Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I finished the top for a small Peace Sign quilt from Country Threads. The binding was included in the kit and is a bright blue. (That really sets the quilt off, but I didn't have time to get it quilted and bound yet, so you can't see that. I'll post it again when it is finished.) This came from a cute little $10 kit I purchased at the Chicago quilt show this year. I'm sure it was designed to celebrate the anniversary of the peace sign. I also finished the top from a pattern called "Flowers in a Vase" from Sunflower Hill Designs by Julie Popa. The pattern also includes a pattern called "Retro Waves." I was working on this one really late at night and kept making silly mistakes. That just goes to show you that you should go to bed when you get tired--don't work on something that has to be cut out!
At the guild retreat, I made three blocks for my The Quilt Show Block of the Month by Sue Garmin called "Stars for a New Day." Since then, I also got all of the rest of the blocks cut out and got a few more blocks made--now that took some time! Here they all are so far...there are several more to go.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Valerie White, one of the artists with work on display at the Carnegie, has been creating quilts for almost twenty years. She shares her passion for textiles by teaching and presenting lectures nationally. Her work appears in several publications and is widely exhibited. This is a picture of Valerie beside her Radishes by Moonlight which is a whole-cloth quilt created using chlorine and thiox discharge and thermo fax screen. It measures 24" X 36".
Six Feet Under was made in 2007. It was pieced with commercial fabric and uses textile paint and chlorine bleach discharge. It was quilted by Valerie and measures 39" X 35".Valerie's Blemish is a whole-cloth quilt that was made in 2008. She used thickened dyes, soy wax, fabric markers, and textile paint. This quilt was also quilted by Valerie and measures 28" X 33 1/2".
Valerie calls this whole-cloth quilt Beta Vulgaris; Big Ass Beet. Thickened dyes, soy wax, and textile paint were also used in this quilt. It was quilted by the artist and measures 58" X 26 1/2".Pat DaRif uses many techniques to create her work. She has taken an abstract, somewhat minimalist, approach in preparing the work for this exhibit. She says that she hopes to have evoked the beauty and fragility of nature and, by extension, a sense of our responsibility to safeguard and preserve it.
This is Pat with her quilt, Natural Elements II: Lake Shore, 2009. The quilt consists of hand-dyed silk which has been fused and machine quilted.
Pat's quilt, Water's Edge, 2007, measures 53" X 37 1/2". It uses hand-dyed and commercial silks and is machine quilted. The blue piece of silk on the bottom of the piece flutters with the slightest breeze artfully simulating the movement of water.Fire Storm (2009) uses hand-dyed silks and cotton fabrics. It is machine quilted and measures 42 1/2" X 32 1/2".Joanne Weis is a mixed media textile artist whose work can be found in private collections around the country. She is President of the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists and actively juries and curates shows and promotes appreciation of fiber and textile art within the community.
Joanne poses here with her quilt entitled A Time to Reap from the Seed Series, 2008. It utilizes silk that has been hand dyed, screened, and embroidered. The quilt measures 24" X 19".Osprey Nest uses hand-dyed, appliqued, and embroidered silk. Joanne says about this piece, "On the southern New England coast, development and agricultural run-off seriously endangered the native osprey population. Through significant efforts on a local, state, and federal level, nesting habitats are being established and protected resulting in a return of the coastal osprey."I'd like to thank the Carnegie Center (http://www.carnegiecenter.org/) for some of the information used for this blog installment. Please visit this exhibit if you get a chance.
The room was packed with sewing machines and supplies. Baby quilts, paper piecing projects, and flannel quilts were just some of the projects these ladies worked on.These ladies worked on jackets, wall hangings, yo yos, and aprons (among other things). Members worked on both machine and hand quilted items.Christmas projects kept many of us busy.Here is an apron made as a Christmas gift for a little one.Some members worked on charity projects ranging from blocks for the "Home-of-the-Brave" project to quilt tops for church raffles.
If you get a chance to attend a retreat, do it! You'll have a great time.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I have had a question about my Happenstance quilt. If you'd like to refresh your memory as to which quilt that is, just type "Happenstance" into the Search box at the top left of the screen. I was asked if I could give a link for the Happenstance pattern. I don't think Caren has a website, but you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could ask her about her patterns at that address.
I am hoping to have pictures to post from the "Earthworks" fiber arts gallery exhibit I'll be attending on Thursday. Two members of LAFTA (Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists) and one other artist have pieces on display there. "Earthworks" will be exhibited at the Carnegie Center for Arts & History at 201 East Spring Street in New Albany, Indiana, from October 30-December 30, 2009. There is a program on November 5 from 7-8 p.m. presented by Karen Gillenwater (co-presented by LAFTA) on "Textiles in Contemporary Art." On November 7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. there will be a gallery talk with the artists. I'd love to attend that, but I will be at my guild quilt retreat. If you'd like any further information on this exhibit, check out www.carnegiecenter.org or call (812) 944-7336.