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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Black & White African Safari Baby Quilt

"Black & White African Safari" baby quilt, 34" x 34", handmade by Pam Geisel

In October, Village Artisans is having a community lobby show with the theme B&W+1 (black and white plus one color). In August, the Quiltsy Team (a group of on-line quilters on Etsy) is having a challenge called "Black & White & Spread All Over" in which we were to make something that was, you guessed it, black and white plus one color! Two birds! One stone!


I have several black & white fabrics in my stash so I chose one that had black and white drawings of African safari animals including giraffes, zebras, elephants, and cheetahs. I decided that my plus one color would be red.


I pieced them with alternating black or red squares, with the red squares in the center. I also added a thin red inner border around the squares.


I added a black outer border then quilted "x"s through the squares using red thread. The backing and binding are a black & white zebra print.


You can see the other Quiltsy Team pieces on their Pinterest page. The exhibit at Village Artisans (in Yellow Springs) will be Oct. 4-Nov. 13 with an artist reception on Oct. 19 from 6-9 pm.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Using Hand Dyed Fabrics featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine


Two of my art quilts, "Daybreak is Your Midnight" and "Early Morning Nine Patch" are featured in Art Quilting Studio's Magazine's Summer 2018 issue.


The article that I wrote gives a brief description on how I made both of these pieces which use hand dyed fabrics and also has lists some places where you can buy hand dyed fabrics on-line.

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.

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Another way I like to use hand dyed fabrics is when I make bookmarks which can be found on my Etsy page.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Sheep Dreams Baby Quilt for Quiltsy Team Baby Quilt Challenge

"Sheep Dreams" baby quilt, 32" x 32", handmade by Pam Geisel

The Quiltsy Team, the Etsy Quilting group, decided to have a baby quilt challenge with all of us using the same fabric. 23 quilters signed up to participate.


The fabric selected was "Lewe's Balloons" from the Lewe the Ewe collection by World of Susie Bee. Suzy also paints murals at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

You can vote for your favorite on the Quiltsy blog through May 31. To do this, scroll down to where the quilts are numbered. If you click on one you will go to Etsy page where you can see more photos of the quilt. To vote go back to the blog and click on the little heart in the upper right hand corner of the photo. I'm #16. After May 31 you can check out the Quiltsy Pinterest Page for the entries.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Quilting for a Cause

8" x 8" quilt square made for the Rocky Mountain Threads of Life Donor Family Quilt Project to honor Tess LeAnn Smith who loved the beach and also Christmas.

There are a lot of worthy causes that quilters support including:

- the AIDS Memorial quilt honoring those who have died from AIDS
Project Linus which provides quilts to kids in need
Quilts of Valor for veterans and service members
Kennel Quilts made for animals affected by natural disasters
Threads of Resistance for political protest quilts
- the 70237 Project honoring the 70,273 disabled people killed by Nazis before the Holocaust began

One cause that I didn't know about until recently was the Rocky Mountain Threads of Life Donor Family Quilt Project to commemorate individuals who have given the gift of life through the donation of organs and/or tissue.

I had the honor of creating the quilt square above to commemorate Tess Smith who was skiing with her friends in Colorado on a ski trip when she broke her leg. Unfortunately, a small fatty embolism found it's way to her brain and she died suddenly. Her mother says that the decisions made that weekend were difficult, but the one to donate her organs was not.


Tess LeAnn Smith was granted her angel wings on March 5, 2017. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Tess had touched in major ways throughout her short, yet very memorable life. She was born on June 27, 2001 in Wichita, Kansas. Tess's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. She led a life as beautiful and blessed as she was. She preferred to spend her time with friends and family, dancing, traveling, listening to music and taking selfies. She loved to explore and see new parts of the world, although some of her favorite places to visit were Starbucks and Victoria's Secret. She was truly a walking testament of someone who valued others before herself, as she loved to make new friends and cherished relationships with many.

I never met Tess but her mother tells me that
 - Her favorite color was pink
 - Her favorite movie was Endless Love
 - She was in love, his name was Andre’
 - Favorite place to shop was Pink/Victoria’s Secret
 - She loved Starbucks Frappucinos
 - Her favorite song was The Little Things by Big Gigantic
 - She loved to read and write poetry
 - Favorite flower was a pink rose
 - She loved Yankee Candles, always had one burning in her bedroom
 - Favorite TV show was Law & Order
 - Favorite Food was plain spaghetti – no sauce, no meatballs
 - Favorite Holiday was Christmas
 - Language arts was her favorite subject
 - Math was her least favorite subject
 - Had her favorite blanket she took on every vacation and even overnight sleepovers
 - She had a room full of clothes, but her favorites came from her big brothers closet
 - Loved to play Pitch – and was good at it
 - Didn’t like to play board games, but would play if her brother promised to take her to QuikTrip
 - She took kickboxing classes, and was a natural
 - Favorite place to be was the beach
 - Best friend was Madelyn
 - Favorite pet was her dog Roscoe
 - Loved a cup of hot Green Tea before bedtime
 - Favorite book was “Me Before You”
 - Favorite restaurant was Olive Garden
 - Planned on attending University of Texas
 - Nickname = Tessie. When she was little we called her Tessy Messy
 - Summer was her favorite Season
 - Collected Angels
 - Caramel Flan was her favorite dessert
 - The Place she dreamed most about visiting was Paris

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Louie for Use It Up Blog Hop

"Louie 2," 23" x 14", made by Pam Geisel, Apr. 2018

Welcome to the final day of the Island Batik Ambassador Alumni's "Use It Up" Blog Hop! The Alumni are former ambassadors who still love to use Island Batik fabrics and we decided to have our own little blog hop to use up our Island Batik fabrics. (Not going to happen any time soon for me as I still have a lot.)

For this blog hop I decided to revisit one of my previous quilts and remake it using Island Batik fabrics, so let me introduce you to Louie. Louie is a barn owl and one of the resident raptors at the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


I used the eight fabrics in the back for the background, blending from light to dark and added some brown couched yarn to every other square before piecing. The three cream colored fabrics in the front were used to make Louie. I couched the same brown yarn along the tree branch and some white handspun yarn around Louie's head and where the binding meets the quilt.

As always, you can click on any of the photos to see them larger and if you missed any of the other "Use It Up" posts you can find the links to them here.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blog Hop: Island Batik Ambassador Alumni's "Use It Up"


The Island Batik Ambassador Alumni (quilters who used to be ambassadors but aren't currently but still love Island Batik fabrics) are hosting a blog hop. Each day this week, we’ll feature one or two quilters and their projects using Island Batik fabrics. Be sure to follow along every day as we have lots of great quilted projects to share with you.

Here’s the schedule with links to the blogs:

M 4/16 - Lemon Tree Snippets

Tu 4/17 - Seams To Be Sew & Mary Macks Blog

W 4/18 - One Quilting Circle & Seams Like a Dream

Th 4/19 - Tammarinis & Kathy’s Kwilts and More

F 4/20 - Inspired Layers & Kissed Quilts

Sa 4/21 - Purrfect Spots & Patchwork Breeze

Su 4/22 - For Quilts Sake

Monday, April 2, 2018

Project Quilting Wrap Up & PRIZES!

Project Quilting entries (top row, left to right): Yellow Springs Yarn Bomb, Peaceful Ocean Waves baby quilt, Shine; (bottom row, left to right): Rain(bow) Drop, Mug Rug Quilts, 3D Flying Geese quilted postcards

There were 667 quilts were made in Season 9 and 52 people participated in all six challenges. I was one of the 52 who did all six. My personal goal this season was to be colorful and use rainbows when possible. (My instincts were pretty good as half of the Viewer's Choice winners featured rainbow colors.)

I like Project Quilting because it challenges me to think differently and I've made some of my favorite pieces for the challenges. I also like that there's a chance to win prizes, and this year I won two of the randomly drawn "Ultimate Weekly Sponsor" prizes.


From the Bold & Brave Challenge I won a $50 Gift Certificate from Therm-o-web. With my art quilts I can go through a lot of fusible web, so that will come in handy.


From the Mellow Yellow Challenge I won a plethora of goodies from Wise Craft Handmade including a signed copy of the book Wise Craft Quilts, a set of English Paper Piecing templates, a 5" Ruby Ruler, and a quilt pattern of my choice.

Season 9 of Project Quilting is over but now it's time for the monthly off season Project Quilting Challenges. There aren't prizes for these challenges, but you do have a full month to complete them. The theme for April is "April Fools."

So a big thanks to Kim of Persimon Dreams for hosting Project Quilting, and a special thanks to Therm-o-Web

Saturday, March 24, 2018

3D Rainbow Flying Geese - Project Quilting

Two quilted postcards, curved and straight, 6" x 4" each, made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 9, Challenge 6: SCRAPtastic, Mar. 2018 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "SCRAPtastic":

Your project must use a MINIMUM of twelve (12) fabrics, no matter how small the piece. You, of course, are welcome to use more than 12 if you wish.

So many ideas, so little time. For this project I got into my Project Quilting "Focus Through the Prism" Cherrywood fabrics, although that group only had seven fabrics so I added a light purple, a medium purple, a dark green, plus the red batik at the top and the black fabric to have 12 fabrics.


The "Flying Geese" started as 1" squares that were cut in half diagonally and then attached to the background by sewing them through the middle and leaving their points unattached, so they can curl up or whatever they want. I couched black yarn over the thread that sewed down the triangles.


I couldn't decide on an arrangement of the Flying Geese triangles and I had a whole extra set so I made two postcards.


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 SCRAPtastic challenge page.