|My “Celebrate” piece (unfinished)|
I’m working to finish up my “Celebrate” 10 x 16 Challenge quilt for my small Art Quilt group, the Fiber Funsters. I struggled with this theme for some reason… with the holidays, it seemed like it would be a no-brainer. But I finally decided to play with some of my hand-dyed and painted fabrics I had made and came up with an abstract design that I’m satisfied with. Maybe not thrilled, but satisfied.
The feeling that I got from the fabrics in relation to the theme of “Celebrate” was the lights, colors, and excitement of New Years eve. So, I decided to play around tonight with making a new freemotion quilting pattern of fireworks to go along with it. This is particularly appropriate here in Seattle, where New Years is celebrated with an incredible show of fireworks coming out of the Space Needle
|“Fireworks” Freemotion Quilting design by Christina Fairley Erickson|
The Fireworks design is fairly simple. I started from the bottom, making a long curved line up to the top “firework” and mad a little circle there. I then built outward- a line out with a little circle on the end, then traveling back down the line to the center circle, going around the center circle until there were multiple explosions outwards. When I felt there were enough, I traveled back down the original line and built out one or more additional fireworks.
I don’t think you need to be too careful with this design, as fireworks leave additional streaks of light, so travel stitches don’t have to be too exact.
This design would also be good as dandelion seeds or a wispy, whimsical flower.
Thanks again for all the inspiration I’ve received in trying out freemotion quilting from Leah Day and her Freemotion Quilting Project. By watching her videos and reading her blog regularly, I was able to come up with this design on my own!
Wish me luck… I have my 5 x 7 Challenge piece for the week completely pieced, but need to finish the quilting tonight before I reveal it tomorrow, and this one needs to be done by Wednesday morning, when the Fiber Funsters come to meet at my house!
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10 x 16 Challenge
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