Contemporary Fiber Art From A Unique Perspective–abstract to stylized nature
We’ve had rain, cold, a sunny cold day, then rain, rain and cold, a spot of sunshine here and there.. You’re probably catching my drift, not much of a spring yet. Personally,
It’s always iffy to plan spring events here. You just can’t predict weather. It will warm up, but showers will come and go. Any planned outdoor event must include a contingency plan. Weather men, stations and reports are unreliable further out than a few days.
My point in my ramblings is to demonstrate how truly dedicated a devotee I am to the enjoyment of spring. When it is slow in coming, it generally means the jump from the cold wet end of winter to summer is a direct one skipping the season I love the most.
Here are a few photos of the flowers and colors of spring, past and a few present and a few from the past. Hope you enjoy this glorious season.
Past Garden Tea Party
I began work on 3 different quilts around the same time, don’t ask me why I would do such a thing. I am well aware of how obsessive I can become about finishing the projects that I start. I made this rule for myself long ago. That I must finish the projects that I start.
The rule expanded when I began quilting. It now became “I am not allowed to start a new quilt until I have finished my current one”. That’s was the rule and that’s that!” I had heard the legendary UFO s that quilters so often bemoaned. Well, that was not going to be me, no siree, my rule would see to that. It certainly sounded easy enough, logical.
I think many of us thought that, when we were naïve quilt newbies, our eyes filled with stars. We would always finish our quilts. We would never dream of letting quilts pile up everywhere,unfinished, oh no we certainly would never let that happen. HA ha ha.
Then reality set in, this is not always easy to do. there are so many new wonderful fabrics to be had and endless beautiful quilts to be made. We get over stimulated just as small children are prone to do, running from one toy to the next, til they have emptied their entire toy box, toys scattered everywhere covering their play room floor. Now, they must all be picked up, “whaaaa I don’t want to Mom!!”.
Naturally I often ignore my rule, who wouldn’t? But oh the guilt and stress this creates. So why would I start 3 quilts, with full knowledge of “the” rule and the price to be paid for disobedience? Why would I start not just two, but three quilts? I cannot give a coherent answer to that question that I just asked myself.
So I have now meandered back to the beginning of this post, ” I began work on 3 different quilts around the same time”. There they are hanging over my head, taunting me. But there it is, I have to finish them, I don’t handle that kind of stress well. So…
Of the three, [ here is the worst of it] the quilt I am most driven to finish is a bed quilt for one of my granddaughters. I am in full all out guilt mode, I have to finish this and quickly!
My sweet darling teenaged granddaughter loves art deco and is revamping her bedroom in a art deco style. I was so excited that I could make a new quilt to fit the new art deco themed bedroom and surprise her. Well I spilled it, couldn’t keep my own secret. She has waited for the upcoming surprise quilt sooo long, without a single complaint.
I am finally making progress on getting this baby done. I am looking forward to giving it to her and seeing her happy happy reaction, well I am hoping for that reaction.
It is pictured below, almost done. I’m bouncing around ideas for shams and throw pillows. Here’s one idea I have, I could try out on of the new fangled inkjet fabric printing products that I keep hearing about. I thought I could make a copy of one of Alphonse Mucha‘s pictures on the fabric and make a throw pillow from this. What do you think? I don’t know what the fabric is actually like, so this is an experimental idea. If any one has had experience working with these products and would care to share any thoughts, suggestions or ideas I would appreciate the input.
Unfinished quilt number two, next in on my list is pictured below.
The silk background painting is completed and the silk art painting completed, I’ve begun the thread work, as you can
see I’ve barely started. I added lots of pearl to my paint colors as I mixed them. So to to continue the sparkle, shine theme I’m using quite a lot of metallic threads. I am feeling good how this is looking thus far.
That’s a few photos of this one. All in all I’m feeling good, forward motion feels much better than stalling out.
Ann Fahl recently sent me her latest,“Applique`Ann’s Way”. I’m positive this booklet will be welcomed with enthusiasm
I couldn’t pull off those carefully wrapped layers of bubble wrap fast enough.. I admit, I am an impatient person, but this was from Ann Fahl after all! She’s a quilt artist that I have long admired.and respected .
If the subject of applique`arises many quilters feel intimidated, it seems so difficult. It can seem like that old monster in the closet that we feared as a child. BOOO, scary but there is nothing to fear, it simply isn’t real. Applique-phobia is an imagined monster as well. What you need is a really good teacher to shine some light on the subject. The right instruction can make all the difference.
Ann Fahl has done just that, provided excellent instruction for doing applique`.You’ll find it is easier than you imagined. She has provided clear, easy to follow instructions which simplify the process. Sometimes I think certain methods are explained in terms and directions that a rocket scientist might have trouble following, joking of course, but why complicate things? I appreciate that Ann gives clear easy to follow.directions.Banish that old monster hiding in the closet!!!
Ann has included 6 of her favorite methods, 3 with feed dogs up [“Feed dogs up? You may say, How is this possible? “ Yes, those dogs are up. Doesn't it sound easier already?] and 3 other methods with the feed dogs down. You’ll find a method that works for you
Ann has included many excellent tips, saving you the frustration that can come, not knowing those shortcuts and tricks which make it so much easier. She gives detailed help with problems that can arise on occasion and the solution, several pages worth. Don’t we all appreciate a handy reference guide to refer to when sewing machine problems rear their ugly head?
With my own art quilting, I use a fair amount of applique. I enjoy it and see myself as confident. Yet when examining Ann’s work, it is obvious that she has set the bar mighty high, it is meticulous.
Personally, anything I can glean from Ann Fahl, any new technique, insight or method, I want to scoop it up and savor it. It’s like that last bowl of your favorite ice cream, you savor every last spoonful, if you weren’t the mannerly lady that I know you are, you might be tempted to lick the bowl to get every delicious drop. That’s how you’ll feel about “Applique’ Ann’s Way” you’ll want to savor each page. Ann is a recognized master at her craft
Ann has produced an impressive list of instructional material. The concept of booklets is a good idea. They’re reasonably priced & covering one subject thoroughly,
With Ann’s Fahl’s help you can banish that monster, clean out that closet and have some fun with applique`!
In an earlier post I related my little experience after purchasing my new iphone. I was excited on the drive home, couldn’t wait to tear into that bag. So there I was digging into the bag, pulling out all the contents. I checked out all the packaging, the new clever little box that my phone came in, all the information on those mini booklets that manufactures put into the packaging with their products. You know, I was doing what everyone does with a new purchase. You’ve all done that too right?
My new phone was wonderfully full of possibilities. I began playing with my new toy. I was busy trying out all the new features on my phone. I was pretty focused on all this.
As we’re cruising along, I finally looked up from the phone. There was a breathtaking sunset, not just any ole sunset, it was a “I’ve got to get a picture of this!” kind of moment..
Obsessing over the necessity of a photo of this fleeting wonder of a sunset, I was actually distracted away from the phone. “Oh isn’t this always the way” I say to my husband “here is a perfect photo-op and where is your camera when you need it?” Home safe and sound in its comfy little camera case.
A thought starts to form in my little brain, “Well my new phone does have a built in camera dosen’t it. …humm.And I am checking out the phone’s features aren’t I?” Well I answered my own questions and descided “Yes! This would make a great test.”
I did the unthinkable, gasp, I took a photo from out of the window of a moving car. In fact, I took several photos, yes I did!!! After I downloaded them to my computer, surprise, my phone took better photos than I expected. Several in particular I really liked, a row of popular trees lining the highway silhouetted by the sunset. The minute I saw those photos, the first thing that popped into my mind was AN ART QUILT!!! .
I’ve posted photos of the quilt as it has progressed. It has taken a while even though I have been working steadily, all those many branches on my popular trees take loads of time to thread paint.
I’m finished, here is the result, 60 MPH Sunset.
As I was making this quilt I was thinking of sun light as it penetrates the water above a coral reef. The water filters and softens the light. I could imagine the colors that might result. That is the thought behind this new art quilt, Filtered Light. I have had such a fascination with impressionist style art quilts. Is that an actual fiber art style ? I thought I invented it, but that is highly doubtful. In any case here is my version of an impressionist style art quilt. Is that a real style?
Here’s my photos for the weekly photo challenge- Foward. Driving home with my new iPhone in hand, checking out what it can d0. This is an important tool for online sales, I need to access to my etsy shop, stay in touch.
So as my husband is cruising home, I’m playing with my new phone. Checking it out. What can this baby do?
I glanced out the car window, Wow what a sunset So I took these with the iphone a few weeks back. These were shot out of the car window at about 60 MPH. These are quite literally “foward”.As we drove on, we were heading into the sunset. This is a progression, the sights outside the window as we move foward.
As I promised, here’s a peek at the progress I have made so far on the new art quilt I’ve started. It was inspired by the photos I took with my new iPhone from the window of our moving car.I’m going to call it
60 MPH Out The Window.
The first stage is almost complete, the silk painting. I’m reasonably satisfied, it’s a good start. The next stages are the thread painting and the final quilting .
The thread painting and and quilting require thought. This can be especially true of a landscape quilt or any art quilt which requires a measure of realism. What look are you are going for?What style of art do you want? This all needs to be considered. How you plan to achieve this? It requires thought and planning. I usually need to kick this around in my mind for days to work it out.
Thread painting can add realism and detail, the texture of the bark on a tree for instance . It can create the illusion of dimension. An apple, for example, can appear spherical, not just a flat image laying there. It can come to life.
You also need to make a decision concerning the amount of detail you want. Weigh in your mind how much thread work and quilting you will need. That will definitely effect the flatness of the quilt. No one wants an uneven wavy piece of fiber art hanging on their wall. The amount thread work will effect this. It needs to be evenly spaced with similar density to lay flat. A few things to plan, but the fun starts as you see it develop.
Well, there’s a peek at my latest, 60 MPH Out The Window. I’ll try to post a few updates as the project progresses.