Thursday, October 29, 2020

October 2020 Reveal

 This was our last reveal of the year.  We did it via Zoom, as we've done all reveals this year.  It was a wonderful afternoon, seeing all the beautiful quilts. The descriptions of the quilts are the 'artist statements' by the makers.

Category:  Graffiti 

"Color is Not a Crime" by Michelle Peerson

The inspiration for quilt was an image on a wall in Portland during the BLM protest.  It sums up my view of all people color, it is not a crime. I used cotton fabric, a sharpie and thread.  I added the colors for the road at the bottom, each to represent the various colors of our skin. Red, yellow, black and white ("they are precious in our sight") and added green for the LGBTQ and Fairy people.  I despise prejudice of all kinds, the definition of "Prejudice" is preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience, "prejudice against people from different backgrounds".

"Chaos 2016-2020" by Karin Polli

CHAOS: extreme confusion or disorder. UGLY: bad, disgusting, unpleasant, cross, quarrelsome. From the Old Norse word (ugger) for fear. GRAFFITI: inscriptions or drawings on a wall or other public surface—often inspirational or political. The inspiration was that Donald Trump has used “fear” as a sword against the American people—fear of losing health care (ACA and Medicare), and also social security. He has invoked fear of violence in cities and moving to the suburbs, fear of immigrants and people of different colors, backgrounds, countries, and religions, and fear of what a different party will do to them. His administration has been full of confusion and disorder due to the people he has chosen to run the government. He has been disloyal to the constitution and American citizens and residents. The quilt was made out of cotton and cotton batting. The difficult part was getting the words—the size of the UGLY and the small words, which I experimented with different mediums and finally settled on vinyl.  This quilt is one word on a brick wall with a political message. Donald Trump and his administration has been chaotic and ugly and so are the words describing him and his followers in government. 

"Grace Under Pressure" by Sue Serrano

The quilt has graffiti (words of songs ) in the face and body of Grace and all around her. The inspiration was the song “Under Pressure” by Queen. And then the song “I Heard the News Today, oh boy” by the Beatles. But mostly Queen. The top is constructed of one linear piece of fabric I bought somewhere years ago. It was the perfect background for Grace: the subtle, sporadic colors; and the abstract lines that provided the contour for her face, neck, and shoulders. All so naturally placed. She is filled with wool batting and backed by another fabric appropriately titled “Graffiti”. I used cotton, rayon, and silk threads for quilting. Words to songs are printed on organza and sewed onto the top. A piece of hand dyed sateen was used for one side of her head/brain while another piece of hand dyed cotton was used opposing it. Embellishments for eye lashes, crown, and earring. On the back are the complete lyrics to both songs printed on cotton.  First of all, I love the literal and figurative double entendres in this piece. It is as much of a literary work as it is a quilt.  That said, I had intended for Grace to be a model for Cubism (which would have been a third challenge category), but she wouldn’t have any of that. Her “not so easy to look upon” countenance grew on me, and I ended up keeping her and focusing on the graffiti provided by the two songs mentioned above. The graffiti outside her body is positive words that cannot break through all the negativity from the pressure Grace feels while the graffiti inside her body is indicative of the outside pressure that ails her so. The phrase “grace under pressure” comes from an Ernest Hemingway quote that alludes to one doing a fabulous job of getting through a difficult situation, hence the “grace” part (and her name). The “under pressure” obviously comes from the song by Queen, hence all the lyrics alluding to how difficult her situation is (Covid and all her losses) this year. In the beginning, she continually listens to the news (The Beatles) for needed updates on daily life. After awhile, the news becomes so depressing and monotonous that she succumbs to the pressure and cannot hear or feel the words/support coming at her from loved ones. Grace is really trying to handle her life “under pressure” as Hemingway would have her do. I think she will be alright in the end. She will eventually be able to once again be the queen that she is (signified by the crown on her head), standing tall and confident….after she gets her hair cut! Right now, however, the pressure is really getting to her.   On a personal note, I have never listened to so much Queen music over such a short period of time. I hadn’t realized before that Freddie Mercury was such an amazing musician. My appreciation for him and his music is probably the best outcome of this quilt. Here’s to you, Freddie! And Grace. Both under pressure.

"Graffiti for the Ages"Add by Tracy Visher

The dictionary defines graffiti as "writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place". Cave, or parietal art is the epitome of this sort of work. I have a friend who is a great rock art enthusiast and has even written a book about petroglyphs in our area. I mentioned that I was considering doing a quilt for the "graffiti" category but that I hadn't hit on a design yet. She said "well you know, cave art was the original graffiti". Two months later, her commented popped in my head in the middle of the night and the rest is history. I began with a plain, unbleached or dyed osnaberg fabric. The surface was tea dyed, sprinkled with powdered water color, colored with Gellatos and stitched. The art and symbols were drawn on then painted with acrylic and fabric paints and stitched. The border and backing are batik. The batting is 80/20 cotton/wool. I really enjoyed the challenge of taking the "blank slate" of plain fabric and adding multiple layers of different treatments to create my underlying "rock wall". The handprints in the lower corners are actual tracings of my twin 4 yr. old grandson's hands, reduced to keep in scale. I learned that the oldest cave art found, dates back 73,000 years ago and was found on Borneo in Indonesia.

Category:  Silk

"Waiting" by Julie Berry

It's 10/28 and this pumpkin is still in the field.  It is waiting to find out it's fate.  Will it become a decoration, a jack-o-lantern, a pie or???  The quilt is composed of dupioni silk and sari silk.  I quilted the background with dupioni silk and constructed it by layering on curved pieces of sari silk onto silk batting.  I used silk, rayon, polyester and cotton threads.  This was a fun quilt to make and my first time using sari silk.  I found that silk ravels more than the cotton I normally use. 

"Sari, Not Sorry" by Tracy Visher

The quilt is made entirely of silk, apart from background, the felted wool "balls" and some embroidery thread. The design, and its abstract nature, were a new stretch for me. I paint too and have often struggled with creating abstracts. Somehow this one just sort of designed itself. It had initially been a vertical design but the more I played with it, the more the horizontal layout felt "right". When I first saw the challenge title I thought, ugh, working with silk would be awful. Over time, I realized I had a good-sized collection of silk I really should use, as I strive to use stash first. The stripes, little accent strips and large colored thread are all from recycled Indian sari's (women's clothing) I had collected years ago. I particularly loved the silks that are two different colors, warp and weft. The felt balls were part of a large collection of same. I used perle cotton for the embroidery. Silk ravels!! This was a good thing when I wanted to expose the two-color silk threads, but they would not stop raveling so I really had to be careful how much I handled it. The colors were so vibrant that it felt like stitching jewels. I used the balls and the embroidered circles to play counterpoint to the highly linear strip layout. I thought the two-toned border added interest and better highlighted the nearby strips.

Category:  Using Perspectives

"Light at the End of the Tunnel" by Sophia Day

The inspiration was the hope that there's a light at the end of this COVID tunnel.  The fabric was mostly hand dyed and batik fabric, with a few commercial fabrics.  It was quilted with sulky thread.  The bottom of the tunnel is a dryer sheet.  I wanted something pieced and I wanted it to represent the hope for a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ when we can meet, hold hands and dance together again.  I used the colors that California is using as we move toward less restrictions;  purple, red, orange and yellow.  I didn’t want something linear as it’s not a straight line forward.  I tried several techniques and settled on the improv circles.  As the quilt got bigger, it was harder to keep it flat with the improv piecing.  Also, I struggled with how to make sure it looked 3d.  I used a dryer sheet to point toward the vanishing point.  

"Loss" by Sue Marshall

I tried to use perspective to give depth to the piece.  Quilted some areas denser, and quilting lines spaced large to small to add depth, also. This is the 3 piece I’ve tried this year to meet the art quilt challenge.  So I’m hoping this is close enough.  So I started with the bold black and white fabric, cut it down the middle and pieced it.  Since it then reminded me of two dog noses, the piece took a different direction.  I pulled fabric from my stash. So I took a picture of the slope at a ski resort where our dog recovered a body, who was taken out in an avalanche.  She alerted on the site within 3 minutes from when she was released.  Unfortunately, they didn’t get notification early enough for the person. I used
hand dyed fabric, batiks, commercial cotton.  Batting is 80/20 cotton/poly blend and wool in the middle section to add more dimension. Isacord and So fine thread.  Hand stitched small cross with Sue Sparo’s thread. The main challenge was getting inspired.  I had wanted a happy quilt, but to me this is a sad quilt.  The person wasn’t recovered in time and we lost our dog on July 6th of this year.  So I named the quilt “Loss”. Quilting the quilt, I had problems keeping the piece flat and also used bias edges in the binding.  The wool batting helped with the excess fabric and I stabilized the bias edges with a water soluble stabilizer.  I pieced the binding to extend the design.  I’m hoping you enjoy my piece.

Category:  Design It Like A Cubist

"Forest:  A Cubist Perspective" by Karle deProsse

The landscape is fractured and abstract as are cubist landscapes and paintings.  As I enjoy creating landscapes more that abstract art, I drew inspiration from studying George Braque’s cubist landscapes, who had inspired Picasso’s work.  I used cotton fabric, fusible interfacing, white cotton batting, Superior Threads’ clear polyester monofilament thread and rayon thread. This was a challenge in two areas. First, my creativity flatlined this year making my start date way too close to the deadline.  I had to simplify my original design to complete it in the limited time. I am not as pleased with the outcome.  Second, I choose the topic to truly challenge myself to create an abstract piece outside of my comfort zone.  The fusible interfacing made the piece stiff and difficult to work with.

"The Trombonist" by Holly Miner

The subject has been stylized to resemble an early Cubism painting i.e. shapes, color and addition of text. The inspiration was paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque from their Analytical Cubism movement(1909-1912). Musical instruments and musicians were a popular subject for Picasso and Braque.  I used quilting cottons for top & back, 80/20 batting, 60wt, 40wt threads plus some detail with Intense pencils.  Doug, my husband, is a musician. I chose him as my subject for this quilt. He does play guitar & stringed instruments are very common in the Abstraction genre, but I wanted to feature trombone, his preferred instrument. I photographed him with his bass trombone to make the piece mine & used the photo as a reference for the main figure. (Photo attached). I enjoyed working with monochromatic colors and adding the music related text/images. The piece is small so the topstitching was difficult as the fabric edges fray. The research on Cubism was an added bonus as I really knew little about the beginning of the Modern/Abstract art.

Category:  Underwater

"Up Up and Away" by Maria Bower

This is an underwater view of the deep blue sea. The inspiration for this quilt was the background fabric that shouted “underwater” to me. I used several stencils to outline the fish shapes.  I had a fabric with light metallic blues and pinks with gold overtones. I used colored pencils, some fine point markers to detail and color the fish. I used cotton fabric for the plants and fussy cut shapes, in some cases I used fabric with printed plants and cut them apart. Backing fabric is a dark blue variegated print with small lighter color circles. Cotton batting and Polyester thread of various colors was used for quilting. I used a facing on the back and not a border or binding that would distract from the underwater view. The mermaid was my challenge and especially her hair and face.  Her fish body is a metallic fabric. Her face was done with colored pencils & a bit of paint. 


Thursday, September 24, 2020

We had a great Zoom meeting yesterday.  

Some of our members shared some of the quilts they have been working on:

Kathryn Madison
Tribute to a Beloved Daughter
15" x 31"

2500 years ago in the Attica cemetery in Athens, a grieving family laid a beloved daughter to rest. In the Old World childhood mortality was quite high and that section of the cemetery was crowded with the graves of children. We don’t know their names, but her family had means enough to commission this stele for her, but could not keep her alive. When I saw this carving it reminded me that even in this time of technological advancement, disease is still no respecter of persons. While some of us are more vulnerable to Covid, it has killed all races, ages, rich and poor.

Using the museum photo, I enlarged it to its actual size and transferred it to cotton sateen, then painted her in several layers to achieve a three-dimensional look. After painting, I trapunto quilted the girl and her birds, then added a second batting and back, and micro-quilted the background adding two doves and a Grecian motif behind her legs.

New product review:  Arteza 36 Gray scale markers
These 36 markers are both fine point and broad point permanent ink markers in several values of the most common grays- black, blue, sepia, and others. They are blendable and great for shading in small areas.

Lynn Tubbe
Peace in Our Hand
39" x 39"

Inspired by Jake Van Yahres’s design, and used with his permission, this art quilt speaks to the prejudices that have long colored our nation.

I chose to leave some of the fabric strips raw and raveled, reflecting the emotions of this struggle. I added dozens of verbs - action words - that suggest steps we all can take to rise above hate.  It is in our hands.

Watch our Blog next month for our 3rd Reveal of the year!


Friday, July 24, 2020

We still can't meet in person, so we had our 2nd reveal of the year via Zoom. There were 18 Quilts shown and they were all beautiful.

Category:  Inspired by a Song

Artitude Mini-Group Beatles Song Collection
"Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" by Robin Hart
12" x 24"
At the beginning of the Year our Artitude mini group decided to do a group quilt. We chose the “Inspired by a Song” challenge, selected the Beatles’ as the musical artists, and we would each choose a song of theirs that most resonated with us best. We decided that the group title would be “The Long and Winding Road” and that we would have a winding road of the same musical fabric going through all of our pieces. I selected Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds for obvious reasons with my love of all things spacey, and it is one of my favorite songs of that era that the Beatles did.

I designed the quilt in Adobe illustrator, using the drawing tools to create Lucy (who’s face was inspired by a head shot of a model from a public domain photo site). I created the surface design of her dress, using the gradient tool to make the rainbow fabric and the pattern maker tool to create the diamond pattern. I also used the pattern tool to create the flowers. I left room to apply the winding road fabric applique at the top according to the paper template that was given to the group at the beginning of the project. A black line was added after the group decided that it would enhance the winding road design. My quilt would be in position number 1 on the left side. I then did an ombre background that goes from medium to dark blue and drew the star field on top of that. I thread painted the quilt in colors that blended with scene and embellished the flowers and a few of the stars with Swarovski crystals to enhance the diamond effect. It is quilted, sandwiched, with batting in between. The backing fabric is the same musical note fabric that was chosen by the group.

"Octopus's Garden" by Shelli Fried
12" x 24"
I had a piece of hand-dyed fabric that I have been wanting to use and it looked like a great fit for an underwater scene. I love the whimsy of the Beatles song about being in an octopus’ garden and became enthralled with learning about these fascinating creatures. The variety of color and shape is almost beyond the imagination. Some of them love to collect shiny objects and shells to adorn their areas.

This was made with hand dyed cotton, batiks, home décor fabric, commercial fabrics, glass beads, buttons, abalone shell beads, crystal beads, polished colored rocks, SuperMarkers, cotton batting, hot ribbon. Quilted with Superior Monopoly thread. I had great fun putting this together. If I were to do it again, I would use a brighter fabric for the octopus so it would stand out more when all of the panels are together.

"All You Need is Love" by Ginny Lee
12" x 24"
This was inspired by a song title poster from circa 1960’s.  90% of fabrics used are hand dyed including cotton, velvet, trims Wonder Under fusible Super Sparkle Lumiere paint & Tsukineko ink, beading accents and vintage black glass beads from my grand-mother’s stash.

I used freezer paper templates to outline “love, love, love” in the music road section with bobbin work and to hand sew the trim used for “need”.  This was my first time using Tsukineko Inks to shade the glove.  My mother’s world travel suit from 1970’s was used for the word “you”.  The background was quilted with monofilament.  

The Artitude Group intends to donate the quilt to the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction.

"Julia" by Julia Broughan
12" x 24"
The song was written by John Lennon, about his mother-Julia  The inspiration was an image of Julia found on the internet, lyrics in the song and a statement made by John Lennon to Donovan.  I used Cotton fabric and batting. Plastic toys, lace, Jacquard paints. 

John was taken from his mother at age 5 and raised by her sister.  Julia was hit and killed by a car when John was 17. John told Donovan if he could do anything with his mother, it would be to walk hand in hand with her on the beach, looking at her seashell eyes.

"Michelle" by Michelle Peerson
12" x 24"

“Michelle” is a song written by Paul Mc Cartney. He created the song to try to impress girls by speaking French (which he does not). This shows the Eiffle Tower and a girl with long blond hair. This was my first group quilt and I found it a challenge to be so precise.

"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by Lynn Tubbe
12" x 24"
I use the “broomstick” technique to wrinkle the fabric for the hair, before sewing it down. This jaunty Beatles melody has a deeper meaning. There was a British serial killer named Maxwell, who murdered a teacher, a science student (hence, the fabric I chose for her face), and finally a judge, with the tool in the song’s title.  However, Paul McCartney maintained the silver hammer referred to the hand of fate.

"Yellow Submarine" by Trish Morris-Plise
12" x 24"
I used commercial cotton fabric, cotton batting, monofilament thread, hand dyed fabric, hot fix crystals, black shoe laces and buttons. 

I attempted to mimic Peter Max's flavor of design.  The biggest challenge was to try to make sure the road would line up with it's neighbors and the block matched in length.

"Here Comes the Sun" by Marylee Drake
12" x 24"
My song was written by George Harrison.  The song was written while visiting the country estate of Eric Clapton in the early spring after a long and wet winter.

I used cotton and batik fabric, rhinestones embellishments, thread play, cotton batting, machine quilting.  The music print was used in each of the panels to connect the theme.

"Blackbird" by Pat Gillings

In researching the back story of the “Blackbird” I found that bird was a slang term for a girl and was a commentary on the American civil rights struggles. The song could be seen as encouraging black women to rise and meet their potential in life.

The woman with wings and the blackbird were made and beaded separately and added to the quilt.  The face was painted with watercolors and colored pencils.  Ombre fabric used for the background and floral fabric used for the foreground.  All participants used the same fabric for the winding road and the same batting and backing fabric.

The entire process was a challenge.  How to depict the blackbird, the woman, how to depict night time without making the background too dark.  How to bead the bird and the wings, how to connect to the woman.  Decided I needed to print some of the lyrics so people could understand how the song related to my depiction.  Thought a lot about this project before I jumped in with both feet and went for it!!

"Hey Jude" by Lynda Lasich
12" x 24"
"Hey Jude" was released in 1968.  Written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon-McCartney partnership, and is listed among the greatest songs of all times.  They lyrics give a positive outlook to sad situation, and encourages the discovery of new opportunities.  The ballad derived from "Hey Jules", as comfort to Jules Lennon after his father left his mother for Yoko Ono.

The words of the song were the inspiration “Don’t carry the world upon your shoulder”, “Let her in to your heart” and “Let it out, let it in”

I used cotton ombre fabric for the background, cotton painted with Tsukineko inks for man’s torso, hand dyed silk fabric for heart, applique, with rick rack embellishment.

"Paperback Writer" by Linda Siska
12" x 24"
When our group decided to do this challenge, I jumped on the opportunity to portray the song, “Paperback Writer.” As a long time author wanna be, it was right up my alley. The images on the quilt represent characters in a story, “Camouflage and the Giants,” inspired by my grandson’s request to “please write a story about me, Camouflage, the Ninja-wizard-Samurai-sensei who fights big, powerful evil-doers.”

I hand painted cotton for the background and fused on all the other elements. To get the characters and the floating pages, I first drew them on paper, colored them with colored pencils and sharpies, then copied them onto fabric, adding shadows with a pencil to give them more realism. The typewriter is a copyright-free clip-art that I printed and enhanced. I added the clothesline at the top both to give the piece more interest and to cover up a mistake I made. I love mistakes!

The biggest challenge was trying to figure out how to secure the raw edge appliqué without compromising the images with their small details. In the end, I left a white margin around each piece and used that space to secure the edges.

"Moon River" by Tracy Visher
30.75" x 20.75"
I had started thinking I would make a moon design for the "Let There Be Light" topic option. When I painted the background, I decided to add moonlight on water. The water became a river as I added pieces and ended up with a natural fit for one of my favorite songs, "Moon River" by Henry Mancini for the movie Breakfast At Tiffany's.

I used hand-painted background on pfd white fabric, using a variety of types and brands of fabric paint. Batiks, multiple types of netting, painted used dryer sheets, yarns, painted and fused Pellon interfacing, free motion quilting. Cotton batting and backing.

 One of my favorite ways to challenge myself is to figure out how to successfully execute a sense of depth to my work. Landscapes are the most challenging. How to get the eye to wander back into the piece. I wanted to create a sense of being up on a hill, looking down on the moonlit water. This requires consideration of size and placement of trees etc. to represent near and far and the slope of the hill. I had fun pulling together different bits of yarn etc. to create the sense of different foliage types.

"True Colors" by Norma Keeley
42" x 45"
The inspiration for the quilt was color block paintings and the song True Colors, particularly the lyrics "…”I see your true colors shining through, I see your true colors and that’s why I love you, so don’t be afraid to let them show, … your true colors are beautiful”…

I used colorful cotton fabric in the “Grunge” pattern by Moda, white cotton tone-on-tone, Kona black cotton for the border and Hobbs Thermore polyester batting.

As always, good design is challenging for me.  I tried to convey the song’s theme in an abstract, simple concept.  I started with graph paper and colored pencils as my design tools.

Category:  Let There Be Light

"Be the Light" by Kathryn Madison
35 1/2" x 25 1/2"
I designed this quilt in March, as we were beginning to understand the reality of Covid-19. I wanted to do two things: use a negative watercolor technique that basically paints the background around the focus elements, and I wanted to use a mythical creature, my favorite being a Pegasus. I wanted her to be the source of light in a mystical forest. Then George Floyd was murdered and this quilt became something else. I wrote a brief poem that is embroidered on the back:
Be the Light-
That invites all, welcomes all, embraces all.
Be the Light -
That illuminates all that is good and true, worthy and right.
Be the Light –
That chases away shadows and warms cold hearts.
Be the Light –
That glows constant and unwavering in the face of evil.

I used PFD cotton, dupioni silk, fabric medium. batting, cotton thread, monofilament, metallic embroidery thread, Inktense watercolor blocks and pencils, Tsukineko inks, gold metallic watercolor paint, Swarovski crystals.  This was the first time I created a facing instead of a traditional binding.

I wanted this quilt to uplift and encourage, first as we live through Covid-19, then after the murder of George Floyd, to bring into the light the systemic racism our country desperately needs to heal.

Category:  Design it Like a Cubist

"Woman in Blue" by Mary Scharosch
This is a free design, no perspective, simple features of face and lines,  geometric forms and quilting.  My inspiration was Cubist influence at museum and Picasso film.

I used cotton fabric, bamboo batting, wool, cotton thread, paint, pencil, wool batting painted with metallic fabric paint, dried, and peeled off. Cut to design of circles and stitched on.

The following quilt fits 3 categories:

Category:  Down the Rabbit Hole

Better Living Through Chemistry by Stephanie Bennett-Strauss
23" x 47"
For me the concept “Better Living Through Chemistry” can light the way to a better education, innovative research, healing medicine and health enhancing pharmaceuticals. But anywhere along the way there is the chance of tripping and falling Down the Rabbit-Hole where good intentions carried to the “infinitem ad absurdum” go Absurdly Awry. Is this where we wanted to be? Are we still on our way? Are we falling? Are we there yet? Where are we?

The challenge name: Down the Rabbit-Hole is a reference taken from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland written in 1865. It has come to mean what happens when one progresses farther and farther down a path (specifically falling down a rabbit-hole), wherein one finds oneself in the midst of a chaotic situation that becomes increasing harder to escape from. In the 60s Better Living Through Chemistry was originally a DuPont Chemical Company tag line. Looking through the Retrospectoscope at the past it becomes obvious that in spite of good intentions, many things went Awry. Today besides some important medical miracles, we also have pollution from pesticides and other poisonous well intended chemicals, and we have a nationwide crisis of addiction, to designer opioids and other manufactured substances. Haven’t we indeed gone Down the Rabbit-Hole?

I used commercial cotton fabrics, 80/20 batting, Wonder-Under, buttons, bamboo.

When choosing a challenge from amongst all three reveal dates, I realized I could possibly do three challenges, each one building upon the previous one. Down the Rabbit-Hole clearly suggested that Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit be the song to inspire me for the middle challenge, and Grafitti seemed to beckon it’s continuance for the third. As I worked on the first challenge, many ideas came to me in advance for the second and third, and I felt frequently in that wonderful unreliable state called “FLOW”. It was disappointing to me to have missed the first reveal, (I was ready), but I am happy to show them apart and together this time. 

"White Rabbit" by Stephanie Bennett-Strauss
27" x 49"
This is a layered quilt, with the background showing a world of education and sophistication, and the foreground illustrating the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane which was most certainly written in reaction to and response to the social circumstances of the 60s, a time of great potential and great turbulence.

One aspect of Better Living Through Chemistry, originally a motto from DuPont Chemical Company, which exemplified the sophistication and promise of applied science in its’ time, was the explosion of social experimentation with mind altering substances. The song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane pulled from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in musically celebrating the parallels between Alice’s experiences in Wonderland, and the shared mind-altering experiences of the counter-culture. It was always one of my favorite songs.

I used commercial cotton fabrics, poster board, white glue, tulle, wonder-under, buttons, pen and ink on fabric.

This second layer of images from fabric on tulle when placed overlying the buildings, park, meadow and rabbit-hole near the tomato garden of the first layer, creates a feeling of floating and chaos, themed specifically to the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. It is meant to evoke the music and the feelings associated with mind-altering substances. It is affixed to the first layer (Better Living Through Chemistry) by means of buttons on top and on bottom.

"Feed Your Head" by Stephanie Bennett-Strauss
27" x 50"
This is a layered quilt. This third layer is Graffiti written across the face of the previous 2-layered quilt. The Challenge was Graffiti, and the is Graffiti.

I have always noticed graffiti; near the tracks near my high school, along the sides of the railcars in west Berkeley and Oakland. Some graffiti is Defacement. Some Graffiti is Tagging. Some Graffiti is much closer to Art. Today’s Graffiti is clearly meant to be Art, and when it was collected on Pinterest it blew me away. It inspired me and I enjoyed doing my own.

I used Vinyl sheeting, Tempera paints, Wonder-under, pen & ink on fabric.

Using Vinyl sheeting to paint my own Graffiti Art onto, then overlay onto the two previous layers of my two previous challenges was an idea inspired by another quiltress Margaret Vodicka. She is a PTQG member, as am I, who shared her piece Plastic Tide by Margaret Vodicka in their Virtual Quilt Show. She had made an Art Quilt  Beach scene which she overlayed with vinyl sheeting to which she had glued scraps of plastic junk in the formation that made it appear to be washing up on shore. I Loved that piece! As an example of “standing on the shoulders of giants”, I gratefully acknowledge her inspiration to me.

 Category:  Magnified

"Snake in the Glass" by Kate Grant
35" x 12"
This piece is a magnification of a rattlesnake.  (Thank goodness they aren’t this big!)

The subject was inspired by a close up photograph of a rattlesnake taken by my cousin’s daughter, who is a wildlife biologist.  The pattern of the scales made it a perfect subject for another rep-“tile” mosaic quilt.

I used Steam-aSeam2 for the adherent material in the mosaic formation process.  I used Heat Resistant Template Plastic for the glass pieces in the quilt.  I love its reflective quality!  For the corner brackets I used ultrasuede, with metallic beads as the “hardware.”  For fabrics, I used batiks and other cottons, along with cotton batting and tulle.  I quilted the snake with monofilament and the glass with silver metallic thread.

This was the first time I used Steam-a-Seam2 for the mosaic process, which overall worked better than the Wonder-Under I had used previously.  I originally planned to finish it with facing, but I didn’t like the bulkiness of the fold.  The piece also looked better with a thin border, so I modified the facing allowing ¼” to show.  I would do this again.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

We still can't meet in person, but that didn't stop us from having a fabulous June meeting via Zoom.  We had some great show & tell.

"Anxiety Management"
by Tracy Visher

This is my "covid quilt".  Big black square holds "Mother Virus". Two of her growing baby germs float on the quilt as they grow. The mature virus is depicted by the lizard at the bottom. All 4 elements have the same eyes and silver star beads. There are stitched covid catchphrases in various blocks around the quilt. The section of red with yellow squares contain metal signs with positive qualities that represent the human races goodness to perservere in times of strife. There is one fabric mask sewn on with the number 287 on it. (The number of masks I had made to date when I made the quilt, though that number is now 368.)

"Big Frank"
by Jane Haworth
I decided to make a larger pet quilt using bright colors for a change. This quilt called Big Frank measures 48’’ x 69’’. It is made using raw edge fabric collage using glue rather than fusible which is a great method to use your scraps.  I originally thought I was making my friends dog Frank but it turns out it wasn’t and was a random picture I printed off Pinterest. I spent about 6 weeks tracking down the photographer and owner and she gave me permission to use her photo. Be warned, get permission first before using someones photo if you think you’ll enter it in a quilt show.

by Lynn Tubbe
Size is about 8 x 11.  Marylee and I worked on cyanotypes, using treated fabric Jane Haworth gifted us.  Marylee knew how to print script onto clear plastic, so we had words (mine) and poems (hers).

by Michelle Peerson

This was inspired by the latest addition of Quilting Arts Magazine.  It's lettering on cheesecloth.

by Trish Morris-Plise
Trish was inspired by Lynn pulling out indigo dyes.  She used Rosalie Dace's technique for 'pencil thin' cuts.  She used red embroidery floss for the hand quilting.

by Shelli Fried
This piece was started in a class with Katie Fowler where we were experimenting with fabric pens, paints, markers, etc. The center piece was doodled first. The small squares were part of another piece of doodling and playing with the media that was then cut up. Someone commented that it looked like the legs of a jester, ergo the title. 

"Denali's Children"
by Kathryn Madison
Denali’s Children was inspired by my return to Alaska last summer and my deep appreciation for the Northcoast art style of the First Nations. I wanted to show the great vastness of Denali Nat’l Park so I created six planes of perspective, from the Haida sun in the quilting behind Mt. Denali, to the oversized butterfly in front. In addition to the fox kits playing on the old totem, I wanted to feature some of the smaller flora and fauna native to Alaska, the state flower, forget-me-nots, snowdrops, fly agaric mushrooms, ladybugs, snails, and a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. Everything on this quilt is hand painted except the foxes, the silk ribbon flowers, and the ladybugs, which were all hand embroidered.  I started with my design of the fallen totem (a fox) and scaled the other quilt elements from it. The totem, painted on raw silk, was backed with thinsulate, faced, turned, and quilted as a single piece. The background was done in two pieces, the top, with the sun, Mt. Denali, and foreground hills all painted, then attached to the bottom piece of couched yarn, painted to resemble grass. This background was quilted and bound. Then the totem and foxes, and all the other flowers and critters were hand appliqued to the quilted background. Techniques used are hand embroidery, hand painting, hand quilting, hand applique, silk ribbon embroidery, machine couching, machine applique, machine quilting.

by Trish Morris-Plise
Trish started with trying to blow bubbles.  That didn't work the way she wanted.  So she added food coloring to bubble mix and used paper cups dipped in that.  She then had the resulting artwork printed on silk.

After show & tell, our program was a studio tour by member Stephanie Bennett Strauss.  Her wi-fi didn't work in her studio, so she sent some photos.  Here are a few.