New journal art quilt and SAQA auction news – 2017.09.25

I’ve been absent from my blog most of this month, partly because of some travel at the beginning of the month, and then because my computer crashed!  I was without a computer for a week or so while my husband recovered most of my data and loaded it on the new laptop.

In a couple of days, I’ll be heading to Lac Le Jeune BC for the annual retreat of the Fibre Art Network.  As usual we will have an art exchange.  All participants are invited to create a journal size quilt (8.5 by 11 inches) inspired by this year’s retreat theme, ‘Into the Wilderness’.

My initial thoughts about wilderness involved forest or jungle images, but after scrolling through my photo collection, I decided to use this photo from my trip to Inuvik in January this year.  One of the definitions I found for wilderness is ‘a wild and natural area in which few people live’, which seemed to describe the Arctic to me.

Arrived at Inuvik airport at 1:30pm – just in time to see the sunrise!

 

I edited the photo to eliminate the runway sign, and I cropped it to remove the window frame.  The result was more desolate looking landscape, but with wonderful sunrise colors.

I printed the photo onto fabric that I had cut to 9.5 x 12.5 inches.  This included an 1/8″ white border.  I cut a piece of white felt to 8.5 x 11 inches, and fused it to the back of the printed photo with Misty Fuse.  Then I quilted through those two layers, using several rayon threads for an icy look.  I pulled all the threads to the back but did not tie or bury any of the ends.  (Excuse the bad lighting in the images below.)

       

 

I cut fabric for the back to 8.5 x 11 inches and fused it to the back, catching all the thread ends under the back.

Then I applied the facings using my standard facing technique, but with a couple of twists.  Because the felt was cut to the finished size and didn’t extend all the way to the edge, I didn’t need to trim the corners to reduce bulk.  I also fused the facings in place, rather than hand-stitching them.

 

Here’s my finished journal quilt, ‘Into the Arctic Wilderness’.

 

 

In other news,  I’m thrilled to say that my SAQA donation quilt, ‘Heron Reflected 2’, sold on the first day that bidding opened!   You can see the hundreds of donated art quilts here.  The ones with red borders have been sold.  The rest will be available for bidding through October 8th.

 

Send to Kindle
Posted in Art quilts, Inspiration, On my design wall | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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.

 

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

   Esther’s Blog    Sew Fresh Quilts   

Send to Kindle
Posted in Art quilts, Quilt shows | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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.

Creations by Nina-Marie

 

Send to Kindle
Posted in Art quilts, On my design wall, Quilt shows | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

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.

Creations by Nina-Marie

Send to Kindle
Posted in Art quilts | 1 Comment

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.

Creations by Nina-Marie    Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Send to Kindle
Posted in Art quilts, Quilt shows | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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.

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

   Esther’s Blog    Sew Fresh Quilts   

Send to Kindle
Send to Kindle
Posted in Art quilts, Quilt shows | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with:

Creations by Nina-Marie

Send to Kindle
Posted in Art quilts, Friday finishes, On my design wall | Tagged , , | 2 Comments