Quilt Week in Central Oregon

 SOQS 2017

SOQS 2017

Are you ready for Quilt Week?  This is the biggest week of the year for quilters in Central Oregon and for thousands of visitors from all around the world leading up to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday July 14.  Activities happen all week, starting with the Quilt Walk Kickoff tomorrow, Sunday July 8; through a week of classes, lectures and events; and even past the show itself to Quilt Show Sunday on July 15.  It's sure to be a fun week.  I will be in Sisters for the show on Saturday and on Thursday to go to some artist receptions and meet friends.  It should be lots of fun!  Here's a link to the Show Guide.

I will have 7 quilts in the show this year, including several for sale.  I have quilts in the Storybook special exhibit, the Central Oregon SAQA special exhibit, and the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild special exhibit "Periodic Table of the Elements".  There are also 4 in the general show that are for sale.  If you see something that you like here I suggest you contact the show directly as they already have my quilts.  

 African Rhythms in the Storybook exhibit (silent auction fundraiser at the show)

African Rhythms in the Storybook exhibit (silent auction fundraiser at the show)

 Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever in the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild Periodic Table of the Elements exhibit (for sale).

Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever in the Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild Periodic Table of the Elements exhibit (for sale).

 Autumn Meadow in the Central Oregon SAQA exhibit (NFS)

Autumn Meadow in the Central Oregon SAQA exhibit (NFS)

 Aussie Medallion (for sale)

Aussie Medallion (for sale)

 Dancing in the Streets (for sale)

Dancing in the Streets (for sale)

 Walking the Dogs (for sale)

Walking the Dogs (for sale)

 Wild Abandon (for sale)

Wild Abandon (for sale)

I'll be posting here about all the activities, but here's a few photos from last year's show to whet your appetite. 

 Stitchin' Post 2017

Stitchin' Post 2017

 Tamra Dumolt's Featured Quilter exhibit, 2017

Tamra Dumolt's Featured Quilter exhibit, 2017

 Modern Quilt Guild exhibit, 2017

Modern Quilt Guild exhibit, 2017

 Sue Spargo's exhibit, 2017

Sue Spargo's exhibit, 2017

Autumn Meadow

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I have been busy this spring and early summer!  Here's another challenge project for this year.  This time it's the local Central Oregon SAQA group challenge with the theme "Threads that Bind".  I really didn't have any good ideas that fit the theme exactly, but it did sound like one of those quilt challenges where anything goes, so I decided to just do whatever I wanted.  

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This quilt was created in a roundabout way and if I were to do it again I'd probably do something different.  In this case, I got together a bunch of green silks and cut strips that I pieced for the background.  I then layered them with batting and backing and quilted the heck out of it with dense straight line machine quilting.  This piece measures 18" x 40" (our standard size for these SAQA challenges), so it was very easy to do that quilting.  I put on an audio book and just stitched away for a few hours.

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I decided that it would be an abstract meadow, so I added the silk stems with machine stitching.  When I was at QuiltCon this year I picked up some kantha quilt scraps at one of the vendors.  These scraps were so beautiful and truthfully, I was kind of horrified to see the vendor cutting up perfectly good kantha quilts for this, but in the end I was glad to get those scraps and decided to use them for something special.  I cut them again into the flower and leaf shapes and hand appliqued them to the completed top.  Did I mention that sometimes I don't fully think things through??? 

Well, that was a horrible idea.  It was really hard on my hands and wrists to try to hand sew through all that.  In the end, I did complete the hand stitching, but it took a long time.  My original plan had been to hand embroider over the flowers and stems to add some texture and color, but the experience of the hand applique cured me of that notion right away.  I knew I had to do something.

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I decided I'd machine stitch some defining lines on the leaves and flowers, but when I did that the edges started to stick up and it did NOT look good.  Horrors!  I finally decided to machine stitch around each piece I had hand appliqued.  The hand stitching was mostly obliterated, but it got the job done.

In the middle of the kerfuffle I came to hate this piece and that's one reason it sat on the design wall taunting me.  In the end it actually came together beautifully and I really like the result.  Sometimes we just have to suffer for our art, don't we?

I proudly machine stitched my name to the front, added a facing using my favorite technique  by Terry Aske.  I added a handwritten label and a sleeve and it was finally done.  Whew!

This SAQA exhibition will debut at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this July 14.  I wasn't able to attend the quilt reveal, but the SAQA special exhibit is always one of the best, so check it out if you're there!

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SAQA Benefit Auction

 Earl Grey in the Morning

Earl Grey in the Morning

I have participated in the SAQA Benefit Auction since 2015.  I enjoy making small art pieces and the 12" square size is very do-able.  Each piece I've done for the auction is a reflection of the work I'm doing at the time.  The Benefit Auction starts in September and you'll find more about it in the link above if you are interested in this quilt or any of the other fabulous pieces.

This year I've done another Teatime piece.  I think this has officially become a series, since this is the third piece in the collection. I made the other two for the Novel Idea program this year.  I may yet do more of these small teatime pieces just because I have other color themes I'd like to try and more silks and other great fabrics to use!

I've included some detail shots below including the one with my initials. I wanted to do my signature, but didn't find a place it would fit.  Following are my auction pieces from the last three years.

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 All Things Being Equal

All Things Being Equal

 Ancient Doorway

Ancient Doorway

 Funky Chicken

Funky Chicken

SOQS 2017 : 6 : Central Oregon SAQA- Pathways

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Right now the town of Sisters, Oregon has been overtaken by a thick cover of smoke from the Milli fire west of town.  In fact, the smoke is covering much of central Oregon including my house in Bend and there are bits of ash falling.  I hope the fire fighting efforts are successful and we have no lives lost or property damage.  Despite all that, I want to take you back to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in July.  I actually have one more post to do after this one and I want to get them done by tomorrow so I can post about the eclipse next week.  Stay tuned for that! 

The Central Oregon SAQA group is an active group of some 20-30 quilt artists from our region and even a few from over the mountains in western Oregon.  There's some serious talent here, probably due to our extreme good fortune of having the Stitchin' Post in town, along with all the great teachers Jean Wells brings in.  The challenge for this year had the theme Pathways and there are many different interpretations.  I think I may have missed a few of the quilts, but this is most of them.   I hope you enjoy!  

 The Oregon Trail by Sharon Carvalho

The Oregon Trail by Sharon Carvalho

 Pathway to Hanukkah by Sarah Kaufman

Pathway to Hanukkah by Sarah Kaufman

 A Walk Through the Forest by Kim McCray

A Walk Through the Forest by Kim McCray

 Sing, Dance, Laugh, Dream, Love by Dianne Browning

Sing, Dance, Laugh, Dream, Love by Dianne Browning

 Go This Way by Pat Pease

Go This Way by Pat Pease

 In and Out, Around and About by Jean Wells Keenan

In and Out, Around and About by Jean Wells Keenan

 Heading West by Helen Brisson

Heading West by Helen Brisson

 Words Matter by Jan Tetzlaff Make Straight the Path by Judy Beaver The Recycled Road by Tierney Hogan

Words Matter by Jan Tetzlaff
Make Straight the Path by Judy Beaver
The Recycled Road by Tierney Hogan

 Pigeon Pass by Julia Jeans Unraveled by Jody Rusconi Farside of Beyond by June Jaeger

Pigeon Pass by Julia Jeans
Unraveled by Jody Rusconi
Farside of Beyond by June Jaeger

 Pathway through Yellowstone by Kris Lang Where To? by Betty Gientke Walk by Marion Shimoda

Pathway through Yellowstone by Kris Lang
Where To? by Betty Gientke
Walk by Marion Shimoda

 Sunrise by Charlene Kenny Suspended in Twilight by Barbara Doust-Boggess Oglethorpe Square by Kristin Shields

Sunrise by Charlene Kenny
Suspended in Twilight by Barbara Doust-Boggess
Oglethorpe Square by Kristin Shields

 The Water Will Find Its Path by Torrie Gordon Winter's Quest by Susan Cobb

The Water Will Find Its Path by Torrie Gordon
Winter's Quest by Susan Cobb

 Let Red Lead the Way by Kristan Collins Plugged Arteries, "Sad" by Kathy Kutansky Hundertwasser's Pathway by Martha Sanders

Let Red Lead the Way by Kristan Collins
Plugged Arteries, "Sad" by Kathy Kutansky
Hundertwasser's Pathway by Martha Sanders

 Sydney, 1985 by Patti Stewart

Sydney, 1985 by Patti Stewart

Oglethorpe Square

 Oglethorpe Square, 18x40

Oglethorpe Square, 18x40

Oglethorpe Square was inspired by one of the squares in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia when I was there for QuiltCon last February.  In Savannah, each square is a green park space with serves as a gathering area for locals and tourists alike.  They are beautifully landscaped with trees, flowers, fountains and statues.  There are always several park benches too and are a lovely place to pause while walking around.  Oglethorpe Square was one that I went to several times while I was there.  When I got home from Savannah, I was reminded that the Central Oregon SAQA challenge for this year was "Pathways".  I decided this was the perfect theme to highlight this square.

Now, the logical thing to do would have been to make this quilt with a variety of greens to echo those squares in Savannah, but I had this stack of indigos that I've been wanting to use.  Some of them are Japanese indigo and they are really lovely, with a variety of textures and shades.  You'll notice a variety of colors of blues in the photos which are due to lighting and my tendency to play with Instagram filters.  In reality the blues are duller than in most of these photos.  The left side photo below is probably the most accurate color-wise.

While I was inspired by a real-life square I didn't try to copy it in any realistic manner.  I created several strip sets and cut them up in a liberated manner to create this design.  In general, the square did have the four quadrants and two pathways aligned perpendicularly to one another. My favorite bench was in the bottom right quadrant. 

 Pausing in the middle of machine quilting

Pausing in the middle of machine quilting

Again, I went back to my old standby of 1/4" channel quilting by machine.  I usually start by stiching in 1/2 intervals and then going back to create 1/4" spacing.

I created this piece in just a few days as I had a lot on my plate and upcoming 2 weeks of jury service (thankfully, I did not get called in).  It was nice to get this project done so I could move on to other things.  

Oglethorpe Square will debut in the SAQA special exhibit at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on July 8 and may have other showings around Oregon in the next year.