Friday, February 1, 2019

Baby Quilts with Butterflies!

I recently made some baby quilts using Viva Terra fabric that "celebrates the beauty of the desert" with images of butterflies, zucculent plants, wind blown leaves, and polished rocks in blues and pinks and purples. One of the fabrics had lovely large butterflies which I fussy cut to make my art quilt "Social Butterflies."

This close up of the Blue quilt shows the center butterfly fabric, the second butterfly fabric, the leaves, and a textured fabric.

This close up of the Pink quilt shows the second butterfly fabric, the succulents, polished rocks, leaves, and a textured fabric.

The hand-dyed fabric that I added to "A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies" is what I used on the backs of the Blue and Pink quilts.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Social Butterflies - Project Quilting

"Social Butterflies," 14" x 12", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 10, Challenge 1: Hope Springs Eternal, Jan. 2019 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Hope Springs Eternal":

Your project should be about hope. It doesn’t have to be obvious, but you do have to be able to explain how it relates to the theme.

Funny note, my project for the first challenge of season 8 was titled "Hope."

For my challenge I decided to use the image of butterflies and how the caterpillar goes into the cocoon and emerges as a butterfly. Does the caterpillar know that it's going to emerge as a butterfly? And if it does know that, does it hope that everything works correctly? I know when I start a new project I always hope that everything works correctly.

For this piece I worked backwards. I found a piece of tie dyed blue and purple fabric to use as the backing. I sandwiched it with the batting and backing then did some free-motion quilting. My tip for free motion quilting is to use thread made for machine quilting. I finished the edges with a knife-edge binding. (Photo at left)

The butterflies: the back (left) and front (right)

I had fabric with butterflies printed on it and I cut out two, fused some interfacing on the back of them then fused a redish purple fabric to the back. I used black thread to sew around the outside to hold the fabrics and interfacing together.

I sewed them onto the backing but just along the middle and not around the edges so the butterflies still have some movement with their wings.

Click on any of the photos to see larger images.

To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Hope Springs Eternal challenge page.

Monday, January 7, 2019

TWO art receptions THIS WEEKEND!

I have art in two exhibits that will both have receptions this weekend.

This Sat. Jan. 12 from 2-4 pm is the closing reception of the 12th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery in the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library. This year's theme is "My Treasures are Within." "Life is Like a Box of Chocolates" is in this exhibit.

Then on Sun. Jan. 13 from 2-4 is the opening reception of MVAQN: Still in Stitches! at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy, Ohio. The show runs from Jan. 11-Feb. 18. She Paints With Fabric, Morning Glories for Georgia, and Standing Tall are in this exhibit. All of the pieces in this exhibit are created with fabric.

One of the things that I like about both of these venues is that the exhibit spaces is in an architecturally interesting space.

The Columbus Metropolitan Main Library was built in 1907 with money donated by Andrew Carnegie. When they expanded in 1991 they kept part of the original building which is where the Carnegie Gallery is located. I find it interesting to see how the old and new parts of the building interact.

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center used to be a private residence. Mrs. Hayner left her mansion to the Troy City Schools and it had been used as the Troy public library for 33 years but is now a cultural center. It's beautifully restored and is worth the trip just to see the building.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Project Quilting Season 10

It's time for Project Quilting's tenth season! It's a three month on-line event that challenges participants to create a quilt in one week, with a week off in between. You can participate in as few or as many as you like. Participants are entered into random prize drawings and at the end of the season there are grand prizes awarded. The more challenges you enter, the better your chances.

I've participated in every year in some form or another (and I was the overall grand prize winner of Season 2). Some of my favorite quilts that I've made were Project Quilting challenges.

The schedule for 2019 is:
Challenge 1: January 6
Challenge 2: January 20
Challenge 3: February 3
Challenge 4: February 17
Challenge 5: March 3
Challenge 6: March 17

Each challenge is posted at noon CDT and due exactly one week later at noon CDT.

Here's a post with some tips about how to participate.

The challenge will be posted on the "Persimon Dreams" Project Quilting blog and you can also find links about past seasons there. Still have questions? If so, check this out.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Custom Quilts made in 2018

It's my annual look back on the custom quilts I made during the year that I haven't shared yet (some were gifts).

Click on the photos to see larger views.

Bellbrook T-shirt quilt, 48" x 80"

Beavercreek T-shirt quilt, 46" x 76"

Christmas Quilt Fabric Mosaic, 11" x 14" framed

"Louie", 24" x 14"

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Quilts printed on mugs

We ordered three mugs from and are very happy with the way they came out. Shown above are "Four Patch Bridge at Sunset," "Be Still My Beaded Hearts," and "Early Morning Nine Patch." The colors are so rich, which is good because the bridge and barn quilt have a lot of contrast in their colors.

I picked these three because they are the only ones that will fill up the image area without cropping or without a color printed in the extra area (although that color can be white). On the website you can see the item in 3D to see all sides of the mug (you can also do this with other items including tote bags). Although the 3D image showed the image wrapping under the handle, it does not, although I'm still pleased with the results.

They are microwave and dishwasher safe and come in two sizes. You can check out all the options at Shipping was $6 for one and $12 for three, so it's more than the t-shirts but these are heavier and breakable.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates" in the OOVAR Exhibit in Columbus

"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates," 53" x 53", made by Pam Geisel, 2014

My art quilt "Life is Like a Box of Chocolates" is on exhibit with the 12th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Exhibition. The exhibit runs through Jan. 12, 2019 at the Carnegie Gallery on the second floor of the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library located at 96 S. Grant St. in Columbus, Ohio. There will be a closing reception on Sat. Jan. 12 from 2-4 pm.

This year's theme is "My Treasures are Within" which comes from the inscription on the front of the main library.