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Last weekend was a thrilling and delightful experience. I had the honor and pleasure of being invited to participate in an art show with four other artists at the Mountain Rambler Brewery.

IMG_3731Sunday morning we gathered at the brewery before it opened to hang the artwork. There were quilts, pastels, oils, and watercolor!

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After laying out all the artwork on the tables, Ann suggested where various pieces could go and we started to hang. There was a lot of putting up, stepping back, thinking about it, moving around, gazing, until finally, each one was just right.

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I have two pieces in the show, my Bristlecone Sunset and South Fork of Big Pine Creek mountains (which I’ll be doing its own blog post on soon!). My pieces are to the left of the door as you first come in. We grouped a few more bristlecone pine trees near mine, a quilt by Suzanne Logan and an oil painting by Ann Piersall.

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Ann’s stunning oil paintings take up most of one wall, showing the beauty of our mountain landscape.

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To the right of her paintings, are the other quilts by Suzanne Logan, including this stunning owl. One of my favorites of her work.

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On the opposite side of the room, are watercolors by Mary Newton, and pastel by Scott Weaver.

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We had a casual meet the artists reception Sunday evening. It was a pleasure to see friends and share the artwork with all. After so many hours of working tirelessly to meet the deadline, it was a heady feeling to have it all done!

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The show will be up through October, if you are interested to see the artwork in person. Thank you Ann for inviting us all to participate in your show, and Joe for sharing the brewery space with us!

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I finished the mountain quilt just in time to take it for a hike and photograph it in the landscape where it was inspired before hanging it in the show. My friend Sage commented on my picture of the quilt saying, “Reminds me of a Doug Robinson quote, ‘To be a mountaineer is to first love the mountains, then to climb them.’ And then to sew them.”

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Recently, I purchased a book on Japanese inspired quilt blocks from the book store. I spent many evenings poring over their patterns, getting excited for using my hand dyed fabrics to give them a try. The pattern that spoke the loudest to me was one of a spiral. I knew I wanted to use my golden and turquoise fabrics from a recent dye session for this one.

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The pattern was very small and intricate, asking for one inch strips, with quarter inch seams, meaning each strip would be half an inch. Thank goodness for my new machine and the good foot and spacing guides! I was quite pleased with my ability to piece as precisely as possible.

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For quilting, I pondered for a while using regular quilting thread or cotton pearl thread. I had purchased some from our local craft store a while back, but hadn’t used them yet. I thought the simple stichery with big thread would nicely contrast with the bold simple design.

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The result? In my opinion: beautiful stichery.

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I liked the play of gold and turquoise together, and couldn’t quite ever decide if I was stitching the wave of a river, the bright blue of the rapid churning round and round, or the wave of the sun, relentlessly shining down. Which do you think?

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I had a few scraps left over, and couldn’t bear to see them go to waste. So I stitched them together too!

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Hmm, what could I make with two small squares? Pot holders!

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These I kept for myself. The river wave will be for sale in my Etsy shop soon!

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I think what caught my fancy the most with these little projects was the playful fun feeling I got as the piecing came together. I could sit down for ten minutes or a whole morning, and loose myself in the feel of the thread, the color of the fabric, and the texture of making. And they are portable! I took the pot holder to the local coffee shop, and in the time it took to drink my chai tea I had one quilted!

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Here is a sneak peak of my next mini quilt on the left – to be featured in the next blog post soon! I am enjoying myself way too much.

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This weekend I played with my hand-dyed fabric and paper piecing. I pulled out various yellows, oranges, and greens. I wanted to sew a second mini poppy wall-hanging like I did a few months ago. This is an item I’m hoping to sell in my etsy shop.

photo (3)This is a color pallette that I’ve been in love with for a while. Yellow and orange on their own can be quite bright and overbearing, so something about the light greens complements them so well and makes the whole mix pleasing.

photo (1)I love paper piecing with my hand-dyed fabrics as well, each little pop of color is so joyful to work and cut with. It is fun to use many many shades of different colors to make the composition more rich. Sixteen colors were used in this little 7″x7″ quilt!

photo (2)I even love the color of my scrap piles! I have to almost force myself to throw the colorful scraps away. There is a lot of trimming, ironing, and cutting with paper piecing. My ironing board is high enough so that I can stand while ironing and cutting. I find it comfortable on my body to sit at the machine, then stand to iron, then to sit.

photoAnd after a few hours, the little quilt was done. I haven’t used any batting or done any quilting on it. I’m thinking I want to make one more, to test out if I like it with those features. I also want to make a quilt pattern of this paper piecing, to also sell in my etsy shop. So many ideas so little time! I also have a charm pack of the sixteen fabrics cut to sell along with the pattern, in case you want to use the same color palette I did!

My goal is to have my etsy shop, Sierra Oak Threadworks, open in April. I’ve been working on the background foundation pieces, my shop policies, how to ship packages, things like that. I’ve started a twitter feed, and you can follow me at https://twitter.com/SierraOakThread. Look there for more updates!

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