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April 6, 2009

The Twa Sisters: An electronic storyquilt

This video shows the steps in building a sample of one of the reactive squares. These squares will be assembled into a completed story quilt.

Screen printing

March 29, 2009

Here are the images of my updated storyboard. The link below will take you to a flash simulation of the overall story. Check it out? Tell me what you think?

Flash Storyboard

Nanotec & textiles

March 16, 2009

Wow, I need all of my clothes to be made out of this material.

Nanotec Textiles

During my time with the Christ Church Sheffield quilt group this weekend, Betsy Garcia showed me some of the other quilt projects she has been working on.

Below is a picture of a round robin quilt that Betsy has been working on with a few friends. I was particularly interested in the applique shapes on the quilt. Betsy gave me a few tips on applique techniques. It is expected that this quilt will take a total of a year to complete.

Round robin quilt

Round robin quilt

The below photos are of a hand-made quilt that Betsy is working on for the Hancock Shaker Village. I was particularly interested in the combination of embroidery and applique techniques used on this quilt.

Tree of life quilt

Tree of life quilt

Tree of life quilt detail

Tree of life quilt detail

Back of tree of life quilt

Back of tree of life quilt

Finally, Betsy showed me a quilting sample that she used to teach a three hour quilting class earlier this year.

Quilting sample

Quilting sample

Quilting detail

Quilting detail

Today I was invited to a gathering of Christ Church Sheffield’s quilting group. Every year they create a queen-sized quilt that will be raffled off in the church’s fundraising yard sale. This was a great opportunity to see how these community quilts are constructed and to pick up some quilting pointers.

The pattern for the completed quilt

Betsy Garcia is the manager of this year’s quilt and hosted today’s meeting at her house. Members of the group had already cut the squares that would be used to create the spools and background in the center of the quilt. Today’s mission was to begin piecing those spools together. When all is said and done, the group will need a total of 400 spools in order to complete the queen-sized quilt.

Betsy created a series of helpful guides that show how the pieces will be sewn together.

Fabrication instructions

Fabrication instructions

Instructions continued

Instructions continued

The four attending members of the meeting worked in an assembly line to create the squares. The first step was to mark the small squares with a single diagonal line between two of the points.

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My mom would then pin these pieces to a rectangular piece of fabric.

Pinning the squares

Pinning the squares

These pinned pieces were then machine sewn together and pressed.

Sewing the pieces together

Sewing the pieces together

Finally, the completed squares were measured to ensure they were perfect squares.

Squaring off the completed pieces

Squaring off the completed pieces

I really appreciated the opportunity to view this process. In the end I was wrangled in to help with some of the pinning and to count all of the completed squares.