Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Few More........

I believe we made 8 new pieces of work, 7 prayer flags and 2 little girls dresses while in Paducah. In this post I will show you the remainder of the pieces.

This piece was created using "Collage Your Creativity" a pattern by Susan Edmonson Designs.  Over the last few months we have been displaying one of Susan's pieces in our booth, and we decided to work one up in our new colors.  This was a fun piece to make.

When Kristin finished creating the stacked landscape portion of the piece below I thought she had lost her mind, my thoughts were along the line of "how on earth was I going to do anything with this one".  It hung on the wall of the studio in Paducah for almost 2 weeks before I realized I was excited by the colors.  We started collaborating using this style a few years ago, we have learned that we look at them very differently.  She sees something, I see something, so when she turns them over to me to embroider and finish it usually is surprising to see the finished work.

This one caused me just a bit of grief, I tried several different stitches and colors of thread, tearing most of them out.  The color was either overwhelming or the stitching came across as out of proportion for the piece. After finally finishing the embroidery I was very perplexed...what color should the background quilty mat be to not overwhelm or fight with it.  "We" decided on our parchment and Kristin suggested I quilt it with trees as I had done several years ago on another quilt.  I think it sets of the "stacked landscape" portion well.

 This quilt was created using the Ripple pattern by Sew Many Creations.  You may have seen another version of this quilt in our booth at shows....that one was given to a dear friend.  Kristin is always happy to stitch up a quilt top using this pattern, she absolutely loves the how this pattern is written.
The little quilt below is a "tweaked" version of a Drunkards Path.  Sorry I cannot find a better photo of the finished piece which combines hand stitching and machine stitching.  
 These 2 pieces were begun at Paducah during our 2016 stay and finished during our stay this year.  Color wise they turned out to be a perfect fit to complement our newest work so they hung at market and our hanging in our booth at QSDS in Columbus, Ohio for the next couple of weeks.  If you are near the Columbus College of Art and Design in downtown Columbus check it out.
In order to spend time in my studio over the next couple of weeks I will have to work around spending time with my grandson....for many of you this is how summer vacation goes.  Stay tuned if I'm not totally exhausted I hope to finish two garments I have underway and I have plans for six new prayer flags.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Few Other New Pieces.....

This spring we decided to make all new pieces for our market booth.  I think it looked really great...
This quilt is called "Posies", all work was created using our 5 new colors and a couple of our other colors. The pattern will soon be available.  Kristin purposely limited our palette to see what we would come out with, I believe we hit a home run.

Since we offer yardage, we have been making more larger quilts and clothing, so here are a couple of little girl dresses made from our linen.

We then started discussing creating a couple of little pieces using traditional quilt patterns, but giving them a Fiber on a Whim twist.
This little modified bargello style piece was created using our new fat quarter pack called, Fresca.  Once Kristin was done hand stitching, quilting and finishing, she turned it over to me to embellish,  a little embroidery and sparkly beads and it was done.

I will try to get some good photos of the remainder of the pieces now that Kristin is home from market and before she leaves to vend at QSDS-Quilt and Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, OH.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Finished Before Spring Market.....

I cannot believe that we actually managed to finish all new work for our booth at Spring Quilt Market being held in St. Louis, MO this weekend. Daughter dear announced before we left for our artist in residency in Paducah, KY that we were going to limit the colors we would be using to our 5 new colors and a couple others.  It was our lofty plan to create all new pieces using those 5 new colors, with me kicking and screaming....I could not imagine making enough pieces to fill the walls our our booth with such a limited palette.  Over the next several days I will share photos of the finished work and hopefully some shots of our actual booth.

A couple of years ago we began creating pieces we refer to as our "textured collages", so naturally the plan was to create something in that style.  These pieces are a collaboration between us, Kristin lays out the background, does some hand stitching and chooses a photo transfer to be used which tends to set the theme.  She chose a bird photo to transfer for both these piece,  this shouldn't be a surprise we seem to each have favorite things we use in our work.  Then they are passed to me and I embellish them with embroidery and "stuff" my favorite part.

Even though we limited our colors, these 2 pieces show how differently fabrics with varied fiber contents take the same dyes.   Our multi dyes which we do in cotton, organdy and cheesecloth allow us to have some great variations to use. 

Check back to see more of  our new creations. 

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

My Hands Have Not Been Idle........

Since the last blog I have been hand stitching like crazy to finish up all our new pieces for our booth at Quilt Market in St. Louis next week.  Some of the pieces are collaborations with my daughter and others are pieces we created individually.  Over the coming week I will show you what we have been up to.  All of the pieces have been started and/or finished in Paducah this year during our artist in residency.  After each residency we are always amazed at how much we have accomplished.

The first four prayer flags are Susan Edmonson Designs, I love Susan's designs and they work up well in our products.

For this flag I wanted to use our hand-dyed cheesecloth and I really like the sunflower design from Kathi Campbell of Heart to Hand as seen in her pattern Pocket Potpourri.  I added our hand-dyed ric-rac in both sizes, a bit of wool and a fantastic piece of vintage hand-dyed lace by Wendy Richardson of Quilt Tapestry Studio.
 With my confidence mounting I went "rogue" these last two flags I used a variety of products I wanted to highlight.  In the purple flag I created the flowers from wool, I had been dying to create 3 dimensional wool flowers versus the usual hand applique flowers I am used to doing, further embellishing with our hand-dyed rayon seam binding and lace. 
On this final flag I used our ric-rac to create the flowers it was fun and I love how they turned out.
Stay tuned over the next few days to see the rest of the work we will be hanging in our booth over  the course of the next year.