Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happiness Is...Making a T-Shirt Quilt for Derek

This year I made my first T-shirt quilt for grandson, Derek Beam, who graduated from high school this month.  His mother collected his European travel t-shirts from their time living in Germany and then sent them to me.  I only had 12 t-shirts to make a twin-size quilt so I sashed the blocks then bordered them, focusing on the interior focal point colors for the outer border.  I used a simple 9-patch block to create the Swiss symbol cross, except theirs is white, of course, and is featured in the center orange t-shirt.

My grand-daughter, Abby, tucked 6 of her t-shirts in the box so I am working on one for her as well...

Derek's Graduation Quilt   66" x 82"

Friday, June 9, 2017

SAQA Donation 2017

This year's SAQA auction donation work was created from mono-printed deli-paper and painted paper towel collaged onto Peltex stabilizer then stitched.  I called it "Fatto a Mano"  (Handmade).  This was a departure from my work with paper towel and coffee filters and led to the exploration of combining this and other commercial household papers with fabric in a quilt art application (See Fabric and Paper Landscapes - Quilting Arts, Apr/May, 2017, further down in this blog).

"Fatto a Mano"                                     12" x 12"

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Other Assorted Bafa Work

At the April meeting, Bafa members also shared classwork, work-in-progress, design exercises from previous meetings, and finished work (fig. 1-12).

I also posted a close up of Lydie's birdhouse from the baggie challenge (fig. 13).  Lydie's focus is on using old and used fabric and lots of stitching on a dimensional object that reminds me of a book in that as it is opened to lay flat, each "page" reveals another part of the story.  This looked like so much fun, we all decided we want to do one.  Mine will have to be a hanging fish bowl...LOL!

Melissa Tweedel - Classwork                fig. 1

Susan Cornell                                           fig. 2

Lydie Raimbault                          fig. 3

Kathy Risinger                        fig. 4

Dot Collins                                                   fig. 5

Dot                                                              fig. 6

Susan                                                 fig. 7

Susan                                                         fig. 8

Susan                                                      fig. 9

Kathy - Design Exercise                             fig. 10 

Kathy- Design Exercise Finished                 fig. 11

Kathy - Finished Work  fig. 12

Lydie - Baggie Challenge      fig. 13

Bafa Meeting, April, 2017

It was a very full meeting in April.  Member's presented their journal page collage exercise (in its current stage) (fig. 1-12), and baggie challenge results (fig. 12-24).

After I did two challenges with my baggie, I added one light and one dark fabric to what was left and passed it on to Melissa Tweedel.  She added a bright yellow background (see fig. 19) to great effect.  Lydie R. dyed all of her baggie fabric brown and created an out-of-the-box birdhouse that folds open to reveal all of her fun stitch work (see fig. 21-24).

Dot Collins                                                    fig. 1

Susan Cornell                                                 fig. 2

Cathy Hydahl                                                 fig. 3

Beth Mayer                                            fig. 4

Beth Mayer                                        fig. 5

Lisa Johnson                                               fig. 6

Jackie Stubblefield                       fig. 7

Jean Aguilar                                 fig. 8

Kathy Risinger                                           fig. 9

Connie                                                   fig. 10

Lydie Raimbault                                          fig. 11

Lydie Journal Cover                  fig. 12

Dot Collins Baggie Challenge                 fig. 13

Susan Cornell                                              fig. 14

Susan                                                 fig. 15

 Susan                                 fig. 16

Lisa Johnson                                           fig. 17

Jean Aguilar                                 fig. 18

Melissa Tweedel                                       fig. 19

Connie                                               fig. 20

Connie                                                    fig. 21

Lydie                       fig. 22

Lydie-Birdhouse Opening                         fig. 23

Lydie -Birdhouse Open   fig. 24

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bafa Baggie Challenge

Bafa members exchanged baggies full of "stuff" at our last meeting.  This challenge was so much fun.  It reminded me of a postcard class I took at Quilt Festival long ago (see Silk Purses or Sow's Ears) where we all dumped our scraps on a table then unleashed creativity, adding something then passing it to our neighbor to add something and so on until it came full circle,  It was the sort of spontaneous-creation exercise I love doing.  It's a good thing we did not have to use all the stuff in the bag because I got two little pieces and had leftovers (fig. 1-3 below).  Note:  In Deep Water Horizons (fig. 1), the deep water is a dye-catcher.  I conformed design to the shape of the cut batting.  Can't wait to see what everyone did.

Deep Water Horizons    10"x12"          fig. 1

Hope Springs Eternal          8"x9"                  fig. 2

Leftovers                                                      fig. 3

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 2017 bafa meeting

Beaumont Area Fiber Artists has a new logo thanks to the talent of member, Jeanelle McCall (fig. 1).  Sylvia volunteered to set up our members-only group page on FB so members work will be posted there as opposed to here in future.  In the meantime, members showed journal page collage work (fig. 2-8); quilt exercise work (fig. 9-10) classwork (fig. 11-13); other work-in-progress (fig. 14-15), finished work (fig. 16), and Sylvia and Sherry's baggie challenge results from another group (fig. 17-18).  Our members brought baggies of "stuff" to exchange so we will have our group's baggie challenge results next month.  Anyone who has done a baggie challenge before knows that they are fairly fast improvisational compositions.  Kathy missed the meeting but sent a photo of her landscape with painted batting for sky (fig. 19).

Journal Page Collage Sylvia        fig. 2

            Collage- Sherry                                  fig. 3

Collage Page-Jean                fig. 4

Collage-SusanC                        fig. 5

Journal Page-Dot                      fig. 6

Journal Page Lisa                                          fig. 7

Journal Page--Connie                              fig. 8

Quilt Exercise SusanC                                fig. 9

Quilt Exercise Lisa                                      fig. 10

Classwork WIP - Lisa                     fig. 11

Classwork WIP Susan C.             fig. 12

Classwork WIP - Susan C.                  fig. 13

WIP - Lydie                      fig. 14

WIP - Lydie                                fig. 15

Finished Work - Jean                                  fig. 16

Baggie Challenge - Sylvia          fig. 17

Baggie Challenge - Sherry                 fig. 18

Kathy - Texas Landscape                             fig. 19