Snow Crab Nebula - Blogger's Quilt Festival


Happy Saturday, all! For those coming from the Blogger's Quilt Festival with Amy's Creative Side, welcome! In addition to my Seeing The Forest quilt, I decided to share Snow Crab Nebula in the Art Quilt category. Gulp! For those who have seen this before, bear with me -- there are some new photos! :)

This project began with my first snow dyeing experiment earlier this year. Yellow, ringed with red and then purple snow dyes turned this:


Into this:

This looked like one of those NASA images from space to me so I decided to see what I could do to accentuate it with some free motion quilting.

Snow Crab Nebula - Front

Quilting Detail
For the quilting, I did swirls, pebbles, wishbones, loop-d-loops, stars/satellites, and ribbons. I put the information I learned from Angela Walter's Free Motion Quilting Negative Space class on Craftsy to good use in mixing up the swirls and pebbles and moving from one type of motif to another.

I used a variety of Aurifil colours in the yellow, orange, red and purple families (#2277, 5009, 1103, 2581, 1240, 1243, 2140 to be specific) in the front and black thread in the back. I just love the sheen of the Aurifil thread against the colours of the fabric.
Quilting Detail
My husband suggested I call it Snow Crab Nebula since it was created with snow dyeing. Works for me!
Snow Crab Nebula - Quilting Detail
Snow Crab Nebula - Quilting Detail
Snow Crab Nebula - Quilting Detail
To play with the theme, I used some solar system fabric for the back.
Snow Crab Nebula - Back
Final stats:
Quilt name: Snow Crab Nebula
Measurements: 19" by 21"
Special techniques: Snow dyeing, free motion quilting, non-mitred facing
Machine quilted: Free motion quilted by me!
Entering this in the Art Quilt category for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Here are my entries into past Blogger's Quilt Festivals:
Thanks for stopping by! For lots more inspiration, check out the other entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side -- it's always a fabulous show. Thank you, Amy, for putting all of this together!

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20 comments:

  1. I'm glad to see this one again! This deserved to be shared!

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  2. You know I love this beautiful quilt, lovely to see it in the festival.

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  3. looks great! I've used that solar system fabric too recently for a circle quilt

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  4. Wow! This is a really great project! The colors are amazing and I love your quilting {Aurifil really is the best, isn't it?}. Clever name, too ;).

    xo -E

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  5. Truly amazing, M-R. Leaves me rather speechless with how much it really looks like a pic from space. Incredible craftsmanship with the dyeing and the quilting. Awesome entry for the Art Quilt Category.

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  6. Ah-ha, another of my favourites...! I could look at your quilts all day. :-)

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  7. Hi M-R,
    Congratulations on your ribbon at OVQG for Snow Crab Nebula! Wendy Foster sent some pics to me to forward to you but I cannot find your email address anywhere! If you can email me at equehl@hotmail.com and let me know your email address I will pass them on. Tried to get the email address from your blog but it only took me to the Outlook Setup Wizard?
    Thanks
    Elaine

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  8. I *love* this concept, the quilting, and the colors. I just wish I could see it in person, I know there is so much lost in "translation".

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  9. Oh, how I love this quilt! I'm so glad to see it in the festival too!

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  10. This is just awesome MR. The quilting is stunning.

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  11. Another great quilt and I think the technique is really interesting. I still haven't got around to crushing ice but one day...

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  12. such a beautiful quilt - thanks for all the pictures. I just love the effects you got with your ice dyeing I still have not tried that, but really have to!

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  13. Glorious! I'd love to try dying and snowdying spunds so fun. Thanks for sharing you vibrant and wonderful piece! Have a great day

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  14. Stunning - really love your quilting on this one!

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  15. The dying is awesome! I love how you quilted it too. It looks exactly like some nebula :)

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  16. Wonderful quilt. Your quilting makes this piece, giving depth and detail.
    best from Tunisia,
    nadia

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  17. Really wonderful! One of these days I want to try snow dying. I love your approach to this and will keep in in mind if I do.

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  18. Wow!! This is amazing!! Its as though you've captured a piece of space and turned it into fabric. The quilting is brilliant too!!

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