Thursday, December 31, 2009
The piece here was created as part of a special invitational traveling exhibit art quilt artists. The Noble Seasons: Summer exhibit will first be seen over the weekend of January 14 at Road to California....
but, more importantly it is completed and I am ready to celebrate the arrival of 2010. Here's a picture of the final piece.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
As the days move quickly towards the new year I am carving away minutes and hours to work on my last quilt art piece of the year. In my earlier post I showed the birch tree fabric being painted. Here I have taken a photo of the basic elements in place... and over the next two days I'll be embellishing the quilt. Delivery of the piece is to take place on New Year's Eve, so look for the final version very soon.
Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season as much as I am. Family, friends, fun times and A QUILT to finish!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The following are photos of the surface design process I used to create my own birch tree fabric.
I started with white velveteen that I cut to fit and taped to a foam swimming noodle.
Then I mixed up fabric paints and brushed on some larger spots.
Donning gloves, I placed string into the paint and proceeded to using the string to apply the paint.
I then removed the fabric from the form and hung to dry.
Lastly, before using the fabric I heat set the paint. The fabric is working out well...
Back to holiday, fun for a bit!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Also since that time in a Twitter moment there was Beth, known to me as @moonflowernco who summed it all up with her Haiku -
wind passes over / the tall grass whispers softly / stay here forever
I hope you enjoy the photo here of the completed piece and the close-up of the leaves,
finally finished especially for this piece.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I had a great time chatting with everyone and loved making the gratitude postcards. For those of you that came and those that didn't get a chance to there I'm posting several pictures of the postcards along with the person who made them. Total there were probably about 20 postcards that are now winding their way to the many folks we all want to say thank you to.
Friday, December 11, 2009
For now, gotta run. Hope if you're in South Los Angeles - Long Beach area you'll stop by.
Email for directions....
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thru my recent Twitter-rompings I befriended a woman in Ireland-Roisin is the creator of an event called The Global Gratitude Postcard Project. You can read about by clicking on the project title, and you can be part of it by making a postcard at my open studio! We'll make them, snap a photo and give you a stamp so you can send your words of gratitude out there into the world!
The other part of the crazy-busy's this week for me have been working on two large pieces. One is a commission piece, and I am happy to say that it is done... the last of the bead were added, binding stitched just in time to have it's picture taken to show you all here. The second of the larger pieces is being made for a Kaufman Fabric invitational. Right now this quilt has been couched and machine quilted and is awaiting stitching and beading. Beading in this instance may not really cover it, for I'll be creating some specialized leaves from air-dry clay that will be stitched in place as well, BUT that is for another day!
I hope you enjoy seeing the quilts done & in progress, and if you're around I hope you stop by for my Open Studio next weekend. Dec 11-13.
See you soon!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Thanks for clicking in and sharing this one year celebration of new beginnings. Sometimes we get pushed into new things, and we are better off for it. Seems like just yesterday that I sat at breakfast meeting and was told that I just 'had to' have a blog. And, though I went figuratively kicking & screaming, I jumped in and started really enjoying the blog... so much so, that when I was told that Twitter was what I needed 'to do' it only took a friendly nudge from a close buddy to convince me to wade out into the shallow end of the pool.
This time last year I started my blog...
Though life is busy, I have found it fun to share the where, what & when of many of the projects I have worked on-or am working on at the moment. I know that many of you enjoy it too, for I hear it all the time.
It was also this time last year that I did my first webair interview...
this was on Kimberly Wulfert's, Women On Quilts blog. It was just beginning as well, and since then Kimberly's audio interview library has certainly grown.
If you want to hear my 'first' interview CLICK HERE. This will take you directly to the audio of that interview, so make sure you have your speakers on.
This morning on Twitter someone shared a wonderful link to sunrise photos - Sunrise is always my favorite time of day... can be beautiful, inspiring and always reminds me of new beginnings. Seemed appropriate, so I went looking thru older quilts and am sharing this set of four sunrise in Idyllwild, CA pieces done back in '02.
Hope you enjoy them.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
p.s. on this slideshow your cursor can speed up or slow down or pick one out for special viewing. have fun!
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
I'm off this day to be one of the demonstrators at the Gallery in Whittier where Quilts on the Wall has a wonderful exhibit of work hanging. There will be a gallery walk followed by several of us demonstrating various 'techniques'. I will be showing the process I have been using to create my 'wooly gems', and generally using this as a semi-excuse to make more. They are a lot of fun to make and even more fun to include on my quilts. Hope if you're around, you'll stop by. See yesterdays post below for details and links regarding the exhibit.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The gallery features beautiful and unique artwork for sale by Cynthia Catlin, David Charity, Patricia Charity, joanell connolly, Melissa Frankel, jo p. griffith, Carol Henke, Rose Hughes, Stacy Hurt, Jeanette Kelly, Marcia Ann Kuehl, Cindy Lemaku, Carol Nilsen, Catherine Ravera, Jo Sarachman, Julie Schlueter, Teresa Shippy, Deborah Stanley, Mary Tabar, Susan Trindle, Vicky Valdez-Green, Terry Waldron, and Deborah Weir.
The Framery & Fine Art Gallery is located at 13105 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602. Hours are from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The piece being made from the Kaufman fabric solid Kona line is progressing along. The wonderful discharged pieces have been incorporated and are here stitched together to create the quilt top. Will next be moving along with some paint before couching and quilting occurs.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The opening reception for Quilts On the Wall: Fiber Artists current exhibit A New View is coming up this weekend. Below is a fun picture taken at the hanging of the show just before Halloween. The crew is pictured here along with the owner of The Framery & Fine Arts Gallery. We had a great day and the exhibit looks wonderful. Hope any of you that find yourself in So.CA this weekend can stop by.
Twenty-three contemporary quilt artists will be showing at the Framery and Fine Art Gallery, 13105 Whittier Blvd, from November 3rd -28th, 2009. The reception for A New View: Experiencing Art Quilts is November 14th from 3 to 7pm. On November 21st there will be an artists' talk at 1:00 with demonstrations by 4 contemporary fiber artists from 2-5:00. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm.
The featured Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists include: Cynthia Catlin, David Charity, Patricia Charity, joanell connolly, Melissa Frankel, jo p. griffith, Carol Henke, Rose Hughes, Stacy Hurt , Jeanette Kelly, Marcia Ann Kuehl, Cindy Lemaku, Carol Nilsen, Catherine Ravera, Jo Sarachman, Julie Schlueter, Teresa Shippy, Deborah Stanley, Mary Tabar, Susan Trindle, Vicky Valdez-Green, Terry Waldron, Deborah Weir.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I have been chatting about book two for some time now.... manuscript being due, my trip to Seattle to work and visit with the great folks at Martingale Publishing, but now I can finally put a name to the efforts.
My second book will be called:
Exploring Embellishments: More Artful Quilts with Fast-Piece Applique.
It is really exciting. The focus of this book is about fabricating embellishments and it is something that I love to do -- and love to share -- making embellishments out of 'almost' anything really opens doors to creativity.
Exploring Embellishments is due out in the spring and in the meantime I promise more photos of in progress works and 'just fun' stuff.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Day one we spent working with Karen from marketing who was the hand model for the book. There was definitely fun times and laughter happening in the studio that day, but it didn't stop the work from moving right along. Day two was spent on materials set up shots and a day where Brent's background shines through.
Only the quilts themselves remain to be shot. Phew!!! Fun as always, and a treat to be up in the Martingale offices where everyone is just wonderful to work with.
Think this will catch me up with Seattle....
on to the next...
stitching & stitching
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Monday, October 26, 2009
I'm going to just start out slowly.... My week in Seattle was filled with the color of fall, visiting a local store/guild out on Vashon Island, a couple of incredibly fun & busy days spent with Brent out at Martingale Publishing as HE shot the photos for my new book coming out in Spring. Then there was time spent shopping at the largest bead shop in the country - Shipwreck Beads - and lastly at a workshop held at Martingale.
But, I said slowly... so today is just one of my favorite fall color shots and a snap from the upper deck of the SS Issaquah - one of the regular ferries on the Vashon - Fauntleroy route from West Seattle. I'll write more as the week progresses. Now it's back to life & work at home.
Soon to be stitchin - in earnest!
(couldn't help myself - threw in a pix of another ferry passing by - this is a color photo folks)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I'm feeling a bit frazzled today... wondering which way is up, for so much is happening. I wish I could be joining my quilts in the fun places they will be this weekend. One in Houston, as part of the Detours special exhibit at International Quilt Festival. Or the one in Santa Clara, as part of the Noble Seasons special exhibit at Pacific International Quilt Festival. I will definitely miss being in either place...
But, I am excited to be packing up to head on up to Seattle. There I will be working on the photography for my second book with the wonderful staff at Martingale Publishing. I also will be having a trunkshow & book signing at the Vashon Island Quilt Guild. This is one I am especially looking forward to. Vashon is one of my homes away from home.... and my room with a view facing the Sound is one that I am always grateful to visit.
So, better pull this together....
Wanted to share one more student's work. This piece is by Kathleen Russeth, and she attended a recent workshop in Rocklin, CA. She has a wonderful blog of her own so make sure you read her own story by clicking here.
I'm off ----
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Fall is all about ORANGE. If your lucky enough to have some beautiful fall foliage right now I hope you take advantage and get out there and enjoy it! This amazing walk through the trees was shown on a Canon photography site.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I put the call out for orange and I have heard from many of you that have pulled out a sketchpad and started your own color books.... with ORANGE being the lead off. This is always fun and always informative.
Then a recent student of mine -- Marge Nichols shared the National Geographic photography site that sorts by COLOR.
WOW... you'll really want to take a few minutes to check out all the incredible photos & of course the capturing of wonderful color.
Enjoy the search and don't forget to share!