Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Evolution of a Tuning Fork Quilt

I was asked to make a quilt for the silent auction during International Quilt Festival in Houston.  It needed to be a small quilt, less than 24" x 24", and it must be in Houston by mid September.  So I thought that perhaps I'd better get to work.

The first step in any of my quilts is perhaps the most fun: choosing a palette.  I had recently dyed a 6 step gradation of aquamarine, absolutely lovely colors, so I started with that.  I pulled one of the lightest and two of the darkest shades of aquamarine, along with some other fabrics I had dyed -- a light turquoise, a light yellow-green, a deep cobalt and some darker teal.  And I added a commercial light green and batik teal to the mix.  

Then I start making tuning forks.  I started with the lights, and this is where I was at the end of day one:
Day two was a long day.  First I made dark tuning forks, and then lots of light/dark tuning forks.  At the end of the second day, it was really taking form:
On day three, I started sewing the darn thing together.  Putting it all together is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  I start by staring at the quilt, trying to pick out areas that look like they might easily be sewn together.  Sometimes this is lines of tuning forks, sometimes square or rectangular sections. It's a challenge I enjoy. In this picture, you can see I have sewn together the upper left corner and part of the lower left:
I always have to make lots more tuning fork blocks to fill in as I sew it together.  I am usually heartily sick of sewing tuning fork blocks by the end of a piece.  But this piece was small, and I managed to have the top together at the end of day four.  At this point, it was 20" x 23":
Today I quilted it and sewed the facing on.  It took about three hours to quilt it, since most of the lines of quilting are less than an eighth of an inch apart.  When I quilt I vary the distances between the lines to give the quilting a bit of rhythm, but I keep them close together.  The final quilt measures 18" x 21":
Tuning Fork 28: Caribbean Dreams
And when I hung the quilt on the design wall to take the final photographs, I hung it "upside down."  At least, it is upside down compared to the way I designed it.  But I think that is the way I like it.  I'll leave it on the design wall overnight and see if I still feel that way in the morning.  I haven't sewn the label or hanging sleeve on yet, so the decision can be delayed.

What do you think?  Upside down or Rightside up?

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, August 20, 2015

New Work

This week I've been trying to work my way through the pile of unquilted tops.  I love piecing and I freely admit that sometimes I put off the quilting until a deadline is looming.  I'd much rather start on a new piece, planning, choosing fabrics, laying out the pieces, sewing them together....but eventually the tops need to be quilted.  For example, when you have entered them in a show that is coming up in a couple of weeks.  So I have been quilting like a madwoman.

I just finished this one about an hour ago.  I haven't measured it, just trimmed it, hung it and photographed it.  It is roughly 34" x 30".  Or something like that.  It is the second quilt in my new "Mineralogy" series, called Metaperidotite #2, based on sketches of mineral thin sections I drew many years ago as a geology student.
I finished this next piece yesterday.  It is roughly 25" x 34".  I made it with leftover scraps from a quilt called "Orbital Plane #1" which I cannot show because the show I have entered will disqualify it if it is shown online prior to the exhibit.
Subdivisions #12
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!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

See my interview on the "Dinner at Eight Artists Blog"

I am very honored to be part of the "Dinner at Eight" exhibit that will debut in Houston at International Quilt Festival.  The exhibit, which has a different theme each year, is always amazing.  This year the theme was affinity, and my quilt is called "Magnetic Attraction."

My interview with Leslie Tucker Jenison and Jamie Fingal appears on today's "Dinner at Eight Artist's Blog."  Check it out here!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Texas Artists Coalition Annual Show -- Opening

Brian and I attended the TAC show opening last night.  It was a lovely evening.  

The Texas Artists Coalition's mission is to support career development of artists, whether they are emerging or established.  They offer mentorship programs, workshops and exhibition opportunities.It is a great group!

The show was held at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, which apparently once was the home of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  The galleries are light and bright, and the exhibited pieces looked wonderful. My piece was one of the few fiber pieces:  most were paintings, along with a few sculptures.  
At the entrance to the gallery.  I liked the gnomes, which were made of sugar.
Tuning Fork #20
From across the gallery
There two other shows opening, and Brian and I had a great time walking through the galleries.

The TAC show will hang until August 30th.  If you are in Fort Worth, go see it!  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Texas Artists Coalition annual show opens this Friday!

10th Annual TAC Juried Membership

 ExhibitionAugust 7 - 29, 2015

Awards: 7pm on August 7


Juror Cohn Drennan of Cohn Drennan Contemporary selected 40 artworks by 39 Texas Artists Coalition members from the 106 members who submitted. The mission of the TAC is to support the career development of artists, whether they are emerging or established, amateur or professional. 


The following artists were accepted in the exhibit:

Scott Anderson, Amy Barrington, Brad Barrington, Bill Barter, Martha Bean, Carol Benson, Susan Brents-Sheldon, Jim Brightwell, Rick Bullock, Lou Chapman, Lauren Childs, Sherri Coffey, Suzan Cook, Patricia Cowan, Lisa Cunningham, Gen MM Farell, Karen Ferrer, Anastasia Gabriel, Thomas Helmick, Lee Hill, Joe Hyun, Ellie Ivanova, Nancy Lamb, Cynthia Lewis, Rebecca Low, Mitchell Marks, Lorrie McClanahan, Zahra McGinnis, Erin Miller, Janet Morrow, Teri Muse, Lee Alice Pablo, Heather Pregger, Valerie Ramos, Gary Reams, Britt Stokes, Chris Thames, Robertus van der Wege, Dotty Zamora

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