Monday, January 23, 2017

Bandon Art Retreat 2016

Nine creative and talented members of Fyber Café took a trip to the Oregon coast for our annual Art Retreat in Bandon. Forget-Me-Knots quilt shop has a wonderful retreat center above the shop. It is right next to the new Face Rock Creamery and right on the edge of "Old Town Bandon" shops and the boardwalk and marina. Amy and Susan started work on "Happy Villages." Starting with charm squares and cutting shapes for the houses, then adding windows, doors and roofs.
Susan's village began with a river running through it. Bridges and houses grew along either side of the river, as she stacked the fabric houses.
UFO's were a theme for Amy as she free motion machine quilted her original design of a Ricky Tims medallion. Hearts and loop-de-loops quilting finished the Flower Fairy baby quilt for her nephews new baby girl.
Annaka spent a good deal of time, drawing and shading her detailed dragon. She will enter it in the county fair.
Cheryl taught Annaka how to wet felt a multicolor wool purse. By rolling and rolling and rolling some more, to get enough agitation to felt the wool fibers together. This project was too much for Annaka's patience, but she finished a nice reversible purse.
Barb worked on getting the different pieces of her oriental quilt together. Elegantly made with red, black and gold prints, she made good progress on it.
Barb started composing elements from her girl scout days. She has a lot more badges and other memorabilia to add to it.
barb also worked on red, black and white "Pineapple" placemats, and a green and gold batik table runner.
It was all about wool for Cheryl during the retreat. She spent a lot of time spinning beautiful yarn, and dyeing small batches of wool in bright colors.
Cheryl did the wet felting with Annaka, with the wool she had just dyed, and made a pouch type purse also.
Cheryl's husband Larry came along also, and they spent each morning on long walks on the beach. As Cheryl spun, Larry hand carded soft orange, gold and green wool.
When Cheryl was done spinning, Larry took his turn at the wheel and spun all the wool he had carded. He also played his guitar for us and wrote a song about walking on the beach with Cheryl.
Lorraine made several fantasy fish, with bright florals, large print batiks and Kaffe Fasset colorful prints. She had elements pre-cut and they already had fusible on the backs. She had fun playing and changing all the elements around.
Knowing we were going to work on villages, Lorraine brought her's to show us, that she had made, in a class taken with the author. We also took some field trips, South of town we went to the Langlois Wool Shop, and found colorful roving for needle felting, specialty fibers like silk and cashmere, and other wonderful stuff. Further South to Gold Beach we went to the quilt shop and stocked up on more fabric, we did not need. Back in Bandon we went to lunch at the Wheelhouse, and the bakery had tasty home made bread sandwiches. We did potluck for our other meals and had a great time visiting around the kitchen table.
Several early morning walks on the beach, called us out of bed. The tide was very low both mornings, and we could walk out to several of the large rocks usually sitting in the water.
After consuming some fruit of the vine one evening, Susan and Amy had been thinking of putting some color in their hair. So we all trooped off to the nearest Rite Aid and raided the shelves for pink, purple and blue temporary hair dye.
We all dyed our hair, being silly and having fun. Most of the products lasted for 2-3 shampooings. After the retreat Amy and Meredith went to their hairdressers and had the color put in for real. We were all sorry to have to leave, we got a lot of quilting and spinning done and had loads of fun.

Monday, September 12, 2016

June Meeting 2016

Old Business Bandon Retreat is June 20-24th see Amy for details. New Business The Black Sheep Festival is going to be in Eugene on June 26-28 contact Cheryl or Jana for details. has their Tour de Fleece starting July 4th to coincide with the Tour de France, Jana participates every year, spinning every day while the race is on. The Knotty Lady yarn shop is having a charity for battered persons, bring in a pair of knit socks and get a free skein of yarn. The Medford quilt show is June 24-25, any one interested in going contact Meredith. Show & Tell
Amy ice dyed several silk scarves from Dharma, she will use them for gifts when she goes to the family reunion in Missouri. See the previous post on the ice dye Playday at Amy's click here
One of Cheryl's many beautiful pieces of fabric from the ice dyeing.
Cheryl created the background for this art with blue and white sponged onto black base. Then she put white paint on her leaf and other plant materials and made a print. This is for one of her kids classes at the UV Arts Center this summer.
Bead weaving was used by Vi to make this red, white and blue collar for her birthday on July 4.
This vintage 1930's pink blouse with wool embroidery is one of the items Vi is looking to find a good home for, as she is downsizing her home.
Vi is the Queen of beads, as she hand beaded the butterflies onto her sun printed vest.
Ryan experimented with welding two saws together, to make his plasma cutter tree.
Ryan saw a deer head on Pinterest covered in knitting, so he acquired this tattered old head and plans to cover it with quilted fabric. I am curious to see the outcome on this project. He is looking to acquire an elk head too.
Tracy and Ryan have gotten the very cutest baby Rocket the Papillion, to join their others. He slept through the whole meeting. Meredith has been busy working on her whole cloth project, but does not want to share until she makes further progress on it. Barb has been cleaning in prep for the Sisters Quilt-athon, and she has "quilter's butt" and a sore lower back from the repetitive motion.
Barb finally finished her antelope UFO, that she made from one of her photos. To mark the quilting lines, she drew on Solvy and placed it over the antelope and stitched the lines, and washed away the Solvy. Barb is very involved in the Hart Mountain area every year doing census work on the antelopes.
Peggy has some great results from the ice dyeing playday, her silk scarves shimmer with color, and her fabric is so colorful.
Peggy's t-shirt screams fuchsia!
Jana plans on spinning this "Rose Quartz" merino roving for the Tour de Fleece, sponsored by
Jana finished her doggie quilt, she spent a lot of time thread painting her precious pets.
Jana loves thread painting so much and crows are a favorite subject, she thread painted this crow for Clare.
Nancy made a fleece dice mat for her bunco group, the sides are padded bumpers to keep the dice from rolling off the table, it must be a wild group to keep throwing the dice away. She also had a display at the lamb show, and found her vintage pleated plaid Pendelton wool skirt she made in high school.
Clare had lots of fun at the ice dyeing, she did several large pieces of fabric.
Clare also dyed two pieces of cotton lace to match her fabrics.
Compare the finished purple spiral fabric that Clare did, with the photo in the previous post when it was wet and coming off the dye process.
Lorraine dyed a set of cotton napkins with the scalloped edges. Her twisted fabric was done with the Indigo dye color, not a traditional indigo dye bath. My notes also say that Lorraine is also doing a red and green study of radishes, we'll have to wait to see what that means. Sue C. has been doing a collage from a pile of scraps, from a friend from Washington's boxes.
Pat G. finished her ragged patchwork sweatshirt. She used a fabric bundle of "Stonehenge" fabric giving it a very coordinated look.
Pat G. has made a large bed quilt for herself, with Civil War reproduction fabrics. Each block is 8" square and has 57 pieces.