Monday, September 21, 2015

Dayton Landmarks Presentation at Troy-Hayner Center Sept. 29

"The Dayton Art Institute" part of the "Dayton Landmark Quilts" by the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network. The three quilt panels on the right were made by Lori Gravely, Lisa Quintana, and Mindy Marik.

The art quilt group that I belong to, the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network, did some group projects a few years ago called the "Dayton Landmark Quilts." Photographs were taken of Dayton Landmarks then the photos were cut apart vertically into two or more slices.

The slices were assigned to different quilters and the only rules were that they had to be the same height and we had to try to use realistic colors as close to the photograph as possible, but the style and techniques were up to us.

The group of six quilts were displayed around town and got such a great reaction and we had so much fun doing them, that we did a second group of eight quilts.

In conjunction with the Five in Fiber exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Center in Troy, Ohio, four of us are giving a presentation about the landmark quilts and how we made them. We'll have a slide show that shows all of the quilts as well as the original photographs, and we'll have some of the quilts on display during the presentation, including "The Dayton Art Institute" (above) which is hanging in the show.

The presentation will be this Sunday, Sept. 29  at 2 pm at the Troy-Hayner Center, 301 W. Main St. in Troy, Ohio.

If you’ve never been to the Troy-Hayner center, it’s worth a visit just to see the inside of this beautiful building, which used to be Mrs. Hayner’s home. While you’re there you can check out the giant Abraham Lincoln one block southeast.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Chasing Geese - Project Quilting

"Chasing Geese", 20" x 20", made for Project Quilting, Focus Through the Prism, Challenge 5: Flying Geese, Sept. 2015 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

This is my fifth entry in the Project Quilting "Focus Through the Prism" challenge. To play along you need to purchase a ROYGBIV hand-dyed bundle of fabric from Cherrywood Fabrics and then at the beginning of the month a traditional quilting block is selected. Participants get to chose which of the seven focus fabrics they want to emphasize for the month, but other fabrics can be added.

All quilts will be made 20" x 20" with the intention of displaying them together in the future.

September's block is "Flying Geese."

I wanted my design to be similar to the other quilts I've made for the Focus Through the Prism challenges: "Monkey Tail",  "A Second Self", "Cabin Sweet Cabin", and "Positively Pinwheels!"

I pieced eight sets of two Flying Geese blocks with indigo backgrounds to make 5" squares then pieced them together around by 5" black center. I used the same border fabric and couched a piece of black yarn, this time in the pattern of a bird in flight. Then I quilted black quilting lines that echoed the yarn at 1/4" apart.

I used a knife-edge facing to bind the quilt.

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Click on any of the photos to see larger images.

To read more about Project Quilting's Focus Through the Prism, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Flying Geese Link-up page.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My walls are empty

With many of my quilts out on exhibit, the walls of my house are blank.

I have 11 quilts in the "Five in Fiber" show at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center through Oct. 4

Nine quilts are in the "Stitch by Stitch" show at the Winds Cafe through Nov. 1 (with a reception on Sun., Sept. 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm).

"Picnic at Ellis Pond" is at the Aullwood Audubon's "A Secret Garden" exhibit until Sept. 13.

"Daybreak is Your Midnight" is traveling with the Ohio Designer Craftsmen's "Best Of 2015" show and will be in Mansfield on Sept. 20.

And "Gypsy Moon" has been borrowed by ThinkTV to use on their set for "The Art Show."

Monday, September 7, 2015

"Stitch by Stitch" YS Textile Art Group show at the Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs


Stitch By Stitch: A cross-cultural exploration of contemporary textile and fiber art is presented by five members of the Yellow Springs Textile Art Group. The members, Karren K. Brito, Carol Culbertson, Pam Geisel, Bette Kelley, and Sue Rudolf are all Yellow Springs fiber and textile artists who create innovative embroidery, weaving, and art quilts.

You can view the show during the months of Sept. and Oct. at the Winds Cafe, 215 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs. The Winds Cafe is open Tues.-Sat. from 11:30 am-2:30 pm and 5-10 pm, and on Sun. from 10 am-3 pm, they are closed on Mondays.

There will be an opening reception on Sun., Sept. 20, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Island Batik Fabric Winner!

And the winner of these three quarter yard cuts of the Island Batik Gems & Jewels blue fabric from the Island Batik Ambassador Summer in the Country Blog Hop is...

And #43 is...Zenia Rene! You can check out her blog A Quilted Passion to see what she makes with these lovely fabrics!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Island Batik Fabrics - Coming this Fall & Winter

The FedEx truck pulled up in front of our house. Neither my husband or I had ordered anything recently so we weren't expecting a delivery and assumed it was for the neighbor across the street. But the delivery guy came up to our front door and then I remembered that I'd gotten an e-mail yesterday to expect the new Island Batik fabrics soon. I literally jumped for joy, which I think surprised my husband. Not sure how I'm going to get any work done today, knowing these lovely fabrics are waiting for me. I'll keep you updated on what I make from them.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Summer in the Country Blog Hop!

Welcome to today's stop on the Island Batik Ambassador's "Summer in the Country" Blog Hop!

Today I'll share two quilted projects made with brand new Island Batik fabrics, a recipe for chocolate peanut butter cookies, and how you can enter a giveaway to win some Island Batik fabric of your own. (You can click on any photo to see it larger).

"Summer Storm", 27" x 24", made by Pam Geisel, July 2015

This is my final project, but I'd like to show you how it came together.

I used these blue Island Batiks from the "Jewels and Gems" (Lapis Lazuli) collection, from left to right: 611528022, 611529021, 611525017, 611531019, 611530020, 611524018
I came up with many designs but in the end I was seriously considering a traditional quilt pattern that I've always admired, Storm as Sea. Here's my computer sketches of the fabrics in that layout:

And while I might someday go back and make one of these, none of these ideas used all 6 pieces of fabric, so I decided to go with an original idea, although I did keep the "Storm" in the name.

Step 1: Cut fabric into 4.5" squares, lay in a checkerboard pattern with the two lightest fabrics filling the left three columns and the right two columns, and the darker fabrics alternating in columns four and five. For the directional fabric, be sure to keep it oriented horizontally to offset the verticalness of the two darker columns. Do not piece yet!

Step 2: Iron fusible webbing to the back of the two darkest and the tiny diamond fabrics. Cut out irregular zigzags that are a little longer than 4.5".  Place on fabric so they alternate horizontally and vertically. Fuse in place. Top stitch along fused edges with dark blue thread. Now piece the squares together.

I had already thought that "Summer Storm" would be a good name for this quilt, partially because I wasn't making the "Storm at Sea" quilt and also because the zigzags kind of reminded me of lightning bold shapes. The decision to use this name was confirmed when we lost power during a thunderstorm, right as I was piecing this quilt! 

Step 3: Cut two long thin strips from the wavy fabric. Iron fusible webbing to the back. Trim off some curves following the patterns on the fabric to make it more organic. Fuse in place where the dark fabric meets the light fabric to help make this transition softer.

Step 4: The quilt top is now pieced! Baste with batting and backing and quilt. I quilted vertical wavy lines with light blue thread on the light blue fabric and dark blue thread on the dark blue fabric and also in the waves of the wavy fabric.

Step 5: Hand quilt stitches using a light blue embroidery thread on the dark zigzags echoing their shape. For visual interest, have some stop part way.

While I was working on this piece, I was very interested in the light blue fabric that kind of looked like it had a snake skin pattern on it. I had some little pieces of dark blue that had fusible web on the back from where I cut out the zigzag shapes out.

"Blue Waves" framed mini quilt, 5" x 5", made by Pam Geisel, Aug. 2015

I wasn't sure what to do with this but it turns out I found a frame that was just the right size so I sewed some border fabric on, then quilted along the horizontal blue curves with a dark blue thread then framed it.

Here's a very close up shot of the fabric and the stitches.

All of this quilting and blogging makes me hungry and I see it's time for a snack. How about some chocolate peanut butter cookies?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup butter
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking powder
1.25 teaspoons of salt
4.5 cups of flour
5 Tbsp cocoa

Cream sugars and butter together
Add eggs (one at a time) and vanilla
Add baking powder, salt, and flour (1 cup at a time)
Mix well then roll into a ball
Take off 1/3 off the ball and add cocoa to it, blend well
Roll out chocolate dough into a log that is approx. 20” long
Make the vanilla dough into a log and then flatten it to approx. 4” x 20” rectangle
Lay the chocolate dough in the center of the vanilla and wrap it around the chocolate
Roll the dough until it is tube shaped
Cut in 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices
Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes
Remove from heat and cool on rack.

Make 3 dozen


And now it's time for the giveaway! I'm giving away three quarter yard cuts of some of the fabrics I used in "Summer Storm." The top wavy fabric is cut as a traditional 1/4 yard cut to take advantage of the long waves, and the other two are cut as fat quarters. To enter,  leave a comment by midnight on Sept 5. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Sept 6.

Don't forget to visit the other blog hops, everyone has a project and a recipe, and most are also hosting a giveaway, so you won't want to miss out! You can find the list of participating blogs here.

And be sure to enter the giveaway the Island Batik giveaway here: