Category Archives: FAD (Fiber Art Dames)

Getting Rolling

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I am finding it a bit difficult getting back into the studio after the holidays.  There is so much I want to do that is not  art work related.   I am hoping that will remedy its self with time.

I did do a big trunk show at the Schweinfurth Art Centersh- my talk on Sunday and that took a lot of preparation.   I  discovered some themes in my work that I had not noticed before and that is how I structured my talk.  I talked about five of them- Animals, Water, Rocks, Plants and Text.   I was epically flattered by the attendance of my friends from all parts of my life.   I did have fun with it and enjoyed the support I got from everyone.   In talking with folks afterward I  came across another topic that I could do a whole different presentation on- my use of embellishments.

IMG_9920There was a FAB meeting yesterday and we got to look at Nancy’s newest work.  She will be making “postcards” out of these images from the National Parks for a quilt.   IMG_9938More evidence of being busy is the fact that  I am still working on getting the fabric washed out from the play weekend at the Schweinfurth three weeks ago.

Progress Report: Fox Tails This work is 12” w X 12” t.   I created the heads of the fox Tails in the Experimental Surfaces with Amanda McCarver .  It was  a  great class and I learned a lot.    The background rock wall is felted wool roving. IMG_9936

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Peeling Orange    I am to the point on this project where I am doing reflective quilting on this work.  I have decided to leave the orange plain and not quilt in that area.  I think the contrast will add interest.

Zap It  As the photo shows I have made the “It’s” a part of this work.  They are just pinned in place and subject to change, but one needs to start some where.  I ended up making a second “It” stencil as I wanted a second size.IMG_9927I am planning to hand stitch down the circular “It” add ons  after a bit of quilting by machine.

Creative Assistants IMG_9937  I really am at the end of making these fellows.  I know I was avoiding starting a new hand project and that is why I did them.  But I need to straiten up  and  begin the  project.

 Card- Trust   I usually trust that good things will happen to me and for the most part that has been a truth in my life.   But the happening in the world at this time are throwing a lot of question into my mind on this subject.

Keep Creating

Carol

Travel and such

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  •  I have had a busy two weeks.   It all started out with traveling and visiting museums .   Marty and I visited  six different ones on our trip to Maine and back.   With  shopping, a factory tour and visiting with friends it was all very exciting and stimulating- A very enjoyable experience.   But before I went away there was a three day workshop with Amanda McCavour.   She  is an expert on the use of various water soluble materials.  I learned a lot.  She has a show  of her life sized machine drawn rooms on display at the Schweinfurth  that will run from now until the first week end in Jan.   Most of the work we did in class was much smaller. This shot is of Cheri’s peacock feather. IMG_9633 I experimented  with   creating Fox Tail for use in one of my felted pieces.     Doing this workshop with fifteen others creative women made for lots of different and  exciting applications  to the use of this material.
  • The Quilts =Art= Quilts  2017 opened on Sat at the Schweinfurth too and so I went to the opening as I was already in the building.  This work is by Elizabeth Bush.  She won a Jurors Choice award as did  my friend, Julia.   IMG_9647This work by Emily was done by one of the other gals in Amanda’s class.  She came all the way fro California to be at the opening and to take the class.    It’s a strong show and I plan at least three more visits.

Then on Monday morning with the help of Cheri, Julia and Liz we hung a Finger Lakes Fiber Artist show at May Memorial Church  3800 Genesee St, in Syracuse.  This shot is of  a work by Sharon.  IMG_9658  These works show  two quilts  by Regina and a piece by Alice.     There was a Meet the Artist event on Sunday and that went well.   The contact at  May was very pleased.

  Marty and I  visited the Sherborn Museum  as one of our early stops on our trip to Maine.  We were blown away by the work of Patty Yoder who did wonderful hooked wall pieces.  She raised the sheep, sheared them, spun the wool and dyed it before she cut it into strips to create  beautiful and playful wall pieces with it.  IMG_9677  This is a close up of the eye of the sheep in the first photo.     There was lots of humor and  fun in  this  delightful show and we enjoyed it very much.

  • IMG_9695Our next  stop was the Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream factory.  We took the tour and had ice cream Sundays for lunch that day.    I  Loved their motto” If it’s not fun- why do it?”
  • IMG_9709 We went on to visit our friend  Elizabeth.  We enjoyed visiting her studio and talking about her work.  This shot is of a colorful basket full of the hats she makes to give away at Christmas.
  • IMG_9713  The next day we went on to Camden to visit with Barb and Steve.  Barb took us to Rockland and the Farnsworth museum.  We hurried through the Wythe art  works as we had seen them  before and went to a great show of wok by Marguerite Zorach.   No photos where allowed, but take my word for it – the works was fabulous.    The photos is of the black and white show, another temporary exhibit that was up in the museum.  We also visited  the  Center for Maine Contemporary Art.     The last museum we visited before we drove home  was  the Clark, where we saw the exhibit of Impressionist Line and  listened to the lecture on that subject.   I did not know that pastels were invented around the same time those artists were working.  Degas and Mary Cassatt sure used that new material.
  • Tuesday was the first one of November so I had both the QuEG’s meeting and the Diva meeting.   This quilt is by Liz and will be for sale at the Everson’s  Christmas Tree event.   IMG_9737 Angela continues to work away at her on line felting class.  I really like this piece.    Sally is busy with Christmas gifts for her grand daughtersIMG_9742and Sue Ellen is having fun doing cats.
  • The Divas had a good meeting as well.  Regina did a splendid job Finishing off her Garden Gate piece.  I love how she combined  a rubbing with a hand dyed to get this great look.IMG_9747Maureen is working with colored pencils and stitching on this piece.  Most folks had work in various stages of completing in preparation for the Thread of Change Show at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca  to open Dec 1.
  • The to round things out I had a FAB meeting yesterday.   Judy is working away on her red sweater again now that it is cold.  Nancy is making “post cards”  to attach to her quilt.     It has been a full two weeks.

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Progress Report:  Glyph IV  Because I was away not a lot of progress has been made here.  But I am working away to fill in the L with beads now.

Peeling Orange I have started zig –zagging down the  shapes on this project.   I am still thinking about how I want to quilt it.

IMG_9757Zap   I did start to applique the shapes down – but had to remove all I had done as it puckered up.  I purchased tear away and now I am ready to try again.

KnittingIMG_9763Winter cold has finally found us.  I could not find my muffler,   so I decided to knit one as I still have not focused on a evening hand project.

Felted work   I made this rock face a while back and thought that I would use the Fox  Tail from Amanda’s class on the surface.  But I think they are too close in value to get the effect I am shooting for.   So they will be a part of another project and I will work on a different idea for this piece.

IMG_9749 Label Card “ Share the credit.”  I have been thinking about how important  it is to work together for a big goal and value all the different things one brings to  projects.  I was trying to express that with this card.

Keep Creating

Carol

Color every where

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I am enjoying the peak of fall color here.   The trees just seem to be burning with color.      I was hard pressed to choose a photos to use this time.

This week was a busy one.  There was a meeting of the Finger Lakes Fiber Artists on Sat.  I collected the quilts for the show I will be hanging for the group on Monday.

IMG_9542Marcia shared the new SAQA magazine and her work on a new jacket.    This is the small quilt  Pat shared with us.

IMG_9548Maureen is busy doing Indigo dyeing for her class with Jane Dunwald.    She is really mastering this technique.     Liz shared her projects form her class at the Barn.   She is learning  Shibori.   And  I am of  benefitting from this experience because we are doing more together.

Regina has been busy this month finishing things from her classes at QBL.    The triangles are from her class  with Rosalie Dace.     The quilt  at the top on the right is from Cynthia Corbin’s class.  IMG_9554   Noel is playing with different quilting and piecing techniques.   It was a very stimulating meeting with a varied group of creative gals.

IMG_9567We also  had a FAB meeting today.   Judy was working on a  baby quilt for her church.   We had our own little quilting bee as we tied it off before the end of the meeting.

 

Progress Report:Glyph IV  I am done with the beading on the W now.  That letter is the center so I feel like I have made progress.

 

IMG_9575Peeling Orange    I am to the point where I am zig –zagging down the  parts of this piece.   I will do all of this before I quilt it.

IMG_9581Spring Whirl Wind  ( Renamed from Tossed Salad as the blue does not work for salad. )      I am doing the line green with free motion quilting on this project.  I wanted to push the green back a bit.

New ScrapIMG_9574  I started building new blocks and pinning up possible layouts for the sixth quilt built from Ethel’s scrap box.    It may change as I have only made three rows of blocks and they are not connected.

Zap  I have cut the dark purple in  the ZAP  pattern.  I stitched the parts to the fabric and I even zig -zagged around the right one.  But it pulled and puckered up the fabric so much that I took all that stitching out and now there is inner facing on the back.  I will re do the zig zag before quilting.

Creative Assistants   Another new batch of silly little fellows.   I am working away during the football games.

 

Card- Some Days  This card is to celebrate having a day without any event.   Feeling a bit over done- I am going to plan some days like this in every week from now on.

I will be traveling next week so there will not be a post.  I will write all about it Nov. 9 .

Keep Crating until then.

Carol

Keep creating,

Fall Events

 

Hello,

This week was full of events.   Last weekend  I went off to the Tompkins Quilt guild show.  Cheri won a ribbon  there.  So too did my friend  Pat.  But this  red work is not the one she won a ribbon on.

IMG_9458 Regina and I enjoyed viewing the show and talking about what we saw.  My shots of Regina’s quilts are not good enough to share.

I went off to the Schweinfurt with Marty and we  vied the  Geologic Landscapes show on Wed..     This wall piece is of the watershed  of the lake.   The white lines are of the creeks and streams that feed into the lake and the white area near the top is the lake.   The outline  of the shape is of the highest elevations around the lake area.    I loved this concept as I have always liked topographical maps.

IMG_9489Then this morning was the FAB meeting.   Both Judy and Nancy are working on different variations of Disappearing Four Patch.   Judy’s is the one in dark blues and whites.   Nancy’s is the one with the greens in it.   It is great how unique they both are.

Patty  has finished her  extruded cotton  thread  knitted shawl.IMG_9492   I think it is great!

 

Progress Report: Buggy   This work is  40” w X 49.5” l.   The bugs are oil stitch on fabric  using my own designed and cut  stencils.   The gray and light green panels are made from stamps I cut in Pat Pauly’s  class at QBL two summers ago.    I dyed the dark green and the fabric with the turquoise and white in it too.   Liz had challenged me to use some of the stuff we have been creating and this one fills the bill.   IMG_9472The reflective quilting looks like bug trails one of my friends said.      These big black insects are based on cockroaches.   IMG_9473  The blue green insects are also beetles.

Quartered Glyph   This work is 44” w X  48” l.   I used a smaller version of the Owl Glyph pattern that I created to do this work.   IMG_9486  The quilting is strait line  starting from the center and working out  using variegated thread.   IMG_9488  The shapes of the glyph are raw edged  appliqued.

Glyph IV IMG_9467I just keep beading away on this project.     I like the effect, but progress is slow.

Tossed Salad  This quilt is made from all the cut away parts of Quartered Glyph.     I am machine stitching down the parts in the raw applique style here.   I have  added the back and batting too so this time I am quilting at the same time as I put the parts on.  I do not know if I will have to add additional machine lines until I am done with this step.

Pealing Oranges    This quilt is still growing.  I made a smaller Owl Glyph pattern and used a beautiful piece of orange fabric from Regina to place that pattern on.    It is being mixed with some of the other cut away fabrics from various other Glyph projects.  This is an early step in the process.

 

IMG_9469Wool Work   I have started doing free motion machine drawing on this felted work.  I am also tacking down bits of fabric and yarn with the machine stitches.

Card Confused   I build this card from multiple copies of the same image trying to mix and confuse the eve.  All the cutting and pasting made it warp a bit  but I think the confusion is there.  I sure feel that way about the world at large at the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

Pond Water IMG_9479   I am now  hand quilting on this project.  The horizontal quilt lines are  meant to give the impression of water patterns as well as hold it all together.

Label Quilt    This work is 95” X 95”.    I am now done with this weekly project.  It has been an enjoyable and calming evening daily work.  It took  me a week to finish each of the 144 squares.   I am now trying to decide  what the next daily practice project will be.

Keep Creating.

Carol

Water Main Break

  Hello,

One of the  big excitements for this week was a water main break on Sunday morning.   I was washing up after making muffins and suddenly no water came out of the tap.   I looked out the kitchen window to see the road full of muddy water.    I went out doors and discovered the gal across the street  had just called the water department. The water was bubbling up and running down the street- it overwhelmed the street drains  and ran all the way down to the park – four blocks away. IMG_9390  The water was so powerful it cracked and threw up the street.   The men came in about 20 min and turned off the water.  A little later they were followed by a  repair crew who started about 9.    First they broke up the tar via and cleared away all the mud and stone to expose the pipe so they could replace it.IMG_9393  The whole was about 8 feet deep and 10 feet wide.  It was huge.  They cut away the broken area of the pipe and then put in a new section.  It was about 3:30 by that time.   Then they began to fill in the whole with loads of stone.  It took four trips with dump trucks full to do that job.   Lastly after 9 in the evening they patched over the  filled opening with tar via.   There was lots of mud on the street and the street sweeper made five runs up and down the road to get it up on Monday – but it is still dusty here.

IMG_9437This shot of a side walk that got flooded and is still muddy this morning when I walked.   The street sweeper could not get to that space.   It was  quite and adventure.

FAB meant here last week too.  Marty came as she is in town.  She brought  her newest little project.IMG_9383

Patty had just finished a new scarf that she shared with us.  I think it is grand- only knit and pearl she tells us.   Judy brought one of her Disappearing Four Patch blocks that she started  up at camp when we were there. IMG_9382It was a good meeting and we all had fun.

The  first  Tuesday  of the month came this week so I had QuEG’s and Diva meetings too.

 

IMG_9398Angela is taking an on line class in felting and having a grand time.  She showed us about ten pieces she  had done already.  These two show different wools on the left and adding  different silks on top of the second one.Linda is finishing up this “ Almost Black and White “ top.   IMG_9406   Sally is working away on Christmas gifts and this bag she made was full of them- hand bags,   soft toy bags and such.  She dose great work.IMG_9404Corrine had this wonderful bracelet to share.  She made it from and exchange she did at a conference where she traded a great luggage tag for the charms.

 

  Before I went to the Diva meeting, I stopped and had a little private  visit to the Rock Garden Show in Homer.   Cheri and Terri- the gallery guru  show me through.   They both  had work there of course.   Cheri’s was one she started in the class she and I were in with Kerr at QBL.   IMG_9411   Terri’s work is much larger and full of texture.   It is a great little show with nine artists  and wonderful work.   IMG_9409  This work is Cheri’s too.

The Diva’s were hopping as well.   Lori had this wonderful little bag to share with us.  She did it for her entry for the Embroidery Guild of American  2017 challenge.   She got feed back on several other  stamped and hand dyed projects that she is working on.

 

 

 

 

Alice has  almost completed her Mary Colter quilt for the Woman Museum.    It looks great.

 

 

 

Liesa has  completed her quilt for the “Threads of Change  Show”.   Let Us Stay-is wonderful commentary I think.

IMG_9427Regina  wowed us again with all her indigo dyeing.  She is creating up a storm of beautiful work.

Anne has finished “ Blind In justice”   her work on the American’s with Disabilities Act.    All those brail dots are three dimensional.

IMG_9430 Ruth’s wave is moving along as she wants it finished for the  quilt show  this week end.     It was a powerful meeting and I enjoyed my self .  Came home all hipped up again.

The other thing I tried this week was dyeing with wall nuts.  IMG_9384It is great fun and I got some real nice browns.

Progress report: Buggy   I am to the reflective quilting stage on this project.  I  added two more oil stick stenciled insects to  it this week too.

Glyph IV  IMG_9449I just keep putting in my hour a day on this project.  It is moving forward.

Quartered Glyph   I started this one up  at camp.  I am ready to start assembling the  four units now that I have trimmed away the second layer.    The Cut aways are so beautiful that  I may need to do another  work using these shapes and  pieces. IMG_9450

Pond Water   This project has become my short term evening project.  I am hand quilting it so this is a good replacement for the time being.   I do have a new nightly project in mind however.

IMG_9432Card   Make Believe  This is my newest card.   I am so distressed by the shooting in Los Valgus that I want to escape into make believe.  Thank goodness I have art as a way of getting away into my own world .

Label Block quilt.  All the blocks are assembled now.   I will stitch in the ditch quilt it and finish the job.

Keep Creating

Carol

Fall Retreat

IMG_9193Hello,

I took this photo of the sun setting over the St Laurence  on Sat.   The FAB group had a weekend retreat at   Judy’s Camp last weekend.   Saturday we went out to dinner.   It was so enjoyable  to eat along the river and watch the many boats as they slipped by.

Patti worked away on her pillow case project.IMG_9206   She finished all but six of them.    Both Nancy and Judy worked on “Disappearing Nine Patch” projects.IMG_9208  This shot shows Nancy ready to do the first cut of her four patch.     We enjoyed our work time and in the evening we launched two paper lanterns IMG_9203over the lake.  They rose strait up until they reached the top of the ridge where the wind caught them and then they sailed north on a fast wind.  We all watched open  mouthed, until they  disappeared in the night.     It was a wonderful weekend and we all felt the it jump started us all for quilt work this fall.

Progress Report: Glyph II   This quilt is all done now .  It   is  the second one and where I really started the use of the negative space units that were cut from the back of the project.( the brow squared fabric)IMG_9223IMG_9224  I am enjoying this series.

 

Glyph IV   I continue to bead for an hour every day on this project.  It is coming along, but the progress is a slow one.

 

 

 

Glyph V     IMG_9220I am doing two different types of quilting on this project.   inside the green areas I am doing pebble quilting with green metallic thread.  In the blue, green and purple areas,  I am doing reflective quilting in a variegated thread.

IMG_9216Glyph VI  This quilt is all pinned in place and I am ready to start to quilt it.  I am however not sure about what style/type of quilting I want to use here.  I am just studying it now too.

Glyph  VII This is the project that I worked on at camp.  The four smaller glyph  patterns where designed to go together to create a four patch quilt.  I am now auditioning different layouts for this project.   I am not sure  if this is the final at this point,  but I feel it is the strongest so far.    I try one layout and live/look at it for a while and then take a photo and try another layout and repeat the process.   nothing is stitched down yet so I can make all sorts of changes.

IMG_9214Wind – Water  card   I am still trying to deal with my feelings about the newest hurricane- Irma.  Mother Nature sure has used her power of wind and water to remind us that  she still has the final say.

Creative assistants   I have now completed all the little fellows that have completed faces at this time.  I will now move back to the face creation step  in the process to move forward.

Capture scarvesIMG_9230   In cleaning up the studio space I opened a box that was full of these scarves.  All with out the fabric neck units on them.  Deciding I needed to finish the process I have done these black ones and red ones.  There are still a few to go so there will be more next time.   IMG_9232

Label Blocks

Only two more blocks and this step of this project will be completed.

Next week I will be in New York City for three days.  So there will be no Blog post until  Sept 24.

Keep Creating

Carol

Spring Warmth

Hello,

The north east has finally warmed up and we are enjoying the weather.  I have spent a lot of time pulling weeds and moving plants.  I do like playing in the mud almost as much as doing studio work.    I did spend and afternoon dyeing with Liz, but I have yet to wash out the dye so there is nothing to show for that yet.

IMG_8368FAB did meet on Tues and there was lots of activity.  Judy was tying  three baby quilts during the meeting.  She always uses such bright colors for them that it is a joy to the eye.  Nancy is finally finished with her Blue Bird quilt.  It is beautiful.  Unfortunately my photos of it are not- so take my word for it.

Spring Jacks 18X20Progress Report:  Spring Jacks  This work is 18” X 20”.  The background is all felted work  and the Jacks are appliqued on top.   IMG_8387 Sense the big Three Jacks piece has a new home I did this smaller one to remind me of that other project.  IMG_8389

 

 

 

Prayer Flag PinsPrayer Flag Pins  As the picture shows I am having too  much fun using little bits of projects and stuff that ends up on my desk making these little guys.  The freedom of no size or shape restrictions is wonderful.

 

  Rainbow Tree IMG_8383   I keep working away on this project in one hour units.  I love the effect so I am not at all unhappy that I am only about one third done with this project.   I am sure it will be well worth the time when it is complete.

JellyfishLittle Jellyfish    I am working by hand on this piece with a fly stitch.  The tentacles are  couched.   I do not want to use the machine to pull away from the movement  they produce.

Green Dragon IMG_8375 I am doing  machine drawing on this piece.  I did outline the print( its from Ethel)  and started to continue the body.  I took a lot of that stitching out yesterday as it was too big for the body.  I will try again this week.

IMG_8380Texture Project   I painted this background this week.  In doing a second look I think it needs another layer  of horizon so I will go back in and add some more paint   before I machine draw on top of it.

Label Blocks # 127 #128 #129Label Blocks  Do to the warmth I spent a lot of time out of doors in the evening this week and did a lot more  work on this project then usual.  I am having fun as I see the pile of black square diminish.

Keep Creating

Carol

PS   I made an error last week I   Label this  jewelry  as being created by Carrine and it is by Linda CIMG_8324_thumb.jpg.

 

 

 

 

This  beautiful work is by Carrine.  Please accept my apologies. IMG_8326

Keeping Active

AlliumHello,

These beautiful Alliums where blooming in my friends garden and they just captured  me when I drove up.  There are constant changes as the  weather grows warmer and the days are longer.  One needs to pay attention to the catch those  changes.  Keep Your eyes open.

IMG_8174I had two meetings this week.  The FAB group meant and it was an active meeting.  Nancy is making great strides on her Mother’s quilt.  I spent time helping her with the free motion work in the center section around the little sunflowers and the birds.    She is does not have enough experience with free motion work to make it work flow  for her yet.  But time and work will solve that problem.   IMG_8175Patti is taking painting classes in both acrylic and watercolor.  I think that takes courage.

Judy is working away on her “Disappearing  Nine Patch” and assembling it .  She has plans for a second alreadyJudy's Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marty was at the meeting too and she showed us the quilt she made for her great grandson.

Marty's quiltI really like how the longitude lines   curve just a bit to give the rounded feel to the piece.

The  Finger Lakes Fiber Artists also meant this week.   It is so stimulating and there is lots of interaction between the participants.   IMG_8182  This shot shows Regina and Sharon talking at lunch. ( the works on the floor are Sharon’s)

Pat Pauly's small quilt  This is one of Pat ‘s rare small works – it’s about 16″ square.    Her hand printed fabric  really lends its self to a big format so   this is a different challenge for her.

IMG_8199  This is Julia’s piece in response to a collage that she did in David Horning’s  class at QBL two summer’s ago.

 

Beverlys work   This work is by Bev.  I love how she breaks up a shape and re assembles it.   The colors work well together too.

IMG_8211   Then on Monday I went to Liz’s house we spent the day using thickened dye to alter the color of fabric.   We both did about three pieces and will meet aging in a few weeks to do  another batch. IMG_8244  These are mine and I am most delighted by finally getting some pure white in the front piece.

Nine Blue Iris

 

 

 

 

Progress Report: Nine Blue Iris This work is 15” X 31” .     Iris are one of my favorite flowers that bloom early in the spring.   IMG_8238  The old lace in the background here is from a pillow case that my Grandmother Ruth made .    I am continuing to challenge myself to work with organza and build up layers of color.  Flowers work especially well with this idea as they are so delicate.

close up of iresMost of these flowers are three layers thick,

 

 

 

 

Pods4 pods  I am continuing to build these little works.  I only have enough  altered felt to do two more and then I will move onto another project.

Jellyfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jellyfish     This project also is working with the layers of transparency.   The colors do not come through as well as I had hoped.  Not enough contrast here I think.   But that is part of what I am learning about this material.

 

Notebook- Harlequin Paper  

Notebook   I made this book cover from the Harlequin paper  I made last week.  I fused down candy wrappers to black felt and then layered  golden brown nylon netting on top.  The work was then free motion quilted over the surface to hold it all together and give it a strong  body.  Making it into the note book jacket was the final step.

 

Creative Assiatants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Assistants    I finished up another 30 of these little fellows this week.   They will disappear that QBL  as I give them away.

 

New Work

Fabric Liz challenged me when we were dyeing to create something with some of the fabric we have created together over this last year.  I pulled all of these to do just that .

 

 

Label # 122Label Block # 122     I keep   working away on this project one little block at a time.

I will be away from home so there will not be any post for the next two weeks.  I will have holiday ones to share when I get back.

Keep Creating

Carol

Moving Forward

IMG_7900Hello,

I am enjoying the unfolding of spring here.   There are lots of buds and birds.  I went to the Towpath Quilt Guild quilt show on Friday.

 

Noel's quiltMy friend Noel’s quilt looked great as did many others.  I enjoyed the show and saw many friends too.   It was inspired  to go home and work in the studio.

IMG_7862  FAB had a meeting on Monday and Nancy show us this label that she programed for her Mom’s Blue Bird quilt.     It looks good to me.

Cherry Blossom timeProgress Report: Cherry Blossom Time   This work is 39” X 35”.   I created it from the branch that was left over from the Blooming Branch project.  It was too dark for that work so this one was born.  IMG_7893 The branch was created from the sleeve of a wool jacket that I then built up with two different yarns.

IMG_7891 There area 61 blossoms on this quilt.  I made the centers from silk paper that I cut in circles and then stitched down with long French Knots.

Stasrfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flag-Starfish   This is my newest flag from the Susan Challenge.    The text on this piece is machine writing in the section on the bottom.

 

 

Pods II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pods   These are the newest completed pods.  I am enjoying the embellishing step as I get to use lots of beads sequins and pearls with this project.   I cut  six more felt embellished units this morning   so there will be more in the future.

 

Crow CallsCrow Calls   This project is a reworking of a completed quilt.  I built up the trees and stitched them to the quilt.  Now I am adding the crows.  They are cut  from suede that is then free motion stitched down.    I added  twenty five birds yesterday.

 

 

Samurai Romance Samurai Romance  I have been following the suggested techniques in Stitch, Fiber, Metal  and Mixed Media.     I have not purchased any new materials to do this project, but adapted what I have on hand to do the projects.   IMG_7876  This week I applied foil to thick interfacing and then did free motion machine drawing on top to create the flowers.  The centers are glass beads.

 

 

 

 

Still LifeStill Life   This work is an experiment.  I have been making silk paper for a  while and for this project I made the silk in the flower shapes instead of the sheet form.  Now I am stitching them down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IceIce   I have started adding the leaves to this project.  This week I made leaves out of copper.   They are embossed with a blunt pencil.   This first one is trapped under a bit of “ice”  and I like the effect.  The other one isIMG_7896set to be in the water section of the work.  It may need netting too but I do not know at this time.   I also want to also add some fabric leaves too.

 

New WorkNew Works   This is a started build up for a new work.   There is a minimum of free motion machine  work on this piece at this time.    It is based on a photo of a rock face.   IMG_7872  This is a second pin up for another new work.  It is based on another section of the same rock face- with a different color base

YokeTop   I fell in love with this piece form Guatemala.    he hand work is beautiful.  But it is far too short for me and I wanted the sides closed.  So I have started altering it to work as a top for me.IMG_7887

Label Block #115 #116Label #115 #116

I got inspired  and did  two blocks this week.  I also cut  15 more black squares to complete the top.

Keep Creating,

Carol

Home again

sunriseHello-

I am home from my trip to Florida.  I had a good time and enjoyed my stay with Susan.  We got up with the sun and went to the shore to see it rise.  She and I worked on rust dyeing and I came home with a nice selection.IMG_7751  Jim took this great photo of me holding one of my rust creations.   We went to his home one night and drew  all evening too.    I will do a tutorial  of the process rust  and post it by next week.     Susan This shot is of Susan  across the table at  drawing on Tues.

IMG_7705Chris Winter visited on afternoon and  we did  image transfers with Citra Solv . IMG_7707.jpg

Through out the week we  cut stencils and made flags with them.IMG_7700 Now all I need to do is the finish up on all fifteen of them.   They all need text of some sort because  that was the main challenge to begin with.   Susan in the studio  I will put the two I have completed in the progress report section.     We  worked away  very day and the time flew bye.     I came home to  find   ice and snow still remaining from the storm that dumped 24”  before I left.IMG_7642  This shot is of the sky light in the airport.

Monday I went off to visit with my friend Angela.  She did a special demonstration for me of how to use pre felt.  AngelaI now feel I know a lot more about how to use my roving and felt more effectively.   She is a good teacher.   I am sure the processes will be a part of future  works.

IMG_7764.jpgThis morning the FAB gals meant at my house.   Nancy has finished the top of her quilt for her mom.  It is beautiful.  The colors make one feel so summery and warm.  We will get together and pin baste it in the near future.      Judy is still knitting away on her red sweater.   She is working on the arm wholes now , so the end is in sight. IMG_7766

Progress Report: Flags 1  Bee Happy  IMG_7760 This is the fist flag I finished.  I did most of it in Florida and only added the sleeve here at home.

Flag 2- Llegado IMG_7759 I added the tabs and the beaded fringe on the bottom of this one to make it long enough to fit the size we agreed upon.   Llegado is Spanish for  alight.

Blooming BranchBlooming Branch   All the blossoms are stitch down now.  I am working on the hand quilting step of this  project.   I did not add enough wind  lines with the machine for me to feel it is stable .   IMG_7779   So I am outlining  things in the background by hand.

Summer Meadow   SummerThis work is nearly done now.  I added the daises and little yellow flowers to the surface .  All the work was done from the back side of the work with  extra thick threads in the bobbin.  Another new machine process that I will add to my tool box of techniques for use in the future.

crow callsCrow Calls     I thought I was ready to add these trees to the surface of the quilt.  But when I started pinning them up,   it became apparent that the black trees are too dark.  The crows will be lost in them if I do not build up more browns and grays into the black trees.   So there is work ahead for this week on this project.   I think the wash away partly obscured this problem until this point.

Samurai Romance  IMG_7778   I am adding the beads around the outside of the leaf panels for this project.    That and the Turkey Work stitches take lots of time.    This panel  is done the other similar one does not have any hand work yet.  It is smaller then thisfist pannel.

iceNew Ice  I started a new ice piece this week.   I took a lot of photos of the ice forming in Xavier  wood and this one had leaves sticking up through the ice and snow.  I want to try to capture/show them with this piece.   I have some ideas, so stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

Label Blocks # 111, #112,#113

Label Bkocks  The one thing I have completed in the last three weeks is my label blocks.   But I did discover that when I laided them out that 120 blocks will not be enough to cover the bed without sashing.   I do not like that idea so I will cut  25 more black squares and add labels to them before I put the top together.

Keep Creating.

Carol