Spiros, Jamie wanted to share some of the pictures from her first project — Photo Op?! — so this page is for that project, and the next page will be for her current project. 

JM 8-20-07: Hi RaNae, After we talked, I really wanted to send you something to post to my page so that there wasn’t so much empty there. Everyone’s page look so great with project pix!  So after what I already sent to you about the first project, which I hope will be of a help to you.

Fabric choices — the batik elephants were the determining factor for all the rest.

Jamie 1

Jamie 2

Trial layout

Jamie 3

Fabric chart, labeled by spoke.  (The top of Jamie’s work table is purple Formica.)

Jamie 3B

The foundation, drawn and marked

Jamie 3C

The first piece of a ring.  For her triangles, Jamie simply used a strip of fabric, then trimmed after sewing.

Jamie 7

Working around the first ring of triangles.

Jamie 4

Stitching from the back of the foundation (see how the markings are all backwards?)

Jamie 5

Pressing with a wooden roller.  She got me hooked on it too.  Great for classes – you never have to worry about plugging in or tripping over a cord.

Jamie 6

Finishing up the partial seam of the first triangle.

Jamie 8

Jamie’s finished quilt Photo Op?!

JAMIE

RM 9-11-07:  Here are some notes from Gwen Baggett about the quilting she did on Jamie’s quilt, along with a couple of photos.

Purple’s Quilt quilted

Jamie Trapunto Elephant

From Gwen Baggett, Snuggler’s Cover Quilting:
“I researched and used African designs in the upper background crackle fabric, along with the trapuntoed elephant and radiating sunrise lines. There are 14 subtle trapuntoed small squares in the upper right border behind the echoed African diamond stitching. On the left border there is another traditional African orange peel-type design around the “flowers” in one of the black stripes. Another has trapuntoed centers with outline stitching in the remainder of that stripe. In the black speckled fabric are spirals that are repeated throughout, echoing the greater spiral. Consistent with the style of design on the African prints, the quilting is slightly irregular, rather than perfectly precise. I felt that the best way to complement the bottom border was to literally “go with the flow.” The wavy, watery lines are repeated in the quilting, giving it more depth and movement. The spiral itself was quilted with Signature transparent thread, following end and peak points around the spiral. The strength of the quilt is in the pictorial center piece of the elephant scene with trapuntoed elephants and acacia trees, with the whole thing appearing to be being swept away in a duststorm swirl. This is very apparent when viewing the quilt from a distance and is quite an exciting effect.”

7 Responses to “Jamie McClenaghan 1”

  1. Micki Says:

    Jamie, I posted the text below on the EQ page in the blog, but in case you don’t see it there, this may help with your EQ question.

    This is in response to the email question about saving files in EQ6 where Jamie recolored and clicked “file” and “save” and then couldn’t find any of the different colorations.

    Clicking “File” “Save” saves your current project, using the file name that you have already given it. If you have not yet named your project, EQ6 will ask you to name it once you are ready to save the project. So each time, it was saving only the current project being worked on and it was overlaying the previous one.

    To save color variations of a project, you should click the “Add to Sketchbook” icon or “Block” “Add to Sketchbook” or “Quilt” “Add to Sketchbook” depending on whether you are recoloring blocks or quilts.

    If you already have that coloration, it will ask if you want to save another version and you can select “yes” or “no”. Then when you view the sketchbook, you will see all the different variations you’ve added and will be able to select the one you want to work with, or delete any that you no longer want to keep.

  2. purplepassion Says:

    Hi Micki and thanks so much for writing. I’ve had some success – in that I found how to save in the sketchbook everything I’ve done today. I’m sure that you are right in that I was overlaying the previous saved pic. Oh well, there are so many great ways to go, and I think I’ve found the one I like best and even printed it out – the total picture of the quilt top that is, not the blocks yet, I may want to change the size of my blocks.
    Thanks again for the help . . . may need more in the future!
    Hugs, Jamie

  3. yogib2 Says:

    Jamie…what a fantastic journal of your quilt from start to finish. Your quilt is beautiful. I actually have similar, if not the same elephant fabric in my stash.

    Scott brought me back some wonderful batiks from South Africa last year and I am seeing endless possibilities. Thank you for being so “in-spiraling”.

    Perhaps RaNae has already thought of this, but maybe she should call the gallery section in her book something along the line of “in-spiraling quilts”, a play on inspiration…there has been a whole lot of that here on the blog.

  4. lindacooper Says:

    Dear Jamie,
    Fantastic job and how well you document your stages. You must be so happy with your piece! A friend has those elephants in a convergence quilt.

  5. purplepassion Says:

    Oh, I’d love to see the ellie’s in a convergence quilt . . . giraffe’s are my most favorite animal with elephant’s right behind them!

    Thanks so much RaNae for ‘spicing’ up my place here on your blog.

  6. purplepassion Says:

    Oh, I was going to say that the final, finished product is a bit different than pictured up there, I think it’s a bit better and when it’s done being quilted by my friend, Gwen, I’m sure it will be even better!

  7. RaNae Says:

    Jamie, the drawing is up there at the top of this page. Just click the link to bring up the PDF drawing. I’m glad you’re having such a great time, even if you are losing a bit of sleep.

    Hugs to Tivo & Dick

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