Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer of Color

This is the first page of my journal for this summer's challenge.

This week on summer of color ice cream inspirations the color was rainbow sherbet- including bold oranges, pinks, yellows, and a hint of white.  I came up with three different projects for this color.

The first one was in combination with a Lifebook lesson where we made blob art animals.  I used the sherbet colors to make my blobs.  This was a fun way to come up with some fun funky animals.


On the back I glued some scrap book paper just to make it look nice.  It folds into a little accordion book.
 The second project that I did was an abstract painting.  I painted this in a new watercolor Moleskine journal.  

The last project that I made was a small quilt.  I hand dye cotton fabric in the summer so I have a stash of colors already and I added some extra pinks for this week.  These are the fabrics that I used for this small quilt.
This quilt is 7 1/2" by 7 1/2" finished. 
 I layered different sizes of circles on my muslin background and laid a sheer white polyester over top of the whole piece and then free motion stitched it all down.  Next I layered five circles of fabric of the same size down and stitched around the outside.  I did this four times.  Then I cut away portions of the circles so that all the layers could be seen.  Then I stitched a spiral around the circles. I finished the edges using a pillowcase technique.   I wet the quilt down and rubbed the edges of the circles to get it to fray a bit for the last step. 
Here is a close up of one of the circles.  My stitching isn't the neatest, but this was a good way for me to get back to quilting for the summer.  I have been spending most of my time painting this last year, but I want to keep on making art quilts too. 

Now I'm gathering ideas for the next challenge which is mint chocolate chip.  There is still plenty of time to join this fun challenge so check it out at Summer of Color.

Have a great week,
Janelle






19 comments:

Molly said...

wow! You have really overachieved! They are all wonderful!

I love your quilt... But did I read that right??? 7.5 INCHES square? Do you take that and merge it with other pieces for a larger quilt or just use it as a decorative wall hanging? I'm intrigued by the idea of a mini quilt but not sure how it would be used... I'd love to hear more.

Netty said...

wow these are wonderful projects for the SOC. Annette x

PaulaJ said...

lots of great projects here! Awesome work!

Kristin said...

xo!

missy k said...

Well I am super impressed!

Blob art is so much fun. I love what you 'found' in your blobs. I did this with Tam too :)

I am in love with your circle quilt.... its so pretty.

Karenx

Fishcake_random said...

I really like the blob animals. Thats something I would really like to try doing sometime soon.
x x x

Kristin said...

xo!

Diana Taylor said...

Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous - I love the layered technique you used - it's very effective - and I love the colours - they really pop against the softer background. Lovely!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

you have put us all to shame with this posting full of wonderful!!!! can't decide which I like best...sorry I am so late getting here for week 1 and can't wait to see what you get up to for week 2...xx

JansArtyJunk said...

WOW! Your Rainbow Sherbert artwork is fun and fabulous ... love it!! Looking forward to your week 2 now!!
Jan x

Carmen said...

All just gorgeous - I can't sew straight either but I certainly couldn't make something as yummy as that quilt. Love your blob animals too :)

Caz said...

Oh what a lovely week one!

Mandy said...

Love all of this...but the.circle one is amazing...thanks for staring all of these pieces...some.great ideas...xxx

Ritu Dua said...

love your art and the quilt looks lovely !

Daniele Valois said...

well you already know I loved your submission for this week, and then I see you quilted too, and it looks fab!!! What a great color combo eh?

Sandi said...

Wow! Love how you tackled this in so many ways..all delightful!

JessiVille said...

Wow Janelle! You really got inspired. I love your painted art - w/c moleskins are great! And your quilt? AMAZING! Love, love, love! Can't wait to see what you come up with for mint choco chip ice cream!
Jessi xox

Terrie Purkey said...

So, an over achiever, huh? :) My goodness these are some amazing projects. I love the small quilt and am so impressed by the technique and by the fact that you can finish that AND the paintings in a week! Beautiful work! Thanks for the visit.

lydiapuenteharris said...

I love that you did more than one project for this, they came out really great. That quilt piece!
I also feel inspired to try paint blogs-haven't done that in a while but it is fun to see what you can make from the shapes.