Tuesday, February 7, 2017

REJECTION ~
We all hate it; despise it and kind of shrink back into our own little bubbles when it happens.  We can let it eat at us down to the very core of our soul, or we can embrace it like the bad ass artist we are known to be and learn from it!  It can make you stronger.  

This past year, 2016, was an adventurous year for me.  I have come into my own and have embraced my “artist self” and as my artist and mentor friend calls it, “it has been the year of Deb”.   I have had a lot of successful exhibits, publications, and quilts traveling around the United States, but also a few rejections.

The journey took 2 years in the making and is finally paying off.  Not in any monetary way, but just in self-gratification that I can call myself an artist now.  Although many in my family and artist world have praised me on my work; only after my first real exhibit is when I could finally utter those words, “ I am an artist”.

I wanted to talk just a minute about the rejections.  Since I have found “my voice” and I have become to realize that I make art that is self-expression and what I am totally in love with, makes it easier for me when a rejection comes.  Take the juried show that just finished – HerStory, my Sally Ride quilt was juried in but Mae Jemison was not.  Although she (Mae) didn’t get juried into this show there still is a spot for her within my finished quilts.  She will be part of my quilt repertoire I am building for my solo show.   She is within a theme. 

Before my great year, 2016, I had submitted to quite a few art calls and was not accepted.  I decided to change my strategy and “Make art that I love.”  Maybe it won’t fit into some art calls, but it’s what I need to do for my artist expression.  The art calls that I have been answering are ones that I know I can keep up the theme that I have created just merely 2 years ago. 

So with that, here is my rejected Mae Jemison quilt.  I know it’s a great piece and it will fit well when my other quilts from the Fly Me to the Moon and HerStory traveling exhibits make it back home.  She will have a place.  So maybe this will help someone to look at their rejected pieces in a new light as they consider the next call for entry. What theme do you love or want to extend in your solo show?


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hard Work~~~Humbling Experience!

Flashback to 2014 Houston International Quilt Festival; I finally believe in myself enough to call myself an "Artist". All my hard work is finally paying off! It's a very humbling experience right now.
I am going to call it "the year of Deb" in response to being accepted in some upcoming shows and publications!

For you local peeps:  The Gallery at Lakeland Community College Presents:
Inspired By: Textile Art Alliance Members Exhibition
July 24 - September 9, 2016

TAA "Inspired By" Exhibit
I have promised pictures of the Lion King Quilt for months.  Without further adieu I give you
"Rafiki: The Great Mystic"  It was juried into the 120 quilt traveling exhibit for 2016 Cherrywood Fabric challenge!  I have listed below the venues.  It will be going to AQS in Chattanooga TN next and then look at the fun event at the end: Minskoff Theatre on Broadway! Woo hoo!  If you get a chance go see the exhibit, there are some exquisite pieces.

Rafki: The Great Mystic




Lion King Challenge Quilt
#cherrywoodlionkingquilt
 


September 15-17, 2016
AQS QuiltWeek, Chattanooga, Tennessee
October 6-8, 2016
AQS QuiltWeek, Des Moines, Iowa
November 2-6, 2016
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
November - December 2016
Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd, Minnesota
Gallery will be open on November 25, 26 and December 1-3
January 19-22, 2017
Road to California Quilt Show, Ontario, California
February 2017
Stevens County Museum Gallery, Morris, Minnesota
March 30 - April 1, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
April 6-8, 2017
MQX, Manchester, New Hampshire
April 25-29, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek, Paducah, Kentucky
The LION KING quilts will be at the convention center.
May 4-6, 2017
Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS), Salt Lake City, Utah
June 7-10, 2017
Minnesota Quilt Show, Duluth, Minnesota
June 22-24, 2017
Sew Original Expo, Reno, Nevada
August 17-20, 2017
World Quilt New England, , New Hampshire
September 7-9, 2017
QuiltExpo Madison, Wisconsin
September 14-17, 2017 (tentative)
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, Pennsylvania
October 12-15, 2017
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, California
November, 2017
Minskoff Theatre on Broadway, New York City, New York
*Number of quilts displayed to be announced*
Dr. Frank-n-Furter







One of the funnest quilts made to date!
          Dr. Frank-n-Furter
He will be traveling to Spool - Badass Quilting Society for the 2nd challenge.  Both Rafiki and the Dr. will be in Chattanooga at the same time! Different venues but hey what a great opportunity to see some terrific quilts!
Here is where he will do the time warp:
http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/lets-do-the-time-warp-again-again/






"Galileo Inspiration" in Fly Me To the Moon exhibit was chosen as one of the 54 quilts that will premiere at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November!  My other quilt "Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong’s First Step on the Moon" will be shown in some of the later venues below.
My Oklahoma friends....please see the January display, I think you will enjoy it immensely

Galileo Inspiration
November 3-6, 2016
Houston International Quilt Festival (54 quilts will be shown)                                                                                                      
January 19-22, 2017
Road to California in Ontario, CA (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

April 6-8, 2017
Chicago International Quilt Festival in Rosemont, Illinois (54 quilts will be shown)

May 4-6, 2017
14th Annual HMQS Home Machine Quilting and Sewing in Salt Lake City, Utah (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

June 2-4, 2017
Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show in Chantilly, VA (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

June 22-24, 2017
Sew Original Quilt and Creative Expos in Reno, NV (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

July, 2017
FMTTM exhibit during Sacred Threads, 2017

August 17-20, 2017
World Quilt New England in Manchester, NH (quilts TBD)

September 14-17, 2017
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, PA (quilts TBD)

October, 2017
Indianapolis, IN Guild Show (all quilts will be shown)

January 11-13, 2018
Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

Eye of Sahara



"Eye of Sahara"- 3rd in the "Earth in Three Bands: R, G, B series will be published in the Fiber Art Now Emerging Artist Showcase of the fall issue of Fiber Art Now.  The publicatoin will be released September 1st! 

 Here's where to find it:  www.fiberartnow.net



Last but not least, I found out yesterday that the"Painted Desert" - 1st in the “Earth in Three Bands: R, G, B” series will be exhibited at Schweinfurth Art Center
The Painted Desert
Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international jurried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York.

Artist Reception & Awards:
Saturday October 29, 4-6pm
Exhibit Dates:  October 29, 2016- January 8, 2017


I am in shock and awe at the same time that I have made it to the "big" time as my friend says!  It's a very humbling experience but very exciting! Come join me and enjoy the art displays!  

Hard Work~~~Humbling Experience!

Flashback to 2014 Houston International Quilt Festival; I finally believe in myself enough to call myself an "Artist". All my hard work is finally paying off! It's a very humbling experience right now.
I am going to call it "the year of Deb" in response to being accepted in some upcoming shows and publications!

For you local peeps:  The Gallery at Lakeland Community College Presents:
Inspired By: Textile Art Alliance Members Exhibition
July 24 - September 9, 2016

TAA "Inspired By" Exhibit
I have promised pictures of the Lion King Quilt for months.  Without further adieu I give you
"Rafiki: The Great Mystic"  It was juried into the 120 quilt traveling exhibit!  I have listed below the venues.  It will be going to AQS in Chattanooga TN next and then look at the fun event at the end: Minskoff Theatre on Broadway! Woo hoo!  If you get a chance go see the exhibit, there are some exquisite pieces.

Rafki: The Great Mystic




 


September 15-17, 2016
AQS QuiltWeek, Chattanooga, Tennessee
October 6-8, 2016
AQS QuiltWeek, Des Moines, Iowa
November 2-6, 2016
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
November - December 2016
Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd, Minnesota
Gallery will be open on November 25, 26 and December 1-3
January 19-22, 2017
Road to California Quilt Show, Ontario, California
February 2017
Stevens County Museum Gallery, Morris, Minnesota
March 1- 4, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek Daytona Beach, FL
March 30 - April 1, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
April 6-8, 2017
MQX, Manchester, New Hampshire
April 25-29, 2017
AQS QuiltWeek, Paducah, Kentucky
The LION KING quilts will be at the convention center.
May 4-6, 2017
Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS), Salt Lake City, Utah
June 7-10, 2017
Minnesota Quilt Show, Duluth, Minnesota
June 22-24, 2017
Sew Original Expo, Reno, Nevada
July 8, 2017
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters, OR
August 17-20, 2017
World Quilt New England, , New Hampshire
September 7-9, 2017
QuiltExpo Madison, Wisconsin
September 14-17, 2017 (tentative)
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, Pennsylvania
September 27-30, 2017

MQX, Springfield, IL
October 12-15, 2017
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, California
November, 2017
Minskoff Theatre on Broadway, New York City, New York
*Number of quilts displayed to be announced*
February 14-17, 2018
Dr. Frank-n-Furter
Las Colcheras Quilt Show, Las Cruces, New Mexico






One of the funnest quilts made to date!
          Dr. Frank-n-Furter
He will be traveling to Spool - Badass Quilting Society for the 2nd challenge.  Both Rafiki and the Dr. will be in Chattanooga at the same time! Different venues but hey what a great opportunity to see some terrific quilts!
Here is where he will do the time warp:
http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/lets-do-the-time-warp-again-again/






"Galileo Inspiration" in Fly Me To the Moon exhibit was chosen as one of the 54 quilts that will premiere at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November!  My other quilt "Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong’s First Step on the Moon" will be shown in some of the later venues below.
My Oklahoma friends....please see the January display, I think you will enjoy it immensely

Galileo Inspiration
November 3-6, 2016
Houston International Quilt Festival (54 quilts will be shown)                                                                                                      
January 19-22, 2017
Road to California in Ontario, CA (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

April 6-8, 2017
Chicago International Quilt Festival in Rosemont, Illinois (54 quilts will be shown)

May 4-6, 2017
14th Annual HMQS Home Machine Quilting and Sewing in Salt Lake City, Utah (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

June 2-4, 2017
Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show in Chantilly, VA (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

June 22-24, 2017
Sew Original Quilt and Creative Expos in Reno, NV (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

July, 2017
FMTTM exhibit during Sacred Threads, 2017

August 17-20, 2017
World Quilt New England in Manchester, NH (quilts TBD)

September 14-17, 2017
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, PA (quilts TBD)

October, 2017
Indianapolis, IN Guild Show (all quilts will be shown)

January 11-13, 2018
Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show (all FMTTM quilts will be shown)

Eye of Sahara



"Eye of Sahara"- 3rd in the "Earth in Three Bands: R, G, B series will be published in the Fiber Art Now Emerging Artist Showcase of the fall issue of Fiber Art Now.  The publicatoin will be released September 1st! 

 Here's where to find it:  www.fiberartnow.net



Last but not least, I found out yesterday that the"Painted Desert" - 1st in the “Earth in Three Bands: R, G, B” series will be exhibited at Schweinfurth Art Center
The Painted Desert
Quilts=Art=Quilts is an international jurried quilt exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York.

Artist Reception & Awards:
Saturday October 29, 4-6pm
Exhibit Dates:  October 29, 2016- January 8, 2017


I am in shock and awe at the same time that I have made it to the "big" time as my friend says!  It's a very humbling experience but very exciting! Come join me and enjoy the art displays!  

Monday, March 14, 2016

It's Finally Here~ The Rocky Horror Quilt Challenge


Step into my Laboratory ~

It's astounding
Time is fleeting
Madness takes its toll...
But Listen closely
Not for very much longer...
I've got to keep control.
It's just a jump to the left.
And then a step to the right.
with your hand on your hips.
You bring your knees in tight.
But it's the pelvic thrust.
They really drive you insane.
Let's do the Time Warp again.
Let's do the Time Warp again.

I had bought one of the many Rocky Horror Challenge bundles from Spool a while back.  Only a few people have seen my results!  Now is the time to unveil this little gem!  I used all the different fabrics in the bundle and added some bling!  And Pleather....did someone mention pleather!

Voting will be March 24-31, so PLEASE, please go vote.  There is even a prize for one of the voters!

So without further ado ~ I give you
Dr. Frank-n-Furter



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Poison Bottles ~

“What an interesting subject matter for a quilt”, were my very first thoughts when Misty Cole asked me to become one of her quilt-along bloggers for her project – Poison Bottle Block of the Month.  After doing a little research on my own, I found out why these antique poison bottles were so popular back in the day!  WOW!  It was a necessity that these bottles emerged.  DEATH – accidental poisonings were what made the industry change the way these bottles were made.  After a very published issue arose where a patient was accidently poisoned, I found it very interesting that they used sleigh bells to try to show distinction between these bottles and a bottle of cough syrup in the middle of the night.

Can you just imagine!  How horrible that would be if you picked up the wrong bottle by mistake.  Although the sleigh bells were effective, the industry decided to put lettering and symbols on the bottles to further warn their consumers of danger. To further the distinction between these poison bottles and a normal medicine bottle some were made in the shape of  skulls or coffins!   As you can imagine, these images were very distinguishable –skull and cross bones, large lettering embossed on the bottles- POISON, ARSENIC, DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY.

I was chosen for the month of December to portray 2 bottles.  The Gold Rib and Tipper's animal medicine bottles.  I found one silver bottle in my research and decided that was one of the bottle I was protraying and loved the look in silver.


I used a sliver lame material which frays very easily, so I worked quickly on this to get the edges turned under and sewn.  I used a fusible web - Steam a seam 2 in the lite version to accomplish this feat.















The second bottle which is the Gold Ribbed one, I made in green.  In my research there were a lot of these bottles in green.

I used the same fusible web and used a raw edge applique for the bottle itself.  I wanted to show the ribs in three dimensions so I added the pieces shown on the sides of the bottle to add the depth that I wanted.  I ended up stitching the ribs for detail.  Both bottles were ironed on the background piece.

So my finished block which is 14 x 14 turned out nicely as you can tell below.  I stitched the word "POISON" on the silver bottle to give it the embossed lettering look.





Visit Misty's blog and find out more about these historical "Poison Bottles".
 
There are more block designs also available from her and the other bloggers!

Pick your Brain Designs – Arts with Smarts
http://www.mistycole.com/blog/

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Scrap Crazy ~

I set out to do a fun quilt for my Stitch Corp group with some really fun and fantastic Cherrywood Fabric.  One of my most favorite fabrics to work with.

It looks like suede, but it's cotton and sews up beautifully.

The pattern is called Scrap Crazy.  It has 3 templates to make the 5 pattern pieces.  I loved the way the templates were chunky and slip resistant in cutting out my shapes. The cutting went very quickly. The pattern pieces and directions as shown here were very easily readable.  It even shows you a layout you can do with the pieces, which is what is shown in the final quilt.

The fabric that I used were just scraps....left over Cherrywood fabric from other projects.  I had a wide variety of colors that really popped once the quilt was put together. .  I didn't let my symmetrical art brain take over cutting of these fabric pieces.  I wanted a scrappy look  with all the different colors and that's exactly what I achieved!

This could be used on any fabric or any color combination of fabric you want to build on.

After I had everything cut out, I started sorting and laying out the pieces on my design board.  After a few changes I ended up with this layout.  It's a little messy!





The piecing went really fast and I ironed as I went, which is always a good practice. Makes sewing your quilt seams a breeze when you are sewing your two sections together.




There are so many possibilities that could be achieved from these pattern pieces.  If you look at the photos you can see that some cool designs could come out of these pieces if you took time to explore colors and the way the blocks are turned in your final design.  The possibilities are endless!


















Here is where you can get the Scrap Crazy pattern from our dear friends at Spool Quilt Shop
http://www.spoolquilt.com/shop/c/p/Scrap-Crazy-Three-Template-Pack-8-block-x3169075.htm


The fabulous Cherrywood fabric is found here:
http://www.spoolquilt.com/shop/PreCuts/Cherrywood-Precuts.htm

So go and become Scrap happy with these Scrap Crazy tools!

Monday, September 21, 2015

 Perfectly Sized No-Wave Quilt Borders


Why does this happen!

We have ALL experienced it!

That is wavy borders!


Thanks to Sam Hunter of Hunters Design Studio for letting me join in on this awesome blog hop.  I hope you have been following along with all the tips, tricks, and basically the nitty gritty from a quilters standpoint.  Lots of great information.  If you haven’t visited all of the blogs do so by clicking on the bloggers at the end of my post.

So NOW to get down to it….the No-Wave quilt border.

Like I said at the beginning, we ALL have experienced this at some point in our quilting; whether you are the quilt virgin with your first quilt under your belt to the most experienced quilter, and or a longarm quilter who regularly quilts your fabric babies.

The first step to insure your quilt will be “perfect” and square is to make sure your blocks are of all the same size and as you are piecing your blocks that your seam allowances are that “perfect” ¼” seam.

Now that being said, I know I am NOT perfect!  I try my best for all my points, rows etc being spot on, but I do find that there is sometimes an issue with wavy borders even when things are perfectly matched. 

There is a very simple way to make sure when you put your borders on they will fit nicely  and lay flat. Here's the most used technique in the biz!

 By placing a tape measure on the length of the quilt border, take two or three center measurements of the quilt body and average that number.   If you can trim and square your pieced quilt at this time it is highly recommended. (Refer to photos on how to measure). 
Cut two borders that length and pin them to opposite sides of the quilt.  Match the ends and centers, and then gently ease in any fullness. 
Pin, sew, and press
Repeat for the top and bottom borders.


When you are adding borders to increase the size of your quilt, I feel if you create a few smaller borders to achieve this is better than one LARGE border.

I find this way is the best for me when I am sewing on my borders. 



There have been numerous blogs on just this subject.  Several different ways others feel is key to their success.  Experiment the next time you are cutting borders out for a new quilt.  Come back and post here on my blog other ways that you feel are better or different showing good results!  We always can learn new tricks of the trade. 

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers, lots of interesting bits of information!

Happy Quilting ~ and may your borders not wavy back at you!