fiber art made by martha

1/20/2020 - Moose in Moonlight wallhanging

Wallhanging built with a technique of layering batik and hand-dyed background fabric onto fusible fleece until the arrangement is pleasing to the artist, and then temporarily fusing into place with a hot iron. The background pieces are then permanenetly appliqued, utilizing different machine stiches. This is followed by free-form quilting the background. Finally, the individual moose, trees, and moon are appliqued on to finish the piece. This wallhanging is approximately 12 inches high by 8 inches wide.

1/15/2020 - Denali wallhanging

Alaska landscape pattern of a stunning view of Mount Denali as seen from the very lovely town of Talkeetna, Alaska. This is an all applique work that is approximately 17 inches high by 22 inches wide.

6/1/2019 - paper-pieced Bear wallhanging

Another Alaska pattern that I just couldn't resist, it was just too cute. This is a paper-pieced pattern technique for a small wallhanging approximately 8 inches high by 12 inches wide of a mother and baby bear bumping noses.

5/26/2019 - applique Mosaic Bear wallhanging

This is my very first all-applique piece made up from a pattern picked up in Alaska. The size is approximately 24 inches high by 30 inches wide and makes a lovely wall hanging in the music room next to the piano.

3/24/2019 - Miniature quilt - Bird of Paradise

I periodically love getting into the tiny details of a miniature quilt. The last bigger project I completed (soon to be posted) used a black background, so I had several decent small to medium pieces of black I wanted to use rather than throw away. I went through my miniature quilt patterns and chose to work on this one. It's a George Siciliano pattern called Bird of Paradise that has a total of 10 blocks (in triangle form), each with 2 different color layouts in reverse order. This little wallhanging has a completed size of 18 inches wide by 16 inches wide.

2/6/2019 - Stacked stones wallhanging

I was in Paducah, KY for a class at the National Quilt Museum in October 2018, and of course had to go to the quilting mecca, Hancock's of Paducah. My husband came in with me and looked around for awhile (I stayed longer than he did!) and in the midst he handed me this pattern and said he really liked it. So the pattern came home with us from that trip, it's a wallhanging with a completed size of 14 inches wide by 36 inches long.

The stacked stones are appliqued with unfinished edges to create the more chunky look. This grouping of stones reminded me of something in a zen garden that would have one of the vertical water fountains running down a window behind it, so I quilted it with vertical stitching to stimulate the water flow.

1/29/2019 - radiating design quilt

I picked up this pattern in the 2014 Chattanooga AQS show and began work on it in fall 2018 when I was spending time in my sewing room so I could hang out with my beautiful Kaspar, my geriatric kitty who only had another few months to live. This was made completely out of material from stash.

The pattern was more along the lines of just a series of directions rather than an actual pattern, and not for the faint of heart.

8/19/2018 - fall colors wall hanging

The design is based on a grid tool I picked up at the final Chattanooga AQS show in 2016. I loved the design but found that I really didn't like using the tool, it was far too cumbersome. The four inner blocks were completed in January 2018 by using the tool, but I wasn't up for trying to figure out the rest. But it occurred to me during the summer that I could paper piece the border design that hadn't been worked yet if I photocopied the tool onto some of my special paper piecing pattern stock.

So it was finally completed in August 2018, using a dual binding technique to show off the color design.

7/19/2018 - crazy hexagon wall hanging

This started with an inside hexagon that grew as the strips were placed at a slight angle in the sequence of the twelve ordered colors. The piece is approximately two feet square, albeit there is a slight longer horizontal than vertical balance.

The piecing was completed in January 2018 but I didn't have time to quilt and bind it until late July.

5/27/2018 - Illusion Quilt

An Escher like effect on a quilt that produces a 3-D illusion effect.

1/6/2017 - Miniature Quilt

This is a very cool miniature quilt made up of thirty-one 3-inch blocks, each made up of 71 pieces. It was started in October 2016 and completed in January 2017. The technique is foundation paper piecing, and it finished off to a size of 19 inches wide by 24 inches high. For more information, please see the blog entry HERE.

10/30/2016 - Be Colourful "enchanted Stars"

The first quilt I've made up from Jacqueline de Jonge's amazing Be Colourful line coming out of Denmark. This was an amazing project to work on and will probably turn into a wall hanging. For more information, please see the blog entry HERE.

09/20/2016 - christmas "ralphie" quilt

Gotta do something just for grins every once in awhile. I saw this fabric for sale at the end of the 2015 holiday season and knew I just had to make this one up.

08/20/2016 - pineapple quilt

A small display quilt (52 inches square) made from a class taken at Chattanooga AQS in September 2015. The tool is the Creative Grid pineapple tool block, makes lovely blocks and this entire quilts was made from scrap stash.

04/19/2016 - miniature quilt

Another miniature quilt, this one made with all Cherrywood hand dyed fabric from stash. The inner square is approximately 8 inches square, and the design is paper pieced to get all the little angles and detail to work out.

12/01/2015 - Gail Garber's constellation quilt design

After taking a class with the incredible Gail Garber in the fall of 2014, I was finally able to finish this project off and get it hung on the wall of the music room where I can look at it while I am practicing.

09/17/2015 - holiday quilt being shown at chattanooga quilt show

This holiday quilt was actually completed close to a year back, but was taken out of storage for Chattanooga Quilt Shop's quilt trunk show being run concurrently with the Chattanooga American Quilter's Society show.

08/20/2015 - quilt pieced with hand dyed fabric

I took a class with Malka Dubrawsky at the National Quilt Museum in July, se dyed all kinds of fabric and used all kinds of techniques. This is the small quilt completed with combining all the pieces together.

08/14/2015 - dyed silk scarf

I started doing a few small dyeing projects, this was a silk scarf that started out as a blank (all white) and I did a combination of blues and purples on.

07/30/2015 - Woven scarves from the loom

Variegating the yarn was necessary for this because I found that the weave was so tight that I was not going to have enough of the original color. So the scarf on the left wove from darker to lighter in order to have it be long enough to be a scarf and not a very strange placemat instead.

06/20/2015 - Judy Niemeyer's "Bali Wedding Star" pattern

My second Judy Niemeyer quilt patter, the Bali Wedding Star took about a year to complete between all the individual pieces finally getting together into the completed quilt.

11/28/2014 - Exploding star pillow in holiday colors for gift

Exploding Star pattern first tried a few days back now in holiday colors.

11/26/2014 - just for fun

Munch's famous "Screamer" fabric found for a pillow to go to my friend Pete Temko so he'd have something to throw during FSU football games!

11/23/2014 - paper pieced pillow patterns for holiday gifts

The Exploding Star pattern made up into pillows, the fabric supplied by my childhood friend Molly Cole Hutchins!

08/25/2014 - more whole cloth quilting

Second attempt at a whole cloth quilt. Similar colors to the first try (right below) but a different design this time. Variegated thread was used to add a bit of shimmer effect, this is currently hanging up in the Chattanooga Quilts fabric and quilt store in Ooltewah, TN as a store sample.

07/20/2014 - whole cloth quilting

This is the first time I attempted a "wholecloth" technique, where the entire quilt design is made from just the actual quilting on a piece of plain material.

06/15/2014 - a 3D looking quilt.

A very cool 3D type effect quilt made for my husband.

05/19/2014 - miniature quilt.

Miniature quilts are so cool! This is my second attempt, the inner block is 12 inches square and has about 360 pieces in it.

04/02/2014 -woven scarf.

My college roommate sent me some of her wonderful hand-dyed chenille, which got woven (on the loom) up into the scarf that's gracing Charlie Chaplin.

03/27/2014 - stained glass window batik quilt.

Made out of my stash batik pieces, this quilt reminded me of the cookies we used to bake as kids with the LifeSavers that would melt down and look like a stained glass window effect.