Sunday, April 21, 2019

Our featured artist in March was our own, multi-talented, Pat Gillings. Pat shared several of her techniques, including a method of swirling beautiful colors to create unique paintings. Pat was joined by other talented quilters in our monthly Show and Tell. I was not able to attend this meeting, so we have Julie Broughan to thank for the wonderful photos and commentary. Thank you, Julie!

Our Featured Artist: Pat Gillings

For our program this month, Pat Gillings demonstrated an acrylic pouring technique that creates beautiful works of swirled colors. 

The final result

But Pat's demonstration was only the beginning.  Pat, a woman of many talents, had much more to share.  This wall-hanging is a sample quilt to be used in an upcoming jamboree class through PTQG.  Pat began with a 'dirty' style acrylic technique on painters' canvas.  She took a picture of the finished canvas, sent it to Spoonflower, and had it printed on satin.    She found the satin difficult to work with as the fabric would run every time the needle hit it wrong.  Using spray basting, she backed it with voile for support before doing the beadwork.

This quilt was created using scraps of silk.

This was Pat's first ever MAQ challenge piece.  She used a photograph transferred to fabric, embellished with lace and beads.

Pat frequently uses beads to embellish her quilts.

This wall-hanging by Pat uses a cabochon as a focal point.  The wings are heavily beaded.

Pat's beadwork isn't limited to fiber arts.  These are two of her bead-encrusted boxes.  They were originally made for needlework and were beaded on buckram or Lacy's Stiff Stuff foundations.

Pat does amazing pine needle work as well, incorporating shells and beads in her work.

Show and Tell

This quilt, by Maria Billings, was created with hand-dyed cheesecloth.

Close-up of the work by Maria Billings

This quilt was a collaboration between quilt artist Kate Grant and her cousin, who does tile work.

This framed quilt was created with small pieces of fabric; it was created by Patti Blesso.

Carole Rossi made use of a Tommy Bahama shirt to create this wall-hanging.  She was inspired by the SAQA 'deconstruction' category. 

Another quilt by Maria Billings -- this one recreates the view of trees visible from her house.

Karle deProsse created this political satire quilt depicting Judge Kavanaugh.

"100 Stories"
by Jane Haworth
This colorful quilt was inspired by an article in Art Quilting Studio magazine -- the 100 day project.  Jane used craft felt from JoAnne's, findings she has saved over the years and name labels from men's ties.  How fun!