Monday, June 21, 2021

"Window Web," 17" x 17", made by Pam Geisel

If you read last week's Quilt of the Week blog post ("Depth") and then went back and read the original blog post for that quilt, you got a sneak peek at this week's Quilt of the Week. I made eight of the nine blocks used in this quilt by piecing together the leftover fabric from Depth. (And if you didn't read the original blog post last week, you can read in now here.)

Then I added the center block which gives this piece it's name, the lime green inner borders, and the batik outer borders, and added some lime green yarn for embellishment.

Because this is the Quilt of the Week, it is 10% off the original price of $100 through 6/27/21 if you purchase directly from me. Details can be found here.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Depth - Quilt of the Week


"Depth," 24" x 24", made by Pam Geisel

This quilt was made in 2016 for the Island Batik's Seaside Summer Blog Hop. To go with the theme of Seaside Summer, my inspiration was how water in a swimming pool looks with the sunlight reflecting off of it, or how it looks from below.

I cut my fabric into long strips, sewed them together, then cut triangle shapes from the strips. You can read more about the specific process (and catch a sneak peek at next week's #QuiltOfTheWeek) on the original blog post.

Because this is the Quilt of the Week, it is 10% off the original price of $185 through 6/21/21 if you purchase directly from me. Details can be found here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021


"Relics," 10" x 13", made by Pam Geisel

Earlier this year one of my quilting friends passed away and her family passed along some of her quilting supplies, including three small pieces that she had started but not finished. I am not sure what her plans were for these pieces but they spoke to me so I decided to finish them in a way that would honor her. I also wanted to try and only use embellishments from her stash.

Sue liked to make art out of found objects and often used items that had some importance for her or her family. I'm not sure if these embellishments had specific relevance to her but them appeared to me to be relics of something, which was why I picked this name.

Some of the fabric edges were left loose and frayed, so I hid some of the embellishments partially under the fabric.

Relics is the second of the three pieces. Forget-Me-Nots, which I finished back in March 2021 was the first.

More about Relics

Monday, June 7, 2021

She Paints with Fabric - Quilt of the Week


"She Paints With Fabric," 19" x 25.5", made by Pam Geisel

Did you know that I used do some painting? I didn't like oil painting because of the clean up. I did like watercolors because they were easy to clean and I liked how the water would sometimes make magic things happen. But I struggled with getting really bold colors, which is one of the reasons I switched to quilting, because the fabrics had such wonderful colors and patterns (plus it's easy to clean up after). So I took my artistic ability to a different medium but I like to say that I paint with fabric.

A little background: back in the early part of 2016 my friend (and amazing watercolor painter) Libby Rudolf was planning to have a show at the Winds Cafe here in Yellow Springs and she asked if I'd like to be a part of it. I said yes and then I suggested that she could make a painting of a quilt and I could make a quilt of a painter (both shown above).

At that time I was an ambassador for Island Batik, which meant they'd send me fabric and I'd make a quilt with their fabrics and blog about it. I thought this fabric, which looks like it has paint spots on it, would be perfect for this quilt. I made several other quilts using this fabric because I love it so much. (Of course it is now out-of-print.)

So this art quilt is special to me for several reasons, including the title, the fabrics, and the fact that it was my 500th quilt. And because today is my birthday, I'm going to offer double the discount on this piece.

Because this is the Quilt of the Week, it is 10% 20% off the original price of $735 through 6/13/21 if you purchase directly from me. Details can be found here.

Monday, May 31, 2021

The View From My Hammock - Quilt of the Week

The View From My Hammock," 20" x 27.5", made by Pam Geisel

We're almost half way through 2021 and things are opening back up and getting back to "normal." I came up with the idea for a Quilt of the Week to give me something to post on Social Media, since art shows and exhibits went away because of the pandemic, but I currently have two pieces out in exhibits, a group and a solo exhibit planned, and at least one art event on my schedule for the rest of the year, so I have more to promote but I'll continue with the Quilt of the Week.

This week's quilt, The View From My Hammock, was made from a photo I took in our backyard from (spoiler alert) my hammock. It's a layered applique created the way that the last two Quilt of the Week pieces (Time Lapse Moon Rise and High Line in New York City) were made, only those were made up mostly of square pieces for the sky and this one just wasn't working with square pieces so I switched to organic shapes.

The main thing I learned when making this was that making clouds is difficult. If you look at photos of clouds there are so many different shapes, textures, and colors and that even real clouds don't look real. For these clouds I added gray to the bottom of them to look like the shadows you see from the ground. I also incorporated lacey and sheer fabrics to provide them with visual texture.

Because this is the Quilt of the Week, it is 10% off the original price of $580 through 6/6/21 if you purchase directly from me. Details can be found here.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Layered Raw-Edge Appliqued Landscape Quilts featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine

Two of my art quilts, "High Line in New York City" and "Time Lapse Moon Rise" are featured in Art Quilting Studio's Magazine's Summer 2021 issue.

The article that I wrote gives a brief description on how I made both of these landscape quilts using a layered raw-edge applique technique.

Art Quilting Studio is published quarterly and is packed full of new quilting techniques and innovative design ideas.

It is one of many publications put out by Stampington & Company. I've heard it's available at some Joann stores. You can find a store near you where it's sold or order it directly from the Stampington website.

Monday, May 24, 2021

High Line in New York City - Quilt of the Week

High Line in New York City, 30" x 29", handmade by Pam Geisel

I'd read about the High Line, a 1.45-mile-long linear urban park in Manhattan built on an elevated section of the New York Central Railroad that is no longer used for trains, and thought it was pretty cool. I contacted a friend who lived in New York City and asked if she'd take some photos of the High Line and send them to me so I could make an art quilt.

She did and you can read about the process of making this quilt here.

The next year (exactly 6 years ago, Facebook reminded me a few days ago) we were able to make a trip to New York City. We had a great meal with our friend and also went to the High Line, where we started at one end and walked all the way to the other end, but never saw the view that I used for the art quilt. Perhaps we didn't notice it because we were facing the wrong way so we walked back to the other direction and still didn't find it.

Then we noticed there was a spur near the Chelsey Market and when we walked down to the little dead end, there's the view! It was interesting making art from a photo that I had not taken as I imagined the path went between the railroad tracks and the railing but it's actually on the other side of the bushes to the right of the railing, where most of the people are in this photo. (The bushes were larger in the photo that my friend took so you couldn't see the people there).

We really enjoyed visiting the High Line and will definitely go back when we return to New York City.

Because this is the Quilt of the Week, it is 10% off the original price of $970 through 5/30/21 if you purchase directly from me. Details can be found here.