Monday, November 11, 2013

National Park Reveal

Our latest challenge was to do a postcard of a National Park.  The "cards" were enlarged and put together in two different formats.  Half are stitched together and the other half are shown in a vinyl casing resembling a notebook page.
Sleeping Bear Dunes Natl. Lakeshore by Josie

Josie used an antique postcard for her back

Close up from Josie's postcard back

Mt. Rainier - Candy

Back from Mt. Rainier - Candy's mom sent

Joan - Joshua Tree NP

Joan's back

Judy- Biscayne NP

Judy's back
Nancy's from a photo her mom took

Nancy's back

Postcards put together in one quilt

Rocky Mountain NP - Cheri

Olympia NP - Sharon

Black Canyon NP - Cathy

Arches NP - Jane

Grand Teton NP - Klonda


Monday, November 4, 2013

Rambling River Wins First Place ribbon

                                                             Here it is at the Lee's Summit Quilt Guild show with a
First place ribbon in the group category.  Way to go.   
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Seeing Red displayed

We hung the Seeing Red challenge at Urban Eats today.  This is a wonderful gallery space in a great little eatery in the Dutchtown area of St. Louis.  It looks really great hanging.  Sorry I didn't get a straight on view

Saturday, May 18, 2013

One Block Wonder Challenges

As a fun quick challenge we decided last October to all start with the same piece of fabric. 
Then we went on to create our own version of the One Block Wonder quilts by Maxine Rosenthal.
 We each started with a 2 yard piece divided in half lengthwise.  The fabric is by Jason Yentor for In the Beginning.











Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Self Portrait's V.3

Here is  Tracy's self portrait:

"I considered several ideas regarding my self portrait over the months leading up to the deadline, but of course never acted upon any of them. As the date approached, the ideas got simpler! The day before our reveal I decided that a happy face would be the perfect representation for my self portrait. I would describe myself as being a happy and smiling person. We went out for Mexican dinner with friends that evening and one "top shelf" margarita later I came home to complete my portrait. The face is printed on silk and layered on a white on white fabric with a swirl pattern, which is one of my favorite motifs. I enjoy exploring layering different images and am fascinated by seeing one texture used as a background for another image. Various black and white fabrics (a obsession of mine) were chosen to border, back and bind the piece. Lastly, I stamped a favorite set of words onto a tag and pinned it too the piece.

I am fun, fanciful and frivolous!"

Candy did a two sided  self portrait representing the right and left sides of her brain.  The portrait is from a photo shopped portrait that was altered to make it black and white.  The right brain and left brain characteristics of course overlap but can also be divided. 

Cheri sent this for hers:
"Earth Child"
"I'm a child of the earth,
A duo at birth,
I'm a poet,
I'm a writer,
I'm a quilter,
I'm a fighter,
A free spirit by Nature
Adventurous creator
Rule Breaker
Chance taker
Who am I?
Well don't consider me mild,
I'm just a real wild child!"
My portrait has fibers, beads, crystal and jewelry from my Aunt who passed away this last fall,
she was instrumental in shaping the person I am today.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Self Portraits

Here is Sharon's first self portrait:  "The small self portrait was completed in a 15 minute challenge to portray myself as quickly as I could using what was on hand at my table at the moment. Not over thought or overwrought, I quite enjoy this vision of myself playing with joy and abandonment in my fabric."

 For her second one she said: 
"Every bit of this self portrait contains portions of my life. In a small school of fish, I am swimming the other way. The hair is made from the ruffles and seams of my old prom dress, the brooch was my grandmothers. There are embroidered words of who I am closest to my face, and other words of what I want to be and to have in the future further away. There are mirrors to show my reflection on life, and holes of different sizes to show my fear of not knowing what I don't know. Even not knowing, I will still dive into the future, accepting what lies ahead (the beaded silhouette). Hand stitched with seed stitch embroidery on shibori fabric I dyed, and hand beaded."

Marsha said
"As I contemplated my self-portrait, I wanted to portray my love of reading. I've been an avid reader since I first learned the skill and it has been a constant my entire life. I printed photos on fabric for the face and hands and then added the other details with raw edge, fused, machine applique. The book titles represent other aspects of my life, including my daughter, dancing with my husband, quilting, traveling and my careers as a museum historian and a librarian."
Judy did two as well:
Tools of the Trade

Judy's hands
"Tools of the Trade"
"My self portrait was interpreted to mean, "What I use to create". Therefore I took a picture of my tools. Transferring the photo to silk and then quilting. In the border I added a ribbon tape measure, to remember the rule. Measure twice, cut once."

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Self Portrait Challenges

We decided to do two short term challenges and only have 6 months to complete them.   The first is the self portrait challenge and the other doing a one block wonder inspired quilt using the same fabric.
Here is Wendy's self portrait and artist statement:

"My self-portrait is about two activities that describe and sometimes consume me -- quilt art and the practice of tai chi. The improvisational log cabin blocks are made from two silks. The solids are silk scraps from the installations at the 2012 St. Louis Chinese Lantern Festival where my group participated in the 100 Man Tai Chi Demonstrations. The patterned silk is from yardage dyed with men's silk ties. The photographs are printed on organza. Three of the photos show various elements of the Yang 32 Sword Form. The final photo is a standing meditation...with a "nod" to ironing since that, and sewing, can be meditative. The quilting is done with invisible thread."
Yes, that is an iron

Here is Jane's self portrait and artist statement:
This is for everyone we have ever let into our lives.....good or bad....we are changed and we can choose to embrace those traits or learn who we don't want to be like.
So, one should read this poem with someone in mind, then read it again with someone else in mind.
A first love, my newborn child, someone that doesn't treat you with respect, a best friend, an expected grandchild.
This is a love poem to those who have helped us carve out the person we are today. BRING ON TOMORROW !

Cathy did this for her self portrait and artist statement:
"My self-portrait represents my heritage from both sides of my family. My maternal grandparents immigrated from Scotland just before my mother was born. And my father's family was originally from Austria and married into the Citizen Band Potawatomi Tribe of Shawnee, Oklahoma. Therefore, my 'portrait' shows my dual heritage of Sunbonnet Sues holding their mutual quilt - representing their shared passion. The fabric used for the Scotland Sue is my family tartan, the Gunn plaid. The fabric used for the Native American Sue is the same fabric used for my regalia worn at various Pow Wows in the area."

Klonda's self portrait and artist statement:
"I decided to "go out of the box" and my comfort zone and try and do a realistic self portrait rather than a cartoon look. I kept seeing articles about portraits using Marilyn Belford's technique and book.

Marilyn's technique is a process of creating a fabric portrait requiring no paint and achieved strictly with fabric. It is a step by step process using fusible web, fabric and thread painting. Using a photograph that you posterized on your computer then choose and apply fabric. Next bring the fabric to life with thread painting"

Monday, January 28, 2013

Seeing Red

The lovely Jane K put the Seeing Red pieces together in a wonderful way.  It has no backing but each pieces hangs from a ribbon. 

Seeing Red

Starting from upper left corner and going down:
Candy Grisham, Joan Ferguson, Marsha Bray,
Nancy Sinise, Terry Rhodes, Priscilla Poczekaj ,
Judy Humphrey, Cheri Rabourn,  Kathy Wight,
Klonda Holt, Wendy Richards, Sharon Neuer, Jane Kennedy