Annual goal-setting & plans for January – 2017.01.06

At the beginning of each year, I like to review my goals for the previous year, as well as my accomplishments.  Then I think about what I want to accomplish in the coming year.

My goals for the last two years have been to:

  1. explore new exhibit opportunities to enter and show my work.
  2. explore new workshop ideas.
  3. create a series of tree quilts, each with different techniques.
  4. continue to collaborate with my fiber artist sister Anne on one or more fiber art projects.

These are all still relevant for 2017.  In addition, I plan to de-clutter and re-organize my studio.  I also want to start a bullet journal to replace all the lists I keep making on random pieces of paper!  I’ll post about my progress with these projects.

 

January is going to be a busy and exciting month!

Next week, I’m travelling to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories to teach a 2-day workshop on my Circles techniques.  My husband is coming with me, and we’re looking forward to seeing the ice road, the northern lights and the sun peeking over the horizon.  It’s going to be a great adventure!

Inuvik sun rise

 

When I return from Inuvik, I’m looking forward to starting Susie Monday’s online course Art on the iPad.

 

Two of my quilts – ‘Circular Thinking’ and ‘Eclipse’ – were accepted to the Road to California quilt show, which starts on January 19th.  I won’t be there, but hopefully someone will send me photos of my quilts on display.

TerryAske_CircularThinking  TerryAske_Eclipse

 

And on January 27th, the Fibre Art Network exhibit ‘Botanical Reflections’ will open at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver BC.   I will be attending the artists reception on Saturday, January 28th.  You can see all the fibre art pieces here.

 

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Year in review – 2017.01.01

Happy New Year!

I’ve been looking back at 2016, reviewing my quilting-related activities and accomplishments.

Making art – I created more than 16 art quilts and other fiber art with a variety of themes and techniques.  Many of them are shown below.

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Exhibiting my art – I submitted my work to 10 juried shows and challenges.  I had work accepted into 5 shows, and won 2 awards at Quilt Canada.  I also submitted 3 pieces to Fibre Art Network group exhibitions – Ekphrastic and Botanical Reflections.

I was thrilled to have my work exhibited in 3 local venues during 2016.  In July, Judy Villett and I had a two-person art gallery exhibition called ‘The Heart of the Forest’.  That show led to an opportunity for my work to be exhibited in August during the New West Cultural Crawl.  At the end of August, I participated in the first-ever VMQG Modern Quilt Showcase.

Trunk shows and workshops – I continued to show my work at local guilds, and teach workshops.  I love showing my techniques to other quilters, and seeing what they create.  You can see some examples here and here.

 

All in all, 2016 was a busy and fulfilling year for me.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to in the past 12 months.  I’ll be back in a couple of days with information about my plans for 2017.

 

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Mistletoe postcard exchange – part 2 – 2016.12.28

I hope you all had a great Christmas and are continuing to enjoy the holiday season!

At the beginning of December, I blogged about my 3 postcards for a Mistletoe fiber postcard exchange organized by Brandy Lynn of Quilter on Fire.   On December 3rd, Brandy let us all know who we were exchanging postcards with, and I mailed mine off to Canada and the US.  Below you can see the postcards I received from my ‘pen pals’ – all very different, and all beautiful!

You can see many of the Mistletoe exchange postcards on Pinterest here.

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I’m working on my 2016 year-in-review, and I plan to post that before the end of the year.

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Circles and other shapes – 2016.12.18

In January, I’ll be teaching a 2-day workshop on my Circles technique.  I teach participants how to design and create their own freezer paper patterns, and demonstrate a variety of techniques I use to create my circle quilts.

In a 1-day workshop, most participants complete at least 2 (and sometimes 4 or 5!) circle blocks of their own design.  At the January workshop we will have the benefit of an additional day, which will allow participants to work on bigger and/or more complex circle quilts.   I also want to show how the techniques can be used for other shapes – not just circles.

I have a few class samples of circles, but now I am working on some samples showing how one of the techniques can be used for other shapes.

I made a quick design in MS Paint, then drew it out on a 12 x 12 inch piece of freezer paper.  I cut apart the freezer paper and pressed it to the back of the fabrics.

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This is a high-level explanation of one of the techniques I teach in the workshop.  I reassembled the pattern by overlapping the seam allowances.  Working from the back, I stitched in the gap between the paper templates.  Then from the front, I trimmed each seam allowance very close to stitching.  This leaves raw edges, which I  covered with thin black bias tape.  It’s fusible tape, so I pressed it into place.  The tricky part was getting nice sharp corners without burning my fingers!

  terryaske_stitched-and-trimmed  terryaske_applying-bias-tape

 

I love how my tools are the same colors as the fabrics.  I think this is a good illustration of some of my favorite colors!

terryaske_class-sample

 

Here are all of the class samples.  If they look wrinkled, it’s because most of them still have the freezer paper ironed to the back, so I can use them at the workshop to illustrate the various steps I use to construct them.

terryaske-class-samples

 

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Botanical Reflections – part 3 – 2016.12.11

I’ve finished ‘Maple Reflections’, my second artwork for the Fibre Art Network exhibit ‘Botanical Reflections’.  You can read about my first piece ‘Ginkgo Reflections’ here and here.

As with the Ginkgo leaves, I fused and stitched the leaves to felt.  For the Maple leaves, I used 2 different fabrics for each leaf, and left a narrow bit of felt showing for the main vein.  Then I free-motion stitched the leaf veins and around the edges.  Fortunately I had just enough of the olive colored felt left for these leaves.

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I’m very pleased with my idea to fuse and stitch the leaves to felt.   In addition to adding dimension, it’s much easier to do the free-motion stitching on a small piece of felt, rather than on the whole quilt!  I can, and do, free-motion quilt in any direction, but if possible I like to turn my quilt so that I’m stitching toward myself.  It feels like I have more control.

This process also gave me the option of  rearranging the position of the leaves, and adding more leaves as I worked on the piece.   As you can see below,  I changed my mind a few times about the number and positions of the leaves.

terryaske_maplerefections_leaf-placement-decisions

 

Once the leaves were finalized, I pinned them to the quilted background, then positioned the purple bias tape.  I was able to stitch it down without removing the leaves – I just lifted each leaf out of the way as I stitched.  Then, I quilted each leaf to the background, stitching through the middle vein and around the edges.

While working on this quilt, I started wondering exactly what type of maple tree these were from.  I took a break from quilting to do some Internet research, and I’ve concluded that it’s an Amur Maple.  This first image below is the photo I took in Victoria BC.  The others I found on the Internet – click on each one to see the website it’s from.

Maple leaves Victoria BC  

  Amur Maple Leaf

 

Here’s a photo of both my Reflections quilts together.  Each is 12 x 24 inches.  I think they look great as a diptych, but it’s unlikely they will be displayed together.  There are over 70 entries for this exhibit!  Those of us who opted to make 2 entries, will have only one on display.  If the first one sells, then the second one will be hung.

terryaske_maplereflections_ginkgoreflections

 

And here is a detail shot.  The reflections were cut from the trimmings of the leaves.

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Botanical Reflections – part 2 – 2016.12.07

In my last post, I showed my progress on my 2 entries to the next Fibre Art Network (FAN) exhibit, ‘Botanical Reflections’.

I have completed the first one, ‘Ginkgo Reflections’.   It includes several of my favorite design elements – circle shapes, leaves and bright colors.  In nature, Ginkgo leaves are a beautiful lime-green, turning golden-yellow in the fall.  I opted to make mine in bright, fanciful colors.

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Here’s some information about how I made it.  I made freezer paper templates for the quarter-circles and background.  I pressed the seam allowance of each quarter-circle over the edge of the template, then machine appliqued them to the background pieces.  I quilted the background before adding the leaves.  I didn’t quilt the bottom section where the reflections are fused until after I attached the leaves.

To give the leaves some dimension, I fused them to felt, then free-motion stitched the leaf veins. I cut each leaf with a narrow border of felt.

ginkgo-leaves-stitched-to-felt

 

The branch is made from a piece of purple bias tape.  As you can see, I changed my mind several times about the placement of the individual leaves.  After I finalized the position of the leaves, I attached them by quilting the narrow felt border of each leaf.  Then I cut small pieces of fused fabrics for reflections.  After fusing them in place, I finished quilting the bottom section.

  terryaske_gingko-reflections-in-progress terryaske_ginkgorefections_in-progress  aske_terry_ginkgo_reflections_full_view

 

Here’s a photo that shows the quilting really well.

terryaske_ginkgoreflections_quilting

 

Now I’m working on my second entry – ‘Maple Reflections’.  For this one, I decided to quilt circular lines on the top half.  You can see that I cut the batting from each corner, to reduce bulk, as explained in my tutorial about facing quilts.

terryaske_maplerefections-background_quilted  terryaske_maplerefections_leaf-placement

 

I’m just starting to select fabrics for the Maple leaves, but they will also be bright.  I’ll use the same techniques as described above.  Check back in a day or two to see my progress on this one.

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Botanical Reflections – 2016.12.04

‘Botanical Reflections’ will be the next Fibre Art Network (FAN) exhibit of mixed media fibre art.  Each piece will measure 12″ x 24″ in either a landscape or portrait orientation.

‘Botanical Reflections’ will debut at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver on January 27, 2017 and continue through until March 15, 2017.  VanDusen is an internationally recognized garden and display venue, focusing on native plants and materials in a 22 hectare setting.  The exhibit will be shown in a gallery adjacent to the public admission area.

I signed up to make two entries for this exhibit.  I considered a variety of themes and techniques, before deciding on a somewhat abstract presentation with my favorite design element – the circle – or in this case, a half-circle.

My inspiration for my first piece is this photo of a Ginkgo branch, that I took in Naramata at the 2011 FAN Retreat.   For the background, I selected 4 blue-green Batiks.  The bottom half is intended to look like water, the top half like trees.   I’m portraying the Ginkgo leaves in bright colors.  I’m calling this one ‘Ginkgo Reflections’.

ginkgo-tree-naramata  terryaske_ginkgo-reflections_background  terryaske_ginkgorefections_in-progress

My second entry will be similar – same background fabrics, similar circle, and similar colors for leaves.  The inspiration is this photo of maple leaves that I took in Victoria BC in November 2011.  It will be called ‘Maple Reflections’.

Maple leaves Victoria BC  terryaske_maplerefections-background

 

I’ll be working intensively on these 2 entries for the next few days, because the deadline to finish them and submit photos is December 15th.

 

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