Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I made my own sketchbook

My friend Sue helped a group of us make our own sketchbooks in her new studio. She let us choose from her awesome paper stash and guided us on the construction to make our own sketchbook.

I chose the pink and brown paper as my main design element and then added other pieces to accent it.

The pages are a variety of textures and colors. Circles are a reoccurring theme. 

handmade sketchbook 9" x 12"
This is the first sketch in the book, I'm working on designs from nature that will someday be fiber art .

I drew these dogwood flowers using the paper on the left as my inspiration.

I used my watercolor pencils for this sketch, I plan to go over it with a wet brush to blend the colors.

I used my set of black and gray markers to draw the trees in the woods out back just as they began to bud.

I filled this page during a town meeting. I used the cover paper as a reference. I hope to fill this in with color.

Monday, May 23, 2011

SAQA Benefit Auction

I made this small wall quilt for the 2011 SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Benefit Auction. I was inspired by the way the trees look after a week of rain in spring. The green of the leaves blooming is so bright it's almost unnatural.

12" x 12" Rain in May
I made the background using Mistyfuse and Angelina Fibers. I fused that onto a hand dyed piece of chartreuse silk charmeuse.
I used three different shades of dark gray batiks to make the trees. I enjoyed making this quilt, it came together easily and quickly:)

I'm donating the quilt because I think quilt artist and lovers of quilt art can benefit from SAQA's efforts.

SAQA's Mission and Goals

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation. 
Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now boasts over 2,700 members: artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors.
SAQA defines an art quilt as a contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns common to the whole range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, assemblage and sculpture, which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends.
SAQA's goals include: 
  • Publish a newsletter and e.Bulletin addressing the professional needs of the working quilt artist.
  • Publicize information about the art quilt through a web site, Professional Artist Member portfolios, and referrals to teachers and speakers for workshops and symposia.
  • Educate through a series of conferences and lectures.
  • Create a network of collectors, dealers and artists.
  • Produce quality exhibitions, with documentary catalogues and critical reviews.
  • Encourage critical writing, research and publication of articles about art quilts in the art press, popular press and scholarly journals.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Murphy Knitting Bag

My blogging friend Judy asked me to make a Murphy Knitting Bag and I suggested she send me some of her gorgeous hand dyed fabric. I loved the fabric and enjoyed designing her bag around it.

She sent me a yard of painted canvas which I used for the exterior and a yard of painted cotton for the lining and handles. The canvas quilted very nicely.

There are 3 pockets with invisible magnets for her round needles and 6 narrow pockets for her straight needles inside the bag and 4 pockets of varying sizes on the outside.

It was great to make a bag, it had been a while (so much for the bag a day!)
I've been busy with dance recitals and all the great activities that come along with having a daughter graduating high school in a few weeks. Here she is ready for her prom a few days ago....


Sunday, May 15, 2011


Embellished 16" x 20"
This is my piece for the Fiberactions online challenge this month. It was my turn to choose the word for this challenge, I chose Embellish.

 I chose that word so that I would use up some of the fun materials I've purchased or been given over the years. I used a piece of hand dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh for the foundation. I made fabric using Mistyfuse and Angelina Fibers. I cut them with my Leaves Galore template. I chose to hand stitch using a hand dyed flossI purchased 10 years ago from Friends Fabric Art. The silk was tricky, I could only use it in 10" pieces because it would shred from the stress of being pulled by the needle through the fabric.

I embellished each curve with french knots using hand dyed cotton floss, variegated wool yarn, glass beads and Swarovski hotfix crystals. I felt like doing some machine quilting so I used an Aurifil thread in a coordinating green.

I love the iridescence from the Angelina fibers so I chose to leave some without any embellishment. I faced it completely and closed it on the side because the back was a mess!

Now go check out all the other pieces made for this challenge at the Fiberactions blog.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Blog Hop

I was invited by collage artist Claudine Intner to Blog about motherhood and welcomed the opportunity. My life has been dedicated to being a mother for 19 years. I have four kids and I love them with my whole heart. 




I've tried to share my love of sewing and all things fiber with my kids. Below is a quilt started by my daughter Jillian five years ago. She chose all the fabrics from my stash and began piecing the blocks together. She lost interest and it sat in a box for a few years. About a year ago I decided I would finish it for her and give it to her as a graduation gift. 

She is going to get black and white bedding for her college dorm, should be pretty sharp looking. I put a floral flannel on the back and the binding to make it nice an cozy for the cold nights in Boston.

I made this quilt with my daughter Paige when she was 8, she pieced the large 9 patch squares and made several of the snowball blocks around the outside. 

My friend Kathy Sperino quilted it for me.

I made this quilt for my daughter Morgan as a graduation gift last year. She chose all of the fabrics, too. She took it to college with her - a little piece of home and her mom.

I'm planning a quilt for Griffin, the youngest, with his help. I sketched out 12 blocks with different sports equipment and he has redrawn each one with details and color options.

My kids are artistic not because of genetics but because we have always had markers and paper at our fingertips and drawing has been encouraged. It's helpful to let them express their art because they understand my need to be in my studio. I hope that they will incorporate art into their lives no matter their chosen profession. It's good for the soul!

Please go and visit the other Mother's Day Blog Hop participants, too!