Saturday, April 19, 2014

Peeps - continued

Taking advantage of having everyone together yesterday, Anne organized a group "selfie."

(Anne, Jeanne, Pat, Linda, Nancy, Bev, Mary, Marcia, Carol)

Nancy found the start of this wonderful spring jacket at Craft Bits & Pieces and was finishing it up with pink binding.

Mary showed us the Leaf piece she made in Pat's recent workshop at the Lake to Lake Guild.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Peeps Meeting

 All the members of the Art Quilt People (Peeps) group were at the studio for the April meeting.

It was the last regular meeting before the hanging of the Night and Day exhibit in Newark at the Wayne County Council for the Arts.

It was a last look at the quilts that will be on display, and time to finish up those bindings/facings and labels.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Night and Day Exhibit


The Peeps (Art Quilt People) group has planned an exhibit for the month of May at the Wayne County Council for the Arts in Newark, NY.   The opening reception is May 10 from 1 - 3 pm.

 For the theme, Night and Day, each of our members is making two quilts.

These are detail views of my two quilts:

"Red Twilight"


As always, Suki is a very big help.  This is her assumed position as I try to sew the facings on the quilts.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Soy-waxed fabrics


On a nice warm spring day the bushes outside of the studio make a great drying rack.

Some of the fabrics were not soda-ash soaked before I started applying the soy wax and/or some of the dyes I applied may not have had soda ash included.  So as a precaution, I brushed a soda-ash solution across the fabrics and let them dry.

During the class, these fabrics had wax stamped on them and then were painted with yellow dye and a little turquoise. 

After they were dry, more wax designs were added.

These fabrics were then brushed with black dye.

Some of the fabrics had only been stamped with wax in the class, and these were dyed with turquoise.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GVQC meeting

I finally made it to a meeting of the Genesee Valley Quilt Club for the first time this year. 

The guest speaker was Diane Hire, known for her colorful quilts.

Here are some views of the samples she brought with her.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A little intruder

One of the great joys of living in the country is being so close to the natural world around us.

 A little friend joined us on the floor in Bill's office.

We don't know what kind of snake this might be.  We don't know where siblings or parents might be or how entry was made!   Lots of mysteries.....

The capture was made without injury to any party, and deposit was made to the great outdoors.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wax class - Sunday

On Sunday afternoon we got a chance to walk around and see everyone else's work.

Here's Liz with several of her pieces.

 Regina, showing us her pieces on the wall.

Linda's and Carol's pieces are on their walls.

Stephanie created several beautiful scarves.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Wax class Saturday

We all brought several kinds of stamps, sponges, and stencils to use with the melted soy wax to make designs on our fabric.  I stamped wax on this red fabric with the Styrofoam form that is below it.  The form was originally used in packing test tubes.  And below the form is sequins waste, which made a great stencil.
Carol scrunched her fabric and painted it with the wax.  When it was dry, she painted a layer of dye on it.

When the fabric is completed with layers of wax and dyes, the next step is to remove some of the wax by ironing the fabric between layers of newspaper.

More design elements can be added by removing some of the color with discharging.  Here, Carol is demonstrating the use of thiox to discharge some of the dye.

Donna Lamb, Schweinfurth Director, and her friend, Lucy, stopped by for a quick visit.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Waxing Eloquent

The first weekend in April was set aside for Carol Soderlund's class on working with soy wax on fabric.

Carol's samples of multi-layered fabrics were gorgeous.

Priscilla was able to come for the weekend and take the class too -- fun!

The class was held at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY, in the lower workrooms.  We had lots of work room and lots of tables -- great space!

I caught Liz with her coffee cup in hand in this picture. :-)

 Our work space included another area with more tables, large sinks, and washer-dryers --- everything needed for a fabric dyeing class.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Springtime Snow

Just a few more snowy pictures for our friends and family members who are enjoying warmer climates.

I think we're all ready for Spring to get here and stay here!   But I have to say that while the snow was wet and heavy and not fun to shovel, it sure was pretty.

The melting has already started, and with temperatures heading for the 60's in the next two days, the snow won't be here much longer.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Peeps meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Art Quilt People was a busy one with lots of new work to look at.

The group is getting new work ready for an upcoming exhibit in May in Newark at the Wayne County Arts Council.

It was fun to see work pinned to every available space all around the room.

We had a chance to hear from each person about the piece or pieces they made.

Anne explained what inspired her pieces.

Pat made this class sample for a new class she's offering that incorporates leaf shapes and skinny lines.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March blizzard

Each year March brings at least one, if not several, snow and/or ice events. 

This year's contribution arrived right on schedule -- very near the infamous Ides of March!

These pictures represent the cold, clear aftermath day that followed.  This one is looking East out of the studio door and spying "snow cones" on the propane tanks and some evergreen bushes.

Here we see the frozen pond off the deck.  We do have goldfish here, and a heater keeps open a small patch of water just out of the picture to the right.

The path to the barn seems long this time of the year.  Our feral barn cat expects two meals a day regardless of weather.  The shoveling is done by the better half of this couple, and you will have to guess who this might be!

The front of the house shows more covers of white.  We think we had about 1 1/2 feet of snow yesterday.  We hope Spring will soon be here and this long, cold winter will join the record book of infamy!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Going to Paducah too

My RoundAbout quilt is also going to be in Paducah in April. 

It was selected for the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY, April 23 - 26, which is the 30th year that AQS has hosted this show.

RoundAbout   (68 X 68)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fantastic Fibers

I'm very pleased that Jet Trails #11 has been accepted for this year's Fantastic Fibers.

Fantastic Fibers 2014 is an international competitive fiber art exhibition hosted by the The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky, April 5-May 24, 2014. It’s a showcase of a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium.

This year's exhibit was juried by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry.

Jet Trails #11  (72 X 72)

2014 Accepted Works:

"Mogadishoe/ Mogadishu" - joy lavrencik
1653 rolls - Lily Liu
368 - Lily Liu
African Coffee Coat - Georgia Zwartjes
Amazing Vase - Elizabeth Runyon
Beneath - Miyuki Akai Cook
Burning Bush-Nuno Felt - Maria Lee
Canberra the planned city - Beth Miller
Circular Society - Linda Ohrn-McDaniel
ColorForm 18 - Gail Baar
Deep Sea - Mary-Ellen Latino
Double Hung - David Brackett
Egungun Peace - Adriene Cruz
Florida Orchids - Charlotte Noll
Foto-Synthesis - Katharina Litchman
Full Tilt - pat kroth
Generation - Shea Wilkinson
Globe Thistle - Aileyn Renli Ecob
Harper - Marie Bergstedt
Hazel at 85 - Sandra Betts
Her Own Tears - Linda Rae Coughlin
Inside of a Dog - Pam Geisel
Iris - Nuno Felt - Maria Lee
Jet Trails #11 - Marcia DeCamp
Just Around the Corner - Kathy York
Leo - Sara Renzulli
Lessons of the Fall - David Lucht
MANUS - Leandra Spangler
Nascita di un fiore - The birth of a flower" - Sonia Bardella
Nashville Singers - C.J. Pressma
No Place Like Om - Meryl Ann Butler
Once - Susan Hotchkis
Orelia - Janet Bodin
Pathways - Sharon Vitt
Peace, Love, Tie-Dye, Save the Whales - Susan Carlson
Portals II - Rosemary Claus-Gray
Red Going - Chris Motley
Red October - Jean Sredl
Riding the Tiger - Carol Zeman
September Song - Laura Gaskin
Sim Shalom - Janet Bodin
Skyscraper - Doerte Weber
Taking Flight - Jill Vendituoli
The Big Loser - Pamela Allen
The Calendar in Color - Laura Kaiser
The Coat Flower Necklace - Rosemary Kandt
The Promise Of Tomorrow - Cathryn Zeleny
The Virgin of Gone and Forgotten - Susan Lenz
Thick Skin - Sue Wilson
Three Vessels - Viviana Lombrozo
Translation of a Stitch - Linda Ohrn-McDaniel
Tropic Nights - Diane Franklin
Twilight, Bigger Birds - Laura Gaskin
Unexpected - Madalene Murphy
Uprooted - Alexandra Keely
Vibrant Outburst - Marilyn Akerson-Corbitt
Vonal Iteration - Kim Hahn
Voodoo Lily - Betty Busby
Women of Color - Patricia Kennedy-Zafred