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Graffiti Quilting by Karlee Porter

on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog, blogging others, Longarm Quilting Gallery, quilting | 3 comments

Graffiti Quilting

Have you guys seen all the Graffiti Quilting posts on Pinterest and Instagram.  Do a search for #graffitiquilting.  I’ll wait….

Well, I love the look.  The Graffiti Quilting is based off a new, self-published book by Karlee Porter.  I cannot imagine self-publishing, but boy, she gives me hope.  This book is everywhere!  I got my copy for Christmas.

I started with some of the design motifs she describes in the book to work on designs in markers.

Graffiti Quilting Style Doodle | ReannaLily Designs

Eh.  Blue was ok.  It isn’t my favorite.  Luckily, I had more markers and more paper.

Graffiti Quilting Style Doodle | ReannaLily Designs

The orange I like.  Well, I say that.  I don’t really like those arrows.  They are pretty much the only thing I see when I look at the doodle.

Graffiti Quilting Style Doodle | ReannaLily Designs

So I made another doodle, sans arrows.  The green is my FAV, and my 3rd one.  Practice Practice Practice, apparently that works a bit.

Next up was to try it in fabric.

Graffiti Quilting Style| ReannaLily Designs

This is a variegated gold/brown thread on the neutral stripe background.  Karlee mentions in the book that in order to get thick “marker lines” in thread, just trace over that curve/shape a couple times.  Ok, that is awesome 1/ for the look but 2/ if your curve/shape has a lump, the thicker thread tracing will smooth it out.  The stitched piece is only my first one so far and it is probably about 11″ x 14″ or so.  It isn’t huge, but did give me enough room to give this free motion quilting style a go.

I now have to try to figure out how I can get these mixed quilty designs on a regular quilt, not just on “whole cloth” pieces.  How would that work?  What would it look like?

Have you tried the graffiti quilting?

 

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    3 Comments

  1. These are great, Jen! I love the translation into fabric. These could fill large solid blocks on a quilt maybe… would be cool in the center of circles like your Quarter & Dime or Floating Circles patterns. Or inside of floating hexies! That would be cooooool.

    Kerri Kowal

    January 20, 2015

  2. Excited to see what you do

    Lynette Hammond

    September 20, 2015

  3. Beautiful work! I’m a little in love with Karlee Porter’s style as well.

    Ramona

    January 29, 2016

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