Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday's Sewing after the Shoveling!

Finally got a good chunk of Clue #2 going for Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery. My gold triangles will go on the other end of the green rectangles and two will be sewn together to make a chevron "V." I didn't cut the squares, draw the diagonal, and then sew next to the line as per the instructions. The light bulb came on...wahoo! As long as I have the Easy Angle ruler for another upcoming clue, why not use it to make triangles that line up with my rectangles and just sew on the long diagonal? It seems to work just dandy!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Celtic Solstice Clue #1 Done!

Have been quite delinquent in posting to the blog but will try to do better from now on. Will post quilts I'm currently working on...including my first mystery with Bonnie Hunter and her Celtic Solstice. Received clue #1 last Friday and have finished 380 units! Wahoo...see below. You'll notice they are in a plastic box (with lid) so I can KEEP 380 of them from the sewing supervisor Katie-Klepto! If you want to see what everyone else is doing, click on this link:

Will post pics of the new sewing studio soon. One very determined woman plus one Saws-All and crowbar equals two closets removed to open up a new space. Love that math!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Change in renovation plans!

With the recent rains from Irene and Lee and the age (and permeability) of our foundation, we've decided that perhaps the basement is NOT the best place for my studio. We are now working on some other options for a creative space that will work for a longarm quilting machine, sewing and cutting tables, dyeing fabric, beading, garment design, and a few other things!
In the meantime, I spent this last Saturday at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake with my fellow ARTAA (Adirondack Regional Textile Artists' Alliance) members for the museum's annual festival celebrating the fiber arts. The theme for our display challenge was "Bugs" and my entry is below: The Renaissance Fly. As part of the curatorial staff working in a fine arts museum (The Hyde Collection), I thought I should add an art historical twist to my piece.

I used Bubble Jet to prep white Kona cotton to print the background (scans of Leonardo da Vinci's sketches) and the eyes of the fly. The eye sections have Mona standing by with a fly swatter (inserted with Adobe Photoshop) in case the pesky rascal bothers her during her portrait sitting! Had a great time adding details with thread painting, chenille and silk threads, and Derwent Inktense pencils. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Working on a layout for my upcoming reno for a new studio/workspace

Working towards retirement, I'm pricing out a renovation to our basement, including digging out the south side and adding two nice windows there while keeping the old cast iron radiators that are there now. The space will be about 25' square with a few support columns in the center. (Nearly 4x the room I have now!)
Will start cleaning it up and post pics on the progress. Looking at a laminate floor, IKEA cabinets and computer station for the laptop & scanner, and cutting/ironing stations. A seating area for friends and family, bookshelves (for research and development days), and a long-arm quilting machine eventually. I've drawn out the floor plan and have Post-It note cutouts for the major pieces of furniture so they can be moved around.

Any and all suggestions are welcomed!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

2012 Quilting Arts Calendar

Sorry to say that Katie-Klepto was not a finalist for the Quilting Arts 2012 Calendar...but I'll try again next year! This was my first attempt at this much thread painting on my own...and I learned a lot on this project. Here is the finished 12" x 12" wallhanging and a detail. I used hand-dyed fabrics and batiks from my stash, rayon threads in Katie colors, beads, scanned the notions and printed them on fabric treated with Bubble-Jet, and machine quilted. I have it hanging in my sewing room now...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How many projects can you work on at once?

Feeling a little splintered right about now with a number of projects I need to finish...and some more I want to start! Several quilts need to be quilted for our guild's quilt show in June, but there's also a smaller quilt - the one in the last post that needs a "granite" fabric. Collecting the materials for that has been fun - a friend even gave me a medium that has mica flakes in it to use as a top layer once the fabric is printed! Does anyone else have this problem...or is it just because I'm a Gemini? Having the Monday holiday off from work offers the possiblity of an extended period in the basement painting fabric on a plastic-covered pool table - here's to "play time!"

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rainy day - good for R & D

Another slushy day outside - a little snow and lots of wet rain means it's a good day for R & D (research & development). A nice hot cup of coffee and lots of articles on textile manipulation and printing techniques to go through. It looks like monoprinting with acrylics & acrylic medium on glass is the next technique to try. I need to make a granite fabric for a piece/project for which I've already digitally manipulated an image. I'm thinking a sea sponge for a nice mottled effect using the stone colors in layers. The granite had mica as well so that addition on the top layer will be fun as well. Will post photos as soon as I get everything set up next week some night.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Quilting Retreat

Back this weekend from a quilting retreat on Thursday and Friday in the western Adirondacks. Lots of funny friends, good food, and sewing until the wee hours of the morning. Only took two projects to work on for the two days...hand-quilting on the last border of a mystery quilt and sewing Sunflowers for a reproduction quilt. I'm finding that hand-quilting is becoming more difficult if I work for long periods of time as it aggravates some of my finger joints and definitely my carpal tunnel tendencies (numb fingers). It's a pain getting older.

The other quilters laughed at my rather unorthodox method of piecing the latticework for the Sunflower blocks first and then using applique to insert the round blocks.

The holes in the quilt look rather odd, I admit, but I only had a certain amount of the red fabric and wanted to make sure I had enough to make the framework! As it was, I had to piece some of it, but the curved arcs cover nearly all of the seams and the small dots on the fabric make the seams almost disappear. Here are some of the blocks I completed last Thursday to fill in some of the "holes!"

This pattern was from Nancy Martin's Pieces of the Past, but was one of the only quilts in the book that there was no pattern for - out came the graph paper and my pencils!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Quilting Buddy Returns Home (For a Short While)

The younger of my two daughters (aka quilting buddy Lindsay) came home for the day from Pennsylvania. She was not able to come on my recent textile trips to NYC or she received consolation prizes of fabric (in blues, one of her favorite colors). Also lasagna dinner with apple pie and lots of fun! I miss her a lot and hope she can come home a little more often...but with winter coming the drive is pretty long.

Back to the quilting room to quietly hand quilt tonight. It's very rhythmic and quite soothing. Warm, too and I have been caught trying to quilt with my eyes shut! Out to the last two borders of a mystery quilt I worked on in a class at the Vermont Quilt Festival. This is one of the dozen that will hopefully make it to our guild's quilt show in June.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Design for the 2012 Quilting Arts Calendar

Just got my photos of Katie Cat to use in my design for the 2012 Quilting Arts Calendar contest. The 12" x 12" quilt has to be finished to send in photos and entry at the beginning of January. This will include more thread painting than I've ever done before...but I like the threads and fabrics I've accumulated: silk dupioni, batiks, and my own dyed fabrics.

Here is the starting photo: