Cloth Journey

Artists from the Surface Art Association are featured in the Art Exhibit currently at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts through September 25, 2017.

The Center is at 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, California.  Cloth Journey can be found in the Galleria.

Call 805-381-2747 for additional information including hours.  ConejoArts.org

I am so excited to have 12 pieces hanging in this show – all available for purchase.

Spring-Has-Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

The Grass Has Riz

The Grass Has Riz

Park In Winter

Park in Winter

Par-Tea

Par-TEA

Hospitalitea_Serenitea

Hospitali-TEA (above)  Sereni-TEA (below)

Fish Out Of Water

Fish Out of Water

First Sip Of The Day

First Sip of the Day

Eat Your Veggies

Eat Your Veggies

Leaves I and II

Leaf Study I (above) and Leaf Study II (below)

Bouquet Fantasy

Bouquet Fantasy

The Making of Autumn Barn –

Several years ago I spent the greater part of October in Pennsylvania, readying my late mother’s home for sale. As you can imagine, this was difficult work both physically and emotionally.

One morning I decided that I needed a day off. I got into Mom’s elderly Oldsmobile and headed out in the general direction of Lake Edinboro, being careful to stick to rural roads.

Looking Across Lake Edinboro

Looking Across Lake Edinboro

I was greeted with the most beautiful Autumn displays wherever I looked. As I drove I was also treated to glimpses of rural Pennsylvania that were inspiring and refreshing to the eyes of this California girl.

Pennsylvania Highway 99 Travelling South

Pennsylvania Highway 99 Travelling South

One shabby old barn in particular caught my attention. My camera got a workout.

The Original Barn Photo

I was certain that some of these images would one day find their way into my art

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 Determine which elements to keep in the photo and which to discard.    Convert image to grey scale. Convert photo into an image suitable for making templates for quilt

IMG_2931      3black and white barn

 Assemble fabrics for construction.   I decided to use my own hand dyes and was successful with the exception of 2 that I found in my stash of commercial fabric. My goal was to use a lot of saturated brilliant color to offset the aged  and washed out look of the barn.

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Construct a background – All I needed was some fabric suitable for sky and some greens.  Most would end up being covered up.

Make the templates and adhere them to the fabric

Barn Window Construction

Barn Window Construction

 Determine the order of sewing down all the elements

Thread Paint the details

Sandwich and quilt the quilt

Finish the Edges

Dealing with Setbacks

Of course I was running late finishing the quilt to meet the submission deadline. So I decided to finish it pillowcase style instead of a traditional binding. Well, I tried, but that didn’t work. The quilting was too dense up to the edges and there was no way this quilt was going to be flat with that kind of a backing and edge treatment.

So I had to remove the pillowcase back and come up with something else. I determined that because the barn itself was shabby and had loose boards (think ‘threads’) all over the place, that a casual zig zag finish would be appropriate.

Of course, in the process of “turning the quilt” I had already clipped the corners. But I decided that was just fine. That little imperfection just added to the theme of this dilapidated barn in the midst of the Autumn beauty.

Barn in Autumn

Barn in Autumn

This quilt is part of this year’s SAQA Art Quilt Auction beginning online September 18, 2015

The SAQA Art Quilt Auction Begins 9/18

Work (still) in Progress

There are lots of reasons we don’t finish our projects right away.  And one of them is that we’re not quite sure how we WANT to complete the piece.

So this has been hanging around for awhile now on my design wall.

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This started as a plain piece of Lutradur.  I took a photo of a tree on my street and worked with it using Photoshop Elements.  I took out everything that I didn’t want in my finished piece including all the leaves on the tree.  This step also included removing all the color.

In the meantime I painted the Lutradur with acrylic paints.  I used some from Golden paint and some Lumiere in various coppery hues.

Then the moment of truth as I printed my tree onto the Lutradur.

Then lots of fun to thread paint the tree itself.  I used a variegated 40 weight cotton from King Tut – (In the meantime I had layered the piece with cotton batting.

and that’s when I stopped.

The biggest question in my mind is whether or not to add quilting.

So now it’s time to finish and I’ve given myself 2 weeks to do that.  I hope by posting the process to date I’ll have more accountability to do that – to keep it as a priority.

What’s your opinion on adding more quilting to the piece?

Sneak Peek – Latest Earring Creations for Fall (and late summer too)

Hi y’all!  On this 108 degree day in the Southland in a week that has seen a murderous 113 (and more they say), my thoughts are turning to Autumn.  And in addition to promises of cooler breezes I visualized the beautiful color scape that Nature brings to us in the fall.

I took some time out from stitching to design some new earrings and just started listing them on Etsy.  So you get to see most of them before everybody else!

Breakfast in Santa Fe

Breakfast in Santa Fe  $12.00

Lunch Date in Taos

Lunch Date in Taos  $12.00

Bronze Melody

Bronze Melody

 

Copper Melody

Copper Melody  $12.00

Fall Classic

Fall Classic  $14.00

I Heart Autumn

I Heart Autumn  $14.00

Mystic Morn

Mystic Morn  $ 14.00

Citrine Swings

Citrine Swings  $14.00

Rose Quartz Romance

Rose Quartz Romance  $14.00

Butterscotch With a Kick

Butterscotch With a Kick  $ 12.00

Red Polka Dot Flirt

Red Polka Dot Flirt  $10.00

Amber Dreams

Amber Glow  $ 10.00

Butterfly Blues

Butterfly Blues  $ 8.00

These are all available for purchase in my Etsy shop:  http://honeyquilts.etsy.com

 

Three Seasons

  WELCOME AUTUMN

Suddenly it’s fall

The earth turns on its axis

Some things never change

  WINTER SOLSTICE

The winter solstice

starting now more sun-filled hours

Illuminating

   SPRING

Forest Canopy        

Clefts in rain soaked branches         

Sunbeams bursting through