Monday, October 3, 2022

WORK CONTINUES

 Other demands have kept me from working on my newest piece as much as I'd like, however it's slowly growing. More motif additions coming..... I'm really liking this one!




Tuesday, September 27, 2022

NEW LANDSCAPE ART QUILT IN PROGRESS

 Using a combination of mono-printing, microwave-ice dyeing, indigo dyed cottons.....a new Blue Ridge mountain landscape art quilt is underway.

I'm currently adding some base stitching to provide texture.  Next I'll be creating the focus applique that for now are motifs dancing in my head.  Stay tuned.....


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

FELT FELTED VESSELS

A special friend (thank you Janice) recently gifted me a huge bag of wool.....that was roughly formed into batting.

The fiber can often be suitable for wet felting, so I thought I'd try. With considerable man handling, I managed to make a couple of vessels. The texture is bumper than usual, yet because of plain appearance of the wool, I love the character it provides. 







Friday, September 16, 2022

TREASURED FRIENDSHIP

  The list of reasons my 25+ long career in the quilt industry has brought such joy to my life is long.  But at the very top is the enduring, deep friendships that have developed.  

I met my pal Jackie for the first time in 1996.  She was the instructor coordinator for Quilt Colorado.  We bonded immediately!  I was fortunate to be invited to teach at this outstanding quilt show/conference many times and Jackie and I picked up our conversations as if we had only taken a breath.

Surprises out of the blue are simply the best.....today this adorable wool pincushion arrived.  Superbly made by Jackie "to honor our friendship".  How heartwarming is that?!?  Quilt friends are the best!!!!



Wednesday, September 14, 2022

WHISPERING BAMBOO

 Happily there is a lot of interest in this piece......

"WHISPERING BAMBOO" - 41” x 50"  © Mary Stori

$599 

Authentic Japanese cottons, pieced, appliqu├ęd, densely 

quilted with metallic thread.  Fabric hanging sleeve attached.


Friday, September 9, 2022

FIBER FUN WITH FRIENDS

 Happily our PTA (Professional Textile Artists small group) is back meeting monthly after the rude interruption caused by Covid!   Each member is responsible for organizing one meeting a year.  Numbers are drawn at our Dec. meeting, then the months are selected starting with the lowest number.  Oh this saves so many unnecessary last minute emails.  Some of our favorite gatherings are simply in each others homes.....we met at Dort's this month.

As always we laugh, munch, sip, and are exposed to many new tips, tricks and information.

Lynn recently bought a cutting machine and did a little demo......these units are getting more and more popular esp. for those quilters who create a lot of patchwork quilts.  (Judy left, Lynne right)



Connie shared a quilt that she'd been demonstrating hand quilting on at our well know Folk Art Center, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  She's a wonderful ambassador for the group.


Barbara got us all buzzing with her scrappy patchwork piece made from precut patches from a give-away table at our local guild.  Several of us took good notes (necessary at our age) as a possible project for our 15th (I think) annual March 2023 retreat.  What a colorful, cheerful small quilt.......best of all, the seams don't need to match....my kind of patchwork!!


We have very generous members in our group and I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end from 3 thoughtful gals. - Barbara knit me a pair of socks....LOVE, LOVE.  Connie brought me some horsetail.....a plant we enjoyed growing along our river home in Wisconsin....and I still have a dried display of this unusual plant in our great room, though it's getting ragged.  And Janice shared a huge bag of wool that is perfect for wet felting, unbleached, and not combed enough for many other projects.....I can hardly wait to get my hands wet and soapy......




Thank goodness for great fiber friends!!!!


Thursday, September 8, 2022

PROGRESS

Designing is complete, the sun has been eliminated, and basting has begun...... I'm not a fast quilter since I don't free motion......speed is never my goal.....quality is!

To answer two readers' questions.............size is about 43" W X 54" L.  It will be faced with a hanging sleeve..  And yes it will be available for sale.  Let me know if you want this one before it goes on the 'open market'.  Contact me for further info.






Tuesday, September 6, 2022

SLOW GOING

It seemed as though my vast collection of Asian fabrics would last forever, ahhh but nothing really does, does it?  Finding creative ways to fully utilize every last remaining piece has begun to take extra time.  This project is no exception.  It was probably pieced faster than the time spent pulling fabrics, auditioning, & finally cutting pieces as the background developed.

Here are two in-progress views......stay tuned as the work goes on.....




Saturday, September 3, 2022

FEATURED ARTIST OPENING

 Our long awaited for Woolworth Walk Gallery Featured Artist month began last night with an opening reception.  

Judy Simmons and I welcomed many fiber friends and car club buddies with refreshments and smiles.

Look closely and you'll notice a red dot on the description label next to my art quilt featuring fall trees....yeah....a red dot indicates the piece has been sold!!


I've had problems getting the video uploaded....I think it now works, however it plays too quickly so watch fast.  In the meantime I'm gathering some photos to post soon. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

FEELS GOOD TO BE WORKING AGAIN

 A nearly 3 week break has been the longest I've EVER gone without creating a project.  Good to be back working!!!

Pulled out some of my mono printed cottons to piece a background.....subject not yet decided.....so many possibilities!!!




Monday, August 29, 2022

WISCONSIN ROOTS MEETS THE SOUTH

 In the past a large vegetable garden was a given for my household.  That is till we moved to the mountains where our rocky and poor soil made that out of the question.  However, being empty nesters, pots became more a more sensible choice for us.


I may have gone Southern!  Our tomatoes all ripened at the same time.  My buddy Carole posted her tomato recipe on her blog and it looked so tempting, check it out here.  I didn't have the ingredients on hand so I used Paula Deen's recipe instead.....both I'm sure are equally delicious.

But you can't take this Cheesehead out of Wisconsin totally....to accompany our meal we enjoyed 'Spencer Steaks' on the grill.  We have a large order of steaks and brats shipped to us twice a year from Sheboygan, WI -  Mieseld's Meat Market. Describing them as 'steak' is misleading....they are actually a tenderized steak...more like a minute steak.  And ooooohhhhh so much better.  I teamed mine with Wisconsin herb goat cheese.  

I still enjoy cooking, yet restrictions on input/calories can be a bummer as my age marchs on.  I'm back to sewing, Yeah.....body pretty much all healed so expect some creative posts soon.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

IN LOVE WITH INDIGO

 If asked, I'd respond my favorite color is blue....indigo blue specifically, followed closely by the color red.

Finally I look less like The Bride of Frankenstein post 3 weeks from my surgery and itching to 'do something'....'anything.'

Our Fiber Frenzy group gathered at Judy's for indigo dyeing yesterday......oh bliss.


Our accumulation of resists used to add texture/patterns.
A special shout out to our host Judy who had our indigo pot prepared as we arrived.....
I prepared my fabric into bundles at home which sped up the dyeing process.  As you can see here, some have had their dip and have already turned from green to blue as oxygen hits the fabric.....a few were beginning to turn.  
Here are my efforts drying.....foreground.....our usual refreshment!
Susan patterned two small pieces with wax the evening before.....I swooned when they came out of the indigo pot!!
Judy has been totally smitten with heat press eco printing. As is typical in any kind of printing/dyeing, not all pieces are to our liking.  Cleverly, she over-dyed a few of those pieces.....totally successful! 
Kathie too has been in an eco-print frenzy and did likewise as well as some traditional folded shibori type indigo dyeing.
Both Kathie (left) and Judy (right) dyeing scarves and discovered more patterns developed if they folded the fabric while wet, instead of wetting after folding.
Lunch time view of our achievements from Judy's porch........ 
......Where we were able to enjoy their beautiful gardens and long view of the mountains.

After spending nearly 3 weeks recovering prone on our couch watching trash tv, this day was such a treat, but boy was I pooped when I got home.  Next month....back to micro-wave dyeing......yeah....


Monday, August 15, 2022

THREE CATS INDIGO

 Slowly I'm getting back to my studio and feeling better each day. So pleased to complete this special art quilt.

"THREE CATS INDIGO”

 30.5” x 31.5”  © Mary Stori

AVAILABLE HERE

Authentic vintage Three Cats Indigo discharge printed fabric

printed in England and South Africa using the original traditional copper rollers with patterns etched onto the surface.




Friday, August 12, 2022

PLEASE JOIN ME

Mark your calendars......

The historic Woolworth Walk Gallery will highlight the work of fiber artists Mary Stori and Judy Simmons in the FW Gallery for the month of September.  

Join the artists at the opening reception Friday, Sept. 2, 2022,    5-7 PM. at 25 Haywood St., Asheville, NC.

Mary created numerous pieces to celebrate fall mountain themes for display in the upper gallery. Several larger focal wall art quilts will hang from the stairwell railing, while a larger collection of her work will be hung in the lower level (space 235). Purchased pieces can be retrieved at the point of sale.


Mary's wall art quilts provide a diversity of style and construction methods, offering a fresh approach to the tradition of quilt making. Using various techniques, her work incorporates color, light, shadow, and texture, not unlike the features admired in other more familiar mediums that are displayed on walls. Visitors can delight in expanding their appreciation and understanding of art quilts.


BIRCH TREES  -  27" X 20"



Tuesday, August 2, 2022

LIKED/NOT LIKED/WARMING TO IT AGAIN

 When this piece began, though far from my normal working style, I had positive hopes for it.  By the time it was assembled I no longer  felt that way. 

Analyzing it while pondering how to quilt the piece, I realize it was too disjointed (at least in my view).  But now that close straight line quilting has begun, which are joining all these elements I'm beginning  to feel more positive.




Sunday, July 31, 2022

FAIR FOOD

A shout out to my friend Lynn who shared the menu available at the Wisconsin State Fair.....no state fair does it better.....let the drooling begin........ 


Apple Fries (deep-fried sliced apples coated with sugar and caramel) 

Arctic Bug Blast Slush (blue raspberry slush topped with whipped cream and edible bugs, including a scorpion)

Batter-Infused White Cheddar Cheese Curds (served with side of ranch)

Beer Garden Brat On-a-Stick (deep-fried beer-poached brat in a beer and mustard batter, rolled in pretzel crumbs, and served with beer cheese dip)

Black Bean Burrito Balls (deep-fried balls of black beans, sweet corn, cheese, and spices served with zesty chile lime sauce)

Bloody Mary Popcorn (popcorn topped with tomato, horseradish, worcestershire sauce, and celery salt)

Blue Moon Nacho Fiesta Burger (1/3lb. burger on a toasted bun with queso cheese, fresh pico de gallo, jalapeños, and tortilla strips)

Brandy Old Fashioned S'more On-a-Stick (milk chocolate-covered brandy old fashioned whipped cream topped with white chocolate, and a dried cherry and orange slice)

The Bug Apple On-a-Stick (chocolate-covered apple coated with edible june bugs, crickets, worms, and ants)

The Caramel 'gOat' Meal Bar (goat caramel and nuts streusel bar) Chicken Bacon Ranch Waffle Stick (belgian waffle stick filled with

chicken, drizzled with ranch dressing, and topped with bacon) Chicken Schnitzel Tenders (served with side of ranch)

Chili Cheeseburger Colossal Onion (fresh colossal onion topped with loaded homemade angus chili and cheddar cheese with a side of chipotle mayo)

Chimichurri Steak Tots (marinated skirt steak and tater tots topped with chimichurri sauce)

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Latte (nitro coffee mixed with Cinnamon Toast Crunch infused cereal milk served with a cereal crust rimmed cup and whipped cream)

Clam Chowder Fries (fries topped with clam chowder, bacon, and chopped green onions)

Cookie Pie Slice (flavors include Cow Pie Brownie and Cookies & Cream)

Country Fried Riblets (deep-fried Baby Back Duroc pork riblets with country gravy)

Cowboy Quesadilla (quesadilla with cheese, shredded BBQ chicken, corn, and black beans served with sides of salsa and sour cream)

Currywurst Plate (Usinger’s bratwurst with house-curry sauce served on a bed of frites)

Deep-Fried Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip (deep-fried shredded chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheese, and buffalo sauce dip)

Deep-Fried Mashed Potatoes On-a-Stick (cheddar bacon or garlic) Deep-Fried Ravioli (stuffed with cheese)

Dirty Martini Dip with Homemade Chips (bleu cheese dip with green olives and onions served in a martini glass with a side of chips)

Dirty Martini Irish Beef Nachos (homemade chips topped with Irish beef, warm dirty martini dip with olive, bleu chesse, and onion garnish)

Donut Dog (all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon in a fresh glazed Long John donut bun drizzled with icing)

Elk Philly Cheesesteak (sliced Elk steak, sautéed peppers, onions, and cheese served on a toasted hoagie)

Fish Fry Bombs (hand-breaded Atlantic cod, house slaw, and fries all in one deep-fried bite served with lemon vinaigrette and side of tarter sauce)

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Chicken On-a-Stick (deep-fried chicken skewer breaded with a special seasoning blend and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust drizzled with chipotle ranch)

Fried Pickle Cheese Curd Tacos (pickles, cream cheese, and freshly battered white cheddar cheese curds deep-fried in a taco topped with raspberry chipotle sauce and fresh greens)

Frito Rodeo Bark (milk chocolate bark with salty corn chips and creamy peanut butter)

Frozen Custard (vanilla or chocolate custard in a cone or dish with assorted toppings)

Frozen Custard Sundae (various toppings)

Gourmet Granola Bars (flavors include honey almond, almond chocolate, turtle mocha, caramel apple, or espresso almond chocolate)

Gummy Bear Brat (bratwurst infused with gummy bears served on a bun topped with a honey mustard drizzle and gummy bear garnish)

Hawaiian Tots (tator tots topped with white cheese sauce, spam, onions, pineapple pepper blend, jalapeños, and cilantro)

Hoagie Seafood Sensation Sandwich (crab and lobster sensation meat topped with sliced cucumbers and coleslaw on a hoagie)

Ice Cream Flight (choose between any four flavors for a sharable treat)

Irish Caramel Affogato (scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with Irish Whiskey coffee caramel and a shot of cold nitro coffee)

Jalapeño Lamb Stick (5 oz. lamb snack stick)

Jalapeño Popper Bratwurst (Usinger’s smoked cheddar jalapeño sausage topped with crumbled bacon, jalapeño cream cheese, and Thai pepper jelly)

Kettle Range Bratwurst (antibiotic-free bratwurst on a pretzilla bun)
Kettle Range Hot Dog (100% grass-fed all-beef hot dog on a pretzilla bun)

Lamb Stick (5 oz. lamb snack stick; flavors include plain or Wisconsin cheese)

Mama's Moonshine Fudge (chocolate fudge infused with moonshine; flavors include straight-up or apple cinnamon)

Mexican Street Corn Popcorn (popcorn topped with sweet corn, lime, chili, chipotle, salt, and cojita cheese)

Miltown Bratwurst (Usinger’s bratwurst topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and aged cheddar cheese)

Milwaukee Dog (hot dog with mustard, onions, relish, and topped with deep-fried pickles with Skunk Hollow Spicy Ranch)

Nutella Oreo Cookie Crumble (original funnel cake with powdered sugar, Nutella, homemade whipped cream, and Oreo cookie crumbles)

Olympia Granola & Yogurt Mixed Berry Parfait Popsicle

Peño Pretzel Popper Brat (10-inch jalapeño cheddar bratwurst wrapped in pretzel dough with coarse pretzel salt, fresh cut jalapeños, and white cheddar sauce served with house-made jalapeño cream cheese)

Peño Pretzel Popper Dog (1/4lb. all-beef Nathan’s cheddar jalapeño hot dog wrapped in pretzel dough with coarse pretzel salt, fresh cut jalapeños, and white cheddar sauce served with house-made jalapeño cream cheese)

Pickle Cotton Candy (flavors include dill pickle or spicy pickle)

Pickle Jerky On-a-Stick (pickle-infused beef jerky)

Porker Poutine (french fries smothered with pulled pork, beer BBQ sauce, bacon crumbles, cheese curds, crushed pork rinds and fried pickle chips)

The Sconnie Slugger (deep-fried beer brat and cheese curds topped with “dijonaise,” and German sweet and sour cabbage)

Shepherd’s Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich (cheddar and American grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with Irish beef, mashed potatoes, and corn)

Shrimp & Avocado Tostada with Spicy Tropical Tequila Sauce

(corn tostada shell, a layer of avocado, pico de gallo, shrimp, and cilantro, drizzled with a spicy tropical tequila sauce and served with a lime wedge)

Shrimp Poke Bowl (poke bowls filled with white rice or salad, various toppings, shrimp, and choice of sauce)

Smoked Chicken Dinner (smoked chicken dinner served with French fries, coleslaw, dinner roll, and dessert)

Smoked Chicken Wings

Southwest Fiesta Burger (1/3lb. hamburger with black bean and corn salsa, avocado mash, and spicy lime and cilantro-infused Hatch chile crema topped with melted white Chihuahua cheese)

Sriracha Breaded Cheddar Cheese Curds

St. Louis Gooey Buttercake (vanilla or chocolate buttercake with a cream cheese middle frozen on-a-stick, topped with choice of fruits, nuts, and syrups)

Strawberry Cheesecake Tater Tots (cinnamon and sugar tater tots topped with cheesecake filling, strawberry topping, and whipped cream)

Surf & Turf Sliders (pulled pork, tropical slaw, Tropics’ signature pineapple mango salsa, coconut shrimp, and jalapeño aioli sauce all on a fresh Hawaiian sweet roll)

Walking Banana Explosion (bag of Nilla wafers topped with vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, nutty bar bits, whipped cream, and a cherry)


Friday, July 29, 2022

PROGRESS WITH INDIGO FABRIC

 Digging into the pile of vintage Indigo fabrics was concerning as I had forgotten just how small most of the pieces were.  (Probably the reason I set them aside in the first place!)

However, a plan is forming with the addition of a few of my own hand-dyed cottons.  Vintage Three Cats fabric is so special I'm trying to find a way to use small pieces effectively as you can see in the 2nd photo.




Wednesday, July 27, 2022

VINTAGE INDIGO FABRIC

 I pulled out my precious stash of VINTAGE Three Cats Indigo cottons and am itching to CREATE!!!  Most was printed by Spruce Manufacturing Co. in England.  I've posted about it's interesting history several times.  There's lots of info online worth learning about.




Sunday, July 24, 2022

KINDA CRAFTY BUT FUN!

 My DIL has such great decorating sense.....recently I became smitten with a heavy felt tissue cover she bought.  Of course I had to examine it...and realized the felt is very heavy commerical grade that would be very difficult to cut without using a commerical die cut.

Oh...that didn't deter my interest......heck,  I can figure out how to create something similar!  It took me a silly amount of time to make a template (I'm MATH challenged)......once that was done using a very heavy fusible product two pieces of Woolfelt were bonded together.

Cutting came next and then assembly.  Alert.....beause of the tackiness of the fusible, skipped machine stitches were nearly the end of the project for me! I spent as much time stitching as I did ripping.  I have some non-stick machine needles on order now and hope that will eliminate the problem.

I made a couple and here are two. Due to the cost of the supplies and time involved they will not be a product I expect to produce for sale since the price would probably be too high for most shoppers.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I wasted two days!!  LOL



Friday, July 22, 2022

WHITE BIRCHES

Just completed, this small colorful, cheerful framed wall quilt.



WHITE BIRCHES - 13" x 13"
Mono-printed cottons, appliqued, embroidered, densely
quilted.  Wrapped on a canvas frame and secured in black wood frame without glass.



Thursday, July 21, 2022

OH WHAT SOME STITCHING CAN DO.....

 It's so amazing what some concentrated stitching can do to enhance a piece......



Wednesday, July 20, 2022

AT LAST....ICE-DYEING

With Covid shut downs our usual (at least once a year) ice-dyeing marathon has stretched out to going on 3 years.  Happily at last.....the Fiber Frenzy group gathered at Judy's for a day of micro-wave ice-dyeing

I've shared the steps many times on this blog before, so enjoy this short overview and hear the squeals & laughter......

A shady area of the deck is our ice station where it's added to cover the scrunched up soda ash soaked PFD fabric.
MX dyes are sprinkled over the ice, covered by the bowl's lid and microwaved for about 4-5 mins. (or until the ice is all melted.)
After a ton of rinsing my first piece is ready to dry on an outside line....the bubbly doesn't get opened until we each have at least one piece done!
I'm in heaven......and then....drama.......
The microwave died........nope we aren't calling the service man......it's probably 20 years old but a trip to Walmart will be coming soon.