Thursday, December 8, 2016

Senufu 38"x41"

This quilt is my response to a paint chip challenge for the Morro Bay Guild.  The idea was to use only the colors from a paint chip card, plus one color of my choice.  If you guess I added the orange, you are right.  I call it "Senufu" for the African masks I quilted into the center of each shield shape.

As for my navel-gazing comments in the previous post, they're still bouncing around in my head.
However, my conscience won't let me abandon my promises and most of my UFOs.  Sometimes plugging away is the only way face forward.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gift Quilts

Lately I have been thinking about giving up quilting.  As I approach the end of a 2 year project to have made a quilt for all my nieces and nephews--see above--the reasons for sewing more of them dwindle.
Not that I don't have plenty of projects lined up.  But it's getting harder to answer the question Why make more?  

Saturday, November 12, 2016

And Still We Rise

My majority will not stay silent.  And we are still aiming at the glass ceiling.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book of Minimals 13"x13"

Minimal design.  That bee wouldn't leave my bonnet until I tried some more.  First I limited my choices to a beige fabric and a few scraps of handpainted blacks.  Improv piecing and composing was fun, especially the curves. But I think I abandoned restraint with the quilting lines.  That might be the next challenge--how to fill negative space minimally while still creating interest.  

So what to do with a pile of small art quilts? A perennial problem for someone who likes to make them.  These six I sewed together on the left edges to create a "book."  Sure makes them easier to show to groups of people. 

On that note, I am totally tickled that my little 12 inch donation to the 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction
sold for $350.00 to a lovely person in Geneva, Switzerland.  Here's one last look at it, although I do have a larger version I kept for myself.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Tea Bowls

Last month I took a class from Judy Coates Perez titled "Tea and Ephemera."  She taught us a variety of techniques for creating a two dimensional collage on background fabric.  We incorporated used tea bags, stamping, thermofax printing, stenciling, images printed on lightweight abaca paper and cocktail napkins.  Lots and lots of layering to create complex backgrounds upon which I added the tea bowl outlines.  

My fiber artist group is preparing for a coffee/tea-themed exhibit at the Bello Mundo Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo in January 2017.  In addition to some older Tea Bowl pieces I created about 6 years ago, I'll be including these three.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Birthday to me. (Working small 12"x12".)

Just as a form of self-indulgence, I quite like piecing small compositions from trimmings. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Gray Study (22"x23") and Brexit (22"x27")

Gwen Marston, a long time celebrity in the quilt world, was the guest teacher for the Seven Sisters Quilt Show last month in San Luis Obispo.  Her class on abstract compositions with solid colors was really three days of play for quilting junkies like me.  

My only plan was to try minimalism.  Turns out that's quite a challenge for me.  My "Gray Study" used every solid color I had.  My "Brexit,"so titled because it was the big event that week, used every piecing technique Gwen demonstrated.  Here's what I learned....being minimal is like sticking to a diet in front of a grand buffet.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Purebred (63" x 78") and Mahalo (54"x14")

 True confession--I succumbed to the lure of a kit.  Wanting to make a special quilt for my niece who works with rescue horses, I could not resist "Purebred" by Erin Michael.  (Moda Kit 26090)
Upon opening the panel,  I found the size of the horse a bit startling because I'm pretty sure it's larger than a life size equine. (Although all horses look enormous to me.)  Should be fascinating to watch my niece's reaction when I present this quilt to her next weekend.
 Recently we travelled to Hawaii for three weeks, and I brought along a bag of hexies to hand baste.  Here's a few on a table runner that's inspired by the gorgeous colors in a botanical garden we hiked on the Big Island.  Now what to do with the many many more hexies I made?

My newest project is actually the resurrection of a five year old UFO.  I had used a cyanotype sunprint kit to make the blue prints and then fractured them with fine line piecing.  The commercial green came with "sunprint" botanicals images.  Just tossing a few loose blocks on the floor tells me I badly need to put up a design wall to figure out an interesting arrangement.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Hikers and If Jackson Pollock Could Sew

For my latest Postmark'd Art postmark' I chose the themes of Shoes and Jackson Pollock.

As an official trail rover at MontaƱa de Oro State Park, I've left lots of footprints out there.  Turns out they make a pretty interesting print on fabric as well. 

As for channeling Jackson Pollock in stitch, I definitely prefer how he used paint.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sweet Springs Nature Preserve 17.5" x 21.5"

I am so fortunate to live a ten minute walk from Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.  Located at the south end of Morro Bay, it is a sanctuary for birds, butterflies, trees, and people.  I have entered this little quilt into the Small Quilt Challenge for the 2016 Seven Sisters Quilt Show to meet the theme "Colorful Central Coast."  The show will be at the Madonna Inn on June 25 and 26.  Hope you can join us.

Friday, February 26, 2016

First Tutu 6" x 8"

For her second birthday, I gave my granddaughter a blue tutu.   My husband's ever ready camera caught her pirouette, and I used the photo to stitch this little piece.  It's been donated to SAQA who will mat it for a fund-raising sale.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Runner and Bowl

Recently a friend invited me to try out the new Mini Quick Curve Ruler, and this table runner is my version of the basic pattern.  Here's what I like about the ruler: accuracy and interesting shapes.  Here's what I didn't like: it's very difficult to get a quarter inch seam allowance on the outer edge of the shapes.  My friend had the same problem, so for once it's not me being precision-challenged.

It's a happy accident that the bowl goes nicely atop the runner.  All the clothesline bowls I made as gifts were well received, and I'm pretty sure I'm not done with exploring them.