Category Archives: collage art

Big Rock Candy Mountain Quilt- quilt piecing triangles

photo 2Here is my fabric interpretation of the painting ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’ by Colt Bowden. We’ve been locked into an artist trade for years and I’m finally coming through on my end of the bargain.
big rock candy mountain by Colt BowdenHere is the original painting and inspiration- Big Rock Candy Mountain by Colt Bowden, painted for Summit in Eden Utah.  In case you’re not aware, Summit is a residential artists community designed with the vision of creating an epicenter of innovation in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains.

photo 1It’s been a very experimental and frustrating piecing process, in quilt piecing triangles, I’ve been making it up as I go along. But like any challenge, if you keep working at it, it becomes easier as you go and hopefully you learn something along the way.

triangle mountain quiltHere is the mountain, finally all pieced, with a faint chalk outline of where to cut out for the final mountain shape. It’s about 5 feet tall and 34 inches wide at the bottom.

triangles from the backYou can see the freestyle, experimental piecework from the back, some seams match and have a small edge and other seams have quite a bit of extra on the back. For the most part, this doesn’t matter. When a dark fabric could be seen through onto the right side of a light colored fabric, I made sure to trim the darker fabric in the back.

mountain quilt top detailThe snow capped top of the mountain was challenging to put together. Mainly because it took reversing the triangles from facing inward in ‘starburst’ patterns method to a new method of triangles facing downward with their pointy ends, I wasn’t sure I would pull it off at first. After picking out many seams as I went along, I finally got the snow angles right.

photo 3I don’t think I could have finished this mountain if I didn’t love it so much. It’s been so inspiring. I feel like it’s opened up a whole new world of thinking when it comes to colors, solid fabrics and even the piecing of triangles of fabric in such a unconventional way.
photo 4The background is underway, here’s a possibility. Plain fabrics in solid colors, like the ones in the mountain, set in gradation, to follow the layout of the painting. I do like the dark colors as a background, it helps the mountain stand out in the foreground. But, as I searched for background fabrics, I think I found a better idea:

mountain quiltThese fabrics are mainly solid in color, but with a slightly variegated aspect to them. All the colors I needed were available- bonus.

photo 2The subtle difference in the solids of the mountain fabrics and the ‘shadow play’ background fabrics should be small but significant to the end result.  I can’t wait to see the background in place. Stay tuned.

Take a look at the finished quilt here.

some new goods on Etsy

It’s been a busy couple of weeks-  a little summertime fun but mostly sewing and participating in a few local outdoor markets. I decided to make a few crib-sized patchwork quilts, manageable in size and fun to put together. As you can see, it’s all about random, kitschy color combos this summer- but organized within a theme- such as ‘pink’ in this baby quilt. They’re all in my Etsy shop.
patchwork crib quilt

‘Boy’ fabrics and colors here…
patchwork boy baby quilt

Then back to pink, but with a red binding. I do so love pink and red together.
patchwork baby quilt

I’ve been making patchwork picnic blankets too. This one (below) is made with 10 inch squares and no theme what-so-ever, just scraps. The top (as you can see) is pieced but the back is a single piece of fabric sewn to the front in pillowcase style (right sides together, stitch around all edges leaving a 15 inch or so opening to pull the whole thing right side out again). Turn the whole thing right side out, iron flat and top stitch the edges. No batting, no quilting. The size of this one is 54 inches by 86 inches- a little longer than a standard picnic table size. Great as a picnic blanket, or throw too.
patchwork picnic blanket

And the ever-so-handy 2 in 1, reversible, half aprons for cooking, entertaining, gardening, working or anything else you might need to look cute for. All the goods shown here are listed on Etsy.
reversible aprons

vintage picture books

While procrastinating my duties, I stumbled into CEDOK bookstore, an online Japanese store, (I think- I don’t speak or read Japanese) and found all of these delightful illustrations in children’s picture books from 1960 – 1990’s. I couldn’t help but waste extraordinary amounts of time browsing the images.

They call to mind the books of publisher Harlin Quist an avant-garde publisher in America (1966 – 1984) who published over 60 children’s books featuring some of the finest American and European artists and illustrators. Mention of the name can bring me to tears with visual memories flooding back remembering the images of favorite books of my own childhood, Millicent the Monster being first on the list.
So, let the vintage or from-my-childhood-era reward be yours as well, I’ll show off some of the favorite illustrations I found today. I’m not sure what language is on the pages (do share if you know) and who’s the illustrator or the author, so I jotted down what info I could decipher.

Ze zahradky do zahradky, 1989, Jiri Kahoun


Postcards


Domecek z kostekj, 1961, Ela Perociova, Gabriela Dubska


Tajny lodni denik, 1966, Ladiskav Dvorsky, Jan Schmid


Sroubek v cirkuse, 1963, Marcello Argilli, Vladimir Fuka


Svetlusky, 1996, Jan Marsicek, Eva Frantova


Pahadoky pro obe usi, 1978

Nevyplazuj jazyk na Ivan, 1986, Daniel Hevier, Kveta Pacovska

Karlicka a bily konik, 1968, illustrated by Branka Jurcova, Kveta Pacovska