Thursday, September 29, 2022

 We had a wonderful meeting outdoors yesterday.  Our speaker was Linda Waddle, who shared her expertise doing discharge and bleach on various fabrics.  So many possibilities!  I think we'll be seeing quilts with this technique from our members in the future!

Monday, August 29, 2022

We had a special program for our August meeting.  Guild members brought in their favorite quilts and shared the story behind them.   It was wonderful to hear what inspires us to make our art. We also shared some of our favorite tools.

Michelle Peerson

Pat Gillings

Kat Madison

Karin Polli

Lynn Tubbe

Shelli Fried

Karle deProsse

Sophia Day

Sharon Rizatto

Stephanie Bennett-Strauss
Jan Reed

Marie Brower


Thursday, July 28, 2022

 We had our Summer Reveal yesterday and there were many beautiful quilts presented.

Challenge - In the Trees

"A Summer Night in the West" by Tracy Visher
21.5" x 28.25"

Artist Statement:  A reflection on summer in Reno in 2021 when we were surrounded by wildfire smoke and didn't see the sky for 6 weeks. Sadly this is our "new normal". We end up packing for potential evacuation at least once each year. Fire season here is now 12 months a year.  I used bleach sprayed on black Kona cotton for the background, to attain the rust colored "smoke". I melted organza and copper lame' fabric to create some of the distorted shiny bits that represented flames. I cut out compressed sponge in the shape of a tree and stamped the black trees at the bottom foreground. 

"Windsong in the Morning Mist" by Karle deProsse
31" x 18"

Artist Statement:  The birds in flight are weaving in and out of the trees.  I was hiking in the woods around where I live one morning when I disturbed a flock of birds out of a tree.  I heard the sound of their wings before I saw the birds in flight.  I wanted to capture that enchanting moment.  I used 31 shades of blues in batiks, hand dyed and commercial fabrics.  The 215 paper pieced birds took much longer than I expected.  (What was I thinking in designing them so small?).  I wanted to piece the bird strips, not applique them.  figuring how to weave the birds in and out of the fabric was a challenge, as I wanted to keep the integrity of the fabric rather than piecing it in sections.  It seemed my garment sewing skills were used as much as my knowledge of quilting.

"High Above" by Patty Blesso
17" x 23"

Artist Statement:  The large oak tree has many animals in it.  I love nature and enjoy seeing animals in the trees when I am out hiking and kayaking.  I used Cotton fabric, photo pictures of the deer and eagle that I put on fabric.  I enjoyed making the tree and placing the animals among the branches.

Challenge - Fractal or Fibonacci

"Exploded Fibonacci Sequence" by Sophia Day
34" x 21"

Artist Statement:  The blocks are made using the Fibonacci Sequence.  They are 1", 2", 3", 5" or 8".  Rather than keeping them all together, I "exploded" them to get a more improv version with a lot of negative space.  I used commercial fabric, warm & natural batting and Superior thread.  The straight-line quilting was with a ruler.  The rest was Free motion.  I was very pleased and then I had a series of unfortunate events with fabric bleeding and then fabric bleaching.  It's much less vivid now than originally, but I learned what not to do.

"The Big Bang, Reimagined" by Kathryn Madison
24" x 43"

Artist statement:  Fibonacci is a series of numbers that define many spirals in nature, among them galaxies and seashells.  The inspiration was the stunning photos from the Hubble Space telescope.  I used a soldering iron, freezer paper, organza, acrylic felt, cotton, batting, vilene, polyester thread, monofilament thread, Swarovski crystals & beads. For the shell and the nebulas (cat's Eye, Hourglass and Helix) I used a soldering iron to precisely cut and fuse layers of organza, then thread painted them for texture.  the hand was painted on 100% polyester, then cut with the soldering iron for clean edges, then appliqued to the shell.  for the two galaxies (M81 and the Milky Way), I drew them on vilene, hooped it with a layer of tulle, then thread painted them.  After rinsing away the vilene, I appliqued them in position and trimmed away the tulle.  Then I fused hundreds of crystal "stars" in place.

Challenge - From a Fairy Tale

"Blue Fairy" by Tracy Visher
14" x 15"

Artist Statement:  She is the blue fairy from the 1940's Disney's Pinnocchio animated movie. This quilt is made entirely from my husband's worn-out denim jeans. Her wing tips are the edge of the pockets. Her wand tip is the "button" from the pant's waistband. Her belt is from beltloops. I added paint, beads and inktense pencil. 

Challenge - Black & White & One Color

"Intersections" by Julie Berry
16" x 21"

Artist Statement:  I love the clean, crisp contrast of black and white and added just a little blue for accent.  I have been wanting to try an angular modern design and thought black and white would be perfect for this.  I usually do landscapes, birds or flowers, so this was a personal challenge.  Cotton, organza and ric rac are the body of the quilt.  Sandra Bruce's buttons are a design element.  Something I learned while finishing this quilt was never plan on just a little glue coming out.  the buttons wouldn't stay straight, so I thought a couple of dots of glue would take care of it.  The barely flowing glue tube erupted and then I had another problem.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

 Some of our members shared their expertise with us this month.

Ginny Lee talked to us about 'mark making' on fabric.

Marie Brower talked to us about her experiences with rust dying.

Robi Holmen shared her favorite facings for art quilts.

Show and Tell

Mourning Quilt 46" x 66"
Joan Dyer

This quilt was inspired by her husband's end of life stress.  She used hand dyed, discharged cotton, batiks and commercial fabrics.  It went together much better when she found the perfect focus fabric. It's constructed of multiple strips of various widths, each quilted differently.

Tracy Visher

This quilt got the juices flowing again for Tracy.

Curious 20" x 20"
Lynda Lasich

This was made for the Cherry Wood Grafitti Challenge.

Geisha Garden
Stephanie Bennett-Strauss

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

 We had our first reveal of 2022 on April 27.  As usual, it did not disappoint.

Bird's eye view

"Miner's Ravine Springtime"
36" x 16"
Jan Mitrovich

This is an imagined bird’s eye view of a portion of the park:  Trees, boulders, path, and patches of color representing poppies and lupine among the meadow grasses. The inspiration was walks though Miner's Ravine. Materials include cotton prints (some hand painted), organza, tulle, various yarns, cotton batting, hemp burlap background, assorted threads. Nature is a ragged collection of textures, colors, and elements that work together to create the beauty that we love. This piece experiments with straight/crooked, soft/hard, thick/thin, loud/muted in an attempt to imitate the art that is nature. Jan chose to include “human views” of the poppies and lupine that include details we may see when we look closely, in contrast with the aerial perspective.

City Scape

"Urban Decay"
"35" x 18"
Tracy Visher

Cities are busy, exciting places to visit, and for some, to live a unique lifestyle. It’s not hard to imagine young professionals in such a role. What if you HAVE to live there. What if you HAVE to live in the parts of the city no one wants to see or care about? This quilt depicts those areas. Whatever they may seem on the outside, they are homes and lives well lived for many.  Tracy had wanted to make an “inner city” quilt for some time. She happened upon the line of fabric by Tim Holtz called “Abandoned” and it all just came together. She used cotton fabrics, cotton, blend and metallic threads. WINDOW SCREEN! Inktense pencils and blocks, acrylic paint and beads. 80-20 cotton/poly batting.  
For Tracy, the trickiest part of this quilt was getting some sort of accurate perspective with the buildings. She also had a very clear mood in mind when she made it. While somber, she wanted to include bits that told you this was still home to people. It was a lot of fun “aging” the buildings and street. If you look at the far L building closely, you will see that she used some actual window screening material (saved from a replacement she did last year). She found the sky fabric and knew it was just the thing, with a little paint added.


"Sun Shades over Fudenjuice Food Court"
30" x 21"
Robin Hart

The inspiration was a photo challenge from the Nevada County Camera Club.  Robin was assigned a grid in Nevada City and went out to photograph a city scene with umbrellas.  She found the food court outside of Fudenjuice and not only were there umbrellas, there were beautiful red sun shades.  She shot a number of images with her camera and then picked the best one and processed it in Photoshop using the pen and ink and poster filters to give it texture and interest.  She then had it printed at real Graphics and quilted it for design.  The materials include cotton percale whole cloth, cotton batting, and cotton back fabric, various colors of cotton and polyester threads.  It was inspiring to Robin to create a piece that fulfilled a photographic challenge and a MAQ challenge at the same time.  

Lynda Loves Lace

"I Do - Reuse and Recycle"
13" x 21"
Shelli Fried

This piece was inspired by the work of Natalya Khorover, an artist who uses her work to bring attention to the environmental impact of single-use plastics. When Shelli started to collect single-use plastics to use in this piece she was shocked just how ubiquitous they are in our lives. This challenge was an opportunity to integrate the plastic flowers as a reminder to herself and others to look for and lobby for alternative packaging. Materials used include satin, various lace trims and borders; plastic wrappers from toilet paper, paper towels, and frozen pea packages; plastic caps from medication and toothpaste tubes; ribbon; cotton batting, Superior Monopoly thread. This piece morphed over time as ideas came and went. Initially Shelli wanted to have stuffed glove hands holding the bouquet. After trying a couple of different sizes, she abandoned the idea as they covered too much of the lace. The first bouquet turned out to be too dense and heavy looking. Three of those flowers were cut out and replaced with the top flower to create better balance and lightness. The flowers were glued to pipe cleaners which were inserted through a hole she made through the all layers. The pipe cleaners were spread apart and stitched down and covered with a piece of satin on the back. Shelli had forgotten how much lace can stretch!!! She made her college roommate’s wedding dress, and that was too many years ago to remember.

"Cinq Pots de Fleurs"
20" x 16"
Ginny Lee

The inspiration was a Libby Williamson workshop at Craft Napa on technique process.  She use acrylic paint, canvas, cheesecloth, lace trim, white-on-white & black-on-white cotton, felt.  This was a process of sketching a design concept, painting fabric with acrylic paints, free motion stitching individual components to a felt backing and collaging the shapes, using scraps of lace & cheesecloth to break up the background.  Ginny especially likes the 3-D effect and intuitive process for future quilts.

"And Still I Rise"
30" x 40"
Kathryn Madison

The inspiration was Maya Angelou's poem, "And Still I Rise."  

"You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I rise"

Materials used were Alencon lace, tsukeniko ink, inktense blocks and pencils, organza, cotton, batting, beads, monofilament thread, crystals.  In the dark ages when Kathryn first started working for IBM, women in the 'business' side of the house were mandated to wear dresses or suits, nylons, and heels.  even Kat, who did construction contracts. Picture it...climbing a ladder in an Oleg Cassini suit, heels and a hard hat.  Kat is sure the guys below loved that.  She sewed many of her clothes to save money.  One of her "uniform" regulars was an ivory silk chiffon blouse with Alencon lace down front, back and sleeves.  It worked with every suit and was cool in the summer. So... when the "lace" challenge was announced, she immediately knew what she wanted to do.  Strip that lace off that blouse and turn the "uniform" into a Phoenix rising from the flames.  This Phoenix is created with the lace from that "uniform" blouse.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

 We started our March meeting with a presentation from 3 of our members;  Kat Madison, Lynda Lasich & Tracy Visher, on how they use embroidery in their quilts.  They shared some quilts using these techniques.

Ginny will begin offering fabric dying and painting classes again. Here are some class samples:

Show & Tell

Joan Dyer

Joan shared a quilt that she made using embroidery techniques.

"Cats 'n Dragons"
15" x 45"
Tracy Visher

Made for the SAQA Prism Exhibit

"K is for Katie"
21" x 25"
by Tracy Visher

This was for a challenge from a local quilt shop. You purchase a $10 bag of random "parts". With it you can make anything you want. A purse, a pillow, a quilt, whatever. The only requirement is that you must use a minimum of 5 items from the bag and one of them must be an upholstery fabric. Tracy used every item in the bag except for fused T-cup. All she added of her own was the background and binding, her earring and she painted fabric for her face. 

"Power Hungry"
by Tracy Visher

Tracy was driven to create this after seeing the Ukranian invasion.

"The Year That Left a Hole in My Heart"
by trish Morris-Plise

"Madam Vice President"
by trish Morris-Plise

The first quilt was included in "Quarantine Quilts:  Creativity in the Midst of Chaos" by Sandra Sider and the second was juried into the 2022 Sacred Threads exhibit.

"Label Me Human"
23" x 30"
by Karle deProsse

Karle took a picture of her eyes for this piece.  The fabric & objects represent many of things in her life that make up who she is. She came across a school project for teen girls that had them collage their body/self-image from pictures cut out of magazines.  The concept intrigued Karle.  She went to the internet to find pictures to use for parts of her face with the concept that she desired it to be cartoonish. Karle used tea-dyed fabric, hand dyed fabric, commercial fabrics, handspun natural-dyed yarn, buttons & charms, felt, colored pencils, crayon rubbings.  Karle quoted "In life, if we are fortunate, we surround ourselves with the things that we love.  We label ourselves with these.  I have depicted that in this piece with as many things that came to mind as I had representative fabric or other objects.  I envisioned my image to be cartoonish, to portray humor in life."

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

 We were able to meet in person again for our February meeting.  We did a hybrid meeting;  some members were there in person and some joined us via zoom.  

Our very own Lynda Lasich gave us a lecture on what Quilt Show Judges look for.  It was very informative.

Show & Tell

"Box of Chocolates" by
Stephanie Bennett-Strauss

"Journal Quilt" by
Stephanie Bennett Strauss

"Tumbling Pots" by
Marie Brower

by Shelli Fried

"Cerulean Seascape"
by Lynn Tubbe
Close Up

This is Lynn's entry for SAQA's, "Prism Play" call for entries.  The concept is to display long & narrow quilts in the expanded colors of the prism.  Lynn got her color card and wanted to salute the ocean's majesty.  She used hand dyed and commercial cottons, cheesecloth and scrim.  She also painted netting and scrim.  Manipulating, shaping and stitching the scrim and cheesecloth into wave shapes proved to be a challenge.

by Jan Reed

by Jan Reed

Jan Reed shared a couple of quilts that were originally revealed via zoom.  She was finally able to share in person because they're back from the Houston show.

"Bloom in the Darkness"
by Kathryn Madison

Kat wanted to create a fantasy place with a story to include only original images of her doodled flowers, birds and bugs.  She used cotton, silk, organza, watercolor blocks, lumiere paint & oil pastels.  The stitching was done with cotton, poly, monofilament and metallic threads.  There's also hand embroidery floss, Kevlar and silk ribbon.  It's embellished with Szwarsvski crystals and beads. The quilt was created for a story:  It is midnight in the fantasy forest.  The rare bioluminescent Lunamore flowers open to the rays of the full monn, sending their intoxicating fragrance through the trees.  The nocturnal Pollen Birds and bugs flock to the feast.  As they feed, they spread iridescent pollen from flower to flower.  By sunrise the Lunamore flowers will be dark and closed and the birds and bugs will be gone.  She strongly does not recommend using oil pastels on art quilts.  Even when heat set three times, it flaked away as quilted, causing fine dust across the quilt front.