Category Archives: Ethel’s Nine Patch

Two Trips

IMG_9045.jpgHello,

The past two weeks have been ones of travel for me.  Last week at this time I was on my way to the the Dairy Barn in Athens Ohio.  Liz and I were visiting Quilt National.   They have changed the entrance and it looks great.  No photos are allowed in this show, but my memories are rich.  I was epically taken by  Natalya Aiken’s Iron Spine work and then saw that she was the feathered artist in  the QSDA magazine that came this week.     I also like Colleen Anbaugh’s Hot Sugar Cell piece.  Lots of glitz and Liz said it was like my work in some ways.   Liz and I were both excited by the many techniques we had just explored in Kerr’s class at QBL two weeks before  and noticed several of them in the quilts on display at this show.  IMG_9057.jpg   This fact will  pushed me to do more exploration.     The next day we drove north to Zanesville to check out their museum and see another quilt show.    Liz has been in class with this woman at Nancy Crow’s barn.  We both noted Nancy’s influence here.    The museum was a bit of a work it’s self and I took lots of inspirational pictures  of the stairs and shadows.IMG_9062I can see works coming from these images.

IMG_9075.jpgThen yesterday Eric and I went for a road trip to Corning New York to the glass museum there.  We watched five demonstrations and learned a lot.  The artists made it look easy, but I know from my one experience blowing glass it is far from simple. IMG_9078    I also enjoyed the Tiffany exhibit.  Mosaics are always  fascinating and these were amazing.   This clock really blew me away.Tiffany glass clock  Tiffany’s many recipes for the  colors of glass were a real game changer for his work as well as the glass industry.     It was a great day.

Glyph I

 

 

 

Progress Report: Glyph I   This work is 26.5” w X 41”l.    I started the series in Cynthia Corbin’s class at QBL this summer.  The Glyph is based on the word OWL.  IMG_9098  I used simple  outline quilting because the shapes and the colors in the fabrics( by Judy Roberts)  did so much of the work for this piece.IMG_9099

 

Glyph II IMG_9094.jpg This is the second in the series.  I have pin based it down and I am now zig zag appliqueing down the  glyph.  I will make a second run around the out sides with more zig zag to make it smooth and solid.

 

 

 

Glyph IVGlyph IV    The bead work goes on for this project.   I am stitching it down with beading thread and back stitching every fifth bead to make a strong connection.

 

Pond Water IMG_9103  This work continues to get attention .     I did bead work here this week too.

Ethel's scrap happyEthel’s Scarp Happy   I finished the assembly added the boarder and binding on this piece this week.  I only need to do the diagonal quilting and the project will be complete

   Creative Assistants  IMG_9105  As fall approaches I start  thinking about doing these little guys.  I pulled out the box of trims that Debbie sent me this summer and  added a  row of trim to 100 bodies.  The last eve I did four faces.  One small step.

Cards  Ever sense I visited Susan in March I have been participating in a weekly collage card creating challenge with several other artists.    It began loosely based on Tarot cards but with time we have pulled away from that.    This is my card for this week titled Activities  and the accompanying  text.  IMG_9090

Activities: 
 Over the course of a day we demand many little task of our selves-One walks, 
talks , comb hair, opens doors, turns on and off lights, reads, checks the 
weather, brushes teeth,  drinks tea, washes hands, sets, collects and opens 
mail, takes pills, writes, climbs stairs, prepares and eats food, ties shoes, 
uses zippers and buttons, looks at the sky, does dishes, changes cloths, checks  
e-mail, and creates something.  It's a complex life. 

Label BlocksIMG_9100.jpg   I finished these two  blocks this week.   I only  have four more  to finish and the job will be done.    I need to start to think about another hand weekly project.

Keep Creating

Carol

Summer

 

Mapel treeHello,

It is the first full day of summer and now the days begin to get shorter.   It is also the beginning of what as kids we called “Maple Whistle Time”.  As a kid for about a week we would use the maple seeds as a devise to make a whistle sound and drive my mom crazy.  There is also a mulberry tree that is dropping its fruit  that I pass under when I walk.  That too brings up great childhood memories of  climbing the  mulberry tree in the front yard and eating those berries. They were so juicy. We even tried to make mulberry one time .  Summer was always one day of adventure after another. IMG_8401

Progress Report: Green Dragons Green Dragons 31"wX 37.5  This piece is 31” w X 37.5” t.  It is quilted with stitch in the ditch work and then machine drawing of five dragons was added on top. IMG_8425I stated out by outlining the dragon that was printed on the fabric panel in the work.  I did  little research on Google  and then  some drawings      I then  did the others in a mimic of fist dragon.IMG_8426I have not done a  dragon quilt for many years, but there was a time when I did one as a yearly thing.   It is fun to revisit themes .

Wind Blown 16" X 29"Wind Blown  This quilt is 16’ w X 29” t.  I built up the background and then painted that ground.  I knew I wanted a tree on the surface so I did some drawing.IMG_8394

After  this step I had to decide how I wanted to build the trunk of the tree.  I used tear away paper and drew the image again.  Then I laid treeout yarn for that trunk and the limbs and free motion sewed them all together.   After pulling away all the paper I free motion stitched the tree down.   Next decision was  how  to make the leaves.  I placed a  piece of wash away on top of the tree and  then sprinkled shredded bits of green fabric on top of the wash away.IMG_8395 Last, I placed a bit of green organza on top   to create a sandwich and  free motion stitched the  everything together.  After washing out the wash away  I flipped the organza to the back and free motion stitched it to the tree area. IMG_8415

 

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Little JellyfishLittle Jellyfish  I am still doing the hand work on this piece.  Stitching down all the tentacles is slow.

Ethel Scrap Work IMG_8431 I sewing sold blocks to the 5” pattern ones at this point.

Fly FastFlag- Fly Fast  For this banner I set the machine on zig –zag and drew the letters in free motion.  I like the strange effect.

 

 

 

Flag-Dream IMG_8420This is the last banner that I made in Florida this spring. The letters are done with a chain stitch.

 

new WorkNew Work  I am building this in the build a unit technique that I use.   The challenge Liz made was to use some of the hand dyed materials we had created.

 

Label Block # 130Label Block # 130 I can see the end of this process now.

Keep Creating

Carol

PS    I will be away again next week .  I am off to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright house Falling Water.

Leaves Change

 

Red Leaves  Hello-

It is really starting to be colorful here in central New York.   I have seen all shades of green, yellow, orange and red this week.  Mother Nature has been busy.IMG_6566  I went off to a Fiber Arts show  on Sat.  There was lots of weaving, spinning and roving.  I came home with a back pack full of new colors to work Cheri.jpgwith.  The yarns were beautiful as well.  It almost made me want to knit…. then I remembered all the yarn I already have so I walked away.    I also went off to the Rock Garden Art Group  Show.  Two Fiber arts friends had work in the show  Cheri and Terri.  It was great.     I so enjoy seeing the work of my fellow fiber Artists in gallery settings.Terri

 

 

IMG_6583Progress Report:  Ethel’s Nine Patch  I got all of the quilt  put together with week.  I am working on the binding and that is about one third done.    I  am sure it will be completed this week.

 

IMG_6572.jpgBirds  I am making progress on this work too.  I have not put much of it together but the layout is getting more and more complete.

 

 

 

 

 

Land Fall IMG_6576 I did work on this piece this week but this is the slow stage were not a lot seem to be happening in the over all image.

IMG_6570.jpg Orange Wool  This work is like the other wool based piece.  Lots of time but little difference on the surface.  I am pushing myself to go more toward a fire like image.   Time will tell if I can make this work.

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Queen Ann’s Lace  I did work on the heads of the steams on this project.   I have been so busy doing hand work on other things that I have not really spent much time on this project.

Thread Painting IMG_6574 At the QuEG’s  meeting Angela talked about doing thread  painting on  wash away.  Well I tried it this week.  I like the concept, but I need to plan more carefully with the grid I put down to build on.  I also marked the pattern were I wanted the white in red washable marker.  I turned the thread pink.  Not my plan at all.     Mistakes are what we need to move forward.  Then today I re read the instructions and it said to do the machine drawing on both sides.    A second mistake.

Blocks#84 #85 Label Blocks # 83 and # 84

I  just keep working  at the little daily blocks.

Keep Creating

Carol