Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quilt National 2017

Photo by the Dairy Barn Arts Center

It is once again time for my biennial trip to see Quilt National, an art quilt exhibition held on odd-numbered years at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio and attracts entries from around the globe. This year there are 85 art quilts from 28 states and 9 countries.

The exhibit runs through Sept 4, 2107. If you don't get a chance to see it there, you can either view it on line, or catch it on tour.

On Tour

As of this posting, parts of the show will tour to St. Louis, MO and Columbus, OH.

The St. Louis exhibit will be at the Foundry Art Centre from Oct. 6-Dec. 1, 2017.

The Columbus exhibit will be at the Riffe Gallery from Jan. 25-Apr. 14, 2018.


Photography isn't allowed in the Dairy Barn but there are many place on-line to see some of the quilts:
Prize winners
People's Choice leaders
Some of my favorites are here, including:
   - "Global Players" by Brigitte Kopp of Kasel-Golzig, Germany
   - "Chasm 23" by Beth Carney of Yonkers, NY
   - "Butterfly Garden" by Pamela Loewen of Williamston, MI

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Hawaiian Themed Wine Glass Coasters and Bookmarks

We recently took a trip to Hawaii and had a great time. Of course I couldn't come home without some new fabric. I used some of that fabric to make some bookmarks...

...and some wine glass coasters. I'll have them at Art on the Lawn this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. After the show I'll take them to Village Artisans. And you can also get them from my Etsy shop.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Art on the Lawn, Sat. Aug. 12 in Yellow Springs

Me at Art on the Lawn two years ago.

Art on the Lawn is this Saturday, Aug 12 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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

20 T-Shirt Quilts!

I've been organizing my files and discovered I've made 20 t-shirt quilts! Here are the fronts and backs of them. (I'll start #21 next month). As always, you can click on any of the photos to see them larger.)

(For this one the backing was provided, it was an unfinished quilt top)

Double-sided t-shirt quilts:

While most of the others had some t-shirts on the back, these were designed to be two-sided, with the same-sized shirt matching up on the other side.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

"Journey" on exhibit with "Best of 2017" Traveling Show

"Journey" detail

My art quilt "Journey" is on a journey of it's own! It's included 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

The Southern Ohio Museum
825 Gallia St., Portsmouth, OH 45662
July 7 - Sept 29

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: