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Sunday, July 27, 2014


also known as Sunny Day!  we are having a beautiful weekend, and today we have a local street music festival to go to.  Should be lots of fun! But before that, here's what I've been working on this week.

I finished off the quilting on the last of the 3 donation quilt tops.  While I decided to do simple allover quilting in the  middle, I could not bring myself to continue it out into the final border, so that got a swirl treatment!


It was fun to do, but then in my book, what quilting isn't fun???

border closeup

Talk about fun - did you see the quilting that Amy at Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures posted earlier this week?  Zen quilting!  Inspired by a zentangle, she figured out how to quilt it using her long arm rulers, then posted a video.  I was so enthralled, that as soon as I finished the above quilting, I had to give it a try!
I found a piece of hand dyed fabric I had dyed ages ago, drew my square - 9", divided vertically, horizontally and diagonally into triangles, grabbed my ruler, and off I went!  It really was quite easy - you get into a real zen like flow.  I know, I should have used a higher contrast thread, but I'm all for the texture and not for the thread, but I just love how it has turned out!

Solar Flare


Then I wondered, what would it look like if I quilted around a square and not a triangle?  This time I did use a higher contrast thread

square spiral
6" square

Cool, what??!!  No idea yet what I'll do with these, but they were so fun and easy I know they'll be appearing again.  SO many shapes to try the technique out in...

Hope you are having a wonderful summer weekend.

Happy quilting!

p.s. - it is Sunday - don't forget to check out this week's Sew Canadian summer studio tour!


Katherine said...

Oh, wow! Your quilting is AMAZING. I have got to check out this technique - looks like so much fun and it adds so much. Too cool!

Amy @ Amy's FMQ Adventures said...

I had the same thought to do a square shape after doing the triangle block! Great minds think alike! It's a great way to practice using a straight ruler too, since you're left with something interesting.

Loved that fabric and thread combo!

Beth said...

Oh my, so very beautiful. If you doonemore you can hang them together as a triptic (sp). Would be such awesome art on the wall.

felicity said...

In a word : wow. I love this, Janet!

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Thanks for the link to this fun quilting! I will have to give it a try sometime. I suspect there are endless possibilities..

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Very cool! Great optical illusion - straight lines making a curve.

dutchcomfort said...

Your quilting is outstanding Janet, I’m always in awe!

elle said...

A QF who zentangles showed me this and I just needed to make the leap to more modern quilts! great stuff

Maggi said...

Amazing effects with the zen quilting.

Monika Kinner-Whalen said...

Super lovely. Your quilting is fantastic!

: )

Gina said...

Gorgeous Janet! I hope you'll bind it and hang it as is.

Renate said...

Stunning workmanship as always. That Zentangle inspired 6" square would make a wonderful mug rug for a friend (wink, wink)

Lorna McMahon said...

Your quilting is simply amazing, Janet! So nice to meet you through the Sew Canadian tour at Mad About Patchwork. Looking forward to getting to know you!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Your quilting is beautiful, Janet. Now I'm off to check out that link. I want to learn how to do that too!