Work in Progress
Updates beginning July 2011

New Bern

October 26, 2012: Finished!

October 14, 2012:

The border is on! I did not have space on my design wall for awhile, so it was hard to get going on the border, but I made some space and it is done. Now on to the quilting.

September 7, 2012:

This has been on hold for a bit. The edges are finished and it is time to do the border. I seem to be blocked on the border. Part of the reason I can't seem to proceed has to do with the design wall being taken up with another quilt, so it is hard to place my border pieces. The "other quilt" is a pieced one, made or triangles, similar in construction to the Reef, Emerald Forest and Aquatic Refractions. I have been sewing together the pieces with the hope that I might move them off the wall temporarily.

The other reason that New Bern is on hold is because I am working on yet another quilt, that you will see below. It has really captured my interest. It is based on the "Fountain of Fair Fortune" from Beedle the Bard. I had been thinking for a while that I would like to work in more fantasy pieces, and this is it.

July 20, 2012:

This current work in progress was started in May 2012. I am now working on finishing the edges of all of the applique. When that is done I will be adding border.
The quilt is based on a photo I took of the waterfront in New Bern, North Carolina. It was intended as a class sample for my border class at Blue Ridge Quilt Festival on June 23.
I needed to make a "simple" pictorial quilt to demo adding my signature multi-fabric borders.

See examples of the border style referred to above, and perhaps how it has evolved, on the following quilts:






Updates: March 6 - April 1, 2012
And now for something completely different...beading. I am between projects, and my QU class, "To Bead or Not to Bead" is running.
I can't quite settle on a sewing project to work on next, so meanwhile, I am beading and knitting.
Below, see some beaded Elephants. This is a 9" x 12" batik panel that I started beading quite a long time ago.


April 1: Continuing to dress up the elephants.

Detail. Headdress and ankle decorations.

Previous Elephant Updates

March 25: The outlines are finished, so now I get to dress up the elephants.
A detail

March 18: I continue to work on the outline of the purple elephant,
plus adding some jewelry to the yellow elephant.
A detail

March 11: Working on the outline of the purple elephant.

March 11 detail.

March 6: I completed outlining the green elephant on the top left
and parts of the red elephant.

March 6 detail.

This is where we resume with this project, the first week of March 2012.
I had not worked on it for at least two years.

Previous "Work in Progress" Quilts

Mabry Mill completed January 2012

Fountain of Fair Fortune completed September 2013

Santa Fe Courtyard completed January 2012

Summer's End completed September 2011

I teach the techniques I am using to make these pictorial quilts in several of my classes. At Quilt University you can learn to make a drawing/pattern from a photo in my "On Land and Sea" class and in "Flower Power". I call the applique technique I am using "Upside-Down Applique". It is another of my QU classes. Upside Down Applique is one of several applique methods I teach in the Flower Power class.

I also teach a two day live class, called "From Photo to Quilt" at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd VA. This is an "on-demand" class. When we have enough people interested in the class, it will be scheduled to suit the participants.

Susan's Quilt University class schedule

Photo to Quilt at the Jacksonville Center

More information about From Photo to Quilt



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