Design and complete a small
work that is a “non-traditional shape” or odd-shape quilt.
The interpretations for this element are unlimited. The quilt might
be round, oval or hexagonal, for example. It might be a rectangle that
has out-jutting parts, or a square quilt that has the center cut out.
Or a long snake of a piece, 6 inches x 6 feet, or a free-standing sculptural
quilt. Or several separate quilts attached together some way. Another
interpretation might be a quilt with a large 3-D shape attached to
it (think pregnant belly protrusion, or Mick Jagger sticking his tongue
out). The quilt might be many parts hung together with some type of
Commercial fabrics,cellophane ribbon, novelty
yarns and charms.
My favorite quilt made with FFFC, this quilt started out to be
an underwater view
through a porthole. However, the more I worked on it the more
it didn't want to be an underwater scene. Instead, it evolved
into a look deep into the forest between the birch trees. The
border contains many hidden charms and buttons.
No Bake Biscuits
18 x 16
Cotton and embellishments
Fabric biscuits attached to the green strips with beads. To
keep it hanging straight 1/4" dowels are sewn into the strips
with gold stars added to give it a little pizzazz.
18 x 24 “
Commercial cottons; Fused and hand applique; free-motion quilted with
Del Mar, California
Aluminum foil; hand dyed silks and cottons;
velvet; metallics; tulle;swarovski crystal beads.
The wings and body are made free standing
and poseable with 4 layers of aluminum foil plus batting as center
layer of “sandwich”.
individual flowers fussy cut, quilted and sewn together to form a wreath
Green is Good
20 x 15"
Commercial and hand dyed cotton, fused
appliqué and curved piecing
Ecology in flag form. I used a distorted rectangle shape for this
piece resembling the American flag. Commercial and hand dyed cotton
fabrics, curved piecing, fused applique, machine quilting with cotton
thread, quilt edge is zigzag stitched twice around, a few glass beads
added, then painted the back of the quilt with a glue/water solution
and formed curves and let dry. I hung it using Command Strips (removable
velcro type picture hangers)
This was quick and fun. I'm not very political, so I was surprised
this came out of me. I do care about the environment, recycling, global
warming, etc. I guess that's what it's about!
San Leandro, CA
The Shape of You, The Shape of Me
17 x 14”
Cotton fabrics, fused
The idea was inspired by 'The Shape of Me and Other Stuff' by
Dr. Seuss, and the title is a quote from the book. I traced photos
of my family to create the composition for this quilt. I used
Robbi Joy Eklow's Puzzle Quilt fusing technique to construct
the quilt. The white areas are holes that have been cut from
the quilt. The shapes and edges are finished with free motion satin
Marlene A. Koons
used my hand dyed fabric strips and just started sewing. The
idea of the arrow just appeared as the unusual shape! Now I
can hang it for lots of occasions...to tell my mood, point the way
to a treasure, direct the creative forces...
commercial fabrics with felt batting and felt as a hanging mechanism
This was the odd-shaped challenge, and I chose to make it totally
3-dimensional. Commercial landscape prints, in an accordion fold,
so that you get a different view from the right side than from the
left. Based on a piece in the Creative Quilting book.
striped fabric and a wedge ruler
I used a wedge ruler to play with a striped fabric to create some movement and
cause actual movement to take place within the quilt. Yes, those are holes in
the center of both circles, carefully bound after quilting. I now teach a class
based on this technique.
Christmas tree pin
During the time for this challenge, I designed a new pin to sell
shows. It is a 2" tall pieced Christmas tree, decorated with
beads and crystals, and topped off with a silver hummingbird bead.
18 1/2" x 13" s 5"
Minky, fleece, satin and
added eyes, Polyfil stuffing
The head shape started with a plastic
bag stuffed with Polyfil, then muslin sewn to create a starting
shape, and then white on white starry cotton. The lips and
nose are red satin, the hair a mix of purple and green curly
fake fur. Scraps of fleece went
into the hat, along with a cockatiel feather. I added the
ruff after my original posting.
Valerie Paige Stiles
San Diego, CA
Six Degrees of Connection
I wanted to create some sort of puzzle in
several small pieces, not unlike the little brain-teaser puzzles
my mother used to put in my Christmas stocking. The result is a piece
I call "Six
Degrees of Connection." (The title is a twist on the six-degrees-of-separation
game that I'm sure you're all familiar with. Plus my little shapes
are the symbol for temperature degree, ie, a circle)
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 -
7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12