Monday, March 19, 2018

Print and Collage Class Pics

Last Saturday we taught our Thermofax screen printing class at Artistic Artifacts, this time with a twist to create a collage from the fabrics printed in class.  This was a learning adventure for both us and our students as we endeavored to incorporate a small project into this one day class.  Typically, we teach all we know about screen printing and allow the students to create as much printed fabric as they can in a day's time. But sometimes students are not sure what to do with the fabric once they've created it, so we decided to add an exercise in creating a 12 inch collage from the printed fabrics, incorporating elements and principles of design.  We feel this new version of the class was successful, but may need a few tweaks.  First and foremost, we allowed our students the flexibility to determine if they wanted to work on the collage aspect, or just preferred to create more fabrics to add to their stash.  At any rate, we all had a good time and a positive learning experience!
Student are busy creating a printed fabric stash.
Mel's primary art endeavor is painting on silk with thickened dye.  She chose to add Thermofax printing to some of those pieces.
Michelle works more with paper and journaling than fabric, so she chose to add additional layers to some previously printed papers she brought with her.
Etta is hard at work printing with some of our screens, as well as others she had us create from some of her original drawings.
Here's a print of one of her originals.
Jennifer took the approach of creating a landscape-type effect with the screens she chose to use.
Beth is practicing her technique.
On our demo piece, we added some butterflies to a batik that had some smaller butterflies on it.  Some are done with paint, some with discharge (DeColourant) which takes color out, and some with foil to add sparkle.
Elizabeth shares some color info with Mel and Jennifer.  Come back tomorrow for a look at some of their collages in progress.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MAQF Favorites from Elizabeth

Elizabeth fell in love with the prize winning quilt by Janet Stone called ABC Frippery.  It was stunning and the maroon hand-dyed velveteen used in the background gave it a texture and depth to bar none.  Here is the entire quilt along with a few close up photos.  Be sure to click to enlarge and see the fabulous quilting.

Another highlight was part of the Peninsula Piecemakers Quilt Guild Challenge "Not Your Grandmother's Quilt".  Rhonda Gianturco made a quilt "Tat's Not My Grandmother's Dresden I" which incorporated needle tatting in each block and is a tribute to both her grandmothers, one who sewed and one who tatted with a shuttle.

Friday, March 2, 2018

More from MAQF

In addition to the prize winning quilts shown Wednesday, we had some other favorite quilts.  These are some that Sue has on her favorites list.  Some are part of the MAQF show, others are from special exhibits.
The quilt above, called Moss, was made by Mary Menzer, and was part of an exhibit by the Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild.  It was the result of a paint chip challenge, where the colors used in the quilt were selected by choosing paint chips.
Hollis Chatelain of Hillsborough, NC, created Source of Life.  This piece was part of a "Water is Life" exhibit which consists of 41 quilts by artists from Europe and North America.  It's purpose is to illustrate the "impact of clean water on the lives of women and girls around the world. Only 1% of all water on earth is accessible for human consumption."  This piece is created with machine applique, however much of Hollis' work is dye-painted and heavily stitched.  Check out the galleries on her website.  Sue is excited (and somewhat intimidated) to be taking a class with her at the beginning of April.
Together We Stand is by Laura Fogg of Ukiah, CA.  Laura depicts herself, her daughter and granddaughter participating in the 2017 Women's March.  It is machine appliqued and machine quilted.
This quilt, S Spiral by Sheila Shepherd of Bishop, GA, is very subtle, especially in a photo.  Click on it to enlarge for a better view.  All those spirals you see are hand appliqued on the background.  It won a blue ribbon for Best Hand Workmanship in the Wall Quilt category.  It is hand appliqued and hand quilted.
Poppies by Beth P. Gilbert of Huntley, IL, is a happy quilt made in a modern improvisational style.  In it she celebrates poppies by showcasing them in different techniques.  Some are machine free motion embroidery, some are fabric applique.  It is machine pieced and quilted.
Wrinkly/Irony is a whimsical quilt by Connie Kincius Griner of Burlington, NC.  It was inspired by an internet posting that defined "irony" as the opposite of "wrinkly".  It is machine pieced, machine appliqued, and longarm machine quilted.
Ann Horton has been around the quilting world for a long time, and continues to impress with this piece called Old Fence.  This is another quilt that needs to be viewed up close for all the fabulous details and workmanship.  It is machine pieced, machine appliqued, machine quilted, and also includes machine embroidery, felting, and couched embellishments.  Ann is from Redwood Valley, CA.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 2018

Elizabeth and Sue spent last weekend in Hampton, VA at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (MAQF). It had been 2 years since we were there, as last year we went to QuiltCon in Savannah.  We enjoyed the quilts and shopping at the vendors.  For 2 people who had very little on our shopping lists, we certainly found plenty of opportunities to boost the economy!
This is a huge show, and really takes several days to thoroughly take in the quilts.  It is overwhelming to spend a long time on the quilts, so we tend to mix our time between quilts and vendors.  The main prize winning quilts are in the center of the convention center on the blue carpet.
Vendors encompass the areas surrounding the show quilts. Here's a shot of the Artistic Artifacts booth.
There were so many quilts to see, it's even hard to select favorites.  We'll start with some of the prize winners.
Above is the Best of Show quilt, called The Twisted Sisters by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME.  It is hand pieced, machine appliqued, and longarm quilted.  For this and the other quilts, click on the picture for a larger view.  The quilting on this quilt is spectacular.
ABC Frippery is by Janet Stone of Overland Park, KS.  It won the ribbon for 1st Place in the Traditional category.  It is machine pieced, machine appliqued, and machine quilted.  This is #18 in a series of alphabet quilts; her intent is to make a total of 26 alphabet quilts.  This one contains antique buttons and jewelry that illustrate some of the letters of the alphabet.
Lepidopteran #5 was inspired by a moth, and is made by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry of Port Townsend, WA.  It won 1st place in the Innovative category and is machine pieced and quilted.
Deb Crine of Marco Island, FL, created Great Blue.  This won Best Wall Quilt.  It is painted on silk and machine quilted.  Do enlarge to get a better look at the stitching detail.
Reflections on Water is by Sandra L. Mollon of Valley Springs, CA.  This won 3rd place in the Wall Quilt category.  It is done with fused applique and is machine quilted.

Stay tuned for more in our next post! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

SNaP Challenge

SNaP is an acronym for "SAQA Northern Virginia Pod" - a group of local quilters who belong to the SAQA national organization.  SAQA stands for Studio Art Quilt Associates, a national group that promotes art quilting.

The SNaP challenge was issued to the group to make a 12 inch art quilt to interpret the word "snap".  It could be whatever the word brings to mind - snapshot, a snap closure, the snap of a rubber band - you get the idea.  At our January meeting we shared our challenge pieces seen below.

 Above, we have the snap of a football, and the snap of a broken heart.

The quilt on the left represents snapchat, the quilt on the right represents snappy repartee.

We also have an awesome snapping turtle, and snapdragons (Sue's piece).

 And finally, a piece representing a snapshot.  Looks like successful pieces all around!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Artful Improv

Last weekend Sue enjoyed a class on improvisational quilting with local art quilter
Cindy Grisdela, author of Artful Improv.  The half day workshop was open to members of the SAQA Northern Virginia Pod, which is a local group consisting of members of the SAQA national organization.  SAQA stands for Studio Art Quilt Associates, a group that promotes art quilting and exhibits around the world.
Many of Cindy's quilts feature a single block (or 2 or 3) and lots of negative space that is heavily quilted.  She walked us through her process for creating blocks, and then we all worked on blocks with our own choice of fabrics. 
In the picture above you can see some of Cindy's quilts in the background.
We worked log cabin style, starting with a center square and adding logs around, with wonky piecing and mixing in smaller pieced units and sparks of color. 
This is Sue's block in progress.  The fabrics she is using are all hand dyes from Vicki Welsh
This is the finished block against the fabric she plans to use as the background.  The fabrics are not quite as light as they appear here - the colors are actually deeper and richer.
Cindy also showed us her free motion quilting process and some of her frequently used motifs are pictured above.  If you are a fan of improv quilting, her book is well worth owning.  Hopefully Sue's block will find it's way into a small quilt and not end up on the UFO pile!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Print and Collage Class in March

Coming up on March 17 is our next session teaching Thermofax screen printing at Artistic Artifacts, called Print and Collage with Thermofax Screens.  This time, we're putting a new twist on the class by using the fabrics you print to create a small collage.  Typically, we teach you the basics of printing and then let you use the time to print as much fabric as you want.  But sometimes people aren't quite sure what to do with the fabric after they've printed it.  So we'll talk about some art and design principles and use your stash of prints to create a 12" square quilt, which could become a wall hanging, pillow, be mounted on canvas, or incorporated into a larger piece.  Lots of possibilities!

Below are some collage examples.  The first 2 are made with only thermofax printed fabrics (except 1 piece).  The third one combines thermofax printing with other printing techniques.  Check out the description and supply list and we hope to see you in Alexandria on March 17!