Two Quarter Circle Quilts in 2013

angela flicker modern quiltNow that I am a full time graduate student, quilting has taken a back seat in my life. Custom orders now take me about a year to complete. In 2013, I was able to complete just two orders. I like to think it is about quality, not quantity. I hope you agree…

angela flicker modern quiltFor the first quilt, I used quarter circles to make a colorful, scalloped pattern.

angela flicker modern quiltMy second quilt used both quarter circles and triangles to create a more irregular design. This quilt was for a sweet baby boy, and so I added a whimsical appliqué piece on the back.

Even though I was only able to create two designs this past year, both the clients and myself were thrilled with the results.

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Free Charley Harper PDF Quilt Pattern

Free Charley Harper PDF Quilt Pattern

FREE Charley Harper PDF Quilt Pattern

The only thing that would have made Jude’s Charley Harper quilt lovelier, is if I was able to have backed it in Birch’s new Charley Harper fabric.

Birch Charley Harper Fabric

If you would like to read more about the stories behind these two quilts, you can follow these links: Jude’s Charley Harper Quilt, and Monet’s Charley Harper Quilt.

Free Charley Harper PDF Quilt Pattern

Free Charley Harper PDF Quilt Pattern

Free PDF Charley Harper Quilt Pattern

Free Charley Harper PDF Quilt Pattern

Enjoy the free pattern, and please feel free to link up if you make one of your own.  I’d love to see your interpretation.

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Modified Herringbone Quilt Scraps

Angela FlickerI made a modified herringbone quilt for my mother, for Christmas, from an original quilt design of mine. I didn’t really have a solidified plan when I sat down to start. As a result, I had lost of leftover scraps. Here are a few photos showing what I did with the scraps…

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Don’t throw those quilt scraps out, but find creative ways to use them.

angela flicker modified herringbone quilt

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Working with Curves

modern quilt curves colorful angela flicker the artists' house

I am knee deep in piecing curves these days, as I am currently sewing custom quilts for three different clients, all made with bright colored curves. Each quilt design has its own unique feel though, and so while the piecing seems very repetitive and mundane, the overall outcome of each individual quilt will surely be unique.

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I can’t wait to have them pieced, quilted, and bound.

modern quilt curves colorful angela flicker the artists' house

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Broken Trapezoids

Broken Trapezoid Design by Angela Flicker The Artists' House

I am very drawn to broken geometric quilt patterns these days. This was the idea behind this custom quilt design titled, Broken Trapezoids.

Broken Trapezoid Design by Angela Flicker The Artists' House

I love the illusion of holes and an irregular border that the cream color fabric provides. Also, for the quilting, I picked a design with curves, to contrast the diamonds.

Broken Trapezoid Design by Angela Flicker

All in all, I feel this design was a success.

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Cityscape

While working on some improvisational piecing, I came up with this design. It looks like a modern cityscape to me, which is appropriate because I have some news. Yesterday, I received my acceptance letter to the University of Utah’s Graduate Architecture Program. You can read more about that here.

And if you’re interested, take a peak at how this improvisational piece came to be:

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Salt Lake City’s December Gallery Stroll

If you are still looking for a gift for someone on your Christmas list, or even just for yourself, check out the Utah Locals Holiday Boutique at Alpine Art, located at 430 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Both Josh and I have artwork in the show. The opening reception is this Friday during the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll, so make a night of it and check out all the great art exhibits around town.

While you are there, make sure and take a peak at my line of Italian leather clutches, wallets, ipad cases, and computer cases. They make a great holiday gift. The show runs through early January.

Hope to see you there!

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A Story

Today, I want to share a story with you–a story explaining where I have been, and where I am headed…

There once was a young girl, who grew up in a family of contractors, builders, engineers, and farmers. Along with that, creative woman surrounded her. She wore extravagant handmade dresses and slept under blankets made by loving hands—creativity was all around her. Naturally, though, she fought the idea that she might be anything like her mother, who was a contractor, designer, and masterful seamstress. Acknowledging her strength in math and her keen problem solving abilities, she decided to pursue a career in mathematics education.

While in college, without knowing better, she rejected anything creative and instead embraced a pursuit of the logical. It wasn’t until later in her program when she was “accidentally” exposed to art, that she realized her true passion. For the first time, she understood what it meant to completely get lost in the process of one’s “work”. Her art professors encouraged her to pursue a career in art, but because she was so close to graduation, she could not will herself to start a new path when her original goal was so near.

As a math teacher, this now young lady was always trying to convince her students about the practical applications of math. Some of them were a hard crew to convince, but in this process of trying to convince them, she started to convince herself. She found herself daydreaming about a different career—a job where her passion for art, and her innate ability in math would come together. Along with that, she began to embrace much about her mother that she had once rejected.  In herself, she saw her creativity, her love for design, and her attention to detail. This series of events is what sparked in her the realization that she was meant for architecture and design.

Along the way, she married a boy who was an artist. Side-by-side, they were constantly creating. Before long she was pregnant. When it came to something as precious as her baby’s blanket, a store-bought one would not do. She took it upon herself to design her daughter’s quilt.

Inspired by what she had made, she found herself sketching other designs. She was unable to ignore her impulse to create. Soon her obsession developed into a small design business, allowing her to work in a more creative field and stay home with her young children.

Many women might see the birth of their children as the possible death of their career, but not this young lady. She has found that motherhood has given her a new beginning. This young lady’s story is mine, and more than ever, I now realize how much I need creativity to be integral in my daily “work.” Motherhood and my recent undertaking as a designer and business owner, have given me the courage I need to take this step and go back to school.

My per-requisites are almost done, my portfolio is finished, and I have submitted my application.  Now, well, now I wait…

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Happy Fall

Recently, my family and I went on a fall hike.  One of the photos resembled a photo I took of Monet at a similar age.  Monet is 8 months in the photo on the left and Jude is 10 months in the photo on the right.  Where has time gone?  My babies are growing up.  I feel like I closed my eyes just once to blink, and now they are both so big.

I hope you and your family are enjoying this beautiful fall as much as we are!  Cherish it, because soon it will be gone.

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