Sunday, June 24, 2018

Louvre :: The Finish

The moment we've all been waiting for!  I feel like all the hype leading up to this 'unveiling' might be a big fat let down!  And with the last two blog posts about this technique...I may be walking the line on too much all at once!

The truth is, I was having a heck of a time getting photos of this quilt.  Either the Kona Ice Frappe was too washed out or I couldn't get good shots of the texture.  I believe this might be a quilt that needs to be seen in person in order to get the full effect of the texture, how the 'twists' change depending on the angle you are looking at it and how it feels to the hand.  My hope is to enter it for QuiltCon 2019.  Even then there is no guarantee it'll get accepted!  

Without any further 'hype' and build up...here she is!

LOUVRE
35 1/2" X 45 1/2"
'Louvre' is so named because it reminds me of the slats of a venetian blind.  By changing the angle of the slats it changes the amount of light that gets in.  While my quilt isn't letting anything get in, it does change from different angles.



The 'textured twists' also have an optical illusion associated with them.  One side of the piping is sewn up and one down.  You can change the illusion depending how you iron it.  I've pressed different curves into each panel giving it a wave effect.



Where the twist happens it becomes darker and stands out in a very interesting way.  With this quilt and the two mini quilts (Huge Progress #1, Blue Wave #2). 



I've been imagining other ways to use this technique.  I love to explore and experiment!  Pushing the envelope is nothing new in quilting, and it certainly has been a driving force in many of my quilts throughout the years.   Right now, this is my 'thing', my obsession!



I used Aurifil Mint Ice thread (#2800) for the quilting.  Mint Ice is a very light, light green.  It's almost looks light grey.  The 'textured twists' being what they are, quilting over them would be a disaster and ruin the effect.  It was super difficult to line up each color across the quilt.  You know how easy being a scant off on any seam adds up throughout a quilt and throws off lining up blocks.   It was no different with this quilt!

 

I dealt with that issue by quilting organic curve lines.  It was the perfect way to cover up any issues with the lines being off and it frankly, I love how it turned out!  I happen to be a big fan of dense quilting!



I probably took a hundred pictures of this darn quilt!  I kept thinking I could do better, capture the detail, let you could touch it with your eyes.  Whether or not I succeeded...it was fun for the first fifty photos!    



It's a simple design.  Basic rectangle panels divided with sashing.  Hopefully I elevated the simplicity by the detail.  



I can't stop running my hands across the twists!  Clean hands are required!  And I continually walk around it and grab a peek from different angles.  


It has become much more than I thought it would be when I started this adventure.  There have been times when an idea falls flat.  In fact, I had one of those moments yesterday!  When it works, it's magical!  

I hope all the hype was worth the wait!  

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41 comments :

  1. This quilt is gorgeous! I may try your technique once, it looks intriguing.

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    1. I have been having so much fun with this technique…its hard to stop making and I have so many ideas now!

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  2. I love ice frappe and it makes a lovely background for all the colours! You've done a great job with all the photos, the texture really shows! It sounds like you're thrilled with the quilt!

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    1. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to show the texture through photos…I’m so glad it does!

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  3. I love your quilt. This is an awesome pattern !

    Ps. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  4. Wow! What a work to have all the ribbons (I would not know how to call them differently) sewn into place!
    The result is totally worth it!
    congrats on this original idea.

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  5. There was no let-down for me seeing this finish - it's wonderful! I did notice the effect you get from twisting the piping and wondered if it was random or planned. The quilting is perfect for it, too! This quilt looks beautiful on your wall. Your work is really inspirational, Jayne!

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    1. The ‘twist’ is random made by ironing. I just glide my iron up one side and down the other. I think thats one of the reasons I love this technique…it changes every time you iron it!

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  6. No let-down for me either, I have enjoyed each project with your clever technique. Each one is gorgeous in its own way.

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  7. Jayne - what a special quilt you've created! You'll enjoy this for years to come :)

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  8. I love how this came together, Jayne. The colors of the louvres you selected and the unexpected background work beautifully. I absolutely understand not wanting to quilt over the texture and your solution is another wonderful addition to the composition. I hope to see this in Nashville! :)

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  9. This is just stunning! I love how you explore something so thoroughly!!! I wasn't sure about the slats - so it was nice to hear you press them to give them that motion. I would love to see this in Nashville in February!!

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  10. Jayne, this is a truly unique piece of art. I think the technique you developed is amazing. I bet if you ever decide to publish it as a pattern, or develop a class to teach based on this, it was take off like wildfire. I love the movement of the Venetian blinds and the precision with which you made the rows. You are one talented quilt artist. I bet it is juried into QuiltCon.

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  11. You created a masterpiece Jayne. I hope you enter this quilt in a number of shows - it is one that needs to be seen. Thanks for sharing it with Oh Scrap! I love it!!

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  12. I love how this quilt came out. I can see the 3D effect from your pictures, I hope that I get to see it at QC2019!

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  13. How interesting! You did a great job giving this very structured piece a very organic feel!

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  14. Your Louvre is AMAZING!!! This ia a one of a kind design for sure!! You are so clever and I love how you pressed each twist differently to make a pattern!! I think I would touch it often too!! Really great quilt!! So unique!!! Congrats!!!!

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  15. I don't know if I've ever left a comment before, but you are an amazing quilter. Your piecing is so perfect, yet it melds with such creativity. I look forward to getting your cheerful blog in my email. Thanks!

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  16. It's been so interesting watching you make these little "twists". You have an incredible store of patience and creativity. It's always a pleasure to read about what you are doing. Thank you for the eye candy. I believe this is Quilt Con Ready!

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  17. Fantastic, Jayne, just fantastic!! I've been loving the little twist in your mini quilts, but nothing prepared me for this. The density, the alignment, the color changes...wow. You're really on the cutting edge of modern quilts, I hope you know that! Congrats on a true original! :)

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    1. It just hit me how perfect this piece is for your blog's tag line: "Quilting a new twist on an old tradition." So, so true!

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  18. Beautiful, and I can imagine the tactile pleasure running a hand over the strips. You really pay close attention to even tiny details. Even the title: Louvre for the Paris-museum quality art piece that it is, and still indirectly noting the similarity to louvers, the slats in blinds and shutters.

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  19. Hi Jayne, your quilts are beautiful. Are you planning on publishing or making a tutorial with your technique?

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  20. This quilt is one I can't stop looking at. Every angle shows a different fold. That along with the shading of the strips is a totally different way of Quilting. I hope this gets seen nationally.

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  21. this is so amazing! I really hope you get to share it at Quiltcon, I'd love to see it in person. Spectacular!

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  22. Louvre is absolutely stunning Jayne ! I felt the same frustration as you not being able to get realistic pictures of my latest quilt. Some quilts are better in person ! ;-) Hope to see it at Quiltcon next year.

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  23. I'm speechless. You have outdone yourself. It's an amazing piece. Just wow....

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  24. All I can say is, "WOW!" If this isn't accepted into QuiltCon I will be shocked. In fact, I'm just gonna plan on seeing it when I'm there!

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  25. I love it Jayne and I hope it get's into quilt con because then I can see it in person as I'm planning on going this year.

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  26. I just love this quilt. It has been a blast watching you go through the whole process. You have an amazing imagination and seeing you release it in your quilting is just plain fun. I hope you grin each time you walk by and stroke it!

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  27. This is an AMAZING dimensional art quilt! Yes, DO enter it at Quilt Con so lots and lots of people can enjoy seeing it in person! Congratulations!

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  28. Proof is in the pudding-look at all your wonderful comments on this piece. Well deserved and if it doesn't make it into Quilt Con they are nuts, LOL I am imagining the feel as you run your hands over it. It came out just super awesome! Almost makes me want to try to make a panel-I said ALMOST!!!

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  29. This is amazing Jayne!! Good luck with your submission!

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  30. Wow, just-- wow! This is an awesome piece, Jayne. Congratulations on a great finish. Good luck with the show!

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  31. How cool! The optical effects look amazing! Congrats on a succesful project. Hope it makes it into Quilt Con.

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  32. This really is a magical quilt. It makes me want to reach through the screen and touch it. It is the most original quilt I have seen in a long time. Everything about it is perfect. I can picture it hanging at Quilt Con and having a "white glove" person standing next to it preventing everyone from rubbing their fingers over it. Bravo!! It's beyond amazing.

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