Art Quilts Around the World Challenge: Where I Dream

The theme for the January reveal for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts around the world is “Where I Dream.” I do not go to an actual place but dream in my head and I tend to fall back on the color wheel and a little help from Pinterest!! I began with a silhouette drawing of a female motif and the 12 basic colors of the color wheel using batiks. I used a black with tiny multicolored print for the background and a fun button in the middle to repeat all the colors and to show movement. I quilted the project with radiating quilting lines from the center of the quilt using 12 different thread colors to coordinate with the area I was quilting.

The theme for the January reveal for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts around the world is “Where I Dream.” I do not go to an actual place but dream in my head and I tend to fall back on the color wheel and a little help from Pinterest!! I began with a silhouette drawing of a female motif and the 12 basic colors of the color wheel using batiks. I used a black with tiny multicolored print for the background and a fun button in the middle to repeat all the colors and to show movement. I quilted the project with radiating quilting lines from the center of the quilt using 12 different thread colors to coordinate with the area I was quilting.

I began the quilt doing math/geometry. I feel if my high school geometry class had featured quilt blocks I may have paid more attention!! To figure out what I needed to create I started with a circle has 360 degrees. Divide by 12 colors and each “wedge” of color would be 30 degrees which is easy to find on my 6” x 24” ruler. I drew this on foundation paper twice-6 wedges each piece of paper. I sewed the cool colors on one foundation piece and the warm colors on the other foundation piece. I did a sew. flip and press method to create the two background pieces.

I began the quilt doing math/geometry. I feel if my high school geometry class had featured quilt blocks I may have paid more attention!! To figure out what I needed to create I started with a circle has 360 degrees. Divide by 12 colors and each “wedge” of color would be 30 degrees which is easy to find on my 6” x 24” ruler. I drew this on foundation paper twice-6 wedges each piece of paper. I sewed the cool colors on one foundation piece and the warm colors on the other foundation piece. I did a sew. flip and press method to create the two background pieces.

After removing the foundation paper I sewed the two sections together to form the background. I drew the applique image on Pellon Wonder Under marking the vertical and horizontal centers to align the applique with the center on the wedges with the center of the applique. I chose for the yellow to be in the upper right hand corner. My least favorite of the 12 colors of the color wheel is blue violet so it has the smallest amount of the applique. After fusing I used the 12 threads to quit the project. It was meant to be bold and simple and therefore only the button was my embellishment. It is cute to me and I will use it when I teach my color theory classes as an art quilt using the color wheel as it’s focal point.

After removing the foundation paper I sewed the two sections together to form the background. I drew the applique image on Pellon Wonder Under marking the vertical and horizontal centers to align the applique with the center on the wedges with the center of the applique. I chose for the yellow to be in the upper right hand corner. My least favorite of the 12 colors of the color wheel is blue violet so it has the smallest amount of the applique. After fusing I used the 12 threads to quit the project. It was meant to be bold and simple and therefore only the button was my embellishment. It is cute to me and I will use it when I teach my color theory classes as an art quilt using the color wheel as it’s focal point.