Tuesday, February 14, 2017

emPATHy - Project Quilting

"emPATHy," art is 2.5" x 4", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 8, Challenge 4: Brighter the Better, Feb. 2017 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Brighter the Better":

Your project must be bright and colorful - and the more colorful, the better.

I don't think that Bright and Colorful is much of a challenge for me, most of my items are pretty colorful.

This piece has several small pieces of blue, red, and pink fabrics arranged with tulle on top. It was then quilted together with black thread and the black seed beads were added by hand.

The pink triangle looked like a path to me, especially after I added the beads. I've always liked how the word "path" is in the word "empathy" because I think that being empathetic to other people can sometimes be a process.

Click on any of the photos to see larger images.

To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Brighter the Better challenge page and scroll down.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yellow Springs Receptions this Friday

I'll have art in two exhibit in Yellow Springs and both are having receptions this Fri, Feb. 17 from 6-9 pm.

"Learning to Fly" is in the "Up in the Air" exhibit at Village Artisans, 100 Corry St. and runs from Feb. 15 through Mar. 28.

"The Fragment of a Song" is in the annual member show "Breaking the Rules" at the Yellow Springs Arts Council across the street at 111 Corry St. and runs from Feb. 17 through Mar. 12.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

How Sweet to be a Cloud Floating in the Blue - Project Quilting

"How Sweet to be a Cloud Floating in the Blue," art is 3.75" x 8.25", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 8, Challenge 3: Tuned in to Texture, Feb. 2017 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Tuned in to Texture":

Your project must be inspired by a pattern or texture you find "in the wild" this week.

Back when I was doing graphic design, one of the things I liked to do was to add "visual texture" to page layouts and graphics. Those items really don't have an actual texture but I didn't want them to look so "flat." I've also done this when working with mostly solid colors, such as in "Lavender Diamonds" and all of the Project Quilting "Focus Through the Prism" quilts. One of the reasons work with fabric is because I love to touch it; I love the texture.

I'm always intrigued by clouds. The look like they would be fun to touch, but of course you can't touch a cloud, even if you could reach that high. So even though I had million other ideas, I decided to make something with clouds.

This is a pretty small piece and I made it to fit in this interesting chunky odd-sized wood frame that I had. I also included two pieces of my very favorite green yarn that I like to use for the horizon lines in my quilts (like in "Early Morning Nine Patch" and also "Summer Barn" and probably others that I'm not thinking of at this moment.

The title is a quote by A. A. Milne, the author of "Winnie the Pooh."

Click on any of the photos to see larger images.

To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Tuned in to Texture challenge page and scroll down.

Island Batik Fabric Winner!

And the winner of these three half-yard fabrics from the Island Batik Happy Harvest collection from the Island Batik Ambassador New Beginnings Blog Hop is...

And #16 is...Rachell! You can check out her blog Claddaghs Quilts and Stars to see what she makes with these lovely fabrics!

Friday, January 27, 2017

"Standing Tall" for New Beginnings Blog Hop!

"Standing Tall," 17" x 42.6", made by Pam Geisel, Jan. 2017

Welcome to the "Happy Harvest" collection in the Island Batik Ambassador's "New Beginnings" Blog Hop!

We were challenged to use at least 8 of the fabrics in the collection and create a piece that was at least 24" x 24". Bonus points if it fit the theme of "New Beginnings." (Just kidding, there aren't any points given.)
Here are seven of the eight fabrics that I used. Since I wasn't sure which fabrics would be in the final piece, I took the photo of the fabrics after I was finished, and I used up all of the background fabric in the quilt so it's not in the photo. (I also used another piece for the backing fabric so it's not in the photo, either.)

I let the fabrics tell me what they wanted to be, and they wanted to something in a forest. So it doesn't exactly fit into the "New Beginnings" theme.

I also fudged the size some. Once I decide to make a quilt of a giant redwood tree, I realized the quilt needed to be at least twice as high as it was wide. The fabrics we got for this collection were half yards (18" x 44") so I again let the fabrics talk to me and made the quilt the size of a half yard of fabric. (I figure if you do the math the square area of a quilt that is 24" x 24" is 576" and mine is 722.5" so even though it's not as wide as it's supposed to be, it is larger in square area.) (For the non-quilters who are wondering why if I started with a piece that was 18" x 44" how I ended up with a final piece that is 17 x 42.5", you loose some size when quilting and when doing the knife-edge binding.)

I started with the tree's trunk and fused three of the brown fabrics. Then I fussy-cut around the pine needles and fused them to make the branches. I added some highlights using the mint green background from the fabric that had the deer on it.

For the forest I again fussy cut around the pine trees in both the darker and lighter green fabrics and added a middle layer from the mint green background with the deer on it (you can see part of the deer's horns in the bottom right of the photo above.)

I machine free-motion quilted along the raw edges, in the green branches, and in the background. I used a knife-edge binding and then couched on some chunky varigated green yarn that has the same colors as the fabrics. I did that after the binding so it would be the same distance from all edges, although it doesn't go across the bottom.

As always, you can click on any of the photos to see the images lager.


And now it's time for the giveaway! I'm giving away three half yard fabrics that are also from the Happy Harvest collection.. To enter, leave a comment by midnight on Feb. 2. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Feb 4.

You can check out the other blog hops from the list here. Most are also giving away fabric.

And you can win even more fabric from the Island Batik giveaway here:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Morning Glories for Georgia

"Morning Glories for Georgia," 24 x 30, handmade by Pam Geisel, November 2016

I made this art quilt to honor American artist Georgia O'Keeffe who is best known for her large scale paintings of flowers, New Mexico landscapes, and New York skyscrapers. By the mid-1920s, she began creating large-scale paintings of natural forms at close range, at a time when no one else was doing this. She learned about cropping from her husband Alfred Stiglitz' photography and used it to with her flower paintings because she want to make sure people really saw the flower. She even wrote of her desire to glorify flowers, “I’ll paint it big, and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it. I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.”

The hardest part of making this quilt was deciding what flower to use. I looked at her paintings of flowers. And I looked at photographs of flowers. And I took my own photographs of flowers to look at. I considered Jack-in-the-Pulpits because there is a quilt square that goes by that name, but I didn’t like the colors in them.

It wasn't until I looked through my stash of hand-dyed fabric that I decided to focus on Morning Glories. (when in doubt, let the fabric tell you what it wants to be). Much like Georgia's paintings of morning glories, I included two flowers in my piece, but I did come up with my own composition.

When I drew the outline of the morning glories I did intentionally avoid any sharp edges trying to keep the shapes as organic as possible. And I focused on keeping Georgia’s intention of glorifying the humble flower.

It is machine raw-edged pieced with machine quilting along the raw edges and also in the petals and background. I couched three pieces of hand-spun yarn for the stamens. It has a knife-edge binding.

As always you can click on the photos to see them larger.

PS. This is my 400th blog post!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Solo Art Quilt Exhibit at the Yellow Springs Brewery

I am very excited to have my own solo show at the Yellow Springs Brewery! It will be the first time that all of my "Focus Through the Prism" quilts (above) have been show together locally.

Top left: String Theory; bottom left: Ten Stars on Sticks; right: Journey

It is also the first time that "Journey" (the red and black one above, right) will be shown (not including during the Open Studios event that was held at my studio).

Left: Branches; top right: The View From My Hammock; bottom right: Mermaid Haiku

The exhibit runs from Jan. 10 through Feb. 5 and is free and open to the public Mon.-Fri. from 3-10 pm, Sat. from 1-10 pm, and Sun. from 1-8 pm. The Yellow Springs Brewery is located at 305 N. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs.

There will be an art party on Sun., Jan. 15 from 2-4 pm.