Friday, January 12, 2018

Yellow Springs Yarn Bomb - Project Quilting

"Yellow Springs Yarn Bomb," art is 4" x 6" in a 7" x 9" (exterior measurements) frame, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 1: Hometown Proud, Jan. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Hometown Proud":

Be inspired by the best of you community – what makes your town special?

There are a lot of things that make our little village of Yellow Springs special, but what makes it special to me is the amount of art:
  - art galleries
  - artist co-ops (including Village Artisans, which I'm a member of)
  - an arts council
  - restaurants that display art on a rotating basis 
  - the Sunrise Cafe with murals that covers all of their interior walls 
  - seemingly random outdoor public art including our yarn bombings

To create this piece I fused some brown pieces of fabric (the tree) to a hand dyed blue background then I did zigzag stitches (as wide as my machine would go) to make the "yarn" on the tree. I probably spent more time changing the thread and bobbin colors than I did sewing the yarn.

Then I did a small free motion meander quilting around the tree and put it in a cool wood frame.

In the photo at the top of the page, the two ceramic pieces were made by other Yellow Springs artists. The pot on the left was made by Geno Luketic and the little bird was made by Carol Culbertson.

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 Hometown Proud challenge page.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Project Quilting Season 9

It's time for Project Quilting's ninth season! It's a three month on-line event that challenges participants to create a quilt in one week, with a week off in between. You can participate in as few or as many as you like. Participants are automatically entered into random prize drawings and at the end of the season there will be grand prizes awarded to all participants, with one entry per challenge quilt, so the more challenges you enter, the better your chances.

I've participated in every year in some form or another (and I was the overall grand prize winner of Season 2). Some of my favorite quilts that I've made were Project Quilting challenges.

The schedule for 2018 is:
Challenge 1: January 7
Challenge 2: January 21
Challenge 3: February 4
Challenge 4: February 18
Challenge 5: March 4
Challenge 6: March 18

Each challenge is posted at noon CDT and due exactly one week later at noon CDT.

Here's a post with some tips about how to participate.

The challenge will be posted on the "Persimon Dreams" Project Quilting blog and you can also find links about past seasons there. Still have questions? If so, check this out.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Custom Quilts made in 2017

It's my annual look back on the custom quilts I made during the year that I haven't shared yet (some were gifts).

Click on the photos to see larger views.

Ariel's Double-Sided T-shirt quilt. 46" x 80"

Alice's Double-Sided T-shirt Quilt, 85" x 91"

Jo Jo's Double-Sided T-shirt quilt, 58" x 78"

YSKP T-shirt quilt, 46" x 80"

Salem T-shirt quilt, 46" x 88"

Gypsy Moon bed quilt and pillow cases, 88" x 93"

House Banners art quilts, 16" x 21", each

White Mum Corsage Fabric Mosaic, 11" x 14" framed

Skull & Flower art quilt ala Georgia O'Keeffee, 6" x 6" x 1"

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wool Roving as Embellishment featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine

Two of my framed quilted fabric mosaics, "Mountain Mist" and "Northern Lights" are featured in Art Quilting Studio's Magazine's Winter 2018 issue.

The article that I wrote gives a brief description on how I made both of these pieces but focuses mostly on the wool roving that I used as an embellishment.

Art Quilting Studio is only published two times a year but is packed full of new quilting techniques and innovative design ideas. It is one of many publications put out by Stampington & Company. I've heard it's available at some Joann stores. Or you can order it from the Stampington website.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Daybreak is Your Midnight" in the OOVAR Exhibit in Colubmus

"Daybreak is Your Midnight," 35.5" x 36", made by Pam Geisel, 2014

My art quilt "Daybreak is Your Midnight" is on exhibit with the 11th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Exhibition. The exhibit runs through Jan. 6, 2018 at the Carnegie Gallery in the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in Columbus, Ohio. There will be a closing reception on Sat. Jan. 6 from 2-4 pm.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Art & Soul art show this Sat, Nov. 18 in Yellow Springs

My last show of the year this year is Art & Soul, which features over 30 exceptional artists who “put their souls into making art.” The show is this Sat., Nov. 18 from 10 am-5 pm. It will be in the Mills Lawn School Gym, 200 S. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs, just one block from the Xenia Ave. There's plenty of free parking in town and also in the lot behind the school.

There is a $4 admission fee, a portion of which will go to the Yellow Springs Schools and the Yellow Springs Police Coat Fund.

You can find photos and bios of all the artists participating on the Art & Soul Facebook page.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Quilting Workshop in Preble County, Nov 11

"Delightful Daisy," 9" x 9", handmade by Pam Geisel, May 2017

Last year I taught two quilting workshops at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County (Ohio). This year I am teaching participants how to make the "Delightful Daisy" art quilt. We will cover piecing, using fusibles, machine raw-edge applique, couching yarn, and making a facing (knife edge) binding.

The workshop is Sat., Nov. 11 from 10:30-1:30 pm. The cost is $45 for members, $60 for non members and it includes materials, although you can bring fabric from your own stash if you want.

You can register for the workshop on-line here, or contact the Visual Arts Center of Preble County at (937) 456-3999 or