Fans of the IFC show Portlandia will appreciate this piece that I currently have hanging in the 1109 Gallery. I took a quilt that I made several years ago and added birds to it. Now it is much better. I call this quilt "Put a Bird on It!"
Our performance art piece "Uncoverings" at Final Fridays went great! I cannot take any credit for setup, that is for sure, but we ended up with a very beautiful bed piled high with quilts. Every ten minutes we took the top quilt off so the next one could be displayed. It was a mix of antique quilts and new quilts. Pieced, appliqued and crazy. Here is a paper pieced treasure:
And here is a quilt that I did quite a few years ago. Most of my efforts are nowhere near bed sizes these days.
Here is a detail from a very old and lovely crazy quilt.
This Friday is the final Friday of April (insert cry of dismay about time flying here). Lawrence has been trying to get a downtown arts event rolling on the last Friday called, oddly enough, Final Fridays. There are exhibits and performances all over downtown. Check here for some of the venues (scroll down past the KC info). I will be participating in a textile art event at Hobbs-Taylor. One at a time, on a bed piled high, about 30 quilts will be shown. Each quilt will get about 8 minutes of fame and exposure. There is a bit more information about what will be going on at Hobbs-Taylor here.
My quilt "Face the Seasons" will be one of the quilts shown:
So here's looking at you, kid. Be there or be square. I will also have a piece up in the 1109 Gallery, but more about that later.
A while back I started a scrap quilt using a very simple block. About halfway along, I heard about the Modern Quilt Guild's "Project Modern: 2" challenge. The challenge for this call for quilts was to use only one color. I assumed they would also prefer a simple design, so I stopped work on my colorful scrap quilt and made an identical scrap quilt using only one color...grey. Here is the result, which I call "Office Windows", and below are the winners. (No, I did not win the challenge.) More about this challenge can be found here. I don't think my quilt is better than the winners, but I have to say that I don't think it is worse. Maybe the best thing about all this is the dent it made in my scrap pile!
Next weekend is my quilt guild's annual show. I will be speaking at the show and trying to sell my book at 11am on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday. The show will be in Building 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds (Lawrence, KS). Each year the guild sells small quilts in a silent auction to raise funds for good causes. Here is the quilt I have donated. I call it Flowers in Black and White.
Here is the latest set of Artist's Trading Cards from my group. The theme for these cards is "Copper". It seems that I was not alone in realizing that pennies were a very inexpensive embellishment possibility. I made the two on the lower right, and I called them "Copper Penny Pincher". The copperhead snake card is probably my favorite.
The opening reception for the Topeka Competition 30 was very nice, as usual. The folks at the Sabitini Gallery are a pleasure to work with and to party with too. There are great photos of the exhibit here. Be sure to check out all three pages. Scroll down down down to the bottom of the page to click to the other two pages. Here is a photo of gallery director Sherry Best announcing the awards. I am over to the far left... life of the party as always.
The opening reception for the Topeka Competition 30 is April 1,from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Sabitini Art Gallery. No fooling. For more information on this exhibit, click here. My two "tar ball" quilts will be part of the show. I blogged a bit about them here. I'm glad they found a place to be exhibited together!
Finishing the quilt below put me in the mood to visit Kansas City branch of the Modern Quilt guild. Plus, I had an offer of a ride and (as it turned out) a free meal. First, the food. We ate at BRGR and had great burgers, sweet potato fries... and a funnel cake/donut dessert that was made to look like an additional burger and fries. Fabulous! If this is a chain, find one near you. The meeting was fun and energetic. Check out Deb's blog here for a good report on the evening. Fortunately, we were there on a big show and tell night. The group was showing the results of a Kona Cotton Solids Only Challenge. The results were amazing and very inspirational. Unfortunately, because there was so much to be shown with the challenge quilts that they did not allow any other show and tell. But I can show my quilt here. Ta da... "Black and White"
I signed up for a class on needle felting, thinking it would be a motivator to get some felting done. I did get a little done, but very little. Here are some hearts and flowers made using purchased forms.
Sometimes I just get distracted by good looks. Check out these beautiful looms by Craftsanity:
Well, after I buy crafting supplies, sometimes I even use them. First, I wove 12 squares, using the 14 inch loom.
Then I crocheted two rows of single crochet around each square, using a size N hook. Both the weaving and the crochet was done in one inch strips of fabric that were folded in half.
Then I put two squares together and crocheted around them using a single crochet stitch. Before I did the final side, I inserted a 2 by 14 inch foam cushion.
So after a lot of fabric ripping and folding and weaving and crocheting, I now have six lovely cushions and an even softer life. Along with wanting a reason to buy these looms that are so pleasing to touch and look at, I wanted a project to use up a noticeable amount of fabric. This project really did use a lot of fabric! The original color scheme was red and turquoise. I had to keep expanding the definition of turquoise as I dug through the fabric stash, but red was not much of a problem. There always seems to be plenty of that.
Just a few days ago we were having record cold temps, today they say we might break the record high temp. It is no wonder my house is developing cracks and splits. What building material can withstand that stress? Well, what affordable material. Anyway, here is a picture of another quilt I made for a local halfway house...held by the unknown husband.
I was hoping to show our record high snow mountain he built when shoveling the driveway. It isn't very obvious, but the snow is higher than halfway up the quilt. That is a lot for us. This quilt was made from fabric that Fabriquilt gave me back when I was making quilts for them. I pieced random-width strips from their (then) current line of fabrics, but I did not end up using the "fabric" I had created in whatever I ended up making. Later, (if you have ever seen me work, this is not surprising) some Shirt Taylor interfacing that I was fusing to some other project's fabric got out of control and I accidentally fused interfacing to some other items on the work table. The striped Fabriquilt leftovers got a stripe of infacing fused to the front of it. Anyway, fast forward to now, and I cut up that fabric into 2.5 inch strips...deleting the fused bits and adding purple fabric. Then I pieced those strips along with 6 inch strips of purple fabric. Then, since these quilts will be washed often... I used a wavy machine stitch to quilt over (almost) all of the seams. To quilt along the uneven widths of fabric in the narrow strips, I just let the quilting stagger back and forth along the length of the quilt. I think the end effect looks planned and not sloppy.
My quilt guild has taken on the project of providing nap quilts for a local addiction treatment center. Sometimes the women in treatment bring their children along with them during their stay at the center. To help make the kids feel welcome, they get to choose a quilt to put on their bed. This also helps designate which bed is theirs. When they leave, they take the quilt with them. I hope we can keep up with the number of quilts this will require. But many of us have way too much fabric... so maybe the odds are good. Here is my latest one:
You may remember that I made curtains for my daughter's NYC apartment, and you may remember that the curtains ended up being too short. (But you don't really remember that, right? Because lets face it, you have a life.) Well, I did and they were. I suggested that maybe I could make a string of pennants that could be hung up across the gap at the top of the window... sorta like a valance... and that maybe they would help the problem. Daughter agreed, and then she began her wait for me to get around to actually making them. Well, today is the big day! They are in the mail to her.
Of course, in the mean time, she has moved to another apartment... and the curtains are an even worse fit in the new place. But maybe the pennants will help. Pennants sure seem to be popular in the blog world right now. I see them in all sizes, in all kinds of shapes and materials, strung across all kinds of spaces. They look festive in those photos, so hopefully this string will be a good fit in the new place.
At least a week ago I was tagged by Deb. What a nice thing for her to do! The rules for tagging are always friendly, but somehow I end up being unable to meet the requirements... But lets take a shot.
Deb-the-tagger has a fun blog here called "Deb Rowden's Thrift Shop Quilts". She does great things with fabric culled from thrift store finds, and she has a knack for finding obsessive scrap quilts and quilt tops at garage sales. Visit her blog, you will enjoy it.
I'm supposed to mention three things I love. Well, obviously the three loves would be husband and two daughters...but maybe they shouldn't be considered "things". So lets say:
3. my sewing machine
Now for the hard part. I'm supposed to tag three other blogs. Blogs that have less that 300 followers. I follow a lot of blogs, but I am one of a herd, not a brave pioneer. All of those blogs have hundreds of followers. The blogger that tagged Deb has a great blog called "The Root Connection" here. Tagging her again doesn't help her readership much but be sure to check out her site.
Riel Nason has fun blog here called "The Q and the U". Lets tag her.
Elizabeth Cat's blog probably has many more followers that required, but check out her site here if only to enjoy the color.
Elizabeth Hartman's blog "Oh, Fransson!" here is a great place to go for quilters. Elizabeth must sew night and day.
Well, now I am tempted to list about two dozen other blogs. There is such a weath of information and talent on the internet. Almost an overwhelming amount. But start out with Deb's, Reil's and the Elizabeths' blogs, you will be inspired!