Sunday, August 28, 2016

Design Challenge: A Fish from One Commercial Fabric

In an effort to explore some of Susan Carlson's techniques, we decided to do a fish-from-one-commercial fabric as the design exercise due at yesterday's meeting.  See Figures 1-14 below.  Of Note:  The quilt Nancy's fish is displayed on is a wholecloth quilt by Mary Ann Littlejohn (Fig. 2).  Christine used Strawberry Shortcake fabric for her fish then stepped out of the box adding thread to enhance the overall design (Fig. 9).  Melissa's daughter, Katie, did a mixed-fabric fish (Fig. 14).

The group decided to take the fish idea a step further, creating one out of a fabric we all agreed to use (Fig. 15). This will later be incorporated into small individual works which we hope will eventually be displayed as part of various fiber group exhibits.

Nancy B. Dickey -  Fabric                    Fig. 1

Nancy's Fish                                                  Fig. 2

Beth Mayer                                   Fig. 3

Sherry Walker                               Fig. 4

Jeanelle McCall - Fabric                              Fig. 5

Jeanelle Fish                                                Fig. 6

Jerry Lynne Domingue - Fish 1              Fig. 7

JLD - Fish 2                                            Fig. 8

Christine Schmelebeck                                   Fig. 9

Dot Collins                          Fig. 10

Kathy Risinger                    Fig.11

Melissa Tweedel                          Fig. 12

CMF                                         Fig. 13

Katie Tweedel                                             Fig. 14

Selected Group Challenge Fabric                Fig. 15


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


A lot of work was shown at the August 6th BAFA meeting.  I have posted some of the work below to share with you (Fig. 1-10).  Of note, see Dot's finished Susan Carlson classwork, Sisters Sharing Secrets, from a photo she took of her grand-daughters (Fig. 10).

Oil Stick WIP - Nancy Dickey                   Fig. 1

WIP - Jerry Lynne Domingue                    Fig. 2

Jerry's WIP                                                Fig. 3

De-and-Re-Constructed - Jerry                   Fig. 4

Finished Work - Melissa Tweedel                 Fig. 5

Melissa WIP                                              Fig. 6

WIP - Dot Collins                          Fig. 7

WIP - Dot                                 Fig. 9

Sisters Sharing Secrets - Dot Collins           Fig. 10

Monday, August 15, 2016

Wearable Thread Trash

I recently made a scarf using thread trash (Fig. 1) then decided I did not like all the connecting sewn thread lines in it - or all the fringe on it.  I removed them both.  It seems simpler, lighter and more open (Fig. 2).  I would like to do this again though not necessarily on a scarf.  It was fun working with thread trash again.

                                                                       Fig. 1

                                                                       Fig. 2

Monday, August 8, 2016

BAFA Meeting August 6, 2016

We had a great meeting with lots of work shown.  First due was the Selfie Challenge, all selfies measuring 11"x14".  Several members rose to the challenge and results were fabulous (Figures 1-8).  Jeanelle McCall visited and showed her faces and portraits work which coincided with the selfie reveal (Fig. 9-12).  Nancy Dickey also visited and brought her finished Ugly Fabric Challenge (see previous post for other member work (Fig. 13).  Our UFO Challenge consisted of finishing or altering the work of our members (whoever picked up someone's unfinished work from the pile supplied by members).  Photo of Beth Mayer's work showed a photo of the original by Susan Cornell - Fig. 14.  Sherry Walker did a very reflective and poignant work began by Sylvia Weir about the Dairy Barn.  She said she saw it as a dark piece but I didn't see it that way at all.  The back contained headstone obits and photos of fenceposts where individuals are buried.  I thought it a wonderful tribute (Fig. 15-16).  Jerry Lynne Domingue reworked my 4 sashed traditional applique blocks into something wonderful (Fig. 17).  Kathy Risinger took one of my strip sets from a class and cut it into blocks and sashed it, beefing up the blocks before sashing (Fig. 18). Dot Collins took a background piece created by Christine Schmelebeck and created a seascape (Fig. 19).  Melissa Tweedel expanded on a half-square-triangle set by Sylvia Weir, cutting it apart then reassembling it with some of her own h-s-t's.  She then put some leaves on top of it, thinking to take it to another level so we shall see what she does (Fig. 20).  I took Melissa's block based on her children's drawings and am playing with adding my grandchildren's girl drawings, focusing on "making it grow" and using black/white notan to illustrate the point.  Don't know if it will come to anything...we shall see (Fig. 21).

So much other work was shown, classwork, Dot's stacknwhack teacher samples, and other fabulous works-in-progress, that I will post it in another post.

Sherry Walker                         Fig. 1  

Jerry Lynne Domingue Zentangle-Fig. 2

Jerry Lynne Domingue                      Fig. 3

Kathy Risinger                               Fig. 4

Dot Collins                                      Fig. 5

Beth Mayer                                  Fig. 6

Connie                                          Fig. 7

Sylvia                                       Fig. 8

Jeanelle McCall                              Fig. 9

Jeanelle McCall                        Fig. 10

Jeanelle McCall                                     Fig. 11

Jeanelle McCall                                       Fig. 12

Nancy B. Dickey                               Fig.13

Beth Mayer   (Susan's Block)               Fig. 14

Sherry Walker     (Front)          Fig. 15

Sherry Walker  (Back of Quilt)      Fig. 16

Jerry Lynne Domingue                               Fig. 17

Kathy Risinger                                        Fig. 18

Dot Collins                                                 Fig. 19

Melissa Tweedel                                        Fig. 20

  cmf                                                             Fig. 21