Monday, 16 November 2015

Going Around in Circles with Terry Aske

Saturday I went to a Circle workshop with Terry Aske.  Terry is a New Westminster quilter that I've long admired.  I went to Houston several years ago and was admiring a couple of quilts that turned out to be hers.  She has had quilts featured in Quilting Arts and loves to develop interesting techniques.  You can click here to check out her blog, website and etsy shop.
  She is a very prolific quilter.  Here are the quilts that she brought along to inspire us.  I do have some pictures of her quilts in both 2013 and 2014 when I went to Houston.
The first technique she explained to us can be used on straight line quilts also.
 Some of her quilts are a mix of the two techniques she shared with us.

 I love this black and white print she used in this one with the words and the background print as well.
Quarter circles that required some redesigning when she realized she was short of some fabrics.
 Michael Miller challenge Glitz Quilt.  Hard to see but the background is all pieced.
 Her templates for the above quilt.
 This one was a favourite as you will see later.
 She likes working in Paint on the computer to generate ideas.
 Another quilt in progress so we could see the layers.
 A mix of straight edge and circles.
This was the design I decided to work on.  I didn't bring my sewing machine so I just played with paper and fabrics.
 This was my initial background that I chose before class.  I didn't bring a lot of fabrics along.
I asked another gal if I could borrow her grey fabric to see how it looked here.
 Then I tried it on some black..
 Finally I decided to reverse the blue with the darker blue stars on it and see how that looked.
Right now I'm leaning towards the blue grey one but would like to get a solid or mottled so this design has stalled until I get some more shopping done.
This was one of the works in progress.  You actually sew the circles flat and then cover the seam allowances with bias tape.
 This gal decided to slash her circle and may add an inset.
 Lovely teals and purple.
 Some glitz in the fabrics and check out that bias tape, it has gold on it!
 Interesting combination.
Here Susan is sewing from the backside to link her circles to her piece.  Sadly I didn't get a picture of the right side.  She used some black, white and red scraps from a friend.  It looks great.
 Some more bias tape in place to define the circles.
 Tricia's work.
 Three linked circles.
 Love that centre aboriginal fabric and the movement it gives.
 Lime green and yellow on grey background.
 Influence by the trees outside and the grey rainy day.
 I left early and went shopping for some solids and went home to play with my design.  By Saturday evening I had these pieces cut out and ready to sew.
 Last night I finished sewing the pieces together.  I'm pleased that I decided to add black rather than a dark plum to my adaption of Terry's design.  She told us to play around with some of her ideas.  My plan is to quilt this piece and then square it up.  It is about 18" x 20" or so, not sure what quilting designs I'l used.


Susan said...

What a fun workshop! In your photos, I actually liked your initial background. Mottled would probably be good, but the solids seemed flat. Best of luck in your choices. I really enjoyed seeing your second piece, too. Are you going to quilt it to death, or follow the shapes a bit or ...?

Rachaeldaisy said...

Thank you for introducing me to Terry's work. Her circles are wonderful!! It sounds like a great workshop and I love the piece you've created.

Anna said...

oh man I would have loved to have taken that workshop!!! I love them all and have been on the hunt for the Circle Game quilt book :)

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Sandi, thanks for the great review of my workshop. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!