Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The past two weeks

Spring has sprung but this is two weeks ago when we were having 70 degree weather. Now we are down in the 50's. I know that isn't very cold to those of you who are still in the snow but it is cold to us here in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Couldn't do any dyeing outside because it was too cold and I don't have the space inside to do flat dyeing so it was low water emersion dyeing...about 100 yards as I have a show where I am vending....why do I do this?

The dyeing part isn't so bad...just the wasing out and the ironing...oh the ironing!

Piles and piles of cotton, silk, rayon and linen. Love the textures and can hardlyl wait to play with them.

And then I have about twenty things I have been playing with with disperse dyes...these two are only 8 x 11 but I do have one that is about 30 x 40 that I still have to quilt, as well as a lot more that are all in-between sizes...just having fun with this. The photos are really bad and out of shape as I just took snapshots of them.

But this is what I have really been doing...discharging various black fabrics and this is the first piece I have done with the discharged stuff. It is a piece of fabric with lutradur behind it which has become a support for the very heavy satin stitching. Then, I stitched cording with the same thread as the satin stitching and added it on after the entire piece was quilted. But it is sewn down in places so is three dimensional and is really cool! This has been so much fun to do! This piece is about 40 x 30 or so.

So, got to go pack and get ready for a trip to Phoenix...

Friday, February 17, 2006

Super Stoked

I am so super stoked today!

Last night I finished my brand new piece and will post it in a day or two...very different and really cool, if I do say so myself!

My dh is gone for the next three days so last night I didn't go to bed until 1:30 am as I was busy finishing my piece and ripping fabric for dyeing which is what I am doing all day today.

Sent out a query to a gallery and got a reponse that they would like for me to come in to show them my work.

Then, this morning Pokey Bolton of Quilting Arts emailed me that she had received her advance copies of the next issue of QA and that my work looks wonderful on the COVER, did I say COVER??? Not only is the article six pages with one piece filling an entire page but on the cover!

Peel me off the ceiling right now...I have dyeing to do!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Running Fence Update

Well, the two running fence pieces have been picked up. The first is now titled Rainbow on the Running Fence and the second one is Blowing in the Wind.

If you are interested in purchasing these, you may contact Diane M. Smith, Curator, through her website.

Diane's website also provides further information about the project. She will be going to a gallery soon where she hopes to place the new pieces. Of course, I will be making more and will post them here, first.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Twice in one day

Here is Running Fence 2 which has been colored with disperse dyes and satin stitched. I can't believe how well this takes the disperse dyes!

Next piece will be much bigger...
This piece is 16 x 16".

The next one is 14.5 x 17.5"

Long time no see

It has really been a long time since I updated my blog. I have really enjoyed seeing my work
show up on Sonji's site and Melody's site as both went to the opening at Art and Soul of Quilting. It looked like a wonderful show, I sure wish that I could have been there.

Although I haven't been on my blog, I have been busy. Still working at organizing my studio but got out my disperse dyes and started playing with them. Boy, it is ever fun! The colors I am using are just vivid. I'll post a couple of finished pieces in a day or so.

Did go to our chapter of SAQA and saw everyone there and got updated on what is happening in the chapter.

I have finished the first of two of my running fences pieces. I have been given fabric from Christo's running fench which was in Sonoma County many years ago. My job it to use it in art so that it can be sold. Then I split the profits from the woman who is doing the marketing. This should be fun!