Sunday, July 17, 2011

SAQA Auction Quilt

I sent in a 12" quilt for this year's SAQA auction. It can be found on page 2A at the bottom of the page. I started it in a workshop with Sue Benner earlier this year.  She has a wonderful piece in the auction. Please go check out all the pieces and bid often and early. Go to and click on the links for the auction. You can see close ups and visit the websites or blogs of the artists. Hours of inspiration and fun!

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Got home from my adventure to New York for Quilts=Art=Quilts and went to see the Chandler "Art Quilts XIV" with friend Sandy Branjord. We each got juried in. She got in with "Poemfish", which shows her flair for mixed media collage. This was an early art quilt for her. She has since really grown as an art quilter. Here is her piece:
This is my piece "Anticipation". It was made with Caryl Bryer Fallert's delicious fabrics and has been one of my favorite pieces.
It was made when I was beginning to teach art quilting as an example for a class, as many of my early pieces were. I am now playing with previous paintings as bases for quilting and I've started a new series called Barcodes. This is my newest Barcode piece called Prompts.
Each of the strips in the barcode are "prompts" for "blank canvas syndrome" which all artists, quilt or otherwise run into at some time. Prompts such as "dark", "skinny", "texture" are all suggestions for something to "throw at it"!

One of my acrylic paintings, which screamed to become a quilt, was juried into the SAQA call "Sense of Adventure". It started as a painting. I added lots of organza, satin, and dupioni silk as appliques, glued on with gel medium, and then quilted it.

Here is a close-up of the added "bits".
Sandy entered a quilt called "La  Fete" and got juried in as well. For both of us to get into a show with only 29 quilts was amazing. Our quilts will travel for up to two years together starting in Houston this year. Here is her quilt.

Can you see the Eiffel Tower that appeared in her quilt as she was piecing it intuitively?

We are going to go to Houston to see our quilts. How much fun will that be!

Well, I figured out how to add pictures. Enough for now. I have to go get supplies ready for tomorrow's Art Quilt Camp. I am teaching surface design for 3 days. We are going to create amazing things!  That's it for now. I will now send this out into the black beyond. If you comment, I will try to figure out how to respond!

Well, I intended to regularly post.....Every year seems to be what I manage. I did travel to New York for the opening of Quilts=Art=Quilts last fall. The class I took with Terry Jarrard-Dimond was as exciting as I hoped it would be. And the quilt show was amazing. I met quilters I have always admired and was thrilled to be included in a show with them. On Sunday I had the privilege of talking to the gallery about my "Thistle" and had so much fun!
I mentioned in my last post that I was making a piece for their silent auction. I ended up making a dyptich called "Celebration and Promise". They were constructed from a previously painted acrylic painting that I "deconstructed", appliqued with other deconstructed pieces and then quilted. All of our donated pieces were hung in a hallway and mine were lucky to be the last in the row on the way to the rest rooms!
I remember why I hated this process. Apparently I need a tutorial. I can't add photos without swearing, and my mother wouldn't approve at all. I am going to post this and then post again with new pictures. Comment if you wish. I love comments!