Sunday, April 21, 2013

April Meeting 2013

Old Business Sign up and payment for the Bandon Art Retreat, we have 7 people going and room for one more, contact Amy if you can go June 17 & 18. May 4th playday at Merediths, in Grants Pass, we will be doing fabric discharge, using several different products and weather permitting we will be doing ice dyeing, Shiva oil pastels, and other stuff. Contact Meredith for supply list and directions. Bring items to add to a salad. New Business Sylvia presented an opportunity to have a booth at the Elkton Community Butterfly Garden in June, to benefit the Elkton Charter School Music Program. We agreed to participate, so she will pay for the booth. We will make "Festival Flags" with the kids, drawing, coloring and stenciling on fabric. Please save June 29th, Noon to 4pm, and join us. There will be food and several bands, and booths. Maureen announced the Master Gardeners Plant Sale is at the fairgrounds May 4th, if you are not going to Merediths. Show & Tell Maureen made several large fabric bags with big fun prints. Crystal has a beautiful piece of rich green marbled fabric, given to her from her Eugene Group, to use in a challenge. Jana and Peggy both brought in their "River" pieces in progress. Jana is making a "Hobbit House" built into a hillside along the river. Peggy is using a photograph from her brothers kitchen window as a pattern, overlooking a cliff along the river, with foliage hanging over the edge. Vera loves working in the abstract, she decided to design like a topographic map, and has sketched out a grid of colored squares, that she will superimpose a river, and detail streams, lakes and roads with stitchery. Meredith was working on designing her river piece with a projector, trying to get the photo/drawing the right size and perspective. Her sketch is complete and she is ready to start working with the fabric. Sylvia has been drawing on a linen like textural fabric, with Pigma micron pens to do a Zentangle design. It is very intricate and detailed, she plans on doing more of this for a project she is creating. Demo Landreth gave us a presentation on Studio Design. She had gone on a studio tour of 15 artists in the Colorado/Denver area, and took photos and created a Power Point presentation, which she gave to us. The basics of room design should include, a design wall, storage, sewing area, cutting area, and ironing area. Many wonderful ideas were plucked from her photos, using a chunk of styrafoam next to your machine to stick everything into, from small tools, scissors, needles and crochet hooks. Try using a small step stool under your table, for your feet, to relieve back strain, and to mount your foot controls. A free standing design wall can be used from both sides for extra space. Put a design wall at the end of your hallway, so you can step back from the piece to get a distance perspective. Hanging quilts/art from hooks set along a piece of wooden molding, fixed to a long hallway. Also a long wooden curtain rod, can be used with shower curtain clips to hold your art work. Many other useful ideas were discussed, Thank You Landreth for a wonderful presentation!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Umpqua Valley Quilt Show

The Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild Show was this last weekend at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, in Roseburg, Oregon. It is the BEST show in Southern Oregon!! Over 300 quilts are entered, and many other special displays and vendor quilts samples. The featured quilter is Dr. Polly Sepulvada of Roseburg. She has been in the Paducah show many times, and does beautiful work in applique, hand quilting and traditional style quilts. Our Fyber Cafe group, has a display of our last three group challenges, "What's My Line?" "Beatles Songs" and "Weaving" I'll post some pictures of our textile arts display. I made name tags for the pieces on the computer, mounted them on bits of mat board, and put strips of magnet on the back. Another bit of magnet behind the sheet, held the sign in place. We also handed out business cards with our group info, and quiet a few were taken, maybe we'll have new artists join us next meeting. Thank you so much Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild for allowing us to exhibit our work at your show.