Sunday, August 28, 2022
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Task 3 Ricky Chestnut
As a dyer, stitcher and picture taker I will send three pictures of work I have done. The little finch is buried in a MONOCHROMATIC sea of green, in my back yard.
My kaleidoscope stars are a hand stitched study in COMPLEMENTARY colours.
And I have a sample of analogous colours from yellow to red of my hand dyed cotton. This was from a 12 step colour wheel I made.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
For this challenge, I combined #62 from Wendy Wetzel, "Notan" and Pam Harris's #43, "Under the Sea" -- and while combining those would give me the wonderful title "No Tan Under the Sea", I decided not to inflict that on you!
Notan involves the use of pieces cut from one side and "reflected" on the other, and I realized as soon as I got started that picking a batik was a fortunate choice! I started with the vertical line of reflection from a piece of the batik, then made a curved cut that would cover a missing piece of the background fabric. It then seemed only logical to add a few more cut-outs in those lines -- and I could put in scraps of the blue behind those shapes!
And because they seemed to need it, I used fabric paint for the eyes of the fishes.
It's been a wonderful run for the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge. I thank you all for participating!
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Earlier this fall I had gotten scraps of that tree fabric in brown and green from my quilt guild, and was so delighted to be able to make use of them here! An orchard combines the sense of order of planted trees with the individual way that each of the trees grow. It makes me think of the fresh outdoor air and the anticipation of the harvest at the season's end. And the wider than normal proportions of this piece (I don't choose the dimensions so much as the picture does!) makes me long to go outside in early spring and just spread my arms wide and take a deep, deep breath.
I welcome your comments.
Monday, December 01, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Sunday, November 02, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Supercalifragislisticexpialidocious, was a favorite childhood song from Mary Poppins.
At the website, http://www.tagxedo.com/ typed the text, Supercalifragislisticexpialidocious,chose the font, color and shape to create the design. Such Fun!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Monday, October 06, 2014
11/24 -- I updated this a bit by adding black and white beads around the inner edge of the border to emphasize the barcode pattern. It very much perked up the piece, I think!
The most natural thing I could think of incorporating a bar code was a zebra, hence, Z Barcode!
I used two widths of black ribbon for the bar code, with a Micron pen to put in the smaller code stripes on the mane, head and legs. The background is simply a dyed piece from my stash, and bordered with bias tape. I sewed the basic zebra shape onto black to give it enough outline to stand out against the background, and used what I call the "scribble" stitch on my machine around the edge of the black.
I welcome your comments.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Designed this quilt using a free bar code generator, Make the Cut software and Photoshop Elements Filters.
The top block actually reads Count your Smiles! with a QR scanner.
The center block was created with a spherize filter.
The bottom block was created with a line drawing filter.
The borders have UPC bar codes that spell the text.
Would love suggestions on how to quilt it.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Art in Aisle 5: Barcodes Enter Expressionist Period
Variations on barcodes:
Art barcode graffiti
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I have no less than THREE other pieces started for the challenge but kept changing my mind. First was Elephant Appreciation Week, then Good Neighbor Week, then Bathtub Race Day before finally settling on this one to complete. I am posting the WIP photo because I feel a bit guilty that as hostess this month I haven't posted anything yet!
Originally this was going to be the honeycomb quilt hanging from a thin branch with some bees on it. But it has taken on a life of its own. The honeycomb was drawn on a yellow mottled batik, then colored in with colored pencils, and then "honey" was painted on with acrylics, I fused it to batting, then fused that to more fabric so it is very stiff, hemmed the edges (using pliers,,,used the extra heavy fusible...sigh) stuck wire through the top hem so I could hang it and stitched the bottom edges together to make the shape I wanted.
Nailed the branch to a 2x4, THEN decided to make b/w checks on that with acrylics. The honey jar is an empty one I had here and the honey is painted canvas I put inside it. That will have a label when done also.
The bees are painted canvas, pipe cleaners and trimmed pompoms, still need to make wings and antennae, they won't all be on the honeycomb, I plan on having one on the branch and maybe one on the honey jar or "flying" under the comb, not sure yet,
I will post a photo when this is complete, but did want to share something with you now :-)
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
12/30/14 I decided to get this piece truly finished before the end of the year. I strengthened the text, and put the quote on a separate piece of fabric as a tombstone, I used a pillowcase backing with a hanging sleeve, and a black fringe on the bottom. I trimmed the drapery and put Fray Check on the edges, and decided not to actually sew it down but let it flare a bit.
Size: approx. 24" x 18"
About the time I posted this challenge, I saw an article in the editorial page from someone who had been stopped from suicide, and it mentioned National Suicide Prevention Week. Sept. 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, and the national week is the week including that date (though the article gave a later date for the week). The recent death of Robin Williams immediately came to mind.
I took a photo of him that I found on-line, photo-shopped it, keeping his eyes blue but changing everything else to grayscale, and printed it on white linen. I used wood grain fabric for the coffin, and wrote it the words. I added the rose, done with foil, in part because the words weren't quite centered in the space, but it does seem to balance the picture.
The quote, ironically, is Williams' own words. Who knew he was struggling so much in his private life?
Normally I would mount this on foam core, wrapping the edges evenly, but I am not completely happy with this piece. I welcome any suggestions.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Monday, September 01, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Sunday, August 03, 2014
21½" x 21"
The bright red fabric (the source of tomatoes in an earlier Fast Friday piece!) pushed itself forward as the unlikely background, with the blue fabric becoming window panes. I quilted lines in the lower part to indicate a table surface, and lastly, added a few dead leaves around the flower pot.
Thank you, Lisa, for a fun challenge. Comments welcome as always!
Friday, August 01, 2014
I use these challenges as a way to try new techniques, and in this quilt I tried improvisational strip piecing and also used a flange in the knife edge finish. I was so glad to have "The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting" by Linda Seward on hand - it helped get me past the first time terrors.
Since I'm hosting the challenge and mentioned free-form, I figured I'd have to try it. My goal was to get the feeling of paper doll chains, and I'm pleased with the result. My piecing improved from start to finish, so I'm also pleased about that.
I'm less pleased with the placement of the four-patch section on the lower left. I wanted a touch of orange other than the hat, but it would be better if it extended to the edge, or had white space above it and below the blue bodies, or both.
That's it for today - for some reason I feel very motivated to clean the studio & storeroom, so that's an opportunity that's not to be missed! Thanks for looking!