Monday, October 14, 2019

Our September meeting featured our own Ginny Lee giving us a demonstration of a variety of methods for deconstructed printing. And, as usual, we had a wonderful variety of offerings for our monthly show and tell.

Ginny Lee's Demonstration of Deconstructed Printing

Ginny Lee and Marylee Drake discuss the deconstructed printing process and the effects it creates.
Ginny shared several techniques for deconstructed printing.
These techniques result in a wide variety of effects.

Show and Tell

Jackie Manley used fabrics by Ann Johnston and her own hand-dyes on a black background to create this quilt entitled "The Eye."  The random piecing echoes the power of a hurricane, and Jackie finished it just as a hurricane passed by.

Kat Madison brought in her quilt, "Spirits of a Vanishing World," (36"x53 1/2").  When Kat designed this quilt, only one animal was vanishing from the arctic habitat, the polar bear.  Now the snowy owl is also disappearing.  According to Kat, climate change is real and we are affecting it.  This quilt is a plea to please do everything you can to reduce our greenhouse gases -- recycle, reuse, eat meat one fewer day a week.  To that end, everything on this quilt that is white -- the snow, the animals, the binding -- is either sewn directly on, or faced with, recycled bed sheets.  Kat also used hand embroidery thread, organza, taffeta, beads, yarn, metallic threads, monofilament, Tsukineko inks, Inktense watercolor pencils and blocks.  The ocean took a lot of math to figure out the wave lengths, and the polar bear is located at the vanishing point.  The quilt background was finished as a stand alone quilt, then everything else was added on top.  The animals are all hand-embroidered.
When she was a child, Kat lived in Alaska and started school in Kodiak.  That incredible place left an indelible mark on her, so this quilt was a labor of love.

wolf detail

Traditional Hawaiian quilts were the inspiration behind the blocks in Stephanie Bennett Straus's "October Wind" quilt.  She included a Halloween song in the border.

Lynne Tubbe's pink and red fabrics were dyed at a workshop at Ginny Lee's.  Some of the fabrics are luxurious silk velvets.

Karla Rogers brought in a denim shirt she tie-dyed.

Karla also shared some of her hand-dyed fabrics.  She used Shibori techniques to dye three dish towels and some cotton fabrics.

Sue Marshall took a pre-printed panel and is in the process of quilting it with decorative quilting.

In August, we take a break from our usual programming and spend a little time together, enjoying a pot luck lunch, and sharing a wide variety of show and tell -- not just quilts, but all those things we've been up to! This August, we were treated to a visit from Kara Asilanis of The Curious Forge.

The Curious Forge

We had a visitor for our August luncheon.  Kara Asilanis, from The Curious Forge, came to tell us about the organization, the space, equipment and skill sets they provide for members, the programs they have set up for youth and non-profits, and to invite us to come for a visit.  She brought samples of the artistic work being done at The Forge and encouraged us to check out their calendar for upcoming public events. 

Show and Tell

Julie Broughan showed us a citrus orange and lemon yellow jacket she had dyed with indigo and embroidered with images of her grandchildren.

Robin Hart was wearing a t-shirt with her own design,

and Shelli Fried modeled her indigo dyed dress.

Carole Rossi was inspired to do this quilt by a photo she took while walking along the beachfront in Barcelona, Spain.  Entitled "Precarious in Barcelona," it was shown in Houston in the architecture exhibit.

Michelle Peerson brought in this piece created using fabrics painted in a Mary Boalt class.  Michelle painted on fusible with Lumiere paints, stamped with, among other things, found objects, and then fused it all to a piece of duck with silk organza.

And Michelle shared with us some dresses she made for new members of her extended family.

Trish Morris Plise had several projects to share.  This purse was made from fabrics created in a Mary Boalt class,

and this stunning quilt was hand appliquéd and hand-quilted using traditional Hawaiian techniques.  This silver sword quilt took her over a year to complete.  It represents a plant that grows only on Maui and blooms every twenty years.    

Trish also shared her mermaid #3, created using techniques learned in an Alexandra Von Burg class.

Ginny Lee brought in some of her fabulous fabrics.  The large piece is a middle weight habutai silk from Dharma.  It was stretched and fabric painted with seta color and will eventually be used as the background for a steampunk quilt.  She used stencils including a plastic tablecloth and placemats, as well as salt, etc.  The crocheted placemat, smaller pieces of fabric and onesie were all indigo dyed.

Jan Petre brought in two animals quilts to share.  This cat was created using Sandra Mullen's technique of thread painting on top of a photograph,

and this owl was finished after taking a class with David Taylor.  David's technique involves using convex and concave shapes to create a design.  It is all done with turned appliqué hand-stitched to the background and then thread-painted.

Patti Blesso has been a very busy woman.  She made this giraffe from a kit, 

a blue heron quilt, 

and a seaweed basket.

Last, but not least, Patti shared with us some of the wearable art she has created -- this jacket from a Mary Boalt class, and 

a Heidi Emmett jacket.

Sharon Rizzo comes by her artistic bent quite naturally.  Her mother was a prolific and accomplished artist whose favorite medium was colored pencil.  It was the anniversary of Sharon's parents' memorial, and we were honored to have her share with us some of her mother's work.

Sharon's dad was also quite an artist.  Here are some examples of his wood working skills, featuring intricate marquetry.

Besides art quilting, Pat Gillings is known for her basketry and beading work, both in evidence here.

Pat uses long pine needles to craft her baskets.  These have beaded centers, a technique she learned on YouTube.  The trick is to add eight beads per row.

Pat also brought in some fabrics she dyed during Ginny Lee's indigo and ice dyeing workshops.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Oh glorious day! It was our mid-summer reveal, and it did not disappoint. Our challenges this month were: "Out of My Comfort Zone," "Look Up or Look Down," and "All About The Thread." Please join us in a visual exploration of those themes.

Out Of My Comfort Zone

"Homage to Piet (Mondrian)"
40.5" x 42.5"
by Jackie Manley

Jackie was inspired by Emiko Toda Loeb, who often uses log cabin blocks as a foundation for her dramatic designs.  As Jackie was never a traditional quilter, she challenged herself to incorporate her design in a traditional setting using stripes and Piet Mondrian's "Broadway Boogie Woogie," with all of its movement, as her inspiration.  She found that the precision of traditional piecing was a challenge, especially as she varied the strips from one to one and a half inches and set them on a diagonal.  

"Outside My Box 1"
14.5" x 21.25"
by Shelli Fried

This project was started in a class with Katie Fowler at Asilomar.  Ever since Shelli was very young, she wanted to be an "artist."  She yearned to be able to draw and paint, to start with a blank piece of paper and create something wonderful -- and in this class, her dream came true.  Katie had the students paint on fabric, whatever they wanted -- mostly abstract -- and experiment with various materials and techniques.  This was not only out of Shelli's comfort zone, it wasn't even in the same universe!  Once the paintings were complete, Katie had her students cut them up, rearrange the pieces, and put them back together.  Shelli mounted hers on a black background, using minimal quilting in order to let the squares stand out.  Shelli says that this quilt represents a real breakthrough for her -- the freedom to experiment and not worry about the outcome.  As it turned out, whether the quilters liked their pieces or not, once they were cut up, something fabulous would appear.  Shelli tells us that this class was the most fun she's had as an adult in a very loooooong time.  She used PFD cotton with a variety of paints, sprays, gels, pencils, pens and markers.  She used commercial felt and commercial fabric for the backing, Superior Threads Fantastico 5007 for quilting.  

"Shadow Dancers"
31 1/4" x 34 1/4"
by Kathryn Madison

Joan Wolfram's book, Adventures in Design, challenged Kathryn to create a quilt that is the opposite of what she usually does.  So instead of a representational quilt, she created her first abstract, this one based on a doodle.  
Doodling was a new concept for Kathryn, who prefers to have a clear idea of her quilts before she even starts.  Just letting the pencil flow over the paper was uncomfortable at first, but now she enjoys it and always has a sketch pad with her.  This particular doodle was inspired by the theme, "We shine brightest when we dance together." She decided to use analogous colors for the background and black with white shapes and shadows in the foreground.  She used fabric painting, strip piecing, raw edge appliqué, machine couching and machine quilting to create her design.  Materials used were PFD cotton, silk organza, Mistyfuse, batting, commercial cotton, Inktense watercolor blocks, Tsukineko inks, fabric medium, monofilament and metallic threads, and Swarovski crystals.  

62" x 22"
by Karla J Rogers

Karla says it is out of her comfort zone to try new techniques, and it was even more difficult this time around as she was cutting up the gorgeous fabrics she hand-dyed in Ginny Lee's class last summer.  This original design was inspired by a week-long pulmonary exam at National Jewish Health in Denver.  The idea for this quilt began with the quote, "Inspiration might be described as a 'breath of fresh air,' and so it is appropriate that 'inspire' derives in part from the Latin word meaning 'to breathe:' Spirare."  Karla is inspired by color as well and used the bright hand-dyes combined with a shadowing technique.   The machine quilting was based on the spirometer readings.  In addition to the hand-dyed fabrics, Karla used Moda Grunge fabric discharged using bleach, sequins, beads, DMC floss, wool yarn, 80/20 batting and Omni thread.  

Look Up or Look Down

"Information Highway"
24 1/4" x 30 1/4"
by Kate Grant

Kate happened to look down while on a walk one snowy morning and discovered that there were raccoon prints outside her garage.  The more she looked, the more she saw -- tire treads that reminded her of a mosaic, people prints (including her own), a bird, and possibly even a deer. To create a focal point and create a bit of drama, she added a garden gnome hat.  It seems a garden gnome (wearing shoes that made bird tracks) was spotted by the raccoon, and the chase was on!
 This is the fourth in Kate's mosaic quilt series.  She used batiks, tulle, cotton batting and threads, and a Frixion pen with disappearing ink to draw the design -- but be careful not to erase lines you still need!  Her lessons learned (or relearned): 
1) Background color should be different as it forms the 'grout' color; white on white is extremely difficult to see.
 2) Batiks are preferable as they don't fray as easily.  In a pinch, Terial Magic will reduce fraying.
3) To use a golf analogy, a 2" putt counts the same as a 200 yd drive.

"Pattern Play"
18" x 19"
by Norma Keeley
Norma had the newly chosen challenge themes in mind when she looked down at the drain in the shower and found herself intrigued by its graphic design.  A fan of Andy Warhol and his color palette, Norma created this design using the element of repetition.  She began by making a freezer paper stencil of the drain image and inked it onto fabric circles.  She then machine appliquéd the circles onto a two-layer quilted background.  The middle piece was sewn separately to create more interest.

"Look Up or Look Down"
41" x 25"
by Julie Broughan (with the help of Trevor Brzyscz)

This quilt began with a photograph of Julie's grandchildren looking up at the sky (all but the one who is looking down).  Julie then used the photograph to create silhouettes of the children and their pets.  Her biggest challenge came when the gradient dyed fabric she had ordered for the background was not what she had expected.  With the help of Trevor, she over-dyed the top quarter of the fabric in an indigo dye bath.  Trevor continued to help her with some of the sewing and with the glitter glue used to paint the fireworks in the sky.  Julie shared a tip that she learned while constructing this quilt -- the mechanical pencil she bought at a Dollar Tree created lines that easily wiped off once she no longer needed them.

"Do You See What I See?"
26" x 21 1/2"
by Maria Brower
There are almost hidden elements in this quilt that you have to look up or look down to find -- a small man sitting on rocks, a two-headed creature, and a castle in the clouds.  Maria was inspired by this blue fabric with blotches in various sizes and shapes to explore those shapes and make them elements of her final landscape.  Her biggest challenge was removing most of the glitter that covered the original fabric.  The designs were enhanced with Arc and Metro embroidery threads, colored pencils, and diluted white paint.  

"Placer County Courthouse"
8" x 10"
Jane Haworth
When Jane first saw this image, she was struck by the contrast between the building and the sky, and as the angle of the original photograph fit the 'looking up' criterion, she decided to go with it.  Jane printed the photo on a Jacquard fabric sheet then used Mistyfuse to add a second piece of fabric before sandwiching with cotton batting and backing.  Using thread painting techniques she learned in a Sandra Mollon class, Jane spent 6 1/2 hours over-stitching the image with a variety of threads.  Permission to use this photo was granted by @J.BurkePhotos on the @Exploreauburnca Instagram page.  

28 1/2" x 40"
by Sig Simonds

The challenge, "Look Up or Look Down," reminded Sig of children's books she had read -- books by Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, so she decided to stay with that playful feeling to create this improvisational piece.  Sig interprets improv to be akin to make believe, a day dream or a fantasy.  She first laid all her pieces out on her design board and then had to find a way to keep her lay-out as she hand-appliqued the quilt top.  She says she had no plan for this quilt, she just relaxed and played.  

All About the Thread

For some years, Maria Billings has been working on representational quilts, often in a large format.  This time around, she decided to challenge herself to create 50 small (less than 24") abstract pieces in 2019.   She brought 15 of her pieces to today's reveal, all of them featuring thread, yarn and splashes of color.  She began by painting on cotton and silk fabrics using acrylic paints, then added hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns and threads to create texture and interest, drawing the viewer to look more closely.    These were improvisational pieces reflecting a playful approach to art quilting.  



Our own Lynn Tubbe had her quilt featured on the cover of "Stitching California."  Great going, Lynn!