Saturday, December 16, 2017

PTA CHRISTMAS PARTY

Our annual PTA (Professional Textile Artists) gathering was held at Barbara's beautifully decorated home.  2 of our 15 members were unable to attend, however I can assure you....the 13 of us made up for it in noise and general hilarity.
 BUT...what is this?  From left to right, Connie, Dort, Kate, Barbara, Marene.....
This very serious moment is not typical of this group!
 We have a white elephant exchange every year....numbers are drawn, gifts opened, and swapped back and forth as the the exchange proceeds....making it even more fun. 
 But first we had an abbreviated show and tell.  Marene is an accomplished garment maker and here she models her beautiful jacket.
 Georgia brought her quilt top depicting NY scenes to commemorate a trip she took with a family member.
 Kate has been taking a batik workshop and displayed a stunning piece.  
 Detail
 Barbara has been working on a real masterpiece....we had her hold it up in front of a window to show just how many tiny seams she's stitched to develop her design.
 Then of course the silliness began....I don't know why members of this group have the need to put Christmas wrapping items on their heads....but every year we are treated to new and goofier looks.

 Barbara brought us to a new belly busting laughing fit as she donned the lamp shade from her gift, a lamp made from an antique wooden spool.
The gift I got was filled with cat toys....Linda went to a lot of trouble pulling items together.....since I don't do cats....all those items were distributed to the cat owners in our group.  However, this gem was also in the box.  I can't wait to send it to CA for our grandsons....perhaps it might be the perfect way to potty train the 2 year old!

I'm hoping readers can open and see/hear this gem....Georgia Bonesteel, yes THE Georgia Bonesteel's white elephant was a ceramic rooster pitcher.  She was sure it must be musical or do something other than simply dispense a liquid.  My iphone was handy and I caught her testing here theory.....along with sound affects.  Yes...this group can turn any moment into priceless memories!

The food was plentiful and excellent, there just might have been some adult beverages....we are all fans of bubbly.  We all look forward to another year of sharing our love of fiber and treasured companionship.

Friday, December 15, 2017

PICK UP STICKS - new work

Sure it takes me longer than most to complete wall art featuring a patchwork design.  I'm okay with that as long as I am pleased with the finished piece!
And I am.  Winter has just begun and I'm already seeking bright, uplifting colors!
PICK UP STICKS -  32" X 32"
Hand-dyed cotton, machine pieced and quilted. 
Includes a hanging sleeve.

Thank you for stopping!  Let's see how quickly other artists have worked this week visit:   Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop, whoop Friday, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

HAND DYED FABRICS CALLING

Well...I'm still pondering over a piece of ice dyed silk noil that has been calling me.....but not loudly enough for me to know what the heck I'm going to do with it.

So as I was digging in my stash I came across a bunch of hand-dyed fabrics that I've been meaning to 'do something with'.  I can see you all nodding your heads....you know exactly what I mean, don't you?

As I've mentioned way too many times....patchwork is my least favorite part of the construction process of quiltmaking.  And the older I get, the more indecisive and inaccurate I've become.  So I've adapted a method that works for me......you fast patchwork quilters will cringe at the amount of time I waste....but believe me if I didn't plot this out (even as simple as this design is) I'd end up wasting far more time with constant ripping and resewing!

So as you can see....I sewed a few test blocks....just to confirm the direction I want this piece to go....then selected and cut the rest of the components, even going so far as to audition the placement of each block.

And...yup, I admit I don't chain piece.....instead I do one block at a time.....yes there is a lot of jumping back and forth from the cutting table, sewing machine, iron, etc...but heck it works for me.

I'll be like a jumping jack for awhile and hope to post the finished piece soon.  Okay who will admit they also work like this???





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

PANTONE - 2018 COLOR

              YUCK!!  This is the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year......


The purple color family is my least favorite....that spills over to anything pink as well. I made the wall piece shown below quite some time ago....and always select other pieces over this one to display for sale....  Meaning I definitely need to remove it from my inventory! Any takers??  Make an offer!!  Do you have a color you dislike so much you avoid working with?

                        WOODLAND FERNS  27" X 14"
Artist ice dyed & discharged dyed cottons, machine quilted, hand embroidered.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW???

My last post reported about a 3"-6" snowfall, after a prediction of 1/2".  Well....it kept snowing....and oh my it's beautiful...a real winter wonderland.
 After refusing to join 'the husband' on our (now) twice daily 'forced march' yesterday, today I got all bundled up and with walking stick in hand, we headed out.  It was slow going in the deep snow....being careful not to take a fall.  You can just see one of the paths we walk on the right side of this picture.  A little sad to disturb the unspoiled snow and we trooped along.
This is the view from our back deck......oh ya....far more than 6" of snow fell.....but what a good reason to hunker down and finish quilting a new patchwork piece I've been playing with.  

Check back for photos soon.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

FIRST SNOW*!*!

The little 'kiss' of winter predicted with a max of 1/2" snow....has now turned into a 3"-6" snow event.  Boo hiss....if I wanted snow, I'd have stayed in Wisconsin!

With that said...it sure is pretty....
View from the front porch overlooking our vintage log cabin shed.

Friday, December 8, 2017

FALLEN LEAVES - new work

There's a certain sense of satisfaction one achieves when a lowly, single linen vintage napkin is transformed into a piece of wall art.  It was a pleasant journey!
FALLEN LEAVES - 15.5" x 15.5"
Artist ice-dyed vintage linen napkin, leaf printing on silk, 
machine stitched, hand embroidered.  Fitted with hanging device.

Thank you for visiting this blog....check out what other artists have been working on this week:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

EENY MEENY MINY MOE

Besides the fun and learning experience of creating one's own fabric, for me there's that challenge to develop wall art from the diverse materials. 
 That may take some 'marinating'.....as several combinations stare back at me from the design wall. Eventually one speaks louder than the other and the designing begins.
 The images on this 6" x 8" piece of silk derive from processing a couple of leaves, secured between thin sheets of wood, simmered in vinegar water for 2 hours.
 The base of the wall art is a vintage linen napkin. A gift from my good friend Kate which I transformed by ice-dyeing.  Because the material was naturally fairly flimsy, it was machine stitched to a light weight non-fusible stabilizer.
The eco-printed silk was secured to the linen and some hand embroidery has begun to help highlight a couple of the leaf prints.

Please check back and see where this goes......

Friday, December 1, 2017

PRINTED BY NATURE

After shuffling around a limited number of eco-printed fabric pieces, this piece finally came together.  Each botanical printed silk noil and cotton section is surrounded by strips of rust dyed silk noil.

To prevent distracting from the subtle prints, the metallic machine quilting was kept very simple.

PRINTED BY NATURE  31" X 27"
Eco-printed leaves/ferns/pine needles processed in iron water on silk noil and cotton.  Machine quilted.

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Linking to:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, November 27, 2017

FUN WITH FELTED BASKETS

I'm kinda between projects right now....unusual for me as normally there's two or three going at the same time.  Poor planning on my part!  So while kicking around a few ideas, it seemed wise to multi-task and make a few baskets while I'm waiting for inspiration to hit.  
 The felted wool has been either ice-dyed or mono-printed.....you can see my easy approach of adding motifs to felted wool here.  
After the fabric has been altered, it's still surprising how much time it takes to create these baskets.  However, it is fun and they've become reliable sellers in my space at Woolworth Walk, downtown Asheville, NC.