I have a lot of catching up for the World Quilting Travel Adventure
with JoJo Hall. We are going on a wonderful world tour and making souvenirs from our destinations.
Oregon, United States
Our first stop was in Oregon
, where JoJo comes from. I made a smaller, more whimsical version of her landscape. Check out her original landscape
, it's gorgeous!
Hawaii, United States
The second stop was Hawaii
. It's certainly an attractive destination, especially with the -25 C weather we were having in Ottawa! In November
I started making the plumeria flower that is on JoJo's headwrap
. Of course, since I need to do my own thing, I'm incorporating the plumeria into an art quilt.
|The beginning of the plumeria flower|
JoJo warned us that the flower would not be impressive until it was painted and sewn. I have to admit that I was terrified of painting it. I'm sure that's why I waited until late December to attempt it - and that's just because my quilting space was such a mess that I didn't want to go near it.
I took the project to the kitchen table with my water colours and brushes (never been used) and played with the paint. I can't say that I had much fun - I was too intimidated, and I also can't say that I liked the results, but I gave myself the benefit of the doubt to wait until I had sewn it before judging it. As my son remarked, this project had better not be washed, or I'll be loosing my water paint!
I'm glad I waited. Turns out it was better than I expected! The paint and the FMQ really add to it. I didn't sew around the whole flower so that it also has a 3-D effect.
|Plumeria flower after the water paint and FMQ|
The genesis of this art quilt is a silk scarf that I bought in China. The scarf was very fragile and better suited to art than wearing. In my stash, I found peach and yellow fabrics as well as this amazing purple and orange fabric that my daughter brought back from Senegal, Africa. This is truly a multi-cultural project!
|Working on this multi-cultural project|
To make the background, I just sewed a few pieces of the fabrics together and then cut them up and sewed them back together again. I just love improvising like this.
|Embroidered and beaded flower taken from the silk scarf|
I cut out one of the flowers from the silk scarf, bunched up the silk around it and embroidered it down. I added many beads (until I'd had enough!) but as my daughter said - it looked like a colourful blob. To make it look like a flower, in colours that would stand out, I embroidered around the different parts of the flower.
You may have noticed the frilly bit on the right in the picture above. I wanted to add more of the silk scarf, to tie it in with the flower. I originally intended for it to drape on the right edge, then my daughter turned the piece around so that the scarf hangs off the bottom. What a difference 90 degrees makes!
|Escape - almost done!|
I've been hand quilting the orange and the yellow areas and adding beads to some of the colourful African fabric. I'll have to be careful to not over do it - it's so easy to get carried away.
The third stop on JoJo's World Quilting Travel Adventure is my homeland
. I love Canada and I think that JoJo chose well with her souvenir - it's the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) made of hexies. I have to admit that before this project, I had no desire of doing any type of hexies! I have a UFO - an English Paper Piecing project started last summer made with triangles
. It's really fun, relaxing and very, very addictive! This hexie project is even more fun because I didn't try to plan the project first. I just went into my scrap bag of batiks and cut out hexies from colours that might fit.That's my kind of project - jump in and adjust as I go!
|Making many, many hexies|
I won't say much more about this project except that it's a work in progress. If you're interested in doing hexies, JoJo has two really good tutorial
for Basting Hexies and Joining Hexies. Please check them out!
|Not sure how I'll be putting these together. Stay tuned!|
What I've learned:
- As usual, I'm not doing so well with following dates. That's also how I prefer to travel - without strict agendas and time tables, just an outline of possibilities!
- JoJo has given me plenty of possibilities. I'm having a blast, and working very hard to not take it (or me) too seriously. This is a perfect opportunity for play,
- I'm addicted to hexies (only really cool ones, but hexies none the less!) We'll see if this lasts when I try to join them!
If you're interested in seeing what other travelers have made, check out the links on the Travelers' Souvenirs page
. I am linking to the following Linky Parties: Oh Scrap!
, Free Motion Mavericks
, Let's Bee Social
, Midweek Makers
, Needle and Thread Thursday
, Can I get a Whoop Whoop?
, Off the Wall Friday
, Finished or Not Friday
, Fabric Frenzy Friday