Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blue Cacti

Began this little quilt a week ago & so far I like it. I'm adding some paint & plan to embellish with beads and ribbon. Have a good week!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Northen Lights - Vera Holmgren

Detail Arashi-quilt 30" x 30"
I'm working with a new quit using my Arashi-dyed fabric. I used a mixture of Cobalt, Fuchsia and Lemon Yellow Procion MX for the dyeing. The lower part in gray is actually two shades of hand-dyed fabrics in Purple covered with gray organza, it's like ice. I have just started free-motion quilting the flamed sky, it's fun to quilt when you can follow lines.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

in a bind...

Binding is made & ready to go on the quilt...can't wait to see this finished! I want to start something new...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

the finish line...

My "Pink Time--Kona" is nearing completion. Hope to construct my binding this afternoon and complete it tomorrow. I'm planning a series based on our time living on the "big island" of Hawaii...so many ideas swirling in my head! Hope everyone's having a great day, patti

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mothers - Vera Holmgren

Clara 24" x 24"
I'm working in a series "Mothers" where I try to tell the stories of my great grandmother and her daughter. This quilt was made for an exhibition in Sarpsborg, Norway, NQT 2014, but due to very few registrations the whole event was cancelled. The background is handdyed raw silk, I have stippled and used very tiny lines in the quilting. The center is her photo on linen and her lace collar. I've made paper from silk cocoon strippings and copied some notes from her husband-to-be and also painted and stiched their monograms. I hope to have another opportunity to show it in Sweden next year.

Regards,
Vera Holmgren

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hello

My name is Patti Bullard and I live in San Marcos Ca with my husband and our 2 dogs, Stella and Fiona. I first became interested in the world of Art Quilts while we lived in Colorado. I did a lot if experimenting with whole cloth painting...making my own stencils and trying all manner of paint techniques (including spray paint!!) I was fortunate to participate in several juried shows and was represented by a gallery in Evergreen,CO. We moved back home to CA which necessitated my return to a "day job" so my artistic endeavors were somewhat curtailed..(try hardly ever) Moved again to Hawaii's big island where there was so much inspiration, did a little quilting (still doin'the 9 to 5) took lots of pictures and moved back to CA in 2008 due to illness & subsequent job loss. I'm back quilting & happy to be!! I love all sorts if techniques including crazy quilts, applique, hand dyes...you name it!So happy to find this group!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Tribute to Mackintosh - Chris Daly

A Tribute to Mackintosh - Chris Daly 2014


It has been a long time since I contributed something to this blog.  Most of my 2013 was devoted to writing a business plan and the start up of a new business.  I have missed sewing and creating like you would not believe... or maybe you would understand this compelling need to create. Last month was the first time in six months that I sat down long enough to come up with a design.  Prior to that my brain was so full of other things to get done that the creativity just would not come.  

This is my design for the Art Nouveau challenge for the Art Quilts Around the World group.  
I am a huge fan of the art, architecture and furniture designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald.  You can find framed prints of his textile designs hanging on the dining room wall of our quilt retreat in Wisconsin.  

This design is based off of one of those a prints.  I used Daler Rowney Acrylic Inks to create the design on white cotton muslin.  The inks are bright with a soft shine to them. One downfall is they do add a stiffer hand to the fabric.  I used wool batting to add extra loft to the quilting.  I planned to add extensive quilting in the fuchsia areas but decided against that when I saw the simplicity of the design.  This quilt will be framed so it can be hung in our retreat.

Friday, February 14, 2014

An old city

Hi, Vera here

I've tried to make another quilt in my class "Dyeing to Design" using my handdyed fabrics. I dyed some lovely using turquise and fuchsia but I had no idea what to do with them, I stripped some of the fabrics and made a geometric quilt but I didn't like it. As I had to make a quilt I grabbed the fabrics I had previously dyed and decided to make a quilt from a landscape photo.

Valued fabrics, a mixture from fuchsia and turquise
The first one had a bit too pale center and the old tree was too dark, I think the second one is better. The blue and rust fabric (middle) is ice dyed and so is the tiny grayish pink to the right. Looking forward to any comments.
The first one ...

... and the second

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gee, I Love That Man

Hi Sharon here.
Gee, I Love That Man
©Sharon V. Rotz

This Valentine's Week, everyone is thinking of the special people in their lives. 


My husband is so sweet. When he runs to the grocery store, he comes home not just with the needed food but often with a lovely bouquet of flowers.


What could be more special than fresh flowers on a cold winter day? 
Gee, I love that man!



Thursday, February 6, 2014

More Adventures with Crayons

Hi, Sharon here.

My adventures with crayons are not over. 
Today I started with this less than pristine piece of fabric. 
(Would it be wrong to tell you that I think I used it to clean my paint brush one day?)


Nevertheless, I had nothing to lose by playing with crayons to add texture. 


The crayon texture popped it up into a fabric that I couldn't resist using.


I layered it and machine quilted feathers. 
Then my brush came out and I added touches 
of Lumiere metallic fabric paint.


A section of fabric that I created with three dimensional effects joined the party.


My completed artwork.

(At the present, it is unnamed. Do you have any suggestions?)


Linked to my blog


Saturday, February 1, 2014

I would like to introduce myself ...

"Mothers I"
Hi, I'm Vera Holmgren, a Swedish quilter living in Uppsala. I've been making traditional quilts but since a couple of years I've turned more and more into Art Quilt. I love dyeing my own fabric, both cotton, linen and silk and sometimes I use Photoshop to manipulate pictures to print on fabric.

Last year I was buzy working in a small series, "Mothers" and two om my quilts were nominated to a juried art exhibition here in Uppsala. For the moment I attend an online class "Dyeing to Design" and I've just finished the quilt "Northen Light", an Arashi dyeing project.

"Northen Light"
 
I'm very honored to be a member of your group and you can read more about my work in my blog http://veriquilt.blogspot.se and hopefully I will have some new followers.
Vera

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

One More Time, or Maybe Three More Times

Hi, Sharon, here.


I had fun making my little mug mat so I thought I would like to make a few more. I did have more of the background fabric and searched and found another scrap of the rickrack.
 (Yay, a longer piece this time!)

The background was a fun project made with the crayons and muslin fabric you may already have stashed in your home. I used a texture plate under the fabric to make the design as I colored on the muslin. 


The fabric was then pressed to set the crayon into the fabric.  


I free-motion machine quilted small designs on the layered fabric and cut to out 4-1/2" circles. I zig-zagged the edges and then covered the stitching with rickrack.
(Once again, I jumped in without measuring the length of my rickrack but, as you can see, I did have just enough to finish.)


Each of the designs was slightly different.




and the set of four.



What have you been working on?

Linked to my blog





Friday, January 24, 2014

On the Slim Chance That It Will Work

How often do things actually work out well?
How many times has the thread run out before you got to the end of the seam?
How many times were you one fabric square short for the design you were making?

Hi Sharon here. I had an exciting little moment when the stars aligned and things did come together.

I was practicing machine quilting ideas and ended up with a small area of quilting that I really liked.



I cut it out to finish by zigzagging the edge and covering it with red rickrack. I found a small piece of rickrack. Would it be long enough? Should I take the chance that I may end up pulling it all off when it turned out to be half an inch short? I laid it around the edge and it seemed big enough so I jumped to the machine and started stitching. (You have to be quick with these things before they shrink!)

It worked, it actually worked. Just barely, but it did. You can see I only had the tiniest bit to trim off.


I had a big smile on my face for the rest of the day. Little things do count!  Especially on a cold and snowy day AGAIN.



I was inspired to break out the paint and add some touches to the quilting. What fun.





Linked to my blog

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Flying into 2014

This needle turn appliqué piece has been over a year in the making. 
It fits into my new philosophy of art/life: Dazzle Me (see here).
And so, wishing you a productive, peaceful, and dazzling New Year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy 2014!

Social Climbers
©2014 Sharon V. Rotz

After a busy month, I completed my floral quilt just in time to enter it in a show. Hopefully, it will be juried in.

This has been a chance to try some new techniques and use some different materials. Whether it is accepted or not, the learning and experimenting has been worth the effort of making the quilt.

Each time that we reach out in our work, we grow as artists.  

May you be blessed in 2014 and continue to grow as a person, a person with unlimited creativity.  



Linked to Sharon's blog

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Growing Garden

Hi, Sharon here.

 Flowers are now popping up on my golden scarf quilt.


I constructed golden roses to spread their glowing beauty on the scarf. These were made by folding, gathering and twisting a strip of satiny silk fabric. I love how these flowers catch the light.
 (You can see how these flowers are made on my blog.)


They are growing their way to the top of the quilt. How many should there be? I'm still deciding.


On the second section of the garden, fabric braids create stems for pink fringed silk flowers. They have a three dimensional look as they are held on only at the beaded centers.

It is exciting to try new ideas and combinations. Life is here for us to explore.

Have a creative day.


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Designing an Art Quilt

Hi, Sharon here.

I'm continuing on with my scarf. 
After much consideration I've decided to make it the focus of a new art quilt. 



With a new idea floating in my head, the original fabrics that I pulled out of my stash are no longer the right choices. The color palette has swung to purples and pinks with the gold.


Because it is sheer and transparent, the scarf looks best if it lays over a gold fabric.
 Lucky me, I had a piece of polished cotton the right right size and shade. This really brings the out the color of the scarf.

The striped fabric brought the colors together, but looks spectacular with yarn stitched on the stripes.


Things are beginning to take shape.

What do you think?




Saturday, November 16, 2013

What To Do? What To Do?


Hi, Sharon, here.

It started out with a lovely scarf that I purchased from Chris Daly who does fabulous hand dyes and sells them through Dye Candy.

The scarf was beautiful as it was, BUT....

There were options floating in my brain. 
Suddenly, there was silk yarns attached and those little iridescent leaves that I just made.

Now the dilemma.

Now do I stop and wear this as a scarf or........?

Should this become the start of my next artwork?


Jumping up and hauling out fabric after fabric from my stash, I found these fabrics that could work with my scarf.

What should I do? Stop? Go on? Any suggestions?

Linked to my blog

Monday, November 11, 2013

On the Fringe with Iridescents



Hi, Sharon here.

I  love to use iridescent fabrics in my work because they bring a life of their own to the project. The changeable nature of the fabric as it catches the light is never ending.


Here, I am starting the leaves that will become part of a new artwork. I outlined the shapes and then stitched around them again to create a secure finish between the leaf and the fringe.



Silk taffeta shows off as rays of light strike the surface.


Raveling (or fringing) the edges of the fabric reveals the beauty of the threads that make up the warp and welt of the weave. They combine to give the fabric an on-going and ever-changing glow.