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!
What an awesome artist reception we had at Soft Expressions on Saturday, January 10th. I want to thank all of our friends for coming out and supporting us. It was incredible to see all the people who braved the rain to come see our exhibit. Not only did we get to see several of our local Temecula Valley friends, but also some of our artist friends that we haven't seen in a while. I want to thank all the Quilts on the Wall artists who came to the exhibit after the meeting.
I am so glad that you also supported Soft Expressions with your supply purchases. Sharla is very kind to open her store and gallery for us on a weekend. Here are a few pictures that I took at the show. I only wish you had eaten more cookies!
This is a short slide show video on how I block my quilts. I wet them in the washer on the delicate rinse/spin option. This is the best way I found to remove the excess water before pinning the piece to the design wall. I have a top and left hand line marked on the wall to get my first two sides square. I check to see if I have markings for the size I need. If not, I add those to my design wall.
I normally pin 1 -2 inches apart after I get my initial two sides pinned. Running your hands from the pinned edges can get your quilt to "stretch" if you are a little undersized. If my quilt is a little too long in either direction (not usually my problem) I will pin the corners and then ease the excess along the total distance of the edge.
As a last check I use a carpenters square to verify that I have the edges pinned along a straight line and 90 degrees to each other.
On our video page is a short video of the process with the same photos, but text over each step. Let me know if you use my technique or if you have a better way.
David and I received exciting news this week. We were notified that we got all of the pieces that we submitted into the 2014 SAQA exhibit at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. We are really excited to have four pieces in this show. It is a wonderful venue and a great place to display art. If you want to see these pieces up close and personal this is the perfect venue. The curator always does a wonderful job giving enough space to the art and it is well lit.
The exhibit will run from October 1- 31, 2014. If you wish to attend the artist reception it is being held on October 10, 2014.
David will have "In Our Comfort We Turn a Blind Eye" and "Stolen" and I will have "First Frost" and "Turbulence" at this exhibition.
I want to capture the romance of travel before it became commonplace. When getting on a plane was truly an adventure and something to write home about.
I defined my basic layout with sketching and refining the elements to fit the narrative I had in mind. Working with digital scrapbook elements helped to get an idea of final placement and composition. Each object of the quilt was worked individually as color and final shape was determined. Pieces were deleted and others added to keep the eye moving over the surface.
Stewart Gill paints were used for the continent stencils that I made out of freezer paper. Wendy Richardson labels were added for movement. A yogurt foil was used for the pen tip The ribbon is hand dyed silk. Final enhancements were added with Derwent Intense pencils for shadowing.
David & Patricia
We are fiber artists that live in Southern California. We work our jobs by day and create our art by night.