Monday, September 29, 2008

I bought a quilt!

I bought a quilt from my friend Wendy. Isn't it wonderful! Wendy dyed most of the fabrics in the quilt. And her improvisational piecing is magnificent! It's a beautiful, joyous piece of art.

Wendy and I have signed up to take two dyeing classes from Carol Soderlund next April. They'll be held at Nancy Crow's barn. The first week we'll be dying silk, the second cotton. I'll also spend some time with my brother, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, just 40 minutes or so from the barn. I can't wait!

Fiber Art Group Meeting

My fiber art group met today. We had several important issues to discuss. First, we decided to rename the group. We have been debating this for a while, and we finally reached a decision we all can live with. We are now "Studio Q." Secondly, we decided to limit our membership to 15 artists. As long as we are meeting in our homes, we cannot increase our number. Lastly, we drew a name to determine the winner of our TVQG quilt show entry -- and Rhonda won!

Bethany was our host and she taught us all how to discharge dye:

I was very pleased with my efforts. These first two shots are of a piece I had hand dyed several months ago, using red violet, green and navy blue dye. I had used most of it in a project, and had two strips, roughly 9" x 30", left. I used both diluted bleach to spray a stencil and Soft Scrub with bleach stamped onto the fabric -- I was very pleased to see that the bleach removed the blue, and left traces of the red-violet and green:

A closer look. You can see the red violet and green:

The second piece is P & B plain black cotton. I sprayed diluted bleach on a piece of bubble wrap and used it to transfer the bleach to the fabric:

There were lots of different brands of black fabric being bleached. Some discharged to yellow, some to rusty brown, some orange. The P & B black turned a lovely red-orange:

We had birthday cake for lunch -- both Susan and I have birthdays this week. Fun day!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Work

I finished quite a few quilts the week before the TVQG show. Several of them were only lacking binding, some needed quilting, some embellishing. It was crazy -- remind me not to wait to quilt and bind my quilts until the last minute next year!

This is "Doorway." It is pieced with commercial batiks and my hand dyed fabric, and embellished with a tube of mulberry paper and silk and a piece of distressed embossed aluminum:

I didn't get any closeups of the quilting, but it is done in a "wonky crosshatch" pattern.

This is "New Spring." I probably had posted pictures of this quilt before, but I reworked the embellishment. It was pieced with hand painted, hand dyed, and stamped fabric as well as a few commercial batiks, rubbed with shiva paint sticks and embellished with embossed brass pieces:

This is a very simple piece called "Mulch." I seem to be very interested in blocks of color these days. This was pieced using only two pieces of my hand dyed fabric, and quilted in what I call the "dead tree" pattern. I really like the green/gold/brown/red violet piece I dyed:

This week I am relaxing. So far I've played bridge, shopped, had lunch with friends and gotten my hair cut. Today I'm cleaning house. Tomorrow I have nothing planned -- I'm hoping that the motivation to work returns!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I won three ribbons at the TVQG show!

The Trinity Valley Quilt Guild annual show was this past weekend. And I am so excited -- I won three ribbons!

This is "The Happy Quilt." I started it at a friend's house. I had brought along a stack of batiks (in my favorite palette of orange, yellow and pink) with no clear idea about what I was going to piece. I paired the batiks and cut out freeform curvy ninepatches. It was a lot of fun to make the blocks and to put this quilt together. It won second place in the Art category.

A closeup of the quilting:

"Bewitching Stars" won honorable mention in the Medium Pieced, Machine Quilted category. This is one of the quilts I took to Cape Cod to finish sewing the binding. Glad I got it finished!

A closeup of the quilting:

"Block Study #1 -- Forest Floor" won second place in the Art category. The embellishment is made of embossed copper:

And Ann, Marilyn, Mary Jo and I won third place in the Swiss Teams bridge tournament on Sunday. It was great!

All in all, a frantically busy weekend (my two major obsession collided -- the quilt show and the bridge sectional tournament were on the same weekend and took place in the same building!), but oh so fun! And so rewarding!

Fiber Art Group Round Robin -- "Out of the Box"

Our fiber art group in Fort Worth just finished this round robin quilt:

Wendy, Susan, Jay, Nancy, Ann, Rhonda, Bethany and I all added parts, I quilted it, and Beth embellished it. I love her thready embroidery:

We entered it in the TVQG show in the group quilt section. It really belonged in the art section, but that category required a single maker. It looked very out of place among the other very traditional group quilts.

Now we need to figure out which one of us gets to keep it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'm in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram!

From left to right -- me, Jean, Cary
Promoting the TVQG show this weekend.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cape Cod Vacation

Brian and I got back last night from Cape Cod. We had a wonderful week visiting my father-in-law at his summer home. Brian's brother, Bruce, was with us for part of the week.

Pop sent me a few pictures. I haven't found our camera yet -- it was in Brian's briefcase and I think he took it to work this morning.

Brian and I walking on Nauset Beach:

Bruce near Highland Light:

Highland Light:

Pop wading in the mud flats at First Encounter Beach:

It was a wonderful trip, with wonderful weather. More pictures tomorrow!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A beautiful day

It's a beautiful morning here in North Texas! Sunny, 72 degrees and a light breeze. Much nicer than it usually is in early September.

And one of my orchids is blooming! A small dendrobium:

Brian and I had our coffee on the patio this morning. The turtles were out celebrating the nice weather, too. Here's Charlie enjoying his breakfast:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Phew! King Sized Log Cabin Finished!

It took me forever (well, almost!), but I finally finished quilting my king-sized log cabin:

A closeup of the center motif. I quilted ferny feathers in the pink/orange/yellow and a medium meander in the black:

The quilting really pops on the back:

I used Hobbs Tuscany silk batting in this quilt. First time I've tried it, and it is wonderful. Lightweight yet with a little loft. Very easy to quilt.

Thank goodness it's finished. Well, except for the binding....

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Rose (or two!)

Brian planted my new rose, "Julia Child," in the back garden this weekend. It's not only lovely -- it has a wonderful fragrance!

This is a small rose quilt I bought on Etsy. It was made by one of my favorite quilt artists, Fannie Narte. I have it hanging in my studio for inspiration.

Now back to work! Lots of quilting to do before the TVQG show!

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