Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quilting Arts Article on Art Quilt Group - FiberVoices

The October/November Issue of Quilting Arts Magazine is due to hit the stands next week.

See the article written by Lynn Krawczyk on the art quilt group, FiberVoices, and its members, Mary Ann Littlejohn, Linda Teddlie Minton, Nancy B. Dickey, Susan Fletcher King and myself.  I am very proud to be a part of this group of very talented ladies.  That Lynn chose our group for her QAM article, Replenishing the Well, Fiber Art Groups is a thrill and an honor indeed.

I have not posted before about our group project, Speaking in Color, with Cheryl Johnson, guest artist, perhaps because it is featured on the FiberVoices website,  and blog,

Below is a photo of the magazine cover and three of Speaking in Color hanging at The Art Alliance Center in Clear Lake, TX, where it received an exciting Juror's Award!


           October/November Issue, 2013
Speaking in Color-Dimensional View
                 Speaking in Color with Cheryl & Nancy 
                                                    Speaking in Color 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Using a Quilt Top as a Jumping Off Point to Other Creative Work

As my friends know, my work is NEVER done.  I am always "in school", playing and improvising, constructing and deconstructing, rearranging all to get from here to there.  I took an improvisational quilt top I created with the beach in mind (Figure 1) then went further and further until it had been broken down into three separate pieces of conceptual art work.

"Ike Bulls-eye" (Figure 2) was created on top of the original pieced top and became a statement about the hurricane and the kid's beach cabins, Time Bandit, which went down and out to sea during the storm in 2009 and Top Shelf, which went up in 2011.   I decided to cut out just the important parts relating to the history of the cabins then mounted each on its' own canvas (the canvasses will be mounted on white bead board to hang at Top Shelf, photo to be posted when completed).  See WIP photos "Ike" on the design wall and mounted on canvas (Figures 3 & 4).  I love the topsy-turvy view of the words as I imagine the turbulent loss of their old cabin and its rebirth in the form of the new cabin, both a direct result of the storm.

Next, I created "Whiplash" (Figure 5)  in three pieces which will be part of the SAQA Tx Exhibit called, A Texas Experience.  Finally, I assembled twenty-five 2-1/2" mismatched squares to create "Gulf Storm" (Figure 6), a back-up work for A Texas Experience. 

             Improvisational Quilt Top             Figure 1
        Ike Bullseye - Approx. 32" x 47"      Figure 2
                      Ike Work In Progress         Figure 3
             Ike WIP mounted on canvas      Figure 4
                          Whiplash - 12"x12"         Figure 5
                        Gulf Storm  - 12"x12"       Figure 6


Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Wedding Quilt for Cassie

I made a quilt top some years ago.  In fact, it was my "retreat" quilt which I worked on over several annual retreats. It was ultimately custom machine quilted by Diane Anderson of Quilter's Cabin.  It occupied space on a shelf as it was never used or given away.  When I learned of my niece's upcoming marriage, I dusted it off (fluff in dryer on no-heat setting) and spruced it up with the addition of more applique leaves, embroidery and a name tag (Figure 1).  Close-up (Figure 2)

The working drawing for the quilt was very rough, no fancy software (Figure 3).  Bride and Groom with quilt (Figure 4).  Time to start a new retreat quilt!

                  Cassie's Quilt    70" x 70"        (Fig. 1)
                        Cassie's Quilt Close Up     (Fig. 2)
              Work Drawing, Cassie's Quilt    (Fig. 3)
                           Newlyweds with Quilt   (Fig. 4)