Do you get the feeling that I'm happy this quilt is finished, completed, over done with - Yes I am. It feels good to finish up a UFO, especially one you really like. The binding was holding me up but I think the black was a good choice and keeping it narrow did not overpower.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
I always have the most clever students in my workshops and often feel I learn as much from them as they do from me. I teach an Introduction to Surface Design class at JC Campbell. Students are exposed to simple and fun ways to change the surface of their fabric - lots of techniques and samples are created.
One of my very creative students - Winki, fell in love with the paints we were using on fabric. Up to that point she was rusting her scarves and using natural dyes from berries and other plant material - they were gorgeous. One of the things she tried which tickled me to no end, was to soak a ribbon or heavy cotton roping in paint. The next step was to wet the scarf and crinkle it up.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
It was a number of years ago that I first talked about the "Everchanging River" exhibit. The exhibit was made up of 31 artists from 3 different local SC groups - The Fringe Sisters, Focus and Thread Heads. They became collectively known as the Carolina Fiber Convergence. The exhibit became a huge hit, traveling coast to coast including the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY and ending in Taiwan at their International Quilt Exhibition.
It all started with a blue piece of fabric...that was the link. Pieces had to be 18" wide and anywhere from @ 22 to 28" high.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I was planning to spend time in my studio today and in a way I did, but not on quilting. I bought this great candlestick a while back - white with antiquing on it (ignore the blue on top where I started painting it). It sits on the mantel in my family room and blends in with the antique white wall behind it. It hardly shows and I vowed to try and do something with it.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I rarely get sick so I guess I was due for this. I've been battling the typical winter stuff that turned into bronchitis, for the past 2 1/2 weeks, trying to get some things done on better days. I'm on my 4th box of "Puffs" (200 tissues per box) so my poor little nose is so red and sore. I think I could be a contender to pull Santa's sleigh ( - :
I've been trying to quilt on my "Enchanted Village" piece as I promised it for the teacher's exhibit at Mid-Atlantic this February where I'll be teaching. I figured this commitment would force me to finish. I've always loved using the rayon threads for decorative work (top row) but couldn't get them in my local quilt shop. They've switched to polyester (bottom row) for its strength and ease of use. They had some wonderful colors and not wanting to hunt down the rayon, I decided to give it a try. It worked fine but didn't have as much of a surface presence as the rayon which is more loosely twisted. I liked working with it but think I still prefer the rayon.
Hope you're having a good day.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I've been looking through picture files for inspiration; I've been good about finishing up UFOs and am now looking for ideas for future pieces. I love printing on fabric so some of these may wind up like that. I also love the technique which uses an acrylic medium to transfer the picture to fabric; this gives an older look to the piece. I love this building we found on a recent trip to New York; it's a little blurry but the building is hauntingly beautiful. I'm sure I'll find a way to use it or a portion of it.
Friday, January 4, 2013
On a recent trip to New York, we went to wine country which was more fun than I ever imagined. At each winery, they have a sipping bar and for a very small fee (which is usually deducted from your first purchase), you get to try around a thimble full of wine.....now times that by 40 to 50 thimbles and it's quite a lot. By the end of the day, you're an easy sell. I was surprised, never having done this before, that all the wines had unique names, no such thing as Merlot or Pinot Grigio but names like "Red Hot Mama" or "Tugboat Charley" so of course we had to sample. The wineries had wonderful decor...