Sunday, September 9, 2018

Quilt with oil paint stick embellishments gets washed

This quilt was made about 10 years ago. The design was inspired by an antique coverlet from the crazy patch era of quiltmaking.
Quilt embellished with Shiva oil paintsticks. 54" x 64"
The centers of the blocks were hand embellished using Shiva Artist's Paintstiks and rubbing plates. Remember when oil paint sticks came on the radar of the art quilters? I was there. Yep, I was experimenting with them.
Centers of the quilt blocks embellished with oil paintsticks and rubbing plates.
So instead of decorative hand embroidery stitches on the blocks of this crazy patch-inspired quilt, I decorated the blocks by hand with colorful iridescent oil paints.
Free-motion quilting using Mirage, a 30 wt. rayon thread.
I was also new to free-motion quilting and crushing on Mirage, a 30 wt. rayon thread, and Accent, a 12 wt. rayon thread from Wonderfil Specialty Threads. These variegated threads have gorgeous colorways. It was easy to show them off on the black sashing and solid batiks used in this quilt.
The color of the paintstiks before washing.

Last week, I decided to wash this quilt to see how the oil paints would hold up. 
The paintstick colors held up from washing.
They did just great! No noticeable loss of color saturation. The quilt was washed in cool water, gentle cycle on speed wash (yes, in the washing machine). As expected, the 100% cotton batting caused the typical fabric puckering, but that was about all that changed.
Detail: block embellished with oil paint sticks after washing.
I've used the Artist's Paintstiks for surface design on other fabric items. It's a fun process and there is an abundance of rubbing plates, textures, stencils and the like that you can use with them. Follow the directions for use, care and how to work with these oil paints on fabric. There is a time period you must wait for the oils to dissipate before washing... but it's much less than 10 years.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

I'm taking the September Textile Love Challenge

This summer, I joined the #100Days100blocks2018 Challenge. This was my first virtual stitch-along and I'm enjoying it. A recent Instagram post by a friend introduced me to the UK-based textile community, Seam Collective. Seam Collective is issuing their second September Textile Love Challenge. I decided to jump on board!
This is my Textile Love "Introduction" photo to my chaotic studio space with its
wild, uncontrollable yet colorful design wall. Only 2 WIPs on it today.
This is my "Introduction" post photo on Instagram, where the Challenge is hosted using hashtag #SeptTextileLove. I'm not experienced with selfies (nor do I like them much), so just take in the color in the background... or the lovely Art Gallery knit fabric I'm wearing. Be sure to follow me at veronica.fiberantics to see my responses to the SeptTextileLove daily prompts.
Daily prompt worksheet for the Seam Collective September Textile Love Challenge.
On the Seam blog, you can download a worksheet with the full month of daily prompts issued for the Challenge. Here's my worksheet amidst the Majestic batik scraps I'm using for the 100 Blocks Challenge. Yep, my cutting board looks much like my design wall.

I would like to use some of the Textile Love prompts on new work—or in-progress pieces that have stalled. But I'm OK with experiments and practice swatches. I believe that every piece you start doesn't need to be finished. Sometimes a piece serves a temporary purpose for experimentation, skill building, auditioning... or ya just need to busy your hands. If I don't used a prompt for doing hands-on work, it will motivate a search for inspiring photos from my archives. A revisit to inspiration from the past is a good thing, too.

September always reminds me of the end of summer, the saturated colors of Fall, going back to school, and the opportunity and possibilities for learning new things! This September Textile Love Challenge fits this so well.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

100 days 100 blocks progress

I saw a billboard last week that read, "Unplug to Recharge." Sounds like an oxymoron... but it has validity and it's darned good advice! So with that, I took a few hours last weekend to step away from the computer and retreat to the sewing machine.

With 77 blocks complete, I’m 3/4 of the way to completing the City Sampler blocks from the book, "100 Modern Quilt Blocks." These are Blocks 1 through 25.
Blocks 1-25. 100 Modern Quilt Blocks City Sampler quilt.
Made with Majestic Batiks.

Blocks 26 through 50.
Blocks 26-50. 100 Modern Quilt Blocks City Sampler quilt.
Made with Majestic Batiks.

And Blocks 51 through 75.
Blocks 51-75. 100 Modern Quilt Blocks City Sampler quilt.
Made with Majestic Batiks.
My stack of these 6-inch beauties is growing tall. It will be a fun exercise on the design wall once all 100 blocks are complete. 

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!

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