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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yellow Springs Receptions this Friday

I'll have art in two exhibit in Yellow Springs and both are having receptions this Fri, Feb. 17 from 6-9 pm.

"Learning to Fly" is in the "Up in the Air" exhibit at Village Artisans, 100 Corry St. and runs from Feb. 15 through Mar. 28.

"The Fragment of a Song" is in the annual member show "Breaking the Rules" at the Yellow Springs Arts Council across the street at 111 Corry St. and runs from Feb. 17 through Mar. 12.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

How Sweet to be a Cloud Floating in the Blue - Project Quilting

"How Sweet to be a Cloud Floating in the Blue," art is 3.75" x 8.25", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 8, Challenge 3: Tuned in to Texture, Feb. 2017 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Tuned in to Texture":

Your project must be inspired by a pattern or texture you find "in the wild" this week.

Back when I was doing graphic design, one of the things I liked to do was to add "visual texture" to page layouts and graphics. Those items really don't have an actual texture but I didn't want them to look so "flat." I've also done this when working with mostly solid colors, such as in "Lavender Diamonds" and all of the Project Quilting "Focus Through the Prism" quilts. One of the reasons work with fabric is because I love to touch it; I love the texture.

I'm always intrigued by clouds. The look like they would be fun to touch, but of course you can't touch a cloud, even if you could reach that high. So even though I had million other ideas, I decided to make something with clouds.

This is a pretty small piece and I made it to fit in this interesting chunky odd-sized wood frame that I had. I also included two pieces of my very favorite green yarn that I like to use for the horizon lines in my quilts (like in "Early Morning Nine Patch" and also "Summer Barn" and probably others that I'm not thinking of at this moment.

The title is a quote by A. A. Milne, the author of "Winnie the Pooh."

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 Tuned in to Texture challenge page and scroll down.

Island Batik Fabric Winner!

And the winner of these three half-yard fabrics from the Island Batik Happy Harvest collection from the Island Batik Ambassador New Beginnings Blog Hop is...

And #16 is...Rachell! You can check out her blog Claddaghs Quilts and Stars to see what she makes with these lovely fabrics!

Friday, January 27, 2017

"Standing Tall" for New Beginnings Blog Hop!

"Standing Tall," 17" x 42.6", made by Pam Geisel, Jan. 2017

Welcome to the "Happy Harvest" collection in the Island Batik Ambassador's "New Beginnings" Blog Hop!

We were challenged to use at least 8 of the fabrics in the collection and create a piece that was at least 24" x 24". Bonus points if it fit the theme of "New Beginnings." (Just kidding, there aren't any points given.)
Here are seven of the eight fabrics that I used. Since I wasn't sure which fabrics would be in the final piece, I took the photo of the fabrics after I was finished, and I used up all of the background fabric in the quilt so it's not in the photo. (I also used another piece for the backing fabric so it's not in the photo, either.)

I let the fabrics tell me what they wanted to be, and they wanted to something in a forest. So it doesn't exactly fit into the "New Beginnings" theme.

I also fudged the size some. Once I decide to make a quilt of a giant redwood tree, I realized the quilt needed to be at least twice as high as it was wide. The fabrics we got for this collection were half yards (18" x 44") so I again let the fabrics talk to me and made the quilt the size of a half yard of fabric. (I figure if you do the math the square area of a quilt that is 24" x 24" is 576" and mine is 722.5" so even though it's not as wide as it's supposed to be, it is larger in square area.) (For the non-quilters who are wondering why if I started with a piece that was 18" x 44" how I ended up with a final piece that is 17 x 42.5", you loose some size when quilting and when doing the knife-edge binding.)

I started with the tree's trunk and fused three of the brown fabrics. Then I fussy-cut around the pine needles and fused them to make the branches. I added some highlights using the mint green background from the fabric that had the deer on it.

For the forest I again fussy cut around the pine trees in both the darker and lighter green fabrics and added a middle layer from the mint green background with the deer on it (you can see part of the deer's horns in the bottom right of the photo above.)

I machine free-motion quilted along the raw edges, in the green branches, and in the background. I used a knife-edge binding and then couched on some chunky varigated green yarn that has the same colors as the fabrics. I did that after the binding so it would be the same distance from all edges, although it doesn't go across the bottom.

As always, you can click on any of the photos to see the images lager.


And now it's time for the giveaway! I'm giving away three half yard fabrics that are also from the Happy Harvest collection.. To enter, leave a comment by midnight on Feb. 2. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Feb 4.

You can check out the other blog hops from the list here. Most are also giving away fabric.

And you can win even more fabric from the Island Batik giveaway here:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Morning Glories for Georgia

"Morning Glories for Georgia," 24 x 30, handmade by Pam Geisel, November 2016

I made this art quilt to honor American artist Georgia O'Keeffe who is best known for her large scale paintings of flowers, New Mexico landscapes, and New York skyscrapers. By the mid-1920s, she began creating large-scale paintings of natural forms at close range, at a time when no one else was doing this. She learned about cropping from her husband Alfred Stiglitz' photography and used it to with her flower paintings because she want to make sure people really saw the flower. She even wrote of her desire to glorify flowers, “I’ll paint it big, and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it. I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.”

The hardest part of making this quilt was deciding what flower to use. I looked at her paintings of flowers. And I looked at photographs of flowers. And I took my own photographs of flowers to look at. I considered Jack-in-the-Pulpits because there is a quilt square that goes by that name, but I didn’t like the colors in them.

It wasn't until I looked through my stash of hand-dyed fabric that I decided to focus on Morning Glories. (when in doubt, let the fabric tell you what it wants to be). Much like Georgia's paintings of morning glories, I included two flowers in my piece, but I did come up with my own composition.

When I drew the outline of the morning glories I did intentionally avoid any sharp edges trying to keep the shapes as organic as possible. And I focused on keeping Georgia’s intention of glorifying the humble flower.

It is machine raw-edged pieced with machine quilting along the raw edges and also in the petals and background. I couched three pieces of hand-spun yarn for the stamens. It has a knife-edge binding.

As always you can click on the photos to see them larger.

PS. This is my 400th blog post!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Solo Art Quilt Exhibit at the Yellow Springs Brewery

I am very excited to have my own solo show at the Yellow Springs Brewery! It will be the first time that all of my "Focus Through the Prism" quilts (above) have been show together locally.

Top left: String Theory; bottom left: Ten Stars on Sticks; right: Journey

It is also the first time that "Journey" (the red and black one above, right) will be shown (not including during the Open Studios event that was held at my studio).

Left: Branches; top right: The View From My Hammock; bottom right: Mermaid Haiku

The exhibit runs from Jan. 10 through Feb. 5 and is free and open to the public Mon.-Fri. from 3-10 pm, Sat. from 1-10 pm, and Sun. from 1-8 pm. The Yellow Springs Brewery is located at 305 N. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs.

There will be an art party on Sun., Jan. 15 from 2-4 pm.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hope - Project Quilting

"Hope," art is 2.5" x 4" in a 5" x 7" frame, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 8, Challenge 1: Eight is Great, Jan. 2017 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Eight is Great":

Since this is the eighth year for Project Quilting, your inspiration for this challenge is eight.

I had a lot of ideas for this project, so many that I had difficulty deciding which one to do. So I decided to look through my fabric stash and let it tell me. I dug into my hand-dyed fabrics and they wanted to be an flower with eight petals. I was also inspired by the local weather.

This is the view out my studio window today. Which is why I named this piece "Hope."

It is raw-edge applique with micro stippling in the green background with a variegated thread.

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 Eight is Great challenge page.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blog Hop: Island Batik Ambassador's "New Beginnings" Kick Off

The Island Batik Ambassador's are hosting a blog hop. Each day over the next couple of weeks, we’ll feature a new fabric collection and link to at least one Ambassador blog to see what she made with these wonderful fabrics. Be sure to follow along every day as we have lots of goodies to give away!

Here’s the schedule with the dates and collection names:

M 1/9 - Coastal Mist Collection
Stone Cottage Designs

T 1/10 - Dotalicious Collection
Adele Mogavero
Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Inch Worm Fabrics

W 1/11 - Drizzle Collection
Adventurers in Applique and Quilting

Th 1/12 - Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds Collections
Mary Macks Blog
Quilting Affection

F 1/13 - Fresh Catch Collection
BejeweledQuilts by Barb

M 1/16 - Glowing Embers Collection

T 1/17 - Lake Life Collection
FreeMotion by the River

W 1/18 - River's Edge Collection
Ark Angel Creations
Archipelago Quilting

F 1/20 - Blushing Blooms Collection
Desert Bloom Quilting

M 1/23 - Gone Fishin' Collection
Maria Michael Designs

W 1/25 - Surf and Sand Collection
The Patchwork Pearl

Th 1/26 - Twilight Blush Collection
Kissed Quilts

F 1/27 - Happy Harvest Collection
For Quilts Sake

M 1/30 - Jolly Holly Collection
Kauffman Designs

T 1/31 - Frost Collection

W 2/1 - Merry and Bright Collection
Patchwork Breeze