Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fiber on a Whim Has NOT Closed- Clarification

We have not closed nor do we have any intention of doing so!!!!
This week on QuiltArt has been quite active with discussion on copyright issues.  The focus was the use of photographs and paintings as inspiration for quilts.  There are many people that feel using a photograph/painting doesn't make the resulting piece a form of art.  We love using photographs as inspiration for/basis of/focal points and such in our pieces.  We fully encourage others to as long as it is a photo of theirs, copyright free image, or have permission to from the original artist. 

People feel so strongly about this that often times their comments became quite negative.  One main comment was that everyone on QuiltArt is "quilter-artist-wanna-bes" and that is why we were singling out these particular quilts in our conversation about copyright.  When an individual said they were offended by that characterization I simply gave background on the commentator.  I never named names nor gave direct links to find the name and so on.  My comments were all factual and based on what has happened to me(proof in emails and blog posts).  I never said the commentator herself had done anything, simply that she had started a group that fostered an environment where a situation occurred that I had direct issue with because it impacted my artwork/teaching.  Once again.....I never stated that the creator of the group did this just that her "vision" for the group created the environment for this. 

Unfortunately that person has seen fit to reach out to a number of individuals and make harmful comments against my mother and our company.  I'm sorry if you were caught in the middle of this!  It was never my intention to include any of you in a simple statement of fact on QuiltArt.  Unfortunately that was not the view of another party and we are sorry she dragged you into any of this.  If you have any questions about us or our business, please contact us with them.  
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Whimsies-To-Go Premiere Event in Houston!

Here is our finalized schedule for our first ever Whimsies-To-Go event in Houston.  We are in Booth #144 and will be running 20 one hour make and takes/workshops throughout Festival.  Each workshop has a $10 kit fee so that we may provide you with everything you need! Seating is very limited so make your plans now!  Only 8 seats available for each workshop and seating opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the class!

Wednesday October 29th
6-7PM Mixed Media Card by Kristin Rodriguez
7:30-8:30 Vintage Domino Necklace by Janelle Girod
 Mixed Media Card with Kristin Rodriguez

 Vintage Domino with Janelle Girod

Manipulated Pincushion with Cheryl Sleboda

Thursday October 30th
11A-12P Girlfriend Art People/Magnet by Maggie Winfield
12:30-1:30P Manipulated Pincushion by Cheryl Sleboda
2-3P What's in Your Closet? by Kristin Rodriguez
3:30-4:30P Light Up Trading Cards by Cheryl Sleboda
5-6P Texture: Surface Design for Beginners by Sarah Ann Smith
Girlfriend Art People Magnet/Pin with Maggie Winfield

Day of the Dead Inktense Postcard with Vickie Meredith Lord
What's in Your Closet? with Kristin Rodriguez

Friday October 31st
11A-12P Texture: Surface Design for Beginners by Sarah Ann Smith
12:30-1:30P Manipulated Pincushion by Cheryl Sleboda
2-3P Day of the Dead Inktense Postcard by Vickie Meredith Lord
3:30-4:30P Girlfriend Art People/Magnet by Maggie Winfield
5-6P Mixed Media Needlecase by Kristin Rodriguez
Light Up Trading Card with Cheryl Sleboda

 
Texture: Surface Design with Sarah Ann Smith

Mixed Media Needlecase with Kristin Rodriguez

Saturday November 1st
11A-12P Day of the Dead Inktense Postcard by Vickie Meredith Lord
12:30-1:30P Burlap Artscape by Janelle Girod
2-3P Stacked Art: Silk Carrier Rods by Janelle Girod
3:30-4:30P Manipulated Pincushion by Cheryl Sleboda
5-6P Bloomin' Cocoon by Janelle Girod

Burlap Artscape with Janelle Girod

Sunday November 2nd
11A-12P Light Up Trading Cards by Cheryl Sleboda
12:30-1:30P Burlap Artscape by Janelle Girod
2-3P Mixed Media Needlecase by Kristin Rodriguez

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Thermofax Screens designed by Sarah Ann Smith for FOAW

How is it October already??

Where has this year/fall gone to?  We can't believe it ourselves.  Guess that shows how busy we have been trying to get it all done.  We even missed our own birthday!  We celebrated 9 years in business on September 15th.  We have been busy in the dye studio filling orders and producing stock to get us through our biggest shows of the year.  Now that they are here we don't quite know what to think. 

During that time.....we are excited to announce that we partnered up with Sarah Ann Smith to design some thermofax screens for us!  Her designs are now up online and they are the sale of the week.

Sale of the Week:  Sarah Ann Smith designed Thermofax Screens 10% off




Also we are pleased to announce our finalized schedule for our first ever Whimsies-To-Go event in Houston.  We are in Booth #144 and will be running 20 one hour make and takes/workshops throughout Festival.  Each workshop has a $10 kit fee so that we may provide you with everything you need!

Wednesday October 29th
6-7PM Mixed Media Card by Kristin Rodriguez
7:30-8:30 Vintage Domino Necklace by Janelle Girod

Thursday October 30th
11A-12P Girlfriend Art People/Magnet by Maggie Winfield
12:30-1:30P Manipulated Pincushion by Cheryl Sleboda
2-3P What's in Your Closet? by Kristin Rodriguez
3:30-4:30P Light Up Trading Cards by Cheryl Sleboda
5-6P Texture: Surface Design for Beginners by Sarah Ann Smith

Friday October 31st
11A-12P Texture: Surface Design for Beginners by Sarah Ann Smith
12:30-1:30P Manipulated Pincushion by Cheryl Sleboda
2-3P Day of the Dead Inktense Postcard by Vickie Meredith Lord
3:30-4:30P Girlfriend Art People/Magnet by Maggie Winfield
5-6P Mixed Media Needlecase by Kristin Rodriguez

Saturday November 1st
11A-12P Day of the Dead Inktense Postcard by Vickie Meredith Lord
12:30-1:30P Burlap Artscape by Janelle Girod
2-3P Stacked Art: Silk Carrier Rods by Janelle Girod
3:30-4:30P Manipulated Pincushion by Cheryl Sleboda
5-6P Bloomin' Cocoon by Janelle Girod

Sunday November 2nd
11A-12P Light Up Trading Cards by Cheryl Sleboda
12:30-1:30P Burlap Artscape by Janelle Girod
2-3P Mixed Media Needlecase by Kristin Rodriguez

Check out our Facebook page and our blog for project photos!

Shows:
Pacific International Quilt Festival October 16-19 Santa Clara, CA
International Quilt Market October 25-27 Houston, TX
International Quilt Festival October 30-Nov 2 Houston, TX

Monday, September 8, 2014

More Info on our Houston Studio and Sale of the Week

So last week we told you about our plans for Houston!  Just in case you missed it....we are setting up a Studio space in our booth.  We will run a total of 20 hour long "Whimsies-To-Go" workshops during Houston Quilt Festival.  Our space is very limited so each is held to 8 participants and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Planning will be key with seating opening 15 minutes before the start of the workshop. 



Each day will offer a variety of techniques on tap.  There will be a $10 kit fee for each workshop so that we may supply you with everything you need to complete the project! We are working on publishing the final schedule with all the photos and times but there are still a few details to iron out.  Hopefully by next week we will have that for you.  In the meantime, here are a few of the workshops that will be offered.

Manipulated Pincushions by Cheryl Sleboda
Thursday Oct 30th 12:30-1:30
Friday Oct 31st 12:30-1:30
Saturday Nov 1st 3:30-4:40





Maggie Winfield offers Miniature Doll Magnet/PinThursday Oct 30th 11A-12P
Friday Oct 31st 3:30-4:30P

(Her sample arrived the other day and is amazing!!!)



Day of the Dead Inktense by Vickie Meredith LordFriday October 31st 2-3PM
Saturday November 1st 11-12PM




We will announce more throughout the week on our Facebook page and next week we will show you a few more of the studio workshops.

Sale of the Week:  $5.50/yd Batiks

We have been making the complete switch to only carrying our line of hand-dyed fabrics.  We have a few yards of batiks left that need to find new homes so that we can have the shelf space.  After this week they will be pulled off the internet so now is your chance to grab a deal!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Drum Roll Please: Are you Ready for Houston??

Are you going to the 40th Anniversary of International Quilt Festival Houston??

I know I've been teasing on Facebook for a couple weeks now about a HUGE announcement in regards to Houston's Festival.  We are finally able to share our exciting news!

Last year showed us that we needed to grow in space so we have a bigger booth for this year's Festival.  We are turning part of our booth into a "Studio".



The best part of this.....some really FABULOUS artists have agreed to join us!  Cheryl Sleboda, Sarah Ann Smith, Maggie Winfield, and Vickie Meredith Lord will be leading workshops on a variety of techniques.  They range from Smocking, Thermofax Screenprinting, Painting, LED artist trading cards, Inktense Pencils, beading and more.  We, Janelle Girod and Kristin Rodriguez, will also be running workshops on Silk Cocoons/Carrier Rods, a variety of mixed-media techniques just to name a few. 

We will be posting a schedule on our website over the next few weeks and announcing the workshops in the newsletter.  We hope that many of you will join us in the studio for a great celebration of quilting and creativity!  There will even be special prizes given away in each class!!  Space will be limited for these events so planning will be key!

"Join us in Fiber on a Whim's Studio where you can renew your energy level by taking a break from the show floor to create a piece of art.  Join a few of Fiber on a Whim's favorite artists as they lead you in a hands on Whimsies-To-Go workshop.  In just one hour you will learn a new technique while creating your own individual artwork!"

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Creative Time.....

Not sure about you, but we don't get nearly enough time to "play".  This past week we took time, made time; however you would like to say it and it felt wonderful.  Even took time to be child like and climbed into the kiddie pool when the kiddies'  were done for the day....I know we are a bit old for that but when your hot, your hot!  To add to these precious summer days I even read a book....this makes the week sound like we really goofed off, but we dyed over 120 pieces of burlap....lost count of the yards of osnaburg and kona we also dyed.  This was really a productive week.

For those of you who do not get our newsletter, these little beauties are headed up to Checker Distributors for their open house event the end of August.  The young ones made them to be given to shop owners who attend.  They have a pin back on them so that they can be worn.....some of you may have seen them in Chicago at the International Quilt Festival.

One of the things I still cannot get used to is designing and planning way in advance.....like fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving, Christmas or even Valentines Day.  If someone has a tip for me, please share it....tried holiday music but with 90 degree heat and humidity it just didn't create the mood.  Given that, after the flowers were made it hit me that they would look great on a little heart pillow to be given as a gift to someone special or just as a holiday decoration.


 I may not have been able to get into the holiday mood but daughter dear certainly did, this table runner is made using 2 of our burlap bundles, little hand-dyed wool for applique and our hand-dyed perle cotton.  She even found some holiday decorations to stage some pretty photos with...
 The pattern and/or kit should be available soon at least I think that's what I heard.
 This new quilt was created using our hand-dyed Osnaburg....I love this fabric.  We talked about doing something out of osnaburg to send up for the open house and this is what came of that brief conversation...I did think the young one was crazy to suggest I make a quilt before Monday, but it went together between Saturday and Monday so quickly...don't you just love when that happens. 
Don't think we will get much "play" time this week.  Next week may be another matter!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tons of New Items! Sale of the Week: Burlap

We hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend....we know we did!!  We fit in some soccer, a baseball game, and family time! 

My goal around all of that was to get all the new items up online.  We introduced a few things at Spring Market and things had been so crazy they didn't get out but now they are up there.  We now have a Linen line which is 60% Linen/ 40% Cotton.  It is yet another great texture!  Also we have some new Kona fat quarter packs, discharged fabrics, rubber stamps, and more.  Check out our website to see all the new things!

Sale of the Week: 20% off Burlap & Sparkle Burlap Fat Quarters & Smalls

Don't forget to check out all of our supporting patterns for burlap.  What is better then Christmas in July?  Make a Burlap Stocking!!!





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