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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Our first reveal of the year was held in April. The challenges were Falling Water, A Long, Long Time Ago, and Dreamscape. As always, our talented members rose to the challenge in unique and beautiful ways. Enjoy!

Falling Water
 Twin Falls 38"x 51"
by Lynn Tubbe
 The End of the Drought 15 1/2"x 23"
by Jan Reed

Arctic Tears 17"x 31"
by Kathryn Madison

The Gate 24 1/2"x 34 1/2"
by Trish Morris-Plise

Mighty Yosemite Falls
16" x 36 1/2"
by Patty Blesso

A Long, Long Time Ago
In the Beginning
30" x 40"
by Norma Keeley

Passing of Time
25 1/4" x 15 3/4"
by Julie Berry

Monkey Head Nebula
29" x 29"
by Robin Hart

by Sharon Rizzato

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mountain Art Quilters final Challenge of the year was a huge success. The challenges were Reflections, Into the Woods and In My Crayon Box. Many beautiful results, enjoy!

The Kidder Mansion
31" x 31"
Jeanie Ferguson

Bridge at the So. Yuba
36" x 26"
Lin Schiffner

Reflections on Love & Life
15 3/5" x 35"
Donna White

Garden Reflections
22" x 40"
Gail Sims

Reflection of Fall
10" x 13"
Loretta White

Fallen Leaf Reflections
29" x 21 1/2"
Kate Grant

Our Maine Event
Jane Haworth

Into the Woods
Flowers in the Forest
27" x 39"
Joan Dyer

Into the Forest Fire
33" x 37 1/2"
Mary Serpa

Can't See the Forest for the Trees
30" x 31 1/4"
Maria Brower

Wild Wonder
33" x 48"
Michelle Peerson

Magical Moment
26" x 20"
Sharon Rizzato

Life Goes On
39" x 53 1/2"
Julie Broughan

Woodland Spirits
20" x 29"
Mary Scharosch

11" x 18"
Frances O'Brien

In My Crayon Box

Never Leave Your Crayons Out in the Sun
30" x 41"
Norma Keeley

38" 32"
Jeanne Pincha-Tulley

Smoke In My Eyes
31" x 30"
Ann Sanderson

A Sweet Treat
21" x 22"
Patty Blesso

Out of my Crayon Box
27" x 46"
Edith Gregersen

Lil Nell's Fabric Crayons
20" x 20"
Ginny Lee

Kids & Their Crayons
20" x 20"
Trish Morris-Plise

Crayon Forest
21" x 21"
Robin Hart

Crayon Contessa
20 1/2" x 20 1/2"
Pat Gillings

20" x 20"
Linda Siska

Broken Crayons
20" x 20"
Paula Thompson