Sunday, August 19, 2018

Quilts=Art=Quilts (Schweinfurth Art Center)

On a lark about a month ago I decided to enter my canal house quilt ("When the Dark Night Seems Endless") in this juried art quilt exhibit. I received my letter saying that it was accepted! There were 266 entries and 73 were accepted. Now I have to decide if I will actually participate. I have never sent a valuable quilt before and have all the typical anxieties about it. The art center is about 160 miles from where we live so it could be dropped off and picked up. What to do? What to do?

Just got back from Prague so my brain is a bit foggy....and I am overwhelmed! Have you sent a quilt to a show before?

Thanks for reading.

Chris





Friday, August 10, 2018

A finish and moving on

I finished the toxic barrels. There are now French knots where I had some ratty fabrics from ripping out quilting stitches.  




Now I have to think about the next project. I am going to do one of the designs from the pixel series. It will either be gray scale or at least monochromatic. The 3 possibilities are below. I was leaning toward the floating circles. Sheila from Idaho Beauty
https://idahobeautyquilts.blogspot.com likes that one as well.  My daughter likes the one that looks like lighted windows. What do you think? Eventually I will make both if not all three of them.




Linking to Nina-Marie.

Also we leave for Prague today. I expect to get lots of quilt inspiration there.

Thanks for reading.
Chris



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

“Taking its Toll” nearing completion

Linking to Nina-Marie.  http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

The blocking and trimming are done. Now to move onto facings, sleeves, and a label. The size is approximately 36 inches by 13 inches.


I am going to add some French knots to the teal barrel in the right front. The fabric got a little ratty after tearing out some quilting stitches here. I was going to do some hand stitching anyways so the knots will cover a bit of the rattyness and add that hand stitching. The thread for the stitching is brown to match the rust on the barrel in these spots. It will not be noticeable from a distance, but will become a detail up close. Rust dyed fabric is not very forgiving and I'm thinking that the fabric will deteriorate with time. But then I'll be gone and I won't care! I might add some French knots in some other spots as well.

Here are some close ups that show the fabrics and also a summary of the techniques used in the quilt.

The quilt is totally fused and the pieces were stitched in place with invisible thread. The fabric was rust dyed fabric that I painted over with setacolor fabric paints in teals,blues, purples, oranges, and yellows. The browns are all from the rust. I rust dyed a lot of fabric back in 2015. The labels were created in Photoshop and then printed with my ink jet printer onto some yellow and orange rust dyed fabrics.  The numbers were stenciled. I wanted the numbers and the labels to look worn. Most of the quilting threads were King Tut superior threads. Maybe this will be next years entry into the juried art show here!


Thanks for reading.
Chris