Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Art Quilts

This is my newest art quilt, it is called 'Bird on a Wire'.  I am sure I am borrowing the phrase from somewhere, but it did seem appropriate.   The nest is 3D with one tiny blue egg in it.   The edge of the nest has some fun blue yarn couched around it.  I outlined the birds with black marker to make them stand out a bit more.  The background is one I had pieced together a few years ago, and never really got around to using.   If you look at the binding, I combined two fabrics to make it.

This next one is my interpretation of a coneflower.

I love doing whimsical plants with curly leaves.   The birds are actually from a fabric so all I had to do was cut and paste.  The purple petals are my 3D ones and the orange/yellow centre of the flower is stuffed.   The centre of the quilt is my hand dyed fabric that had some pink dye accidentally get into the mix, so you see mottled light pink throughout.   

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Review

I was contacted a few months ago to do a book review on Jennifer Chiaverini's newest book, 'Sonoma Rose'.   You may know her as the author of the 'Elm Creek' series.   Her books are based around a quilt or quilters and the story continues from there.  
I will admit up front that I loved the Elm Creek series and have yet to find another book(s) that captured my heart when it came to a well written book that included my love for quilting.  

Having said all of that, I was delighted with the story of 'Sonoma Rose'.  I know nothing about Prohibition or wine making or what life was like back then.   This story told of all of that and unraveled the story of a young woman and her life.   Ms. Chiaverini did it in such a way as you were often taken back to the past, so essentially you got two stories told to you.   But trust me when I say this, it was not done in a way that made you get lost in what time frame you were in.  So often I have seen writers try and do this and they fail miserably.  I was delighted that this author did it in a manner that only heightened the character's traits.

Here is what is stated on Jennifer Chiaverini's website:

As the nation grapples with the strictures of Prohibition, Rosa Diaz Barclay lives on a Southern California rye farm with her volatile husband, John, who has lately found another source of income far outside the Federal purview.
Mother to eight children, Rosa mourns the loss of four who succumbed to the mysterious wasting disease currently afflicting young Ana and Miguel. Two daughters born of another father are in perfect health. When an act of violence shatters Rosa’s resolve to maintain her increasingly dangerous existence, she flees with the children and her precious heirloom quilts to the mesa where she last saw her beloved mother alive.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a wonderful story involving quilting that is set in Prohibition times and how life for a woman revolved back then, this is your book.   I give it two thumbs up!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I Got In to the National Juried Show....twice

All week I have been faithfully going to the mailbox to see if my letter came in from the Canadian Quilters' Association telling me if my quilts got into the NJS  (National Juried Show).  The deadline to find out was this Friday.   I went today and nothing.   I didn't know how I was going to wait two more days, but when I opened my email up this afternoon, I found this:

On behalf of the CQA/ACC Board of Directors, I am pleased to inform you of the acceptance of your entry “Rhythm 'n' Blues” for exhibition in the 2012 National Juried Show (NJS) to be displayed at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

and another email that said this:

On behalf of the CQA/ACC Board of Directors, I am pleased to inform you of the acceptance of your entry “A Ripple in Time” for exhibition in the 2012 National Juried Show (NJS) to be displayed at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

So, do you know how hard it is to type this post while jumping up and down?   Very very hard!   And I went to our guild meeting tonight and didn't tell anyone, cause you know when you do it in person that seems like bragging.   But this is telling my favourite peeps and that just seems good, ya know?

Here are my two darlings that are going to Halifax, Nova Scotia:

Now to figure out how to go to sleep=))

Monday, March 19, 2012

Zipper Tape Embellishing

I have posted over at Riley Blake's Cutting Corners this fun art quilt and a few other cute ideas for using zipper tape.

You will also find instructions for this:

and this:

Head on over and take a look! If you enjoy it, please leave a comment while you are over there=)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Word Play Quilt

Remember my teaser picture of this:

I told you it was for a project for Pellon.  This took so long to do, and more designing than I would have thought.  But I had fun doing it.  Then it turned into this:
Then this:
Are you guessing it yet?  Then this:

And finally finished:

You guessed it, a giant sized board game of making words.  If you want to learn how to make it, check out Pellon projects!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lace on My Art Quilt and a Vote

Who knew lace could be so versatile in art quilts?   It covered my rather harsh black and white background and made it more muted and soft.   I am discovering that it due to its light airy texture, it gathers nicely.   I am making more 3D flowers but felt they needed something behind them.  I took some funky yarn and stitched it onto some 5" wide lace and gathered that into a circle and voila!   I have a lovely backdrop for my flower to rest on.   It gives the flower some body yet still blends in and doesn't take away from it.

I am auditioning some jumbo ric rac as stems.

Also have two more 3D flowers on the go to get attached to a background.

And some of my hand dyed fabric ironed, cut and folded.

Can you tell I am prepping for a workshop?   Better get back to work, have some busy months coming up!

Sew Cal Gal has the 2012 Golden Quilters Awards up now till March 31st.   You can vote for the best of the best in the quilting world.   (and I even know a super star on the list=)  When you get to the best online quilt store, be sure to check off The Intrepid Thread, because it really is.  Julie always has coupons for saving money, her sales are ridiculously crazy, and she has giveaways every single week.   Ok, I should put in a disclaimer, so no one gets upset, I am sure the other online stores are good too, but Intrepid Thread is really super=)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Introducing....A Ripple in Time

I have all my fabric dyed and am in the process of ironing and cutting.   Here is a question for you awesome peeps:    What size of fabric do you like to buy?  (pretend it is my hand dyed stuff)  Fat quarters, 1/2 yards or 1 yard pieces?  

And you have been so patient in waiting to see 'A Ripple in Time'.   Here is the write up that goes with it:

It describes the past summer where I would work away on my quilt wherever my children were playing.   I would haul it outside on the deck as they played in the dirt, in the car on road trips, and up to the farm on those rainy days.
I always find summers just seem to disappear in the blink of an eye.   The time vanishes, hence the title of the quilt.

I am always just a little bit breathless when I see it, so no more chatting for me=)

Friday, March 9, 2012

A New Art Quilt

I am furiously working on a new art quilt showing my 3D flowers.   When I got the notice that my quilt got into Paducah, I realized I was planning to use that one to show one of my techniques at my upcoming workshop in April.  

I needed to replace it, but had limited time.   I remembered I had sewn together a black and white background and then put it away.  I pulled it out, but realized it was just too harsh to have my blue 3D flowers on the top.  Unfortunately, I never thought to take a picture, but you can see the colour of the binding is one of the fabric pieces in the background.   Anyway, I had some tulle and laid over it, but that didn't give me the effect I was looking for.  Then I found a piece of lace that did the trick.  I put that over and did a stippling all over it.   I have to finish binding it.

Next I will lay my flowers on and see how it looks.

I have 15 m of fabric being dyed at the moment.  I just love seeing what fabulous colours come out when it is done.

Monday, March 5, 2012

I got into Paducah!

If you live in Canada, it would be in your best interest to close your windows for the next 48 hours.   If not, you will probably hear my loud shouts of joy that my quilt got into AQS Paducah!

I received an email tonight telling me  that the semi-finalists were posted on their website.   I went and started at the top with the 'A's'.   Fyi, my last name is White.   I scrolled slowly down recognizing names such as Fallert, Caryl Bryer  and Hansen, Gloria.   By the 'R's' I couldn't take it anymore and had to zoom right to the 'W's'.   Do you know what I saw?

White, Jackie

Yeppers, my name!   My little ol' name on the list for acceptances into Paducah with all those hot shot quilters!

The quilt is 'Let the Vines Shine Thru'.   It uses my original 3D technique, stamping,Shiva paintstiks, my hand dyed fabrics and a ton of free motion quilting, none of it stippling.  

This quilt was inspired by the border fabric.   A fellow church member had found this vintage polyester fabric in her attic.  Yes, I did say polyester.  And yes, it was not near as nice as cotton to work with.    

Let the festivities begin=)