Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Our September meeting featured member Linda Waddle sharing her quilts and her experience working in a series. She was joined by a number of quilters who participated in Show and Tell, including three! new members. We are fortunate as a group to have so much contributing talent!

Show and Tell

Ann Sanderson shared with us some new experiments with surface design. This piece of fabric has been discharged, layered with screening, stamping, and other surface design techniques.

Ann's second piece of fabric was done in a Jane Dunnewold class using resists and gold leaf.

Ann's final piece features dots made with Shiva sticks.

Darlynn Evans brought back the quilt she entered in the July challenge.  After reading the critiques by other members, she decided to make a few changes.  She added a bed of flowers both to ground the trees roots and to add color, and the blue butterflies for even more color and interest.  She expressed that she really valued the feedback she received and is happy with the new and improved version of her quilt.

Patty Blesso shared this lovely quilt made using a panel and several complimentary blocks.

Also by Patty, this cute "Witch is In" quilt made from a pattern.

This quilt by Mary Scharosch was inspired by an image she found in a book of flowers from the Victoria and Albert museum.  Mary drew the flower, colored it with paint and pencil, then added it to a colorful background.

This "Llovely Llama Llady" is a quilt in progress by Julie Berry and is based on a technique she learned in the Pet Portraits class taught by Jane Haworth.

Trish Morris-Plise created this black and white quilt to decorate for the new year.  "Happy New Year" in four different languages is stitched around the border, as are bursts of fireworks.  Trish used a product called bone ash to adhere the layers before quilting and she was quite pleased with the results.

New Members

This orange and black quilt by new member Sigrid Simonds was done entirely with discharged fabrics.  She claims that the quilt was 'quick and fast,' and assures us that even the orange and blue colors in the quilt were once black.

This mountain scene quilt by Jackie Manley was made with two different wrapping fabrics from Japan.  Jackie further enhanced the fabrics with shibori dyeing and sashiko stitching done on a machine.

Our third new member, Sophia Day, brought in three quilts to share.  This confetti quilt of a Costa Rican waterfall was done in a class with Nancy Ryan.

Also by Sophia Day, this quilt was inspired by her cat silhouetted in the window with a gorgeous sunset in the background.

Sophia's third quilt depicts her son water skiing with a tiled sky using Gloria Loughman's technique as the backdrop.

Opportunity Quilt

Jane Haworth brought in this beautiful opportunity quilt which she had a hand in creating.  She is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win this colorful quilt.  If you're interested, please let her know.

Linda Waddle's Quilt Series

 The first of Linda Waddle's portals quilt series is "Cabin Fever,' which was created using dye, resists,  Mistyfuse and metal leaf, with invisible thread recreating the look of raindrops.

Linda's second quilt in her series is "The Light at the End of the Tunnel," which was screen printed and hand-painted.

"The Grotto" by Linda was done with flour paste resist, black and yellow dyes, and gold leaf.

"Well Defended," the fourth quilt in the series, is a flour paste resist that 'turned thorny.'  The heart was a bit of serendipity that she enhanced.

Monday, September 4, 2017

August is not business-as-usual at Mountain Art Quilters. Instead of a program, we share our fabulous cooking (or last minute to-go shopping as the case may be) at a potluck lunch. Show and Tell is wide open in August -- we share all those projects that may or may not be quilting related. Enjoy!

Show and Tell

"Twists and Turns"
10" x13"
by Joan Dyer
Joan created this interesting piece by sewing with perle cotton on a discharged fabric.

by Jan Reed
This quilt was a sample of ink on fabric.  Jan finished it out and will donate it to the silent auction at Houston.

Pine Needle Baskets
by Mary Serpa
Mary learned to make pine needle baskets in a class by Kate Grant.  She used a button in the center of one basket and synthetic sinew to bind the pine needles together.

Friday, August 4, 2017

July brought another month of challenge reveals. The summer heat seems to have affected everyone; there were not a lot of entries, but the ones that did show up were certainly hot! Judge for yourself.

Ornamental Obsession

"Vintage Poker Tablecloth"
29" x 29"
by Linda Lasich
This colorful quilt is cotton appliqué on a vintage black tablecloth.  It was enhanced with paint and embellished with hand embroidery, beads and crystals.

Note the intricate quilting on Lynda's piece which replicates the swirls on the deck of vintage cards used as inspiration.

"Paris a Pied"
21" x 37"
by Ann Sanderson
Ann spent a week in Paris, collecting Parisian fabric, brochures, maps, stamps and all types of memorabilia which she put together in a wonderfully complex memory collage of her time in the City of Light.

"Ornamental Sunrise"
17" x 23"
by Pat Gillings
Pat has been collecting sari ribbons for some time and decided to use them in this spectacular landscape.  The surface of the quilt was completed entirely by hand.  Materials included not only the sari ribbons but trim, beads, and a yellow druzy cabochon which make its appearance as the sun.

Rhythms of Life

"Pine Tree Silhouette"
25" x 23"
by Lynda Lasich
Lynda's second entry this month also features her beautiful quilting, this time to enhance her glowing, hand-painted landscape featuring silhouetted pine trees against a spectacular sunset.

29" x 27"
by Joan Dyer
Joan used all hand-dyed and discharged fabric in this innovative quilt.  She inserted curvy, skinny lines into the 20 blocks, creating a feeling of rhythmic waves.

"Sailing Under the Golden Gate Bridge"
55" x 34"
by Maria Billings
Maria created this stunning three dimensional depiction of a sailboat and the Golden Gate bridge from painted whole cloth appliquéd and embellished with various yarns of cotton, silk and lurex.  She writes "Our human life has its rhythm with calmer and more active periods - so does water."  For more information, check out


"Martian Storm"
26" x 32"
by Pat Gillings
Pat also had two entries this month.  Her inspiration for this vibrant quilt reaches back to her childhood when one of her favorite books was The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.  Pat writes, "Lately, there has been much discussion about Mars having life some time long ago before their atmosphere was blown away by solar storms. That made me think of doing a piece depicting these Martian storms."

"Fallen Giant"
35" x 35"
by Darlynn Evans
Darlynn writes, "Fifteen years ago, I was walking through the redwoods and saw a 'giant' that had fallen.  I was struck by its beauty and wanted to one day recreate it in a quilt."  She used hand-dyed cheese cloth and fabric using a tiled background to create this eye-catching quilt.

A Long, Long Time Ago

"Grass Valley Royce Library"
by Jeanie Ferguson
Jeanie is known for her meticulous hand-work and she did not disappoint in spite of having to contend with two broken arms!  This quilt is entirely hand-worked, from the needle-turned 
appliqué to the close hand-quilting.  Another masterpiece from our own Miss Jeanie!

June's meeting featured a variety of show and tell quilts and projects featuring our many talented quilt artists. Many thanks to Ginny Lee for the photographs!

Karla Rogers created this colorful piece entitled "What MAQ Means to Me," sharing that for her, "MAQ provides a monthly boost of color, creativity, encouragement, education and inspiration."

Ginny Lee created this interesting study of discharge techniques.

More of Ginny's discharge fabrics.

Kat Madison reviewed her one block wonder.

Lynn Tubbe displayed her colorful "Toucan Tour Costa Rica" quilt.  Lynn writes that, "My brother and sister-in-law toured Costa Rica for 3 weeks and never saw a toucan.  Now they can have one hanging in their home!"

"Unbearably Happy," is also by the talented Lynn Tubbe.  She shares that this was her niece's wedding quilt based on a photo of two bears in a lake.

Maria Billings created a portable painted fabric study which she shared with the group.

Also from Maria:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Our May meeting showcased the works and surface design techniques of three of our members: Linda Waddle, Ann Sanderson, and Michelle Peerson. During Show and Tell, Joan Dyer shared a piece entitled, "Layers and Textures," Linda Siska shared her Zentangle inspired quilt, "It's Not Just Black and White," and Ardy Tobin asked for advice on her two 'grand dog' quilts in progress. Our newest member, Jan Petra, shared some of the quilts she has made over the years.

Show And Tell
Layers and Textures
by Joan Dyer
It's Not Just Black and White
by Linda Siska

Grand dog quilts in progress
by Ardy Tobin

Quilts by Our Presenters: Linda Waddle, Ann Sanderson, and Michelle Peerson

Linda Waddle teaches us how to use spackling/moulding paste and flour paste to achieve different effects.

Ann Sanderson demonstrates using discharge paste to remove color from fabric.
Michelle Peerson demonstrates using watercolor paints to enhance  a quilt design.

Quilts by Our Newest Member
Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe
by Jan Petra

based on a design by Donna Greenwald
Lighthouse Seascape
by Jan Petra

based on a design by Donna Greenwald