Sunday, February 23, 2014

Scarf Overdye

Last month I posted about some snow dyeing I did.  Along with that, I ice-dyed an infinity scarf. 
Some areas came out really pale, and I really wanted more of the blue, so yesterday I did another round of ice-dyeing using only the blue to fill in those pale areas.  Here is what is looks like now.  Better, I think.

Friday, February 21, 2014

PG Fiber2Art Spring Classes

Announcing our spring 2014 classes at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria. Please consider joining us for a class. If you have taken a class from us before you may use the class as an "open studio" using our paints, screens and supplies.

Thermofax Screen Printing is on March 15 from 10-3:30.  Read more about it here.

Turn Your Photos into Thermofax Screens is April 5 from 10-1.  Read more about it here.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Finished and Delivered!

I put the finishing touches on the commission quilt today and delivered it to the customer.   It doesn't look much different than previous posts, and it was hard to get the whole thing in a photo because of its double bed size, but here it is, finished.

You can see previous posts of the process of making this quilt here:
Cutting up the clothes
Assembling blocks
Getting ready to quilt
Beginning to quilt
Quilting Close-ups

Monday, February 10, 2014

Reader Challenges

One of the features of Quilting Arts magazine is a Readers Challenge.  They pick a topic and challenge readers to make a small quilt that fits that theme.   The sizes vary - 10 x 10, 8 x 10, 9 x 12; themes run the gamut from Passages to Hands, In the Park to In the Garden.  You send in pictures of your quilt and they choose about 12 from all the entries.  Odds of being chosen are pretty slim - they pick only about one tenth (or less!) of the entries, depending on how many entries there are.  I've entered twice in the last year; not chosen yet, so it's safe to share my creations.  I will keep trying.

 Above is my entry for Passages, called "I Can Fly".  The base is rusted fabric. Other techniques include gelatin plate printing, screen printing, transfer artist paper, and fusible appliques.  The inspiration for this piece was my daughter, who, when she was growing up, often said "Guess what?"  When I asked what, the response was "I can fly!"  She's all grown up now and proved that she can fly. 
 For "In the Garden", I submitted 2 pieces.  Above is a mini version of my Song Sung Blue quilt that you might remember seeing pictures of here.  This piece is rubber stamped and screen printed with some beads added for embellishment.  The piece below, Money Plant, is a quilt I made a couple of years ago as a sample.  It was 9x12, but needed to be 8x10 for this challenge so I cut it down and did some additional hand stitching.
Even though I didn't make it to the pages of the magazine, I'm still happy with all 3 of these pieces.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Factory Leftovers

My mother's last factory job was as a sample maker for Talbot's.  When they closed, she was given some things they wanted to get rid of.  They have been taking up space in her basement ever since.  She showed me a beat up styrofoam chest - what in the world could be in it? 

This is what I ended up bringing home.