--- Design and complete a small work based on a still life. Subject
matter is your choice. You may work very straightforwardly and realistically,
or you may interpret your still life in a more abstract manner. Don’t
forget to pay attention to form if you choose to work more abstractly.
--- Crop your composition so at least three sides of your still life
extend to the border or edge of your quilt. You may count cropping
a shadow as one of the sides that have been cropped (shadows are part of your
--- Give attention to light and shadow, so you can make the objects in
your still life look dimensional. Shade objects and create cast shadows using
whatever method you would like.
A. Carole Grant
British Columbia, Canada
Dinner at Nine
10.25 x 11.50”
Monochromatic using blue.
Threads and Stuff
22-3/4 x 12-3/4”
I used a picture that I took of the arrangement
as a pattern.Fused and machine appliqued. Quilted with invisible
pin heads were punched out of fabric backed with fusible web
Still Life with Pots
16" x 19.5”
Commercial cottons; Fused and machine applique; thread painting;
Del Mar, California
Hand dyed cottons; raffia (basket is woven using raffia and torn strips
Dreaming of Summer
8 x 11”
batting *foam*, iron on vinyl for mug,
silk flower, plaid napkin
Cynthia Ann Morgan
commercial cotton, fused appliqué
I didn't think I would have time to participate
in this month’s
challenge...but in the middle of the night I remembered I had started
a still life of sunflowers in a vase some time ago. I immediately got
up, found it and cropped it within an inch of it's life. A little thread
painting for shadows and some quilting the next day and it was done.
8.5" by 11"
cotton fabric (mostly scraps) and small bits of foil to highlight the
sun on the bowl
I was inspired by the sunlight on the
bowl while it sat on my desk. Took
a picture and then attempted myfirst raw edge applique. I'm pleased
with the finished piece.
Saratoga Springs, NY
10.5" x 8"
Value study of a small,
using a single fabric.
Lisa A Albanese
8-1/2" x 11”
scrap quilting cottons, wool yarn
That hardest part was thinking of a subject. For a previous painting
class I had set up the still life - carrot soup was on the menu that
night. I used a crop photo to work from. I did a blue background to
complement the orange carrots. I used pastels for shadows - which would
have been better had the background been lighter. Yarn for the leaf
tops couched down at random. Quilting on the carrots to add some dimension
San Leandro, CA
15 x 10”
Cotton fabrics, fused
Choosing fabrics for this still life was great fun. I completed
the vases one at a time and chose fabrics as I went. I had no idea
what the color scheme would be until I was done.
Laura West Kong
Loma Linda, CA
A penny for a spool of thread I
printed and solid commercial cotton fabric,
fusible web, cotton batting, rayon and cotton thread,
I love my thread collection just as much as my fabric stash and my
buckets of beads! This two-sided
miniature quilt celebrates the importance
of thread to quilters everywhere.
Maters and Peppers
10.5" x 7.5"
commercial fabrics, tulle overlay
This was the cropped still life challenge, and I set up my veggies
on my bed, took the digital pic, posterized it and then used commercial
fabrics to create the veggies. The shadows are dark organza fused into
position. Everything was covered with a layer of tulle and stabilized
with simple machine quilting.
8.5" x 11"
The fates conspired to allow
me to combine several things I wanted to work with
this month. I revisited fabric collage, a technique I love, worked
with existing shading and color shifts by fussy cutting pieces from
a commercial tie-dyed looking fabric, and I finally got to do a framed
piece. There are over 25 separate pieces of fabric in the cup and saucer,
fussy cut for color and layered. A piece of purple tulle over the front
and then outline quilted around the cup, saucer and shadow, Pillowcase
backing and then the whole thing is mounted on a fabric
covered backing and put in a frame, no glass. The green backing/mat
is a piece of fabric wonder-undered onto the cardboard that came with
Breakfast Table Still Life
8" X 10”
cotton fabrics, Shiva Paintstiks
One side of my piece is my straightforward still life and the other is an abstract version.
Vase Still Life
8" x 11"
This challenge showed me that I could do something I had never thought
I could do. Start to finish, it was done in 4 hours. I took a photo
of a favorite cranberry glass vase sitting on a windowsill with snow
outside as the background (the first "big snow" of the year-
2"- rare in PA). I then "squashed" and cropped the photo
in the computer, then "posterized" it to give me the pattern
for the piece. The vase was accented with sparkle paint, pastels, and
an overlay of iridescent tulle. Quilting in the background was done
in a pale blue variegated thread to give the texture of the drifting
Time to Mend
7 1/4" x 6 7/8"
cottons, tissue lame, wrong side of satin
This is definitely the smallest quilt I've ever done! Also this was
the most difficult challenge so far for me to do. I have quite limited
experience with drawing; I chose some difficult fabrics to work with;
this was my first attempt at building a picture with Wonder-Undered
pieces onto a pattern; and my first cropping. The edges are finished
with satin stitch.
Tobi K. Hoffman
Still Life with Flowers
18 1/4" x 15"
Cottons, lightweight cloth from Belize, lace doily, Angelina film
The three-dimensional effect that I was aiming for actually comes
across better in a photo than in the original!
Valerie Paige Stiles
San Diego, CA
Obviously there are some non-still lives
on my still life piece. The large cast shadows are done with
black tulle and the tiny ones on the ants' legs are done with fabric
paint. The apple and orange are stuffed (overdone trapunto), so some
of the shadows created by them are real. The rest of the shading and
highlighting are done with acrylic paints. The apple is made from
three fabrics pieced together; white, yellowish and red, and then
using red satin stitch to serve as the skin.
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