Thursday, June 1, 2017

Transfer Painted fabric at John C Campbell Folkschool

Getting to spend a whole week at this beautiful campus in the North Carolina Mountains is a treat in more than one way. Nature is beautiful,  food delicious, weather could have been better, but company wonderful. Speaking of weather, great temperature but two days of rain and a tornado warning made us stay inside were a  very impressive amount of outstanding fabric was manipulated and became personal pieces of textile art.

 The Quilt studio at the Folkschool is large, well lit and has plenty of worktables, and very big design walls all around.

Chris Tucker from Ohio got off to a very good start and created all the fabrics seen here. She tried many color combinations, and actually finished a wall quilt in mostly blue and yellow. Some of my favorites are the pink/red and green four panels, which she plan to  make placemats out of. Chris has been in several of my classes and it is always a great pleasure to spend a week with her.

Chris Stanley from Ohio did some beautiful pieces with a slightly softer color palette. The reason for the softer shades is partly due to the iron and the heat it generated. Some colors need more heat and it is not always easy to control how the color is transferred to the fabric. Chris  made some outstanding small pieces, and finished one with border and machine quilting, and hopefully will use some of the other pieces in future projects.

Sue Schultz from Arkansas certainly was very productive this week!   She worked with all color combinations and then some. Leaves and ferns are glowing from her fabric pieces. She  finished a small piece and was almost done with the the larger wall piece, getting a lot of free motion quilting done. I know she will use many of the pieces for more projects, and hopefully play some more with the paint. Several of the small pieces would looks fantastic together in one piece. She achieved very strong colors, with great definition.

As part of several demos this week at the Folkschool I enjoyed showing and talking to several other student that were enrolled in other classes. It is always fun to talk with someone who is interested in what you do (thanks for taking the photos Sue!).

This last week of May was very  inspiring and I came home with lots of ideas, as well as some newly started projects. Many that I will share later as they progress from idea to finished projects, thanks to a small but very special group!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Transfer Paint workshop at Jerry's Artarama

Great weekend class with "Transfer Paints" on fabric at Jerry's Artarama in Knoxville
 Mixing and demo of the transfer dyes turned into paints.

We are already making a lot of mess half an hour into the workshop. A big group of ladies from Smoky Mountain Quilting Guild (Knoxville) and a few other surface design ladies mixed paints and painted papers. We had papers everywhere, with lots of interesting designs and textures, just waiting to dry and  be transferred onto fabric.
Hot irons created many beautiful designs onto fabric. Leaves and papers were used as resists to create patterns.

Take a look at the huge variety of designs that were made, basically using the same colors, it all depends on what you mix and how you layer the colors on top of each other.  

 Thank you to all that were at the workshop, you were wonderful. And thanks to Liz at Jerry's for having a large work area for us.
 I was so inspired by this group that I painted lots of papers the next two days. Many new ideas for upcoming projects are now on my list as well as new ideas to experiment with. A few hikes in the mountains will for sure add more new leaves to my collection. Playtime is coming up!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Miniature Fabric postcards workshop

Miniature Fabric postcards workshop 
with Foothills Piecemakers Quilting Guild in Greenville, South Carolina.

The first week of November I had the privilege to teach a very fun quilting workshop in Greenville, South Carolina. Using postcards and photographs, many small art pieces were created, most with a very personal touch. Some were depicting scenery from travels and familiar places, both near and far. These small treasures take on a life of their own and soon become a little jewel with added stitching and embellishments. You could send these postcards in the mail, just make sure the stamp stays put!

All different sizes were made, some very small, around 6"x 8", and some were as big as 12" x 12". I love the variety from this workshop, and wish I could see them finished. To all the ladies in this workshop- a big thank you! I had a wonderful time!

Joanna's Light House

Gayle's Scottish coastline with castle

Rita's Beach and surfboard scene
Susan's Tuscan countryside
Martha's Landscape from Breward, NC
Nieves' beach scene from her nephew's honeymoon.
Nancy's beautiful stone wall.
Debbie's country barn at the foothills.
Pat's water bird in a beautiful river backdrop.
Mary's Forrest scene with an old wooden bridge.
Phyllis' river, mountain and waterfall.

Suzanne's round and dimensional rock.

Sandy's Mt Denali in Alaska.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring class at John C Campbell Folkschool

A beautiful week at John C Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown, NC.
It was more like summer last week at the school, lots of sun, warm temperatures and budding trees. Together with ladies from several states, we embarked on "Freeform Machine applique", creating a quilt from a favorite picture or drawing. Challenging, but so rewarding at the end of the week.
Below is the  results of lots of work and many hours of designing, cutting  and sewing.

Holly from Saint Helens, OR created her own drawing of her parents back yard, all with trees, flowers birds and my favorite; two squirrels. All the leaves are free cut, using various green  fabrics to create dimension.

If a squirrel can be cute, this one takes the price.
Most of the features here will be free form machine apppliqued to the background, and the whole piece quilted. A beautiful composition, and choice of fabrics.                                                                        

Penny, from Hayesville, NC, chose a picture of a wooden chair in the garden as her inspiration for her creation. Penny had the "largest" fabric collection of the group to play with, so it was fun to find the fabrics that was right for her quilt.

With the use of different values of the colors, she was able to create a very dimensional garden chair. The baskets and brick wall added to the depth. The floral elements and birds will be free form machine appliqued to the background and then quilting added for texture.

Jane, from Blairsville, GA, had a very special photo of her husband on their sailboat. There is a wonderful movement here, that she worked very hard to translate into fabric. I loved her excitment in using new materials together with fabrics, and many hours was spent creating the sail and boat on the water.

There are lots of details in this quilt, which is hard to see. Beautifully done. The background only needs fairly simple quilting to make the boat stand out.

Stefanie, from Forest, VA, brought a photo of the first house she and her husband had lived in, in Johnson City, TN. Part of the house was covered by a large tree, so many of the features where recalled from memory. The tree got "moved" a little to give a better view of the house. Stephanie had not quilted a whole lot, but created a stunning memory quilt this week.

Just love the country setting for Stephanie's house. It feels very real. She will finish the quilting in the background, and possibly add a border.

Jeanette, from Crossville, TN, had many great photos to choose from. She decided to work with this brilliant rooster. He certainly has an attitude! By the time Janette had the fabrics cut and fused, as well as  free form stitched, he was ready to get into trouble. The mountain background is the perfect containment for this bird. Machine quilting will add texture to the gravel and mountains. Border or no border will both be OK options for this one.

The coolest rooster in Brasstown!

We had a little fun with Jeanette's rooster, he just seemed to wander into many designs this week. He looked great in Holly's and  Penny's gardens.

Finally, the show and tell on Friday night. This is our opportunity to show all we have done and worked on for the week. The class had an impressive display at the Keith House. Thanks to all of you in this class, I had a super time and feel very fortunate  to be able to spend  a whole week with you  at this wonderful place.