Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
Happy Hannukah!

And to all you atheists and Pagans –
Happy Whatever.

And welcome to our new housemate


HQ Sweet Sixteen Suzy!

Note she comes with a guard dog. Now the mega quilts can begin.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Making Stuff

First off, nothing like some fresh pie! A bag of frozen mixed fruit, an apple, sugar, flour, cinnamon and a handful of red hots for spice. Frozen pie shell and a date with a hot oven. Yum!

More kantha stitch pieces. I plan on making lots of small pieces and joining them together when I have enough. It's very satisfying to sit and stitch with some lively Christmas music. Or since they are back, some basketball on radio. I think I am going to play with some color in the stitching but I really like the chalky white.

My finished piece, Dad and Dogs. I haven't figured another name yet but this is pretty experimental. It's the first time I painted the printed fabric. I used mostly setacolor but I had to fuss around and figure out a flesh color by mixing the paint. Definitely not the same as mixing acrylic paint. I wanted to keep the paint transparent but setacolor does not have a transparent white to tone back the red and yellow. The flesh came out a little on the yellow side. The next one will be better. And my Christmas present (from myself) will make the stitching easier. More to come.

And finally my friends brought me plants as housewarming gifts. I love it, makes the room alive, and it appears they love the northern exposure.
Thanks guys! I had so many people I forgot to take pictures. But the house is all warmed up now and thanks to Father Bob, blessed.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Focus: Fiber 2011-12

So it is finally the opening week for Focus: Fiber 2011-12. We have worked all summer accepting entries, putting together a pdf for the juror, Dorothy Caldwell, notifying the entrants, collecting the work and hanging the show. Thankfully Canton Museum of Art hung the show for us!
We spent a day with Dorothy, Louise Mackie, the Cleveland Museum of Art Islamic and Textile curator, the head of the Canton Museum, Karen Hinkle, TAA president, Marty Young, program chairwoman, Kathy Fleeher and Lynnda Arrasmith  both of the Canton Museum. Friday, Dorothy honored us with a talk on her art.
So what are these poor women doing?
Blind stitching!
Part of Dorothy's Kantha workshop. An exercise to loosen up your stitching. Which it did!

This is a collection of our blind stitching samples. Mine is bottom center.

And here is Dorothy showing Kantha examples. The class was packed with examples, books, slides and a short film on the women of India working their magical stitching. And lots of stitching time packed into two days. A very fun, exciting class.

And not to brag, but the center piece of art in the first photo is my quilt. I think it is the second time I have seen it hung vertically. It was too large for my walls. The show is up until March 4, 2012. Check out for info on this show and 4 others in the greater Cleveland area being held the next 3 months.