How much quilting is too much?

Have you ever entered a quilt to a quilt show and gotten a comment back from a judge or two stating that it needed more quilting?

A few months ago,my mom and I took a landscape class offered at the quilt guild that I belong to. I thought I’d share a couple “in progress” photos. Most of the applique is done, as well as most of the quilting. I’m trying to learn and practice quiltiing different designs.

Originally I had the idea of quilting whispy clouds and “breezes”. When I finished quilting the sky, I showed my mom and asked what she thought. She liked it, but suggested that I do more quilting in the sky because that’s what the judges like. At first, I said that I was quilting it for me and this was how I envisioned it. I didn’t want it to have heavy dense quilting. Then, I thougth about it, and decided to add more stitching. The whole point in taking a class is to learn new things and step outside my comfort zone.

Lighthouse landscape more quilting

I have to say, this is the first time I’ve quilted something, taken a photo, then added more quilting. It’s interesting to compare the two ideas.

I got the inspiration by googling “sky quilting designs” and coming across an image of Angela Walters’s “Busy City Quilt”. Although I’m not entirely thrilled with the quilting I did here, I’m pleased that I tried something different.

What do you think? Do you like the “less quiling” version or the “more quilting version? I’d love to hear which version you prefer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section. There’s no right or wrong. That’s the beauty of quilting!

I still have to add some fence posts and a little more quilting on this project. I’ll post another picture when it is finally done and let you know which version I prefer.  I’ll post a photo of my mom’s finished lighthouse too.

Things that make me smile:

  • Great food and dancing with Jim at the River Grill along the water. This was the last weekend they were open until next spring. The fish tacos were excellent!
  • A beautiful sunny day picking apples in Niagara County at Baker Farm Market.
  • All the homemade applesauce, apple pie, apple cake, etc. made from the fresh apples!

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

Chimney Bluffs – A Quilter’s Perspective

 

Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

For those of you curious about where to find a location in New York State that has been compared to the Badlands of South Dakata, I suggest a trip to Chimney Bluffs State Park in the town of Huron.  These bluffs are a result of the last ice age found along the southern shores of Lake Ontario just east of Sodus Bay.  They are truly an awesome sight to see.  I like to hike the trail along the top first then walk along the beach at the bottom to return to the car.  It’s not a very long trail, but I would not recommend taking young children because there are no railings.  You can see areas where a trail seems to go over the cliff showing that with each passing year, the bluffs erode away a little more. 

 The Museum Quilt Guild which I belong to is a member guild of the Quilter’s Consortium of New York State.  The consortium has a challenge called Stitching New York – A Quilter’s Perspective.   Although pictures can not do the bluffs justice, I have decided to showcase this lesser known gem of New York State for the QCNYS challenge. 

Chimney Bluffs State Park

QCNYS Stitching New York Challenge – Chimney Bluffs

I printed the photos onto fabric then appliqued them onto a black background.  I framed them with various batik fabrics and added a little bit of thread painting as accents.  I decided to quilt the background with varigated blue thread in a sort of ripple design to resemble water.

chimney bluffs 7When I showed the quilt at our guild meeting last Saturday, several people said they saw Jesus with outstreached arms in this photo.  I had been working so close to the photo that I didn’t see it  until someone held it up so I could view it from a distance.  It just goes to show that he’s always close by, even though I can’t always see him. 

 

 

 

 

 Any guild that has a quilt show this year or next year can display some or all of the entries in the challenge at their show if they would like to.  A couple other members of our guild have entries also.  Cynda Watroba did a beautiful depiction of Niagara Falls in stunning rainbow colors on a black background.  Elaine Ross used a photo of the train trestle bridge in Letchworth State Park to create her entry.  She had the image printed on fabric by Julie Brandon at Red Dog Enterprises.  You check out both of these entries at the Museum Quilt Guild blog at  http://museumquiltguild.blogspot.com

Mary Tyler Moore opening croppedLast post, I mentioned another challenge that I was working on.  The challenge was titled “That was then…” and the theme was the year you were born. After months of trying to find something I loved enough to inspire a quilt from 1970, I found out that the Mary Tyler Moore Show started in 1970.   My working title was “You’re Gonna’ Make It After All.”  True to form, I didn’t get started until last minute, and well, apparently, l’m not  “gonna’ make it after all”, at least not yet.  Unfortunately, the clock was against me.  I haven’t given up on the project, though. The image that Julie Brandon printed for me on fabric came out so good that I really want to do it justice. I’ll keep you updated on my progress as I work on it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Drop me a line in the comment section.  I’d love to hear from you.  Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie