Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Folk Art Fun

Today I'm sharing quilts that I have made using my original folk art patterns.  Free form folk art applique' is one of my greatest passions.

Defining Folk Art:
noun.
Art originating among the common people of a nation or region and usually reflecting their traditional culture, especially everyday or festive items produced or decorated by unschooled artists.

Here is one of my earliest folk art quilts.  I made this to celebrate Hanna's 6th Birthday.
In this one I used my grandmother's hanky.
Here are two that I designed in a Gwen Marston workshop in 2012.
 I really need to stitch these up.
I made all the patterns for Mothers Garden, finished in 2011.
Here is my version of Susan's pineapple design.  I'm not sure about that stem.
Thank goodness coco protected it for me.  What is it about laying on quilt pieces?
Finally, here are the two Alice Payne blocks that I'm working on.

 
I have decided to make a pattern for this quilt and will probably have it available in the Fall.

Have a great week!

35 comments:

Val's Creative Life said...

What is it about our pets laying on our quilts....mine does the same exact thing! So funny! I'm inspired by all your folk art...fun post!

Angie said...

I have really developed an appreciation for this style over the past few years. A folk art-style quilt is definitely in the queue - once I finish the eagles!

MJinMichigan said...

Love your folk art quilts and can definitely see Gwen's influence.
I'm so glad you are going to make a pattern for the Alice Payne quilt. I love it and hand appliquƩ is my favorite type of sewing so ill be anxiously waiting for it to appear in your shop.

Janet O. said...

You have a definite flair for this, Barb. It is all so "you", and makes me smile.
Mother's Garden is especially beautiful.
Really like your Alice Payne blocks. The green fabric you are using is a delightful touch of movement.

CecileD said...

Coco is a very conscientious dog and she really loves her mum ! hi ! hi ! ^^
I love your Folk Art spirit and especially your Mothers Garden... I saw it on Pinterest and wow...what a beauty !
Your AP blocks are gorgeous...be sure that your quilt will be awesome !
Have a nice day !

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Great little quilts! I especially love Hannah's!

OT Quilter said...

All beautiful, as always! Thanks for sharing and for reminding us that our quilts can be such wonderful reflections of our true selves.

Julierose said...

Love your Folk Art quilts--especially your Mother's Garden--are you going to make a pattern for that one, too? hope so ;--))) hugs, Julierose (the wannabe appliquer)

Beth said...

Such great folk art pieces. You do such beautiful applique. I love how personal the quilts are...

audrey said...

Always a style that I gravitate towards! Yours is very fun and such great colors too.:)

Janet said...

I love this post. Your folk art applique is wonderful! I just adore your Mother's Garden quilt!! Your 2 new Alice Payne blocks are delightful - that wavy stripey green is just perfect :0)

Diane said...

Can I pre order the pattern? LOL I love your applique and I really like it when you share your sweet projects. Coco is such a good helper, it's hard to find good help like that! šŸ˜Š

Rachaeldaisy said...

I'm jumping up and down with joy that you're releasing a pattern for the AP quilt! All your work is so beautiful Barb, even the stem in your pineapple block. Yay for Coco making sure your pieces don't blow away.

Debra said...

Beautiful patterns. Love your color choices. They make the pieces look more complex. You have a quilting assistant too!! LOL

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Love all your folky quilts. I have come to conclusion that my dog is just jealous. Anything to get some attention! Like he isn't spoiled!

Karen said...

You are amazing! I love all your pieces but your early works are so inspiring.

Chantal said...

Wow! You have made so many and all are beautiful. I really love your designs. Especially in love with the Spring quilt with Grandma's hanky. GORGEOUS!!

Sharon said...

I love your folk art quilts! They are so fun, and so "you". I agree with MJ - I can see Gwen's influence in your work. She IS the master, isn't she? All of your work is beautiful, but the folk art touches my heart.

Good job, Coco! She loves your quilts too! :)

Karen said...

I anxiously await the Alice Payne pattern!

Juliann in WA said...

Thanks for all the lovely eye candy today! More ideas to file away

Lori said...

Love them all! I'm a big fan of free form folk art shapes.
Cool on the Alice Payne patterns!

Quilter Kathy said...

So many wonderful projects! I love the Miss Hanna :)

Kyle said...

Your style is delightful and charming and it reflects your personality. Thanks for s wonderful show today.

Nifty Quilts said...

Wahoo! I love, love all of these. I got to take Gwen's appliquƩ workshop a few years ago. You've really taken her teachings and given them your own happy, warm style. It's so great that you're continuing to teach this folk art to others. I'm going to go buy your pattern set right now!

Barbara said...

Oh, Barb, your quilts are absolutely charming! Love your Alice Payne blocks, too :)

Sujata Shah said...

I am so happy to see all of your quilts here today. They are the kind that put smile on a face!
Glad you are teaching!!!

Ruth said...

These are such fun! I love the fabrics in the hanky quilt and the spiral flower. And I love Coco's quilt. Does he like it?

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful Barb! I love your folk art quilts -- they're all so interesting!

Maureen said...

LOVE these quilts! I really need to do this sometime.
I can never get enough of your Mothers Garden.

pandchintz said...

Fabulous quilts, Barb. Love your folk art patterns.

Kim said...

Nicely done....these are so inspiring!

Happy Sewing

Wendy Caton Reed said...

What a great post! I wish more people would show their past work from time to time. It gets us all motivated. I just love your folk art designs and your Mothers Garden quilts is one of my all time favorites. Thanks for sharing.

Jan said...

Folky appliquƩ is so much fun, right? Your work, as always, is a delight! I've enjoyed catching up with you. Good luck on your etsy endeavors - I'm headed there for a peek now.

Dixie said...

Love all your quilts - just ordered your folk art applique patterns - can't wait to see them in person!

Anonymous said...

Love all your folky quilts and can't wait for the Alice Payne pattern!