So this past spring quarter at my school I took an art quilt class. I always LOVED quilting, I just never did a lot of it because 1) I never had the time with school and 2) i was very intimidated. So this class was the perfect opertunity for me to really get more involved in quilting and develop my approach, I guess you could say, toward quilting. This class was by far the best class I had ever taken. So many different variations to the projects and you could really see each student's style in each project.
I just wanted to post 2 of the quilts I made in the class. We ended up making 4 total - the first being a 20in x 20in whole cloth quilt - completely hand stitched, the second was either log cabin or string quilt, third was 9 patch, and 4 was the final.
This is the first one..which was my whole cloth quilt. I also experimented a little bit with trapunto which is where you stuff certain sections of the quilt. I really like the effect you get with it, but I will definitely experiment more with different types of materials to stuff it with because you really get a wide variety of textures depending on what you use. I used a white 100% cotton yarn to stuff sections of the middle, but it really didn't show up visually or texturally. I also stuff the circles around the large circle, but i stuffed those with a light blue roving yarn which showed up a lot better.
Anyway! Here it is!
and here is a close up
I had so much fun doing this! I really love hand quilting the pieces. You really do get a different experience while you're doing it and also afterwords knowing how much time and care you put into each stitch. You spend a lot more time with the quilt in your hands and I really like that a lot.
Ok! Here is my next quilt which was my final. I really fell in love with string quilting, so I decided to do that for my final. I am really inspired by trains and railroads....I don't know why I just really like the environment that surrounds trains and the history behind trains. So this quilt was based off of the views you'd see while looking out a boxcar. Mostly thinking about the nature and the day to night theme.
Ok! sorrry for having so many pictures!! This was my second attempt at free motion...which i'm still trying to get the hang of. I just decided to try not to stress over the perfection of it and try to get used to the overall movement of the fabric with the speed etc.
Anyway! Those are my quilts, I'm really excited about them and all I want to do is make another one! I can't wait! I really hope you enjoyed them!