I've sent "Take Two: Static" off to the Schweinfurth's Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit that opens at the end of of this month. I'd a bit lefover fabric, so I'm off to make a piece that will be part of their silent auction to support the art center. Gotta get this done soooon.
A quilt show in my neighborhood, just a block away! These lovely works by members of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild had this -- with a title "My Neighborhood" -- pieced by Sharon Clark and quilted by Nick Williams. I love being home.
Last weekend was fun. At "Glorious Prints" I got to demo all kinds of things. This monoprint (now washed and ready for me to use) I made on new plastic., which reacted in a way that repelled the thickened dye. So, it's got a texture new to me. And I've got some great material.
News came today that this sweet little thing, standing all of 12" high, went off to the SAQA auction a while back, and now has a new home. Thanks to a generous contemporary art lover, and hard work from the SAQA organizers. It's called "Mini Boom".
This night bloomer will have to fill in for our Harvest Moon, which I missed a couple of days ago. The moon is still full, hanging behind clouds, in ready mode. I'm at that stage, too, for next month's travel. Colorado, Oregon, I'm getting ready!
A group of energetic printers, three days of non-stop making and making, and I have to report I was dead tired. Slept in Monday till there was no morning, and today was a late start. Promise back to routine tomorrow.
Most of us came prepared to print (and we went through about 200 yards in three days) and to have fun. My thanks for ushering in FALL in the best way -- Glorious Prints! Thanks my intrepid printers at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York.
Jo' had a large screen and an idea. We indulged her and helped her make a prints for a friend. With a bit of time left in the day, we made a few more odd ones for fun. They were good, too. We'll see what they look like after tomorrow's washout.
The Schweinfurth Art Center is hosting my class "Glorious Prints" these three days and I've got a room full of intrepid printers. With the goal to make as much fabric as possible, we are well on our way. Tomorrow is screen printing, and that'll be fun.
Before we start class tomorrow I've asked everyone to soda soak their fabric. I'm happy to find this on the shelf at Home Depot, but not soon enough to let every one know. Ok, next time. Tomorrow -- Print! The class is in Auburn, New York at the Schweinfurth Art Center. Best get to bed!
In a few weeks I'm at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. I'll bring this with me to the workshop October 13, and you can take in my lecture at the Museum on October 14. Check their schedule and join me! Find the link on my calendar page https://www.patpauly.com/calendar/
I've got a quilt to send off to a show, found a box long enough, but a bit roomy. So, I've wrapped the work around a pool noodle, covered it in fabric, then plastic. To take up the air, I've added three more noodles. Perfectly packed. Now to the FedEx office.
As I closed up the house for the evening, I realized that I hadn't driven my car (or left the house) all day. But then I remembered that I did take a lovely brilliant-sunset-evening-light walk. And glanced up to a few sycamore, smooth as silk.
I'm at the finishing line for the last batch of silk scarves that were printed. Slow, tedious, hot, but almost to the last one. At least the beautiful color running beneath the needle is lovely to look at.
After hand washing, and letting the hand printed screened fabric soak most of the day, I put them in a pot of boiling water for 20 minutes to remove the last of the dye. I don't always do this, but did this time.
Many prints these days I make to take. I'll be out in Golden Colorado, Eugene Oregon and Hood River Oregon. I'll pack up some fabrics to sell (the only way I sell them now) while I'm there. But I think I'll hold on to this one. It intrigues me, and I've got an idea for it.
Back to the wet studio and printing. I've got a few scarves to make. I use Test Fabric's silk crepe de chine, and I process it just like the cotton. It's soda soaked, dried, printed, washed the next day with hot hot water, then hung to dry, pressed, sewn and ready for someone to love.
A hint of fall cool came to the class "Slash and Burn" today with the Marellus Modern Quilt Club. The best group to zip through adding a 'window' in the composition (the key to figuring out how to add sections together, I might add) they were also fun, dedicated, and open to my many demands. Thank you, Marcellus.
Last night it was garden tour night. This swath of greens and blues was just what was needed as the temperature finally broke and dropped down to human levels. It's not cooled down in the studio, so I'm taking a break from the hot iron and enjoying this.
This last quilt gets its finish with a facing. I've cut a strip, sewn it to the front, then pulled it (detailed here) out to sew a "stay-stitch" before I turn it to the back, turn the edge under and hand stitch to the back. Clean edge without a thin binding line.
Got together the piece that had been clinging to the design wall through the summer. Another Take Two, it will be with me on route to Eugene, Oregon next month via Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Find my class at the RMQM under "Adult Education." But sign-up soon.
Mundane, yes, this is the bundle of freshly washed and dried printed fabric. I've take a squirt bottle and sprinkled it throughout to dampen it, and left it to sit before I iron it. I used to use a true squirt bottle, but my poor hands demanded a less brutal technique.