Thursday, May 17, 2018
Once again this year, Mountain Art Quilters created a lovely display of art quilts at the local Pine Tree Quilt Show. In addition to our own display, members submitted a variety of quilts to the judged portion of the show and walked away with a number of ribbons. Congratulations to all our members who shared their work at the show and especially to those whose work was honored with a ribbon.
Mountain Art Quilters' Display
Pine Tree Quilt Show
April was our first reveal of the year, and it was a very special one! We had twelve quilts submitted for the three challenges: Fiber Fusion, Patterns in Nature, and Favorite Places. Our guest, Sierra College art professor Larry Ortiz, agreed to critique the quilts and offered a helpful perspective on artistic qualities.
|"Garden of the Goddess"|
by Linda Siska
20" x 28"
Linda's quilt was inspired by a photo of Colette O'Neill's garden in the west of Ireland (photo used with permission) and by the felt paintings of Moy MacKay. The background was wet felted on stabilizing paper. The quilt includes pieced and raw edge appliqué as well as hand embroidery. Linda says that the wool was snipped rather than drafted, creating a less directional effect, tacked down with needle felting, then wet felted using the dryer method. Linda loves working with wool and hopes to continue experimenting with this medium.
Patterns in Nature
by Sophia Day
22" x 17.25"
Iggy is an iguana that Sophia photographed in Costa Rica. She was captivated by his scales and by the great shading which made him a perfect subject for the class by Lynne Pillus, "Color Doesn't Matter," that focused on values. Sophia used mostly commercial fabrics group into seven value groups. The batting is Warm and Natural; quilting was done with Aurifil thread on top and monofilament in the bobbin. Sophia used a black and white photo to help group the fabrics. She found it very freeing to just reach into a value bag and pick whatever fabric was on top. She did do some color adjusting after looking at it on a design wall. She found the quilting to be a challenge and feels this is an area where she needs more work. Sophia says that this quilt could have fit the "Favorite Places" theme as the trip to Costa Rica was the first vacation she took with her daughter as an adult. Sophia had a fabulous time!
Show and Tell
by Sharon Rizzato
Sharon was inspired by the colors in the Celtic motif block elements that she acquired at a quilter's estate sale. She used cotton fabrics and channeled her inner Freddy Moran while stepping outside her comfort area with bold colors.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
March brought a special visitor -- internationally recognized and yet our own local quilter, Velda Newman, shared her quilts and techniques with Mountain Art Quilters. Thank you, Velda, for a stunning presentation. Feel free to come again any time. And thank you, Julia Broughman, for your excellent photography.
Show and Tell
|Ardy Tobin shared two dog portrait quilts she created for her son. Such a playful pup!|
|And a moose by Patti Blesso. Seems to have been an animal kind of day.|
New Member Showcase
|Robi Holmen shared a quilt made from a kit but with her own enhancements . . .|
|. . . and a vest she created.|
|Robi will be teaching a class in this technique -- Fractured Florals -- which is constructed from about three panels.|
|Featured guest, Velda Newman, gave a wonderful presentation featuring her beautiful quilts. Thank you, Velda!|
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
February brought unexpected snow after a warm and sunny January, but somehow, we managed to squeeze a MAQ meeting in between snow storms. And what a great meeting! We had Show and Tell from new and old members alike, and a great presentation by Kathy Madison.
Show and Tell
Bonnie Lattin-Hensely, Jane Haworth, and Karle deProsse (seen here with Trish Morris Plisse) showed off their completed journal covers. This is a group-wide project that will be explored in more depth come June.
Lynda Lasich brought in this crazy quilt carpet bag that the Artitude mini-group will be using as a basket for its contribution to the Pine Tree Guild. Lynda and friends used Roxanne Langan's 1920's Carpet Bag Pattern.
Trish used the same pattern but made her bag in denims. Nice!
New member, Bonnie Lattin-Hensely shared several of her quilts including this colorful rooster. She bought an outline pattern online and then interpreted it with her own fabric choices in a raw edge appliqué.
Bonnie used the grid method to create this portrait of Meeko. She decided to use purple for the shadows.
This is a pillow Bonnie made for her sister. It features beading to enhance the design.
Program: Art Quilt Design and Techniques
Kathy Madison shared the techniques and methods she uses when designing and creating her quilts. Kathy credits Annemieke Mein with being one of her inspirations.
Kathy used her own underwater photos when she created "Cayman Memories.”
"Arctic Tears" is a quilt from our April 2017 reveal. This quilt clearly tells the story of melting ice in the Arctic and creates tension between the melting ice, the vivid sun, and the whales in a changing climate.
|Considerations in designing "Arctic Tears" were a establishing a focal point, a vanishing point, a color palette, and a light source.|