Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Umpqua Valley Show 2016

The Umpqua Valley Quilters' Guild Show is in April every year, they reserve a space for the Fyber Cafe textile arts group to show our yearly challenges. This year's challenges are "She Flies With Her Own Wings" which is the Oregon state motto, and "The Path Less Traveled" which has a continuous path routed through all 12 wall hangings. My "Flies" entry is a raw edge collage of my cousin's granddaughter, sitting on the lawn with her pet chickens. I put real feathers in her hands, and I can just see her pretending to fly with her pets. Previous post photos did not have the quilting/thread painting yet. I use a lot of close stitching with matching rayon thread, sometimes accent colors for more detail. The hexagon background had wonderful texture, that you could really see best from the back.
My "Path" entry was shown in this previous post, click here, it is a collage of my own photographs printed on fabric and raw edge applique to outline and accent.
The entire "The Path Less Traveled" display, fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. It was suggested when we choose the theme, to have wavy edges. I don't think everyone realized it would create some challenging sharp points on the individual pieces, many of us used a facing to finish our art pieces, instead of traditional quilt binding.
The "Flies" display took two sections, but had a few things scattered thru the rest of our display, Vi's two stuffed dolls hung on either side of the aisle. Our info table had two 3-D bowls made by Amy and some 3-D vessels by Lorraine.
Cheryl's sculptures in needle felting are truly wonderful little characters. They have so much personality! She teaches needle felting classes at Knotty Lady on Jackson St. in Roseburg. To see the complete display of the Fyber Cafe show exhibit, click here. I am linking this to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday" click on the badge in the right hand column to see what other textile artists are doing this week.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Vacation is Over

After being on the road for 3 1/2 weeks, I have finally returned to Oregon. Me, myself and I, took the RV across country, thru Yellowstone Nat'l Park, thru WY, NE and KS and finally to a big family reunion with all the cousins and Aunts and Uncles in Missouri. Lots of good family time, BBQ's and sitting around the fire pit, and several friendly rounds of poker. Celebrating my birthday and two cousins and my brothers all in one week. Fireworks and a concert at Fort Leonard Wood on the Fourth of July. The next route took my sister and I up to Illinois to my brother's for a few extra days, and the first of the right out of the field, Del Monte sweet corn, yummm. I took I-80 straight back across the West to my brother-in-laws house in California, more time with nieces and nephews and family. I had planned out stops along the way to get free "Row by Row" patterns at quilts shops on my route, but I did a lot of driving before 10am and on Sunday and I did not want to get off the Interstate in the BIG cities. So I only managed to stop at about 12 shops, in smaller towns in the Midwest, but I got a few more around my brother's and in California too. I've got lots of photos to sort thru, Old Faithful, baby buffalo, wildflowers, Dinosaur Museum, and various scenic views. I got a sewing machine just for the RV and there is a little vanity table in the bedroom, just right for it, with window, electrical and lights.
I managed to get 3 Row by Rows made on the trip. The theme for this year is "Home Sweet Home." Of course I had to buy fabric at every shop that I stopped at, even tho I REALLY DON'T NEED anymore!!
My "Pile" of new fabric acquisitions.

I also got my self a 7 speed cruising bicycle to mount on the back, it is purple with a purple plaid seat and gear cover, and turquoise spokes :) I'll need to wear my red hat when I go riding around the camp grounds. I'll get some pics posted with this soon. I'm linking with Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday click here check it out and see what other talented textile artists are doing.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ice Dyeing Play Day

Our Fyber Cafe group had a play day at my house to do ice dyeing. We were sweating it, the 3 previous days had been 100' but we got very lucky and it cooled down on Wednesday, to 70 for us, just perfect. We set up on wire racks with plastic & wire baskets for the fabric, layered on ice, and then sprinkled dry dye powder over the ice. We used all the baskets and wire racks that I had put out. The big yardage is Clare's, she spiraled each end of her yardage, with blue and purple dyes. Lorraine used a twist from the corner to pattern her fabric with indigo dye.
At the end of the day we were running out of baskets, so I pinned my last pieces of fabric on the clothes line. Using leftover liquid dye concentrates from a previous dye day, I dripped it on the fabrics. I had a lot of black that we did not use, and a limited color palette, no red or yellows.
I ordered silk charmuese scarves if people wanted to dye them, there were a few leftover, so I dyed them, I think I will use them as gifts when I go to the family reunion this summer.
I have been wanting some brown fabric for different applique projects and was having trouble mixing a nice one from turquoise/fuchsia/yellow primary colors. So I ordered Terra Cotta, Dutch chocolate and bronze from Dharma. Bronze is one of our favorite colors, but we really have no idea what color it really is, because it always splits into it's different parts, but it goes with just about any color we mix.
I believe that these are Electric blue & indigo, and Chinese red & fuchsia, with maybe a little terra cotta too, they have not been ironed yet, I just wanted to get something to post on Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday check her blog to see what other talented textile artists are doing this week.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

I'm Published

I AM PUBLISHED!! Wow! I could not believe it when a quilting friend told me at JoAnn's that I was in a magazine. The newest AQS magazine, May 2016, has a spread about the International Painters challenge that I was a part of. The 90 quilts have spent a year in Japan and a year in France. Now that they have reached the US the AQS wanted them to display at all 6 of their national shows this year. We had already given permission for photography and advertising for the display, so they just put it in the magazine. My quilt picture is on the first page, lower right, the one I did on Leonardo da Vinci. You can see my blog about it here and here.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Still Playing with Vintage Fabrics

Since my hands have been feeling better, I have gotten some much needed finishes on some old applique projects. I appliqued the last four blocks of the vintage Dresden Plate quilt, the only thing I allow myself to add to my vintage projects is muslin. A friend gave me the plates and a pile of extra wedges, I made enough additional plates to have a 4 x 5 block quilt top. The blocks are 16" square so they made a good size top, any more border and it would be too big and out of proportion. It really strained my vintage stash of fabric to get the long sashing strips, quiet a few of them are made with sewn scraps. I am also piecing together my "Dear Jane" border triangles. It is also all vintage fabric, I used the pastel solids to set with the pieced triangles. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, the main blocks are all quilted in three sections, all in the ditch, whew, what a LOT of quilting. Now I'll quilt the triangle borders and be ready to put it all together. I am thinking about what my next art quilt will be, I have so many ideas, I just need to settle down and do something. Also the Fyber Cafe ladies are coming over to my house next week to do some ice dyeing, so I have been cleaning up the backyard.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

I Love Garage Sales!

I love garage sales, my husband and I usually went every Friday of "The season." I haven't been doing as much of it lately, but I did stumble on one late in the day, while out doing other errands. Whoopeee! I scored Vintage blocks and a vintage quilt top. I can't believe the antique dealers did not get them, they are like vultures at a garage sale. Most of the ones I get are from the 1920-1940 era but some are older. I won't pay $5 a block, which is what most antique dealers want for a single block, or even if it is a set of blocks 20 x 5 = too much money. I got a box of miscellaneous blocks for $10 yea. What I liked about this purchase was that there are sets of blocks, not enough to make a quilt, but I had been planning a row by row quilt, so it got me started on that. Some were 5 or 8 blocks, some just singles, in smaller 6" or 8" block sizes.
I got out some other boxes I had of vintage blocks and started to put them together in rows. The rows are about 60" wide, I'll get a finished size when I get all the rows made, and then finish off each by adding extra blocks, 1/2 blocks or just filler fabrics or sashing between blocks. The "improved 9 patch" blocks in the first picture had been removed from their white backing that was shredding, so I am hand appliqueing them to a muslin backing. Muslin is the only new fabric I allow myself to add, everything else is vintage.
The "hexagon flowers" at the left are made with English paper piecing, I had to remove the basting stitches and the manila folder hexagons. The 3/4" inch hexies are put together with a center, a solid ring and a print ring, I've pinned each flower to a muslin backing and I'll applique them in place. The next row is a "9 patch" with a wonderful wine colored print, then "Jacob's Ladder" in soft tan and blue on a white background. "Bow Tie" in bright large prints are hard to see, because of the lack of contrast and the busyness of the fabrics, they are made with set-in hand piecing.
After the bow ties are a set of quarter square triangles in red and blue prints, there is no fading on the bold colors of red, & blue, they might be even older then the 1920's. The red, white and blue solid fabrics make great contrast in the star row. They were however a bit wonky, and the centers don't match at all, and the points got cut off a lot because there was not enough seam allowance. I have two more if I have to make the row longer. There is also a set of 8 stars, made mostly with shirting plaids but they are made so badly, there is no way to redeem them, or to sew them together. On the far right are a set of "4 Patch" blocks with a common blue and white check print with flowers on it. I also have a set of "Fishes" blocks that are shaped like a volcano, the bias pieces are way too wonky to lay flat, they also have embroidered signatures. I will use two more rows, one is 8" "Dresden plates" set with sashing the same red as the stars. There are extra plates and extra sashing so I can finish several more blocks to make a row. I also have larger hexagons sewn into a flower, and mixed prints hexagons that I will sew to a muslin backing. A friend gave me a baggie of cut out butterflies in vintage fabrics and I think I'll applique them to 6" blocks of muslin. The quilt will be a good mix of pieced and applique blocks, after I finish the applique, I'll see how long it will make it. Then I'll start arranging them how I want the rows to be. I love playing with vintage fabrics, the prints are so unique and fun.

Friday, May 13, 2016

"Forks in the Road"

The Fyber Cafe textile arts group has a challenge this year, the theme is "The Path Less Traveled." I got my idea for my piece when I was out with my sister for lunch in Snohomish, Washington. As we were getting back in the car there was a fork leaning against the curb, ha ha ha, I stopped and took a photo if it. So I went to the Salvation Army thrift store and bought an assortment of forks, serving forks, wooden, plastic, different colors. I grabbed some of my own silverware and my camera and went to a newly paved and striped parking lot. I scattered the forks on the yellow and white lines, I made patterns, crossed them, and staggered them. When I went home I took a couple of pictures with the manhole covers in my street.
I printed the photos on fabric, with my computer printer. I make my own fabric sheets, treating the fabric with Bubble Jet Set, trimming to size, and ironing freezer paper on the back. I thought the black and yellow was too stark, and I could not get a really rich black to print on the fabric, so I changed the yellow stripes to different colors. I cut the photos up and arranged them on a muslin backing, and collaged them, overlapping and filling the space. The outline is wavy because it has to match the other artist's pieces like a jigsaw puzzle, and the path is continuous through all twelve pieces.
I free motion machine quilted, in matching rayon threads, mostly to outline each item. This photo is before the binding, I used a very narrow 1/8" bias binding. I also printed up some road signs I already had in my photo collection, and some words in different fonts, to show life changing moments where we might take a different path. It was fun coming up with different words, and I did not use all the ones I printed. I have always wanted to use my photos this way, and am glad I got the chance to do this technique.
The complete display of "The Path Less Traveled" by members of Fyber Cafe, at the Umpqua Valley Quilters' Show, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, in Roseburg, Oregon.