Sunday, May 19, 2019

CAROLINA HURRICANE QUILT PROJECT

I'd like to share photos of my finished string quilt made for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.  The generosity of the quilt community never fails to amaze me!

My piece was quilted by Boni Lochner who resides in South Dakota. Imagine that......someone who has no connection to our region donated her time and considerable talent to this project!  I just love how the quilt turned out....the quilt motif is exactly right.  With deep appreciation and respect.....I salute Boni.  

She offers custom long arm quilting, if you are in need of this service please contact me and I will put you in touch with her. 


Friday, May 17, 2019

RED-CROWNED CRANES

Just finished "Red-Crowned Cranes", though this is not a decent photo. I need to reshoot when we finally get sunshine again.  Plus, find a location that better suits the piece than my too small design wall...BUT...you get the idea.

RED-CROWNED CRANES -  58" x 47"
Machines stitched cottons, quilted with metallic thread.



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

MOUNTAIN ART QUILTERS - MAY MEETING

The Mountain Art Quilters group was created several years ago as an offshoot of SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Association), though one doesn't need to be a member of SAQA to join.

I LOVE this group......talented, enthusiastic, generous, friendly members, all with a positive attitude.  Here's some show and tell from our recent meeting. This group has a very active membership, most belong to other smaller and larger groups.....therefore show and tell is always very inspiring.
 Diana has been enjoying creating small improv pieces....this measures appx. 12"...and says a lot!
 Several members belong to another smaller group where they have been experimenting with quick fire round robin improv designs.  Each brings a small block, plus an ample amount of her own 'statement' fabric.  Each block is passed to another member who adds their own 'focal/statement' fabric to the piece.  They have 30 mins. to complete the task before it's moved to the next member.  By the end of the day, most have a small  improv wall piece.  You can see some of the results below.  
 Kathie's
 A fascinating concept which they've repeated at another gathering using solids. Here's Diana's.
 Kathie's
 Julie's
 Julie enjoys creating small pieces, utilizing handwork and often adding a few embellishments.
 Kathie made this stunning scenic piece featuring 'belted' cows...when we first saw them here....we called them Oreo cows.
 Another finished piece of Kathie's.....featuring her trademark improv pieced background.
Jenny's nearly finished working on a Tsukineko ink pictorial.....my photo doesn't do this justice, hopefully she'll bring it again when the edges are completed.
 Lisa's other group has an annual challenge....requiring the maker to conform to theme, size, and often the addition of one specific color.  Here are two exceptionally wonderful small pieces that pay homage to our Western North Carolina surroundings.

 I didn't get a chance to photograph all the terrific pieces Lisa brought but here are two more improv pieces, some using her own printed/dyed fabrics.

I can hardly wait for our next meeting in July!!



Monday, May 13, 2019

NEW WOOLFELT COLORS

I've been singing the praises of National Nonwoven's Woolfelt for years.  They keep generating new yummy colors and happily the availability of this product has just increased as Hobby Lobby will now be carrying it.

For those who might not be familiar with it, know it's a far cry from the thin, poly craft felt so often seen in craft and big box fabric stores.  WoolFelt Style -TOY022 is 35% wool (for stability & loft) and 65% rayon which helps to provide such great color, over 100 of them!  It's easy to cut and handle and best of all the edges do not ravel.  A big thumbs up!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

RAIN OUTSIDE, FRAGRANT AND BEAUTIFUL INSIDE

We've had sheets of rain falling now for 24+ hours, so I'm hibernating inside with this stunningly fragrant and beautiful Mother's Day floral arrangement.  Thank you CWS, Kelly, and 'the boys'.....you've warmed my heart.

 I just love, love, love white flowers...and set off with splashes of color....breathtaking!

Friday, May 10, 2019

FROM NEARLY DONE TO BACK AT IT!!

For many reasons this quilt has been especially slow going......
 ......then finally the machine quilting was done...OR was it?!  After putting the piece back on my design wall, the cornerstones kept bugging me.....I felt they became too prominent.....drawing attention away from the focus fabric.
So after some musing, I've decided to applique black circles in those areas to tame the impact.  There's truly no rush to finish....I'd rather be totally pleased with the outcome than regret pushing ahead just to say it's finished.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

FIBER JUNKIES MAY MEETING

This month we concentrated on fugitive printing.....using water soluble crayons. Most of us got poor results and found the process tedious.  I won't go into detail about all the steps except to say designs are drawn on a silk screen...the crayon material is then dissolved by pushing it through the screen with a gel medium onto fabric or paper then heat set.

Rather here's some photos of our printed pieces...
 This was my first attempt.....the fabric most likely will be deep sixed.
 Several designs line drying....
 The highlight of the day......Susan realized she forgot to put fabric beneath her screen.....therefore the design on her screen (see below) got printed onto her kitchen towel that she used to protect the table and for padding.  Oh...do I spy an empty wine glass?!?  Hummmm......Honestly we laughed for a good long time over this 'oops.'

 Rather than drawing my own design I used one of Gen's many rubbing plates....
 .....and attempted to print it onto wool/felt......not very successfully I'd say.
 Judy is using a stencil for her design.
 Again, it was difficult to obtain consistent results.
This beautiful flower design is Gen's.....she printed it on paper.

Happily, I believe we are working with Indigo next month which is a favorite of mine.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

LEAST FAVORITE

Still plugging away on my newest Asian inspired wall art quilt......it was a busy week so it's slow going.  I'll admit I'm stalling too.....as I've reached my least favorite part of quilt making......machine quilting.
So far today I've managed to delay getting back at it by making bread, doing laundry, and cleaning the bathroom....one is really in avoidance mode if bathroom cleaning gets on the to-do list!  

Can't do our forced march either because it's pouring....I'll walk in snow but not heavy rain.  And now I'm writing a blog post.....just to put off turning on the machine.....maybe our power will go out (which would be the 4th time in 2 weeks).....NOOOOO I don't wish for that.....so I'll say goodbye for now and slink over to the sewing machine.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

MAKING HEADWAY & SHARING A TIP

The top is now finished......next it will be sandwiched with batting and a backing and basted in preparation for machine quilting.

You may or may not have noticed that the outside sashing is wider than the interior strips.  This is a trick I like to use on most of my wall art.

In this case the outside sashing measures 1/2" wider than the other sashing strips. 1/4" extra is provided to trim/square the quilt prior to binding.  And the extra 1/4" will be covered with the black binding.  This will allow the cornerstones to be visually the same size as in the body of the quilt.  

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

SLOW PROGRESS

I'm back in the studio working on my latest Asian fabric inspired wall art quilt.  Close inspection of the progress you'll see that it's only half stitched. 


 I hope it get the rest done today.  My approach is slower than most quilters who chain stitch.  Instead, I prefer to cut and layout the entire top (or the parts that I have decided on at that point) on my design wall...and work through the sewing, section by section.  Stay tuned....

Sunday, April 28, 2019

MORE LUFT WASSER PHOTOS

Here are a few more photos from the Luft Wasser Porsche event held in Brevard, NC.  - not into cars??  Please ignore...
 Here's the elusive 'the husband' unfortunately, our car was parked next to the trash containers at the staging area......wish I knew how to photoshop them out.
 Impressive turn out!

I'm sure this group of men are plotting how to obtain another car for their collection!!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

2nd ANNUAL LUFT WASSER

Warning...this is not fiber related.....so let your curiosity decide whether you want to read on.......

The 2nd Annual Luft Wasswer (Air and Water cooled engines) Porsche Parade took place with 170+ cars participating in downtown Brevard, NC.  It's organized by our local car club The Appalachian Porsche Club of America.

It was a beautiful spring day, georgous cars, friendly people, good food, and simply the best event our club has ever hosted.
 Safety is never overlooked, esp. with a caravan of approximately 12 cars from the Waynesville, NC area, driving to our staging area in Brevard.  All drivers were expected to attend the safety meeting before we headed off.  
Here's the Waynesville group just getting lined up.  We follow a lead car and have a sweeper at the rear who are both equipped with radios to keep all of us moving in the right direction as we wound our way through the National Parks and Forests to our destination.

After about an hours drive, we arrived at a school parking lot and lined up with other groups from outlining areas.  There were participants from 11 different states who joined us!!  Ultimately these lines were 4 cars wide and long....long...long.  We had a police escort with various streets blocked off as we made our way downtown.  The organization that went into this was clearly evident by the number of volunteers directing traffic.
 Three entire blocks of main street were used to display the cars which were parked near the curb on each side of the street and a line down the middle.
 There was a steady stream of folks using the opportunity to learn about Porsches and of course those of us who own one....walked around and were possibily displaying some Porsche envy over all the incredible models shown.
 I'll admit I'm disappointed more than not with restaurant meals.....I have to say this was one of the best lunches I've ever had anywhere.....devine.  Served quickly with smiles and at the foods' perfect temperature, despite hoards of Porshce enthusaists flooding the place.  It was actually more than I could eat.....but I will be back.  I ordered Chicken Curry....might sound boring but every aspect of this meal was seasoned and cooked perfectly.  So where was I??? The Squared Root, Brevard, NC.

'The husband' who doesn't get out much these days was also in his glory....he had fish tacos.....again, seasoned and presented perfectly.
 I'll spare you a ton of car photos.....but want to comment about the variety of cars on display, everything from this older rally car.....
 ....to a vintage Roadster.....yes this is the original color.  We smiled all the way home.

Friday, April 26, 2019

NEW ASIAN INSPIRED QUILT IN PROGRESS

Over the last couple of years I've made about a dozen patchwork quilts inspired by a large stash of Asian style fabrics gifted to me by a dear friend. Honestly, I never thought the pile would be reduced....instead it seemed to grow.  

That is no longer the case.  As I embark on another one, I found myself almost frantically searching the shrinking pile for just the right color/pattern combination.  Of course that's mainly because I'm not working with small patches which can be more forgiving during the selection process.  It's also because obviously I have a vision in my head and am not terribly flexible about substitutions at this point.
 As is my habit, I like to gather all possible fabric combinations, pair them, and move onto auditioning the choices on my design wall before I start cutting.
The work continues to cutting the backgrounds & focal circles, plus fusing.  I suspect there will still be a few blocks that will get rejected.....but that's normal when creating one-of-a-kind quilts.  Knowing when something is off comes from years of experience.

Stay tuned....

Linking to Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday & Sarah's Whoop, Whoop Friday.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

MAKING GIFTS

My desire to make a few more bookcovers as gifts for the 2nd of two family events I'll be attending this summer moved me into a new direction.....by mistake!  Instead of purchasing 5" x 7" compostion books, I accidently ordered size 9.75" x 7.5.  DAH!!!

Coming up with closure ideas led me to an almost forgotten drawer of interesting buckles and closure gadgets.  Fortunately I have a fairly large collection of Ultra-suede but not many in the way of longer pieces.  Thank you to my pals Arlene and Judy for gifting me some of theirs!
 Marbled silk noil with Ultra-suede strap and vintage buckle.
 Mono-printed wool felt with Ultra-suede strap and recreational gear snap buckle.
 Mono-printed wool felt with Ultra-suede strap and vintage buckle.
Authentic Dutch Wax cotton fabric with leather tie closure.