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Archive for August, 2010

Tri-County Fair Time!

This morning dropped off two quilts for the Tri-County Fair quilt show. Fair time! I can’t wait to go Thursday night, and see all the fabulous creations the Eastern Sierra women create. And, it is interesting participating in a juried show, and receiving comments from a judge (like how dog hair distracts from the quilt).  I invite you to come see!

Lodore Quilt

Canyon of Lodore, Green River. All fabrics hand dyed. Raw edge applique by machine.

Playful Pollinators

Playful Poolinators. Flowers sketched, colored with crayons, and hand embroidered. Fabric hand dyed with natural plants (tumeric, cabbage, rabbit brush, and marigolds). Hand quilted.

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Recently, a group of quilter friends and I started a new group in our Calico Quilt Guild. The guild named us the “Out of Box Group”. We are a group at art quilters, modern quilters, or just regular quilters who enjoy learning new techniques. I was inspired by the new movement sweeping across our country, where women quilters are joining together and creating Modern Quilt Guilds.

Last week was our second meeting, and I had such a good time. There was something timeless and soothing about sitting around a kitchen table with a group of ladies of all ages and walks of life, sharing stories, laughing, playing, and being creative. I’m hooked! I hope everyone was having as good a time as I was.

We were playing with Shiva Oil Paint Sticks. After Margaret gave a brief introduction, we dug in. Margaret brought everything from sand paper to stencils. The basic idea is to rub the sticks over the fabric, picking up the design of the texture underneath. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few shots of the designs I created:

Oil Paint Stick rubbing
Oil Paint Stick rubbing

Oil Paint Stick rubbing

Oil Paint Stick rubbing

Oil Paint Stick rubbing

Penny suggested a challenge, that we all try to bring a completed mini-quilt to the next meeting (if you are curious, Wendy will be teaching us how to needle felt).

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