Current Blocks for Art of the Month at Current Studio

04-eccentric-orbit-72-500 Current Block 4: Eccentric Orbit Various fabrics and thread, machine pieced and quilted, 8.5" x 8" 2016 by Sarah Atlee

Available exclusively through the Art of the Month Club at Current Studio.

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Sarah Atlee is the January 2017 Featured Artist for Art of the Month at Current Studio!

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I am making a series of unique improvisational quilts, 8 to 9 inches square, exclusively for Current Studio.

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Current Studio features a different artist each month for their subscribers. Join by 20 December to get Sarah Atlee's art in January 2017.

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Dot Dot Dash

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I had so many fun fabrics to choose from. Some donated to the Community First! Quilters, some I purchased myself. In particular, I've been in love with this Dottie Jean Jacket print by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel.

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Does it get any better than strip-piecing?

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So much fun to quilt this thing!

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Aah, texture.

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On the back: cream-colored flannel, and a variegated blue thread.

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Along one edge, Community First! is spelled out in Morse code,using buttons. Light buttons for dashes, dark buttons for dots.

Dot Dot Dash was donated to the Community First! village, an innovative housing solution in Austin, TX.

Learn more about Mobile Loaves & Fishes What is the Community First! Village? Contribute your quilting skills to the Community First! Quilters

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Piece of Pie

piece-of-pie-front-1-500 Piece of Pie is a quilt completed in 2016 for an expert pie-baker (and her new baby).

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I love improvisational curves! There's so much room to make mistakes.

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Banana-shaped free-motion quilting to go with the upcycled sock monkey bedsheets.

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Quilting lines, seen from the back.

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The seal of approval.

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Home Is Where the Art Is

home-blocks-2-crop-500 This post also appears on my Patreon page.

Home. It's a nebulous concept, one that's been on my mind a lot lately. These mini quilts are an expression of longing, rootlessness - perhaps "home" is a part of us that we always carry, though it may drift to the bottom with the kleenex and loose change.

The Home quilts went out to my top-tier Patreon patrons this month. Thank you all for being patrons, your support means so much to me.

Following is a more detailed look at the quilt construction process:

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Notes on construction, quilting patterns.

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Drawing a general outline onto the batting.

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Sewing the pieces directly onto the batting, as part of a quilt-as-you-go technique.

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The first one with all three layers (top, batting backing) assembled and quilted.

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Quilting lines look so cool on the back.

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Moving down the assembly line...

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Finished blocks, photographed on a convenient hedge.

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Quilting creates such wonderful textures.

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More stitches. I'm not a fan of stitch-in-the-ditch, but I love getting right up toward those ditches.

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Hand-finished binding, always perfectly imperfect.

Not a patron yet? You wanna get things like this in the mail, too? Sure you do. A pledge at the Awesome Afficionados level or higher gets you an original work of art every two to three months!

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