Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Celestial Winter: Wall Hanging, Post Cards, and Ornaments

I recently did a favor for a friend and to show her thanks, she gave me some fabric. There was one piece in the bunch, a fat quarter titled "Celestial Winter" by Jason Yenter from In The Beginning Fabrics that I was immediately drawn to.

Now I like to tell people that I let the fabric tell me what it wants to be. Sometimes fabrics just tell me that they want to be place mats or table runners. Other times it's more specific. Back when I was making "Early Morning Nine Patch" I was trying to decide what fabric to use for the barn when I realized that the title on the selvage edge was "Barn Red" so that time it was literally speaking to me.

This time Celestial Winter was speaking to me and it said "Use me."

"But I have to work on stuff for the upcoming Open Studios," I replied.

Celestial Winter loudly repeated "USE ME."

"I really don't have the time," I replied.

But it would not let me ignore it.

So I did. I made a wall hanging, ten postcards, and five tree ornaments. In one week. (I had to work quickly because I still had things I needed to finish for the Open Studios that was less than two weeks away).


Here is the fabric before I cut into it. (This is not the actual piece that I had, this is the preview that In The Beginning Fabrics has on their website). I ironed fusible adhesive (Heat-n-Bond lite) on the back of the whole fat quarter then cut the shapes out. This is called fussy cutting and it doesn't get much fussier than this, can you see how close together the images are? In some places I had about 1/16" of an inch of black left around the shapes. I wanted a little bit of black around them so when I fused them to a back background it would look seamless.


I fused six main pieces to a black fabric from my stash (one that I used for "Lavender Diamonds").


I also fused some groupings of stars on most of the pieces. Four around each round shape and two with the deer and the owl.


I pieced the six rectangles with green sashing and borders then sandwiched the quilt top with a cotton batting and backing.


I stitched around the fused pieces with black thread on the black edge that I left when fussy cutting.  It was pretty hard to see when sewing down but I took it slowly and did it. Because it was already sandwiched, this is also the quilting.


I also quilted stitch-in-the-ditch around the edges where the black was pieced with the green.


Then I folded the front around to the back for a binding. I added sleeves and a label.


I love how it looks like the fabric is glowing from within.

Because I already had fusible adhesive on the back of the fabric, I took used the other large images, some which were cut off because they were at the edge of the fabric, to make some postcards.

I used the same black fabric for the backgrounds and added the red and blue stripes which were not a part of the original fabric. Then I fused them to a thick innerfacing and satin stitched around the edges with a black thread.


There were also nine colorful trees. They were too small to be postcards so I fused them to a green fabric, then fused them to some innerfacing (the kind I use for postcards) then satin stitched around the edges with a green thread. Because there were nine trees, four of these are double sided.

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

Monday, October 15, 2018

Yellow Springs Open Studios this weekend

This weekend is the Yellow Springs Open Studios event. There are 29 artists at 17 locations. This year I'll be a guest at Libby Rudolf's studio, located at 3950 Grinnell Rd. just outside of Yellow Springs.

The event is Sat. & Sun., Oct. 20 & 21, from 10am-5 pm. Click here for an interactive map of studio locations (artists are organized alphabetically by FIRST name). Printed brochures will also be available at the studios, and also in downtown Yellow Springs.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Black & White Safari in B&W+1


My Black & White Safari Baby Quilt in the Village Artisan's community lobby show "B&W+1" on view through Nov. 13 with an artist reception THIS FRIDAY during the Yellow Springs Art Stroll from 6-9 pm.

Monday, October 1, 2018

New Placemats & Table Runners


I recently made some placemats and table runners (the shibori table runner can also be hung on the wall). They are currently in my Etsy shop (where you can also see more photos of them), and I'll have them at the Yellow Springs Open Studios on Oct 20 & 21. After that any that are left will go to Village Artisans.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Working in a Block Series featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine


The series of seven art quilts that I made for the Project Quilting "Focus Through the Prism" challenge are featured in Art Quilting Studio's Magazine's Autumn 2018 issue.


The article that I wrote gives a brief description on the though process I went through when making these pieces and some of the techniques I used.


The quilts in this series are: Red Rubber Ball, Positively Pinwheels!, A Second Self, Nine Ball, Monkey Tail, Chasing Geese, and Cabin Sweet Cabin.

Art Quilting Studio, which used to be published only two times a year, is now published quarterly! It 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. You can find a store near you where it's sold or order it directly from the Stampington website.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Millefiori Moonlight

"Millefiori Moonlight," 39 x 28, handmade by Pam Geisel, Sept. 2018

My initial inspiration for this quilt was the colorful sunsets we’ve been having due to the wildfires out west. I knew I wanted to make a quilt that was primarily dark cool colors (blues and purples) with some pops of warm colors (yellows, oranges, and reds).


First I got out all the blues and purple fabrics (commercial cottons and batiks) and pulled out the ones I thought would work. I didn't use all of the ones in this photo, but I did use most of them. I pieced the background with half square triangles and with the blues and a few blue/purple fabrics for the sky (getting a little lighter where the moon would be), the dark purples for the bottom mountain range, and the plums for the middle mountain range.

Top left photo - background for the purple cloud and the Roman Glass fabric; top right photo -background for the red cloud with the Roman Glass fabric; bottom left photo - background for the bottom orange cloud with the Roman Glass fabric; and the bottom right photo - background for the middle orange cloud with the swirls cut from the center fabric and the Roman Glass fabric.

As I was selecting fabrics to use, I was also inspired by some fabrics called "Roman Glass" by Kaffe Fassett for Westminister Fabrics that had color circles on top of other colored circles, but I thought they were too dense for my needs the circles out and fused to other fabrics to create the clouds. I also fused nine of these circles to the moon.


With the piecing and raw edge applique done, it was time to quilt! I used navy blue and purple threads to quilt lines that echoed the clouds and mountain ranges with the lines being 1/4" apart and mostly running horizontal.


There is no quilting on the moon and since the quilting around the moon is so dense. it puffed up away from the background. I stuffed a few extra pieces of batting behind the moon to help it stay puffed. I also couched yarn around the mountain ranges, the clouds, and the moon.


I hand sewed six buttons (as pairs) in the lower right corner to help balance the moon in the upper left corner. I also added some glass beads to the moon. I finished the quilt with a knife-edge binding.


The layered fabric circles reminded me of millefiori which is a glasswork technique with multicolored patterns which are viewable only from the cut ends of the glass cane, and this also gave me the name for the quilt.

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Art on the Lawn, Sat. Aug. 11 in Yellow Springs

Me at Art on the Lawn last year.

Art on the Lawn is this Saturday, Aug 11 from 10 am-5 pm at Mills Lawn, 200 S. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I'll be there under the shade of the trees with my art. There will be around 100 artists, plus some food vendors and live musicians. The show is sponsored by Village Artisans, where I am a member.