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.