Sunday, October 31, 2010
I really enjoyed thinking up haiku. As others have said, I'd like to do more of these interpretations. I started out wanting to work more abstractly, but I didn't like where that took me, so I cut out some realistic icicles. Then it really seemed to want a horizon line. Something was still missing, so I added the moon. That was the first thing I quilted, in a radial pattern. It looked like a big blue grapefruit slice, so that had to go! This was my first attempt at using metallic thread and I had a lot of fun using it for the free-motion quilting on the icicles. I thought it would add perspective to have some horizontal lines on the snow, but the thread and I stopped getting along at that point. So I reverted back to straight lines for the sky area. Now I wish I'd just left it plain, but I thought they would help with the vertical emphasis of the icicles. There were a few other technical glitches, but overall I am glad that I was able to finish it this weekend. (Except binding, which will happen this afternoon during the football game!)
Here's a detail shot:
I learned a lot on this challenge, and I'm eager to hear your comments.
Thanks for a fun challenge, Kathy!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I added more sayings and colored some of them to add more color interest. Sorry about the shadow. It really isn't there.
While cleaning out my notions drawer I came up with the idea of making a quilt out of notions. When the haiku challenge came about the idea grew and this is what resulted. I used purchased fabric for the background (water). The fish is hand painted, fused and stitched down, and decorated with snaps. The fish line is elastic, the scissors are lame and the eel is half a zipper tape. The border on two sides is a measuring tape. I tried to think of all the old saws that deal with sewing notions. Even the word notion has two meanings - as in "I have half a notion". I"m afraid my machine didn't do a very good job with the words so I may have to try some of them again. Thank you for a very fun challenge. My Haiku
Names used in unusual ways
Many are a stretch
The flamingo is fused applique, the mist is pulled, stretched cotton filling, used some colored pencils in spots for shading, though you can't really see it well since it is veiled by the mist...LOL
Wondering if I should have used a "water" fabric instead of the one I chose for the background, but I wanted a muted, very early morning appearance, so hoping this background works well for that.
I'm not sure if it needs more "mist" or not, also not sure if I will be doing any sewing on this, I have iron on clear vinyl which I am considering applying to this piece before adding the borders, so that it looks a little like a "glossy" photo that's been matted and framed, what do you think?
I probably should have waited until it was finished to post a picture but I am just so excited to have actually done a challenge after not doing anything with fabric since FEBRUARY that I couldn't wait :-)
I will change the photo to the finished one when it's done though.
'Tis lovely to be
at my window in Autumn
with the trees ablaze. All I had to do was look out my studio window to know what I wanted to do. Both the haiku (my first!!) and the quilt just seemed to appear. I titled my quilt “Trees Ablaze” but was very tempted to name it “Tree-o”. I love play on words and that kept talking to me.
The quilt is 13” x 17”---and is not yet bound. It will have a narrow binding of the background fabric. We spent the day looking at and buying a new pickup truck!
All the pieces of this quilt are WonderUndered and quilted. Had a lot of popping sounds from the needle as it went through as many as six layers in some spots.
I had a good time with this and would be delighted to have comments.
We've had a foggy fall here. Rainy and mornings where the clouds are just hanging out on mountains. As I drive to work in the mist, the rapidly changing leaves have stood out against the grey skies. The aspen and fire maples provided such a dramatic contrast that I wanted to try to capture that in a quilt.
I also wanted to move away from the pictorial themes we've had this year and move to a more abstract / representational style for the challenges. These are simply rectangles, placed for color instead of shape. I know the challenge talked about using the stitch as an element but this seems to need more simple stitching that moved to the background. So that's what I did.
It measures 18 x 26." Still needs a binding, and I know I'm late... the not-so-fast completion delayed by a crazy busy week at work.
Comments, of course, are welcome!
This haiku was written my mother's lifetime friend, who just turned 100. She sent me a book that she wrote for her 100th birthday, and I chose this haiku for the challenge.
I used a photo of me on my 7th birthday for the silhouette. The blue chair lived in my room until I was in college. I tried to make the picture look cold, except for the shimmery gold moon and moonbeams. The quilt measures about 14" x 12".
I didn't do much with the stitching part of the challenge. I would have made it much more abstract, but I am going to send the little quilt to my mother's friend, with my photo on the label on the back. Of course Marguerite knew me when I was 7. The quilt is an oval shape both for an old-fashioned feel and because there was nothing interesting to look at in any of the corners!
Critiques are always welcome.
The earth needed more stitching and a hanging device. I painted the edges of a canvas to match the fabrics and now I'm finally ready to call it "finished." I'm just working on clearing out some WIPs and putting them in the upcoming sale.
I believe I like it hanging on point rather than square. The quilting is not done to perfection but with the layer of sealer on it the holes would have been more ugly than just poorly controlled stitching in my opinion.
earth circles around
rotating through the seasons
slowly years fly by
Still a work in progress, stitching yet to be done.
This was a great challenge. I've enjoyed looking at everyone's photos and reading the poems. Hope to go through again tomorrow and make a few comments. Even though it's Halloween, I won't be witch-y!!! :o)
:Diane - yarngoddess
Golden leaves shimmer
Posed against an azure sky
Rot and make new life
I took a class with Pat Mink in July that concentrated on working in PhotoShop to enhance and blend photographs. The class also concentrated on printing on fabrics. I was interested to see that Louise chose this technique for her challenge as well.
I chose this method to carry out the theme of my Haiku. I decided to use white sateen fabric to give the illusion of shimmer on the leaves. I blending two photographs. One is a maple tree just beginning to leaf out in the Spring. The other is a close-up a golden maple leaf. As I began to quilt the piece I felt the branches of the tree looked as if they followed the veins in the leaf.
This is small for me, it measures about 7" x 7". As with most of my small pieces I decided to frame it and write my Haiku on the mat. I would do it differently next time. My writing is not the prettiest in the world so I would have printed it on paper stock and had a small cut made in the mat.
This was a real challenge for me since I had never written a Haiki or any other poetry. I think that I enjoyed composing the poem more than making the art work. So thanks for introducing me to Haiku. I have not posted on the other site yet as I'm having trouble remembering how to do so and I wanted to get this posted. I will do that later when I have more time.
As always I would appreciate comments.
"Boy in the forest
Autumn is here yet again
Quickly a year passed."
Hand painted, machine quilted. Since I painted this fabric - sketchy trees and blurry leaves - I envisioned a progression of hazy figures through the woods. Who knew this challenge would provide the opportunity. The silhouetted figure is from a photo of mine that I manipulated in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
A really fun challenge. Thanks so much, Kathy.
I do see a bit of light in the middle of the piece that I need to darken. Any comments, criticisms are as always, welcome.
Beneath clear, blue seas
Diving on a brief visit
Among colorful fish
I finished quilting and thread painting this quilt on Friday. Lots of practice with my new Horizon that worked perfectly. The white "heart" in the original photo was thread painted with pink thread to make it look like a fan coral. I also added a second, smaller fan coral and a second long-tailed fish. I added a lot of thread painting to the maroon coral on the far right. The fish were not quilted-just outlined stitched and then lightly brushed with gel sparkle paint. Black sea urchins were thread painted on the sand at the bottom plus real shells were added. The coral and the water were extensively quilted and if you enlarge the photo (click on the photo, then click on the enlarged one), you should see these details. I also added several lines of silver thread to mimic the sun coming through the water. The finished size is 25" X 30". This was definitely not a fast project but it was an enjoyable one even if I was pushing myself to complete it. I've wanted to do an ocean quilt for ages so thanks for the challenge that encouraged me to get to it.
Just a note-in real life, seeing the fish and coral while diving is not nearly as colorful as this quilt. You need a light or a camera with a filter to get the true color. But it is a fascinating world to visit if only for a brief time.
Nancy Schlegel in Albany NY
Rain and sun
The rainbow's come across the sky and disappear into the trees behind my back yard.
Serpentine quilting on layered background, next the "trees" at the bottom ..blue eyelash yarn across the top for rain. Sun and rainbow colors finish my abstract Haiku.
Friday, October 29, 2010
The time has come for sleep. Caught!
Life and death at once.
Simple, effective... to match the simple, effective words of Haiku.
With this piece I was able to get two-for-one........ here is the reverse side..
A splash of crimson
The fiery orb descended
Only night remains
I love watching the sunset behind the trees in my back yard… and so when this challenge came along I wrote my little poem. The lacy patterns the trees make against the sky just take my breath away, especially when we have a colorful sunset. The background is pieced in stripes of color, the trees and ground are appliqued. I used some thread painting for the sun, and some of the branches. It always seems to be a little sad, when the sun says it’s beautiful goodbye each evening.
seed pods billowing
the dandelion releases its
bright glaze of yellow
The binding still needs to be sewn down, so there is a bit of a bow on one side.
I look forward to your critique.
My Haiku is from "The Essential Haiku Versions of Basho, Suson and Issa".
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I chose a Haiku from the Haiku Anthology of the best English language haiku. Most of the haiku in the book are not the written in the three lines of 5-7-5, but focuses on the substance of what makes a haiku…concision, perception and awareness. There were so many good ones, it was hard to choose. I settled on this one by Raymond Roseliep because of the vivid color it evoked.
in white tulips
the rooster’s red head
As far as the second part of the challenge, using stitch as a prominent part of the piece: I used a darker thread for the background quilting sort of like a color wash to blend the various colors in the hand dyed fabric background.
Thanks for a fun challenge, Kathy. I’m enjoying what everyone else has done so far, too.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This is probably the least variety of fabrics I've ever used in a quilt, just 4 different pieces. A year ago I bought the hand-dyed background fabric from Laura Wasilowski at the Des Moines AQS show. Once home I wondered why, but it worked well as the background for this piece so I'm glad I did. It was shades of a light grey-blue, light rose-pink, and light yellow. The first two reminded me of a dreary fall sky telling one winter would soon follow the loss of leaves. I chose a maple tree because when I looked out the window the day the challenge was announced, my maples were loaded with gorgeous leaves that were beginning to fall. Once started the light yellow was too light so I darkened it with a light wash of color by quilting and paints.
I quilted leaves on top of the fused pieces on the ground and then decided to do the same with the tree. The tree's leaves actually ended looking more like oak leaves than maple leaves, but they'll do. Some I left open on the sky fabric. I'd thought that somehow writing the Haiku in the lower left open area would be nice but I feared messing it up so instead added a fencerow gradually disappearing over a distant hill. It ended at 16" x 26 1/2".
The Haiku was written and the quilt over half completed when I decided to change the last line which I personally like better, but others may disagree. I've listed both versions here.
Leaves, orange, red, gold Leaves, orange, red, gold
Gnarled maple dropping its crown Gnarled maple dropping its crown
Which is last to fall? Earth's winter blanket.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Golden leaves drift down. Blanketing the cooling earth. Autumn equinox.
It would be hard to make a quilt of any other season but autumn. Right now the mountains of western North Carolina are glowing with color.
The quilt measures 16" x 22". I challenged myself to make the quilt without doing some detailed drawings first. I almost always work with very detailed drawings which I often do in color and blow up to scale.
The original quilt measured 24" x 22". I started with the background trees which you can still see. The foreground had a path, shrubs, rocks, vegetation, etc. There were two major problems: one was the proportion (the foreground was just too small relative to the backgroun) and the other was poorly executed perspective (it has been a long time since I studied perspective in school).
Anyways, my solution was to cut off the bottom third of the quilt, keeping the background which I really, really liked. I added the white trees which I felt contrasted nicely with the saturated background.
I'm still going to continue to try to be more free with my quilts and not rely so much on planning and drawing.
Let me know what you think.
8 ¾” x 11 ½”This is a little one, in part inspired by a recent workshop in color, so I settled on an analogous color scheme of warm colors. I used Sulky multi-colored thread with some of the fancy stitches on my machine both as applique edges and decorative additions. I wrote the haiku using a red Micron pen.
I welcome your comments.
My haiku describes what I see here in the woods in northern Michigan in late October. We are currently having wind storms (gusts to 60 mph) so most of the leaves will be down today I fear. When I wrote it on Saturday I didn't know the wind storms were coming this week.
crimson leaves still clutch
frost-bound branch and pray to thwart
wind's fateful last blow
I was lucky enough to have the background blocks in my stash of wonky-pieced blocks that I like to use for backgrounds. The bluish gray is the color of the lake and the sky lately.
Detail: The smaller branches and the leaves on the trees in the background were created with stitch. I also used the stitched line to suggest wind.
Monday, October 25, 2010
14" X 18"
prisms of light float gently
a rainbow of life
by Kay Jay
I used STITCH to define the body and for some of the tentacles. Bridal tulle is edge stitched for additional color and the body has an extra layer of batting for dimension.
Comments appreciated and welcomed.
Thanks Kathy for a fun, thought provoking challenge.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Haiku!October 22/due October 30 Host: Kathy Lichtendahl
Inspiration is a very personal thing. Some of us may be moved to create a quilt after viewing a beautiful sunset while others are driven to action by a perceived injustice. One person may find themselves inspired by a memory while another creates after hearing a piece of beautiful music. For this month's challenge I am asking participants to allow themselves to be inspired by words. When Quilts, Inc. announced their exhibit of images and words to be shown at this year's IQF, I began looking more closely at the poetry called haiku. I will warn you that creating these little poems can become addictive! Please note - you do not have to write your own haiku for this exercise. There are many examples of classic haiku by artists stretching back centuries and some of the traditional Japanese poems are truly exquisite. If you do choose to create your own verse, try to follow the classic format: 3 lines with 17 syllables, 5 in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third. A season is usually referenced although the "clue" word may be subtle. The lines do not rhyme. For more hints on writing haiku visit the websites listed below.
The challenge here is not to become a poet but rather to allow yourself to work from the feelings created by experiencing the written word. Please do not do this challenge in reverse; that is to say, do not pick a quilt and then create or find a verse to match. Try to select the words first and then allow the ideas to flow from them. You can be as realistic or as abstract as you like. Please include your verse when you post your photos to the blog.
As a secondary challenge I encourage you to make stitch a strong part of your design. This may sound redundant since just about everything we do involves stitching but I am asking you to take it one step further and plan the impact of the stitch - either hand or machine - as an integral and obvious part of your finished quilt.
Some sites explaining Haiku
http://www.simplytom.com/definitions.txl (see the viewpoints section for the feeling part)
Quilts inspired by words:
Susan "Lucky" Shie is probably the best known quilter to incorporate words directly into her quilts.
Marilyn Wall and Sue Wademan each do a marvelous job of creating moods with their nature quilts. Marilyn's quilts tend to be realistic while Sue's are more abstract.
Two artists whose quilts evoke emotion by referencing the seasons are Leslie Rego and Alison Muir.
Other Art inspired by Haiku
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I hand appliqued a vintage linen like cloth to a batik ground. I back stitched around all the leaves in purple perle cotton, doing a threaded back stitch around the core of the leaves in the center. I used a variagated perle cotton to stitch the long lines on the leaves in a running stitch (plodding stitch might have been more like it as long as it took me), then I shaded the leaves with a long-short stitch combo in variagated darker green DMC embroidery cotton.
You can see the real deal of the Monkey Puzzle Tree here. The Monkey Puzzle Tree (Auraucaria auraucana) is native Chile and Argentina, but is grown as an ornamental in more temperate areas of the US. This one is in Olympia, WA.
Here you can see my stitching a bit more. I did machine trapunto to give the leaves a bit more loft. The background was echo quilted around the leaves in a variegated red/navy/purple thread 1/4" apart.
I like the increased texture from the hand stitching, but I must admit, I wish it were faster! As usual, comments and critiques are always appreciated.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is a person diving into a swimming pool. I entitled it "Diving into Excellence. The light source lights up the diver's legs and the splashing water. I used sparkly textile paints, machine and hand quilting and lots of French knots denoting water droplets. I also tried crinkling my fabric for the first time (I can't remember the name of the product I used, but it was a sheet that I stitched onto the back of my fabric and the steam from the iron crinkled it up. I was trying to give the appearance of the water roiling around the diver as she entered the water.) I also cut the diver out and machine appliqued it to black fabric. I added some decorative border beading. It's rather stylized and I've had people react differently to what they see when they look at the quilt. Some see flower petals, some see an elephant, etc. After studying it, they do see the diver, but on first glance, they see something else.