Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mounted and Finished

I mentioned a couple of blog posts back that my newest Skinny Wiggly piece had to be mounted on a canvas for our FiberWorks show.  When I was looking for a fabric to back my quilt I came across this wonderful piece of commercial hand-dyed looking fabric in my stash.  At first I thought it was perfect for the backing, then realized that it was even more perfect to cover the canvas on which the quilt would be mounted.  So much more interesting than the plain white canvas.

The finished product that leaves me free to go on to a new project.  Stay tuned.

I'm linking up with Off the Wall Fridays.  Go check out some fabulous work.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome Home

If you follow my blog you are probably sick and tired of reading about Brown Planet, which I blogged about so often......the story behind, the making of, the award win at Houston, etc.  Well, after Houston it traveled for a year to other IQA shows in Chicago and Portland, OR.  Today it arrived home.  Just look at how beautifully it was packed!  Rolled and wrapped in tissue paper and plastic and tied with ribbon bows.  They really know how to take care of quilts and I always know that my quilts are in excellent  hands. Included in the box were the three catalogs for the three shows.

The box is another story.  It was my original telescoping box that I ordered from U-line and had used to ship the quilt to Houston.  It is quite beat up after all that travel and it will go to recycling. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bountiful Harvest

I do not grow vegetables.  I'm all about flowers, but I do have two big pots with one plant each on my deck of these Sun Sweet tomatoes.  I've been able to pick a few each day for the last few weeks, but they are coming in fast and furious now.  I picked this cereal bowlfull this morning and there are a gazillion green ones ready to ripen.  These are so sweet and juicy that it's hard to resist taking one as I walk past the kitchen counter.
A friend is dropping off some cucumbers from her garden today. Delicious salads all weekend.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Quilting Finished

I had to put this away for awhile, but I was able to get it quilted and faced over the weekend.

SW 8, Yellow to Red
I was pleased with the way the quilting came out.  Since this is a small piece, only 21 x 24, it was a good candidate for this swoopy quilting using a walking foot.


I like my backs to coordinate with the fronts, even if they won't be seen.  In this case it really won't be seen since this piece is for my FiberWorks group show in October, in which all pieces have to be attached to a 24 x 30 inch artist canvas.  I am covering the canvas in an ombre fabric.  I'm doing that next and I'll show you when I'm finished.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Razzle Dazzle

SW 9, Razzle Dazzle

Every year I am asked to make a small quilt for the Silent Auction at the IQA show in Houston, TX and I have complied almost every year. I think that they ask all former award winners, teachers and authors.  Since I will not have a quilt in the show this year due to not entering, I wanted to have at least one small presence.

When I made my latest Skinny Wiggly quilt, shown here, I had many long pieced strips approximately two inches wide left over. I knew that I wanted to make them into a small quilt and played around with various settings.  I decided that I liked them side by side, but thought that they needed narrow strips to separate them.  I tired black and that did not look good, then solid strips of the colors in the strips and that was not exciting either.  Then I remembered this wiggly black and white striped fabric that I bought several years ago and have used as an accent in more than one quilt.  I auditioned it and thought it was just right.

I angled the pieced strips to make them more interesting and varied the width of the black and white inserts from 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch and quilted it in straight lines, changing colors as I went. I decided to give it an irregular edge because that's what it wanted to be.  This is a small piece only about 16" wide by 10" high.

The title of the quilt, SW 9, Razzle Dazzle means that it is number nine in my Skinny Wiggly series.
Razzle Dazzle was a favorite song from one of my favorite shows, Chicago, and you may remember that a Dazzle is a group of zebras, black and white striped just like my accent fabric.

So if you go to the big show in Houston this fall, be sure to look for my quilt at the Silent Auction.  There will be many small treasures to bid on.  I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday. Go see what everyone is up to.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Road Trip

Occasionally my Friday group, FiberWorks, will take a road trip to see a nearby exhibit, especially if it involves fiber art.  Last Friday instead of our usual meeting we car-pooled to see the exhibit at  The Hudson River Museum to see the work of Mandy Greer.  Her work was so unusual and interesting and very hard to describe.  I quote this from a press release "The Ecstatic Moment is a multi-part immersive installation of fiber-based sculpture and costumes, photography, film and performance that encompasses the entire bottom floor of the museum.  It meanders through six different realms of colored walls and wallpaper, as well as sweeping up into their 24-foot high atrium."   If you go to the first link you will get a thorough explanation by the artist herself about most of the works in the exhibit.  I did take quite a few photos and I will share some of them with you here.

 A picture of myself in the mirror at the bottom of the stairs, draped in the type of crocheted, knitted, woven, knotted, recycled materials used throughout out the exhibit.

A pretty good shot of the whole center room with cascading material.

The center exhibit in the red room.
The wings of the piece shown in the above picture. Note the elaborate stitching on the wings.

One of the many draped female figures.

This was quite large, hanging from the ceiling and encrusted with beads, trinkets, stones and shells.

I loved this lady in blue.

This blue drapey sculpture started at the top floor, wound itself over two stairways and up to the 24 foot ceiling.  It must have weighed a ton!

We went to Wave Hill first, since it was quite close to the Museum.  It is a former estate on the Hudson River with magnificent gardens and is open to the public.  We spent a couple of hours there walking around.  I took lot of pictures, but you can see better ones on their website.  The above picture was taken in one of the reflecting pool water gardens.  I thought that it looked so much like a mosaic. We had a lovely lunch on the terrace of the cafe, located in the former mansion.

It was day full of mental and visual stimulation.

I couldn't get this picture to go where I wanted it to go.  So often Blogger has a mind of its own.  But this is a detail of one of the works and you can see all the different materials she used and some of the techniques.

This is one time where you really should click on a picture to get a larger view of all.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014