The Great Alaskan Quilt Out – The Other Ones

It is the end of January, and this project should have disappeared into the rearview mirror a long time ago.

In some ways, it has. I finished these babies back in the first week of January. But the true closure AKA the blog post has yet to happen.

Today is the day.

Back in December, with the goal of clearing much needed storage space, I began the Great Alaskan Quilt Out.

The idea was to quilt 14 quilt tops from various stages and place in my life and send them out into the world.

I started with two vintage quilt tops for my friend, surrogate grandmother, and McCarthy neighbor Patt. You can read about that adventure here and here.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesFrom there I finished six Mystery Quilts which you get a gander at here and here. By finished, I mean some of them only needed bindings, and some of them only needed to be taken out of storage and put in the pile.

And finally, I finished four random quilts, and that is what we are going to look at today.

The first one up is a quilt made from a pattern long forgotten.

Maria Shell Great Alaskan Quilt Out- The Other OnesIt’s bright (maybe too bright) and a clear representation of me still learning the basics of color composition. Or to put it another way, what is the value of this quilt? It’s all about medium values and nothing else.

Maria Shell Great Alaskan Quilt Out- The Other OnesI’ve dug around for the pattern, but it is hiding. If you know it, please do share.

Maria Shell Great Alaskan Quilt Out- The Other OnesI started out quilting straight lines, but fairly quickly realized a curvy line would be a much better fit.

Maria Shell Great Alaskan Quilt Out- The Other OnesI think the unstitching of the straight quilting lines took longer than the actual quilting of the curvy lines.

Maria Shell Great Alaskan Quilt Out- The Other OnesIt happens.

Maria Shell Great Alaskan Quilt Out- The Other OnesThose of us traditional quilt makers who have been around awhile will recognize this quilt.

Maria Shell Great Alaskan Quilt Out- The Other OnesIt’s a One Block Wonder from the book by Maxine Rosenthal. If you like pattern based quilt making and haven’t made one of these, you should.

http://www.amazon.com/One-Block-Wonders-Fabric-One---Kind/dp/1571203222/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422726026&sr=8-1&keywords=one+block+wonderIt is great fun to watch these quilts materialize.

Maria Shell Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesSeveral years ago, I went to the Earth, Fire, and Fibre exhibition at the Anchorage Museum.

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesThis is a major fine craft biennial featuring the work of top Alaskan artists. Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesThe museum brings a well know curator or artist up from the lower 48 to jury the show. This particular year, the juror was a glass artist who clearly did not know her quilt patterns as she juried a One Block Wonder into the show.

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesYes, these quilts look like art, but they are pattern based. And yes, the application CLEARLY says pattern based work is not eligible for the show. Some one did not read the directions….

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesThis next quilt was given to me by one of my long arm quilting clients many years ago.

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesShe hated the quilt and wanted me to disappear it for her.

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesInstead, I have finally quilt it.

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesIt was a good time as far as the quilting goes.

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesHer collection of polka dotted fabrics is kind of mind blowing even by my standards.

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesFinally, a good old star quilt.

Maria Shell The Great Alaska Quilt Out--The Other OnesIn this quilt, I was exploring the potential of alternative grid structures.

The stars were made with my favorite Tri-Rec ruler.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesThe border is free formed pieced but ruler cut.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesIt’s a very good border for a smaller quilt. Unfortunately, it gets lost on this quilt.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesI started the quilting many years ago–about ten to be exact. Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesI used YLI Jeans Stitch thread in a contrasting color for each star.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesI quilted a circle and then stitched spikes out from there.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesI was in the early stages of experimenting with solid backing fabrics and choose a light pink fabric.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesI won’t do that again.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesSoilds are good, pastels are not.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesThere is just no place hide when you use a pastel.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesAt the time I was so disappointed with myself and my work that I buried it deep into my pile of unfinished projects. Now, this quilt is just blip in my stitching history. It’s funny how time does that.

This brings my total for The Great Alaskan Quilt Out to twelve. Patt’s quilts are already on her bed, but here are the other ten.

Maria Shell The Great Alaskan Quilt Out - The Other OnesI’ve got two left to quilt, but they will have to wait until next year’s Quilt Out.

It feels good to have closure on these quilts. Now, to find them homes…..

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14 thoughts on “The Great Alaskan Quilt Out – The Other Ones

  1. Loved see these. As a non-quilter, I learned a lot. You are amazing, Maria! Not only your artistry, but your dedicated and seemingly indefatigable efforts leave my head spinning.

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  2. i love the all polka dots, want to sell or trade? I’ve got a collection of vintage quilts?? .

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  3. A very productive month! I’m sure the closure feels good. My favorite of these? The stars. I really like the color work on the front, and you don’t need to hide that stitching on the back- love it!

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  4. Thank you Valerie! That star quilt is special to me too. It’s one of the first quilts were I really tried to create my own pattern. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  5. You are very good at self critique. As the quilts go by with the years I admire how each was a learning tool for you. I also admire how you build on your best outcomes. Good work!

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  6. All of your quilts turned out beautifully! It shouldn’t be hard to find homes for any of them!

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  7. Love reading the comments, all constructive and admiring. Our spouses can be our best critics I have found if one can take them with love and not see them as barbs, no? ALL of the graphics depicted by the quilts on this blog are fabulous as is the dialogue. Keep up the good work, Maria, you have come a long way and the rest is bound to be even more productive.

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  8. Thank you Aunt Carole. It is good to look backwards once and awhile and see what you have done. I am always fascinated by the evolution of an artists work but feel very sheepish when I share mine. You are absolutely right about the husbands! They are worth it.

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  9. That medium value is a string quilt.

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