GVQC April Meeting

April 12, 2014

It’s been a busy two weeks, and one lacking photos, but full of inspiration. I was bringing my beads to the last two meetings I attended, and there is only so much I can carry, so my camera stayed behind. There will be a tesselated piece coming soon, so that is something to look forward to viewing. Now that I posted this on my blog, I HAVE to make it. ;-)

Happily, I attended my local quilt guild meeting beadless. Dianne Hire was the guest lecturer, and she brought a lot of her quilts for us to see. They are absolutely stunning, and we were allowed to take photos, but not post any of them on our blog. While I can’t share those photos, I can of a couple of quilts from Show and Tell.

Chris Wickert’s most recent prize winning quilt was displayed:

Chris Wickert persian version applique

She woke up one morning, looked at the Persian carpet under her feet, and thought to herself, this would make a wonderful quilt. She loves working in silk, and her version of a Persian carpet became a reality. Please double click on that photo, and I hope you will be as impressed as all of us were.

Bev is working on a challenge, and this was her piece:

Bev Kondolf

Again please double click on this image. She created a lot of that fabric herself. Can you find the shibori?


Ogden Art Group Meeting and a Bracelet

March 29, 2014

Last week the Ogden Art Group met and Karen led the group with an ingenious project. We used calligraphy to create these applique designs:

calligraphy 1

calligraphy 2

calligraphy 3

calligraphy 4

No tutorial on the technique, as I strongly suggested to Karen this would make a great book, and she’s thinking about it.

Sue had some nice pieces for Show and Tell. She is taking a watercolor workshop, and thought it would be interesting to show the class how her watercolor could be translated to fabric. She did an amazing job

Sue's watercolor

Last month’s bead guild meeting was on kumihimo using beads on the cords. This was Sue’s work:

Sue's kumihimo

I was still on vacation, so missed the workshop, but did make a bracelet on my own:
Bracelet 1

This was made by connecting some filigree pieces with jump rings, then some connectors to the ends. It was pretty unadorned, but I decided to bling it up a bit with some crystals. Smaller jump rings were used to attach the crystals along the edges. I have no clue why I added the crystals and I’m not a bling type person, so if this appeals to you, it could be yours. Just leave me a comment. and I’ll email you back with the price info.

Size info? My wrist is pretty small. It measures 6 3/4″ from the tip of the closure to the jump ring it slides into. And as usual, if you click on any of the photos, they will enlarge for you, so you can see all the details.


Tucson Estates Quilt Club

March 19, 2014

While I am now back home, I spent a day this week sorting through some of the pictures I took while on vacation in Tucson. These are all from the last meeting I attended at the quilt club I joined in Arizona. The women are all wonderfully welcoming, and talented.

Baby Quilt


Desert colors quilt

Embr baby quilt

Indian women

I’d never seen the flying geese made this way for a border. They looked quite a bit like a tree reaching for the sky:

King size with flying geese border

This last quilt is their raffle quilt, and I hope they make lots of money on this quilt:

Raffle quilt

This is a fun group of 50-60 women, and they even own a stand-up quilting machine. I didn’t get to see it in action this year, but hope to next year.

Now to adjust to being back home. We went from 80′s and sunshine every day, to 14″ of snow arriving our first day home.


Rincon Country West Quilt Show

February 16, 2014

I attended the Rincon Country West quilt show yesterday and there were over 140 quilts on display. What I particularly liked were the categories. They had a lot of them, and it was great to be able to vote for the pieces in each category. This way beginners didn’t have to compete with experienced quilters, and machine embroidered quilts had their own category. It was the first time I’ve seen a category just for machine embroidered quilts.

This is a small sampling of what was on display, and the Stack and Whack quilt was put up for you, Beth – the Queen of Stack and Whack quilts in my guild.


Carpenter Square

Jacket and Purse


Machine Embroidered



This is the Stack and Whack quilt for those of you who are not familiar with this technique:

Stack and Whack


This was not your usual strippy quilt. If you double click on the photo, it will enlarge for you, and you can see those are triangles. I think I know how to piece something like that, but wonder if there is something on the web about this design.



And this was the most unusually shapped table runner I’ve ever seen. It was my favorite, and my husband’s favorite was the Dresden plate in the background:



Last, but not least is a picture of the water fountain:

Water Fountain

A retired Hollywood set designer painted the walls and just about everything you can paint in the auditorium. Doesn’t that look 3 dimensional? It’s smooth and flat as can be. I just love how everything in Tucson is decorated. Don’t get me started on the bridges. They are drop dead gorgeous – with not a speck of graffiti on them.


January 6″ x 6″ Piece Completed

January 19, 2014

Here is my completed 6″ x 6 piece made from the January Fiberistas meeting, along with a book mark:

Jan Stitch 6x6

I really disliked the piece I made last week, but with a little judicious trimming, the composition improved. Then it was attached to some waffle fabric with a decorative stitch on my sewing machine and metallic thread. The waffle cloth frays nicely so I pulled threads to create a mini frame. Voila, now I am much happier with the piece. This look appealed to me so much, I made a bookmark for myself, and saved the rest of the small pieces to make more when I wear this one out.

Look for “Stitch Play” to appear at the upcoming RoCo auction later this year.


A New Year for the Ogden Art Group Meeting

January 17, 2014

Everything seems so fresh and filled with so many possibilities in January. Our Upstate New York weather cooperated for the first meeting of the year, and we enjoyed seeing each other again. Show and Tell was good too.

Jan is back home and has taken some glass classes and metal classes:

Jan glass metal foam pieces

You can double click on the photo so it will enlarge for you, but the glass class was taken at Corning Museum – I think. The detail on the butterfly pieces is exquisite.

The metal clay pieces were stamped and then put in a kiln. I loved the patterning she got on those pieces and would love to try this sometime.

The leaves were made with foam and painted. This was quite a nice collection of small, creative pieces. It will be interesting to see what Jan does with them.

Janet showed us a jacket she recently finished:

Janet jacket

Janet takes orders for these jackets, and does a very nice job fitting them. They are not your normal boxy quilt jackets.

Karen wore a beautiful crocheted scarf she made, and Lucy made the machine embroidered, bead encrusted floral pin for it:

Karen scarf<

Sue showed a tiny notebook cover she made:

Sues notebook

And I showed the piece that I posted about yesterday.

Then on to our workshop. We all brought in design books we’d purchased, and looked at the ones we didn’t already own. Then we did a series design exercises we had prepared ahead of time for the group. A couple of us will be purchasing some new books, and all of us enjoyed stretching our design skills with the exercises. We enjoyed doing them so much, I suggested we start each meeting with a short design exercise from now on, and everyone agreed.

We will be honing our design skills, expanding our creativity, and after Karen’s exercise should never ever experience a creative block.


A New Year with Fiberistas Addendum

January 16, 2014

I finally caught up with the group project, and learned quite a lot about the first technique we tackled this year. Painting with Fabric Stitches was published in Quilting Arts Fall 2005, and written by Carole Redlich.

This is the collage I created for my fabric base:

My collage

And this is how it looks after being stitched:

My collage stitched

There was a book marker in my magazine, so it was definitely something I wanted to try, and am very glad Frances selected it for our January project. Do I like it? Not really. I did too good a job of matching thread to the fabric – the instructions did say to match the thread to the fabric.

The largest red piece has the exact same stitch design as the only purple piece of fabric in the collage. The thread matched perfectly for both pieces of fabric, but I selected the triple stitch option for the purple fabric, and the stitching does show up more, but not enough for my tastes. It takes a lot of time to do all this stitching, and you really can’t see a lot of it.

The variegated thread stitching was my favorite. It showed up the most. I used all rayon threads.

You also end up with a ton of thread starts and stops, and a pretty stiff piece of fabric. If I was ever to do this again, and I’ve learned that just because I’m not crazy about a technique today, doesn’t mean I won’t like it at a later time, I’d use solid color fabric or hand dyed fabric with thread that did not match the fabric so all the stitching is showcased.


New Member of the Family

January 13, 2014

Presenting my new grand dog, Cody:

Cody in kitchen

Twelve weeks old, 25 pounds of English Cream Golden Retriever has entered our lives. It was a present from me to my daughter because this Mom wanted to bring some joy into her life.

He’s a sweet, affectionate puppy, and I was so pleased he came to my house for a visit before he went to his forever home with my daughter and her husband.


My Happy Place

January 7, 2014

You’d think after living in this house for 38 years, I would have had a wonderful sewing studio. No, my sewing space has always been something that has been fit in a corner. My knitting machines always had prominence. Now I have 2 sewing machines vs 1 knitting machine, so the sewing machines have finally gotten their turn to shine.

I consider myself one lucky fiber artist to have an entire room dedicated to sewing, and am very grateful. These pictures were taken while I was sitting in my chair ready to sew. The first photo is what I see when I look slightly to the left:

front window

You can just see the corner of my cutting table, and I have a lovely view of the evergreens we planted 38 years ago. Our 13 acres was a corn field when we purchased it, and my husband and I have transformed it into a mini forest. Lots of oxygen is being made here. ;-)

Straight ahead is my little TV and a plastic storage unit filled with fabric fat quarters:


For a person who wanted quiet when she studied in school, it has surprised me that I’ve changed so much, and like background noise when I sew. It can’t be music. If music is on, I’m up on my feet dancing.

My last photo is what I see when I look to the right:

side view

As you can see, it’s winter here in Upstate New York, but trust me, come spring, all those limbs are covered with green leaves and lots of lovely lilac blossoms. There are 50 bushes bordering our lawn, yes, 50 of them. I wish you could all be here in May. The entire yard is infused with lilac scent. Even my UPS driver has commented on them.

Every morning I go into my new sewing studio with a sense of anticipation and delight. What will I make today? No more sleeping in late. I’m up with first light, looking forward to stepping into this room.

Content – I’m totally and completely content.


A New Year with Fiberistas

January 6, 2014

Saturday was our first Fiberistas meeting of the new year, and it was a great meeting.

Frances led the group this month, and we explored using the decorative stitches on our sewing machine over collaged fabric. You start with creating lots of fabric samples with stitch variations, then move onto the collaged fabric. So many of us have sewing machines with lots of built in stitches, and hardly any of us use many of them. That will no longer be true.

All sorts of threads were used, and some bobbin work was done (heavy weight thread or yarn wound in the bobbin, and sewing from the wrong side of the fabric), and a circle maker was also making the rounds. It was interesting to see everyone’s approach, and I think you’ll all enjoy seeing the variety.

Beth tried some Madeira threads, and started with straight line sewing, then branched out to spiral and free motion stitching:

Beth black pieces

Frances used very subtle thread colors on her piece:

Frances subtle

Janet used one decorative stitch to start and then lowered her feed dogs and went to town with free motion work:

Janet EKG

This looked a little like an EKG pattern to me, and then she really branched out and did some gorgeous swirls and blossoms. Unfortunately, my finger accidentally deleted that picture.

Kathi fell in love with a very basic stitch but repeated it many times to create fabric:

Kathi buttonhole stitch

Lots of possibilites with this one!

Julie explored the circle maker, and laid ribbon on top of her fabric:

Julies circles

Mary had lots of thread from Canada. She passed the box around for us all to see, and was very lucky she went home with those threads. This is what she was working on:

Mary black with circle

Stephanie had to leave early, but created some great lines on this piece:

Stephanie blue

And Sue got the most done:

Sue blue piece

I especially like that pop or orange stitching against the blue.

I did not want to drag my sewing machine to the meeting, so worked on hand embroidery, but will most definitely be using this technique soon.



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