Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 Quilts

New flash: I like making quilts! Here are the ones I made in 2019. You can also review the quilts I made in 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Three tiny floral embroideries.

Tree Lines, 30x80 This is quilt is currently part of SAQA's Connecting Our Natural Worlds exhibition. Process and inspiration pictures here.

Pondering, 5x7ish -- My donation to the Spotlight Auction at the SAQA Conference in San Jose.

Two 16x16 workshop samples for me new class Cups, Vases and Bowls. I'll be teaching this workshop at Craft Napa in January and at Quilters Affair in July in Sisters, OR. You can invite me to teach it at your guild too.

Day Break, 40x40

Spring Forth, 12x12 -- My donation for the 2019 SAQA Auction.

Grass Made It Possible, 50x30 -- You can read about the creative process and unexpectedly wonderful connection I discovered while making this quilt in this blog post.

Uprising 50x27 -- This quilt will be part of SAQA's Aloft exhibition through 2022.

Beach Exploration 15x75. I didn't blog about this piece, but you can read a bit more and see more photos in this Facebook post.

Vessels: Heartland 26x16x2 -- Lots of pictures about the process of creating this piece here.

Dusk Breeze 40x40 -- This piece was "finished" much earlier in the year but there were some things that I didn't like about it. Eventually, I went back and re-worked some areas.

Through and Through, 60x40 -- Peeks of this piece have shown up in my social media over the past few months, but I haven't shared the finished piece until now. Look for more details soon.

Right at the end of the year, I got busy preparing for Craft Napa and finished these 7x5 collage for the Vendor Fair night. (Unless you'd like to buy one now, that'd be super. $65 Email me.)They are all mounted on 8x10 mat board ready to frame.


Sprout and Soar


Sprout and Shine


Good Times

Dusk and Dawn



Tiny Blossom



That's 24 quilts not including the tiny embroideries. I consider seven of these major works -- which seems like a lot. I'm eager to make more in 2020.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Working in Three-Dimensions

I've been feeling a slight tug toward creating three dimensional work for years. In fact, a couple years ago, I experimented with small fabric bowls and especially like this structure.

So I finally came back to it with the challenge of using this format to create a wall-hung art quilt.

I planned to created a two-sided quilt, cut it up, sew it into small vessels then sew the vessels back together. I wan't sure how it would come together, but I knew the only way to find out was to work through the process. (As is true with most things.)

I shared most of this process on FB and IG, but now it's all in one place here in this blog post.

I decided to create a Kansas landscape and gave myself the parameter of working with only my stash of pre-fused fabrics.

I built the design of felt for batting thinking that would give the vessels more body and structure.

Lots of wrinkly bits!

Beginning to be tamed, fused, flattened.

Here are the front and the back side by side.

Next I needed to quilt the whole thing. I started with this "wheat" section leaving some long threads to add movement and texture. I had to stitch from both the front and the back to get the loose threads on both sides. Sort of tedious.

And then I cut it into 6 inch squares.

As I began to form the vessels, I marked the dimensions on the edges and hand stitched.

Here's the first one I formed. It's fine, but the center square is not an actual square. My angles were a little off which skews the shape a little. Maybe not a big deal, but I needed to find a way to get a better and more consistent result.

I wondered if just one stitch at the corners would work?

No. Still skewed and I didn't like the open edges.

Clips to the rescue. Plus measuring!

Then I just kept stitching One by one by one.

I was beginning to think about construction and pinning them to my design wall.

I was liking the way the design folded over the corners. I knew the horizontal lines of the original design would be angled because of the construction of the vessels -- but they still felt visually connected.

Then I considered angling the vessels to restore the horizontal lines.

Aha! I really liked this version and especially liked the possibility of the open squares between the vessels.

Eventually I finished stitching up all the vessels, then I stitched them together. In this time-lapse, you can see me measuring the positions for the joins and stitching them together.

Finishing this was so satisfying. It was a fun process. It's good to do something different. 

I titled it Vessels: Heartland. It's 26x16x2" here's the front.

And here's the back.

Some details.

I am delighted to say that it was juried into Art Quilt Elements which will open at the Wayne Arts Center in March.

I'm intrigued by this structure and have been thinking about what to do next. Actually, I even ordered some fabric with a new idea in mind. Then I got distracted by something else. So, stay tuned.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Personal Symbols for Art Quilts Workshop at Craft Napa

I'm super excited to be teaching one of my favorite workshops at Craft Napa! It's Personal Symbols for Art Quilt Collage on Thursday, January 16, 2020. (Register here!)

We create small art quilt collages and mount them on mat board so they are ready to frame.

Check out these amazing students from some past workshops who literally left with finished pieces of original art.

I provide a kit of fabrics that are carefully curated so every student has a great selection to work with. Plus, the fabric is all pre-fused so everyone gets straight to creating rather than fussing with applying fusible. I always offer a few different kits so everyone finds something inspiring.

We work on a series of six small art quilt collages in the workshop. Here is my workshop sample series.

Here are some AMAZING in-progress series from students in past workshops.

Each so unique and original! That's what I try to make possible in my workshops. I offer a framework and set of step-by-step instructions, but there is opportunity for each student to make their own creative decisions along the way.

We talk about how personal symbols can inform the creative process. It's interesting to think about what that can mean to the artist -- and to the viewer. My own set of personal symbols are just simple shapes.

Some people don't find the idea of personal symbols particularly inspiring. No problem. Lots of students just work with interesting shapes that they like -- hearts, leaves, tea cups, or abstract designs like swirls or arrows.

Here's one of my original art quilt collages framed and hanging in our entry way. (Cheap Ikea frame!)

Curious about that fractured landscape? You can see more about that here.

Still want to know a bit more about the Personal Symbols for Art Quilts workshops? Here I am chatting about it.

Want to join me for this workshop at Craft Napa? I'd love to see you. Register here.

Another amazing thing about Craft Napa? Afternoon coffee and treats. So delightful.