Infatuated with Mosaic Quilts

Infatuated with Mosaic Quilts

Over and over again, I’m drawn to quilts that incorporate tiny bits of fabric into mosaic patterns. They create such interesting designs, I can’t get enough.

Recently I was thrilled with an episode of Quilting Arts TV that featured a mosaic quilt technique used by Heidi Proffetty. I was so blown away by her talent, that I wanted to share some of her amazing work with you.

Her quilt “Daddy Hold My Hand” (below) is a great example of her mosaic fabric technique.

“Daddy Hold My Hand” by Heidi Proffetty

I found this wonderful article from Superior Threads about her:

https://www.superiorthreads.com/feature-mosaic-art-quilts

Heidi says she begins with an inspiring photo. Using her computer, she reduces the colors and transforms the photo into a mosaic drawing. Using her iPad and a vector app, she creates a .SGV file that she can upload to her digital cutter to cut all the individual tiny pieces (like tiles) of fabric for the mosaic quilt. After assembling the tiny pieces onto a background fabric, she free-motion stitches them all in place.

Here’s a more detailed step-by-step article about her process:

https://www.superiorthreads.com/feature/mosaic-art-quilts-step-by-step

Heidi recently won First Place (People, Portraits, and Figures) for her quilt “Is She Ready Yet?at the 2018 Houston Int’l Quilt Festival. Isn’t it stunning

Close-up (quilt by Heidi Proffetty)

You can see the free-motion quilting in the closeup. And you can readily understand how a digital fabric cutter could be helpful in cutting each and every one of these unique shapes. Just the thought of cutting them all by hand is overwhelming.

Although I’d love to try her technique, I don’t have access to a digital fabric cutter, so I’d need to cut the individual pieces by hand. Wouldn’t it be fun to give this technique a try in a small scale project. Something a bit smaller…for example, try it on just a section of an inspirational photo?

I’ve tried a similar technique doing mosaic art quilts like my Lady Liberty, but the mosaic fabric shapes used were all squares. Using all these individual and unique shapes adds so much depth to her work. It would be fascinating to try.

This will take some experimentation, but let’s see if I can come up with something…

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Conrad the Carrot Collector Wool Applique Project

Conrad the Carrot Collector Wool Applique Project

So one of the things Kim Lapacek taught us at the “So You Wanna Be A Blogger” class, was to install and use Windows Live Writer to write your blogs and post them to your Blogger or WordPress site.  I’m giving it a try today—we’ll see how it goes.

A few weeks ago I saw Michelle May on Quilting Arts TV and simply fell in love with her wool applique.  I downloaded the free pattern for Conrad the Carrot Collector” from the Quilting Arts TV.

Isn’t he just the cutest thing?

I’m new to wool applique—so I don’t have a stash.  So of course I couldn’t resist going to Michelle’s “Raspberry Rabbit” website to purchase the kit!

It was like Christmas when the package arrived—look at the pretty ribbon wrapping!

And she even included a few little surprises…chocolate & a Raspberry Rabbit pencil.

Needless to say, I worked on the chocolate immediately!!

My “Conrad” is coming along—here he is so far:

 

I purchased the background fabric at Mill House Quilts the other day.  I think it gives it a “folksy” look.  But don’t look too closely at my stitching—it’s an up and down running stitch and I need more practice—although it’s supposed to look primitive.

I’ll keep you updated on “Conrad’s” progress— in the meantime,

Happy Quilting!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts