Monday, December 27, 2010

Custom Quilts made for Christmas Gifts

Lots of pictures in this post.

Postage Stamp Quilt, 60" x 60", 900 2" squares

Close up of Postage Stamp Quilt

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Quilt made from picture book scanned and printed on fabric
(with permission from the author and illustrator), 52" x 63"

Close up of picture book quilt

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Fabric mosaic, frame size 14" x 11", image size 9" x 7"

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Fabric mosaic of an almost all white dog,
frame size 14" x 18", image size 9" x 12.5"

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Watercolor painting of lighthouse in North Carolina
matted with the "Ocean Waves" quilt square,
frame size 8" x 20, painting size 4" x 10", quilt square 4" x 4"

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Watercolor painting of house matted with "Kentucky Chain" quilt square,
frame size 14" x 18, painting size 9.5" x 7.25", quilt square 4" x 4"

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Two t-shirt quilts, each 45" x 75"

Friday, December 17, 2010

Why I haven't blogged this month

Red Carnation, a fabric mosaic

I have finished the custom orders that will be Christmas presents for people I don’t know, several of them given by people I don’t know. There is a relief to being done with these. Often the people that hire me say “I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished” and I want to reply “me, too,” partially because then it will be done, and also because I will know if it came out well.

Yes, sometimes I have doubts. While I can see the progress in my art that seems to get better every year, sometimes when I start a project I doubt my abilities. Often it seems that the client is requesting something that I’ve been thinking of trying, but it just hasn’t made it to the top of my list yet. Like…

Making a quilt from clothing (aka "Heriloom Quilts"): A few years ago I was asked to make a wall hanging out of a wedding dress, bridesmaids dress and flower girl dress. Cutting the fabric was a little difficult emotionally, if I ruined this I wouldn’t be able to just refund her money and give the dress back. But it all went well and the client loved it. This year I made some t-shirt quilts. The stretchy material that makes t-shirts so comfortable also makes them difficult to work with, unless you attach some interfacing, which means more time needed to finish the quilt.

Fabric mosaics from actual photographs: Most of the fabric mosaics I’ve made have either been abstract or an abstracted representation of something. One client asked me to make a fabric mosaic of a carnation (see above). Daisies, sunflowers and tulips all have defining characteristics that make them obvious what they are. Carnations, not so much. This client has also asked me to do a fabric mosaic of a house, place of business, and this year a sport event and a relative’s pet.

Using an ink jet printer to print on fabric and then quilt it:
I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. I’d love to scan in some of my original watercolor paintings and quilt on them. For this client I scanned in pages from a favorite children’s book (with permission from the author and illustrator) to print on fabric and then quilt.

I’m happy to report that all of the custom projects I worked on this year actually came out better than I had expected them to, and the clients that I’ve heard back from are all very pleased with the results. It is a wonderful feeling to know that someone is going to receive a gift that I made and that it’s possible it will be one of the most special gifts they’ll receive this year.

I promise to post photos of these projects soon…while I know it’s a long shot, I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise by someone accidentally coming across their gift before they’ve received it.

(You can see the photos of the custom quilts I made for Christmas 2010 here.)

I've also noticed that this is my 100th post.

Monday, November 29, 2010

12 Days of Quiltsy

On the first day of Quiltsy, my true love gave to me -
a TABLE RUNNER so Pretty...
20% OFF + FREE SHIPPING on my table runners,
good thru 10 am, 11/30 on Etsy.

For other Quiltsy table runners on Etsy (some on sale, some not) click here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Happy Thanksgiving! And since one of the many things that I'm thankful for are my family, friends and followers, I'm offering some Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals.

I already have FREE SHIPPING set up in my ArtFire shop, but for you special folks who read my blog, I'm also offering a coupon code for 10% off all items in my shop. Just go to my ArtFire shop by clicking here and when promted, add this coupon code: TURKEY2010. This offer is good through the end of this month (November) and can only be used once per customer, but you can also offer it to YOUR family, friends and followers.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

More 2010 Holiday Gift Galleries

In addition to the DVAC ARTtoBUY in Dayton and the Studio 14 Gifts of Fine Art and Fine Craft Boutique in Tipp City, I'll have my quilted items at two other locations.
Clifton Winterfest

The Ohio Artisans Group is sponsoring the Clifton Winterfest in Clifton, Ohio (down the road from Yellow Springs). They'll have fine arts and crafts, live music performances, demonstrations and craft activities plus a cafe serving food and refreshments. All this plus free parking! They are located in the Gingerbread Antique Shoppe on North Street (between Clay and Main Street) in Clifton, Ohio 45316 and will be open Mon.-Thurs. from 4-9 pm and Fri.-Sun. from 12-9 pm, starting the day after Thanksgiving and going until Christmas Eve.

And if you haven't been to the Clifton Mill to see their light display, you've missed a real treat. They have 3-5 million lights in their holiday display.

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Fairborn Art Association's Holiday Fine Art and Crafts Sale

The Fairborn Art Association will hold it's Holiday Fine Art and Crafts Sale on Sat. Dec. 4 from 10 am-4 pm and Sun. Dec. 5 and 12 from 1-4 pm and also Sat. Dec. 11 from 10 am-4 pm and Sun. Dec. 12 and 12 from 1-4 pm.

The Fairborn Art Association Gallery is located at 221 North Central Ave., Fairborn, OH (located in the back of the Fairborn Senior Apartments).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Glen Helen Nature Arts & Crafts Show Nov. 20-21

Here's a sneak peak at a new fabric mosaic series that I made. It will make it's debut at the Glen Helen Nature Arts & Crafts Show this weekend. The show is a fund-raising event for Glen Helen, a 1,000 acre nature preserve located in Yellow Springs, Ohio and owned by Antioch College. This is the 29th year for the event which features nature-related art and fine crafts made by local and regional artisans including photography, watercolor and oil paintings, jewelry, stained glass, fiber arts, pottery, sculpture, and many other wonderful items.

Seasons Fabric Mosaics by Pam Geisel


The show is held at the Glen Helen Building, 405 Corry St. in Yellow Springs and is always the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year it is Sat. Nov. 20 from 9 am-5 pm and Sun. Nov. 21 from 11 am-5 pm. The $4 admission fee goes to Glen programs. You can see a list of all of this year's artists including photos of their work on Glen Helen's website.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Gift Ideas from For Quilts Sake

Table runners in holiday themes! Most of my quilted table runners measure 13.5" x 31".

To purchase table runners, click here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Gift Ideas from For Quilts Sake

Quilted postcards are made with a stiff layer of innerfacing sandwiched between two layers of fabric. All fabrics are securely sewn down and the edge is finished with a satin stitch.

The back can be written on and then sent through the mail, or use the clear envelope that is included if you'd rather mail it that way. Or pop it in a 4" x 6" picture frame and give as a gift, or keep for yourself.

Christmas-themed postcards make great holiday decorations, gifts to send to a special friend, or stocking stuffers. To purchase Christmas-themed and regular quilted postcards, click here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas Gift Ideas from For Quilts Sake

Want to send unique Christmas cards to those special people on your list? Here's a set of six hand-made cards, each with a quilt square pieced together in a 9-patch design with Christmas-themed fabric.

Each card measures 4.5" x 6.25" (11 x 16 cm) and has a 3.5" x 3.5" opening showing the fabric quilt square.

All cards are made with either white or cream colored card stock and are blank inside so you can add your own personal messages. Six cream colored envelopes are also included.

Cards are $3 each or a set of six for $15. Please contact me for any amount less or more than six. To purchase a set of cards, click here. Non-Christmas-themed cards are also available.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas Gift Ideas from For Quilts Sake

Make the set of "Red and Green Christmas" wine glass coasters into a set of 12 Christmas wine glass coasters by also buying the burgundy set and the green set, which can be used any time of year.
Make the set of "Blue Christmas" wine glass coasters into a set of 12 Christmas wine glass coasters by also buying the dark blue set and the light blue set, which can be used any time of year.

Wine glass coasters come in a set of 4 and make great adult stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people. Pair them with a bottle of wine and you're ready to go! There are several more colors and themes to choose from. To purchase wine glass coasters, click here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2010 Holiday Gift Galleries


DVAC ARTtoBUY
Dayton Visual Arts Center is having their annual "ARTtoBUY" Holiday Gift Gallery. It is open Nov. 5 through Dec. 29. I've got some art for sale there. Some special dates:
Fri., Nov. 5, First Friday Opening Reception and Artist Demos, 5-8 pm
Fri., Dec. 3: First Friday, open until 8 pm
Thurs., Dec. 23: Beer & Peanuts Last Minute Shopping Party, 5-8 pm

The gallery is open Tues.-Sat. 11 am-6 pm with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas (and will close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving eve and Christmas eve). DVAC is located at 118 N. Jefferson St., in Dayton, Ohio.
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Studio 14 Gifts of Fine Art and Fine Craft

Studio 14 Benkin Gallery of Fine Art is hosting their Gallery Gift Boutique. It is open Nov. 5 through Jan. 2. I also have art for sale here.

The Gallery Gift Boutique is open Tues.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm and Sun. 1 pm-5 pm. I'm not sure if they will be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or Christmas, so you might want to call ahead at 937-890-3614. Their opening reception is also Fri., Nov. 5, from 6-8 pm. Studio 14 Benkin Gallery of Fine Art is located at 14 E. Main St. Tipp City, OH 45371.
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I'll also have stuff at the Ohio Artisans Group's Christmas in Clifton and the Fairborn Art Association's Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale...more info on those boutiques to come.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick-or-Treat!

I just love the way these quilted postcards came out...and other people must have loved them, too. All I have left is the Dracula and the Ghost...I'll pack them away and bring them out next year.



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Weekend of art in Yellow Springs

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour: Sat. Oct. 16 & 17, 11 am-5 pm. For map of participating artists, click here.
- There is one other fiber artist besides myself, Lori Gravley will be a guest at Naysan McIlhargey's studio.

If you come out for the Studio Tour, here are some other art exhibits you might enjoy:

Uncommon Threads IV: In the Glen: The Miami Valley Art Quilt Network has on display art quilts made by their members. The exhibit is at the Glen Helen Building, 405 Corry St., and is open this weekend from 10 am-4 pm. The show runs through the end of October.
- Lori and I are both members of this group, I have one piece included and she has several.

Dare 2B Square: The Village Artisans is sponsoring this show of artwork that is 12" x 12". The exhibit is at the Village Artisans, 100 Corry St. and is open this weekend Sat. 11 am-6 pm and Sun. noon-5 pm. The show runs through the end of October.
- There are several types of media represented in this show, but I think my piece is the only fiber art in the show.

Out of My Box: An Exhibition of Extreme Quilting will be at the Yellow Springs Arts Council Gallery and will feature the work of multimedia artist Karen Russell and folk artist Sharon Mohler. The gallery is located at 309 Xenia Ave., and will be open Sat. from noon-4 pm.

Stitch Gasp, a one-woman show featuring stitched art and paintings by Corrine Bayraktaroglu will be at Would You, Could You...In a Frame and is open this Sat. 10 am-6 pm.

If you come to Yellow Springs a little early...

There are several art events happening on Fri., Oct. 15 during the Third Friday Art Stroll. Artist receptions for Dare 2B Square, Out of My Box, and Stitch Gasp will all be held from 6-9 pm.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour: Meet my guest artists

The Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour is this coming weekend...Sat., Oct. 16 and Sun. Oct. 17, from 11 am-6 pm both days. This is my third year participating on the tour, and this is the 10th tour so we've decided to do something a little different this year...guest artists! Each of the 8 host artists will have some guest artist in their studio.

My first guest is Theresa Mayer. Theresa lives in Yellow Springs and works with glass. She makes lampwork beads that can be worn as necklaces or used to embellish other projects. Above is a photo of the first pair of beads that I bought from Theresa...I liked them because they looked like a tiny universe. She also makes beads with tiny landscapes on them.

She says, "I began to play with glass when I took some traditional stained glass classes. Then I got a mini kiln and became enthralled with fusing. One day just for fun I signed up for a lampworking bead making class at the Springfield Art Museum. I became addicted to taking rods of glass and melting them in front of my eyes and turning them in to beads. As I began with my first nearly beads I struggled to get shape and form. As practice made that come more naturally I have discovered that I could express feelings and emotions in the beads. What I find the most fun is that different people see different things in them, so the adventure begins with the viewer and their imagination."

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My other guest is J. Austin Jennings, who lives in Kettering. She is a painter and has been exploring mixed media by incorporating a collage technique in her paintings. At left is "Less Traveled" which I own.

She says, "Creating art is a process of ‘seek and hide.’ I sort through life, selecting scenes, looking for secrets, and pursuing the oft-overlooked ironies of the natural world. In the studio the seeking continues. I search out colors, textures, value tones and fascinating images. Cut paper, shards of printed material lay scattered across the worktable. The pieces reassemble themselves to form a new whole in a process I like to compare to alchemy...a transmutation of small, ordinary scraps into a more profound whole. Then the viewer becomes the seeker—finding secrets I myself have hidden."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shark Baby Quilt

My dear friend Erin is expecting her first baby. I asked her if she wanted a baby quilt to hang on the wall or one to use, and she said she wanted one to use, but that she had one request. It had to have sharks on it. Apparently her husband has a thing for the movie "Jaws."

They didn't know the sex of the baby at the time and were planning a yellow and green nursery, although she said she didn't care if the quilt matched the nursery.

Up until this point I hadn't seen any fabric with sharks, but I did an internet search and found lots of fabric with sharks on it. Including the one that I ended up using.

Sharks: check. Green and Yellow: check. Cute enough for a baby quilt: check.

Plus the added bonus: text. As a graphic designer, I've always loved text, so once I saw this fabric, I knew that was what I was going to use.

So here's hoping that Erin & Ben have a beautiful, healthy baby, just wait a few years before you let the baby watch "Jaws."

Monday, October 4, 2010

"Little Sister's Kite Tails" new little quilt

"Little Sister's Kite Tails"
I made this 12" x 12" little quilt for the "Dare 2B Square" show. The only requirement for the show was that it had to be 12" x 12".

This quilt uses a similar layout and technique that I used on "All the Colors" where the triangles are sewn down in the middles, but their edges are left loose to curl up or bend in. I used softer blue and purple batik triangles and a white background. The variegated colored eyelash yarn acts as a binding.

The show is at Village Artisans, 100 Corry St. in Yellow Springs and runs through Oct. 31. They are open Mon.-Thurs. 11 am-5 pm, Fri.-Sat. 11 am-6 pm, and Sun. noon-5 pm. There will be an artist reception on Fri., Oct. 15 from 6-9 pm. All of the 12" x 12" art is for sale for $100 each.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hyde Park Art Show - Cincinnati

This coming Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 I'll be at the Hyde Park Square Art Show, which runs from 10 am–5 pm. The show is in downtown Hyde Park at the intersection of Erie Ave. and Edwards Rd. Hyde Park is northeast of downtown Cincinnati.

I'll be in booth #55 which should be just to the east of the Erie and Edwards intersection.

If you make it to the show you might enjoy getting some food at the Echo Restaurant. Whenever we go to Hyde Park, Scott likes to go to the Echo, also.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Uncommon Threads IV: In the Glen

"July's Prize" by Ann Diller

I did not make that quilt...although I wish I had! The quilt was made by Ann Diller, a member of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network, which I also belong to.

Myself, Ann and the rest of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network members will exhibit our art quilts at the Glen Helen Building from Sat., Oct., 2 through Sun., Nov. 14. The Glen Helen Building is located at 405 Corry St., in Yellow Springs and the building is open to the public from 10 am-4 pm.

An opening reception will be held on Sun., Oct. 3 from 2-4 pm. (I will not be at the reception, I'll be at Hyde Park.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Night of Art in Springfield

Pink Lemonade Fabric Mosaic

The Center City Studios Art Show will be this Sat., Sept. 25 from 6–11 pm at the Liedertafel Club, 1901 Burnett Ave., Springfield, Ohio. There will be art, music, dancing, karaoke, painting demos., door prizes a cash bar and fabulous art available for purchase. There is a $5 entrance fee.


Come out for A Night of Art and have some food and some fun!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Susan's Seasons

My friend Susan has a wreath that hangs on her house against a dark wall and she wanted some way to add some color to it. She's always been a fan of my quilted postcards and asked if I could make 4 larger postcards, each with a different season, so she could hang them inside her wreath.


She knew she wanted a cardinal for the Winter season, but left the other seasons up to me. I knew I wanted to have a pumpkin for the fall and a watermelon for the summer and we both thought flowers was a good choice for Spring.


Since the fabrics were fused and raw-edge machine applique, I used batik fabrics for all but the background. Batiks have a tighter weave and are less likely to have loose threads along the edges.


These are approximately 6" x 8" with the fabric fused to a stiff fusible interfacing with a tight satin stitch around the outside, with solid colored thread on the cardinal and the flowers and a variegated thread on the watermelon and the pumpkin.


I happy with the way they came out, but even better is that Susan just loves them.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Starting into the busy season - Fall art shows

I've got 4 art shows coming up in the next 5 weeks, so I've been busy getting ready for them.

First up is the 5th Annual Mason Arts Festival which takes place this Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 from 11 am-5 pm at the Mason Municipal Center, located at 6000 Mason-Montgomery Rd. in Mason, Ohio.

Coming up next:

Sat., Sept. 25: The Center City Studios Art Show at the Liedertafle Club in Springfield, Ohio.

Sun., Oct. 3: Hyde Park Square Art Show in Hyde Park, Ohio.

Sat. & Sun. Oct. 16 & 17: Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour in Yellow Springs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Buying Fabric on the West Coast

The Itsy Bitsy Quilt Shop in Ferndale, CA

This summer we spent 3 weeks in July on the West Coast. Our main reason for going was to go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sister, Oregon, which I had a quilt in. (Many of these links go to my travel blog, Pack Up the Car.)

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The Stitchin' Post is a quilt shop in Sisters, and one of the main sponsors of the Outdoor Quilt Show. It is also the shop that Valori Wells and her mother Jean own. There was a long line to buy fabric during the show, but I toughed it out and bought 1 half-yard cut and 1 quarter-yard cut of batik fabric (above).

The Stitchin' Post is located at 311 W Cascade Ave. in Sisters, OR and is open Mon.-Sat. from 9 am-5 pm.
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While we were in Ferndale, CA, we went into a jewelry store. While browsing, the clerk asked where we were from. I told her we were from Ohio. So she asked what brought us out here and I replied that we came to go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. The clerk, Holly, mentioned that she was also an art quilter and asked what sewing machine I have. I have a Juki, which is not that well known of a machine, and not only had she heard of it, she has not 1 but 2 Juki machines.

Holly’s parents operate a small quilt shop in downtown Ferndale, the Itsy Bitsy Quilt Shop. So of course we went across the street to see her art quilts and I bought 2 half-yard cuts of batik fabric (above).

The Itsy Bitsy Quilt Shop is located at 580 Main St. in Ferndale, CA, (in the same building as the Kinetic Sculpture Museum) and is open Mon.-Sat. from 10 am- 5 pm and Sun. from noon-4 pm.

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The Fabric Depot, located in Portland, OR, is the largest fabric store in the nation, with over 1.5 acres of fabric and over 800 batiks. I bought 14 quarter-yard cuts (12 novelty and 2 batiks) and a one-yard cut that was also a batik (batiks above). And I managed to get out of the store after just an hour and 15 minutes.

The Fabric Depot is located at 700 SE 122nd Ave. in Portland, OR and open Mon.-Sat. 9 am-9 pm. and Sun. 10 am-7 pm.
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The Latimer Quilt and Textile Center is located in Tillamook, OR, which is on the Oregon coast. They have a research library, exhibition space, a gift shop that sells items made by the members. There is also a room with several looms set up for the members to use. I bought a few small items in the gift shop, including a fat quarter of the hard-to-find North by Northwest Postcard fabric by Timbleberries (above).

The women there also asked why I was in the area, and when I told them that I had a quilt in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. They asked if I had photos of the quilt and since this was after the show I had something better, I had the actual quilt. I got my quilt "Twilight Descends" out of the car and they all oohed and aahed appropriately which I appreciated.

Tillamook County also has a “Quilt Trail” which is a driving tour of quilt blocks that have been painted on barns and other interesting buildings. The women at the center were very proud of this trail, which is the first Quilt Block Trail on the west coast. I had to mention that I’d met Donna Sue Groves, the woman who originally came up with the idea for the Quilt Block Trails and lives in Adams County, Ohio.

The Latimer Quilt and Textile Center is located at 2105 Wilson River Loop Rd. in Tillamook, OR and is open Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm and Sun. noon-4 pm from April to October, and Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm and is closed on Sundays from November through March. The Quilt Trail is always open but best viewed during daylight hours.
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And finally, this is a photo of the very colorful bedspread in the Motel 6 that we stayed at in Redmond, OR (half an hour drive from Sisters).

Apparently Motel 6 had some fabric made that has their logo in it (I added the yellow box to the photo), and they had bedspreads made using this fabric. We stayed at another Motel 6 in Seaside, OR and it had the same bedspreads.
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The new wine glass coaster sets I made from the 12 quarter yard cuts of novelty fabric from the Fabric Depot.

Final fabric count: 16 quarter-yard cuts, 3 half-yard cuts and 1 one-yard cut for a total of 6.5 yards. And none of it had the Motel 6 logo on it.

If you're interested in reading more about my trip to the Pacific coast, visit my travel blog here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Textural Rhythms" Quilt Exhibit

Last week my husband mentioned that the Cincinnati Reds were doing pretty well this year, and would I be interested in going to a game? "Actually," I responded, "There's a quilt exhibit at the Freedom Center that I'd like to see, and it's only going to be there for another week."

So we got our tickets and yesterday we went to The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is located next to Great American Ballpark where the Reds play in Cincinnati.

"Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition" unites two artistic forms, quilts and jazz. The exhibition features 64 quilts from African American quilters. This show is FANTASTIC! If you like art quilts and can get to Cincinnati by this Sat., Aug. 14, I strongly recommend it.

The Freedom Center is open Tues.-Sat. from 11 am-5 pm and ticket prices are $12. The quilts are in the changing exhibit gallery on the third floor. The admission price includes all the exhibits in the museum.

There is an enormous raganon quilt by Aminah Robinson titled "Journeys I & II" that is a permanent part of the museum's collection and is located on the second floor across from the elevator. If you've read my blog, you might remember that I was a docent at the Springfield Museum of Art last fall when they had an exhibit of Aminah's quilts and paintings.

The museum doesn't allow any photos, but I did find a blog post by Sonji Hunt, one of the quilters included in the exhibit, and she has photos from the opening when the show was at the King Arts Complex in Columbus on Feb. 9, 2007.

If you don't live in Ohio, there are two more venues coming up:

The Hub-Robeson Galleries at Penn State University, in University Park, PA.
Sept. 24-Dec. 6, 2010

The Museum of the African Diaspora, in San Francisco, CA.
Jan. 20-Apr. 3, 2011

And if you're wondering, the Reds lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 8 to 4. Oh well, at least the quilts were good.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Art on the Lawn, this Sat. in Yellow Springs

This Saturday, Aug. 14, is "Art on the Lawn" at Mills Lawn, 200 S. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It goes from 10 am-5 pm. It will probably still be hot, but there is a lot of shade at Mills Lawn, and hopefully I'll be in some of it!

I'll be bringing the 3 Glen Helen art quilts that are still available, as well as "Twilight Descends" which was displayed at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Oregon last month.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

One of Many: My Art Quilt at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

This is me and my quilts "Twilight Descends" at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon on July 10, 2010.

They had over 1300 quilts and hung them all in 1.5 hours.

One thing that might have made the hanging task easier was that they don't use hanging sleeves, they use clothespins. I appreciated that because when I shipped my quilt to them, I didn't have to worry about shipping the hanging rod. So that makes the above quilt "Every Quilt MUST Have a Sleeve" by Karen Flamme even more humorous.

For you non-quilters, the sleeve is a piece of fabric on the back of a quilt that allows you to put a hanging rod through the back and hang it on a wall without any of the hanging hardware showing. In the above quilt she shows a pattern and a sleeve like you'd put on a shirt or a dress. And for those of you who don't know me well, I have NO idea how I'd make a sleeve for a shirt or a dress.
One of the things I noticed was that some of the quilts were grouped by color or theme. I especially love the colors of the quilt on the right, with a little appliqued flower on the bottom left corner.

Other quilts were arranged by the quilt block used. It was really neat to see how different some quilts can look even though the quilter used the same quilt block. Here's part of the Log Cabin section.

This quilt was really impressive. I didn't get an actual measurement, but I think the individual blocks were about 3" x 3", and they seemed to be mostly applique.


To see more photos of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, go here: Sisters Quilts on Flickr or visit my travel blog Pack Up the Car.