Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever

Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever

Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever

I've spent the summer playing with paint and haven't picked up a needle in ages (except for knitting).  It's been a much needed break from hand sewing which was leaving me with sore wrists, arms and fingers.  I've really had a ball with the challenging media of acrylic and watercolor.  In fact, if you haven't been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you may not know that I have changed my Etsy shop to sell only the painted artworks.  If you are interested in some happy, colorful, affordable art check out my Etsy shop.  It's stocked with lots of great pieces suitable for the upcoming gift giving season.  In order to do that I had to move all the textile art to this website.  You can see all my textile art for sale here.  I admit it's been discouraging to create so much work, but not have anywhere to store it.  I really need to clear some of the cupboards if I want to make way for future textile art.  

How does all this relate to this post?  Well, when I was considering what to do for my guild's challenge for this year I started thinking like an artist.  The challenge theme was the Periodic Table of the Elements.  If you use pigments in any way you probably know that many of them are made with these elements.  I decided to paint a color card with cadmium red, titanium white, and cobalt blue which I then used to choose fabrics for this quilt.  

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It measures 43 x 47 inches with the intention that it could be given away as a child's quilt eventually.  I used improvisational techniques to create a rhythm with red, white, and blue.  This is inspired by Maria's Shell's class that I took this spring.  By the way, the class piece is one that I haven't finished yet, but I plan to get back to this fall.  

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The challenge quilts debuted at our guild meeting in July where members could vote on their favorite.  You can see the other challenge quilts here.  They were intended to be shown to the public at our August quilt show.  Unfortunately, our show was scheduled right before the eclipse and it was decided with all the hype about traffic and communication problems that we would cancel the show.  So, the first public showing of these quilts is now set for October at the QuiltWorks gallery in Bend.  It'll be a good one, there were so many wonderful ideas!  It is also possible that these quilts will show at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show next year.

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After piecing I was planning to do a bit of simple channel quilting which is my go to thing now, but in the end I decided to do a one inch grid.  

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I pieced in some small bits of color in the binding which is something I haven't done much, but I like it and will try it again.  

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The backing is one of my favorite denim chambrays.  I also created a label that mimics the look of the color card that I painted.  This was a fun project for me.  I did it pretty quickly with only a couple of weeks before the deadline.  I love this style of piecing even though it was actually less random that I usually work.  I really love the vertical format and I'm sure you'll see that again someday.  

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Totality

Beautiful Rimrock Ranch

Beautiful Rimrock Ranch

The total solar eclipse last week was the talk of the town for pretty much the whole summer.  I remember hearing dire predictions about crowd size last spring and it only got worse as time went on.  By the week before the eclipse we had taken all precautions- gassed up all the vehicles, filled the pantry, and scouted out all the back road routes we might need to take to avoid traffic.  Mark was out of town, so it was just Ryan and me making plans to head to the total eclipse zone for an overnight.  

At our house we could have seen a 99% solar eclipse.  At first it was my inclination to be satisfied with that, but after hearing my Dad's argument (and pretty much anyone who has seen a total eclipse) why we should go the extra mile (or 30) to see this once in a lifetime spectacle, I relented and started making plans.  

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As it turned out, while there were localized traffic jams, including a really awful, hours-long jam east of Prineville for folks going to the Symbiosis festival, in Bend we actually had very light road traffic.  Our route to the eclipse would take us to Sisters and then north to where we would have 1 minute and 24 seconds of totality.  But, like I said, I scouted out the back roads that I'd never tried before and since this was an adventure, Ryan and I took those back roads even if we didn't need to.  It was fun to see a part of Central Oregon I'd never been to.  We loaded up the pickup with camping gear and lots of food and drinks and headed to a private ranch for the eclipse party.

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Rimrock Ranch is private, but the owner coordinates tours with the Deschutes Land Trust and the Sisters Astronomy Club.  My dad is a member of the SAC and so we were invited to join ranch owner Gayle for a night-before star party and the eclipse viewing the following morning.  

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Skies were rather smoky over most of Bend and Sisters, but luckily the ranch was a bit north of the smokiest part and we had pretty good skies while we were there.  This field is the place where the astronomers set up viewing telescopes for all the celestial sights.  

My sister Cheryl

My sister Cheryl

Sunday afternoon was pretty hot and spent mostly relaxing in the shade, but by the evening the temperatures had cooled enough to make a game of frisbee a pleasant pastime.  

Brother-in-law Mark and Ryan

Brother-in-law Mark and Ryan

Sunset view of Black Butte

Sunset view of Black Butte

Sunset view of Mt Jefferson, with smoke

Sunset view of Mt Jefferson, with smoke

Black Butte sunset

Black Butte sunset

After sunset we were treated to a fantastic star party.  We had views of Saturn with moon and rings, Jupiter with two moons, globular clusters, nebulae, and beautiful meteors.  We didn't get to bed until rather late.

Eclipse day sunrise

Eclipse day sunrise

We woke up before dawn on Monday and caught these beautiful sunrise pictures.  Ryan and I are really night owls, so this whole experience is something we rarely see.  

Home sweet home on the ranch

Home sweet home on the ranch

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Sleepy head

Sleepy head

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By 9 am we were breakfasted and mostly packed and ready to watch the eclipse.  As I said, my Dad is an amateur astronomer and retired physicist.  He was over the moon (so to speak) about the possibilities of a total solar eclipse right in his back yard.  He and several others from the SAC brought telescopes and binoculars with solar filters.  Of course, we also had our solar eclipse glasses.  The eclipse started shortly after 9 am, but it wasn't until about 10 am that you could notice a definite shift in the light and a cooling of the air temperature.

Dad, always with his eyes to the sky.

Dad, always with his eyes to the sky.

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Everyone needs glasses, including Scrabble.

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This was at about 10 am.  The light was changing all around, the temp was cooling by quite a bit and Scrabble was loving it.  I started drawing my sketchbook page, ready for the eclipse.

What do you call a group of Volcanologists?

What do you call a group of Volcanologists?

Gayle and Cheryl with one of the glass tile souvenirs that Cheryl made.

Gayle and Cheryl with one of the glass tile souvenirs that Cheryl made.

In addition to the astronomy club folks and their families, there was a tour group of volcanologists that had a tour at the ranch for the eclipse.

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After 10 am the light became more and more eerie.  

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Ryan, Mark, Cheryl, Dad and me, with minutes to go

Ryan, Mark, Cheryl, Dad and me, with minutes to go

Totality!

Totality!

Once totality began I tried to take a photo of the sun, but my camera wasn't focusing.  I gave up on that and got this one photo of everyone in the dark.  The 1 minute and 24 seconds were going by so fast!  I did get a video of all of us reacting to the eclipse which you can see part of on Instagram.  In addition, my Dad made a time lapse video of photos he took of the eclipse.  It was an amazing sight and worth all the trouble to get there for it.  Makes me want to see another one!

Sunday ranch view

Sunday ranch view

Total eclipse view

Total eclipse view

Here are some of the pages from my sketchbook of the two days we were at the ranch.  I'm glad I was able to record my thoughts soon after the event.  It was truly spectacular.  If you are ever in the path of one you won't soon forget it!

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SOQS 2017 : 7 : A Walk Around Town

Jae's Beatles III by Jae Stewart

Jae's Beatles III by Jae Stewart

In my last post about the 2017 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show I'd like to take you on a walk around town.  These quilts are many of the general show quilts and some of the other special exhibits I haven't previously shown.  Enjoy the color and artistry that is the SOQS!  

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Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge Quilts

Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge Quilts

Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge Quilts

Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge Quilts

Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge Quilts

Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge Quilts

Kona Color Challenge

Kona Color Challenge

Kona Color Challenge

Kona Color Challenge

Kona Color Challenge

Kona Color Challenge

Forest Galorest by Lynne Steele

Forest Galorest by Lynne Steele

Annie by Catherine Garner

Annie by Catherine Garner

A Rainbow in the Desert by Karen Oster

A Rainbow in the Desert by Karen Oster

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Hardly Strictly Kaffe by Christine Chase

Hardly Strictly Kaffe by Christine Chase

My 4 Cats by Dianne Centers

My 4 Cats by Dianne Centers

Vortex by Peggy Roberts

Vortex by Peggy Roberts

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Cascade Ave, the main drag through town.

Cascade Ave, the main drag through town.

Roxanne by Agnes Fried

Roxanne by Agnes Fried

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Uncle Sam by Rocky Morris

Uncle Sam by Rocky Morris

Love this LFL, the largest one I've seen around here.

Love this LFL, the largest one I've seen around here.

Lyon Bear by Sarah Sharp

Lyon Bear by Sarah Sharp

Muchas Poochas by Pat Guzzardo

Muchas Poochas by Pat Guzzardo

Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge Quilts

Stitchin' Post Employee Challenge Quilts

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When You Cook by Dianne Kane, Cover to Cover Quilters

When You Cook by Dianne Kane, Cover to Cover Quilters

Fall Harvest by Pat Busby, Cover to Cover Quilters

Fall Harvest by Pat Busby, Cover to Cover Quilters

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Blockin' Robins

Blockin' Robins

Blockin' Robins

Blockin' Robins

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild

Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild

Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild

Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild

Mt Bachelor Quilters' Guild

June Jaeger made this for advertising for Bend Broadband- cool!

June Jaeger made this for advertising for Bend Broadband- cool!

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

SOQS 2017 : 5 : The Storytellers Book

Storytellers Book, photo by Marion Shimoda

Storytellers Book, photo by Marion Shimoda

The Storytellers Book was a new fundraiser for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show this year.  Dan Rickards, who designed the poster for the show this year, came up with this idea for a real oversized book (2' x 3')  with pages made of quilts.  Twelve quilt artists were asked to created pieces for the book, and one of them was me.  It was an honor to be included in the inaugural year of this project.

Rickards worked with leather artist Julia Zell to create this beautiful handtooled leather cover.  The pages were made with poster board and the quilts were attached with velcro.  Each quilt was offered on silent auction with a buy it now price.  

Contents Page, photo by Marion Shimoda

Contents Page, photo by Marion Shimoda

The book was located at Sisters High School in the week before the quilt show.  Unfortunately, I didn't realize that, so I never got good photos of it before quilt show day.  The first three photos here were taken by my friend Marion Shimoda.  The others below that were taken on quilt show day with poor lighting, but I hope you can appreciate how big the book is and what a cool idea it was. 

My Quilt!- Once Upon a Quilt by Kristin Shields, photo by Marion Shimoda

My Quilt!- Once Upon a Quilt by Kristin Shields, photo by Marion Shimoda

The people who turned the pages for folks to see the quilts were apparently quite exhausted by the effort to move the pages.  I'm not sure if they'll change the process for next year, but it was created with the intention of having this be a fundraiser each year now.  

What a treat it was to see my quilt in the book!  You can read the story about my quilt here.  I don't know who did the written pages, but they look amazing too.  The photos below were taken in the courtyard of The Open Door cafe on quilt show day.  Enjoy!

Quilt by Karen Shadley

Quilt by Karen Shadley

Quilt by Joanne Myers

Quilt by Joanne Myers

Quilt by Ruth Ingham

Quilt by Ruth Ingham

This is my friend Jan Tetzlaff turning pages on quilt show morning.  She gave a little spiel about each quilt as she turned the pages.  She can attest to the fact that these pages were heavy!  I'm sure all the extra embellishments on my page didn't help.

Quilt by Valori Wells Kennedy

Quilt by Valori Wells Kennedy

Quilt by June Jaeger

Quilt by June Jaeger

Each of these quilts tell a little story about their makers.  I wish I'd gotten photos of all of them, but trust me, this was a wonderfully unique idea and I hope it continues for many years to come!