Monday, February 20, 2017

Reverse Applique

It's been nice having today and last Monday off to work a little bit on my quilt for our Cutting Edge Group's PIQF show. I'm using a reverse appliqué process. I haven't done much reverse appliqué, but like how it looks and think it will be the perfect way to do my idea.

Here are a few examples of my prior work with reverse appliqué.

This is part of a quilt I made for for my Master's Show back in 2010.  I really liked this part of the quilt, but the rest, not that much. I had four pieces of fabric layered together and machine stitched a design on the top layer. Then I just cut through the outlined areas to reveal some of each fabric here and there.

This is a vest I made way back when, can't even remember when,  that also has reverse appliqué.

Talk about having a target on your back!

The front was woven, fused strips.  I still enjoy wearing it now and then.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Notan Projects

My students recently completed their Notan projects. Notan is the Japanese design concept which focuses on a balance of light and dark, positive and negative.  Students made some amazing pieces.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Quilt Beginnings

I've been working on a new quilt idea in my head and sketchbooks for months.  Over the past few weeks, as time allows, I've made a bit of a start on it.

I'm doing reverse appliqué techniques. I like how the soy wax batik shows through the dark top. More fabrics need to be added to the back and more cutting through from the front needed as well.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Still Life Quilt

I have a quilt in a show in the Bella Mundo coffee shop on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo and it sold!  Yeah! I made it in 2008 or so. I started it in an Esterita Austin Workshop.  Here it is!  A big thank you to Sharon in our Cutting Edge Fiber Art Group who made this show possible.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Marching Instead of Quilting

On Saturday, I participated in the San Luis Obispo Women's March, one of the many sister marches throughout the country.  It was a powerful experience.  I had not marched in a protest march since the Vietnam era. Our much was wonderfully organized. Even the rain did not discourage us in getting out the message that 'Love trumps Hate."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Finally Finished "Shibori with Bird" Quilt

This is a story of a quilt.  In 2009, when I was working on my Masters Degree in Art Education I started a stitched resist shibori quilt. I had done some arashi shibori prior to this but had always been fascinated by the variety of designs that could be achieved through resisting dye via stitching.

Below is a picture of the quilt after dye was applied and rinsed out. Notice the wavy stitched lines at the bottom of the piece both in the picture above and below.

It took me eight years to get back to this lovely piece of fabric. I would take it out at least once a year and try to figure out what to with it.  Finally in 2016 I made a border that worked well with it and started hand stitching and embroidering on it.

Feeling it needed a focal point, or fun little surprise, I discovered a negative area that resembled the shape of a bird, so stitched one in. The eye was painted.  I was a nervous wreck painting it due to the permanence of the acrylic paint, which did not leave much room for error.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Paint and Dye with Itajime

This is the last piece from my dyeing session a few weeks ago. It started as an experiment using paint and whiffle balls.

I did some itajime folding and clamping as you see below.

After clamping, I applied dye and let it batch for about 24 hours.

Here's the finished piece, which I feel has a lot more depth and complexity.

Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year!