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 have another great project to share with you today! This one is from Eden Thurston from Ontario Canada. She used free-form curved piecing; machine quilting with several sizes of twin needles; hand quilting with size 5 and 8 Perle Cotton; stapled onto a stretched canvas. It's about 10" x 20".
Eden used Forest, Denim and Conifer Stash Packs and Gray Skies and Woodlands Gradients.
What a lovely peaceful piece to have hanging in an office environment. You can tell that Eden puts a lot of meticulous thought into her composition and stitch placement.
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I am so grateful to my customers who are willing to share their projects. I make the fabric but I'm not he one with the vision of what to actually do with it! Christine Cetrulo has used the Coleus Gradient as the background for Forever Cancelled, a piece about extinction.
"As co-chair of the Quilt Arts of Kentucky, I stepped outside the box in issuing our annual challenge. I asked our members of make a quilt that is a postage stamp, 32" x 32". In my own creative process I free-associated two words inherent to a United States postage stamp. "Forever" and "cancelled." As postage stamps commemorate something, I choose the dinosaur, which truly is forever cancelled. I also wanted the dinosaur to "relate" to me, so I pictured an Iguanodon, the first vegetarian dinosaur. I am a vegetarian.
My task was to translate the contemporary stamp into something ancient. For example, the cost is one bag of stones; the location simply is "Earth: the year is XXOO.
My vegetarian dinosaur spits out a a stamp of Humphrey Bogart (the Man of all men) and selects a tasty herbal leaf and flower to munch instead.
The dinosaur is constructed of 120 folded squares for textured scales. An assortment of antique postage stamps runs in a banner across the top. I used beads, hand-dyed cotton by Vicki Welsh ("Coleus"), ribbon, wood, real minerals and metal."
Christine doesn't have a blog but she does commission work and will have a quilt in the Sacred Threads exhibit next month. If you are in the Northern Virginia area you need to go check out this exhibit.
You might remember this quilt that Christine made a couple of years ago. The detail stitching in it is amazing. She made this one using Thrive gradient.
Inspired? What are you creating this weekend?
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I've got your weekend inspiration right here!
Rene Iannarelli sent this stunning piece in this week. She used Red Dawn and Summer Sunset with other gradients and batiks. If you study the panels you will see that they are based on the Fibonacci formula derived from nature. She made the panels-3-5-8-13-21.
Rene has several other quilts in this technique in the Customer Gallery. Check her Featured Artist section to see her other work.
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But before that let's end the week on an inspired note with 2 new pieces from customers.
Susan used the Coming Home gradient for her Convergence quilt. Normally this pattern uses 2 fabrics but with the gradient she was able to use just one piece of Coming Home for all of the fabric in the center of this quilt.
Patricia Caldwell continues to be very inspired by the area around her home in Arizona. This piece is called Red Rocks Sunrise and features a collage tree made from hundreds of bits of batik and hand dyed fabrics. The background fabrics are Sassafras and Blue Sky gradients. You can see more photos of this piece in process on Patricia's Facebook page.
Have a great weekend!
Is this quilt cute or what? Leslie McNeil has designed a whole line of patterns using her floral collage technique. This one is called Pick Me Up Blooms and was cleverly named by her husband. For this version she used the Blue Sky gradient as the background and I think it worked perfectly.
I haven't met Leslie in person although we've known each other in the blog world for several years. I always admire her work and, through her quilting style, I imagine that she wakes each morning happy and joyful for the new day. It comes through in all of her art.
In the past when I've shared projects that customers have done with my fabric I've called it "customer work" but that sounds really dull and these projects are never dull. When I get one of these in my email it's like receiving a gift of fine jewelry. Actually I like these even better than jewelry. They are like sparkly gems sent to brighten my day so from now on I'll call the "Customer Gems" and I have some real gems to share today!
The next two quilts were both made for Easter celebrations.
Miriam Ahladas made this quilt based on a drawing and request from her 7 year old granddaughter, Ava. She used Barrier Island Gradient as the background and Red Sunset for some of the elements. She added in batiks, some fibers and beautiful quilting to finish it off.
Rachel Derstine made this giant Easter quilt as a commission for a local church. The background was custom dyed and she used Solar Flare, Key West and Under The Sea gradients for the streamers. Check out her blog post on the making of this quilt to get a true sense of just how big this quilt is. Rachel also has a shop where she sells beautiful art quilts, table runners and handbags.
Leslie McNeil is back with another of her beautiful collage art quilts. She started working with this collage technique a few years ago and has really mastered it. She now teaches it and has patterns available. There's even a pattern for Sun Blossom Pony. This one features the Barrier Island background fabric which has been quilted with a bobbin quilting technique, as well as beading by machine. There are over 100,000 stitches in this piece.
Leslie does all of her quilting on a domestic sewing machine and her stitching is exquisite. She create beautiful texture and is not afraid to use bold threads so that her quilting stands out.
She's a wonderful photographer too! You can see lots more of her work, peruse her patterns and things for sale and find out about her classes on her website.
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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