Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Two birds with one stone

Last weekend a few of my FiberWorks group took the trip to Bridgeport, CT to The Nest to see two shows. The first I will show is the Skyline exhibit in which our FANE group was challenged to make a building that was no wider that 16" and no longer than 60". We had quite an array and I will only show you a few. The quilts were hung on both sides and the end of this hallway.

Be sure to click on any picture to see a closer view of all.

Looking down the wall with mine, the blue one, near the end.

Nike Cutsumpas's, Tinsel Tower. Hard to tell from the photo, but it has a lots of glitz and beads.

Cindy Green, who works in a library, used parts of old books for her piece, The Golden Door. It was all made of paper.

Barbara Drillick's piece, Five Rooms With a Viewused different types of window screening. It had wonderful perspective and it looked as if you were at ground level, looking up. Being a sheer piece, I thought that the brick wall it was hung on interfered with the piece, but it still looked great.

This is mine, Midnight City. Instead of doing the tedious piecing that I usually do, I fused this one, but I'm not sure if it was any less tedious.

The other show at The Nest was a juried show, SPUN. It was held in The Nest's gallery. Again I'm only showing a very few.

Bear Fruit by John Paradiso. This was a 10 inch square and the stitches were amazingly small. Details below. Go here to see more of his work.

Anasazi Roadways by Kathie Kerler. I think it was a whole cloth that was then painted or printed and then beautifully machine and hand stitched, as seen below.

                                            Detail. I've always loved this color combination.

A fun 3-D piece by Sooo-z Mastropietro, whose work seems to be in every show I go to lately.

I'm so sorry that I didn't get the name of this artist. It had an incredible amount of machine stitching and then hand stitching on top.

Both shows will be at The Nest, which is a factory that has been turned into artist's studios. There was an amazing amount of art hung in all the hallways. The day that we were there was also Open Studio and I always like to see how artists work.

i'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Friday, September 9, 2016


I've never entered a SAQA exhibit. I see the calls for entry and somehow they don't speak to me, but my goal was to enter at least one this year. I decided on H2O (my computer doesn't know how to print it like the element sign, but I think you know that I mean "water".)

My son lives in Portland, OR and is an avid hiker and amateur photographer. He is always sending me the most luscious nature photos, so I asked him to send me some pictures of water falls. I loved what he sent and my original thought was to pair them with my blue and white shibori.

Aren't these gorgeous? 

 And aren't these gorgeous? But I'm sure you can see that they don't fit with the photos.

When I looked at the photos again, all I could think of was the word, "lush", so I went through my big collection of striated batiks and thought that maybe I could use these.

Pretty and watery looking , but still not quite right, so I kept digging......

and found these. Ah, these are the same yummy, verdant greens that surround the waterfalls and the browns and  golds suggest the forrest where they exist.

Soooooo, I took six of his photos and took them into Photoshop Elements and put the Posterize filter on them and printed them onto plain white fabric, backed them with batting and quilted them the way I did my Garden Studies.

Then I pieced them with that brown and green striated batik.

I pieced them in this vertical orientation to keep up the water falling theme. I am going to free -motion quilt the stripes and probably quilt some leaves in here and there. It's not very big, only about 18" x 40". My working title is: Waters Falling in the Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge outside of Portland is where these pictures were taken.

I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

SAQA Benefit Quilt

Mellow Yellow

This is my quilt for the annual SAQA Benefit Auction held every September. You can read all about it  and how the bidding works here. All quilts are twelve inches square and there are some fabulous pieces available. General bidding starts on September 16. The quilts were broken down into three groups and my quilt is in Group 3, which starts bidding on Oct. 3 to Oct. 9.

I quite like this color palette and am thinking of making a much bigger quilt using the same palette. Now I have to order some more Dupioni silks in yellow. The rest will be my hand-dyed.

I'm linking up with Off the Wall Friday.