Sunday, October 7, 2018

October brought another opportunity for the artists of Mountain Art Quilters to strut our stuff. A selection of quilts by our members is being exhibited at the Lucchesi Tasting Room from October 1st to November 30, 2018. Feel free to stop by to see our quilts in all their glory, enjoy a glass of wine, and share in the delights of life in a small town.

Mountain Art Quilters Exhibit
Lucchesi Tasting Room
128 Mill Street
Grass Valley, CA

There was an artists' reception on Saturday, Oct 6 which was well attended, and well received.  Judging by the reaction of attendees, the show is already a great success.  

A huge thanks to all those who were involved -- to Lucchesi Tasting Room for allowing us to share their space, to Larry Ortiz for helping set this up, to Robin Hart and Maria Billings who organized the exhibit and hung the quilts, and to all the artists who allowed us to share their work with the public. 
And for one last look, here's a short video by the multi-talented, Maria Billings.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Our September meeting turned out to be jam-packed with beautiful Show and Tell offerings, tons of great ergonomic sewing advice, and some impressive brags.

Show and Tell
Jeanie Ferguson shared her newest projects -- batik pants for herself and knitted dresses for her granddaughter.
Lynda Lasich brought pillows she created in a Mary Bolt class.  She used Lumiere paints and varnish to achieve this effect.
Sig Simonds created this circle quilt using poly organza, lines of paper, acrylic medium all layered with cottons and enhanced with paint.
Jan Reed brought in her latest quilt, "Wingspread," which was inspired by master penman, Jake Weidmann.  She created the bird design and had it enlarged at Grass Valley Blueprint, and from that she made an appliqué pattern on freezer paper.  The bird was created on muslin, then cut out, heat set onto the black fabric using Misty Fuse, and zig-zagged down using monofilament thread.  The golden swirls were transferred to the fabric using Clover's Chacopy paper and a Fons & Porter white mechanical pencil.  She then used a filbert brush to apply Tsukineko Champagne Mist metallic ink.  A big thank you to Jan for sharing not only her beautiful work, but also the process and products that made it possible.   
Sophia Day shared this quilt from a Mel Beach mandala class.  The image was created in two layers using reverse appliqué. 
Jackie Manley created this study in values from a photograph she had taken of the Assisi Steps in Italy.  She created a freezer paper image coded by value to determine the placement of her hand-dyed fabrics, then quilted the piece intensely in a manner that enhanced the perspective.
Anne Sanderson used hand-painted fabrics along with commercial fabrics from her stash to create this abstract quilt, "Urban Architecture."  Like Jackie, Anne also worked with values, emphasizing contrast.  She sewed the pieces into units and tried them out on a design wall before finalizing her design, constructing some curved pieces that are reminiscent of buildings in Barcelona.  She quilted in sections, varying her quilting motifs as the fabric dictated, and added an ombre fabric on top and bottom borders to tie everything together.  
Julie Berry's quilt, "Flight Interrupted," began with a class from Sue Rasmussen on drafting irregular, curved, paper-pieced flying geese.  The geese in the top portion of the quilt are surrounded by quilting that follows the curve of geese in a very orderly manner.  When the interruption occurs (the gray flange), the geese go off-course, and if you look closely at the bottom half of the quilt, you will see random geese flying in all directions.  Julie wanted the quilting on this to be subtle, so she used black thread on the black background, but she feels that the quilting rather disappeared.

Inspired by our June meeting, Maria Brower and Marylee Drake both shared their journal covers.
And we were treated to a rainbow of gorgeous fabrics, courtesy of Ginny Lee's dyeing class.

Maria Billings tried dyeing different fibers in the same dye baths.  It was amazing to see the color variations she achieved.

One of our former members, Sandra Bruce, was featured in an article in "Art Quilting Studio" magazine.
Robin Hart's quilt, "Pillars of Creation," based on a Hubble photograph of deep space, was one of only 25 works of art selected for NASA's 60th anniversary art exhibition.  Robin's work hangs with that of Andy Warhol, Peter Max, and Anne Leibovitz, among others.  

And "Purple Essence," Trish Morris-Plise's entry in the 2018 Cherrywood Challenge, "Prince," is featured in a book by the same name, and will be going on tour throughout the US and Canada.

Congratulations, fellow quilters -- you do us proud! 

Our Program: Ergonomic Sewing Tips

Last, but absolutely not least, our own Lynn Tubbe shared her extensive knowledge of the ergonomics of sewing.  She showed us how risers can be used to bring our work tables into a more comfortable position, how we can support our backs while working, and so very much more!  Thank you, Lynn for an excellent presentation!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Our August meeting was a wonderful treat -- we enjoyed a potluck luncheon and an inspiring fashion show put on by the Sierra Wearable Art Group. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy along with the ladies of Mountain Art Quilters.

Sierra Wearable Art Group (SWAG)
featuring hand-made clothing, jewelry and accessories

Featured Artists

Linda Schafer with hostess and moderator, Jo Hathcock.

Carolyn Woods

Sandra Russell

Vicky Augenstein

Christine Barnes and Kari Hannickle

Kari Hannickle

Christine Barnes

Jean Velikonia

Deb Borzelleri

Janet Becker shared several items of clothing, including a jacket that featured the stitch and slash technique of Carol Ann Waugh.

Suzanne Burr shows off her scarves.  Her work can be found at her Etsy shop.

Christine Barnes models clothing by Mary Bolt who was unable to attend the show.

Trish Morris-Plise models a jacket also by Mary Bolt

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hot, hot, hot quilts for the month of July! Our July reveal included three challenges: "To Dye For," featuring fabrics hand-dyed by the artist, "I've Never Done This Before, Part 2," and "Imagine," a challenge to the imagination. We also welcomed a new member and were treated to a quick Show and Tell.

To Dye For

15" x 14"
Bonnie Lattin-Hensel
Bonnie's quilt was inspired by a photograph of a cactus plant that she saw in a magazine.  Bonnie dyed the fabrics for both background and cactus, added a satin circle, beads, crystals, and cotton trim with a layer of Angelina for added sparkle and copic marker for shading.  Bonnie says that while she admires the creative quilts of others, she prefers her own to be neat and tidy.
Two Fish on a Stroll
17.5" x 18.5"
Jan Petre
Jan's experiment with Pebeo Setacolor sun dye paints, leaves, and metal fish resulted in this watery quilt.  Jan used yarn embellishments to complete her underwater scene.
Last of the Light
19.25" x 18.5"
Trish Morris-Plise
Trish used ice-dyed fabrics, black background fabric, and tulle to create this image of light as it reflects off water at the end of the day.  Trish says it was all about the balance, and that recreating the gentle ripple on the water in the late evening and the reflection of light was a challenge for her.  

Oodles of Doodles
22" x 22"
Ginny Lee
Ginny use Procion MX dye paste, radiance silk/cotton blend fabric, and silk to create this intricate piece.  Inspired by Kerr Grabowski's deconstructed printing, Ginny applied black paste to a screen and allowed it to dry.  As she printed repeatedly with overlays of colored dye paste, the resist areas gradually changed from white to black.  

Pink and Blue I
29" x 37.5"
Pat Gillings
Pat had a collection of indigo dyed fabrics, ice dyed fabrics, and various hand-dyed stripes from her forays into dyeing, so she decided she would find a way to make them all go together.  Inspired by Kantha cloth, Pat hand-quilted the top using running stitches over the entire quilt, a process known as slow stitching.  The backing was added last and the blocks were machine stitched.

Butterflies Are Free
24" x 24"
Patricia Blesso
Patricia was inspired by a picture of a butterfly made out of paper to do something similar with her hand-dyed fabrics.  In creating the quilt, she drew the pattern on Steam-a-Seam, a technique she learned in a class and says she would not use again -- it required copying the pattern at least three times!  

I've Never Done This Before, Part 2

My Stupendous Stitches #1
21.25" x 20"
Maria Brower
Maria wanted to learn how to stitch, couch and finish her quilts with rattail bindings, using techniques developed by Carol Ann Waugh, so she challenged herself to create this quilt.  She found the couching technique quite easy, but the joining the ends of the binding was tricky and she ended up watching the video on Carol's website many times.  Maria did 22 rows of machine stitching, 6 rows of hand work, 7 rows of couching and 3 rows of added trim and rick rack.  She wanted to leave large open spaces so that the beautiful Glacier Peak ombre fabric would show through. 

Now Free!
7" x 16"
Karla Rogers
Karla tells us that she was inspired by the "Me, too" conversation to share some of her own memories.  While she has not forgotten, she has found a way to forgiveness, freeing herself from bitterness, anger, and a desire for retribution.  Karla expressed her journey in this personalized 'license plate' -- her first whole cloth quilt.  She incorporated a tulle overlay, vinyl letters from the scrapbooking section of the craft store (which don't fray like fabric ones do), and teflon cloth.  She used Elmer's washable school glue for basting.

Not Enough Gray but Plenty of Red
54" x 36"
Lynn Tubbe
Lynn continued the theme of quilts with serious messages in this stark abstract.  She was inspired to create her first political quilt by the grief she feels for the extremism that engulfs us.  It seems that all is black and white with sharp, angry angles, and not enough of the gray of compromise and thought.  The red poppies, the color of hate, war and blood, are in memory of the millions who have been sacrificed to extremist thoughts and actions -- the fascism of World War II, the people of color in the 1960's who dared to walk across a bridge, and the young people protesting a war.  Now students are being murdered because politicians can't get past extremism to rein in assault weapons.  Lynn used hand-dyed and commercial cottons, including 10 different whites, as well as yarns to create this image.
Blue Moon
17" x 12"
Sophia Day
Sophia's inspiration was her first date and a moonrise photo.  The moonrise fabric was dyed to match the photograph and given texture using a technique of ruffling tulle.  According to Sophia, getting the perspective and size correct were her biggest challenges, but she took a leap and created the foreground without a reference photo, a first for her -- as were the background technique and the confetti flowers.  She used commercial and hand-dyed fabrics along with a little Angelina.
Left Behind
28.5" x 40"
Julie Broughan
During the winter of 2016-2017, a black chinned hummingbird sat in the bare branches of a hibiscus bush just outside Julie's window.  For whatever reason, this little bird didn't migrate south but stayed in the bush, sheltered by the overhang and the walls.  In his honor, Julie created this quilt, experimenting with new techniques -- using a flour resist, painting with ink, stenciling, incorporating a poem, and finishing with a curved facing.  She used denim, cotton, monopoly polyester thread, Procion MX dye, Tsukinenko ink, glitter paint, and Seta color paint.  She included ice dyed fabrics she made a couple of years ago.
Falling Leaves - a study in depth perception
20" x 26"
Darlynn Evans
Darlynn wanted to do something she had never done before, so she made stamps and stencils to create a quilt that gives a perception of depth.  She first discharged some leaves with Soft Scrub then used Shiva paint sticks, translucent and opaque paints to create the effect she wanted.  This quilt features hand dyed fabrics, self-made stencils and stamps, paints, Tsukinenko ink, wool batting and various colors of thread.

Ireland (series of 10)
16 x 12" each
Maria Billings

Maria's trip to Ireland earlier this year resulted in this lovely series of small quilts.  She had her photographs printed on sateen or a cotton linen blend at Spoonflower, then stitched and embellished the quilts in unrealistic colors to create a fairy tale aspect before enforcing the edges with stabilizer and stapling them to wood stretcher frames.  She used self-adhesive linen hanging tape to finish the sides of the frames and German-style wire to hang them.

Mt Shasta: View from our Deck
9" x 8"
Pat Nelson
Pat has been spent almost 50 years watching this mountain change and soaking in the calm atmosphere it brings.  She began this piece with drawn work on linen, stitching the trees.  Then she added the mountain background with fused appliqué, drawing the gray on on the mountain.  She added a sheer overlay, embroidery at the bottom of the trees, and joined the layers with more embroidery.


The World As One
28" x 48"
Linda Siska
This quilt was inspired by a line from a John Lennon song, "Imagine all the people living life in peace."  At her sister's suggestion, Linda started with an image of one person giving another person a plant, making the two people as different as possible -- an old, black, Muslim woman and a young, white, male punk rocker.  She used Pebeo water soluble gutta and DynaFlow to paint the 'window' on 8mm silk habotai.  The border is a commercial fabric toned down and enhanced with a wash of paint.

Imagine Everyone Having a Home
35.5" x 32"
Sigrid Simonds
According to Sigrid, this is an improvisational design with simple child-like drawings of homes.  She and her husband ran a homeless program, Family Promise, at their church for several years.  The children were the hardest for her to deal with emotionally, and at times, they were more like parents than the adults were.  This was created as a whole cloth, cotton quilt with thickened dyes, paint, and a wool batting.  The paint was applied after the quilting.
City of Promise
31" x 39"
Mary Scharosch
This quilt depicts a city in Mary's imagination seen, perhaps, by an immigrant seeking refuge in America.  An immigrant herself, Mary is aware of the unrealistic expectations people often have, thinking of the USA as a mythical Promised Land.  This dream-like city, floating on water, with its limited number of doors, is her interpretation of those expectations.  Mary created this quilt with cotton fabrics, paint, pencil, a bamboo batting, and multi-colored thread, some of them metallic.  Her main technique, brodie perce, is also known as Persian embroidery.

New Member Showcase

by Sandi Lauher
This month, we welcomed another new member, Sandi Lauher, to Mountain Art Quilters.  Sandi brought a couple of her quilts to share, including this piece.  The koi fish were done with felted wool with a silk hankie adding a watery feel.  Sandi loves koi and their peaceful, poetic movement, but she felt that the piece needed something more, so she added a top piece of interwoven fabric curves.
Why the Caged Bird Sings
Sandi Lauher
This second piece by Sandi was inspired by a dream of hers about cats and their nine lives.  If you look closely, you will find nine cats in this creative, multi-media quilt.

Show and Tell

Robin Hart brought her Harry Potter inspired carpet bag to share with the group.  In addition to themed fabrics, Robin incorporated various spells from the book, including "Wingardium Leviosa."