get to see you!

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    1. Woot woot! Jacey, we're going to have so much fun!

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