Patricia Caldwell is back this week with 2 great new pieces. You can always check out her Facebook page where she shared details of of her art pieces in process.
Sunrise Silhouette at Devil's Bridge is made using a custom gradient.
In this detail shot you can see how she uses thread color and stitch pattern to bring her pieces to life.
Chrysocalla Tree is made using an ice dyed Crystal fabric.
Patricia adds beads to a lot of her work and with this one introduced copper wire wrapping. The tree was added after the quilting was done. There's a short of video of this one in progress on her Facebook page.
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Oooh, look what I have for you this weekend! Winter Fields is the latest landscape quilt from Joanna Mack, aka The Snarky Quilter. Joanna created Winter Fields based on photos she took at Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia. She is one quilt for each season. She used Groundhog Day for the sky, a Pebbles and Rocks Stash pack with other commercial and hand dyed fabrics. She free motion quilted it, and accentuated the clouds with Paintstick. She used Groundhog Day just as I envisioned it for a winter sky.
You can see more detail photos in this post on her blog.
Jan Underwood has made a quilt that I've been thinking about doing. She used the Black Gradient with another fabric in a bargello pattern. I love how the organic pattern in the gradient creates more subtle value changes in the gray and black areas so that the color section really pops out. She ordered more of the black gradient so I hope we will be treated to another of these gradient bargello quilts!
As I said last week, I'm really lucky that Patricia Caldwell is getting ready for a gallery exhibit in September! This piece is called Movement and it's special to me because she cut up a Crystal!
Here's what the original fabric looked like and I think she brilliantly combined it with batiks and other fabrics. You can see more of her work and detail shots of this piece on her Facebook page. Aside from dense quilting she also couched hand dyed yards and added Jasper and Tiger Eye gemstones.
Could there be anything better for me than an artist working on an exhibit deadline? I don't think so!
Patricia Caldwell is staying very busy and surprises me weekly with more of her stunning artistry. This one uses the Jenny Lake gradient as her background. Check out her Facebook page for lots of great detail shots and to see her current work.
It's the last day of the Gradient Sale! Have you gotten the gradients that you "need" yet? What better way to end the sale than to share a very unique customer product using gradients!
Katelyn Morley is the proprietor of Dandy Dog Designs and she makes and sells adorable dog collars. I was excited to see that she used some of my fabrics for them!
These use the Morning Glory gradient.
These use the Summer Sunset Gradient.
These use the Thrive Gradient. Aren't they all cute?
It's time to check in and see what Patricia Caldwell has been creating! This is Arizona Dreaming and continues her exploration of her tree series. You can see some of the detail shots on her Facebook page. She's very generous in sharing the details of her work. She used the Beach Walk Gradient (below) as the base of this piece. If you are in Sedona, AZ this summer be sure to stop by Movin' On Gallery to see her work along with the beautiful photographs of her husband, photographer Bill Caldwell.
You know that I'm more of a traditional quilter than an art quilter. I love all of them but I admit to getting a little more excited when someone makes a traditional quilt from hand dyed fabrics.
This one comes from Katie Lewis. She made it with 1/2 yard Shades Packs in Purple and Red Purple. Katie is a very prolific quilter and is a master scrap quilter. You can see more of her work on her active blog.
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Recently there has been a lot of internet angst over a fiber art exhibit called Threads of Resistance. I have no intention to get into any discussion or to share my thoughts about the concept or the exhibit but I am excited to share this piece that was juried into the exhibit.
I'm excited to share it for 2 reasons. Of course, primarily it's because Susan Bianchi used the Gray Skies gradient for her background. But I'm also excited to share what I consider to be an unusually well-done piece of protest art. I understand the visceral need of artists to create art that speaks about their opinions on current issues but, honestly, I think that most of it is crudely made and crudely messaged. I don't mean crude, like crude language. I simply mean poorly done with screaming messages and none of it actually influences anyone. Most of it serves to further entrench people into their existing believes. There's no room for dialogue in most protest art. That is not the case with this piece.
This quilt draws you in with, at first, subtle messages but you have to take a closer look to get all of the meaning in this piece. Regardless of how you feel about her message you've got to admit that the piece is brilliantly done. She writes about the making of this piece on her blog. Check out her website while you are there to see more of her work. I believe that she printed her images directly to the gradient fabric and then wove the piece. I'm very happy that she chose to share it with us!
Patricia Caldwell has sent us another beautiful art quilt. Mystical Tree is W 17 3/4 x H39 1/2 inches. She used fibers, thread ends, Variegated Dyed Wool, Pigma brush pens, Amethyst crystals and the Hatteras Gradient for the background. Hatteras is out of stock but can be custom ordered.
You can see more detail shots and other projects that Patricia is working on at her Facebook page. She also created this video of all of her quilts that use hand dyed Crystal fabrics.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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