Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Classes and challenges

One of the classes I took at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest last month was with Carol Taylor called Arc-i-Texture. Carol's technique involves fusing squares of fabric to a base fabric. Once all the pieces are fused down yarn is couched over all the "seams." Then more yard is used to couch the decorative circles over the top of it all.

As the class unfolded I was unhappy with my fabric color selections. I was going to just pitch the class project and start over with something different, but decided to go ahead and finish it in order to try out the techniques. Once I got the various yarns stitched down I didn't hate it as much. (click photos for larger view)

I'll use the techniques again, but this time I'll have my entire stash available to me so I can (hopefully) make better choices.

At last Saturday's meeting my art group revealed its latest challenge: Zentangles. I had a real problem with this challenge. I just couldn't seem to wrap my brain around doing them. Lately Zentangles are all over and I'm awed by the people who have no problem sitting down and 'doodling' really cool designs. My inner critic seems to be so strong that it stifles me when I try to draw. I didn't want to show up at the meeting without something to share so I ended up doing this small piece.

I don't think of it as a zentangle because it doesn't have the variety that most zentangles do.

There were a number of really unique designs created for this one. Judy did a cool cat on a vinyl fabric that she turned into a doorstop. Doreen made a lamp (!), Linda did a shirt, Pat a pillow.

Our next challenge subject is Haiku. I think this one might be easier for me.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

quilting class

Several weeks ago my art group-ATW-acted as test subjects for Judy Heyward's machine quilting class.

Judy is not only a great designer, but an outstanding quilter, which explains why she wins so many awards. She does all of her quilting on her domestic sewing machine and has been asked numerous times to teach free motion quilting. The ATW group was thrilled to be her test subjects to work out any kinks in the class.

It's hard to photograph a whole-cloth quilt so these photos aren't great.

I enjoyed working on this and hope to use the skills I learned on future projects.

(click photos for larger view)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Yet even more from MAQF

Here are even more photos taken at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. (click photos for larger view)

This is Affairs of the Heart by Sue Zoeffel

Chromatic Transitions by Rachel Wetzler

Rose Mandala I by Anne Lullie

Madelaine - A Step Beyond Paper by Penelope Mace/Cutting Edge Quilt Guild

The paper doll elements of this quilt were removable and could be velcroed onto the doll. The makers even included different jewelry for the various costumes.

Imagining India by Pat Holly

and a closer look

Going Green or Not by Lois Griffith

This two sided quilt was hung so that viewers could get a clear view of both sides. This didn't photograph well. There is a lot of detail the photo didn't pick up.

Streamlines by Beth Gilbert

Obviously I enjoyed the show - I hope you enjoyed my photos.

Friday, March 04, 2011


Here are some more quilts I liked at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival held in Hampton, VA last week (click photos for larger view)

This is Calamari Time by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz

Autumn Road by Susan Brittingham

Aspen Wonderland by Judy Madigan

Another Susan Brittingham called Laurel Creek

Memory Loss by Judy Loope

Detail shot - trying to show the dimension on this quilt

A couple of Gloria Loughlin's quilts

The Solace of Persephone by Annette Hendricks. The roses on this are velvet and very cool

Closer shot of one of the velvet roses

More photos to follow

Tuesday, March 01, 2011


I've just returned from Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest in Hampton, VA. I've always liked the Mancuso shows both for the quality of the quilts and the numerous vendors. I went up with 4 other friends and we stayed in Williamsburg - about 25 minutes away from the show site.

We were thrilled that one of our group was a big winner in the show. Judy's Arabian Mystery took first place - traditional. Here's Judy with her ribbon (click photos for larger view)

And the beautiful quilt. Judy's quilting is fantastic and she does it all on her domestic machine.

This is Rhapsody in Rose by Barbara Clem. It won Best of Show

There were several guild challenges on display. One guild's subject was "Quilted Landmarks" and I was very taken by this Niagara Falls quilt by Margorie Marovelli.

I enjoyed "A Day in the Life of a Diner Booth" by Linda Cantrell. (this was hard to photograph)

This is "Little Peace in 2 4 U" by Martha C Hall. I like the movement in this work.

There was a special exhibit about homelessness and this quilt "One Paycheck" by Kathy Nida caused quite a stir.

The gulf oil spill was the inspiration for Sandy Curran's "Paradise Lost"

This was probably my favorite quilt in the show (well, besides Judy's!) It's "Port of Cassis" by Lenore Crawford

3 of us took a class with Gloria Loughman and we worked on making a 'mosaic' background like Gloria's

This is the start of Dotty's beautiful blue sky

I didn't get a photo of Judy's background, but did get her trying to cut some the mosaic pieces on the floor! She moved to a table pretty quickly. It's not easy to cut on the floor

I'm trying to depict a sunset in my background

I'll share more photos in my next post.