Saturday, May 31, 2014

Back in the Studio...

...after my "Master Composition" class at the Crow Timber Frame Barn.  The class was two weeks long, and more of an "independent study" than an actual class, but my classmates and I still worked very long hours and very intensely.  I completed two new pieces, one tuning fork and another not a tuning fork.  Nancy felt that working outside of my current series would challenge me, and she was right.  I felt very challenged.  I have not posted photos of either quilt, because I feel that they are both pretty good pieces.  Several art quilt shows do not allow photos to appear anywhere, even on the artist's blog, before the show.  So no pictures yet.

I got back Memorial Day weekend, exhausted and exhilarated.  After a fun weekend with B, I got back into the studio on Tuesday.  And despite my fatigue I managed to make two small studies.

This first piece was made using two motifs that I played with at the Barn.  The triangles/angles are very bossy (by that I mean that they attract a great deal of attention and do not play well with the more rectangular shapes), and I wanted to see if I could make them work in a composition.
N.M. #2, 19" x 21"
The color palette for this study was the May color challenge for studioQ.  I'm very happy with the palette, and with the way my little piece turned out.

I still hadn't made a piece for the April color challenge.  Sorry, Kay (she chose the palette), I just couldn't get excited about the dusky pinks and blues.  The swatches included a very dark brown, so I pulled two solid browns from my stash and did a "liney" piece.  I felt it minimized the dusky pinks.  And I like the way it looks.
Lines, 24" x 20"
This weekend B & I plan to work in the garden.  I'm concentrating on weeding and fertilizing the turtles' part of the back yard.
Shelly, looking for food
Our new guardian of the veggie garden and the blueberry patch.
What can I say, it was a Christmas present!
A new lily

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Form, Not Function

Tuning Fork #6 has won the "Award of Excellence" presented by the River City Fiber Artists at Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie in New Albany, Indiana.
I am very honored to have the opportunity to show my work at this prestigious show, and overwhelmed by the award.   The 25 pieces in the show are fabulous!

If you get a chance, go see the show!  I was unable to go to the opening last night (and I really wish I had been there!), but I'll be there before the show closes.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I just mailed my.....

2014 SAQA benefit auction quilt!
Tuning Fork #18, 12" x 12", 2014
For more information about the auction, which starts in September, visit the SAQA website.

I am getting ready for a class at the Crow Timber Frame Barn, packing and trying to think about what kind of work I want to do while I'm there.  Unlike other classes I've taken at the Barn, this is a Master Composition class with Nancy, and we will work on our current series under her watchful eye.  I have to admit this is making me a little nervous.

Part of getting ready to go means getting my International Quilt Festival (for "Quilts, a World of Beauty," the juried show) entries in a little early.  Early because I always wait until very close to the deadline to submit my work.  I've entered three quilts this year, Tuning Forks #13, 19 and 20.  I won't know if any of them were accepted until mid-July.  As I put the envelope in the mail, I could feel both a sense of profound relief (I got them in on time) and a knot in my stomach (are they good enough?). So now the waiting begins.

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish FridayFriday Fabric FrenzyConfessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tuning Fork #20

I just finished TF 20.  It's a medium sized quilt, finished size 29" x 36".  And, hard for me to believe, I finished it in exactly 5 working days.  Here is my progress:
Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

End of Day 3

Day 4

Tuning Fork #20, 29" x 36", Day 5
I can't believe how quickly I worked on this one.  Perhaps because the color palette was already decided (see the previous post)?

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish FridayFriday Fabric FrenzyConfessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

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