Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SAQA Conference Donation

Oops. I let my blog languish. I was posting a couple of times a week and then I missed a week. And another week. Anyway, I'm hoping to be back on track. Let's start with this sweet little quilt.

I made it to send to the Studio Art Quilt Associates annual conference which is happening in just a couple of weeks in Portland, Oregon. They have a "spotlight auction" at the conference where any member can send a small quilt to be mounted in a 4.5 x 6.5 inch mat.

Here is Between Winter and Spring.

I started with a simple landscape design, using my beloved blue Kaffe stripe.

Then I added a tree.

Since I knew it had to fit in that specific mat, I cut a window out of cardboard so I could keep track of the design size.

I stamped some blue circles.

Finally, I added some machine stitched arches across the top and some hand embroidery.
I didn't need to finish the edges (or even add a back) since the whole "quilt" would be sandwiched in the mat and displayed in a plastic sleeve.

We had to send a very brief statement about the quilt. Here's what I wrote.

It's staying lighter longer, but it's still cold. There are signs of growth, but the new bits are still fragile. So much of life is spent "in between" and undefined. 

I'm not going to the conference, but I am happy to know that my work will be included and will have an opportunity to raise some money for this great organization. 

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Printed Fabric Bee: Mola!

It's time to reveal another fabric for The Printed Fabric Bee! This month Julie Booth chose "mola" as our theme with the colors of red, black and other brights. Are you familiar with molas? You can check out our Pinterest board here.

Ug... I struggled. The color palette, motifs and images are really outside my usual work. Red?!

Eventually I decided to simple create small repeating patterns in rows. I started with these bars. 
I just cut skinny rectangles out of sticky-backed fun foam and placed them on a used up lint roller. I dabbed the foam with paint, then rolled it on the fabric. There is variation in the print because of inconsistent pressure, but it works.

Next I added tiny white lines in groups of three using this narrow tip on a container of Martha Stewart acrylic paint. These tips are sold separately and fit only the Martha paint, but I really like the effect. It streams out nicely.

Hmmm. How about triangles? More foam stuck to the end of a dowel and dipped in paint.

My favorite circle stamp: a nerf dart!

I actually had this leaf stamp in my stash from a previous project. It really filled in the remaining space nicely and added more of a focal element.

I finished with more white stripes, this time using the wider tip. (I think the package comes with three tips. Aha! Here's a link to the tips.)

Here is the finished 6x6 (ish) square that Julie will include in our monthly give-away. Check The Printed Fabric Bee blog and Julie's blog for a chance to win.

And here is the completed piece I made for Julie's collection.

As I've been doing with all my The Printed Fabric Bee pieces, I'm reviewing what worked and what didn't.


  • Using the empty lint roller as a rolling stamp. I usually buy super cheap lint rollers, so this is almost better than refilling them for their original purpose. 
  • Using the Martha Stewart Paint Tips
  • Returning to my favorite nerf dart!
  • Being willing to only loosely reference "molas"

Less than Successful:

  • The colors are not cohesive. Those wider white lines around the leaves stand out too much.
  • It doesn't feel very mola to me... 
  • It lacks depth. Though there are many different kinds of stamps here, there is really only one layer.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Materials Hard and Soft

I went to see the Materials: Hard and Soft show a couple of weeks ago. It's always a great show. If you're local, you can see it until April 2.

I took a few random snapshots... not especially thoughtful or with reason. There are much better pictures on the website.

I kinda love this Qtip basket by Karen Lauseng.

Here's one of three or four "quilts" that were in the exhibit.

It won a Juror Award.

Here's a unique fiber piece by Catherine Reinhart. Top top is a piece of "found leisure quilt blocks" and the bottom she calls "string paintings" inspired by the colors and patterns in the original blocks.

It's an interesting concept...

Another quilt. This is Ana Lisa Hedstrom's Diamonds I. My friends were closely examine the complex shibori and stitching.

Here is Sue Reno's Silk Mill #2 on the back wall. 

I was on such a roll with blogging in January and February and now it's late March and I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks. I'm getting back to it!

Looking back at these pictures makes me think I'm ready to stretch in my own work a bit. What is that going to look like? And how am I going to make it happen?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Quilt Con!

I took a quick trip to Quilt Con last week. Lots of others have posted images to Facebook, Instagram and on blogs. I'm late in sharing a few images. It was fun. I'm so glad I went.

Registration was impressive. So slick. I pre-registered, then just stopped at this kiosk and printed out a tag with my name on it. It definitely felt fresh and tech savvy.

It was so great to see my friend Kathy York in front of her BEST OF SHOW quilt!

The collection of quilts from Bill Volckening of quilts from the 1970's was really cool. I especially loved this map.

Here are the prize winners from the Small Quilt category.

Houses! I love houses.

There was a tattoo parlor right on the show floor. Can you see the blond lying on the table on her side and the guy in the ball cap tattooing her under the light?!

When I think about the most important single element of my work, it's the STITCH. So I really like this quilt.

This was probably the stand out for me. I especially like the use of the ombre fabric.

This was another of my favorites. I love the composition, the color palette, the piecing and the subject matter.

I went to a great lecture with Luke Haynes. He was fun to listen to and really has made a lot of interesting quilts.

Here is one of his quilts on the right. My friend Chawne's quilts is on the left. I like the pairing of these two portrait quilts.

Look who I ran into in the vendor area! Crafty Gemini! Vanessa and I were both teachers in STITCHED 2012. She's an amazing YouTube arty/crafty entrepreneur. It was delightful to meet her in person.

How often do you get to ride a sewing machine?

I also saw Lisa Ellis in the Quilt Alliance booth where I got to play "mod or not." They had pictures of quilts and I had to guess if they were "mod" (made after 1970) or not. I guessed right!

It was a great day. I came away inspired... that's certainly worth the price of admission, right?!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Printed Fabric Bee: Forest Floor

Carol Eaton is the "queen bee" this month for The Printed Fabric Bee and she chose "forest floor" as her theme.

I started by creating a textured background on brown fabric. I wrapped plastic wrap around a handheld rolling pin,

then rolled it in brown and tan paint. I was inspired by Julie Booth's awesome new book Fabric Printing at Home.

Here's the background of that first layer.

For the second layer, I decided to do gelli prints. I gathered two leaves right from the back yard, plus paint and my gelli plate. (I wish I had a bigger plate.)

I brushed green and maroon paint onto the plate,

then placed leaves over the paint,

the pressed the fabric into the gelli plate. Then I peeled the leaves off. Here you can see the print on the fabric and the remaining paint left on the plate from where the leaves were.

The I pressed the fabric onto the plate again to pick up that positive print left by the leaf shapes.

Busy printing table!

Here is my 6x6 inch square that will be part of the monthly give away for The Printed Fabric Bee!

Here's the 8x16 inch piece that I'll be sending off to Carol.

When I joined The Printed Fabric Bee, I decided I'd make notes each month about what worked and what didn't work with my process for each theme.


  • Using a rolling pin, I will definitely do more of this. So many possibilities.
  • Combining the positive and negative prints from the gelli plate.
  • I really like the sharp edges from the shape of the gelli plate itself. 
  • I like this brown, green and maroon color story.

Less Than Successful:

  • I wish the background was a bit more interesting.
  • I'm not sure I really like the plastic wrap. Some other texture would probably be more interesting.
  • The design doesn't work as well on the 6x6 piece as on the larger piece of fabric.
  • It might have been interesting to add another layer of gelli plates in a different color and overlap that square shape even more.