Sunday, September 30, 2018

Side Kick

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.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Goings on in the Hood

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.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Look What I Brought 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.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Going Going Gone

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".

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Harvest Moon

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!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dead Tired

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.

Monday, September 24, 2018

First Timer

Sue said this was her first time printing on fabric. You'd never know it.  For our three day excursion to Glorious Prints, she did great.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Don't think It Wasn't Fun

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.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

It's Glorious Prints Teamwork

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.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Printing Start of the Day

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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Are We Soaked?

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!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Come With Me to Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Easy Stuffings

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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Held at Beauty Point

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.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Boat Load of Scarves

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.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

In Case We've Not Met

It was time to clean up that overflowing bowl where I toss my name tags. Yes, I've recycled the paper, and yes, I've bagged the plastic holders to donate. Well, at least they spelled my name right.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Ribbon Day

Lunch with an out-of-town guest was in an upscale restaurant. Above was an installation of some curvy, swirly thing. Not a clear shot, but I loved the dimension of this sculpture. And good lunch, too.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Scarves in the Making

I've taken some time to print more silk scarves, and these were just out of the hand wash (and yes, I use hot hot water) and dripping outside. I'll miss that opportunity come winter, but nice for now.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Cool Enough to Boil

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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sometimes It Stays Home

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.

Monday, September 10, 2018

More In The Works

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.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Line Work

Last night was an evening spent with folk music that ended with the lighted walk back to the car. Gotta get me some of these string lights.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Slash and Burn on a Cool Day

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.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Evening Light

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.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sharks and Jets

I've hung it on the wall for its beauty shot and ta-da, meet Take Two: Sharks and Jets. Weighing in at 40 x 40 inches.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Face It All

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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Quilting Time

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. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Ironing Before

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.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Ironing Under Duress

It is just so hot here, I hardly needed to turn on the iron. But I did get through a batch. Tomorrow more, but earlier in the day. Enough already.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Stack of Prints

It'll be washing-out day tomorrow, although I'm waay to warm, and so tired of sweating, that I may hold off processing these till we get normal weather. Which may be never, or in my lifetime at least.