Monday, April 26, 2021

Week 4 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art)

Wow, I'm keeping up with the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) on Instagram. It's been a long, hard week but I managed it. This is the second last week of April and I'm going to show you what I posted, from P to U!

P is for Paper

The piece is Momigami tree and was created based on a workshop with Cas Holmes through in August 2020. Momigami is Japanese for cloth made of kneaded paper.  We adapted the process by using long-fibred paper and kneading it with a little bit of oil until it become more supple. This was hand-stitched onto fabric to create a small landscape. 

Momigami tree

Since I haven't written a post about this piece yet, I don't want to give it all away. Let's just say that along with hand-dyed cotton, tulle, cheese-cloth and yarn, there are also pages from magazines and a potato bag.

Building up the piece

Q is for Quilting Wholecloth

The piece is Flower of Life, created for Project Quilting 2020. The theme was Notably Numeric. This had me stumped because math is not my idea of fun, however there was mention of geometry so that wasn't too bad. I started one of those rabbit hole journeys on the internet and ended up with the Flower of Life. It turns out that it's a Sacred Geometry pattern and it was very cool to learn about it. 
I actually drew the pattern, which is a series of circles, onto the fabric but since I used a frixion pen, it left a shadow on the fabric. Not a problem - I quilted it from the back 😊. This was only some of the problem solving in this project. You can read more about it in the two posts found below in Related links.

The free motion quilting from the back

A series of circles

I added beads to the centre of the intersecting circles. It breaks up the pattern a bit but I love the orange peel pattern almost as much as I love hexies!

The Flower of Life

R is for Reverse Appliqué

This piece is called Funky Flower Mola, made for the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop. The book was Molas!: Patterns, Techniques & Projects for Colorful Applique by Kate Mathews. In her book, Kate Mathews explains the origins of Molas. It's a textile tradition of the Kuna, an aboriginal people from the Panama area. You may not know what they are called, but odds are you've seen some before. The are colourful and joyful - everything that attracts me to textiles.

My version of a Mola. It has several layers of fabric.

Adding green to the layers
The idea is to layer fabrics and then cut through them to create the variations in colours. The square flower in the middle is made up of three layers of fabric. I added a green layer of fabric between the others to the right of the piece, and some yellow and lilac layers to the left.
Adding yellow
and purple layers

The square flower has a layer
of hot pink, maroon and pink

This was done in February 2019, before I started doing so much hand-stitching and embroidery. I think that if I made a Mola today, that it would be much better. It was a lot of fun and reverse appliqué is not that difficult - more fussy than anything. I'm actually working on a piece that will require lots of reverse appliqué so I'm bound to get better at it😊.

S is for Strings

This piece is called “Tries to play nice with others” and was created for the All About Strings Blog Hop. It has blocks that are string pieced, two layers of batting for extra fluffiness and a lot of fun free motion quilting. Of course, it also includes hexies. 

“Tries to play nice with others” 
This piece includes all of my favourite things! Easy piecing, great colours, hexies and lots and lots of free motion quilting!

Featuring bright colours, hexies and FMQ - my favourite things!

T is for Transparent or Translucent

Flower Impressions - Pink Campion was created based on a workshop with Vinny Stapley through I love the transparent look of textiles but didn't think that I would like working with it. I'm happy to say that I was wrong - I love it and it's really not difficult to work with, at least by hand.

Flower Impressions - Pink Campion

Using tulle and organza of all kinds and colours,
including hand-dyed silk organza

I really hope to explore transparency and translucence in the future. There is so much that I would like to try 😊
The inspiration for the piece,
pink campion in my garden

Playing with different types of embroidery stitches

U is for UFO

If you've been following my blog for a while, you will recognize my Pinwheels and Stars baby quilt. It was adapted from the quilt, Make a Wish, from the Quilt Almanac, 2011. In the centre of the quilt, I created a type of wholecloth negative section to quilt. Last year I quilted the pinwheels and stars and I’m now finishing the middle with free motion quilting (FMQ). This include our solar system, the Artemis project,  the Perseverance Rover landing on Mars as well as some funky space nebula, stars and a UFO. 

This is the annotated image of the FMQ with the names of the planets and the Artemis Project.

Our Solar System

The UFO on my UFO!

This is a preview of the FMQ around the planets, stars and other special objects.  

Adding swirls, loops and stars between the planets.

More swirls, loops and stars

I finished the FMQ and squared the quilt up. It's now ready to bind and post. The finale will be on April 29th in the Free Motion Mavericks' post - just in time for April's One Monthly Goal (OMG). 

What I learned
  • Not much to add except that this is all time consuming but I've learned a lot about posting on Instagram and to linky parties with my phone.
  • I'm pretty impressed with the number of art quilts that I've made. So far I haven't had to re-use any of the art quilts that I've featured.
  • I'm running behind...I haven't really prepared V to Z yet, but I'm sure that they will be posted more or less on time 😊
Related links
Linking parties

I'll be linking up to many fun linking parties. If you're interested in seeing the other participants in the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art), make sure to check out Frédérique's link ups during the week. There are some really great posts and participants! Patchwork & QuiltsFree Motion Mavericks with Muv, 


  1. Pretty projects! Bravo pour cette semaine de challenge, et les belles trouvailles ! C'est chouette de ressortir d'anciens ouvrages, et comme ça moi je peux les découvrir et les admirer ;)

    1. Merci beaucoup Frédérique. C'est pour cela que j'ai essayé d'avoir des ouvrages plus vieilles. Je suis heureuse d'avoir participé mais je suis épuisée! :-)

  2. You always create the most interesting and fabulous of pieces, Andree! You seem to have so much fun! I particularly love your Tries to play nice with others, quilt. It is lovely.

    1. Thanks so much Kim. If it's not fun then it's not worth doing in my opinion :-) That's why some quilts take so long to make - because the fun has gone out of them...usually if I have to figure something out and I'm just not ready.


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