Tuesday, March 29, 2022

 We started our March meeting with a presentation from 3 of our members;  Kat Madison, Lynda Lasich & Tracy Visher, on how they use embroidery in their quilts.  They shared some quilts using these techniques.

Ginny will begin offering fabric dying and painting classes again. Here are some class samples:

Show & Tell

Joan Dyer

Joan shared a quilt that she made using embroidery techniques.

"Cats 'n Dragons"
15" x 45"
Tracy Visher

Made for the SAQA Prism Exhibit

"K is for Katie"
21" x 25"
by Tracy Visher

This was for a challenge from a local quilt shop. You purchase a $10 bag of random "parts". With it you can make anything you want. A purse, a pillow, a quilt, whatever. The only requirement is that you must use a minimum of 5 items from the bag and one of them must be an upholstery fabric. Tracy used every item in the bag except for fused T-cup. All she added of her own was the background and binding, her earring and she painted fabric for her face. 

"Power Hungry"
by Tracy Visher

Tracy was driven to create this after seeing the Ukranian invasion.

"The Year That Left a Hole in My Heart"
by trish Morris-Plise

"Madam Vice President"
by trish Morris-Plise

The first quilt was included in "Quarantine Quilts:  Creativity in the Midst of Chaos" by Sandra Sider and the second was juried into the 2022 Sacred Threads exhibit.

"Label Me Human"
23" x 30"
by Karle deProsse

Karle took a picture of her eyes for this piece.  The fabric & objects represent many of things in her life that make up who she is. She came across a school project for teen girls that had them collage their body/self-image from pictures cut out of magazines.  The concept intrigued Karle.  She went to the internet to find pictures to use for parts of her face with the concept that she desired it to be cartoonish. Karle used tea-dyed fabric, hand dyed fabric, commercial fabrics, handspun natural-dyed yarn, buttons & charms, felt, colored pencils, crayon rubbings.  Karle quoted "In life, if we are fortunate, we surround ourselves with the things that we love.  We label ourselves with these.  I have depicted that in this piece with as many things that came to mind as I had representative fabric or other objects.  I envisioned my image to be cartoonish, to portray humor in life."

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

 We were able to meet in person again for our February meeting.  We did a hybrid meeting;  some members were there in person and some joined us via zoom.  

Our very own Lynda Lasich gave us a lecture on what Quilt Show Judges look for.  It was very informative.

Show & Tell

"Box of Chocolates" by
Stephanie Bennett-Strauss

"Journal Quilt" by
Stephanie Bennett Strauss

"Tumbling Pots" by
Marie Brower

by Shelli Fried

"Cerulean Seascape"
by Lynn Tubbe
Close Up

This is Lynn's entry for SAQA's, "Prism Play" call for entries.  The concept is to display long & narrow quilts in the expanded colors of the prism.  Lynn got her color card and wanted to salute the ocean's majesty.  She used hand dyed and commercial cottons, cheesecloth and scrim.  She also painted netting and scrim.  Manipulating, shaping and stitching the scrim and cheesecloth into wave shapes proved to be a challenge.

by Jan Reed

by Jan Reed

Jan Reed shared a couple of quilts that were originally revealed via zoom.  She was finally able to share in person because they're back from the Houston show.

"Bloom in the Darkness"
by Kathryn Madison

Kat wanted to create a fantasy place with a story to include only original images of her doodled flowers, birds and bugs.  She used cotton, silk, organza, watercolor blocks, lumiere paint & oil pastels.  The stitching was done with cotton, poly, monofilament and metallic threads.  There's also hand embroidery floss, Kevlar and silk ribbon.  It's embellished with Szwarsvski crystals and beads. The quilt was created for a story:  It is midnight in the fantasy forest.  The rare bioluminescent Lunamore flowers open to the rays of the full monn, sending their intoxicating fragrance through the trees.  The nocturnal Pollen Birds and bugs flock to the feast.  As they feed, they spread iridescent pollen from flower to flower.  By sunrise the Lunamore flowers will be dark and closed and the birds and bugs will be gone.  She strongly does not recommend using oil pastels on art quilts.  Even when heat set three times, it flaked away as quilted, causing fine dust across the quilt front.