Monday, April 14, 2014

Quilt Square for the Fence Project

The Yellow Springs Fence Art Gallery Project

Yellow Springs is getting a new motel! While the project is going on, there will be a construction fence around the property. The owner decided he wanted it to also be an art gallery, so several local artists were asked to create 4' x 4' panels.

The panels will be on display at the corner of Xenia Ave. and Limestone St. starting the end of April and will be up through the end of this summer.

I'd been thinking of making a "barn quilt square" to hang at our house, and since the artists get to keep the panels when they come down, I decided to go for it.

I decided to use the Pinwheel Square, since it's pretty recognizable as a quilt square. Because the sponsor's name (in this case "For Quilts Sake") had to be in 4" tall letters, I offset the square by leaving 6" of space at the bottom for the letters, and decided to put smaller Pinwheels along the right side.

When I paint I usually use watercolors, where you have to think about layers and start with the lightest color and build up. For this I used house paint but my mind was still working in layers and lightest to darkest, so first I painted the lightest purple at the bottom and along the side. This way I only had to be careful about painting the blue letters and not around them. I also painted the purple parts of the large pinwheel.

I let them dry overnight then painted the medium purple on the small pinwheels then started on the letters. I printed them off on my computer, traced the outline of the letters on the back with pencil, placed them where I wanted then traced around the outside of the letters on the top which transferred the pencil marks to the board. Then I carefully filled them in with paint, using a small artist brush.

Then I painted the blue pinwheels, touched up a few spots, then added the two coats of polyurethane.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Five Rivers MetroParks Quilts

“Four Patch Bridge at Sunset,” 45.5” x 17.5”, made by Pam Geisel, Nov. 2013

The Miami Valley Art Quilt Network has such fun making the Dayton Landmark quilts, that we decided to help the Five Rivers MetroParks celebrate their 50 year anniversary so we each chose a different landmark in one of the MetroParks and created a quilt to celebrate it.

The quilts will be on exhibit through September at the following locations:

March 1 - April 22 : Cox Arboretum
6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH,
Mon. through Fri. from 8 am to 5 pm and Sat. and Sun from 11 am to 4 pm

May 1 - June 28 : Wegerzyn Gardens
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH
Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm

July 1 - August 31 : Carriage Hill
7800 E. Shull Road, Dayton, OH
Tues. through Sat. from 10 am to 5 pm and Sun. from noon to 5 pm

1000 Aullwood Rd, Dayton, OH
Mon. through Sat. from 9 am to 5 pm and Sun. from 1 to 5 pm
There is an admission fee for this location only, although it does also get you into the center and access to the trails.

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Inside of a Dog" at the Fantastic Fibers Exhibit in Paducah, KY

Me with "Inside of a Dog," 22"w x 17"h x 7"d, Mar. 2012 

My art pieces "Inside of a Dog" is going to be in the Fantastic Fibers exhibit in Paducah, KY. The exhibit is from April 5 through May 24 at the Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway and is open Tues. through Sat. from 10 am-5 pm. There will be an artist reception on Sat., April 5 from 5-7 pm.

If you haven't been to Paducah before (or if you haven't even heard of it), there's a lot of quilting-related things to do there, including visiting the National Quilting Museum. Also, The Paducah Convention & Visitor's Bureau's website even has a tab for quilting-related items.

One of the things I'm really excited about is that my piece will be there during AQS Week. The American Quilters Society pretty much takes over the town of Paducah for AQS Week. This year it's April 23-26.

I originally made "Inside of a Dog" for an exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute. If you want to read more about how it was made, click here.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mr. Moonlight

"Mr. Moonlight," 8" x 8" x .75", made by Pam Geisel, Mar. 2014

"Mr. Moonlight" started life as a gorgeous silk necktie. You might be surprised with the amount of fabric there is in a necktie once you take it apart. I did have to piece some of it back together to get enough to wrap around the 8" wood frame.

Technically it is not quilted but the three layers are held together with a few hundred hand-beaded black seed and bugle beads, with an aura left around the moon that is left unbeaded.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pansy Passion - Project Quilting

"Pansy Passion," 5" x 7", made for Project Quilting, Season 5, Challenge 6: Triangles, Mar. 2014

Challenge recap for  "Triangles":
Use the theme "Triangles."

Perhaps the triangles got a little lost but you'll see them if you look. This piece is built up with layers of thick interfacing.

The first thing I did when I got this idea was to check out my supply of picture frames as I needed on that had a fairly deep area for the picture to go. Some picture frames are made to just hold photos with no room even for a mat, so I knew I couldn't use a picture frame like that. Fortunately I had one that I thought would work.

The next step was to try out some designs on the computer. At first I thought I'd have the cut shapes be triangles but then I decided to go with the cut shapes as squares because the yellow and purple fabrics divided the squares into two triangles. I also used the computer to decide if I wanted the fabrics to go from dark to light or from light to dark.

Then I cut down the thick interfacing to 5" x 7". I used Dritz InnerFuse which is double-sided stiff interfacing and what I use when I make quilted postcards. Then referring to my computer "sketch" I cut the squares in the four pieces of interfacing.

I pieced the yellow and purple fabric, fused it to the interfacing, then carefully cut the fabric over where the square was cut and wrapped the fabric around to the other side. Placing the fabric was a little tricky because it had to line up with the corners of the squares of the piece above it, not the hole it was covering. The bottom piece, with the lightest fabric, is behind the final piece of interfacing.

I did straight line quilting 1/8" around the outside of each cut square (although it kind of looks like I did a satin stitch around the inside of the squares, that's just an illusion). I started with the back piece, then I placed the second-to-the-last piece on top of it and quilted around the square, which joined the two pieces together. I kept adding and quilting until finally I was sewing through four layers of interfacing and five layers of fabric. I wasn't sure how my sewing machine would do with this, but it worked just fine. I also quilted them together around the outside but that part is hidden under the frame.

Next I hand-sewed the beads and the triangle button, then I popped it into the frame.

Click on any of the photos to see larger images. (The colors seem a little off here, the purple is pretty dark. For the correct colors, visit Pansy Passion on my webpage...not sure why the colors are different since they are from the same photo file!)

To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Project Quilting Link Up page for this challenge.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Northern Lights - Project Quilting

"Northern Lights" 20" x 10", made for Project Quilting, Season 5, Challenge 4: Across the Universe, Feb. 2014

Challenge recap for  "Across the Universe":
Use the theme "Across the Universe."
While I was thinking about this challenge, it occurred to me to do something with an image of the milky way, but last fall I made "My Very Educated Mother Just Said Uh-Oh, No Pluto" so I wasn't ready to revisit that. I was looking at some photos of the universe, and one reminded me of photos of Northern Lights.
Ever since I made "Mountain Mist" for last year's Project Quilting, I'd been wanting to make another fabric mosaic similar to that one but with Northern Lights. I decided to make a companion piece to "Mountain Mist" so that meant this one would be the same size. Luckily I already had the frame.


The first thing I did was sort through the hand-painted fabric I have to pick a piece that looked like a sky that could have Northern Lights in it. The I played around with some mint green wool roving and two different colored yarn. The yarn on the left was multi-colored but wasn't twisted very much so I combed it out to make it looser, more like the roving. The yarn on the right was also multi-colored but it was twisted pretty tight.

Once I decided on placement, the roving and the first yarn were lightly fused to the backing fabric using MistyFuse. The tighter yarn was couched to the background (you can see the stitches in the photo).

I cut out the tree silhouettes then stitched them to the background. I put netting over the whole thing (to help hold the roving and yarn in place) and stitched it to the background. Then I added another row of tree silhouettes. I used the same black fabric for all of the trees so you can see how much the netting lightens the color that's behind it.

Finally I matted and framed it but I decided to leave the glass out of the frame so it feels more like a fiber piece.

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 Project Quilting Flickr site.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Artist as Quiltmaker XVI and Public Quilt/Fiber Bombing Opportunity

"Kings Yard Farmers Market," 18.5" x 28", made by Pam Geisel, July 2013
I recently learned that my art quilt "Kings Yard Farmers Market" was accepted in the "Artist as Quiltmaker" show, which is the second-longest-running art quilt exhibition and happens every other year. The exhibit is presented by The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, located in Oberlin, Ohio.

I have entered this show before but this is my first time being accepted in it. I feel very honored to be included since they had over 400 entries and only accepted about 50 of them. I'm also excited to see the other wonderful quilts in this exhibit.

The exhibit opens on May 11 and goes through July 27, 2014 with a walk-about with exhibitors on Sun., May 11 at 2 pm.

The gallery is open Tue–Sat, 11a–5p; Sun 1–5p with extended hours Memorial Day/Oberlin College commencement weekend: May 23, 24, 25: 10a–6p. It is located in the New Union Center for the Arts, 39 South Main St. in Oberlin. The gallery is on the east side of Main Street, across the street and north of the Post Office. There is free parking available on Main and College Streets and in nearby parking lots.

There are seven additional exhibits on view in Oberlin during the Artist as Quiltmaker show, most of them are fiber-related. A list of the exhibits and details are here:

This year they are planning a first-ever Quilt/Fiber "Bombing" during the exhibit and here's how YOU can participate in the Quilt/Fiber Bombing:

The details are at:

Quilt/Fiber blocks should be 12" (finished size) and they ask that there are ties attached. Instructions for finishing and adding ties are at:

They need the squares by May 1. If you are interested in participating, they ask that you sign up here: