I’m still here, believe it or not. I have been busy as a bee getting ready for fall shows and events. Even in August. Some things I have been doing lately is this:
Isn’t it sweet?
I vended at the Quilt Connection’s quilt show this past weekend in Greenwood, IN. It was a very good show with a very good attendance. The show coordinator had a bunch of these kits left over after the demonstrations were done and she offered me one. Now I will make her one of MY needlecases made from paper cloth. I hope she likes it!
So I went to Paducah this week. I changed things up a bit this year. I only went for one day and it was Tuesday! (The quilt show starts on Wednesday.) But Tuesday is the day to go downtown and see Fantastic Fibers at the Yeiser Art Center….and visit the downtown stores and see friends…
That looks like a realty sign up there on the roof of the gray building. I wonder who that is up there for? People flying overhead?
I recently made a new online friend named Deborah Bein who somehow managed to get three pieces of her fiber work juried into Fantastic Fibers. Three is quite an accomplishment for this show! She asked me to take some photos of her work for her, and I don’t think she would mind if I shared one here.
I took photos for a Facebook friend, Marijke van Welzen, of her artwork that was in the show too.
Isn’t this gorgeous?!
I don’t usually visit the quilt museum when I go to Paducah, but this year, there was an exhibit from the U.K. called ACCENT that I wanted to see especially since I wasn’t staying for the quilt show. I made notes of ideas and compositions that I liked. I like to study the pieces that interest me and jot down things I like about them. Get information and see photos of the exhibit here. ACCENT is on display until June 12.
My friend Julia went with me. We had a wonderful Mexican lunch at Los Amigos and in the afternoon spent time drinking iced coffee at McDonald’s while we critiqued all the quilts in a book that Julia bought. Fun day and I didn’t spend too much!
Here are photos of my booth in Bloomington, IN along with my friend Cynthia who was my helper for 2 days. I think she enjoyed getting out with people for awhile.
We demo-ed painting with Tsukineko inks in the bottle. They are wonderful to paint with! They don’t change the hand of the fabric like acrylic fabric paints do. If you mix them with aloe vera gel to paint with like we do, you have the ability to spread them and blend them.
I had the blessing of being able to take a day off from my work and go to St. Louis this week to see some of the exhibits of Innovations in Textiles. This is a biannual event that takes place in the area. Every two years for a two month period of time, galleries and exhibits major in textiles and fibers; there are also lectures and workshops offered by major textile and fiber artists. Quilt National travels from Athens, Ohio to the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, MO. If I lived closer, I’d be majorly involved!
But I wouldn’t miss Quilt National at the Foundry. And this year, I had two pieces in an exhibit at Maryville University. The exhibit is called Speaking of Fibers and was put on by the Missouri Fiber Artists (www.missourifiberartists.com).
I took photos at Art St. Louis of some of the interesting fiber works in Fiber Focus. Here’s one by Suzy Farren, a MoFA member. I love what she did with paper and various fibers. I have her permission to share it here.
To get to Art St. Louis, we had to pass a building under construction…looks like it will be the National Blues Museum when it is finished.
Interesting and very tall building in Art Deco style at 6th and Washington…
Two fiber buddies who spent the day, Julia Sermersheim and Susan Spineto…Susan Marth met up with us in St. Charles, but I didn’t get any photos of her….This quilt didn’t have a center in it, so I had them get in the “frame”…
No photos of Quilt National, of course. We ate at Picasso’s Coffeehouse in St. Charles…wonderful place with great coffee…I didn’t take photos of that either.
We thought these were the bomb! (unless I can’t say bomb anymore)
I also found an interesting wall to photograph…
It sort of goes with this…which was hanging in the MoFA exhibit…
Best of show winner, Janet (don’t know last name) with juror Victoria Crowder Payne and Barb Zapulla, who, I think did most of the work of pulling off this exhibit…Pat Owoc’s work is in the background…
More from the reception…I only know a few of these people!
Here’s my other piece in the show…
Here’s another piece from the show by Rosemary Claus-Gray.
Well, I’m going to wrap this up…it was a fabulous day…now back to working on my exhibit which is less than 3 weeks away!
I didn’t need much…I didn’t spend much. But I got everything I wanted.
Let’s see….there’s some toile tissue paper and some black and cream diamond tissue paper…I had to have them to make some paper cloth with. If you don’t know what that is…see the tutorial on my sidebar.
Someone was getting rid of their Smooch spritzes very cheaply,and I had planned to give them a try, so I purchased a few of them. These are paint in a little spray bottle. They will be great to do a spray background on cloth or paper and to spray on stencil designs. When I get a few done I’ll show ya’.
Base extender from ProChem. This is so that I can work with some water soluble media on screens. The base extender will seal the designs once they are down. This is what Kerr Grabowski uses, so I wanted to try that.
1/2 yard of a Civil War reproduction print. It’s for my stash because I still have Civil War quilts to make…someday. Susan Spineto split this yard with me.
Distress Ink…always fun and in a color I didn’t have. I like to crumple paper and rub this across the peaks of the crumples. Fun.
One black ink pad…because I need one and the archival scrapbooking tape. I ran out of this stuff since I’ve been mounting my small series called “Flow” onto some Bristol board backing. I can’t buy this stuff in Carmi, so I have to look for it when I am away from home shopping.
I did purchase some wholesale items for my business. Lots of stencils from Embellishment Village and a couple of new stamps that I have some ideas to use with Angelina fibers. Look for samples later on after I have time to play with them a bit. The stencils are for sale…they are 6 inch stencils and they are $4.40 each.
Because of the rising river waters, the quilt show was taken out of its usual place at the Expo and Convention Centers. It was split up in various locations in town. We had no problem getting to any of the places and finding parking. The AQS team did a great job because as I understand it, the decision to move the show was pretty last minute. They had a lot of scrambling to do. But it was a great time for us as usual.
By my calculations, it’s almost 10 years since I started dyeing my own cloth. Ten years…sounds like such a long time! Actually it’s the same amount of time we have been living here in southern Illinois. It was 10 years ago this month or in April (can’t remember which), that I took a dyeing class…and it’s been uphill ever since. Wow. 10 years. I feel like such a pro!
What else have I been doing? In between shows and teaching I do get to play around once in a while. A couple of weeks ago I tried my hand at embossing black silk velvet. I used a rubber stamp with hand writing on it…cool, huh!
Naw…you’re not supposed to be able to read it!
At the Bloomington quilt show, my demo helper was a bit shy about trying to paint a face with Tsukineko inks, so I took the plunge. It’s actually easier than I thought it would be. I used a tracing of a face, so how hard is that? Start with the lightest colors and work your way up. She is actually not finished as I will do more highlighting and shading on her and I haven’t painted the eyebrows yet, but I think she is a pretty cool redhead. This was painted using aloe vera gel mixed with the inks, a trick from the ever cool Judy Coates Perez.
She has red sparkles in her hair too….I’m going to share how that was done in a minute.
Here is the fish I painted using Tsukineko inks. At the Bloomington show, someone reminded me of something I had wanted to make a sample of…I simply added it to my fish sample…
Bo-Nash bonding agent is a fusible that comes in a can and you sprinkle it like salt. It even looks like salt! So I sprinkled it in some places on the water and in the redhead’s hair, then laid some foil over it, heated it with an iron…and voila! Sparkling sprinkles! This is very fun. And I sell the Bo-Nash fusible and the foil, so call me or email if you want some. I think I will start putting sparkles on lots of stuff now…this is just way too easy.
I’m back from the Elizabethtown, KY quilt show and getting back in to my “other life”. I want to lavish some praise on the Heart of Kentucky show guild…they do an awesome job. Their quilts and their work are wonderful. I am always struck by the quality of their work when I go to this annual show. And these girls work their hearts out for this two day event, even having a quilter’s cafe to serve lunch. So, kudos to them and I hope it was a profitable event for them. I know I did very well on sales and I thank all of them for their support.
I decided to take some sets of Tsukineko inks with me for the first time. Here is the sample I worked on at the show. The water is not totally finished and I have a couple of spots where I want to work on the shading.
Judy Coates Perez who is an award winning painter/quilter has done a tutorial on her blog using this same fish, so I basically just followed her instructions for the process. In this tutorial she was trying out a new product. I have used the Fabrico ink markers for a while but had not tried the liquid inks before. So I was getting acquainted with painting with the inks mixed with aloe vera gel. I had a blast and learned a lot. And I sold both sets of inks. There is a tutorial here at the Quilting Arts site for mixing the inks with aloe vera gel.
And here is the Merry Doodles stencil and the postcard size sample I made using it and Fabrico ink markers.
Oh my…I STILL have not printed that screen from the last blog post…and that was quite a while ago.
Life is going on…I am preparing for the upcoming show season. That means placing orders for retail items to sell at the quilt shows. Sometimes it takes me lots of thinking to get an order together. There’s an instructional video with these sets of inks…that’s nice. I wanted to see it.
Now I have to try them out so I can demo them…then there’s some new books…mmmmm…
I sent an application in to enter a SAQA show for the first time. We’ll see if I can get past the jury. ;=)
I worked on my earring inventory last week getting ready for fall festivals.
I also started a new sample of a Christmas pattern. I am having trouble with my Bernina..it needs to see the “doctor”. I think the problem may be in the floor pedal…sometimes (well, maybe about 1/2 the time) it doesn’t want to quit sewing! This is annoying when you are doing applique…so I am not going to applique the gingerbread pattern until it’s fixed. I have to drive it to the shop an hour away from me. I will do that this week.
And last week I made a banner for my booth for art festivals. Now people will know who I am without asking. ;=)
I am packing the van today because I have been freaking out that I won’t get everything in it. Ahhh…..it IS going to work. I have so many totes and stuff to take to Bloomington that I have been plotting as to how it was all going to fit. I am not totally finished with everything…still have some fabric to paint and hand dyes to iron, but the biggest part is done. Now I just have to get my suitcase, a stool and a small cabinet in there, but it’s going to work without having to block the window of the passenger seat in the front! It is packed tightly, but I will sleep better at night now. Just two more days before I leave…
For your viewing pleasure today…a silk scarf that I wrapped around a jar or a tube and dyed, then I stamped it with washers. The idea was that the washers with the scarf being still wet, would “bloom” as I stamped it and look more soft and “floral-y”…of course by the time I got to the other side I was concentrating so much on design that I didn’t notice the scarf was dry. Needless to say, I didn’t get the nice “bloom” I wanted, but I still like the scarf.