Category: Sewing

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.

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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.

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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Craft Lake City Radio Piece

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I am super excited that Craft Lake City is finally here.  Tomorrow, you can find Josh and I down at the Gallivan from noon until 10 pm, selling our handmade items.  In preparation for this event, I recently did a radio piece with the lovely Alana Burman from KUER.  You can click on the link below to listen.

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Also, I’ve been working with leather for the past few months and I’ll be showcasing these items for the first time tomorrow.  Bright and geometric clutches, ipad cases, wallets, and computer cases, will be for sale along side all my other sewn goods.  Here is a sneak peak…

angela flicker leather clutch patchwork geometric zipper

angela flicker leather clutch patchwork geometric

angela flicker leather clutch patchwork geometric zipper

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We hope to see you tomorrow!

– Angela & Joshua Flicker

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.

Salt Lake City Farmers Market 2012

Salt Lake City Farmers Market 2012

Great news —The Artists’ House will be selling at the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market this summer.  I won’t be there every week, as I really don’t have enough time for that type of commitment, but you can find me there on the following days: June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, and September 1.

This Saturday, June 16th, you can find me on the corner of 300 West and 400 South, about 6 booths in on 400 South.  I would love it if you would come by and say hello.

My booth will be full of handmade goods: quilts, fiber wall art, bags, dresses, skirts, etc.  Here are a few images to give you an idea of what I have been making.

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Hope to see you there!

EZ Dresden Challenge: A Quilted Beach Bag

dressden beach bag quilted by The Artists' House Angela FlickerWelcome to day twelve of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild blog hop for the EZ Dresden Challenge.  Have you been following this?

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild has partnered with EZ Quilting, Simplicity and a host of other manufacturers to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th Anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilting. To help them celebrate, Salt Lake MQG is hosting a challenge — Use the EZ Dresden Ruler to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes, including a new sewing machine and a photo of your project in a 1/3 page Simplicity advertisement in Quilting Arts Magazine.  How exciting is that?!  Leave a comment, and you could win one of these awesome rulers.  I will announce the winner in a week, on the 19th of June. For more information regarding this challenge, follow this EZ Dresden Challenge link.
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For the past few summers, I’ve wanted to make myself a really bright, yet simple beach bag.
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Colorful umbrellas, beach balls, and sailboats were my inspiration.

I also knew that I wanted the bag to be deep, to hold rolled towels, and the bag had to have a nice zipper pocket to hold smaller-hard-to-find items like chapstick.  I’m really happy with the results. I can’t wait for our first beach/pool outing, as I think this bag will be perfect and fun in the sun.

.Here’s what my project looked like, right before I turned it into a bag.  I was intentional about picking a bold fabric for the background, as I wanted the sun to play on the dresden pieces, making the background shine through.
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The collage of images below, show some of my work.  Really, it was quite simple.  I basically laid the pieces out, put right sides together, sewed, ironed the seam allowances open, and repeated until I had one long, snake-like piece. I’m not a fan of raw edges, so to finish the piece off I sewed around it with a 1/4″ stitch, and then used this stitch as a guide to help me iron a 1/4″ under around all the sides.  I then used washable basting glue and lightly glued the dresden piece down before using a zigzag stitch (clear thread) to sew around the entire exterior.  Lastly, I basted and quilted the piece.
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Here is the finished product.  I really like how the chevron print shines through.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag

Remember, leave a comment, and you could win one of these awesome rulers.  I will announce the winner in a week, on the 19th of June.

For more inspiration and ideas for the EZ Dresden Challenge, follow along with the blog hop:

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Our lucky winner is #9, Jenny C

2012/06/12 at 12:03 pm

Love your bag! Have fun in the sun!

Thanks for your comment Jenny.  I hope you love the ruler!  I can’t wait to see what you create with it!

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Junebug Dress for Toddlers and Babies

toddler dressJust recently, I have started designing dress patterns for toddlers and babies.  My daughter has been the best little model.  Monet’s middle name is June (her birthday is in June), and when she was just a baby her nickname quickly became “Junebug”.  Naturally, I named my first dress design after her.

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toddler dress

I haven’t made a sewing pattern for this dress yet.  Right now, I’m just selling the actual dresses, custom made by me.  You can find it in my Etsy shop for purchase:  Junebug Dress for Toddlers and Babies by The Artists’ House.  I have been making a bunch of dresses lately, because I’ll be selling them at The Farmer’s Market and Craft Lake City this summer.

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