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modern art quilting?

QuiltCon was last week and so naturally there was a lot of buzz around the internet about Modern Quilting and you can see images of the winning quilts here.   I haven’t paid much attention to the modern quilt movement but this year for some reason I stopped and looked a little closer at the winning quilts and then visited the Modern Quilt Guild website to find out more about what makes a modern quilt “modern”.

According to the website the things that make a quilt fall into the category of modern are those that exhibit the use of a combination of some of these characteristics:

  • White background
  • Bold colors
  • High contrast
  • Graphic areas of solid colors
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • Expansive negative space
  • Alternate grid work

Now while I am drawn to the esthetic of the style of a lot of the modern quilts I am not a fan of piecing.  I just don’t have the patience for it.  But the rest of the characteristics that make up the style of modern quilting definitely appeal to me so I decided to take a departure from my signature style of working and create an art quilt using some of the modern quilting characteristics…

newwork115“the house”12″x 16″fused,machine quilted

I kept the shapes simple,the color palette bold and bright (this piece was done with Cherrywood fabrics by the way) and used a white background.

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I kept the quilting simple,using straight lines and the shapes of the images to guide the quilting lines.

Not sure what’s next for me with this departure from my signature style.  I am not abandoning my current way of working because I enjoy it too much and I have a lot of quilts that I still want to make using my signature “coloring book”style but it was fun to take a break from it and explore a new way of working.

 

 

 

Autumn is for the birds blog hop!

I am thrilled to be a part of the blog hop and giveaway to celebrate Jamie Fingal’s new “Autumn is for Birds “fabric line by Hoffman Fabrics!

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I love the bright saturated colors in this new line and I’m a huge fan of the bird and leaf motifs.  I had no trouble at all deciding what to create with these fabrics.  The first thing that came to mind when I was handling them was being in the garden in the spring so I made myself a new garden tote:

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But since the several feet of snow in the backyard means that it will be a good long while before I’m able to use this tote I decided I wanted to make something I could use now to brighten up these long cold days of winter and a table runner seemed like the perfect way to do just that:runner7

I cut the two outer blocks from the bluebird fabric and for the center block I cut the bird and leaf imagery from the leaf fabric that I prefused with Mistyfuse and fused them in place on top of a square cut from one of the background fabrics.  The border is cut from the Autumn fabric. Then to quilt it I used black thread to outline the house,bird journal,the banners and the branch imagery as well as the centers of all the leaves.  I love the way it turned out and it’s a wonderful pop of color on my dining room table.

But I couldn’t stop there!  I wanted to make something for my studio too so I made a bird house to hang in the corner of my studio…

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where I can see it everyday and be reminded that spring will eventually return to New England!

Thanks so much for popping by my blog to see what I created using this wonderful fabric.  Before you go leave a comment on my blog to be entered into a drawing to win a bundle of the Autum is for Birds fabric.

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The giveaway is only open to residents in the US. If you want a chance to win the bundle,leave a comment to be eligible.  The deadline to enter  is February 25th at Midnight PST.   All comments from each stop on the hop will go into the Random Number Generator,and the winner will be announced on February 26th.  Make sure you visit all the other stops on the hop and good luck!

Feb 16 - Leslie Tucker Jenison
Feb 17 –Lisa Chin
Feb 18 –Cheryl Sleboda
Feb 19 –Stacy Hurt
Feb 20 –Candy Glendening
Feb 21 –Sue Bleiweiss
Feb 22 –Jamie Fingal

my new book,workshops &more!

I really need to get better at blogging more consistently.  It’s not that I don’t have lots going on and things to share but facebook and instagram have become my go to methods for sharing what’s going on in the studio.  But I do have some news that I want to share so I decided it was time to do a blog post…

First bit of news:  The look inside feature is now available for my book!  Visit the Amazon listing here and you can browse some of the pages.

indexI am so excited for the release of this book.  It’s currently schedule for release in April but it’s available for pre-order now.

I have added to my list of teaching engagements for this year.  If you’re local to the Acton MA area I will be teaching my Fusible Fabric Collage workshop on May 16th at Quilters Way.  This workshop is a ton of fun as you can see from the looks on the faces of the students in the class the last time I taught this workshop:
10483916_808538272545508_589112918819949457_nThere are only a few open spots left in the class so don’t delay,click here to register! 

For a listing of all my upcoming teaching engagements click here.  And speaking of workshops,I’ve updated all my available workshops and you’ll find those here.

And lastly,  there’s a very exciting blog hop going on to celebrate the release of Jamie Fingal’s new fabric line Autumn is for Birds.

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I’ll be posting some fun new pieces that I made for it in a couple of days but in the meantime check out what the other hoppers have made and enter yourself into the giveaway.  Get all the information about the hop here on Jamie’s blog.

Sizzix quilt blog hop!

I am so excited to be a part of the Sizzix blog hop to showcase the Sizzix Big Shot Pro,fabi Quilting line and the newest Bigz Pro Quilting collection with designs by the fabulous  Victoria Findlay-Wolfe!  In addition to the amazing projects handmade by each of the blog hop participants,Sizzix will also be giving away a GRAND prize! You can find out how to enter at the end of this post!

As those of you who are familiar with my work already know,I am not a traditional quilter.  So when this double wedding ring melon die arrived in the mail:

660196I thought what the heck am I going to do with this?!  I decided to pair it with the Piccadilly Sunflower die:

657971_3and I came up with this:

final_full view45″x 45″hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

I decided that even though I was working with a traditional quilt theme that I could still stay true to my own style so I used my signature black lines to outline all the elements.

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You can visit the Sizzix website here for more information about the Sizzix die cutters and all the awesome dies available.  I have two Sizzix machines;the Big Shot and the Big Shot Pro and they’re both terrific cutters.  Here’s the line up for the rest of the blog hop:

January 16th Jamie Fingal
January 16th Tracy Mooney
January 17th Elizabeth Timmons
January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz
January 18th Ebony Love
January 18th Holly Hughes
January 19th Marni Weaver
January 20th Karin Jordan
January 20th Sue Bleiweiss
January 21st Jenny Doan

Victoria’s new book Double Wedding Rings –Traditions Made Modern is available for purchase here.

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and my new book  is available for pre-order on the Interweave web site and Amazon.com

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szus_quilt_bloghop_giveaway_rafflecopterClick here for more information about the Sizzix Quilt Blog Hop Giveaway!

my 100 donation

Okay I finally decided which quilt I am going to donate to the 100 fundraiser and it’s going to be….

The Beach House…

beach house1“the beach house”

12″x 12″hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

(the beach house quilt is one of the art quilt projects in my new book Colorful Fabric Collage available for pre-order now)

FFAC2015logoOn February 4,the first 100 people to contact Virginia Speigel beginning at 10 a.m. Central will be given a link to donate $100 by credit card directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.  Each of those 100 donors will receive an artwork from one of the 100  artists listed on this page.  Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator.   You can get all the details on the fundraiser here.

 

it’s laundry day

It’s been a while since I’ve had a new piece of work to share.  I’ve been working on this piece for a few months and got sidetracked by other commitments and the holidays but I finally managed to get it finished…

Untitled-01Tutti Frutti Alleway

33″x 45″

hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

 

help me decide!

I am so excited to be one of the 100 artists asked to donate artwork for Virginia Speigels “The 100 Fundraiser”!

FFAC2015logoOn February 4,the first 100 people to contact Virginia Speigel beginning at 10 a.m. Central will be given a link to donate $100 by credit card directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.  Each of those 100 donors will receive an artwork from one of the 100  artists listed on this page.  Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator.   You can get all the details on the fundraiser here.

Now my dilemma about being one of the 100 artists is choosing which piece of artwork to donate so I am hoping you can help me decide and as a thank you for helping me decide I am going to hold a bonus giveaway.  Leave a comment on this post with the name of artwork that you think I should donate and on February 4,2015 I will choose a name randomly from all the comments to receive a thank you package from me!  I’m not sure what the package will contain but some possibilities might be some hand dyed fabric,artwork,Mistyfuse,or a handmade journal.  I promise that you won’t be disappointed with the contents!  and now here are the two pieces of artwork that I’m trying to decide between to donate….

house1“little pink house II”

12″x 12″hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

(I made this quilt for my appearance on the Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  The episode will air in May 2015)

or

beach house1“the beach house”

12″x 12″hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

(the beach house quilt is one of the art quilt projects in my new book Colorful Fabric Collage available for pre-order now)

So which one should I donate –little pink house or the beach house?  Leave a comment on this post with the name of artwork that you think I should donate by  February 3,2015 I will choose a name randomly from all the comments to receive a thank you package from me!

Get all the details about The 100 Fundraiser here!

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free project!

I have a new free project on the BERNINA We All Sew Blog…

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The little houses all in a row wool throw free project instructions are now available on the We All Sew blog here. This blanket goes together really quickly so you’ve got plenty of time to make one for gift giving.  I made mine using hand dyed wool from Weeks Dye Works but you could use cotton if you prefer.

take a peek inside my new book

I’m so excited to finally be able to share some images of the projects in my new book!

        Beach_Housebeach house art quilt

City_Skylinecity skyline art quilt

Color_Block_throw_pillowscolor blocked throw pillows

Full_Circle_Totefull circle tote bag

Fused_Log_Cabin_Throwfused log cabin throw

Laundry_Daylaundry day art quilt
Stay_Chic_Quilted_Backpackstay chic back pack

Wonly_House_Lanewonky house lane table runner (or wall quilt)

I love how the projects were photographed and this is just a few of the projects that you’ll find in the book.  The book is available for pre-order on the Interweave web site and Amazon.com

 

what’s been going on…

I got some very exciting news this week about my quilt Tutti Frutti City Skyline:

Tutti Frutti City Skyline 72” x 33” hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

It won second place in the Art Whimsical category at the Houston International Quilt Festival!  You can see all of the winners here.

I’ve been so busy with projects lately that I haven’t had much time to sit and write any blog posts and I’ve gotten into the habit of just posting updates on my facebook page instead.  Last week I was in San Diego teaching at the SDBA.  To say it was a great class would be an understatement!  We spent two days painting,screenprintint,stamping,stenciling and foiling and then on the third day created some gorgeous fabric journals.  After the workshop I took a side trip to Sacremento to visit family and headed up to Napa for some wine tasting and a Segway tour of the area…

IMG_0975We buzzed around town on Segways (which was an absolutely blast) with a tour guide who talked about the history of the area,saw the earthquake damage and then midway through stopped for an olive oil tasting…

IMG_0978The highlight of the tasting was having chocolate olive oil drizzled over vanilla ice cream topped with a little blackberry balsamic vinegar -doesn’t sound appetizing I know but it was delicious!

Now that I’m back home I’m knee deep in preparations for my Quilt Show taping in a few weeks.  There’s lots of sample making going on…

IMG_0985some fabric dyeing…

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and lots of step out examples being made…

images6I’ll be back in a few weeks with an update on the Quilt Show taping.  In the meantime,if you’re a facebook user you can find my page here or follow me on instagram here.