July 19th, 2015
I know that I have been missing from the blogisphere, but I have had a lot going on. I lost two days earlier in the week because I had a colonoscopy on Thursday and Wednesday was prep day – stayed close to home. The good news is that it was all clear and I don’t have to go back for another, ever.
And, I have been working to get three quilts finished and ready to photograph tomorrow. One, I can’t show you, as it is for a special project and I have been asked to keep it under wraps.
The other two are for the annual High Fiber Diet show. This year, our theme is Making Our Mark, done in neutral colors, with minimal other colors.
The mark that needs to be on or part of every piece is that little square up there. I want to submit this quilt:
I made it in one of the sizes that the committee asked for, but what to do about that mark. Up above, you can see that I stitched the mark down in the lower left corner so that it sort of looks like a chop mark.
The piece I have been working on all week is photographs of our trip to Glacier National Park. I played with them in photoship and printed them on Jacquard Extravorganza. I fused them to grey cotton and then to gray felt and I have been obsessively stitching on them all week.
Here they are organized for stitching together. you can see that each segment is a different part of the square so that together, they make the mark.
We also had my daughter’s chihuahua for a week while she was in San Francisco taping an illustration workshop for Creative Bug. He is really not much trouble and is very loving. He spent the week on the sofa, behind me while I stitched and recovered from anesthesia.
I still have to do facings on two of the quilts in the morning before I photograph them.
July 7th, 2015
This afternoon, Mr C and I braved the traffic on I-5 and drove up to Longview, WA to see the High Fiber Diet exhibit, What’s Blue to You, at the Lower Columbia College Art Center. The gallery was quite lovely and the show looked fantastic. I loved how they hung the blue and orange pieces together. You can see Blue Picasso Woman in this shot.
We drove home on a different route, more back roads and it was lovely. We stopped at Burgerville for supper so that I could have Walla Walla onion rings.
I have been working on a neutrals piece for the next HFD show. It is composed of black and white photos from our trip to Glacier National Park. I printed them on Jacquard Extravorganza.
I created pdfs of the photos and printed them poster style and fused them together to make them larger for the piece I am doing. I created a thermofax to print the title.
I am doing some handstitching on each photo.
Our hot, hot weather has finally abated and it was quite lovely today. What a relief.
July 2nd, 2015
Lynn Krawczyk was queen bee for the month of June and chose the theme, vintage. Oops. another challenge for me. I looked at a lot of vintage clip art and I really liked some vintage keys that I found. So, I made a thermofax screen.
Off to the studio, I found a piece of hand-dyed cotton that had a bit of purple and dark and light yellows and had an aged look to it. I searched through my thermofax screens and found this check pattern which I thought could look vintage. I used a purple paint and screened it on to the fabric.
I did some experimenting with printing the keys over the checks. I used black for the keys. Lynn wanted any color but pink. In this photo, you can get a better idea of what the base fabric was.
I tried to make the printing look worn and not crisp so that it would look old. It was bloody hot in my studio, so I did not linger.
Here is the collage of the vintage collection. Click to see a larger version.
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June 29th, 2015
I have been so busy finishing quilts, getting them photographed and doing my SDA work.
The redwood tree piece just about did me in. It is 40 x 40 and is made up of lots and lots of little bits of fabric. The pieces of fabric were all over The Congdo! This was to fulfill an assignment for my master class where we simplified a landscape photo. This was a difficult photo to simplify, but I wanted to do it. As a reminder, here is the original photo, looking up through the redwoods in CA.
Here is a detail:
I got a pretty good critique in my online class. I also entered it into an invitational juried show, with the theme, affinity. It did not make the cut, but I am not surprised. I just didn’t have time to something else and tried to make this work. I am not sure I will ever do a confetti quilt again – not really my thing!!
Here is the other quilt I finished and I love it. It is titled Ode to a Tree. It is 28 by 52 inches.
I used the letters I made in the workshop with Cynthia Corbin. They spell tree. I put them in a vertical format to represent a tree.
Here is a detail:
I had fun using the fabrics I created in the Judy Robinson workshop last summer. All the beautiful photography was done by Kayley Hoddick, here in Portland.