Here is my current (and VERY OLD) slow quilting project. I thought I had lost the thread I was using to quilt but joy of joy I found it behind a box. I have decided that I will be working on this during TV viewing and other times when I just don't want (or am unable) to sew on the machine.
I love Corticelli thread for hand quilting but unfortunately they are no longer in business. The good news is that I still have a pretty good supply of it in various colors AND I don't do that much hand quilting anymore. These are my absolute favorite needles. When I found them I bought bunches and have had them for a long time (as you can see by the price). I love the fact that I can put 5 or so stitches on them and they don't bend or break.
I have completed and submitted my piece for the SAQA Spotlight auction fundraiser. I call my piece Windswept. My piece is hand painted unprimed canvas with hand colored laces and cheesecloth. It also features batiks and commercial fabrics. It is machine quilted.
This auction works like a regular auction (highest bidder wins) and you don't have to be a SAQA member to bid on any of the fabulous piece of art. Head on over to the SAQA Spotlight auction website and start choosing your favorite pieces now!
SAQA Spotlight Auction pieces are all 6" x 8" (landscape or portrait) but they will arrive matted and ready for framing. The visible area will be a little smaller. This is my piece and shows the approximate area.
When I first started to quilt there were no art quilts on my radar. The closest I came was Amish quilts with their deep saturated colors and strong graphic designs. Everything I saw or was previously exposed to was traditional patterns and fabrics.
Then Michael James and others came into view and I was entranced. These were not quilts as I knew them and I couldn't get enough of them. When I started attending larger quilt shows and taking classes from some of these quilters I admired, it opened up a whole new view of the quilt world. I took classes in almost every technique and style so I would have them all in my arsonal. These were techniques that would allow me to create the ideas in my head.
With that said, I created a fun little survey. I will start you off with my answers to the questions.
I consider myself a mature and happy art quilter. I will use a little of most every catagory to capture my idea but I really like painting as my most frequent runner up technique.
I have been working on ideas and sketches for a new project. What I at first thought would be one piece is turning out to be telling me it wants to be five pieces. I guess this means I will be starting a new series.
I am excited about this new work and even had some fabrics from my stash pulled for it but for some reason just wasn't ready to start on it yet. Found out the reason was that I needed to add a few more fabrics for the range of color that I was thinking about.
An errand run and a stop at Turquoise Threads during the errands was the perfect solution. Some of the new line from Free Spirit fabrics by Tim Holtz (and a few batiks for good measure) was just the extra texture and color I was needing. I also like that I will have some text on the piece when finished as that adds another layer of texture. I love that graffiti look and texture on pieces that I want to have an aged look.
If you want to see all the fabrics that Free Spirit has right now you can go to their Free Spirit website.
What have you been working on and are you excited or stuck in the design process?
I found some new software that looks very promising. It is Affinity graphics software and has a Designer, Photo and Publisher package. They all work together across the platforms so you can jump from one to the other.
They work with all the standard graphics formats so you can take your PhotoShop files and bring them into these packages. Right now they are on sale for 50% off, and NO monthly/yearly subscription fees. You buy it, you own it and you are allowed to install across all your computers.
If you are in need of something like this and are considering purchasing one of the more expensive softwares, check it out. There are lots of YouTube videos and tutorials on using their programs. Free trial version if you want to check it out OR 14 day refund if you just want to jump in. I jumped because I don't want to pay for a subscription when I am not in the software all the time.
I was going to post this later but I think the sale only goes to the end of January 2021. You get an extra bonus post today!
David and I have had a tough month and a half. We are trying to settle back into our creative mode. There are still things on the 'have to do' list, but at least it is getting shorter.
While dealing with these outside influences I have taken to doing a lot more reading. I have been reading and enjoying my YouVersion Bible app (there are studies you can do on creativity!) and also a book called '100 Days of Solitude' by Daphne Kapsali. It is a very good book about Muses and the inner voice Anti-Muse that tries to dissuade you of your creative possibilities. It's available in different formats and on Kindle if you want the check it out. I am really loving it and I am only on day 24.
I haven't been doing ANY sewing during this time but I have been working on ideas in my sketchbook and taking a lot of reference photographs. These photos are mostly of of areas around us as well as sunrises (few) and sunsets (more). Sunrises seem like a good idea until around 5:30 in the morning and the outside temperatures are in the 30's or less.
Most of my photos will be used more for color combinations and proportions than actual landscape based artwork. Here is an example of what I am talking about:
I like this photo because of the balance of colors. While planning a design based on this photograph, I will look to keep the proportions in my piece as close to the photograph as I can with maybe a few tweaks. The design I am working on is a vertical composition but I may use some horizontal elements to create some tension.
Do you use photography in your work? Do you use them for your actual design inspiration or just as a jumping off point?
Not much. We have both been enjoying some down time, reading, baking and just enjoying the stillness of the season. At first I was feeling a little guilty that I wasn't working on a new project but then I realized that maybe this was my Sabbath season. A season to refresh, refuel and regenerate. Now I am thinking I may go back to basics for a winter project.
I went into my fabrics and picked some pieces that I call my 'ancient of days' fabrics. These are fabrics that probably date back to the mid 80's and 90's. I have a tons of plaids so that might help place them in the timeline.
I decided that I am just going to free piece some of these together and see what comes out of it. I may even wind up using an actual historical pattern, nine-patch, flying geese or something that is inspired by my grandmother and a quilt I have of hers.
What have you been doing with your time as we are fast approaching the Christmas holidays?
David and I both have pieces in the juried Vision Gallery 'Fleeting Moments' show in Chandler, Az. Join us to see some great fiber art from a variety of artists using various techniques.
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From the gallery:
Art Quilts XXV: Fleeting Moments is on the walls and ready for viewers! The show looks great, and we're so happy to have all of you contributing. This is a reminder that the virtual reception is:
Saturday, Nov 21 at 3 pm MST. (Arizona)
Link for the public invite (goes directly to the webinar): https://zoom.us/j/93759566038
I use Misty Fuse for my applique so I always have a non-stick sheet under my work. I mark the edges that will be under the piece in front with arrows so I don't forget to add a little bit for the overlap. That also gives me a little leeway when doing the final placement for adjustments.
I generally work from the top down but it really just depends on the design.
If you have any questions or comments about my workflow, I will try to answer them.
I hadn't realized I had skipped so many weeks of blogging. I guess if anyone had really been concerned about it, they would have commented or said 'where are you?' I have been having fun finishing up projects, getting out on the bicycle and trying to get more fit.
SAQA Arizona extended the deadline (November 10th, 2020) for Arizona Understated (12W x 16L) and also said that artists are now allowed to submit more than one. I have decided to create another one and am actually going to do two based on my sketch and see which one I will be submitting as my second piece.
I will be sharing a bit of my process over the next few posts and if you reside in Arizona and are a SAQA member I hope it will inspire you to participate.
David & Patricia
We are fiber artists that live in Northern Arizona. We now create our art full time.