Category: custom quilt

Two Quarter Circle Quilts in 2013

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Now 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…

For the first quilt, I used quarter circles to make a colorful, scalloped pattern.

angela flicker modern quilt

My 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.

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

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

Working with Curves

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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

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.

The Calm Before the Storm

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quiltThe past four months of my pregnancy have been difficult.  When I was pregnant with Monet, despite the morning sickness at the beginning, life went on as usual those last 5-6 months.  Everyday I walked to and from work 3 miles, I was energetic, and ready to take on the world.  I felt like a superwoman.  This pregnancy has been much different.  I have been struggling on a daily basis with intense back, hip, and sciatic problems, and as a result my normal busy-bee type personality has been put to a halt.  I can honestly only do a few hours of work a day when it comes to anything that involves walking, standing, sewing, gardening, and lifting my daughter.  Over the past few months, I have been very frustrated with this fact and I have struggled with it on a serious level.

When I started making Baby Jude’s quilt a few weeks back, I purposefully picked images that had a lot of hand embroidery in them, keeping in mind my situation.  For the past two weeks I have sincerely enjoyed sitting and resting while my daughter plays, and I comfortably sew by hand.  It has been rewarding and peaceful to say the least.  I can honestly say (now that the baby is only a few weeks away) I find my mind being alright with this idea of slow and rest –I’m calling it the calm before the storm.

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

My moment for this week came just yesterday, when I finally finished the last 4 blocks.  I know these next quilting steps are going to be much more difficult to complete in my situation, but my mind is at peace knowing that it is ok if I don’t finish the quilt until after Jude is born.  So far it is spectacular!

Soon Jude will be with us, and hopefully with his arrival my busy-bee personality will also come back, as I heal and my body returns to “normal”.

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

charley harper machine applique turned edge and embroidery quilt

Now I just need to decide how to arrange the images on the quilt.  Any suggestions?

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, are truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.

Collecting Color: A Custom T-Shirt Quilt

custom t-shirt quiltLast winter, I told a touching story about a  custom t-shirt quilt that I made for a lovely lady who had lost her husband.  This summer, I made another custom t-shirt quilt for one of the daughters.  I feel honored to have been able to make this family heirloom for her.

What a special remembrance of her father.

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custom t-shirt quilt

I love the fabrics that this client picked out.  I think it is really stunning how the gray compliments the bright chartreuse color.  It’s just lovely.

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This post is part of a Collecting Color Link Up hosted by Cyn of RiverDog Prints. Anyone can participate! Collecting Color is a bi-monthly post to share what you’re working on, photographing, DIY-ing, reading or making. Anything goes, as long as it’s colorful, creative and you share a link.

Another Custom Applique and Embroidered Walking Bird Quilt

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Today, I’ll be shipping another custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt –this one will be going to Australia.  My client, Meg, is a bit whimsical, which ironically always takes more communication when it comes to selecting all the fabric prints.  As we were corresponding via email, back and forth, we accidentally became friends.  What a pleasant surprise!

Here are a few pictures I took the other day after I had finished the quilt-top, and the last few photos are shots of the quilt after I quilted and bound it.

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt
custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

custom applique and embroidered walking bird quilt

I have truly enjoyed making both a friend and a quilt over the past few months.

Last Bunch of Interactive Play Quilts

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I’ve been working around the clock these days, trying to finish up the nine interactive play quilts I was commissioned to make.  I’m happy to report that I finally finished the last bunch.  As of Saturday, they are in the mail.  Would you like to see?

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The bugs in this piece are interactive and there is a hidden pocket behind one of the grasses.

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

This interactive play quilt is a map of downtown D.C. –all the vehicles are interactive and stick to the road.

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

There is a hidden pocket, to hold the play patches, behind the water.

interactive play quilts and machine applique and textile art

This piece has play patches of apples and birds and the pocket is hidden in the apple basket.

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They also wanted one of my tic-tac-toe quilts, with a pocket and play patches of X’s and O’s.

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The very last piece I made was an applique scene of a library, meant to hang in their reading area.

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I’m happy to be finished with this order so that I can finish up two other custom quilts this month, and then finally, hopefully I’ll be able to do some nesting and get ready for the baby boy who is growing rapidly in my stomach and kicking me constantly.  I have his quilt completely planned out, and I can’t wait to start on it!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2011


Blogger's Quilt FestivalLast week I shared a personal story with the blogosphere and I was touched by all the warm and encouraging comments I got both on my blog and on my Oh my! Handmade Goodness feature.  So for today’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I though I would share a more in depth story behind one of those quilts that was featured.

I made a series of Interactive Play Quilts and the Americana Appliqué Scenes was by far my favorite.  I was born in 1980, and the baby blanket I had was made up of bold primary colors, no pastels: red, blue, navy, white, yellow, and green made up the quilt.  These colors were very popular in my childhood, and I find myself still loving them today.  Along with that, the applique scenes in this quilt were also inspired from my childhood.    My favorite memories inspired the scenes in this quilt:  playing in the front yard, going to the zoo, playing “school” with my sister, along with all the other toys we had.  When making this quilt, really it was just a walk through my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

The idea behind this quilt was that kids could take a visit to a few classic locations and create their own stories with movable play patches.  Each Americana applique scene is a pocket, and each pocket is full of patches that can be moved from one scene to the next, making this quilt interactive and fun to play with.

Here are the Americana applique scenes/pockets with the patches:

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And here is what they look like without the patches:

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

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Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

All in all, I really love this quilt, and all the memories it brings back from my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Sharing a Personal Story

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I’ve been holding onto some emotions for a while now, since December to be exact.  I decided that the best thing to do, was to share my feelings with the world, as a means to move on.  Along with emotions, I’m also sharing a handful of work that I’ve yet to reveal.  The two are connected, and you’ll see why when you read my story.  This is my moment for the week –letting go of the past!

You can read my story over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Also, check out my shop if you would like to see all the new items I listed this week.

Because people, smiles and laughter, more than anything else, is truly what makes a house a home, I hope you enjoyed this weeks “moment”…

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om [one moment] meet upOM is *one moment* and is a meetup designed to notice & relish a moment in everyday life. The meetup idea was created by Linda at her blog, a la mode stuff.  If you’d like to participate in OM, just click the button and you’ll be taken to Linda’s post explaining it all.
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