Love to learn about new artists. I find Eleanor's work very exciting. She has worked in Series in a very exciting way, something I am trying to learn how to do. Her work has the same kind of power as Nancy Crow's, another artist I greatly admire. Here are some examples of her Nine-Patch series.
This last one is from the Thirteen Series. Its called Multi-Color. Check out her website. www.eleanormccain.net
We have an antique dry goods store here in Newport, appropriately named Newport Dry Goods! It is a blast from the past with lots of sizes of overalls, handkerchiefs, boots, galluses, galoshes and latest ladies New York fashions. (maybe) They also have packages of 5" pre-cuts that look like they are direct from the mill. I liked the colors in this one and started playing with putting them together. I was going to sash them with solid white to make a secondary pattern of crosses stand out, but my solid white stash items were "lawn" and polished heavy chintz instead of Kona cotton. Sooooo... I used dot fabric. This gives a sophisticated touch I am quite pleased with so far. Have not begun to quilt it yet.
Amazing results........this is a large piece of knit for clothing and its wild... different colors in different places... looks like Poinciana flowers
Love ice dyed fabrics! Its been a while since I have done some, so here I go.
Basically, you need to soak fabric in a mixture of water and soda ash, then I like to hang it for a while so it dries to dampness; ie. not drippy wet. You need a set up that keeps the fabric separate from the ice water as it melts. I had the bright idea here to use hardware cloth. Then arrange the fabric on the wire base, cover with ice and then sprinkle with your dyes. Plan it or just go for it. This is a go for it, you can plainly see the dyes still powdery in some places in this shot.
About an hour later, evening is coming on strong. Dye is seeping down into the fabric.
Flash photo after dark. I am leaving it in place over night.... then we will see what we have!
Candace St. Lawrence is our judge for the Rose Center Quilt Show this year. She is a certified AQS appraiser and such a nice person and very knowledgeable about all quilted textiles. She brought a variety of Appalachian quilts from her collection to show us some of the distinctions seen in the region. She found this lovely summer quilt on the floor of an auction house with people walking on it! She bought and cleaned it and out came a lovely masterpiece with exquisite seaming and hand applique. She explain that this kind of work could only have been done by a wealthy wife, one who's husband had enough money to support her in a way that gave her plentiful leisure time. This kind of wealth was rarer in our region than coastal or northern regions.
This summer quilt has no backing or back, and she believes these types were used as a "company" spread when important guests were around but never actually slept under.
Pinks and chrome yellows were very popular 19th century choices...
This the first section, I am so lazy I tried to think of a way to finish from here but realized I really needed more blocks so I have finished 8 more... now just need to work on getting it together.
Visited friends on Lake Cherokee yesterday an it was just the best day! such a beautiful lake.
One side of the lake has awesome sedimentary rock cliffs...
There are islands too...
In a variety of styles...
Some of the crew...
These little zips are so much fun.... love them because its quilt as you go, no measuring and you can use any scraps.
Envelope Bags from Lazy Girl Patterns by Joan Hawley. They are so easy and fun to make.
After traveling over two and a half years through more than 20 venues my quilts for the show "Piecing Together A Changing Planet" are home! They started in Miami and traveled through the west to the Pacific ocean National Parks and east and north to Cape Cod, making many stops along the way - so many I have lost count. Its all thanks to the vision of the artist Maya Schonenberg who conceived the idea of the show and made it happen. The quilts were hanging at Arrowmont Gallery Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN the night of the great fires and we were all on pins and needles until they made it safely through that terrible night.
I think this is my first ruffle quilt.... I don't remember making one before. Its so easy! Lay two pieces of fleece or flannel together, right sides out; they need to be the same size of course. Take a scrap of cardboard, say the piece from the back of a 5 inch charm pack, lay it at each corner, cutting out the fabric there to leave an open square. When you tie, this will make your corners nice and orderly instead of a big bunch. Take your rotary cutter and slice fringes, roughly an inch wide or so, remember this is fun, not rocket science! Then tie fronts and backs together and you are done! I chose a gray and pink dreamcatcher design for the back and bunnies for the front because its a perfect fit for the recipient!
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.