Saturday, February 19, 2011

Fabric Swatches Exchanged

At Monday night's Fiberexplorations' meeting, we exchanged our 9" x 9" swatches of "transformed" fabric for the next challenge.  Following the guidelines from the new Cloth, Paper, Scissors' Fabric Swatch Exchange, we used a variety of techniques to transform our fabric, including fabric painting, dyeing, stamping, gelatin monoprinting, overdyeing, stitching, and katazome (a Japanese form of printing with a stencil and rice paste resist).

Our palette and samples

The poster (by Kathy Deggendorfer) for the 2011 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show served as our color palette.  For the challenge, each person will make an art quilt using at least some of each fabric swatch, plus any additional fabrics of their choice.  We plan to enter these quilts at the Sisters' Quilt Show this summer.  (It's always the 2nd Sat. in July.)  The only other rule is one from the quilt show itself:  each side must be at least 36" inches in length.

A beautiful set of fabrics to work with!

The second photo shows some of the techniques used.  On the right, from top to bottom:  Lisa's stitched fabric swatch, Joan's blue & white katazome, and Maureen's green batik dribbled w/ blue and dotted w/yellow.

The swatches are amazing, especially since this was the first experience with fabric painting for many members.  And that's what this group's all about:  pushing ourselves (gently) to step outside the box and explore, experiment, and enjoy the journey!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Collage from ONE Fundraiser

"One Point Five" by Virginia Spiegel

I'm now the proud owner of "One Point Five," a fiber art collage by Virginia Spiegel, the creator of the event.  It's exciting to know that I'll soon have one of these collages on my wall, but even more thrilling that it's one of Virginia's!

Despite sleeping later than I intended, I was still able to snag one of the 100 fiber art collages from today's online fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  The ONE Fundraiser, which I wrote about in yesterday's post, has now SURPASSED its goal of raising $8,000 in one day!  With 15 minutes left in the event (as of this writing), they're up to $8,398 in donations.

What a great event!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Congratulations, Lisa!

-- Last Minute Announcement --

Quilting Arts' 2012 Calendar Contest winners were just announced today, and our very own Lisa Encabo was one of them!  Her pet portrait, "Cutie Says Feed Me, Throw My Ball!," will be viewed by thousands of admirers next year when Cutie's little face gazes up from one calendar month.  (Which one, we don't yet know!)

To see a list of winners:

One Cause -- The Fight Against Cancer

Virginia Spiegel's done it again!  In the past, she's collected $205,000 for the American Cancer Society through her nonprofit Fiberart for a Cause.  Her new venture (ONE cause) seeks to raise $8,000 in ONE day for ACS, through the sale of ONE hundred collages created and donated by some incredible art quilters/fiber artists.

You can help the cause and, at the same time, become the proud owner of one of these art collages, so don't miss this ONE day event . . . which is just two days from now!  Here are the details:

One Cause - The Fight Against Cancer
One Wednesday - February 16, 2011

One Hundred Collages - Created by an all-star team of artists:

Natalya Aikens - Interview
Pamela Allen
- Interview
Laura Ann Beehler -
Liz Berg
Pokey Bolton -
Laura Cater-Woods -
Jette Clover -
Jane Davila
Jane Dunnewold -
Jamie Fingal -
Gloria Hansen
Leslie Tucker Jenison - Interview
Lyric Kinard -
Jeanelle McCall -
Linda Teddlie Minton -
Karen Stiehl Osborn -
BJ Parady -
Judy Coates Perez -
Wen Redmond -
Cynthia St. Charles
Virginia A. Spiegel

Our goal - Raise $8,000 in one day to add to the $205,000 already donated to 
the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.

Written in Stone 3 by Jette Clover

On Wednesday, February 16, ONE hundred collages will be offered with a 

minimum donation for each collage of:

$160 for two hours (10 a.m. - Noon CST)
$80 for two hours (Noon - 2:00 p.m. CST)
$40 for two hours (2:00 - 4:00 p.m. CST)

For details, see Virginia's blog post for Feb. 13th  Ready to roll with ONE on
Wednesday?  Tips and Techniques  for previewing the art collages on Tues., 
Feb. 15th, and how to make your donation/choose your collage on Wed., Feb. 16th:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Glitz and Glitter

Awesome Angelina Sampler, in progress 

 This is one of the new classes I'll be teaching at Greenbaum's Quilted Forest this spring/summer.  I wanted to design something simple to show some of the many ways to use Angelina fibers and films. 

It's been fun to play with, moving pieces around, auditioning different 3" x 3" background patches for the nine squares, fusing different combinations of colored fibers, and generally keeping an open mind during the design process.  That's the joyful part for me -- being open to all possibilities until the very end, approaching the project with a spirit of playfulness.   I may still move some of the elements around . . .  lots of extra little circles from fused Angelina have been cut and they might be sprinkled throughout the piece.  We'll see!

Detail:  dragonfly square
Some stitching is still needed in places, such as detail of the dragonfly wings.  This project is nearing completion, and then it's on to finishing my other new class samples!