Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Holiday Bazaar this Saturday

There's a new holiday event in Yellow Springs

Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 26, 9 am-5 pm
Mills Park Hotel
321 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387

This event will have over 40 vendors and 5 food trucks both inside and outside. I'll be inside.

Monday, November 14, 2022

I Will Paint Rainbows All Over Your Blues

"I Will Paint Rainbows All Over Your Blues," 21" x 24", made by Pam Geisel, June 2022

There are so many layers in this quilt:

- The bottom layer is the deep purple batik, most of which is visible under the umbrella

- Next are deep teal strips of fabric sewn as raw edge machine applique with rainbow colored yarn couched on top

- There are thick rainbow colored ribbon couched to the purple batik between the teal strips

The letter blocks have another four layers: a square, a diamond, the letter, then a square sheer are all quilted down with a rainbow variegated thread. 

The letters are arranged in a staggered layout so the top of the diamond point is between the letters in the rows above and below it.

The silhouette of the person dancing in the rain is a piece of very dark hand-dyed purple fabric. It kind of reads as black but it's a very rich purple. 

There are also bright blue bugle beads hand sewn as raindrops.

The quote is from a John Sebastian song, "Rainbows All Over Your Blues" (used with permission).

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Granny Squares/VOTE art quilt series

 "Women's Work," "Peace Wheel," and "Half the Sky," each is 30" x 36" and are the Granny Square/VOTE series handmade by Pam Geisel. (Larger photos of each are at the bottom of the post.)

Each of these quilts features hand crocheted granny squares arranged and applique quilted on a vintage white curtain panel. The curtain panels are then quilted to a colored fabric.

Each granny square is a mini quilt with a layer of batting and sheer fabric behind the granny square and held together with hand stitching that create either a letter or a symbol with different colors of embroidery floss.

Each quilt has the word "VOTE' incorporated somewhere on the quilt and they are embellished with buttons and beads.

The last letter of “Work” is intentionally unfinished, with the embroidery floss left hanging.

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More about Women's Work

The original rhymed couplet is "Man may work from sun to sun, But woman's work is never done." I certainly know a lot of men who work very hard and their work is also never ending, but I believe women’s work won’t be done until ALL women have the same rights as men. In this quilt the VOTE is larger hand embroidered letters in the four corners.

More about Peace Wheel

After I made Women's Work I still had many of the hand crocheted granny squares left and I immediately came up with two more ideas that I wanted to play with. Peace Wheel doesn't have letters but it does have symbols that when arranged together form a peace sign in rainbow colors. In this quilt the VOTE is white yarn couched at the top of the quilt in script letters.

More about Half the Sky

I've always liked this quote as it implies and equality and not a competition. In this quilt the VOTE is made with blue glass bugle beads and is placed just under the word "THE."

Monday, August 8, 2022

Art on the Lawn, Sat. Aug. 13 in Yellow Springs

Art on the Lawn is this Saturday, Aug 13 from 10 am-5 pm at Mills Lawn, 200 S. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I'll be there under the shade of the trees with my art. There will be over 100 artists, plus some food vendors and live musicians. The show is sponsored by and just a block from Village Artisans, where I am a member.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Art in the City - Downtown Dayton & Wheat Penny


Art in the City is happening in downtown Dayton this Saturday, August 6 from 1-7 pm. My art quilt "Lavender Diamonds" will be at the Edward A. Dixon Gallery at 222 N St Clair St, in Dayton. The gallery has recently moved into a new home so they are also having a grand reopening on Friday, August 5 from 4-8 pm. In addition to this Friday and Saturday, the gallery is open by appointment.

While the Wheat Penny is not of the official Art in the City map, it is just a few blocks away at 515 Wayne Avenue in Dayton. I have 16 art quilts on display there through October 1. The restaurant is open Tue-Thu 11a-9p, Fri-Sat 11a-10p, and closed on Sun-Mon.

For a blast from the past, this photo was taken of me an my art quilt "Cosmic Connectivity" at the Wheat Penny at the Dayton's first Art in the City in 2016. And it is a part of the show that is up at the Wheat Penny now.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Two New Autumn Table Runners

(Left) Autumn Table Runner Long, 12" x 38" and (right) Autumn Table Topper Square, 25" x 25", made by Pam Geisel, June 2022

It's a little out of season but I recently made these two autumn table runners. They are both on the large side so I borrowed a friends large dining room table to take my photos.

The long rectangular one has rectangular fabrics that blend from a yellow gold through rust orange to a deep red and the border has autumn leaves in it.

The square one is done in a traditional "Broken Dishes" arrangement with triangles of yellow gold, warm brown, orange, and red and the background triangles have autumn leaves.


Friday, June 24, 2022

Letters from Lincoln: a patriotic art quilt

 Letters from Lincoln, 35" x 34", made by Pam Geisel, June 2022

I had an idea to make an art quilt with a patriotic theme and using an American flag seemed like a good way to arrange the letters on the stripes. I did a quick mock up and really liked how it looked. When I refined my idea I did spend some time working with a flag that is the actual dimensions of a flag but they are twice as wide as they are tall and that ratio wasn't working for me, so I decided to use my artistic license and go back to my quick mock up, even if it wasn't the correct dimensions.

Next it was time to chose a quote. For most of my other word quilts, the words came first and the image second. But this time I worked backwards. I searched patriotic quotes and found quite a few that I liked but they had to be able to be broken down into somewhat equal length chunks and this quote ended up working the best. This quote had a nice balance because the words and combinations of words all had even numbers so there are the same number of blank squares on the left and right side of each row.

The other quotes that I considered were:

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to do what is right - Peter Marshall

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. - Clarence Darrow

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. - James Bryce

The love of one’s country is a splendid thing, but why should love stop at the border.  - Pablo Casals

Now to create the quilt. Like the other word quilts I traced the letters in reverse onto fusible webbing, fused those to a white fabric, and cut out all the letters. The letters were then fused to either a red or blue diamond shape, depending on where they would end up.

Because I already had the red and white stripes I did not add another colored square in those areas but I did to the blue section where I tried to used many blue pieces that had stars printed on them. (Some of the red diamond fabrics also have stars on them.)

All the diamond shapes got a piece of sheer fabric on top. Some of the sheers were in the expected colors of red and blue but others were orange, green, and pink which I thought added a nice subtlety to the quilt. The whole piece is quilted with "x" shapes through the square/diamond shapes using a variegated red and blue thread.

The quote comes from a letter that President Lincoln wrote to Henry L. Pierce declining an invitation to speak at an event honoring Thomas Jefferson. I named this piece "Letters from Lincoln" since I literally cut out fabric letters to put on the piece.

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