Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Peggy added some extra embellishments to her book cover, that she made at Pat's play day. She did some free motion quilting in a variegated metallic thread, and couched on a loopy yarn to some of her sewn strips. She also added shiny bling, some glue on rhinestones in a flower pattern in the center of the quilting motifs.
Monday, July 16, 2012
I'm a fiber enthusiast who has been quilting, knitting and hand spinning for over 10 years. I enjoy quilting, especially machine applique. The idea of making something that is both useful and attractive from apparently unrelated scraps of cloth continues to intrigue me. I am also the daughter of an excellent knitter who turned out stacks of cabled sweaters, lacy scarves and warm afghans. Sadly I didn't appreciate her skill until after she was no longer able to knit. Today I treasure her knitted gifts to me and teach others to knit. I think she would be pleased.
Amy has bee quilting for 40 years and has an extensive knowledge of many diverse styles and textile techniques used in quilting. To express her artistic vision in textiles, she makes originally designed art quilts, and uses fabric collage, 3-dimensional pieces, hand painted, stamped and printed fabrics, beading and other embellishments to achieve special effects in her art quilts. All of this is pulled together by her love of extensive machine quilting.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Thank you, all of you who have been checking out our blog. In the 6 months we have been posting, we just went over 1000 page views. This seems like a landmark to me. I hope we have been informative, creative and inspiring. Our group of creative artists has been together six years now, and have become friends and inspirations to each other. New people, prod us to try even harder, and open windows to new ideas. Gentle creative criticism, tips, suggestions, and learning new techniques has allowed all of us to grow as artists. Workshops and play days have given us a hands on chance to try things we would not have done alone. The support we give each other is invaluable. Thank you all for being there, your Blog Master, Amy.
Friday, July 13, 2012
We had a small group for our July meeting, everyone is working in their gardens, traveling and having family visit, and otherwise having a great summer. Old Business Show and Tell- More book covers were made, after our Play Day at Pat's, Kay's multi-technique cover, in peach hand dyed fabric, with stamping, couching and buttons, and Maureen made two with inserted strips and couching, one with New York fabric and the second with a "Day of the Dead" Mexican print.