Friday, January 18, 2013

"Celebration" - Fiber Funsters Group Reveal 2

"Opening" by Christina Fairley Erickson
A small favor to ask... I've entered my quilt "Opening" in a online gallery of challenge quilts which viewers can vote on their 4 favorites.  Please check it out and vote for your favorites!

Last Wednesday, I showed the quilts that our small art quilt had made for our first challenge around the word "Opening."  Today, I have the next set, which were made with the prompt "Celebrate."  Due to the holidays, not everyone had either finished a piece, but we have quite a bit of diversity in what we do have!

The first piece, made by Sally, is entitled "Celebrate! Belize Anniversary."  Sally and her husband went to Belize for their 40th anniversary and really enjoyed the snorkeling.  Sally had recently taken Lola Jenkins' Thread Art Class through Craftsy, and used her know knowledge to make the incredible picture in this quilt. She layered the color using Crayon d'Arche Swiss water soluble pastels and encapsulated it with Textile medium.  The beads hanging on the left include gifts of a dried seahorse which Sally had received from her family and a mini plane and passport.

"Celebrate! Belize Anniversary" by Sally Simmons
"Celebrate!" by Marylee Drake
 Marylee and I were on the same wavelength, inspired by the incredible fireworks show at the Space Needle for New Years Eve.  See my post "Fireworks Freemotion Quilting Design" for a great photo from that show.  Marylee's piece is hand-stitched and beaded for the fireworks.  Her balloons are double layers or organza--she didn't quilt them down, so they are puffy, semi-transparent and add a great texture.  She had a fantastic tip for getting lettering on a quilt- print out the word(s) you want in the font and size you want from your computer.  Then put that paper on the right side of your quilt and stitch over it.  Tear away the paper (you might want to use paper-piecing paper which runs through your printer).  Then you can either add additional stitching or paint in the lettering, as Marylee did here using Lumiere fabric paints.  Marylee still has some work to complete, including possibly adding in a small Space Needle to finish the piece off.

I used my hand-dyed and painted fabrics to make an abstract piece that reminded me of New Years.  I quilted the piece with the fireworks design I created, then quilted over the right-side fireworks with silver thread, to echo the silver in the painted section in the center.  I also added a decorative machine stitch in the center portion and some fuzzy, metallic yarns.
"Fireworks" by Christina Fairley Erickson
Caroline has lived a fascinating life with lots of travel to remote places and living abroad while in the Peace Corp.  When she lived in Africa, it would be completely dry for 6 months.  When the rain finally came, it was something worth celebrating!  Children would go out and dance naked in the rain, mothers would hold their squealing little babies out from under the eaves in the downpour, everyone would sing and be joyous.
"The Rain He Done Come" by Carolyn Hitter

You might also be interested in:
Fireworks FreeMotion 
Quilting Design
The Fiber Funsters 
Group Reveal 1
The Fiber Funster's 
10 x 16 Group Challenge

Fantastic Blogs to Check Out:
For great ideas on how to freemotion quilt your projects, go to the Freemotion Quilting Project.  Leah Day's tutorials are fantastic!

Get inspired with different quilter's completions at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!

Nina Marie Sayre's great art quilting blog shares a great way to transfer a drawing onto fabric for redwork or other stitching

See some great projects and quilts recently finished on Richard and Tanya Quilts


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Pat- that means a lot coming from you. I love your koi and your freemotion quilting is superior!

  2. You are an interesting group with wide interests. I like how different all the pieces are.

    1. Thanks- it's a fun group and really interesting to see how we each interpret the same word/concept.

  3. Love your groups photos!! Especially The Rain He Done Come" by Carolyn Hitter you totally get the movement of the people and the joy at the rain coming.

  4. These are just so inspirational! I love what the stitching adds.

  5. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing these - I am familiar with the quilting gallery and of course will pop over there next:-)

  6. Wow, these are just delightful. I loved every one of them.

  7. WOW what fun! So creative..Inspiring!

  8. Beautiful art quilts, Christina!! I'm so glad you linked up all this wonderful eye candy! Whoop whoop!!