Saturday, April 22, 2017

Journeys Thru Art - Bridges


All eight quilts for the Journeys Thru Art 2016 Bridge Challenge project are completed - and let me say, they are awesome!  Now that the entries have been submitted I can share them with all of you.

You've already seen my bridge, Trenton Makes, but I'll share it again so you can see them all together.
Trenton Makes by Karen Marchetti - 60"x35"

The View From Her Window by Deb Krajkowski - 34"x48"

Bridge #704 by Nancy Parsons - 51"x34"

Summer Solstice by Pam Post - 32"x51"

Roosevelt Bridge by Natalie Carlton - 51"x33"

Over the River and Through the Woods by Marian Keating-McCoin 51"x39"

Gifts from the Past: Fredericton Series I by Sandi MacMillan - 42"x48"

Tranquility by Denise Cargill - 35"x63"
I am both proud and honored to be part of such an amazing group of artists.

Now we wait to hear from AQS Grand Rapids if they've been accepted into the Ultimate Guild Challenge -- I'll be sure to let you know.

Happy Saturday quilties!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Trenton Makes is finished!

Yes, my Trenton Makes quilt is finished.  Well, almost finished, I still need to prepare and attach the facing later this week.  But, it is finished enough to share with all my quilty peeps.

Let me tell you, it has taken a while and a roller coaster of emotions to get to this finished place.  In my last post, you'll remember I was in a period of dislike with my project.  So I'll share what has happened from then til now.

Here's where we left off - on the frame main ditchwork finished and ready for quilting.

You can see in the photo above the buildings are chalked.  I started there, as the sky background would be easier to fill around them.  If my memory serves me, there is the Department of Labor, Health/Agriculture, and the Justice Complex.



So then on to the sky fill - one of my favorites as it creates such movement.  It was a super windy day here and I later found out it was also windy back in New Jersey... pretty cool!

Okay, at this point I was getting back to my happy place, until... yep, all those little tiny places between all the bridge trusses needed fill too, ugh, here comes my laziness.


So after like a million hours, they were finished!

Now on to the concrete work... lots of thread work to match the paint.


Yay, I was starting to like my bridge again!
Then came the neon reflection work... big ugh!  Back while I was putting all the pieces together I thought about painting the reflection.  I should know by now those little thoughts are actually voices and I should listen!  I didn't, I said to myself I can do that in thread... guess what, I was wrong.  As the reflection is so bright on the water, the thread wasn't enough, it really needed the paint as a base.  If I had listened and painted it earlier the thread would have been an awesome highlight to the paint.  But, as you can see in the photos, the thread just fades into the fabric.  To me, it looked like someone sprayed silly string.  The red thread was reading as pink, the yellow was glowing, and the beautiful orangy-copper metallic (an entire spools worth) was just sinking into the blue fabric. Ahhhh, yep, I was totally back to the period of dislike, again!


So... how to fix this as I was totally hating the project.  Yep, paint!  Now, if you follow my blog you know I have an interesting past with paint after-the-fact.  So, knowing I could totally ruin the quilt at this point I tested the paint on the edge.  Hmmm, this might just work!

So here goes... no turning back now.



Not so bad.  I continued with the paint on both sides, allowed it to dry, and then added additional paint in the areas that needed it.  Yay, back to a much happier place!

So now it's time to block this beauty... into the tub with some crazy hot water so soften those foundation pieces.

About an hour or so and some super sore fingertips later it is all blocked and drying.

It took me a lot of emotions to get to this point.  I loved it, I hated it, I restarted, I put it away, I started again.  My heart wasn't feeling the project like it was in the beginning.  Sometimes projects just happen so quickly and others take their toll on you.  This was one of those, but I think I actually appreciate it more. This is my project for my Journeys Thru Art groups 2016 challenge, bridges.  I can't wait to be able to share the others with you.  Upon acceptance, they will debut at AQS Grand Rapids in the Ultimate Guild Challenge category... fingers crossed!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ogee Rulers

I took a few minutes from prepping (aka freaking out as I'm not ready) for the East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference today to play with my Ogee rulers again.  I love these, the more I play around with them the more ideas I get.  Here are the results of today -- don't mind the flat batt, I just grabbed the closest scrap, I can't wait to see some of these designs with double batting!




So, there's good news and bad news...
I'm bringing what I have left of the Ogee rulers with me to the conference.  I'll be placing another order as soon as I get back, and I am hoping they will be in my hands before I head out the following week for MQX.  Fingers crossed for speedy shipping times.  Don't forget, you can always preorder to get your name at the top of the list for the next batch - here's the website store link: http://www.creativelongarmquilting.com/store.html

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dye Day!

If it wasn't bad enough that I took a skip-day last week, this week I took another day off.  You have to realize, when one of your super-talented friends is in your area between teaching events, you jump at the opportunity for a girlfriends dye-day even when you should be prepping for travel next week and have a bazillion things on your list.


I am lucky enough to be friends with Cindy Lohbeck of Hands on Hand Dyes and although she lives clear across the country, we do catch up at various shows throughout the year.

Again this year, I was able to catch up with her before she heads up to Lakeland.  Me and two of the besties jumped at the chance for an impromptu dye day!

Let me mention, if you haven't taken one of her classes, you should!  Cindy brought out all her beautiful samples - I wish I could share them all, but you'll have to settle for just a couple of her fabulous pieces - I would quilt these up in a heartbeat, aren't they gorgeous?!!


For our girlfriends dye-day we chose to do the mini-mandalas.  Here's just a peek of our fun:



I made a bunch of little origami cranes... that's what they reminded me of and they all went for a swim!


Then came the cool watch and wait part.  I have to add, this is also when we eat lunch, so you know, food!


I used black, charcoal, and khaki.  Hmmmm.... this is the weird part, you have absolutely no idea what is going to happen with these colors.  Really, because during my rinse I was kinda freaking out as everything was blue.  And not just blue, like crazy electric blue... what?  So yes, I did get a little nervous...

Okay, all that stress and freaking out was a waste of time...
These amazing beauties are what I found when I opened the dryer!










I also have to add that I did not wait the total amount of time I was supposed to... blame the ADD.  I now know to add my dye right before I go to sleep - then it will sit the entire time it is supposed to.  I'll just chalk it up to beginners excitement.  I can not wait to do this again!