In my spare time . . .

I have been organizing the USA portion of an art quilt challenge, based on world painters.  We were given a list of 30 painters and the idea was to make a 50 cm (approx. 19.7″) square piece that was either a reproduction or representation of their work.  You have seen mine (Mucha) albeit sans bling.  I did add a little bling to her hair and the lights in the arc behind the dancer.  I will share the quilts here with the artist’s name.  I ask that you not start pinning them around without attribution because, as we know, I get really honked off when people do that.  I do my best always to attribute work when I share it here and I ask that you do the same.  I find it frustrating when I try to find the source of a photo and am unable to do it.  Anyway, here are the wonderful quilts produced by the USA quilters.  There are also 30 produced by quilters in Japan and 30 from quilters in France.  I have not seen those yet.  Their first public showing will be at Yokohama on November 14th.

Van Gogh by Nancy Kibbey

1 Van Gogh Nancy Kibbey


Picasso by Jan Potter


2 Picasso Jan Potter


Rousseau by Ruth M. Bass


3 Rousseau Ruth Bass


Gauguin by Jeanne Wong


4 Gauguin Jeanne Wong


Toulouse-Lautrec by Jean Shute

5 Toulouse-Lautrec Jean ShuteMonet by Molly Summerlight

6 Monet SummerlightDalí by Barbara Steller

7 Dali Barb StellerDufy by Laura Jaskowski

8 Dufy Laura JaskowskiDa Vinci by Amy Vetter

9 da Vinci Amy Vetter


Matisse by Bethanne Nemesh

10 Matisse Bethanne Nemesh


Klimt by Jae McDonald




11 Klimt Jae McDonald


Renoir by Sheila Steers


12 Renoir Sheila Steers


Mucha by Linda Steller


13 Mucha Linda Steller


Degas by Bethanne Enmesh


14 Degas Bethanne Nemesh


Cezanne by Sylvia Killeby


15 Cezanne Sylvia Killeby


Chagall by Daphne John


16 Chagall Daphne John


Miró by Ginny Steller


17 Miro Ginny Steller


Klee by Diana Cleland Boyle

18 Klee Diana Cleland Boyle


Vasarely by Janet Hiller


19 Vasarely Janet Hiller


Modigliani by Nancy Hill


20 Modigliani Nancy Hill


Foujita by Georgia French


21 Foujita Georgia French


Taikan by Barbara Roselip


22 Taikan Barbara Roselip


Eitoku by Mary Goodson


23 Eitoku Mary Goodson


Hokusai by Susan Johnson


24 Hokusai Susan Johnson


Hiroshige by Cecilia Hosford


25 Hiroshige Cecilia Hosford


Warhol by Christine Brown


26 Warhol Christine Brown


Grandma Moses by Ellen Childs


27 Moses Ellen Childs



Wyeth by Margot Lovinger28 Wyeth Margot Lovinger


Parrish by Sally Zehrung


29 Parrish Sally ZehrungO’Keeffe by Marlene Singer

30 OKeeffe Marlene Singer







Home again, home again

I’ve returned to city life.  I’d much rather still be in the woods, among those giant trees, hearing the sound of the water rushing over the falls.  Over the next few days, as I find time to process some of the photos from the trip, I’ll share a bit of the beauty of that place with you.  I had an amazing time.  I needed the peace of nature, as I didn’t have a very good time trying to paint my art quilt.  It did come out okay, but as always, I wanted spectacular. That was impossible, as the fabric I used for the quilt was too coarse for allowing the paints to shade and glaze.  It went on in a sandy texture and I had to rub for all I was worth to get anything to blend together.  It is, however, finished, except that I found the bling box this evening and I will put a few jewels in her hair.  I’m not into massive bling on a quilt, but Mucha’s original work showed some baubles in her hair.  Here is my little art quilt all painted.

Muchas Dance copy

A little Mucha quilt

A while back I showed you a color palette for a little art quilt I was making.  Well, as sometimes happens, things didn’t go as I planned, and I scrapped the quilt.  I was using the lovely batik fabrics to make a fusible appliqué representation of one of Alphonse Mucha’s posters.  So, I decided to use the same design, but instead, I would produce the image in whole cloth, and then paint it.  The exhibit in which it will be displayed is about painters so, why not paint it?

Today, I finished the initial quilting.  This quilt measures about 19.7″ square or 50 centimeters.  After I finish painting it, it will most likely go back on the machine for a little thread painting too.  The image is from Mucha’s Dance from his “The Arts” series.

Ready no watermark copy

and a bit of detail

Ready detail no watermark copy

Update on Saturday, October 5.  I was reminded this morning that I need to watermark my photos.  I forget that people just take pictures that aren’t theirs and show them around on the internet.  You may share my photos if there is a watermark.  Otherwise, I would hope you would leave them where they are.  Thanks!

A new toy – er, Tool! Creative TOOL, for me.

I know many of you love your Go or Accuquilt Studio cutters, and that’s really cool.  When they first came out, I was interested, but I found being limited to the size of the die a bit of a concern to me.  I can cut a lot of my basic shapes (strips, triangles, squares, etc) by using a much less expensive June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler.  I wanted something that would cut shapes – appliqué shapes – in any size I wanted.  Dream on, right?  Well, at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, I breezed by a tiny booth where people were watching this little printer.  A few booths later, I thought, “hey, what the heck was that thing?” so I turned around and went back.  It turned out to be my dream machine.  Well, maybe.  I was still skeptical.  I watched them demo the thing, took the pamphlet, went home, and have been trying to find out all I could.  Then, my local (well, Portland) wholesaler was having a Trends show this weekend.  And, guess what?  The people who make my little dream machine were there!  I took my list of questions and concerns with me, sat down and talked to them for a bit, and I came home with this beauty.  A Silhouette Cameo.  It’s like a printer, but it has blades and cuts all sorts of media – card stock, vinyl, freezer paper, FABRIC!  I will mainly use it for fusible appliqué, but can just as easily quickly cut out freezer paper or stabilizer for turned-edge appliqué.  I can also use it to make my own greeting cards, etc.  I am super excited to get started with it, but my longarm has been down for over a week and the part has finally arrived so I must repair and catch up before I can play.  I am so excited to finally own one of these gems!

It is Mac or PC compatible, will cut any font on your computer, you can buy all sorts of images, or use the design software (included with the machine) to draw your own designs.  You can also scan images into your computer and cut those too.  The design possibilities are nearly endless.

Here’s a link to the video:

and here’s a picture of the Cameo.