Sunday, July 29, 2012

Springville Quilt Show, Revisited

I went to the Springville Art Museum again last week, this time with a friend from Salt Lake.  We took our time looking at the quilts, and then had a wonderful lunch at the Art City Trolley.  And, I found some quilts that I'd missed before, or decided that I did want a picture of after all.  So that's what I have for you tonight.

I love red, white, and black together, and this charming quilt pulled me in just with the palette.  It is Village Square by Charlene Nelson.

Kathy Ann  Porter won an award of excellence in embellishment for Blue Fish.  I wish the embellishments photographed better!

I completely missed this small quilt by fellow USDG member Lisa Brothman.  Every bit of color on this is added with thread!

All I can say is yikes, that is intense quilting!

I only have a detail shot of the next one, titled A Little Bit Closer to Insanity, by Pat Hitchcock.  It is a hundred plus four inch blocks, all done in reverse applique.  I would be over the edge trying to do this!

I'm not sure what the name of this block is, but I have always loved the effects you can get if you pay attention to color and detail.  This is Kaleidescope, by Kim Alison McCloskey.

I thought this one was a charmer, whimsical and with all the innocence of childhood.  It is My Whisical Quilt Garden, by Luann Carlson.  She won an award of excellence for use of color (white and bright).

This small quilt was by my Moab friend Sandra Starley.  It's titled Virginia is For Lovers.  It's all hand quilted.

I really liked the color pallette of this one, Celtic Twilight by Kristin White Webb.  And look at all those points!

Amalgamation by Megan Legas won an award of excellence for visual impact.  I do love the look of brights against black- they just sing!!

It was a lovely way to spend a Friday.  And, we've already made plans to get together next Friday to do some batik at Robyn's home.  Can't wait, it has been way to long since I've played with the wax and dyes!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


is a long weekend!  I have been enjoying a specifically Utah holiday, with time off from work.  I used it in my favorite way, spending as much time as possible in the studio.  My Tangled Textiles piece is ready for quilting!  Here's a peek at a bit of what I have been doing, with something alongside to give you an idea of the scale.

I bought the text fabric over a year ago, and I think it is perfect for this piece.  You'll see why when I'm able to reveal the entire piece.

I've also been trying to walk more regularly, on the river trail that is close to our home.  I love walking in the early morning, when it is cool, and I can enjoy the sounds of the birds.  Sometimes we even see other wildlife--

I was able to watch her for a few, then Shiloh got impatient and started yipping at me.  That was enough to send the deer over the fence and across the river, far away from that noisy dog.

I'm also trying to keep my eye open for inspiring textures and shapes.  I liked how the bark on this tree looks like it weaves in and out.  I'm planning to play with this one.

I'm thinking I need to get some dyeing in while the weather is still hot.  Only two days at work, then time to play again!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Springville Quilt Show, part 2

There was plenty to interest and intrigue me in this year's show.  I loved this one, 'Waterfall' by Kirsten Barnhill.  She won an award of excellence for fiber art.  Whatever she did, it is gorgeous.

Kathy Ann Porter's piece just goes to show that you never know what might come out of a doodle.  This is 'Tree of Life Doodle.'  She won an award of excellence for embellishment with another quilt that I did not get a picture of.

Ashley Lehmann won an award of excellence for 'out of the box innovation' with this quilt, titled 'Scattered.'  It uses silk ties for most of the fabric.

These last two were smaller quilts that nevertheless packed a punch.  The first one is 'Autumn's Glory' by Lisa  J. Tucker.

The second one is 'Rooster' by Bonnie A. Wilkins.  I think she really captured his attitude!

I will probably go back, and spend more time looking at all the quilts.  I'm just happy that there seem to be more non-traditional artists showing here.  I noticed that two live in Utah county.  I would love to connect with other artists living closer to me!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Springville Quilt Show, 2012

The annual quilt show at the Springville Museum of Art started yesterday, and Shannon and I made a quick trip to see it.  There was the usual array of traditional quilts, but I was very happy to see a number of not-so-traditional also.  And, there are a number of awards geared for non-traditional quilters.

I must admit I have gotten lazy since I got my iPhone- all this pictures were taken with it.  It is so nice to have my photos automatically download to my computer via the Cloud, without any effort or work on my part.

I loved this one, 'Loss' by Amy Despain Beatty.  It looks like it is mounted on canvas, but I'm not sure.  

I think the texture and dimension she achieved is just stunning.

I loved this one for the three-dimensional effect the artist got, just using value.  This is Labyrinth, by Josephine Keasler.

The Utah Surface Design Group (of which I am a member) was well represented.  Here is Lisa Brothman's 'Artful Charms,'

and Susan Madden's 'Last Leaves.'

Anne Munoz, who taught the first batik class I ever took, won an award for best Mixed Techniques with 'Vida Marina.'  I loved what she created with a self-described dye rag!

I've got more photos, but I'll save those for a later post.  Lest you think I've not been in my own studio, I got more sewing done.  I finished Shannon's dress- the fitting turned out to be much less of a hassle than I'd thought.  And I got two tops done for me- one using the cotton lycra knit that I dyed and then did paintstik rubbings all over, and another with red fabric straight from the store.

I love how the purple one came out.  I will use that pattern again, with one small alteration to the neckline.  It is the perfect pattern to showcase surface designed fabric!

The red one is made from a rayon knit, that is soft and comfortable, but has no body whatsoever, and is a pain to sew with.  I have tried multiple times to make tee's with the draped neckline, and been frustrated every time.  I think I am done with that experiment- if I can't find it in the store, I don't need it.

I am done sewing on clothes for awhile.  My idea for the next Tangled Textiles challenge has been percolating in the background while I've sewn on all these, and it is time to get to work on it.  What I can say is that I think I will be doing lots of fiddly piecing with it!

Hope your week is a creative one!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

This and that

about describes what I have been up to the past couple of weeks.  I dyed, overdyed, then used Paintstiks with a rubbing plate to make this cotton/lycra knit fabric. I plan to turn it into a simple kind of tee that shows off the fabric.

And I threw two rayon scarves I did a few weeks ago into a bleach bath, in the hopes it would improve them.  It did.  I think I will have at one of them with the Paintstiks too.

I have been sewing- not for me, but for Shannon.  I am about halfway through this dress I let her talk me into.

I'm doing the version in the upper left corner- thankfully, the fitting part has gone smoothly.  I haven't made anything this fitted in years, but it looks really cute on her.

I have been thinking about the next Tangled Textiles challenge, Architecture.  I think I have some of my fabrics chosen.

I think I am going to be able to pull off my idea of using architecture as an inspiration, without doing any buildings or parts of buildings.

So there you have it, what I've been up to, which hasn't involved a lot of time on the computer.  We'll see how much I'm able to get done on the dress in the evenings after work!