Saturday, May 11, 2013

Graffiti Stories

Graffiti Stories is my most recent quilt finish. This quilt was started as a freeform round robin project.
Completed Quilt Top

This was the quilt top after it had been passed around to the other two round robin group members for their additions. The starter piece was the section in the right hand side of the photo. I also put some rusted, hand dyed, screen printed and stenciled fabric in the piece.

Quilt top after the addition by round robin group members

I spent a lot of time wondering what to do with the quilt top, eventually I decided that more paint was needed. I needed to tone down the red fabric used in the top left hand side, as I thought it was too prominent, so added applique and stamping. 

The stamping with blue paint tied the quilt top together a bit more, so I then added stencils of an aerosol can, headphones and radio. After that, I added two borders using rusted fabrics and a hand dyed fabric in a dark rusty brown colour which seemed to work with the quilt top. 
Work in progress

I've entered this quilt in the International Quilt Festival of Ireland in the Graffiti and Tattoo section. I just got it finished in time, completed it the day before it was due up in Galway.

Pastel Memories Quilt

I finally finished this quilt on 1st April 2013. I say finally because this quilt was 10 years in the finishing!

My dad brought me back the flannel fabrics from New Orleans over 10 years ago. The colours were never really my choice, so after cutting out some blocks I lost interest in the project and put it away. The project ended up in the loft where it's been for the last 10 years. 

I've been trying to finish off some of my UFO projects this year so decided to get this project out again. Was inspired by the UFO busting tips on Pat Sloan's  blog. Luckily I had the pattern and fabrics all kept together in a plastic sealed bag, so was able to finish it off fairly quickly. The quilt top and back are made from all flannel fabrics so it feels lovely and soft.

Now that it's made I actually quite like the colours, but think I'll give it to my niece.