Sunday, January 14, 2018

SAQA January 2018

The Mountain Art Quilters which is a satelite group of SAQA in the Asheville, NC area had its first meeting of the New Year this past week...everyone was enthused to get back into the creative swing of things. Some gals have been very busy and brought some lovely things to share.
 I love the combination of pink and black and the interesting birds...each one different.
Mary created this very big and lovely quilt using Japanese fabrics.
I like the way she used the brownish cranberry strips to highlight each square.
Julie has been busy making quilts out of African prints. She was concerned that this looked like a panel but not so and doesn't give that impression in's very vibrant.
Julie loves to do hand stitching and this piece has some beautiful hand work on it.

Kathy has started a new series of quilts using photos of places around Asheville. She said she wandered around looking at landmarks etc. and nothing grabbed her and then she came upon this street with interesting texture in the buildings and a canopy of trees...On the left is the picture she used for inspiration.
Some lovely piecing in the background.

Mary Jane likes to work in sheers and brought this small piece that she wants to incorporate with some cotton/silk blended sheer. It was luscious and a picture would not do it justice.
Our little group is growing and each meeting seems to bring new people...this gal (so sorry...don't know her name yet) brought some wonderful pieces highly embellished with some very fun things. these little orange thing-eys are pipe cleaners and do they ever bring back memories...As kids, we used to cut them apart to create caterpillars...don't remember what we used them for but they were so soft and fun to pet.

And more on the trees...
This gal has so much fun with her pieces and fun for us to see also...everywhere you look is something clever.
So here is a lovely piece mounted on a stretched canvas that has been painted black. It's quite lovely in person.
Such a fun meeting and so inspiring...nice way to kick off the New Year.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and wishing you all a wonderful, healthy, happy and creative year doing things you love to do. So far that wish has not reached my life - the creative part anyway as the crazies continue to many house projects. We are at the 11 year mark when things start to go (unlike 30 years ago when things lasted forever!) We have replaced a stove, microwave, fridge, washing machine and 2 vacumns in the last 3 months plus painting the main level of our house. I'm determined to get back in my studio SOON!...Okay...enough whining...The new year suggested a little housekeeping at our booth in Woolworth in downtown Asheville.
 Down with the fall leaves...up with the new. Many things are not new as time has not been on my side but since they've been absent from the booth for a while, hopefully they are new to those that see them.
 The booth looks good and I plan to stop by tomorrow to work on inventory...

 Kate's wall and
 Mary's wall of spring-like wall art.
 We are still hanging quilts on the railing as you come in on the main floor - a new piece by Mary
 Kate's beautiful strip pieced quilt and...
 my 2 pieces with Mary's cute face popping up in the middle....If you're in the Asheville area, please stop by Woolworth - a wonderful gallery with so many interesting and wonderful pieces of art.
In the meantime, I hope to report back soon on something I started a while back...needs very little to be finished so here's hoping "After the Rain" will be done and posted soon...Thanks for sticking with me.  and happy, happy, happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Well, it's been a while and my fingers are itching not only to sew but to write something....Holidays, company and yuk....being sick and on antibiotics have held me back. I belong to SAQA and there is a satellite group in the Asheville area that has started to meet more regularly, even found a great meeting place. This little group started with 3 people and has grown to around 15 very talented women.
 Since we haven't met that often until now, I'm still learning names and faces but I have permission from all these lovely ladies to show their work here on with the show! The above piece was very vibrant and I love the random piecing within each block.
 This lovely piece was created by my good buddy Mary Stori. I love everything she does and this is no exception. Mary has been creating her own fabric for a while and all this fabric is Indigo. I love the use of white mixed in and the very graphic quality to the design....such great balance.
 I first saw Kathie Briggs work on Pinterest when she was living in the midwest...How lucky for us, she came east and to less. Kathie is known for her intricately pieced designs and love of nature themes.
 This is another piece by very different but I think it is stunning!
 I love this very happy piece and do not remember the gal's name who made it....I love her sense of color and fun.
 This piece blew me away with such soft coloring and intricate piecing. I'm not a piecer so sewing many many small squares together would be quite a feat for me.
 And a detail...she had to have dyed her fabric!
 I'm such a tree person so of course this piece just grabbed me.
 I loved the scrappiness of this quilt but still very sophisticated.
And Susan Lee who does fantastic work did this very dramatic piece.
You see...I wasn't lying when I said this group has talent...indeed they do....
I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More Eco Printing

I've been doing a lot of eco printing knowing that the end is in sight with leaves rapidly falling from the trees, it's been great fun. I first tried it at Fiber Junkies but found I can do it at home on a smaller scale. I use a designated smaller pot (16 quart) and work in my kitchen as all I'm using is water and white vinegar.
 When I'm with Fiber Junkies, I get caught up in all the enthusiasm and don't pay attention to what's happening...just want results...but working on my own allows me to document more carefully the papers, leaves and other effects. I have a list of leaves that work from an eco printing workshop but decided to add others to the mix. The paper above shows the top leaf printed and the bottom 2 real leaves not yet removed...a really good print. I also laid yellow tissue paper on top so the color would bleed onto the watercolor paper.
 I love the way the ferns in my garden printed...not only was it a good print but imparted a lovely green color to the paper.
 Here is a mix of different Maples, Eucalyptus, Red Bud and Oak Leaf Hydrangea.
 I really paid attention to the different paper I used and made samples along with the larger prints. I used an inexpensive water color paper from Michaels....printed well but not enough texture.
 I also used a Stonehenge and Arches watercolor paper which both worked really well. The Arches was a cold press paper which provided a nice pebbly texture and is my favorite look.
 My son also gave me his deckled ruler so I was able to finish each edge (and it was very easy and quick to do). I'll go back and use a wood burning tool to char the edges a bit.
Another fern which I love...the edges have naturally colored from the process. I just saw a video on using teabags in art and am thinking that might be fun to try and incorporate with eco printing.
I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Visiting Old Friends

I used to live in Marietta, GA where I was part of some wonderful fiber groups. One such group was "Friday Group" which met on guessed it....fridays. We stitched, ate goodies, showed off our latest projects and did a lot of laughing.
This month I was in Atlanta visiting my daughter which also coincided with a meeting. Loyce who hosted the meeting loves Halloween and goes wild with decorations. She served us a yummy lunch at this amazing table with a goodie bag on each place. Lots of Halloween decorations everywhere you looked.
Mary Ellen was wearing a huge necklace, earrings and spider pin...
along with crazy socks. Like she said...only a short time each year for wearing this fun stuff.
Barbara Butler who was one of our most talented artists has always created her own fabric. This is one of her pieces which is wonderful in person.
Barbara showed us a bowl she purchased in an antique store ...made entirely of spoons...This is looking down into the middle of the bowl.
This is the outside of the was truly fantastic.
And a finished piece from Mary Ellen ...made with ethnic fabric from her Little Quilts shop. Mary Ellen was part of the 3 person team who owned the wonderful shop and pattern company - Little Quilts.
She also knitted this lap throw using a variety of yarns...
really cool.
And a redwork piece which I loved.
 A group shot at lunch...
and onto Loyce's studio where she is the creator of the most unique and fun cards...
such an amazing assortment of supplies
and work space....It was a wonderful day with old friends...I had such happy feelings that stayed with me for days...