We had our Summer Reveal yesterday and there were many beautiful quilts presented.
Challenge - In the Trees
|"A Summer Night in the West" by Tracy Visher|
21.5" x 28.25"
Artist Statement: A reflection on summer in Reno in 2021 when we were surrounded by wildfire smoke and didn't see the sky for 6 weeks. Sadly this is our "new normal". We end up packing for potential evacuation at least once each year. Fire season here is now 12 months a year. I used bleach sprayed on black Kona cotton for the background, to attain the rust colored "smoke". I melted organza and copper lame' fabric to create some of the distorted shiny bits that represented flames. I cut out compressed sponge in the shape of a tree and stamped the black trees at the bottom foreground.
|"Windsong in the Morning Mist" by Karle deProsse|
31" x 18"
Artist Statement: The birds in flight are weaving in and out of the trees. I was hiking in the woods around where I live one morning when I disturbed a flock of birds out of a tree. I heard the sound of their wings before I saw the birds in flight. I wanted to capture that enchanting moment. I used 31 shades of blues in batiks, hand dyed and commercial fabrics. The 215 paper pieced birds took much longer than I expected. (What was I thinking in designing them so small?). I wanted to piece the bird strips, not applique them. figuring how to weave the birds in and out of the fabric was a challenge, as I wanted to keep the integrity of the fabric rather than piecing it in sections. It seemed my garment sewing skills were used as much as my knowledge of quilting.
|"High Above" by Patty Blesso|
17" x 23"
Challenge - Fractal or Fibonacci
|"Exploded Fibonacci Sequence" by Sophia Day|
34" x 21"
Artist Statement: The blocks are made using the Fibonacci Sequence. They are 1", 2", 3", 5" or 8". Rather than keeping them all together, I "exploded" them to get a more improv version with a lot of negative space. I used commercial fabric, warm & natural batting and Superior thread. The straight-line quilting was with a ruler. The rest was Free motion. I was very pleased and then I had a series of unfortunate events with fabric bleeding and then fabric bleaching. It's much less vivid now than originally, but I learned what not to do.
|"The Big Bang, Reimagined" by Kathryn Madison|
24" x 43"
Artist statement: Fibonacci is a series of numbers that define many spirals in nature, among them galaxies and seashells. The inspiration was the stunning photos from the Hubble Space telescope. I used a soldering iron, freezer paper, organza, acrylic felt, cotton, batting, vilene, polyester thread, monofilament thread, Swarovski crystals & beads. For the shell and the nebulas (cat's Eye, Hourglass and Helix) I used a soldering iron to precisely cut and fuse layers of organza, then thread painted them for texture. the hand was painted on 100% polyester, then cut with the soldering iron for clean edges, then appliqued to the shell. for the two galaxies (M81 and the Milky Way), I drew them on vilene, hooped it with a layer of tulle, then thread painted them. After rinsing away the vilene, I appliqued them in position and trimmed away the tulle. Then I fused hundreds of crystal "stars" in place.
Challenge - From a Fairy Tale
|"Blue Fairy" by Tracy Visher|
14" x 15"
Artist Statement: I love the clean, crisp contrast of black and white and added just a little blue for accent. I have been wanting to try an angular modern design and thought black and white would be perfect for this. I usually do landscapes, birds or flowers, so this was a personal challenge. Cotton, organza and ric rac are the body of the quilt. Sandra Bruce's buttons are a design element. Something I learned while finishing this quilt was never plan on just a little glue coming out. the buttons wouldn't stay straight, so I thought a couple of dots of glue would take care of it. The barely flowing glue tube erupted and then I had another problem.
Artist Statement: She is the blue fairy from the 1940's Disney's Pinnocchio animated movie. This quilt is made entirely from my
husband's worn-out denim jeans. Her wing tips are the edge of the pockets. Her
wand tip is the "button" from the pant's waistband. Her belt is from
beltloops. I added paint, beads and inktense pencil.
Artist Statement: She is the blue fairy from the 1940's Disney's Pinnocchio animated movie. This quilt is made entirely from my husband's worn-out denim jeans. Her wing tips are the edge of the pockets. Her wand tip is the "button" from the pant's waistband. Her belt is from beltloops. I added paint, beads and inktense pencil.
Challenge - Black & White & One Color
|"Intersections" by Julie Berry|
16" x 21"
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