May 30, 2013

Sunprinted Fabric

Last weekend, my Fibervision group decided to have a sunprinting play day. I used Dye-na-flow paint instead of the usual Setacolor. I've found that both work equally as well, so use whatever you have on hand. There was a fourth piece which was more subtle than these, but one of my good friends admired it, so I gave it to her.
 I feel like I'm in an airplane looking down on the scenery.
 Love the jewel tones.
I will never have too many circles.

One of the questions in my FV group was "How do you know when a piece of fabric is finished?" Honestly, I don't think there is one answer that will be right for everyone. Some people might think that my first layer is over the top! I believe that if you follow your gut instinct you will generally make the right decision for you. How do you decide when to stop?

May 27, 2013

The Rolling Stones Concert was Fabulous!

Mike (DH) and I went to see the stones at the Honda Center last weekend in LA and had a great time. It's amazing how much energy Mick has. He's like an energizer bunny . . . he just keeps on going and going and going.
We saw them thirty years ago in LA and thought that would be the last time. Who knew they would stay together so long. I'm really glad they did though.
The stage and light show were great. As usual, it has the walkway in the shape of a tongue. All the instruments are wireless now, so everyone can travel around while performing. I took this shot while we were waiting for the arena to fill in. It took FOREVER for people to get through security, and the show began an hour late. After the Boston Marathon incident, I'm sure everyone is on high alert everywhere.
There was a huge video screen behind the band. This photo is actually a projection of Mick. If you look close, you will see the band in the foreground.
Hope some of you get to see them too!

May 15, 2013

New Studio Photos

Several months ago, I broke down and purchased an HQ Sweet Sixteen. The most difficult part about the whole process was fitting the new machine into my space. Mind you, it really isn't that large, but my studio was already packed. Two people could fit in my studio at the same time as long as they didn't move too much. My studio needed a complete re-design and that's what I did.
Now it's spacious with plenty of space for several people to move around. This studio is used for designing, sewing, and photographing art. Paint and ink is generally not allowed into this space. That's all done in the other studio which contains all the messy stuff and my computer and printer. If the weather is nice, I can work outside on the patio too.
 My Viking Designer 1 and the HQ Sweet Sixteen.
See the great design board that covers the entire length of the wall. 
 I have great light in this room and a beautiful view of the garden.

May 10, 2013

Quilt Storage

Is anyone else out there running out of space to store all the quilts they make? It's a good thing I don't make really large ones. I just don't know what I would do with all of them. My biggest concern is fold lines so that's what determined my storage method. I actually started rolling my quilts many years ago, but recently I added some improvements. I used to roll the quilts around some archival paper, but that wasn't very effective because the paper flattened out in a matter of minutes. Now I sew a fabric tube and use it to cover a pool noodle and roll my quilts around that. That works much better. I wrap the whole roll in plain white fabric tie it with fabric strips and slip the roll into a long  6 x 48" box. Each box is numbered and labeled with the name of each quilt that lives inside.
Each quilt has been photographed and is entered into my inventory database. The info includes the year made, where it is currently located, whether it's been sold, amount of sale, etc. The only information that I need to enter into the database is where each piece has been exhibited.
That takes care of the larger quilts . . . . but what about the smaller quilts?? I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with these yet. They seem too small to roll, but too big to store flat. What do you do with yours?
I have one final dilemma. What do I do with the quilts I just don't like anymore? They are constructed well, they aren't really ugly. They just don't appeal to me at all. I'm thinking of removing the labels and putting them on the FREE table at the quilt guild. LOL The thought that I actually made this one cat quilt cracks me up. It would be a great one to show as a "Then and Now" type story. Maybe I'll take a photo of it for the next post. You'll crack up too! 

May 9, 2013

Happy Dance!!

Yippee . . . . I'm going to have an article published in the summer issue of Art Quilting Studio magazine! I won't tell you what it's about so you can still be a little surprised. I can't wait to see and hold the actual magazine. I love my computer, but it will never replace real books and magazines. Excited doesn't even begin to describe how I feel! If you would like to get a copy of the magazine, you can pre-order it from Stampington here or check your local newsstand around June 1st.  
Above is a small piece that I have hanging in the CPAC exhibit. It's called Swept Away. The opening reception for the Fibervison exhibit went very well. All of the art looked great and quite a few people were in attendance. There will be a guided tour of the exhibit on Saturday, May 18th. If you are within driving distance, stop by for a visual treat.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the guided tour because we have tickets to see the ROLLING STONES in LA. We saw them 25 years ago and I figured that would be the last time, but obviously, I was wrong . . . they just keep on going. Is anybody else going to see them at the Honda Center?

May 1, 2013

You're All Invited . . .

Over 60 pieces were submitted, many of them quite large. I only had three small pieces to submit, but they are all quite nice.
If you are within driving distance, I hope you find some time to see the exhibit. I would love to meet any of you, so let me know if you're coming!
Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 am will be the guided tour.