Long arm quilting can come with it’s challenges. One of the greatest can be taking a plain piece of fabric and transforming it into this:
TX flag whole cloth mini
That was actually inspired by this:
The whole cloth was a mini quilt I gave to someone leaving the state.
I do love to take pieces of silk and turn them into small art quilts. I have only had the opportunity to make four so far, but for some reason I failed to photograph one of them…
red silk mini whole cloth quilt
blue silk whole cloth mini quilt
feather whole cloth mini quilt
These are great projects to give as gifts or submit for charity auctions.
Lately I have also been playing with mini whole cloth quilts made from patterned traditional cotton.
In this case, I quilted three different pieces in different manners, but each inspired by the fabric itself.
mini art quilt by maria hall
The one above reminds me of pebbles on a beach and the waves rolling around. On a different piece I went completely linear, versus the curves and softness of the one above.
custom quilting by maria hall
This one just tickles me, but perhaps it’s my odd sense of humor.
the Baptist fan blew my 9 patch away
Here is the back view:
backside of custom quilt
This piece began with me deciding to thread paint a 9 patch alternating block but as I went along, my blocks were not exactly staying the same size. So I started letting them fade off, meaning, not completing the 9 parts of the block – in some spots there are 5 or 6 or 3 of the 9 expected pieces. So the 9 patch blocks sort of trail off.
Then, using different thread (admittedly not different enough), I quilted this in an all over Baptist fan pattern. Get it? the Baptist fan blew my 9 patch away?!?!? Well, you don’t have to like it, cuz I do. 🙂
In the case below I used thread that was too divergent, with black thread as the background stipple stitch on the black fabric. The result is not bad in person but in photos it looks like amoebas floating amongst squares in a sea of black. See below:
thread art by maria hall
Sometimes you just have to play. It doesn’t always turn out magnificent, but I figure if I learn along the way, then I have accomplished something, and as a quilter I have made progress towards being better at my craft.
So quilt on my friends, just don’t forget to have fun. If you aren’t enjoying it, what’s the point? 🙂