Sunday, August 12, 2018

Come to Leicester Artist Studio Tour and PTA

Well, 2 things going on at the moment....first and foremost - the upcoming annual artist studio tour in Leicester, NC.You can visit their website - www.cometoleicester.org for details. Our own Dort Lee will have some beautiful pieces for sale.
Dort recently went a European adventure with her sister; she came back with lots of photos for inspiration...here are some of the results.
I have shown some of these in previous posts, but not finished. I love old stone walks and roads so this one really captures my heart.



And some more beautiful pieces...all are small in size making them perfect for fitting into any home decor. Dort has a wonderful sense of color and visual texture so think you'll love seeing these (and perhaps bringing one home) in person.
Onto our PTA meeting, what a group...can't say that enough...not only wonderful friendships but talent abounding. Marene shared a "woven" quilt which was fascinating to see. It's an abstract landscape (top picture is upside down)...the blue squares representing the sky, the grass and the earth on the bottom.
I really liked this piece and thought it might be fun to do something like this...a good way to use scraps.

For this next piece Marene confessed to using a cheater panel with a pieced owl added on top....but she redeemed herself by showing us the beautiful embroidered leaves she did by machine. She used a metallic thread which really added some glitz to the piece.
Barbara showed us this lovely piece finished - the colors so vibrant..but what Barbara was most happy about was the inserted piping.
Barbara was recently a teacher's helper at the NC symposium - in Susan Cleveland's workshops...Well I was about to say "how lucky was Barbara" but in this case, it goes both ways. Barbara loved the experience and soaked up so much of what Susan was teaching including this wonderful method for using piping in a quilt. It was "spot on"!

Mary showed an antique quilt inherited from her friend...such beautiful quilting...

and also a Japanese quilt she just finished. Mary has made quite a few of these...this time adding the center circles.

Georgia shared some recent sun printing fabrics she had tremendous success with...
I never would think to use black paint but it was very effective.
Using the sun printed fabric, she made a grid and then assembled it into a pillow so the pattern would be on the diagonal. You can see how she did it below...flipping it over to wrong side, bringing each corner to center (on left) and on right you can see how the pillow's pattern happens. I loosely folded it under so you can see the effect...when sewn, it's much crisper.
But pretty cool....

Our sweet Mary B showed us some of her UFOs that she finished...I really liked this one with the strip piecing.
All in all, a great, inspriational, fun filled day..

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Asheville Made

So there is a new publication in Asheville dealing with local artists, their products and techniques. It's always nice to know your neighbors in the art cummunity. I personally love to support our artists here in Asheville.
I was honored and quite frankly very surprised when I got a call to appear in this new publication - Asheville Made. This lovely quality magazine is free and can be found around town. One of the nice features of this publication is the variety of art that is covered in each issue.

I didn't know what to expect...thought the photographer was here to photograph a few quilts but lo and behold, I was part of the deal. At the last minute, I decided to wear something a little nicer...his first words "You match your quilt"....Well, as luck would have it, I did - too funny!This lovely man was a pulitzer prize winning photographer for his work on Katrina. 
The entire publication is top notch and "it" being so new to Asheville, I'm hoping many people pick up a copy and support this lovely magazine. If you're into art and want to support local talent, then please check this out. There is truly something for everyone.
I wish them lots of success and thank them for giving me the opportunity to be among the firsts to make an appearance.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Nature Across the Carolinas - Fiber Art with Quilts

Last week we hung our show at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC.  The show is titled "Nature Across the Carolinas - Fiber Art with Quilts" runs through September 16 of this year. 

We have close to 90 quilts on display, inluding smaller pieces placed on pedestals around the area AND
how lucky, we have the entire top floor. We try and group our pieces according to color..
or pieces that will flow nicely from one to the next. It's probably harder than you think. We are not concerned with each artist having theirs together or a hanging a certain amount...We are looking more  towards the integrity of the show.
It always works out....As different as our styles and colors are, they seem to compliment each other.
This is the widest hallway so you can step back and really get a feel for the look of the show.
I like this piece that Kate has done which is a double layer of silk, hand painted and hanging independently of each other.
This might be my favorite piece. Kate took a workshop with Sue Benner and one of the techniques was monoprinting with thickened procion dyes. The dyes were painted onto plastic and the fabric - in this case China silk, laid on top.


Here are the pedestals - a nice size and they don't interfere with our hanging space so we're actually getting more space this time around.
This is the front entrance to the show....we are all represented with at least one quilt.
There is another long narrow hall where we hang most of the bigger pieces.
The 2 quilts below are mine (left) and Kates on right

We do have a lot of smaller pieces that are doubled up which makes it interesting and allowing us more space.

I like this one of Kates she made at one of our retreats. I did the same pattern but as yet have to quilt it.
Some smaller pieces made by myself...
This is a mixed wall.....
as is this.

A very geometric piece by Mary
mine and Kates...
This show is packed full of wonderful pieces to see and does run through September 16. There is an admission from the Arboretum for parking but it's for a carload and is separate and apart from the show. Once there, not only can you see the show but have access to the arboretum for the day and a also a sweet little place to eat. Gather up some friends, hop in the car and head on over...It's quite a lovely day....I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.