Thought I would show you what I am working on right now. First up is the remake of my “Hairy Leg” Quilt. This fun quilt was designed with my good friend, Lori Seavey-Christian, when we made quilts together. The name comes from the “hair” I quilted into Lori’s quilt.
work-in-progress by Carla Barrett
Sharp eyes will notice that I still have to quilt in the legs and hair still. LOL I plan to use different color thread for this. Anyway, this quilt is free-handed (meaning it is hand guided) with my A1 longarm quilting machine.
Next up is my Tropical Leaf design that I am using pigment paint to color. As you can see in this picture, I only have one section/color completed so far:
Digital Quilt Design by Carla Barrett. May be purchased at digitechpatterns.com
I decided I needed some new colors, so I am awaiting my pigment order to finish. The digital designs of my Tropical Leaf set is available at Digitech Designs. I do have lots more digital designs waiting to be released in 2013, too.
Because I tend to work in several mediums at once- I am also working on a freeform beaded project for a quilt. I hope to finish several quilt designs featuring my freeform beaded work on them in 2013!
I am so proud of my friend, Jenny Lyon, who won the 1st Runner up Best of Show at Pacific International Quilt Fest! I have always loved her quilting, and I am especially in awe that she does it with her domestic standard machine, too. Here is Jenny standing in front of her award winning quilt:
Here are some close-ups showing how lovely her quilting is:
This was a meaningful quilt for Jenny. She writes, “The quilt is based on a strong childhood memory of crouching in my Mother’s fern and Lily-of-the-Valley bed. I loved that! The smells were so beautiful and strong, there were all kinds of bugs in there and it was just a spot of beauty-sight, sound, smell and touch. I used Radiance in the center and hand dyed raw silk by Linda M Designs http://www.lindamdesigns.com/ for the border, wool batt, every thread know to man, beads, metallics, silk inset and cotton backing. I am astounded to have received such recognition.”
Her winning quilt also had some bug motifs in the quilt. Here is one example:
Jenny also won a Bernina sewing machine, too. How cool is that? Visit her blog to see a picture of her new machine, as well as additional quilt pictures. Anyway, I just wanted to share with you how excited I am for Jenny and how wonderful it is to see her work being recognized!! Congrats, Jenny!
Many years ago, I was asked to design a custom quilt for a client commemorating a Sacramento, California college anniversary. This quilt was auctioned off, then donated back to the college. Last I heard, it was on permanent display in the college library behind glass. I was very proud of my design, which also won a blue ribbon at the California State Fair.
Loved it so much that I decided to create another for me. Once again, this quilt features a pieced background quilt layer with an overlay of a large autumn tree. This tree will be different than the original, as I plan to include some cool fiber art techniques, and of course, some freeform beading elements such as some leaves, bark texture, etc.
Here are some pictures of the bottom quilt layer while it is on my machine quilting table. Note that the 3-D tree layer will be added last:
Here is a close-up of one of the dozens photo transfer images in the quilt:
I am quilting the quilt portion of the project with some nice texture quilting. Students from my classes will recognize the freeform freehand quilting shown here:
Feels good to be creating again! Lots of projects planned, so stay tuned!
Before I sign off, here is an image taken for the gardeners reading my blog- or for people who like pretty images. It is a dahlia in bloom from my front garden:
I am pleased to announce that the first online Tablet Design Class was a huge success! Wait until you see the fantastic homework that was turned in by the students- Wow!! But, that is a future post, so I will make you wait. Here are a few Creative Exercise samples I drew for the class:
A colored wholecloth quilting design:
A quilting design repeat:
Using colored images to help choose quilt design colors:
Practicing quilting fills:
This is just a sneak peek of a few exercises in the class. All-in-all, I think I shot and edited over 35 videos for this class! By the way, the next time I teach it will be in the Fall, 2012. Post a comment to get on my class interest list.
Freeform Beaded Necklace- The long awaited blog prize is almost ready to ship to the lucky recipient!! This turned out very cool, I now need to make a second one for my own portfolio.
Want to see?
OK, here is the finished view of this freeform beaded necklace. I named it, “Waves of Color:”
Any comments on this latest freeform beaded design?
More to come! Now that class is over, my creative spirit is unleased!
I thought I would share my process for creating a freeform necklace. This necklace will be for Jeanne, who recently won a Feathered Fibers Blog Challenge. I asked Jeanne to choose the color palette she wanted and she picked “jewel-tone” palette.
First step is to organize the beads into 5 jewel-tone colors and make a “bead soup” or collection of similar colored beads. Here are the first three colors- teal, blue and purple:
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For this project, I will start with these 3 colors and create freeform beaded sections using each bead soup shown above. I plan to share more info later on, so stay posted. You may also subscribe to my blog so you do not miss the progression of this project.
Anyway, I may extend the palette into the magenta range and adding green-ish blue bead soups. I thought I would just start with the first three colors and see how the piece evolves and whether I keep the palette simpler.
I often work this way, starting somewhere and adding to it until it “feels” right. This is a very intuitive way to create, but it seems to work for me. I would like to know what creative projects you all are working on, too. Please leave a comment and link, if you wish to share. Thanks! Carla
I thought I would show you how I am using the beads previously shown earlier this month on my blog. This purple & green pendant piece will match my new purple sweater I bought last week.
Here is the beaded jewelry piece created so far:
It still has a ways to go, but I like how it is shaping up. The way I work is to keep working the piece using alternating colors, until the freeform beading “feels” right. It is an intuitive process.
I promise to reveal how it turns out in the end. I am looking forward to wearing it soon. Anyone want to create a freeform jewelry piece, too? I do have a free tutorial if you click the “Free Tutorial” link above or on the right sidebar.
I am making samples for classes being taught at International Machine Quilters Showcase (MQS) in May, 2011. One of the classes I am teaching is combining beading and quilting. Here is a small purse sample for the class- one of several I have made:
I still need to sew on the clasp and the focal point for the end of the “V.” Then the purse will be complete. I have ordered in several potential large pendants that might complement this small beaded and quilted bag.
Here is a close up of the beading:
My next project is a quilted and beaded necklace to wear to the class. In the spirit of recycle/reuse, I will even use scraps from my studio to make this.
If you are interested in taking this class at MQS, please note that I am teaching 2 sections of the class, so you have a choice for when to take it. Last year’s class was a huge success and the students did a wonderful job on their beading! It is a beginning class on freeform peyote, so no experience needed.