Sunday, June 4, 2017

New bookmarks!

I sell my quilted bookmarks at shows, Village Artisans, on-line, and also at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio and the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas. The Dairy Barn and the Texas Quilt Museum like to get the bookmarks in the same colorways every time, and they usually get about 2 dozen at a time, so when I make bookmarks, I usually make a whole lot of the same ones.

I've recently been reorganizing my stash, which turned out to be a much bigger undertaking than I expected, but as I was doing that, I came across some hand dyed fabric that coordinated very well together, but that I didn't have large pieces of. "We want to be bookmarks," they said. So I made some bookmarks that are all different combinations of fabric, depending on how much I had.

They are for sale at Village Artisans in Yellow Springs and in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

New Note Cards!

I had some new professionally-printed note cards made of some of my quilts.

Top row, left to right: Birches, Reflection/Refraction, Mermaid Haiku.
Middle left: The View from My Hammock
Bottom left: Virginia Reel
Middle: She Paints with Fabric and Standing Tall
Middle right: Sweet Dreams Counting Sheep
Bottom right: Louie

They are available as singles ($4) and in sets ($20) at in Yellow Springs at Village Artisans, where ever I'm doing a show, and on my Etsy page.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

For Quilts Sake's 10 Year Anniversary!

"Rainbow Pinwheel," 44" x 44", made by Pam Geisel, Feb. 2007, in a private collection

It was ten years ago in May when I officially started For Quilts Sake and registered to collect and pay sales tax. I had no idea where it was going to go when I started. I've made over 500 quilts (you can read about that milestone in this blog post from last year), sold quilts all across the country (and a few to other countries), sent quilts to be exhibited across the country (Sisters, Oregon was the farthest in 2010), won awards, led workshops, held trunk shows, and been featured in magazines.

The quilt above, "Rainbow Pinwheel," was made shortly before I officially started and I consider it one of my first true art quilts; the 35 that came before it were based much more on traditional designs. Since I started the blog in 2009, I haven't had a chance to share this quilt with you.

"Rainbow Pinwheel" features nine large cream-colored pinwheel blocks and each pinwheel block had a smaller, rainbow-colored block inside it (pieced, not appliqued, which is probably how I'd do it if I were making this quilt now).

Each of the colored bars in the inner border has a quilting line of the same color that connected to the same color on one of the smaller pinwheels. (I spent a long time with a paper sketch figuring out where to put the quilting lines so they wouldn't all randomly end up in the same place!)

At both ends of that quilting line is a glass bead of the same color. And everywhere the quilting lines met, I added a clear bead, like a prism splitting the white light into color.

One of the things that I love about the photo at the top of the post is that it was taken with the sun behind the quilt, giving it a stained glass feel. This quilt is in a private collection.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Journey" on exhibit with "Best of 2017" Traveling Show

"Journey" detail

My art quilt "Journey" is in the Ohio Designer Craftsman's "Best of 2017" show. The traveling exhibit will be at the following locations:

Ohio Craft Museum
1665 W. Fifth Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
May 7 - June 18
Opening reception Sun., May 7, 1-4 p

The Southern Ohio Museum
825 Gallia St., Portsmouth, OH 45662
July 7 - Sept 9

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mini Post Cards in Village Artisan's Itsy Bitsy show

Here are 4 miniature postcards that I made for the "Itsy Bitsy" show at Village Artisans. Each one is 2" x 3" (the spools are there for scale) and they are made with Island Batik fabrics.

All of the pieces in the "Itsy Bitsy" show are 2" x 3". The show is at Village Artisans, 100 Corry St. in Yellow Springs and runs through May 2 and is open M-Th from 11a-5p, F-Sa from 11a-6p, and Su from noon-5p. There is an artist reception on Friday, April 21 from 6-9 pm.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Zephyr - Project Quilting

"Zephyr," 17.5" x 9", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 8, Challenge 6: Time is Up, Mar. 2017 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Time is Up":

Your project should be inspired by time, deadlines, or the end.

I was inspired by the end pieces that I had that were leftover from some bookmarks that I made two years ago. To make bookmarks I sew together long strips of fabric in different colors then I cut them down to the size I need. I usually have some leftover pieces that are 8.5" long but under 1" wide. 

If I sewed them together the finished strip would only be about 3/8" (and have a lot of seams) so I was never sure what to do with them. I put them in a drawer and waited for inspiration.
I was working on other bookmarks today (different color theme) and had more cast off pieces. I went to the draw and pulled out these and started arranging and rearranging them.

Because I didn't want the strips to be 3/8", I fused them to a background and used some black fusible bias tape over the edges. I quilted down the bias tape

I thought it was too structured so I quilted down the bias tape then couched on some multi-colored variegated yarn, isn't it just yummy? I decided to name it "Zephyr" which means "a soft gentle breeze" because I thought the yarn looked like it was being blown around but also because it starts with the letter 'Z' which is at the end of the alphabet.

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 Time is Up challenge page and scroll down.

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.