Sneak peek – 2018.10.15

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on 3 artworks for the International Artists Day (IAD) Anonymous Festival, at 100 Braid St Studios in New Westminster BC.

Over 100 well known and emerging artists create 12″ x 12″ art on canvas or wood panels-they are signed only on the back of the piece. The anonymous nature of the show ensures that all the art is treated equally, however the excitement of the unknown adds a special anticipation and excitement to the event. You’ll have to wait to find out who the artist is until you purchase but once you purchase you will be able to have your piece wrapped and take it home that night.

 

My pieces are finished, but because the art in the festival is anonymous until it is sold, I can’t show them in full, but here are some glimpses.

 

 

The art will be on display from October 25 to 28, 2018, starting with a Gala Opening the evening of Thursday, October 25th.  Click here for more information.

After the festival is over, I’ll do a blog post about my 3 pieces.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative and inspirational projects.

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Fibre art, photography and watercolour paintings – oh my! – 2018.10.13

Last night, I attended the opening reception for three exhibitions at Places des Arts in Coquitlam BC.

 

In the Atrium Gallery, Botanical Reflections, a traveling exhibit of mixed media fibre art by members of the Fibre Art Network.  There are more than 60 pieces on display.

Here are a few photos I took last night.  Those are my two pieces in the lower right photo.

 

 

 

In the Leonore Peyton Salon, the 25th Anniversary Exhibition: Beautiful Moments, photography by the KOVAN Photo Club.  Below you can see one wall of the gallery – there are lots more beautiful photos on display.

 

In the Mezzanine Gallery, watercolour series Up There! by Edna Bardell.   The photo below shows only a few of her paintings on display.

 

If you live in the area, I do recommend this trio of exhibitions.   They will be on display at Place des Arts through to November 10, 2018.  Believe me, all three exhibitions are even more impressive in person.

 

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Circles and design considerations – 2019.09.21

I will be teaching a Circles workshop at the end of September with Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.   I like to make a class sample or two before a workshop, partly to refresh my memory about the techniques (even though I did use the technique recently for my Hobbit House mini quilt) and partly because I really like making circle blocks.

I had a couple of different ideas for color options, so I decided to use one pattern to make 2 very different circle blocks.  Here’s the pattern I designed, drawn on freezer paper.  It’s a 12.5 inch square.

 

The first block is all black and white fabrics, with gray and orange bias tape.  Here’s how it evolved.  My first idea was to use bias tape in lots of bright colors.  It looked great up close, but when I viewed it from a distance, it didn’t appeal to me.

   

 

I experimented with a few other color options for the bias tape . . .

. . . and eventually settled on bias tape in 3 shades of gray and one of orange.

 

I peeled the freezer paper off the back of the first block, and reused it to create the second block.  My second design idea was solid colors, separated by thin black bias tape.  This one came together more quickly, because I was satisfied with my first color choices for each section.

 

I see either or both of these becoming the basis for a full-size quilt.

 

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Journal quilt – 2018.09.10

This little quilt is 8.5 by 11 inches.  It’s for the artist exchange at the upcoming annual Fibre Art Network (FAN) conference.

It’s the result of a convoluted thought process on my part, in response to the newest FAN exhibition “20/20 Vision”.   The exhibition will be “based on personal interpretations of the concept of 20/20 vision in light of the Fibre Art Network celebrating twenty years as a cooperative of artists based in Western Canada.”   All pieces will be 20 x 20 inches.

It was suggested that we could use the FAN journal-size art exchange as an opportunity to create a trial run of our “20/20 Vision” piece.

Sometimes when I read a call for entry, I immediately know what my subject matter will be.  But sometimes, I struggle to find a subject – and I turn to Google for inspiration.

Searching for “20/20 vision” led me to “vision test” which lead me to “tumbling E vision test eye chart”.  The clean lines and abstract look of the tumbling E’s appealed to me, and I decided to make an abstract piece using the E-shape.

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My initial plan was to use mostly black & white fabrics with text patterns, but I got distracted by some colorful solid scraps on my cutting table.

These were improv blocks, only roughly measured.  So I was pleasantly surprised when all the corners matched!  I quilted it with a 1/2″ grid, and I faced the edges.

  

 

I think when I make the actual piece for the exhibition, I’ll revert to my original plan of black & white text fabrics.  I’ll have to make some test blocks and see what it looks like.

 

Thanks for stopping by. Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative and inspirational projects.

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On my design wall – 2018.09.07

The background for my new art quilt is sewn together.  See my blog post from earlier this week for more information about the SAQA regional exhibition “Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth“.

Before I sewed the columns together, I checked the values by converting the photo to black & white, to see the values and ensure the flow from light to dark was what I wanted.

 

Then I sewed the columns together.

 

Next I’m going to layer and quilt the background, before adding appliqued schools of fish.  Here’s a close up of the fabric I’m thinking of using for some of the fish.

 

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On my design wall – 2018.09.05

I’ve started working on a new art quilt.  It’s for a SAQA regional exhibition – the “greater North Pacific region” (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Western Canada).

The title of the exhibition is “Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth“.  The Exhibit Concept is “Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth will focus on the current state of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem, its marvelous natural diversity, and the human activities that both sustain and threaten oceanic life.”

I’ve had an idea for a long time to make an art quilt featuring schools of fish, swimming in graceful synchronized patterns.  So I guess I’m focusing on the “marvelous natural diversity” rather than the impact of human activities on ocean life.

The entry does not open until November, so this is early for me – I usually work much closer to a deadline.  But I have an idea, and decided to start working on it.

First, I’m building an underwater background, then I’ll fuse fish (and possibly other ocean life forms) on it.

I want to keep it somewhat abstract, so I cut 6″ square pieces from a variety of ocean-colored fabrics.  I positioned the squares on the design wall from dark to light.  Do you see the ‘fish’ shapes?  I’m not sure what colors or sizes I will actually use, I was just anxious to see how they looked against the background.

 

I cut curves between the horizontal joins and inserted a few narrower pieces.  I purposely offset the curves from one column to the next, to give it an abstract look.  I’ve spent a couple of days arranging and rearranging, but now it’s time to sew the pieces into columns.  I can always insert more fabrics if I don’t like the flow from light to dark.  Then I’ll sew the columns together.

 

By the way, all this fabric is from my stash, including some fabrics I bought to make this quilt in 2003!

 

 

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Row houses mini quilt – 2018.08.24

I’m working on another mini quilt for Curated Quilts magazine’s mini quilt challenge.   The theme is House, and the deadline for submissions is August 31.  You can see all of the entries here.

My second entry will be Row Houses.  I’ve pieced the houses.  Next, I’ll sew them together, then add details with quilting.

 

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Hobbit House mini quilt – 2018.08.15

The theme for Curated Quilts magazine’s issue 6 is House.  As usual they are having a mini quilt challenge.   Some of the mini quilts will be included in the magazine.

The image below shows the color palette they would like entrants to use, all or in part, with House as the overall inspiration.  The colors are: “pear green, peacoat blue, poppy red, ocean spray, clay brown, light gray –– descriptors not actual color names, and prints are always welcome.”

 

I was thinking about circles, and in my mind, Circle + House = Hobbit House door.  Here’s my entry.  It’s 11 x 11 inches.

 

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Want to see some quilts?

If you would like to see some beautiful quilts, and you live in the Vancouver area, mark this event on your calendar.

It will be at the same location as our Showcase in 2016, and it promises to be an outstanding show.

 

Here are two of my quilts that will be on display.   ‘Sailing at Sunset‘ was made a couple of months ago specifically for the VMQG showcase.   ‘Shades of Gray‘ is from 2013, but it’s still one of my favorite modern quilts.

  

 

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If you can’t make it to the VMQG Showcase, check out the SAQA Auction quilts.  This year, there are 443 art quilts that have been donated by SAQA members for the online auction.  Each art quilt is 12″ x 12″.

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My donation to the auction is ‘Fallen Beauty‘  You can read about how I made it here.

 

 

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Baby quilt is finished – 2018.07.18

The baby quilt is done!

I layered it with batting and fleece backing.  I cut the batting to 1.5 inches wider than the top on each side, and I cut the fleece backing even larger, so there was about 4 inches extra on each side.

 

 

I stitched around the edge of the top through all the layers, then I quilted two lines through the center, one vertical and one horizontal.  This stabilized the layers and divided the quilt into four sections.  I echo-quilted each section with parallel right-angle lines about 1.5 inches apart.

 

 

I trimmed the fleece so it was 2″ wider than the batting on all sides, and folded it over to the front as binding.  I used the mitering technique described in faux blanket binding by red flannel pantry.  I straight-stitched about 1/4″ in from the raw edge of the binding, then zigzag stitched over the raw edge.

 

 

 

The final size is 44 x 44 inches.  It’s soft and cuddly, and bright and colorful – exactly what I wanted!

 

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