Thread Art

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

TX flag whole cloth mini

That was actually inspired by this:

my inspiration

my inspiration

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

red silk mini whole cloth quilt

custom quilting by maria hall

blue silk whole cloth mini quilt

quilting by maria the quilter

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.

maria the quilter custom quilting

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.

maria the quilter

custom quilting by maria hall

This one just tickles me, but perhaps it’s my odd sense of humor.

quilting by maria hall

the Baptist fan blew my 9 patch away

Here is the back view:

maria the quilter

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 the quilter

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? 🙂



Whole Cloth Quilt

Most of the time I have a top to quilt, I find my inspiration in the fabric and the pattern. I use those aspects to guide me. Sometimes the client’s situation brings forth inspiration to what to quilt.

For example, I once quilted a double wedding ring quilt in all-over hearts. The backing was heart-filled material, and the quilt was lovingly made for the woman’s daughter-in-law, dying from brain cancer. It only seemed fitting to cover the entire thing with hearts.

I just today finished what is basically a queen size whole cloth quilt. I applied some larger applique pieces on the center, and otherwise had a vast, white kona cotton to play with. I made the quilt for a man to give to his wife for their anniversary, and he had no specifics aside from the applique portion as to what he wanted the quilt to look like. We priced it based from an all-over quilted design, so I had to think carefully to fit all these points.

What I ended up deciding to do is a beautiful pattern of curls and arcs, with feathers randomly placed throughout. It creates an eye-catching pattern, because the curls and arcs continue in various directions, almost swirling about the curling feathers, but it isn’t too arduous of a pattern to complete.

I am very pleased with the turn-out; we shall see tomorrow what my client thinks! Happy quilting my friends!