Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gell Print Cards

I wanted to create a few cards and decided to use my Gelli® Plate, a few lovely found objects to create texture, and Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I really like the weight of this paper (140 lb) and it will take layer after layer of paint!
I used my 8x10" plate.  This is one of the simpler pieces.
I then purchased a cd wrap pattern from the Silhouette Store.  
I cut a few cards using this design and my Silhouette Portrait.
I also played around with some pens on the design after I cut it out.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the card I gave to my son, which I like a lot more than this one.

I also bought another pattern called a pentagon petal fold card

which folds up like this. . .
These have become my new go to for gift cards and money.  
I gave one to my sister for her birthday and one to my son for his graduation and they both really liked them.  I need to make more!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Phoenix Fiber

Last week I made a visit to Phoenix, AZ, and I came across some fun fibers I wanted to share.  First there was a funky hippie store with lots of prayer flags.  I  knew of a few friends that would love this Day of the Dead set of flags.
We attended a dinner at the Law School which had these beautiful Navajo rugs draped across the balconies for decoration.  I wish I had been able to look at them up close to see all the weaving!

It's always wonderful when you can see beautiful fibers without really searching!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HMQS - Part 3

In the Urban Dictionary Fangirling is defined as:
v. 1. the reaction a fangirl has to any mention or sighting of the object of her "affection". These reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, highpitched noises, shaking, fierce head shaking as if in the midst of a seizure, wet panties, endless blog posts, etc. 
I'm not sure how I would react if I met a Hollywood celebrity but I do know that I Fangirl when I meet certain quilters!  A couple years ago I met David Taylor, at the Utah State Quilt Guild Quilt Festival.  He was teaching at HMQS this year.
He is a fantastic quilter and a fabulous man. I understand that his classes are very informative and entertaining.  I saw him setting up for his class at HMQS and pondered asking him to take a selfie with me but I restrained myself!  I bet he wouldn't have minded but sometimes a teacher just needs a moment to themselves. :D

A fellow quilter introduced me to Angela Walter's quilting books a few years ago and I have since fell in love with her style of quilting.  I aspire to quilt like her someday. I was thrilled to hear she would be at HMQS.  I attended her trunk show and loved seeing her beautiful work!  

She had her quilts out on tables afterwards for inspection.  
They were all beautifully quilted.
I really didn't expect anything less.
 I introduced myself to her after the trunk show and asked if we could take a selfie together.  She was delighted to oblige and even took a second photo when the lighting was bad on the first one.  I was giddy to meet her and wished that I had had a few hours to visit and pick her brain about quilting.  One day I will take a class from her.
In the meantime I will just be excited to have the opportunity to learn from her books and say that I got to meet her in person.
What quilter would you fangirl over if you got to meet them in person?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HMQS - Part 2

I really enjoyed the special exhibits on display at HMQS this year.  My friend, Kaye Evans, teaches a Kaffe Club class every year and they exhibited their quilts.  This year the class focused on Dresden plates.  Cheryl and Ron Garn pieced this stunning oversized king sized quilt

 Another stunning exhibit was from a group called "Quilts on the Wall."  The art quilts are all painted and explore the theme of Shadows.

 The only thing I didn't like about the exhibit was that it didn't have the artists names next to each quilt.  I found this quilt especially striking.  I think that perhaps it was done with some discharging.  I'd love to know how it was created and by whom!

There is a very active group of art quilters in Utah County which also had a lovely exhibit.  A number of the members belong to the Utah Surface Design Group, of which I am a member.  I recognized a number of my friends pieces:
 Kathleen Baer
 Bev Hart
 Bev Hart
 Sue Swinyard - Zentangles!!!
 "I Looked out the Attic Window" by Cathy Paine, Liza Ann Lee, Lani Moore, Sue Swinyard and Kathleen Baer.

I was thrilled to see the APP exhibit which has several 36" square quilts from artist's I am very familiar with.
 Jamie Fingal
 Leslie Tucker Jamison
 Laura Wasilowski 
 Patt Blair
 Susan Brubaker Knapp 
 Victoria Wolfe
Mary Taber

Monday, May 11, 2015

Home Machine Quilt Show - HMQS - Part 1

 This weekend was the Home Machine Quilt Show in Sandy, Utah.  Practically my backyard.  I entered a quilt in the show:  SWR - "Sylvia Was Right"  I started the quilt while at the Pie Plates Retreat. The blue was created using Color Magnet with a thermofax screen and turquoise dye.  The purples are the leftovers from an ice dyed pieced that I then over printed with a thermofax screen of onion skin cells and human brain cells for the Science challenge of The Printed Fabric Bee. When I started to piece I planned on using the two pieces of fabric I had dyed along with white for an accent. My friend, Sylvia, decided to give me a challenge by throwing some scraps of peach at me.  I complained like a big baby and told her I didn't want to use.  I used it, and she was right, thus the name SWR.

I'm sorry this photo is a bit blurry but it gives you an idea of the wonky, free form piecing I used to create this piece.  
I didn't win a ribbon. I was docked for not having perfect 90 degree corners on my binding.  Oops!  There were also a few places where I made some squares in the quilting and the thread didn't stay where it was suppose to!  Big oops!  Oh well, I really didn't feel bad at all once I saw one of the big prize winners was my friend, and former boss, Carol Day.

 Carol spent SEVEN YEARS appliquéing the top of this quilt!  Her friend, Gaye Ryon, a master machine quilter, quilted the top.  Together they created a masterpiece well deserving of first prize in the Combination Category!