The Daily Blog within “The Quilt Show” featured both of my entries in the Art Miniature quilts of the IQF quilt show 2013: Wild Fire and Azzurro.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to travel to Houston this year, but I’ve heard all over good things about the 2013 International Quilt Festival.
…will be soon, – October 4 – 6. Don’t miss it!
Three pieces of my work will be on display:
Ying-Yang, a digitally manipulated and color alternated self portrait. Printed on silk-cotton blend via Spoonflower.com
And Ocean, a 3-D diorama of a jungle to ocean scene, inspired by Susan Else (susanelse.com)
Campsites & Waterhole is my entry to the 2013 Aussie Challenge of the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum:
Campsites & Waterhole
The 3-day festival features an International Show of Juried & Judged quilts, fiber art, and wearable art in Maple Hall and the La Conner Civic Garden Club, both locations within a half-block of the Museum. The work comes from seven countries, including the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, Japan, The Netherlands, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Nineteen U.S. states are represented with the largest group of work coming from right here in Washington State. The city-wide Festival also includes a Quilt Walk, Specialty Vendors, and a Silent Auction. A $10 donation to the event also includes entry to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum! Dates and times for the 2013 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival are:
Friday, October 4: 10am-6pm
Saturday, October 5: 10am-6pm
Sunday, October 6: 10am-4:30pm
…is always a good thing, even when you think this might be not exactly your style.
It always expands my horizon, gives me new ideas where to go with my quilting.
This is especially true when the class is taught by a fantastic teacher:
Cindy Needham, The Linen Quilter.
- Detail of the “The French Nun’s Quilt”
She is extremely well prepared, has lots and lots of experience in both, – quilting and teaching, she is very generous with sharing her knowledge, and photographing her samples, – and there are plenty of it.
The class I took was “Quilting Feathers & Background Fillers”. The time we had was well divided into theoretical parts and actual hands-on quilting. Everyone in the class had their Aha-moments, and every single student took home a practice piece of silk (prepped & provided by Cindy) filled with most varieties of quilting for reference.
Speaking for myself, I sometimes would be a bit “lost in space”.
It gives me something to hold on to, keeps me straight and upright, it works like a skeleton.
A deadline makes me move, get it done, pushes me all the way to the finish,
but also makes my head spin to come up with the best ideas. Which…
…does not always happen easily without some pressure.
The idea to be wide open and able to create “anything under the sun” to me,
feels as I’m out and about, floating in space.
A realistic deadline gives my work gravity and direction.
So, I’ve entered pieces into shows, for many I didn’t have a single stitch of the piece done, sometimes not even a rough sketch.
All I had was just an vague idea in my head where this could carry me.
Especially challenges with spelled out rules are quite good to tests how hard I can push myself.
Themes vary widely, from creating a quilt . . .
based on a poem,
a song title,
color of a crayon, or
find variations on a quilt block pattern pulled from a bucket,
- a grab bag of thrift store fabric finds, mostly not anything cotton-like
- a paint chip from the hardware store
often a piece of specific fabric,
- make a self-portrait
the call for exuberant embellishment,
to pick a painting, – as in the case of WINTER. The rules required to use only the color scheme, and nothing of the subject of the original artwork).
A quilt based on the painting “Haus in Wintersonne” by Gabriele Muenter
The quilt WINTER was the result of the painting ‘Haus in Wintersonne’ by Gabriele Münter (Blauer Reiter, 1909)
Detail of stitching and shading
The quilts AZZURRO and GOLDEN RATIO
have been juried into and exhibited at Road2California 2013 http://www.road2ca.com/
Show times: January 24th – 27th, 2013 in Ontario at the Conference Center in Ontario/CA
Azzurro – awarded: Honorable Mention
In the arts and mathematics, the Golden Ratio is a geometrical proportion based on a specific ratio, whereby the whole (i.e. the sum of the two parts) is to the larger part as the larger part is to the smaller part.
1:1:2:3:5:8:13:21:34:55:89:144 . . .
Size: 21” x 34”
Cotton, cotton/silk-blends and silk, sheer fabrics, hand-dyed and commercial
Metallic and cotton threads
Golden Ratio - Detail of the inner 1″-starting squares
Golden Ratio - Detail of transparent fabrics with visible seams.
… and pictures in the newspaper of it are very beautiful.
No wonder, the universe is a bountyful basked of Inspiration.
But how can I translate this phenomenal beauty into fabric?
Think galaxies, bright light and SUN.
The universe, - ever-expanding , lots of light and shadows.
This is the "Heart" of Azzurro, a delicate mesh, crocheted from copper wire.
This quilt was awarded with 3rd Place at La Conner International Quilt Festival 2012
is now the new owner of NATURE’S LACE. I’m so pleased my work is a permanent part of this important collection.
Thank You, Del. Some day, maybe in the near future, I hope to meet you in person and revisit Nature’s Lace, and of course the full collection of excellent quilts.
I’m excited to announce that my quilt Nature’s Lace is finally up for auction as a fundraiser for Association of Pacific West Quilters (APWQ).
If you’re interested to buy this quilt, please follow this link, it’ll be bring you directly up to the auction:
All fabrics are hand dyed: Background by “Artfabric”/IL, some green palmtree leaf fabric by Judy Robertson, but most from my own hand dyed fabrics.
Detail of palmtree leaf,
the stem is 3-dimentional stuffed appliqued by hand
The background is filled in beautiful “McTavishing”
swirls and strands like hair, but reflecting the air in
Cleaning up the work table is NOT always a chore, – it gives me to surrender to another little love: to make little things.
Scooping up scraps, thinking of “what could that become”. . .
…a memory piece fabric postcard of a quilt I donated to Block Party Quilters’ small quilt sale.
The quilt was made mostly from my own hand-dyed cottons,
plus a little bit of cotton lame, silver sheer and interesting, corresponding threads.
The design and the quilting lines symbolize frangrance, how it unfolds, swirls around invisible, until you catch a tiny swift that reminds you of something in an instant…
I also love to make:
a little baggie
a “holder” for no matter what: eyeglasses
pots and pans
a small mobile ironing board
a miniature as a pin or brouche
or just fabric covered brick-weights
It’s a scary thought, making a beautiful quilt top, sewing carefully together slices of gorgeous hand-dyed fabric (Judy Robertson), and then pull out your scissors and cut holes into it. Never mind, you’ve only one shot of this. But once you get over your initial fear doing something wrong to your work, it’ll get better. You’ll lose that fear of the possibility to completely mess it up.
That clears your head and you can start with the layering, the quilting process later always in mind. The truth of the matter is, beautiful hand-dyed fabrics are your “friend”, – my friend and friends help each other to push forward.
Every summer, wild fires run rampant and destructive thru valleys and forests. While flying ember bears the danger to kindle new fires, the heat, glow and power of fire also carries a lot of fascination and beauty.
Size: w 21” x h 22”
Original design, 2011
How I came about:
In Nov. 2010 at another quilt show, I demonstrated my “ruler-less, free-shape cutting and piecing, which became over time my signature-technique in piecing. My demo drew lots of visitors, and while watching closely my own hands, I couldn’t miss the many Ah-Ha-moments in their faces..