Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Beach Glass: New Art Quilt

"Beach Glass," 26" x 35", June 2012

I've been wanting to make a quilt with neutral colors so I got out all of the tan and light brown fabrics that I had. I cut them into 3.5" strips (3" finished size). Because the tan colors reminded me of a beach, I decided to use some light blue and green batik fabrics for the diagonal strips, similar to the colors of most beach glass.


I quilted 1/4" from the vertical seams then attached a binding that was a darker brown but had some blues and greens in it. To finish, I added six blue glass beads that were frosted like beach glass gets.

This quilt will be at Village Artisans through the early August 2012. 

An artist reception will be this Friday, July 20 from 6-9 pm. Village Artisans in located at 100 Corry St. in downtown Yellow Springs. That weekend is also the Cirque Carnival.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Purple Mountain Majesty: New Art Quilt

"Purple Mountain Majesty," 34" x 26", June 2012

I must confess that I did not make the beautiful one-of-a-king batik of the mountain that is the center of the quilt, although I did rescue it. When a local frame shop closed, there was a pile of discards sitting at the curb, including the batik, which was stapled to wood stretcher bars and had some water damage. Since it was fabric, I took it home, removed it from the stretcher bars and washed it...good as new. I didn't have any specific plans for it so I put it into the fabric closet and didn't really give it much thought.

A few years later I came across a beautiful commercially printed batik that had light purple leaves on a dark bluish-purple background. I brought it home and took the mountain batik out of the closet. They looked like they were made for each other.


I pieced the two borders to the mountain batik then used a purple variegated thread to quilt around the mountain and stream and also quilted around the light purple leaves in the border. I used my favorite strip-faced binding technique.

I hand stitched "seed" stitches in the dark blue background using two different colors of purple embroidery floss. I also couched a light purple cord between the inner and outer borders.

This quilt will be at Village Artisans through the early August 2012.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gypsy Moon: New Art Quilt

"Gypsy Moon," 30" x 37.5", June 2012

I often get asked where I get my ideas. This isn't an easy question to answer because I get ideas so many different ways. If I'm making something representational, I'll research the items so I can make them correctly. Sometimes the fabrics themselves give me an idea. If I'm participating in a challenge, my ideas will come from the challenge topic.
Another way I get quilting ideas is visually. Sometimes in full color but mostly little line drawings. Perhaps it's the graphic design training where you make thumbnail sketches of your ideas before you implement them.


This is the thumbnail sketch that became the quilt "Gypsy Moon." It's only 2" wide so there's not a lot of detail. My next step was to decide on colors. I usually do this by taking out some fabric and auditioning it with other fabrics. I was considering a dark blue and light green or a brown and gold combination.

When I pulled out the batik print that ended up on the lower part of the quilt, I decided I'd use the colors in that fabric to determine the other colors: rich reds and purples.


The top part of this quilt is made with 55 3" squares. To accentuate the deepness of the colors, I used several different types of fabric including velvet, satin, silk, and shiny denim. On some of the squares I appliqued red and black silk ribbons. A few of the squares also have a sheer fabric over the original fabric.

The lower part of this quilt is a beautiful batik fabric with red, orange, blue and purple snowflake imprints on a blue/black background. I couched some variegated thread vertically on the background and let it hang off the bottom of the quilt.

The swash in the middle of the quilt, and the moon below it, are made from a shiny, peachy taffeta fabric and I quilted long curves that overlapped each other with a plum colored thread.

This quilt will be at Village Artisans through the early August 2012.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Local art exhibits for July and August

In addition to being the featured artist at Village Artisans in Yellow Springs, Ohio this month, I also have quilts out in other exhibitions.

"Three Trees," 12" x 12"

My art quilt "Three Trees" is in the Dayton Visual Art Center's 21st Annual Open Members' Show "No Borders." The show is open July 13-August 18, 2012 and can be viewed Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm at 18 N. Jefferson St. in Dayton, Ohio. There will be an a


"Sometimes I Dream of Flying," 38" x 41"

"Sometimes I Dream of Flying" is in Aullwood Audubon's 20th Annual Art Quilt Exhibit "The Good Earth." The show is open until August 19 and can be viewed Mondays trhough Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm and on Sundays from 1 to 5 pm at the Marie S. Aull Education Center at 1000 Aullwood Rd. in Dayton, Ohio. There is a $5 admission charge which is allows access to all of the grounds.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Village Artisan Featured Artist for July


I am the featured artist at Village Artisans this month. That means in addition to the usual space I have for my art, I also get to hang art in the lobby area, for a total of 4 big walls. After I agreed to do this, I realized that two of my larger quilts would be at other exhibits for the month of July, so I really needed to make more art quilts! You can see two of the new ones above, and I'll do blog posts about them in a few days.

If you want to see the quilts in person, stop by Village Artisans at 100 Corry St. before July 31. We're open Mon.-Thurs. from 11 am to 6 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 am-7 pm, and Sun. noon-6 pm. I'll be there on Fri., July 20, when we'll be open until 9 pm while the Yellow Springs Cirque Carnival happens right outside our doors.