Thursday, September 30, 2010
13 X 17.5
Quilting is one of my weak areas so I chose a subject where I could experiment with a variety of threads and practice bobbin drawing and free motion quilting. Colors aren't as vibrant in the photo. Will try to get a better photo tomorrow when the light might be better.
Comments and critiques are welcome.
I struggle with contrast... and the word, together with the links that directed us to work, seemed to me that some part should be quite light, so I hope I have achieved this. I used 16 different fabrics, including 2 dupioni silk, I loved the fraying for the center coloration of the main leaf. I used 10 different threads for the thread-painting. It measure 15 x 13..... but I may crop it to a 12 x 12.
[click on the photo for a larger view]
I think I will put a 3/16" binding on it. I thought of facing it, but because it is so bold, it seems, to me.. to need a sense of confinement..... your thoughts?
I encourage any and all comments.
Portrait of Aubrey
I've been doing a lot of work with portraits this past year. I am finding it to be both a challenge and lots of fun.
This portrait is of my granddaughter, Aubrey. My daughter takes Aubrey and her sister Hannah to the beach each year to take photographs for their Christmas cards. This picture was taken by her at sunset and the light was coming in was coming in very low to her right.
I used a filter in Photoshop Elements to get the abstract look and chose a gradation of four fabrics to achieve the lighting. I would appreciate any comments on the piece.
Marilyn in SC
We live in northern Michigan on a small lake, in the woods. The lake is very quiet and home to loons, herons, otters and all sorts of fun critters. I love to kayak around the lake and at the north end there is a large bed of white waterlilies that I paddle through. In the late afternoon that side of the lake is in deep shadow and the lilies glow. Its a very peaceful place and I have wanted to capture that feeling. This challenge came along at just the right time.
In reality the lily pads are thicker but I wanted the more water to show.
I pieced the background with batiks and hand-dyes in blues and brown and stitched the background before adding the composition. The lilies and lily-pads are fused then free-motion stitched. I used a variety of white and white-on-white for the individual lily leaves. The lilies have yellow thread-painted stamens that don't show up well in the photo.
This piece is 14" x 20" and on stretcher bars. I use a staple gun and then cover the back of the frame with muslin and attach eye bolts and wire. I like this finish for small works.
October 3: I took some detail shots of the lilypads using just my camera's flash instead of my photo setup lights. The detail comes through better, I think.
Kathie from Charlevoix
When this challenge was announced I was attending meetings in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My husband and I then took the long way home so we could make our annual outing to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone during the time of elk mating. While this might sound kinky to some, I assure you it is a rare chance to witness wild animal behaviour at its most dramatic. The big bull elk are ferocious in defense of their harems; bugling and fighting non-stop. As a visitor it is your responsibility to respect the space needed by the animals by staying a safe distance away, both for their safety and yours. I have a new camera with a good telephoto lens and I was able to take a photo of the alpha bull as he stood in the sunlight during a rare moment of calm.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Five o'clock shadow
challenge 49 - Birch Trees by Veronica Von Zwehl
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
the parachute quilt
I had an old picture taken by my Dad in the Pacific during World War II, showing a number of parachutes hanging up in a hanger. This was my inspiration. I crazy pieced my background on top of batting using the sewing machine. Then I chose a number of dark blue fabrics, one muted gold, and 2 gold fabrics. I hand sewed them onto the background. I added strips of fabric at the bottom of each element to suggest the lines. I pillow cased a facing to the piece. I thought I would bead the piece, using navy and a few crystal beads on the dark fabric, and gold ones on the gold fabric, but when I finished the piece I kind of liked it as it is.
New Moon by Cynthia Ann Morgan
Monday, September 27, 2010
I love critiques and suggestions, but this time I really would like to know if you think I actually did what the challenge asked.
Kathy Schmidt-Quirks Ltd
Saturday, September 25, 2010
"Total Eclipse" is a whole cloth piece. I masked out the lower circle with freezer paper and then used luminescent paint and dry brushed the flares in white and copper. If you enlarge the picture, you'll see that its quiled in flame stitch at the top and concentric circles inside the "sun."
And for 2 of my recent pieces that use the same concept:
"New Growth" is using Colleen Wise's Emerald City pattern. All fabrics are my hand dyes.
And my current favorite, the Labyrinth of St. Omar. This one took months and I'm so happy with it. It will be featured in American Quilter (probably early 2011) with my other labyrinth quilts. Again, all my hand dyed fabric. This was built from a graph paper model, and starting at the center, each row was individually cut, pieced and attached.
Great topic, Cynthia! Thanks for keeping us all rolling along! Comments, of course, are welcome!
This is my first attempt at Chiaroscuro. The design was drawn on Lutrador, then painted with fabric paints, and a black marker. A mottled black batik was used in the background, with the light source concentrated in the front.
Shading was added with dye sticks, thread, and black and white netting. The black netting, which adds texture and softens the edges, shows in the photo. The light and texture of the white netting is visible in the foreground of the original piece, but blends in the photo. The piece is 9" x 9 1/2". I look forward to your comments. LindaMac
Challenge 49 - Dragonfly at Sunset
I played with the lightening in the background rather than the object. The dragonfly is beaded. The cattails are made out of polar fleece. I found the vertical lines fun to use for the landscape rather than the horizontal lines I usually use.
Small fun happy piece.
In Sunny Seattle
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Challenge 49: Chiaroscuro
Challenge 49: Chiaroscuro
September 2010 due: October 2
Host: Cynthia Ann Morgan
Chiaroscuro literally means clear-obscure or light-dark. It refers to the use of strong contrast or unusual lighting to create a strong dramatic effect in art.
Chiaroscuro is pronounced: Key + Arrow + Skew + Row http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/audio.pl?chiaro02.wav=chiaroscuro
Some examples from the Old Masters, including Caravaggio and Rembrandt http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/painting/chiaroscuro.htm http://library.thinkquest.org/27356/c_index.htm
And some contemporary artists http://www.flickr.com/groups/chiaroscuro_art/pool/
Now for the Challenge…
· Create a small art quilt using the strong contrasts of Chiaroscuro
· Depict light in some way – either a directional light source, a glow or illumination
· Choose landscape, figurative, nature, still life, stylized or abstract
· Make it dramatic!
· Remember to have fun with it
Example Quilts using Chiaroscuro
http://www.caroltaylorquilts.com/ - look at the confetti series
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This is my quilt for the #48 challenge using metal.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
This is a depiction of a pewter wine pitcher that was a wedding present to me and my husband 37 years ago. The pitcher and the marriage have endured a few bumps and bruises along the way. However, we are still going strong. How is that for optimism? The hand appliqued grapes and the hand background quilting are my excuse for completing the challenge very late. Thanks for a great challenge.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Black and Gold Blooms
The first photos of each piece are not great (color and focus- color is still not perfect, but close), but show what started with. I was a bit distracted last week with beautiful weather for sunprinting, and played with lots of black paint (and a little color, too). I wanted to use one of the sunprints with some gold metallic ribbon and sheer fabric that I had.
The first piece above is the one I had planned to make, but by mistake I grabbed the wrong sunprint and ended up with the lower one with the more delicate foliage and flowers. The first one is nearly as I saw it in my mind... I added more stitching in the angelina butterfly upper right- with gold metallic and some black thread. I also hand stitched the ribbon down so it wasn't so "poofy", but not flat to the piece. The flower centers are halves of snap closures for necklaces, the letters on the side are aged gold looking metal charms (the red dots in the before pic are pin heads).
Thanks again for the input, it really helped me to follow my original idea to the finish. I guess I am falling back to my floral design roots... Just pretty bunches of flowers tied with ribbons.... Even though the colors are not what I have used most of the time in the past, I feel pretty great about getting not only one, but 2 pieces done for this challenge. Both are about 12" high.
Now to see if I can get myself working on some of the challenges I have missed out on..... :)
Monday, September 06, 2010
Copper/Brass Quilt and Copper Stand
I am not sure where I got the idea for making lace the metal, I know it seems incongruous. In real life, there is a lot of shimmer and shine.
This started as a plain piece of army green fabric; really ugly. The different colors in the background were made with fabric paints on stamps, rubbing fabric crayons over lace, and imprinting a piece of lace by painting it then using it for a print. That is the true black pattern on the right side.
I painted the added lace with metallic paints. I also painted through some lace to make a lacy gold pattern. The blue is actually Setacolor opaque , Shimmer Jet Black. Not sure why it is blue, but I think that was a bit of luck for me. I also used that paint for the word, "Lace".
A fishy tale
When I read the challenge I was tossing up between foil and some knitted copper tubing that I had. The copper won, and it had always suggested fish scales to me, hence the mermaid. For these challenges I always have to use only what I already have at home. Luckily I had the sea fabric, and some nice grey batik for the rock. The border foliage is fussy cut from a print I have had for 10 years. The edge treatment is satin stitch with banana fibre couched over the top.
She does have a rather Aloha Barbie character, but let's face it, she probably doesn't have a philosophy degree! When I was researching mermaids I read that if you look in a mermaid's mirror you see your true self. The mirror is angelina fused on with black misty fuse. The hair is stitched with copper metallic madeira black jewel.
Size is 16 by 23
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
I cut a stencil of the dragon shape and screened a "cracked" design over the opening to make the patterning with metallic paint. The dragon details have been further painted and stitched with metallic thread. The floor has red holographic stitching. The edges also have coiled springy bits added.
And somehow I forgot optimistic all together! unless one needs optimism to face communicating with the dragon all together.
21 1/2" x 16 1/2"
10/18 - Finished! I added quilting lines to the beach to follow the water line, a little bit to the trees, and got it firmly mounted on foam core which helped smooth it all out!
Sunrise always seems a time of optimism, if you are awake enough to enjoy it! I picked up the material for the tree fairly recently, not sure what I would use it for, but the copper fits this theme, especially since I made the sunrise reflection from other coppery fabrics. I layered fabrics for the sea and sky, with the top full layer being a sparkle organza. The organza puckered as I sewed the seagull on, but in a way, that seems to enhance the image. The pink lines are scraps of tulle to add a sunrise color.
The biggest impediment to posting this sooner was that after I had quilted the lower portion, I found one of the seagull reflection's wings had folded, so I had to undo the quilting to straighten it!
Thanks, Sandy, for a neat challenge! Comments and suggestions welcome.
Friday, September 03, 2010
19” X 28”
This is a combination of Challenge #47 (Trees) and #48. The Technique New to Me is a faced binding. My Least Favorite Color is blue so I mixed some blue Dye-na Flow with Lumiere Pearl White. I know, not a true blue but feel it works well with the other fall colors. For the Metal part of the challenge, I used metallic paint, thread, and sheers. The Unusual Material/Texture was covering pipe cleaners with free motion stitching to make the trunk and limbs and the use of sheers for the ground. Both were also firsts for me in quilt making. The Optimistic portion would be saving the silk, plaid yo-yo’s that I received in a grab bag in the mid to late 90’s thinking someday they may come in handy. Someday arrived and they look so much better painted!
Thanks Tobi and Sandy for such fun challenges. Comments and critiques are appreciated.
In the beginning
I highlighted the machine around the edge of the dark fabrics with gold lumier paint and bumped up the other highlights on the machine. - Thanks again for the help!
Printed Circuit Board Study #1
Leaf Me Alone
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Let the Sunshine In
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Luck O' The Irish
Challenge 48 - Daybreak
I choose the color pallet of daybreak since a new day is always optimistic. My first piece I did a lovely strata - but when I went to embellish it with metal - nothing was working - I couldn't do metallic thread or washers or what not. I usually only add embellishments if the needs it - if it can stand alone then I don't do it.
So I look some leftover pieces of the first quilt - whipped them together to make like music. Then I figured out how to make music notes with cooper wiring. Perfect example of how establishments make the quilt. Finished size is 16 x 8 inches.
In Sunny Seattle