My friend Marty Copelin gave a great demo at the Parrotsville Quilt Guild this week on making disappearing blocks from nine patch, four patch, sixteen patch and more blocks. I think we learned a lot, I might even actually try it. Thanks Marty!
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...
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.