Category Archives: Quilt Exploration Group (QuEGs)

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

Time out

Hello-

Again my mind is with the folks in the line of the new Hurricane.  The folks there have my thoughts and best wishes for a minimal impact and a easy recovery.   BA28Blackeyed-Susans   I have been thinking about time a lot this week.  It is such a forward moving event that effects each of us .  Time is used to label when events will happen like tomorrow, next week two weeks from now and years off.  It also can be a general time of day like meal times,  bed times work time and play time.  Time  can be used to demote an event time like  time  to get up, time to brush your teeth,   time to move, time to go to bed.  It can be used for the seasonal events like summer time,  winter time , fall and spring.  Or more specifically,   like a holiday time,   celebratory time,  or time to morn.  It can be used to describe moods like high time, good time troubled time,  or a disastrous time.  We try to control and use time to our best advantage by setting time limits or dead lines.     Time can have speeds  like  move at a snails pace,  it can inch forward,  drag, race, slip away,  and fly.   When I am creating in the studio I get lost in time and the clock  will indicate that four hours have past in what feels like the blink of an eye to me.    We can spend time, but we can not bye time unless you are talking about purchasing a time piece.   We mark time with seconds, minuets, hours, days. months, years, and centuries.    Our bodies  change with the passage of time and our memories fade and change too.    It is constantly with us and shapes our future.    We are effected by the times we are in and the history that came before.  It is a powerful force that is constantly with us.  I guess our best bet is to use our time wisely and enjoy the time we have together.

The fist Tuesday  of the month came this last week an so I had meetings with both QuEG’s and Diva gals.   This is Sue Ellen’s latest garden quilt.   Lynn showed us this vegetable garden quilt for her nephew.   Lots of color in this one.IMG_9144Liz took a water color class and she shared her  exercises with us. IMG_9149  Angela showed us her works from Kerr’s class.  Nice strong prints.

The Diva gals  shared lots of work too.  This is Regina’s wall of completed projects.  The one on the upper left was what she started in Cynthia’s class.  Her word is love.   IMG_9157  Ruth is nearly done with her “ foot print” project.  It looks good to me.IMG_9162Anne is madly quilting away on this piece.  Blind Justice is spelled out in Braille  here.   It is always so inspiring and enjoyable  to meet with these women.

Progress Report:     Glyph III This work is 28” w X 41” l.    The word owl is still the base of the glyph and it really grew out of the cut away from Glyph IV.     IMG_9185 I pebble quilted in the yellow area of the actual glyph and reflective line quilted the orange area.  The bottomIMG_9187  was line quilted.

Glyph II   This work also came as a  result of the work before it.  The cut aways from  Glyph I were added to the surface of this cloth  construction  and then Zig-Zagged down.     I only need to decide how I want to quilt the purple area and  I will be ready to finish this piece.IMG_9190

Glyph IV IMG_9174  This work came out of the cut away from Glyph III.  I am beading on all of the orange from that work.

Glyph V    I was still in love with the complex shapes of the glyph- but I was ready to branch off for this one.    The parts are there but scrambled  and there are additions.   I have started to pebble quilt in the green areas on this peoject.

IMG_9168New work  Glyph VI    And here we have the leftovers from  # V.   I feel the from has changed enough that I may drop the glyph reference.   I have only tacked the piece on top of the cream and green background.  Those colored sections will be cut away from the bach and be a part of the jump off for the next piece.

 

Time Card  I continue to do the cards for Susan’s challenge.  This is my entry for this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Assistants   Football season has begun and my work on  these little fellow has started too.  Debbie sent me a great box of trims and yarn  bits.  These guys all show some of  that influence.

Label Block IMG_9178  I am excited  as I see there are only three more black square in the basket.   I am pondering what I will tackle next too.      I need to brain storm a bit on that topic.

Keep Creating

Carol

Quilting by the Lake 2017

 

IMG_8688Hello,

I can not believe that this is how the gym at Onondaga Community Collage looked on Friday July 14 the day after my last post and the day we started preparing for Quilting by the Lake for this year.     This post will be full of photos and snippets of what happened in those glorious days plus a bit of what has happened this week too.

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So by the end of the day we had filled the gym with all the quilts that we had received at that time.  It was not ready for guests as more work

came in on Saturday,IMG_8694 but we did a lot.

I spent my Saturday helping my friend Sharron move into her dorm room and decorate for Christmas in July.  We had fun, but more about  that later.

IMG_8808There were four special shows within the quilt show at QBL this year.  One was five Dear Jane Quilts by Sharron.

Sharron's dear JaneShe talked about her journey with the development of this project one afternoon after class. IMG_8705  I have watched her work away on the blocks doing all the color variations at the same time for each of the 350 blocks.  It has taken her six plus years to complete this master  body of work.  It looks great.   Marcia De Camp had a solo show as well.   Non on my photos of that are strong enough to be included here, but believe me when I say it was powerful too.

The Finger Lakes Fiber Artists had a great display .  Cheri and Sharron  These two works are from that section.  The top Quilt is by Sharon Souva.  The bottom one is by Cheri Sheridan.     Liz's work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This quilt  is by Liz Anderson,  she is also a part of the Finger Lakes Fiber Artist’s group.  The little girl on the far right is Liz at the age of six.

Noel and her lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noel Keith also had a solo show and talk the second week . Some of her works have been included  in the Quilts=Art=Quilts shows in the past. IMG_8825She works with silks that she has hand dyed herself and that adds a wonderful layer of excitement to her work.

 

Sister Sew and SewSister Sew and Sew made an appearance at the quilt show.   She had lots of tips and bits of knowledge that she shared with us as well.

 

This shot is of Sister checking the length of this woman’s hem from the floor.  An item that my Catholic friends assure me was common in their pasts.

 

 

 

My class week one was with Cynthia Corbin.  I am going to post a few of the solutions that folks created in class.IMG_8744This is a shot of Annette’s project in the middle of the week.  It changes as she assembled it.  I really like the quiet colors.

IMG_8745This work is by Diane.   Her first work with all solids she tells me.   IMG_8763  This shot is of my table partner Robin and her work as we did our Mimi talks about our work for the week on Friday afternoon.

We were Cynthia’s last  topic class and so we gave her flowers as a thank you for her kind support and help.Cynthia

 

IMG_8767Friday night at the end of the first week of QBL we have show and tell where each class with their teacher get up on the stage and show what they worked on.  This is a shot of Alice with her project from Studio class.

Wedge classOne class- on the use of wedges-  just moved there boards with their work into the auditorium and display them.  Nice touch.

Another event at the end of the week is the action of TOTE Bags to raise money for the Scholarship IMG_8774Fund.   This is Rosalie Dace with her “Chicken bag” .

Week two I had a class called “One Theme – Many Variations”  with Kerr Garbowski.   IMG_8884

We started each morning with some drawing.  This shot is of Cherri doing a blind contour.IMG_8810of onions- her subject.

We worked with colored pencils, chalk and paint blocks too.   This is Cherri’s experiment  using those things on a silk screen. Cherri's wrok With each pass she added more color so the image changed   with each print.

Lots of my friends where in this class and we all had great fun.   We did lots of deconstructed screen work.  IMG_8852Cris and Ann were in front of me.  Both worked hard.  RobinRobin sat next to me again and did some strong work.

IMG_8850 Gerri really did some big works with her little screens.Liz I have been dyeing with  Liz on most Mondays this summer and her big strong   gestural work is so inspiriting.   These two works from class confirm this feeling.

Angela Angela was also in this class and she did this wonderful series using  a glue line print of her husband’s  saxophone keys.    She too changed the background color with  each pull.

These are IMG_8977some of my fabrics from class.

Quilters are a divers group. One of my friends,IMG_8786.jpg Emily has done a lot of beading in the form of bracelets this year.  She shared them with us.  They are wonderful!

 

treeWeek II of QBL also brought our Christmas in July celebration.

We played games based on carols.Christmas gang  We pulled  poppers.   We drank eggnog, we had a garb bag gift exchange and laughed a lot. IMG_8734 Sharron dressed in red and was our master of ceremonies.Sharron   It was great fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second week ended with show and tell like the first.     Debbie had completed this quilt.Debbi's quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LindaThis shot is of Linda with one of the works she did in class.   IMG_8888 And another class project.

The week ended with the tote auction and Cynthia’s tote sold for $1,350.00 – the highest price paid for any work that was going to the scholarship fund.   Cynthia Cynthia sweetened the pop of her tote by adding some of her own hand dyed materials to the collection.IMG_8899  This is a shot of the bag after the sale.      Nice way to close QBL for 2017.

Saturday I went downtown to the Art’s and Crafts fair where I saw several artists friends and watch the native American dancers.  They really moved and I enjoyed all the action.

Dancers My daughter’s company had a booth there too and this shot is of her and several of her fellow workers.  IMG_8929Wendy is the one in the middle.

I also had QuEG’s and  Diva meetings this week.  At QuEG’s  we looked at many projects  folks worked on at QBL.IMG_8931This is the piece that Linda was working on in Independent Studio.

Liz- hand work This piece is what Liz worked on in Rosalie’s class week one at QBL.

 

 

 

Sally's Light houseThis is another  3-D work by Sally.   The whole section at the bottom is all made with thread- except the door. The light house had a lite in the top too.  She does amazing work with her embroidery machine.IMG_8932This is another bit of jewelry  by my quilting friend Corrine.

The Diva gals had lots of wonderful work too. IMG_8944Lori showed off her knitting with these hand warmers that she made on her curse to keep her hands warm.   She also showed off her stitch work.

Sandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy proudly displayed her work just home from a quilt show.

 

Noel's work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noel showed off her newest work where she was mixing black and white with solid colors.

Sally's piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally displayed her second quilt showing off her morning walks.  The quilt shows a map of the rout in red  and the photos are  some of the items she sees.

IMG_8960.jpg  Ruth is actively working away on her dinosaur track quilt.  These first layers are ready for the mud layer now. IMG_8953

Maureen is working away on layers of dye  for her new projects.   This is lovely.

SusanSusan is still doing little units of work on Pellon.   These are memory pieces of her experience in Mexico.       As I have said many times I am so very fortunate to have so many stimulating  and creative  friends.

 

Progress Report:  Owl project

Owl 1The first week I took a class with Cynthia Corbin called The ABC’s of Composition.  In this class we design blocks using letter forms as the basis of the blocks.IMG_8698Gliph This is the black fabric patters for my blocks.    We then interpreted the patters in color and built the quilt around them.     I stayed with this word all week and went from this first start to a “glyph” using the word owl.

I have always been fascinated  by the positive and negative spaces in art and this project played into and developed several more pieces in this vain.IMG_8737

 

Glyph IVAt this point I wondered about a size variation with the  glyph.   I did a shrink   and an enlargement.IMG_8740 I have not done any work with the smaller ones even though I have several ideas.

Glyph VThe larger one however has become two pinned works.  Watch for upcoming developments.

 

 

Label Blocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Label Blocks More blocks is getting  smaller and the end of this step is insight.

It has been a busy few weeks and my mind is full of ideas.  Now I need to slow down and get some work done.

Keep Creating.

Carol

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Preparations

 

IMG_8653Hello-

I am getting ready for the start of Quilting By the Lake  this week along with the usual stuff.    I always get excited about seeing my gal pals that I only see for these two weeks every year.     It really begins tomorrow for me as I will spend the day helping to hang the quilt show that is a part of the two week event.

This week was busy.  I did go and dye with Liz one day and we did a few more pieces.  I will take a lot along to use in my  class the first week.     IMG_8646   These are Liz’s  dyed works that she shared at the QuEG’s meeting on Tuesday.    She also finished her piece that is her entry for the Finger Lakes Fiber Artists show that is a part of the QBL show .  IMG_8645  This is not the best shot of it and I will try to get a better one.    Alice's work There was also a Diva meeting this week.  This it a shot of Alice’s new work for the Women’s museum.  It is early in the process so things will change.  But a strong beginning. IMG_8673 Anne is working on this piece for a show about folks with disabilities.  This is braile.   Both meetings where stimulating and I enjoyed them.

 

Three Jacks  My Three Jacks was finally installed in its new home with my friends Dave and Betty.     This is a shot of it’s place of honor over their new fireplace..   I am quite proud of how good it looks there.

Teasel III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress Report:  Teasel III   This work is 17” w X 22” l.   It is going to my friend Vyvian who lives  in England .    I will try to get it shipped soon.   IMG_8641It is the last of the teasel works that will have this shurbi  dyed fabric in it as there is none left in my stash.

IMG_8642  I hope she enjoys the piece.  I certainly enjoyed creating it with her in mind.  IMG_8643

IMG_8607 Prayer Flags  I made up three more of these little guys this week.  They are so much fun and go so fast.  I often get nice positive comments on then too.

Label BlocksLabel Blocks  Two more label blocks are done now.  I am nearly finished with a third.  It was my plan to have three as I will be away at QBL for the next two weeks and there will not be any posting until I return .  The next post will  be  Aug 4.

Enjoy summer

Carol

May Apples

May ApplesHello,

As this image shows the May Apples are up.  No blossoms yet- or at least  none as of yesterday.  But they will appear soon.  They are such fleeting plants as they will all be gone in a month.   Knowing  the hill side where these live means I look for them year after year in one of the small wild areas close to home.

Liz with work

 

 

 

 

This week was a busy one that started last Friday with a three day  open studio at the Schweinfurt Art Center.  I spent the time in the wet studio again and had a great time.  There were only three of us down stairs,  so we all had lots of space to work.  Liz worked on top  of old black ans white samples for her dyeing.Penny    Good way to give this work a second life.    Penny built paper screens and did lots of stamping.      I had a lot of new thermofax  screens that I enjoyed playing with.  There were some problems  though.  Liz and I used the dye  and print paste we

 

had mixed up in Oct.Liz'z wall  Most of Liz’s work washed out to very pale colors. This great big piece went from a strong powerful work to IMG_8008this timid pastel work.     I did not have as poor a luck as she but my works could not seem to keep their whites.

My wall  None of the browns, that I truly love ,worked either.      I did have good luck with my greens though.

Liz's shot of me Liz  shot this one of me working.

Washed out  I am still washing out they dyes so I will wait for my final decision about the success of it all.   We will start from scratch next week.  There were seven gals upstairs working in the sewing studio too.  We got to talk with them at lunch time.IMG_7985IMG_7987

The “Made in New York” show was also up in the gallery.    Wings   The wings were especially striking.    The whole week end event was fun and exhausting.

 

 

 

Because Tuesday was the first Tuesday of the month, I had QuEG’s and  Diva meetings too.

At QuEG’s   Sally had lots of great work to share.IMG_8030  The more I learn about machine embroidery the more impressed I become.  All those little  red snowflakes on this tree skirt are machine drawn!    She had some wonderful hand work too. IMG_8026   The light color of the ribbon, basket and flowers was done with Crayola crayons before she did the embroidery work.  It is  quietly luscious.  Linda has been exploring water soluble crayons  and having fun at that.IMG_8024    She is also playing with black and white fabrics .

Regina'sThe  Divas were also inspiring this month.   Regina shared more rust dyeing and this wonderful Bird of Paradise  miniature quilt.   It is paper pieced.  I find the idea of all those little 1/4” seams coming together in the points a  task I do not even want to attempt.IMG_8042 Ruth is working on a  social commentary piece about the massacre.    It will be a pleasure to watch this work grow.   IMG_8044  Lori is doing Gelli plate printing to create backgrounds for her stitching work.   The quiet  colors are  so beautiful  here.

Noel's leaf Noel brought her big leaf top  from a Pat Pulley Workshop  she took a few weeks ago.  The fabrics are very strong.    There was a lot of stimulation this week so not a lot of work got done.

 

 

Copper leavesProgress Report: Ice  I am to the point on this piece where I am machine drawing the leaves that are in the water.  There is no pattern for what I am doing and I  get to invent the vain and leaf shapes as I go along.  It is fun, but very exhausting at the same time.   IMG_8057   The few place where I have cut  and applied  fabric leaves are much easier  to complete.

PodsIMG_8068  Only one pod was finished this week.  I have two more that I am sure I will complete this eve, but they are not done yet.  I am using lots of the special buttons I have been purchasing over the years and  some from the of the fancy ones that Sharron gave me  as my center points on some of these latest ones.

Label Block # 119Label #119

Again I keep working away on these blocks.   Only 26 to go now.

Keep Creating,

Carol

Spring

Hello-

It is starting to really feel like spring here in central New York.  I see little bits of green on the tips of branches  and shoots in the flower beds on my walks.   This was the fist week of the month so I had meetings.   The QuEG’s meeting was small but there was lots of work.

IMG_7796Liz finished this beauty using all Kay Facet’s fabrics.    She and  Sue Ellen both had work for the  group challenge for the guild.

Liz  This is Liz’s finished star challenge piece.  It looks good I think.   Sue Ellen’s star  is   a good one as well.IMG_7797  The use of the light blue fabric and the size were the other two limitations to the challenge.     Angela's Angela is busy working on felting some of her patterns from her tip to Hawaii   I think the limited pallet will server her well with this exploration.

 

 

Lor'sThe Divas also meant on Tue eve.  with more exciting stuff.  This is Lori’s completed tundra piece from her trip to Alaska.IMG_7802Maureen showed us lots of the new wonderful hand printed fabric that she is working on.    Donna  is proud of finally finishing her big king sized top.   It is amazing as it is her first quilt.  IMG_7806

Donna's BatherShe is also working away on some figures in paper clay.   These bathing beauties are fun I think.

IMG_7811Regina is doing lots of handwork  on her shobori  pieces from last month.  She is also exploring with rust dyeing.   IMG_7813

 

 

Liesa workLliesa  shared her memory scrolls from her semester in Japan.  They are so wonderful.  IMG_7824All created while she was there with her husband and made from fabric she got at the temple sales that she attended.

 

FiguresThere are four scrolls and each one is full of beautiful appliqued works all with memories and stories too.  IMG_7823   She stitched the insect by hand here and told a story about the cricket pets one has in the small houses there.  I just could not look enough at this piece of work.

 

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Summer Medow

 

 

 

 

Progress Report: Summer Meadow 

 This work is 15” X 21.5 “  in size.  Sewing of the flowers  was done from the back of the work with thick thread and cord in the bobbin.IMG_7836IMG_7837  The dragon fly has wings cut from ribbon that was then free motion attached to the background.  The  body is made of bugle beads that I hand stitched to the surface.

 

 

Blooming Branch 33" X 430.5"Blooming Branch This work is 33” X 40.5”.   It is the result of a challenge by my friend Sharron.  We bot purchased  some silk kimono fabric

IMG_7850This shot is a close up of that fabric.   The challenge was to use it in a project to show at  QBL in the summer of 2017.   IMG_7849  This is my solution.

Crow Calls Crow Calls I am adding the trees to the surface of the work now.  It takes about 50 minuets to  do each tree and the birds have not been started yet.   I am enjoying it none  the less.

 

 

Samurai RomanceIMG_7834  I finished the leaf panels  this week .    I am beginning to feel it is a bit over crowded and I still have one more technique to add to the surface.

Samuair Romance     I may do some  editing before this is all done  and I am happy now that I only pinned things in place as I went along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RoosterBanner –Year of the Rooster   This is one of my works that I started in Florida with Susan.   The lettering on this one is stamped.   The rooster is colored with  crayon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_7843.jpgBanner- Birds  This is my second banner this week.  The texture is created by rubbing over a plastic doily with crayon.  The text here is cut felt letters that were machine stitched down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New  IceIMG_7830I am just starting to free motion stitch down the parts of  this work.  The bright pink at the bottom, is the felt inside  that I am building on.

 

 

scarvesNew Scarves       Chris  asked for more scarves so I got busy and did these two this week.  IMG_7856  I am always surprised by the bits of stuff that seem to pile up and work in these projects.

 

Pod 6IMG_7858  I gave in and  decided to create a few more pods.  This one needs some weight/beads on the bottom and it will be complete.

 

 

Label Block 114Label Block # 114   I made it to the fabric store this week and got more black fabric for the last 25 blocks.  Cutting them is the next step.  Only  36 to go now.

Keep Creating

Carol

PS check out my  tutorial on how to rust print.

March

 

IMG_7605Hello-

The week has been a busy one as it was the first Tuesday of the month and I had QuEG’s and Diva meetings.  This hand painted and printed fabric was created by Linda last fall before she fell and injured her shoulder.   I like the three layers   she built up.  Angela's work Angela is  doing wonderful hand work of some Hawaiian flowers.    She is exploring with paint too.   It seems like we all keep playing with new ideas.

 

Regin'a ButterflyAt the Diva meeting  Regina shared her Butterfly piece and a second forest floor work.

 

 

 

Lori's Lori finished up this wonderful hand stitched piece this month too.  She really likes to build lots and lots of layers of stitching.  I love her final effect.  It’s so rich.

IMG_7616Donna shared some of her Shobori work form Maureen’s class.

Ruth share this wonderful Guatemalan  weaving.    IMG_7617

I always get a bit lift form the meetings and go home inspired.

Xavier Wood IceProgress Report: Xavier Wood Ice   This work is  34” X 40”.    It is based on one of my photographs  from  earlier this winter.    I have been working on the quilting for the last few weeks as it is all done free motion and that takes a lot of energy so I can not work too long before I must stop.IMG_7629  I used plastics, ribbon, yarns   netting and hand dyed cheese cloth as parts of the texture for this piece. IMG_7632  The snow has so many textures to do because some of it  is melted and refrozen while other areas are melted and other areas are thin with think areas too .     I have lots more photos and I am already thinking about how I want to show the leaves captured in the ice on  the next one.

branch-study-mine.jpgBlooming Branch   This work has been the area where I have done the most concentration this week.   I made two limbs for this piece.    This is the second limb and I made it because I was worried that the first was too light.  When I pinned up this second limb and I then took a shot of it in the gray scale I could see that the dark value was too close to the background and it got lost.   Here is tha shot.Dark limb -gray scale   So I returned to the light branch and pinned it up and took a gray scale photo of it.  It looked like thisWhitew limb-gray scale  So that’s the one I sewed down and I am using in this work.

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I have started to add the stamens to some of the blossoms.

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Second Branch  Second branch  The second branch is pinned to a lighter background and I am hoping that adding blossoms  to it will push it back a bit and  create more of the balance I am looking for.     This Value thing is not easy for me.

Samurai Romance IMG_7635  The gold panel on the left is mostly done.  I am working on  step two where I stenciled copper paint on felt that I had created.  I am learning lots of new techniques with this project and that is what I wanted to do.

 

 

 

 

 

summer medowSummer Meadow    I finished the bobbin cord application and did the painting on this work this week.  I  am now ready to build up more grass and flowers on top with machine drawing.

 

Crow CallRe working   I am building a forest on top of this piece.   It was Ok- but did not excite me much.  A great background as Ethel would have said.  So here goes…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Label Block # 110    Block #110I keep working away on this project.

I will be away for the next two weeks so there will not be any posts until Mach 30.

Enjoy the beginnings of spring.

Carol

Winter

 

IMG_7387Hello,

We are deep in the cold of winter here and that makes me stay in the studio and get a lot done.  But I do have the meetings that come at the first of each month.  QuEG’s meant.    Liz is busy doing hand work on her project that she dyed last fall at the  play/work retreat at the Schweinfurth.  That is her work at the top.

Sue Ellen'sSue Ellen is busy too and she made this colorful quilt for the Linus Project.  I always get  a lot more out of the group meetings.

Circle Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This time I showed them all the Circle Challenge pieces all together.  IMG_7436.jpg That lead to a whole lot of playing with how they could or should be presented.   I continued the whole idea when I got home.

IMG_7433.jpgThere are just so many ways to go with them.

 

circle placementThe Diva’s had a good time playing with them too.   There was a lot going on at that meeting as well.

 

 

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Alice has finished her Bed Quilt and she made prints of the finished work to give to all the folks in the family who owned the bed so they have the history.   I think that is a good idea.

 

LiesaLiesa  is building a wonderful book on stamps.   She printed the stamps on fabric for this work and laments that she still has all the original  stamps left.

 

Donna's work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna just returned from a 10 day retreat where she did a lot of Gelli printing and pastel work. IMG_7409Maureen is doing lots of work with indigo so she can do more teaching of the techniques.   She shares her knowledge so very kindly.

 

Regina's work Regina went off to the  conference called “ Rocky Road to California” and took a class with the Tentmakers of Cairo.    She keeps exploring new techniques.

 

 

Ruth's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth is busy with her wonderful clam shells too.    It was a good meeting and I came home with new ideas of things to do with my own work.

 

 

Three JacksProgress report: Three Jacks This work is 28” X 40”.  Because I had to take it apart  to fix the nail at the bottom I took photos of the work without the glass.  No  problems with reflections that way.   I also did a major cleaning of the glass- something that I had not thought of before either.  IMG_7446The work is dramatic and I like it a lot.

cl up- three Jacks  The velvet jacks really convey the rich contrast of the two parts of the flower.

Snow Dying

IMG_7420It snowed this week and so I did a bit more snow dyeing.  It is snowing today too so I will do an orange batch next.

TeasilTease I   I did the hand stitching on this work this week.  It is almost ready to stretch.

 

 

Teasel II IMG_7386  I pulled this fabric for the background  of the green teasel heads I made the week before on Monday.  Then I worked hard on getting that section done.   I got all excited  and even moved on to pinning the heads in place.  They are not stitched down.  Teaseil II   No problem with contrast this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ScarfLeaf Scarf   I did a lot of free motion work on this piece and determined yesterday that it was complete.   It is based on a work I saw on Pintrest by  Amanda McCarvour.  close up os scarf I only work from what I remember not from any reading or recheck.  So when I did look a second time yesterday, I was surprised by how different they were.  I like the vanes of leaves mixed with the wool roving .IMG_7425  The places where I  tried to work in air collapsed so I think when I try it again I will put a layer of nylon net in the middle of the sandwich so there is a some stability to the whole thing.    That and more stitching lines will do the trick I think.  It will also help avoid the arching that happened with some of the gold leaves.

Xavier Wood IceXavier Wood Ice  I have been taking a lot of photos on my walks of ice and now I am ready to begin a new ice work.  This is the fabric lay out at about the middle of the process.

Pods IMG_7429 I have assembled two of the pods from the felted pieces that I made.  They are nor quite finished as I think I want to add some additional beads on the bottoms  of them.   But I am making progress.  It is like the circle challenge in the way that I can think  of more  variations for each side as I go along.   I will play until I tire of the process.IMG_7431

Scrap Happy  IMG_7432.jpgI have been assembling the strips and cut pieces from Ethel’s scrap box for a few weeks.  I cut them into five inch squares yesterday and made a block.  It is 17” on a side.  That is a little bigger then I usually use so I may need to make adjustments as I move forward.

Block #106Label Block # 106   I was in Jo Ann’s this week and I was tempted to purchase some additional embroidery  thread- but I resisted.  Then when I got home I did a little search and found a new bag full, so I am very happy I did not give into temptation.  Only fourteen more blocks to build.

Keep  Creating

Carol

New Beginnings

 

IMG_7166Hello,

In the deep cold we are experiencing now, I think of the wonderful warmth of spring and the new beginnings that  a new year makes on consider.  New sketchbooks, new book keeping,  and new calender’s are  all part of the new start for 2017.    I am working on choosing a new word for my focus this year too, but  have not decided quite yet.  Sue Ellen at the QuIG’s  meeting was thinking of spring too with this new Hosta leaf pillow she shared.  The machine work is wonderful.     The Diva’s also meant this week.  Because of the show that Donna is hosting for us there IMG_7190was lots of talk and work for that event.       I served as transport for work for Noel and Regina's workSharon  as both  could not attend.   Sharon kindly gave me a little gift in the form of one of the book marks that she makes for her booth.    I like it. Regina has been doing a lot of indigo dyeing. ( look at that pile)      Cheri's workCheri had two new pieces for the show as well as to share.    She also does such nice little surprises for the backs of her quilts that I am sharing one of those too.IMG_7173

 

 

Ruth's waveRuth got into a traveling trunk show for SAQA and  she showed us the new wave she did just for that.   I like the waves out to sea too.   Then there is the wonderful foam under the wave.   It is really a strong work I think.  IMG_7169

 

 

 

LLieseLliese   had a wonderful piece to share with us as well.    This piece is much bigger than she usually works.

I hung my Solo Show yesterday with the help of Steve and Lynne.IMG_7177  Preparing for this was a good experience for me as I got to really look at the body of work.    I have been on this earthy foundations work for about three years now.  We hung 21 pieces and I took 24 home with me that we did not use.  I like having a choice. My work    It is a beautiful place to display and I enjoyed doing that step too because of the wonderful help.

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Circle Challenge 2Progress Report:  Circle Challenge 1    I am pleased with how this turned out.   All the parts seem to work together for me.

 

 

Circle Challenge 2 IMG_7188  This second challenge has different colors in some of the strips and the rotation is different.  Three additional colored circles remain but the parts of the solid yellow circle have been dropped and replaced with four triangles.  I am ready to do the bead work now .

Name GameName Game Wendy and Mark  I am all done assembling the strips of this work now.   I made the back the other day IMG_7186 and I am now ready to add the batting and begin quilting it.

Three Jacks  Three JacksI have finished the background of this work.  Then I did some research followed by some drawing.IMG_7185  The paper patterns are enlargements of the sketch.  I still have one more to do as you can easily see.   I could not find the color fabric in my stash that I wanted to use so I had to purchase the green on Tues at Quilters Corner when I was there.

Bird BlockBird Block   I am playing with some leftover bird cuts from the Bird land quit here.   It is always  a little challenge to see if the remainders can become something on there own.    I am thinking now that I will balance the birds with some free motion  bushes based on this sketch book drawing.IMG_7184 They have such a light feeling that I feel they can balance the heavy birds on the left.

 

 

Label Block  # 101  Block #101I am working away on these little blocks.  Only 19 more to build now.

Keep Creating

Carol

Deep in Fall

 

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I am finding the fall color all around me now.   And there is a lot on the ground.  I raked big piles to the street yesterday.  The leaf piles are deep .     This week was the beginning  of the month and so I had meetings with both QuEGs and Divas on Tuesday.   IMG_6759Sally started us off with a warm and fuzzy baby quilt for her grand child.    Linda  showed

IMG_6766.jpgus the project she had completed from her class at QBL this summer.    Liz was just home from Nancy Crow’s  Barn and she had some great work to share too.  She is mixing her drawing skills with her fabric work.

IMG_6767Sue Ellen is playing with line.   It was a good meeting.  The I went off to the Diva meeting in the evening.  There again folks have been busy with projects and events. Regin's work

Regina is doing great free motion machine  drawing.  I like her use of layers of fabric for this too.  Anne and Ruth both took a Shobori class at the Schweinfurth  and the results are wonderful.IMG_6787  I look forward to seeing these wonderful fabrics in new works.

MaureenMaureen showed her finished Shobori quilt.  She will be teaching these techniques in the spring.

Maureen also shared some antique quilt blocks she picked up on her trip to Maine.    I really like the wonderful stitches.IMG_6783

Alice's workAlice showed us the progress she is making on “The Bed” quilt.  She had such a strong style!

IMG_6776Lliesa  has finished her  village piece.  “The Tracks Divide Us” the title.

IMG_6801.jpgProgress Report: Bird Land   This quilt is 50” lone and 49” wide.  I started this quilt in Class with Rosalie Dace and the assignment  was to choose a shape and repeat it against a  patterned background.  I also added to the challenge by using the negative space too. IMG_6803  I did reflective quilting on this surface to fill it in. IMG_6807

Fall Fires IMG_6795.jpg  This stretch work is 30” X 22”.      This work is my second attempt to use my collage build up technique and try to pull away from the  “rock” imagery that is where I usually go.   IMG_6796  I enjoyed mixing the wool, organza and silks to build up this work.IMG_6798

New work  1, 2, 3    #2When I finish a work I usually get going on  a new piece.  I have drawn out three new layouts for work that use the collage build up technique.     This one  had the felt base built in.IMG_6788 With this one I a building up with bits and scraps of fabric fist.    There is a third but it  is  just lines on the black wool.

Self Challenge self challenge   I stated this self challenge this week too.  I want to do seven little works that are all the same size using a strip section and a circle cut from that strip unit.   I did not know how to cut away the circle and maintain the strip unit so I could rotate the circle and re insert it.  But the folks at the Diva meeting gave me two possible ways to do that.  I think I am ready to go forward now.

IMG_6813.jpgLabel Blocks # 90 & 91   I continue to do the work.  I am going to hunt up a stitch book this week to make some more exciting stitches though.

Keep Crating

Carol