Category: Quilting

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.

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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.

What’s Your Angle

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric Colorful Quilt

Finally, my modern quilt for The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change and Craft Lake City’s gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand” is finished and installed.  I truly have had a love, hate relationship with this project.  Let me explain.  This piece was installed outside.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I just spent months making this beautiful and original piece, only to hang it outside for the elements to decide its fate.

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric colorful quilt design

So, what’s my angle you might be wondering?  Why did I do this?  The only answer I can give is that I am an artist, and artists do crazy things in the name of art 😉

I plan to head downtown every week to rephotograph the piece, as I am curious if the sun and the rain will alter the piece in an interesting way.  This is part of the process, and part of what makes this project interesting.  Utah is a pretty dry state, and so I am not too worried.  I scotch-guarded the heck out of the piece–hopefully it will hold up to the elements.

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric colorful quilt design

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric colorful quilt designHere is my sweet hubby helping me install the piece.  And by helping, I mean he basically installed it all by himself.  I am pretty lucky to have such a supportive husband!  Thanks Josh, I love you!

Angela Flicker The Artists House Geometric colorful quilt design

I plan to attend the Gallery Stroll this Friday, the 20th of July, as “Celebration of the Hand” opens, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.  It will be neat to see all 12 pieces, and how they beautify our Salt Lake City streets.

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Here is the press release on this project:

SALT LAKE CITY, Thursday, July 12 – The twelve Craft Lake City chosen to display their work as a walk-able outdoor gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand” will begin their installations on Friday, July 13 at 3 p.m. Installations will continue throughout the weekend, beginning at 3 p.m. daily. See attached schedule for complete details regarding times and locations that installations will take place. The twelve participants will create outdoor works of art utilizing permanent steel frames (known as plakats) installed adjacent to the sidewalks in downtown Salt Lake City on the North and South sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East. Craft Lake City was granted usage of the plakats by The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change. “Celebration of the Hand” will open on July 20, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Artisans include Annika DiMeo, Michelle Christenesen, Nic Annette Miller, Keith McKeown, Issac Hastings, Rachelle Smith, Angela Flicker, Laura Frisk, Carrie Wakefield, Jorge Arellano, Eleanor Scholz and Candace Jean Anderson.

“We feel that the 12 chosen artisans are an excellent representation of the diversity present at Craft Lake City,” says Festival Director Angela H. Brown. “We are also thrilled to become the newest organization to participate in The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change’s outdoor museum,” The plakats were installed in 2007, and have been utilized by various non-profits, such as Sundance, Spy Hop and Tumbleweeds Film Festival. “The Celebration of the Hand” will be displayed through the festival, which takes place on Sat. August 11 at the Gallivan Center.

“Celebration of the Hand” Kickstarter Video

The Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video is up.  You can view it here.

A quilt is meant to be touched and used, not just looked at.  That’s why I think my modern interactive quilt will be perfect for the “Celebration of the Hand Exhibit.”  My piece is basically going to be an interactive, modern quilt. It will be interactive in the sense that it has pockets so that passersby can insert notes, photos, tickets, basically things from the city and their community. I think it will be neat to see what gets put in the pockets overtime.

When I first heard about The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, I wanted my piece to not only interact with the public aesthetically, but also in a physical sense. I wanted it to be touched, thought about, manipulated, revisited in a respectful way. And when I heard about the theme “Celebration of the Hand”, I immediately thought about everything I do with my hands: sewing, designing, gardening, collecting eggs, holding my children, writing letters, taking photos, etc.  Then I got to thinking about how hands are used everyday in the city: to type, to cook, to serve a meal, etc.

I imagine this piece becoming a mini-time capsule. An opportunity for people in the community to express and interact with the art, and to express what it is that they do with their hands everyday.

I’ve been trying to get a book published over the past few years. My first book idea was on interactive quilts for kids. Lately though, I’ve been creating art that reflects more of my style, and has less of a childlike feel –art that is more modern, geometric, and full of color.  That being said, ironically my daughter, and my first book idea, still influenced me when I was thinking up this design.  Monet, my daughter, using her hands to collect treasures is a perfect example of what the pockets in this quilt could be used for.

I hope in reading this post, you can see the heart and creativity that I will be putting into my Plakat piece for the Celebration of the Hand Exhibit.

Please, take a moment to watch the video and donate today.  Thanks.

Angela Flicker

Making a House a Home: Handmade Quilts on Beds

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When it comes to making a house a home, handmade quilts in bedrooms are just lovely.  I love how it really becomes the focal point of the room.  I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for my master bedroom and I am finding these photos to be very inspirational.  What do you think?

Image Credit / Quilt Credit:  Better Homes & Gardens, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, 79 Ideas,

Wrapped in Love

handmade blanketsExactly one month ago, Jude Harvey Eugene was born at 8:30 in the morning.  The date was 11/11/11, my husband’s 30th birthday.  I would like to mention that the birth was completely natural, not induced like many people assume.  Ever since his arrival, my life has been a combination of euphoria and fatigue –just like the birth.

Jude, like all babies, loves to be held.  And to be completely honest, I love holding this little man.  Multiple times a day he falls asleep in my arms and instead of putting him down, I hold on tightly to the little guy, loving his warm body next to mine and his face so perfectly peaceful.

handmade blanketsJude’s older sister Monet, is adjusting well, although she is jealous at times (which is to be expected).  When she gets sad, she says to me “Mommy, I want to hold you.”  Unfortunately, I sometimes cannot, and she has to wait to be comforted.

handmade blanketsThe other day, both Jude and Monet were unhappy at the same time.  I needed to either nurse Jude immediately, or listen to his screams, which I honestly find impossible.  While I nursed Jude in one arm, I wrapped Monet up in one of her handmade blankets.  I gently put my other arm around her and told her the story of how the quilt was made with love, just for her, when she was a baby.  As we talked about all her handmade blankets, and who each one came from, Monet was honestly comforted and soon she was back to “normal”.

handmade Charley Harper QuiltI love this idea, that the work and love put into a handmade item can be felt long after it has been made.  And with that thought in mind, I finally finished Baby Jude’s quilt this week.

handmade blanketshandmade Charley Harper Quilthandmade quiltWords cannot express how in love I am with these two kiddos of mine.  And yet, more than anything, I want them to always know how loved they are.  Hopefully, after I’m gone, and everyday until then, the handmade items I give will remind my children of our relationship, and how loved they are.

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.

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.

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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.

Making Another Charley Harper Quilt

machine applique and embroidery quilt Charley Harper

Three years ago, I truly enjoyed making a  Charley Harper Applique Embroidery Quilt for my daughter Monet.  It was my first quilt, and so I think it will always be my favorite, as this is when I discovered and feel in love with the process of quilting.

I have always wanted to make another quilt following this pattern, as I really enjoy Charley’s images and the overall whimsical feel of the quilt.  Now that I’m pregnant, and the two kids will be sharing a room, I figured this was my chance.  Monet’s room was built around a gray and pale pink color theme.  I’m going to make Baby Jude’s quilt using a gray and pale turquoise-blue color theme.  I’ll post more later with how I’m going to integrate Baby Jude into Monet’s room, so that the room feels more gender neutral.

My moment for this week was being able to finish two of the blocks for the quilt.  The results are adorable and the best part was seeing how excited Monet was to see the blocks, in anticipation of her baby brother’s arrival.  Monet brought the blocks into her room and played with them.  She pointed out the fish block and the beetle block on her quilt.  She talked about how Baby Jude was going to sleep in her old crib –she went on and on.  And the entire time she talked about Baby Jude, her face was bright and smiley.  I know times will be hard when Baby Jude actually joins us, but I’m hopeful that these two will grow up to be the best of friends.  I can’t express how much that idea warms my heart.
machine applique and embroidery quilt Charley HarperBecause 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.

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