4 New Quilt Paintings


(From left to right: Echo Star, Morning Star, Flutter Wheel with Toile, Turkey’s Delimma.)

I finished the Morning Star and Flutter Wheel last week, soon they are all four headed to Artstream Gallery in New Hampshire. Its fun to see them all together. That second picture up there shows the sides of the pieces, which has some smudges of paint. Should I paint the edges? Leave them as they are? What do you think? A part of me likes the layers and layers of paint just seeping over the edges a bit, but not sure if you’d want to see that when the piece is hung on a wall.


The rain returned over the weekend, after a record stretch (near-record? record? I can’t keep up) of no rain in Seattle. I missed it, I’ll admit. Was quite happy to curl up in my chair with my crochet hook and watch it drip outside. Finally gave in and started watching Downton Abbey, almost through season 1. Yes, I love it. Peter’s watching a 24 episode documentary on The Cold War. Emma is making more clay dragons and Ian is making stop motion animation movies. Gracie is napping. Tonight is baked potato night.


That’s how we’re rolling.

Getting some interweb inspiration for Halloween. We need to focus on costumes this week and next. I always make this process way harder than it needs to be.

Simple, Blair…simple.

Take care for now friends.

  • Colleen

    October 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Can I ask a technical question? Do you put a clear coat on? Im venturing into my first pieces for groupa show and am thinking of making a 10″ version of my barn quilt on canvas. Thanks!

  • Colleen

    October 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Oops and I forgot to say I would leave the edges. Quilt patterns dont wrap around. and I love the wood look.

  • Rachel

    October 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I wouldn’t paint the edges but I could see them wrapped in ribbon, maybe something like velvet? Or the Japanese tape or just some nice-ish paper.

  • janet clare

    October 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

    your paintings look great. Baked potatoes are great too- we call them ‘jacket spuds’ here in England.

  • Erin | house on hill road

    October 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    i like the edges the way they are.
    and halloween costumes? i broke down and took kate to target and just let her pick, exercising my veto power twice. 😉

  • Amoxelle

    October 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I love these quilt paintings. I think I’m going to steal this idea and use it in my adult classes to help people who are afraid of painting to show them that they can paint.

  • Robin

    October 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    These are incredible! Is it wrong to want to base a quilt off of one? lol.
    I think the ribbon wrapped edges is a great idea. I wouldn’t paint them.

  • lauradodson

    October 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Oh I love these Blair. I like the plain edges. I want the steel blue and red..turkey’s dilemma. Perfect living room colors for our house.

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    HI Colleen. I have used a clear coat on some of my pieces, but not on these. I didn’t feel that they needed it, but the choice is entirely personal.

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I was actually thinking about painting the edges a solid color, not continuing the quilt pattern. I think I like them the way they are too.

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    That could be an interesting idea Rachel, thank you!

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    We do love our jacket spuds : D. Thank you!

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks Erin. I think I will defer to Peter on at least one kid’s costume. I lose steam fast on these. Target’s sounding great to me.

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Amoxelle!

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you Robin. Not wrong at all, I base my quilts off of them!

  • blair/wisecraft

    October 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Thank you so much Laura! I like the plain edges best too I think.

  • habit blog

    November 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    i have had this window open on my computer for weeks – enjoying the images, intending to comment. i love that you’re painting, blair. and i especially love these little quilt squares.

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