Upcoming events – 2017.09.06

The 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction will begin on September 15.  The Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15 with an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.

The 12″ x 12″ auction quilts have been divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week.   My quilt is in section 2 –  with bidding from September 25 to October 1.

You can read about how I made my quilt here.

You can see the hundreds of donated art quilts here.

 

 

 

Our 4-person textile art exhibit ArchiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Medium opened in New Westminster on August 7.  Our work will be on display until October 2, 2017.

Our Artists Talk will be on Saturday, September 16 at 2:00pm.

 

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Happy news and New projects – 2017.08.28

Happy news – I sold one of the pieces in our textile exhibit ArchiTEXTURE at the Anvil Centre!  So I got to put the red dot sticker (indicating it’s sold) on the card and the price list.  I’ve sold pieces in shows in the past, but I’ve never had the experience of putting the red dot in place myself – so a double thrill!

“Where I Live” is a small art quilt (12 x 10 inches) that I made in 2013 for a magazine challenge about maps.  It’s a map of the area where I live – New Westminster and surrounding municipalities.  You can read about my design and construction process here and here.  (By the way, it really is square!  It’s just the way it’s hanging that makes it look a little wonky.)

 

New work -I’m about to start working on 4 new art quilts, all of which are due before the end of September.  Fortunately, they are all going to be fairly small, so I should be able to meet the deadlines.  Here’s a peek at what I will be working on.

 

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

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ArchiTEXTURE exhibit update – 2017.08.21

Our 4-person textile art exhibit ArchiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Medium opened in New Westminster on August 7.  Our work will be on display until October 2, 2017.

It’s a wonderful exhibit (if I do say so myself) because we all have different styles, which makes for a very diverse and interesting art show.  Each piece in the exhibit has some architectural aspect, but there’s a wide variety in subject matter, as well as style and techniques.

In addition to our other pieces in the show, we each created a 20″ x 20″ work inspired by the massive metal Vancouver Biennale sculpture located at the east end of Westminster Pier Park.   WOW Westminster is a 140-foot installation, comprising 4 forty-foot shipping containers precariously cantilevered to form a W-shape.  It was designed by Brazilian artist José Resende and was installed in 2015.

Here we are at the opening reception of our exhibit – (left to right) me, Judy Villett, Mardell Rampton and Janet Archibald – each standing next to our interpretation of the WOW Westminster sculpture.

 

And I’m happy to say that we have finalized the date and time for our Artists Talk – Saturday, September 16 at 2:00pm

 

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

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ArchiTEXTURE exhibit ready to open – 2017.08.06

Yesterday, we hung the pieces for our 4-person textile exhibit ArchiTEXTURE at the Anvil Centre Community Art Space.  Here’s a preview.   Of course, these shows always look better in person!

If you’re in the New Westminster area, come to the opening reception on Friday, August 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, in conjunction with the New West Cultural Crawl that runs over that weekend.

Or drop in anytime between August 7 and October 2.  And, watch for details coming soon about our artists’ talk in September.

     

 

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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New events this month – 2019.08.02

There are a couple of exciting events coming in August where you can see a lot of wonderful artwork, including some of my art quilts.

archiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Medium

About a year ago, myself and three textile artist friends – Judy Villett, Mardell Rampton and Janet Archibald – decided to put together an architectural-themed textile art show.  This weekend, we will be hanging the show, and it will open next Monday.  I can’t wait to see all of our work together!

Here are the dates and times:
August 7 – October 2, 2017  – Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC Regular gallery hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm and Thursday 10am – 8pm
Opening Reception – Friday, August 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, in conjunction with the New West Cultural Crawl that runs over that weekend.

 

New West Cultural Crawl
August 12 & 13, 2017 – New Westminster, BC
A self-guided tour of work by local artists in 36 venues, in 5 neighbourhoods.

Opening Reception – Friday, August 11 – 5pm – 7pm, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC

Several of my art quilts will be on display at the Constituency Office of Judy Darcy, MLA, at 737 Sixth Street, New Westminster – venue #12 in the Uptown neighbourhood.

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Art quilt ‘W and the 3 Bridges’ – 2017.07.23

 

My new art quilt ‘W and the 3 Bridges‘ is completed!  The finished size is 14.5″ x 27″.

 

In making this quilt I experimented with several new-to-me techniques.

I constructed the background (sky and water) with raw edges.  I usually fuse all my fabrics and cut them to precise shapes.  I like how the raw edges and freehand cut shapes give the background a softer look – even though I did have to trim some fraying threads from time to time.   See more about how I constructed the background in this post.

I traced my design onto sheer fusible interfacing, and used it for two purposes – as an overlay to position the fused bridge pieces, and as a guide for stitching the detail lines on the bridges.  See these posts for more information – Bridge 1, Bridge 2, Bridge 3.

I was planning to use white eco-felt for batting, but didn’t have enough on hand.  So I used Warm & White batting, and I’m really pleased with how flat it is.

I did all my quilting with no backing fabric – quilting through the top and a layer of batting.  This allowed me to easily add more quilting wherever I wanted to, without any concern of how messy it might look on the back.

Once all the quilting was done, I fused the backing on.  I fused Heat n Bond Lite to the backing fabric.  (I bought this fusible quite a while ago, but haven’t used much of it because I much prefer Steam a Seam Lite).   I trimmed the fused backing to 1″ shorter and narrower than the trimmed quilt, so that about 1/2″ of the quilt showed on each edge.  I did this so it would be easier to turn the edges to the back when I applied the facings.

I considered doing some minimal quilting through all the layers including the fused backing, but decided not to.  I want to see how this works.  If the bond holds, additional quilting should be unnecessary.  I can always add some quilting later, if I decide it’s required.

 

I used my standard facing technique, but with a couple of twists.

On more than one occasion, I have cut too much of the batting from the corners.  So this time, I sewed the side facings and pressed them, then finger pressed the bottom edge to figure out exactly how big a triangle I should cut from the batting.  After cutting off the corners of the batting, I attached the bottom facing.  I then cut the same size triangle from the top corners of the batting.

 

I usually hand-sew the facings to the back of the quilt, but decided to fuse the facings.  I used 1/2 inch fusible tape.  First I fused the side facings in place, then the top and bottom facings.  I’m happy with how this looks, and it was much quicker than hand-sewing.

 

 

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New art quilt – Bridge 3 and the W – 2017.07.19

Bridge number 3 on my art quilt (see previous posts for more information about this piece) is the Skybridge (part of the greater Vancouver rapid transit system).   This is the third time I’ve made an art quilt including this bridge.  It is the subject of my quilt ‘Swoop‘ and it’s in the background of ‘Dramatically Diagonal‘ (just recently given an official title).

I created the 3rd bridge using the same techniques as the first 2 bridges.

  1. I fused the bridge deck to the front of the quilt (then I stitched the edges from the front – not shown).
  2. I fused the sheer interfacing line drawing to the back, and stitched the cable lines from the back.
  3. I stitched the cable lines again from the front.

 

Then it was time to create the W (see this post for information about the real W).  I wanted the W to look realistic and dimensional, but didn’t want to fiddle with overlapping all the small pieces.  I decided to construct it on a base of black fabric.  These are the steps I followed (left to right):

  1. I cut the W from a photo I had printed at the desired size, then drew the lines of the shapes of the W with a marker.
  2. On the back, I re-traced the lines and marked each section L(ight), M(edium) or D(ark).
  3. I placed the W on a piece of freezer paper.
  4. I traced the outline of the W on the freezer paper.
  5. I cut the W out, and pressed the freezer paper outline onto thin black fabric.
  6. I traced the various shapes from step 2 to fusible web and fused it to the back of light, medium and dark rust-colored fabrics.  I positioned the fused fabrics on the black fabric within the freezer paper outline, then fused them in place.
  7. Then I carefully peeled off the freezer paper outline.
  8. I fused MistyFuse to the back of the black fabric.
  9. Then I cut closely around the W.  I left a slight line of black, which I later trimmed even more before fusing the W to the quilt.

 

I added the gray foreground piece and quilted it, then fused the W in place and quilted it.  Here’s how it looks now.  It just needs a back and a facing.

 

Here’s how it looks from the back.  I’ve done all the quilting through just a layer of batting – no backing fabric.  Now I’m going to fuse the back on, then apply a facing.  (You can see how I elongated the piece by moving the Skybridge higher and the W lower than they were in my original drawing.)

 

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