Positively Transparent was completed in November 2015 just in time to enter into QuiltCon West and right before my first official blog post, another Throwback Thursday link up.
|Positively Transparent by Paige Alexander|
On August 30, 2015, my day began by driving to Mt. Pleasant, SC to take a class, Mini Quilts, with Lizzy House hosted by the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild. I was getting close when I crossed the Arthur Ravenel Bridge spanning the Cooper River.
|Crossing the Arthur Ravenel Bridge into Mt. Pleasant, SC|
Lizzy began the class discussing the elements and principles of design (my weakness) and then she encouraged us to start drawing. Staring at the blank page, the first thing I thought of was a plus sign and possibly trying a layered or transparency effect. Here's my 'rough' sketch started in class and later redesigned the lower right corner.
|Positive Transparency drawn on graph paper|
While in class, Lizzy gave us a sneak peak of her then soon to be released fabric line, The Lovely Hunt and showed us her world-traveled quilt, The Meadow Quilt.
|A sneak peak at Lizzy's new fabric line, The Lovely Hunt|
Lizzy had taught The Meadow Quilt previously on Friday and Saturday.
|The Meadow Quilt by Lizzy House and quilted by Angela Walters|
Here are my meager beginnings before I left class. You can barely see the transparency starting to form.
|The start of Positively Transparent while in class|
After returning home, I finished the piecing. This was the first time I used Essex linen in a quilt and it sewed nicely with the other Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids.
|Piecing is complete for Positively Transparent|
I decided to quilt it using my walking foot in uneven parallel lines. Nothing to do but add line after line until I thought it was 'done'.
|Quilting started on Positively Transparent|
The majority of the quilting was done with Aurifil 5011 (Rope Beige) which matched the Essex in Flax perfectly. I added some quilting lines going all the way through the plus signs matching the colors of each.
|Straight line quilting detail on Positively Transparent|
Rather than a traditional binding, I decided to face it, which I had never done before. I found this article, Face It! A Better Quilt Edge, in American Quilter by Kathleen Loomis and followed it. I did reduce the angle of the corner template since my quilt was fairly small.
|Adding the facing to Positively Transparent|
Here the edge stitching has been added to the keep the facing from rolling to the front.
|Facing after edge stitching added|
You can see here where the edge stitching stops as you are not able to reach all the way to the corners. The facing has been turned under and hand stitched in place and the hanging sleeve is ready to sewn in place.
|Adding the hanging sleeve|
I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Sophie at Luna Lovequilts letting me know my quilt was included in issue #5 of Simply Moderne in an article about QuiltCon West which took place in Pasadena, CA in February 2016. What an honor it is to have my quilt included along beside the quilts of these talented artists such as Carolyn Friedlander, Chawne Kimber and Anne Sullivan.
|Positively Transparent in Simply Moderne #5|
|Simply Moderne Issue #5|
- Beautiful composition and color choice.
- Machine quilting is spot on including thread color choice.
- Facing is a good design choice and well executed.
- Finished size: 16" x 18"
- Pattern: Original design with Lizzy House offering guidance on element and color placement
- Edge Finishing: Facing method by Kathleen Loomis
- Fabrics: Robert Kaufman Essex Yard Dyed in Flax and Kona Cotton solids; Backing-Memorandum in Lune by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery
- Thread: Aurifil 5011 (Rope Beige) along with other Aurifil 50 wt. and some Mettlers
- Quilting design: Uneven striaght line quilting using a walking foot on a Bernina 153 QE
- Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
- Completed: November 20, 2015
Linking to Throwback Thursday (but not to far back) with Jen at A Quarter Inch from the Edge.