Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rod Kiracofe Presentation and August 2016 AHIQ Linkup

It's hard to get back to my old routine after taking off most of the summer. Quilts were left in progress  and I've had trouble remembering the plans.

While still a difficult time, this month has been more fun. We drove across the western US. As schoolchildren we learned a line called the Continental Divide separates rivers flowing east to the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic from those flowing west to the Pacific. This is not quite true.

The Great Basin encompasses about a fifth of the country from the western Rockies to the eastern Sierra Nevadas. Water in this area flows nowhere. It can only evaporate leaving alkali beds, salt flats, and several salt lakes. The Great Salt Lake in Utah is the largest, but there are several more.

Mono Lake from a distance
 Mono Lake is one of them. It's so salty birds have trouble paddling in this lake; they're too buoyant. Tufas formed by fresh water springs famously tower above the lake's surface, in part because the lake has been drawn down to transport water to other parts of California.

Closeup of tufas at Mono Lake
Fortunately, this is no longer allowed. Unfortunately, the west has been in such a severe drought that the lake level is still falling.

Rod Kiracofe was the guest speaker at our quilt meeting yesterday. Although not a quilter, he has done more to advance quilting as important American art than anyone I know. Starting in 1983, The Quilt Digest juxtaposed antique works with contemporary art quilts highlighting the commonalities. He went on to write The American Quilt, a seminal work that displayed the development of quilting designs and styles through time when other books organized material by block design. As a maker, I learned skills from the latter layout, but as a student my understanding was enriched by Rod's history.

One-patch quilt of randomly sized rectangles.
One-Patch quilt from the collection of Rod Kiracofe shown at SCVQA meeting, 2016
I believe his greatest genius is, as he wrote in Unconventional and Unexpected, his "practice of creating new ideas in the larger cultural conversation." This is most evident in the exhibits he curates where he opens my eyes to relationships between different groups of people or art. For example, his exhibits last year at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and at the Sonoma Art Museum.
Long rectangles, possibly men's hatbands, create this white, navy, black, tan, and red quilt.
Improvisational quilt, possibly from men's hatbands. Rod Kiracofe collection.
Hearing him again has reignited the need to quilt.

Edit: Monica suggested that since we both host this linkup Kaja and I each add our posts below to help others visit both. Such a good idea. Thanks!

Enjoy each day,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 2016 AHIQ Linkup

This difficult summer is coming to an end. While I still haven't found much time or even inclination to create, I did finish my Crafted Applique pillow using Lara's method.

Crafted Applique pillow with down insert
The applique holds up well on the selvedge background since it is also stitched about an eighth of an inch from the raw edges. It looks even better with a squishy down insert.

Pillow back with hidden zipper
Once again ChrissieD's tutorial helped create a deep hidden zipper on the back.  Her instructions are very clear and, because the zipper is installed first, it's one of the easiest ways I've found to close a pillow. Additionally, the deep placket makes the back more interesting; so many fabric choices. My previous pillow is here. Both of these were gifted away. Next time I'll make one for myself.

Have you been following Kaja's delightful lighthouse quilt this year? What a gloriously original quilt.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

My grandmother painted these three nut dishes years ago. She grouped them on the wall with a bobbin lace butterfly I created. I was so proud she thought my work was a good as hers. Now they grace a relative's house. Like my grandmother, she enjoys gardening. Blooms, birds and butterflies abound in her small yard.

Butterfly dishes handpainted by my grandmother
What have you seen or done this month?

Wishing everyone happy days with family.
Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June AHIQ Link Up

I recently found the first quilt I made with the Drunkard's Path templates. I used these same templates with Polka Dot quilt earlier this year.

One-inch fabric strips in orange, yellow, green brown, black & white create this Drunkard's Path variation.
Strips and Curves quilt using Drunkards Path template
Why does my computer quit whenever I'm out of town? I'll resize the photos when I can... Here are some detail photos. It was loads of fun to find and add the different animals. Jaguar and giraffe.



Family issues continue to take all my time so I haven't done anything new. But hopefully you have utility and improvisational quilts to share. Be sure to check out Kaja's Sew Slowly for a good read. See you next month.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Taking a Break

There are too many family issues for me to quilt or blog right now. I will be taking a break for a while. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe summer.

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Crafted Applique Giveaway Winner

There were too many comments to choose a favorite so the handy dandy random number generator on my calculator chose. Sorry, I can't get the photo to upload.

Karen in Breezy Point, you are the winner of a signed copy of Lara Buccella's book Crafted Applique... New Possibilities. I'll PM you for mailing information and Lara will mail it soon.

I hope everyone else gets their hands on a copy soon. This is fun technique that makes raw-edge applique neat and fray-free.

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Linkup

I finally started quilting this Kaleidoscope. So many days traveling but now there's a bit of time.

First lines quilted on kaleidoscope
With the deadline rapidly approaching, simple random lines will suffice. I'm alternating straight-ish and curvy lines. Finished is better.

When traveling, it's hard to keep up with my projects but it allows loads more time for reading blogs. Here are some butterfly patterns (and one moth) I found.
I started a Pinterest board to group these and other examples as they are found.

There's still some time to leave a comment on the Crafted Applique book giveaway.

Enjoy the day, Ann