What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath (40”x18”)

What Lies Beneath (40”x18”)

What Lies Beneath is another new quilt for this year. This was made for the Central Oregon SAQA challenge, “Beneath the Surface”. When I was trying to figure out what to do for the challenge I had other ideas, ones that were really quite different from this. However, when I have a challenge quilt to do I try to make something that could be used for other purposes besides the original exhibit. In this case, I wanted to do something modern and I was inspired by mid century modern design.

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I came up with this idea as an abstract way to illustrate how people, animals and nearly everything else in the universe are more complicated that they first appear. The original idea had a midline going across the width of the quilt, but at some point I decided it was better without it.

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First I did a small sketch of some shapes, then had to decide the order of putting it all together. I also had to consider shrinkage since the size was supposed to be 18x40 (either vertical or horizontal). I had to make the background extra big and then guess that shrinkage would occur mostly in the width rather than the height due to the vertical background quilting.

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I made a full size drawing and used hand applique and freezer paper templates to add the shapes. Then I layered and machine quilted the background. I started and stopped each stitching line at the shapes and since I like to bury the thread tails that took a really long time! Lastly, I added the hand quilting and hand embroidery. It was a lot of fun to to doodle on the shapes. I used a Pitt Artist pen to draw the doodles and then stitched over the lines with embroidery floss with mostly back stitch and satin stitch.

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Finally, I added my hand stitched signature to the front of the quilt. I’ve been doing that on most quilts in recent years and I like the look. It feels like signing a painting.

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I really love how this quilt came out and it was enjoyable to do (except for all the ends to bury!). The background fabric is Essex linen/cotton blend which is one of my favorite fabrics for hand stitching. I also love the backing print which is very busy, but so very cute. Those tiny houses are about 1/4”! It worked out great because I didn’t worry to much about doing the hand embroidery. Normally I would try to keep my embroidery stitches in the batting layer rather than going through to the back, but with the machine quilting lines it would have been very frustrating to do. With that backing being so busy all the errant stitches on the back don’t really show so I don’t mind them.

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Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show :: Part 7

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The courtyard of the Clearwater Gallery is a favorite stop for everyone visiting the show.  The Central Oregon SAQA group always shows the current year's challenge here and for the past two years this is where the Storybook quilts are located.  

The SAQA challenge this year had the theme Threads that Bind and the format is 18" x 40" either horizontal or vertical.  There are some great quilts here.  Sorry my photos aren't great the dappled light made it difficult.  

This is the last post for this year's quilt show.  I hope you enjoyed the little tour and are maybe thinking of visiting someday if you haven't been to it yet.  

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The next group of photos are from the Storybook Quilts.  This is the second year for this fundraiser where local quilters make pieces that measure about 24" x 30".  The pages are turned by volunteers throughout the day giving visitors a chance to see and ask questions about each quilt.  I didn't get photos of all the quilts, but you can see below there is quite a variety of styles.  Something to please everyone!

Candy Woods

Candy Woods

June Jaeger

June Jaeger

Tonye Belinda Phillips

Tonye Belinda Phillips

Leotie Richards

Leotie Richards

Helen Brisson

Helen Brisson

Donna Rice

Donna Rice

and me!

and me!

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

Reflecting on 2017

Instagram 2017 Best Nine

Instagram 2017 Best Nine

The past month has been so busy, that it's only now in the last hours of 2017 that I am able to reflect upon the past year.  I didn't make quite as many quilts as usual, because I've done a lot of other types of art- watercolor, acrylics, stitching, etc.  However, when I went through the quilt photos of the year I discovered more than I thought would be there.  There are likely a few others I've missed.

Many of these were made for various challenges that I did.  The last few were directly related to American politics this year.  These first two are quilts that I finished recently and haven't even done a proper introduction of.  I plan to do posts about them soon, so look for that.  For the others, I've added links to previous blog posts about them where applicable.  

Usually by now I've got a general idea of where I plan to go creatively in the new year.  This time I feel unsure about where I want to focus in 2018.  Every year I look forward to the down time that comes with winter and I hope I'll have time this January and February to consider my options.  I think that once again there will be fewer quilts.  I still struggle with finding places to store them.  I have whittled my stash down a bit this year and will keep doing that, but some of it will probably go to donation quilts or quilts for sale.  I have a few challenges that I plan to do, but fewer than this year.  We'll see how it all turns out in about 365 days!  For comparison here's last year's compilation.  

Thank you for supporting me, reading the blog, and purchasing from my shop.  I am grateful for each and every one of you.  Happy New Year!

Rhythm of the Rails

Rhythm of the Rails

Arches and Tunnels

Arches and Tunnels

Rhythm of the Rails and Every Last Piece have not been really talked about on the blog yet, but there are some in progress shots here and here.  Every Last Piece will likely be offered for sale at some point, please contact me if you are interested.  Arches and Tunnels got an in progress post here, but the full discussion will come in the new year.

Every Last Piece

Every Last Piece

Nested Star-Crossed Strings

Nested Star-Crossed Strings

Shards of Glass

Shards of Glass

Black and white quilts aren't something I'm known for, but I had a Facebook customer ask for a quilt similar to an older one that she had bought for a friend.  She wished she had kept it for herself.  I made the second version of Nested Star-Crossed Strings and then made Shards of Glass from the leftovers.  You can read more here and here.

Cadmium, Titanium and Cobalt Forever

Cadmium, Titanium and Cobalt Forever

Community Quilt

Community Quilt

I love making red, white, and blue quilts.  Cadmium, Titanium, and Cobalt Forever was inspired by my quilt guild's challenge called "Periodic Table".  You can read about that one here.  I made a couple of community quilts this year, but I liked this one best.  You can read a bit about it here.

All Things Being Equal

All Things Being Equal

Modern Halloween

Modern Halloween

All Things Being Equal was donated to the SAQA Benefit Auction.  Read all about it here.  Modern Halloween was made with leftovers from a Halloween quilt I made for myself.  I still haven't finished the binding on that one, but this one is in the shop and can be found here.

Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in the Streets

I Like Pie

I Like Pie

Dancing in the Streets was made for another quilt guild challenge.  This one was simply called "Log Cabins". I did my favorite variation.  You can read all about it here.  I Like Pie is my quilt for the Undercover Quilters exhibit inspired by Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan Stradal.  You can read about that one here.

Oglethorpe Square

Oglethorpe Square

Once Upon a Quilt

Once Upon a Quilt

Oglethorpe Square crosses a boundary between the Modern Quilt Guild and SAQA.  It was inspired by this year's trip to QuiltCon in Savannah, Georgia, but was made for the SAQA Central Oregon challenge called "Pathways".  You can read about it here.  Once Upon a Quilt was made as a fundraiser for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  You can read about it herehere, and here.

Only One Earth

Only One Earth

Civic Duty

Civic Duty

2017 was the year of the political quilt for me.  I spent the first few months of the year making these quilts as responses to the 2016 election.  It was a tough time.  They are all hand stitched while I listened and watched in horror as a new administration was brought in, one that promised to destroy all the good things in our country.  Many of my fears came to pass.  Some are still to be decided.  I never thought I'd be much of a political artist, but the strong feelings brought out the activist in me.  

You can read about Only One Earth, #hashtagsofourtime, and She Persisted here.  Civic Duty was made as a donation to the Quilter's Alliance Voices Contest.  Only One Earth and #hashtagsofourtime have not been shown in public yet.  She Persisted was shown in the QuiltWorks gallery this fall and got some good comments.  You can read about these quilts herehere, and here.

#hashtagsofourtime

#hashtagsofourtime

She Persisted

She Persisted