David and I are excited to be in a new gallery exhibit with the Urban Grafitti quilts. The collection will be on display at The Branch Gallery for the Fiber Arts in Inglewood, CA from February 4, 2017 to March 10, 2017. The address is 1031 W. Manchester Blvd in Inglewood, CA 9030.
David and I will have a piece each in the show. His quilt is Beyond the Grasp of Many, and mine is Me, My Selfie, & I.
The pieces in this collection are an interesting mix of interpretations of urban street art. I love how each artist was inspired by the theme. If you are in the area during the month of February and early March, please stop in to see this fabulous exhibit.
So here is the deal. I have a great pair of cargo pants that I love. Unfortunately, after wearing them a few times, I realized that I did not like the color, tan. My solution, over dye them with Rit Dye that I had on hand in black. This particular bottle of dye has been sitting on my shelf for a bit so I am sure it was close to being EOL (End Of Life).
I got out my previously 'used for wine dyeing' bucket, filled it with hot water, dumped in the dye and stirred. I lovingly crammed my hideous tan pants into the bucket, made sure it was well submerged and let it sit. I did not stir as I wanted a mottled look to the finished product. I pulled them out later, rinsed and dried, and had a wonderful pair of dark plum pants.
After wearing them around a bit, I decided I would over dye them again with another color. Heading down to the store, I scanned the available options and decided on turquoise. Got home, repeated the process of water, dye, dunking and then got crazy busy with life. My pants lived in that bucket for a week.
Ack! Get them out, rinse (several times) and dry. I used multiple dye catchers to see how well I was doing with the rinse. Now I have a great pair of navy/plum pants with turquoise low lights. I love them.
What dye experiments have you done lately?
David and I are thrilled to be included in this exhibit in San Pedro at the Loft. We hope that you will be able to attend the show sometime during its run. Let us know what you think of the show!
David (along with a select group of other artists) have been invited to participate in an exhibit at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, Ca. (Point Loma area). David is really excited to be included int this invitational only group.
This is opening remarks of the invitation email from Beth Smith:
I am writing to invite you to exhibit your work next summer at Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles for an exhibition titled, Funny Bone. The exhibition will open July 15th and continue through October 8, 2017. The opening reception will be Saturday, July 15th from 5-7:00 p.m.'
David has selected around 6 pieces to submit for consideration to this exhibit. I hope that you will consider visiting this exhibit during its run next year. It should be fun as all the artists have a fun, quirky point of view in their art.
Hope to see you there.
This was the first quilt that David and I made together. This was made in 1992 for his grandmother's 92nd birthday. We presented it to her in January 1993 on her special day. We have recently gotten it back from his parents. It was fun to see it again and be able to put it on our bed for the coming cooler weather.
David cut the strips of fabric and I sewed the top. We had it machine quilted by a local quilter in the Baptist fan design. I am happy to report that we still both like the quilt and I think that it doesn't look too dated and it actually looks great with one of my more 'modern' pieces that I have on display. This is the barn raising layout of the log cabin pattern.
Have you made a family quilt? Do you still have it or get to see it? Let us know, we would love to hear about it.
Photo of David's Dog Gone quilt in this month's Quilters Newsletter Magazine. Excited he is in the mag sad that it is going out of print.
"Dog Gone" by David Charity to be included in a feature article in Quilter's Newsletter!
Pretty exciting. We got the formal notification that one of David's cartoon quilts, Dog Gone, will be part of a feature for the magazine,Oct/Nov 2016 Quilter's Newsletter issue. They picked up the quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museums exhibit of "No Girls Allowed". The official notice stated "We've slated quilts from the exhibit to be the Readers' Quilt Show in the December/January issue of Quilters Newsletter." but because of the sad news of the magazine going out of print, they moved it up.
David is happy that another one of his cartoon quilts will be featured in a magazine. He has another cartoon quilt on the design wall that he is working on completing for a deadline in July. My personal feeling is that they keep getting better at capturing not only the personality of the Basenji, but of the other characters in the quilt.
Stay tuned for some glimpses of what he is working on now...
OK, I confess, I have more than one bucket of fabric and more than my fair share of UFO projects left from when I was doing more traditional quilts. So, as I was digging around in my stuff to work on a different project for a SAQA call for entry, I found this poor little orphan left over from a spurt of creativity from the long distant past.
I still like it, and I think I quit working on it because I noticed I was going to get some possible backing problems and didn't want to stitch in folds or puckers. Now I am thinking, I really don't care, I am the only one who will even look at the back, and this little guy might look very nice on the wall in our house. Besides, if it really bothers me, I can work it so the heinous folds will be under the sleeve or the label, or I could even add some artsy appliques to hide them. Don't you just love the backing? You can see a little bit of it folded to the front in the full shot.
I probably had a title or theme I was working towards but since there was no Post-A-Note attached those ideas are long gone.
So I will enlist you out there in cyber-land to suggest a title for this piece. As I get more quilting done on it, I will add to the slide show (if I remember!)
Don't forget to add a comment with your brilliant suggestion for a title!
David & Patricia
We are fiber artists that live in Southern California. We work our jobs by day and create our art by night.