Monday, June 29, 2015

Show of New Art Quilts

This Wednesday I'll be hanging my art quilts with help from my sweet husband. There will be 10, maybe 11 quilts, depending on how many will fit with the library's hanging mechanism.  If you are local, I hope you get a chance to check them out.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Finished New Quilt

Have finished one of two new quilts that will be part of my upcoming show at the Paso Robles library, which runs from July 1st to July 31st.

 Above is the whole quilt, measuring 30" wide by 19" long.

 Above and below are detail shots.

This is the first time I've signed a quilt on the front, like the fabric painting that it is. This may be what's 'trending' for me.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ice Dyeing with a Twist or Should I Say with a Turn

Did some ice dyeing again yesterday, but different than I've done previously.  I bundled and scrunched the  fabrics and shirt tying them with string and rubber bands, so they stayed together in a dinner plate like shape.  I placed them on a rack over a larger container, put ice on it and then sprinkled darker color dye powder on it.  Next I placed it outside for an hour or so until most of the ice had melted. Then I brought it back inside, flipped it upside down and placed ice over it followed by lighter color dye powder.

I really like the contrast in colors and textures.

The above piece is canvas.

The piece above is cotton.

This shirt looks much better when on a body.  

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Visiting Quilt National without Leaving Home

One of these years, I really want to visit Quilt National.  Maybe when I return to the midwest to visit relatives.  Although it seems the years I do that, are the off years for that show, as it is a biennial show.  Anyway, it's great you can see so many of the quilts via the internet.  I know seeing them in person is a completely different, more fulfilling experience, but it's better than not seeing them at all.

One of my favorite quilts from the show is by Charlotte Ziebarth, entitled Liquid Sunset.

To view more of her work visit:

I often check out her website and especially her blog.  She creates wonderful artquilts and has great information besides.

Another website and blog I enjoy visiting often is Deidre Adam's. She has a fabulous textural quilt in Quilt National, plus pictures of each artist with their quilt.   Go here to visit her website:

Enjoy your trip to the show! Back to grading final projects for me.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Stitching Away the Time

With nine and a half more days of school left, Saturday was mostly spent grading papers, unloading and loading the school kiln and lesson planning for the week.

I had a couple hours to do some more stitching on two of my unfinished quilts that will be part of my upcoming solo show at the library in July.  Any spare time I have is going towards getting those two done.  I do enjoy hand embroidery, although it is time consuming.

Today, I did a little work in the garden, planting more lettuce and some hollyhocks.  Both were planted slightly over a month ago, but didn't grow.  So I'm hoping with the warmer weather, the soil will be warmer encouraging the seeds to germinate and grow.

In the afternoon I went wine tasting with a friend in beautiful Paso Robles wine country.  Here's a picture taken at Halter Ranch Winery.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fiber Coiled Baskets, Gargoyles and More

This was Open House week at the middle school where I teach, so all my time and energy went into preparing for that.  The rest of the week I was pretty much recovering.

My students have done some amazing work this year.  Here's some pics.

 These are the ceramic gargoyles students made as part of a unit on Gothic Architecture.  They still need to be painted black and then a coat of gray sand paint will be added to 'age' them.

 Students could create chimeras, gargoyles, or other mythic
 creatures as seen on medieval cathedrals.

Fiber coiled baskets made by the 8th graders as part of a unit on Native American arts.

Ceramic bowls in the style of Maria Martinez created by 6th graders. Students made simple pinch pots, added a coil to the top to learn how to score and slip clay, then carved their Native American designs into the pots.  Pots were bisque fired, then students glazed them.

Self Portraits, using a grid method, by 7th Graders

 Block Prints by 7th Graders

Metal tooled Medieval Letters by 7th Graders.

Fourteen and a half more days of school!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dyeing Silk with Color Hue Dyes

My Cutting Edge group had a chance to experiment with Color Hue Dyes yesterday at our meeting thanks to a great demo from Rene Jennings.

Here's  a link to Dharma with more info about this fun, easy technique

Below are pictures of our experiments.

Here is one of my pieces very wet and still on the plastic.

 Here's Ann Louise and I figuring out the next move to make in our creations.

Above is the dry version of the top piece.

Here is another one I made.  Both pieces are approximately 12 x 18 inches.

Here's a vibrant one Mary Ann was doing.

One from Ann Louise

Another of Mary Ann's