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.

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