Sunday, August 19, 2018

Trunk Show and Space quilt exhibit at Birdsong Quilting

"Mother Earth: Her Face Evolving"
by Christine Schramm Cetrulo. Celebrating the art of
quilting at Birdsong Quilting, Embroidery and Crafts.
There is a wonderful art quilt exhibit at Birdsong Quilting, Embroidery and Crafts, featuring the work of members of the Quilt Artists of Kentucky (QAK), an auxiliary group of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society. The exhibit has several pieces from "Space: The Final Frontier Challenge" and other art quilts by members of the group.

While at the exhibit, I met Christine Schramm Cetrulo, a member of QAK. Christine was teaching a fabric painting class at Birdsong—introducing quilters and sewers to fun and exciting techniques for embellishing fabric. Here is one of Christine's quilts, "Mother Earth: Her Face Evolving" that is on display at the shop. Amazing work!

A Trunk Show: quilts and wearables
As part of the month-long celebration of quilting and quilt artistry at Birdsong Quilting, Shannon, the owner, asked if I would come and do a trunk show of my work. 

It was a pleasure to be included in the celebration and fun to share my quilts and wearables with the Kentucky quilters that came out to see my show and tell. It's been a while since I've shown "finished" pieces, so it was good to be able to show how the quilting adds to the design and composition of a piece. (We did a lot of looking at the quilt backs.)

Examples of the diversity of fabrics available at Birdsong:
ikats and yarn-dyed textured cottons from Diamond Textiles, knits from Art Gallery,
batiks from Majestic Batiks, and art panels from Frond Design Studios.

I had a sampling of quilts, guild Challenges, art quilts, free-motion quilting and apparel (jackets, blouses, knit tops and pants). A few of the attendees said that this was their first trunk show so I hope they got a good dose of inspiration and a broad range of possibilities and ideas for new projects.

My trunk show included examples of quilts and wearables.

The dialog with the attendees at my trunk show was lively. Their questions were thoughtful and inquisitive. Questions spanned a range of topics including: free-motion quilting, the whats and whys of bobbin thread, quilt facings, sewing machine needles, yarn-dyed vs. printed cotton fabrics, patterns for garment sewing, and the different fabrics—knits, canvas, rayon, etc.—that are now available to quilt shops from fabric manufacturers of quilting cottons. Birdsong Quilting has a great selection of fabrics for quilting as well as sewing. The store also offers classes and events to support these endeavors.

Quilting cottons, ikat, textured wovens, batiks, hand-dyed, shibori
can be used for wearables and garments
Thank you to Shannon for the kind invitation and to the staff at Birdsong that helped with the set-up and logistics of the trunk show.

If you are in Georgetown, KY (Lexington, KY area) in August, stop in to see the art quilt exhibit at Birdsong Quilting. Shop Birdsong's wonderful selection of fabrics, notions, books and supplies and take your next quilting or sewing project to another level... or out of this world!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Farmer's Wife goes EPP with Art Gallery Fabrics

There are a lot of stitch-alongs, sew-alongs, quilt-alongs (and knit-alongs, for that matter) available for makers. Some are hosted through local quilt shops, some through on-line sources. These programs help makers tackle a big project by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable bites. The latest program I've encountered is The Farmer's Wife.
The Farmer's Wife Sew-along with Paper Pieces and Art Gallery Fabrics.

Paper Pieces, a well-known creator of English Paper Piecing [EPP] products, has teamed up with Laurie Aaron Hird to re-create The Farmer's Wife sampler quilt using the English paper piecing technique. See the Say Hello to Farmer's Wife blog post for an introduction to the program.

The Farmer's Wife English Paper Piecing kits and instruction book.
The EPP paper templates are perforated and come with pieces for the sashing and cornerstone. The blocks are 6 inches and the book is needed for assembly instructions.
EPP paper templates include sashing and cornerstone templates.
So when each block is complete, you can assemble as you go if you choose.

Art Gallery Fabrics

Paper Pieces chose Art Gallery Fabrics Color Masters for a beautiful, 21st century colorwash version of a 1920s era sampler quilt. Color Masters by AGF come in 10-piece curated selections of either fat quarters or half-yard cuts. The Farmer's Wife sampler uses the fat quarter boxes (available through Paper Pieces or YLQS (your local quilt shop)). Paper Pieces has made it easy for the stitch-along participants by creating a color layout for the colorwash sampler. It's available on their website here.

Gnome Angel, your stitch-along hostess
Looking for additional support, tips and stitching camaraderie? Angie Wilson of the GnomeAngel blog is hosting The Farmer's Wife Stitch-along. There is also a Facebook page and Instrgram hashtag, #FW1920EPPSAL, for your virtual Show and Tell and prize eligibility.

Kick-off date: August 24
The official launch date for The Farmer's Wife stitch-along is August 24. EPP kits and Color Masters fabrics are available now so you can get a jump on planning a beautiful colorwash sampler. I'm told there will be a break for Thanksgiving and December holidays, so don't panic.

Are you in? EPP is portable, so you can take it with you and work on your blocks anywhere. You'll also enjoy reading the stories of the women across the country who were married to farmers in the 1920s. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

25 out of 100: The City Sampler blocks

These are the first 25 blocks of the 100 blocks of the City Sampler quilt. This sew-along—hosted by GnomeAngel—started July 7 (see my blog post here) and we are a quarter of the way through it... making steady progress.
Blocks 1 to 25 out of 100.

I do keep ahead of the Instagram post dates. Blocks 1 through 39 are in this pile. Closeups of each of my blocks are on my Instagram feed at veronica.fiberantics.
Blocks 1 through 39 for the City Sampler quilt.

It's been a delight to experiment with the various designs and color combinations from Majestic Batiks that I'm using for this sampler challenge. At first, I was following fabric and value placement shown in the required book, "100 Modern Quilt Blocks." Now, I come up with my own color and value placement and I'm finding this more interesting and engaging. It is a more mindful process for me. And because each block is a different pattern, I like the focus on making just a single block from that pattern.

One block at a time... the sampler continues...

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A rippin' good Art Weave workshop with the Bulloch Hall Quilters

Christie with her Art Weave piece.
I knew it. I just knew it!

The Bulloch Hall Quilters were a lively, fun, out-of-the-box bunch of quilters that embraced the Art Weave technique. I had so much fun with them in my workshop last week.

As each student introduced herself—mostly for my benefit because they knew each other from the guild—it quickly became evident that this was a group of experienced and multi-disciplined quiltmakers.

Most of the women indicated they make all kinds of quilts—traditional, contemporary and art quilts. Some liked appliqué, there were some garment sewers, and one or two relative beginner quiltmakers in the group, but overall, they were self-proclaimed "eclectic" and "multi-faceted" quilters. One even traveled from South Carolina to take the workshop.

My kind of group!

Ideas for Art Weave
Art Weave is a fun, no-fuss, liberating technique. I was able to borrow two Art Weave pillows from my sweet MIL, so along with my two samples, I had several examples at the workshop of the potential this technique has to offer.
Art Weave examples.

Beginning the process
The ripping and stripping part is my favorite step in the process to watch!
Ms. P took to it like a pro!

Ellen is making strips for the violets.

It was great to have my friend and former business associate, Karen, in the workshop.

Janet (center) is the current guild President and Holly (standing, left)
was my hostess and did a great job preparing and packaging the class kits. 

Katy was a relatively new quilter but was fearless
with the Art Weave technique.

Here is Lisa, the previous guild President.

I'm always interested in why people choose to take a particular workshop, especially one that does not employ a "typical" quiltmaking technique. Common responses are:
  • I saw your sample and wanted to make this project.
  • I like to learn new things. I am a workshop junkie.
  • I like to work with and make things with fabric. 
  • I wanted to learn how to use these large, artistic, floral prints.

Adding to this list came the following insights from the Bulloch Hall Quilters. (I love these!)
  • The supply list was short!
  • I didn't have to bring my sewing machine to the class.
  • I didn't have to bring a rotary cutter or those large cutting mats.
Diane (left) and Ardie weaving.

Joan chose wider strips for her Art Weave iris.

Helga created her piece with multi-width strips.
I can't wait to see this one finished.
Ms. P weaving one of the iris prints.

When the workshop concluded, we were all treated to a lovely and tasty "Salad and Dessert" potluck lunch. (Great idea, Holly.) By the way, these women are talented cooks, too!

Art Weave workshop with the Bulloch Hall Quilters.

I appreciate the invitation to teach this workshop for the Bulloch Hall Quilters. I did a trunk show program for them in May, but their schedule could not accommodate a workshop at that time. Generally, this guild does not hold guild meetings or events during the summer, but they were flexible in working with my travel schedule and I am so happy they did.

A summer get-together making fabric art with friends was refreshing and energizing! I can't wait to see all their finished Art Weave pieces. Bulloch Hall Quilters: Please post pics of your projects on Facebook and Instagram with hashtags #artweave and #frondfabrics.  Follow me on IG at veronica.fiberantics.

Thanks again to Holly for coordinating the workshop and to her and her husband, Ken, for their gracious hospitality!

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