Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hyde Park Art Show - Cincinnati

This coming Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010 I'll be at the Hyde Park Square Art Show, which runs from 10 am–5 pm. The show is in downtown Hyde Park at the intersection of Erie Ave. and Edwards Rd. Hyde Park is northeast of downtown Cincinnati.

I'll be in booth #55 which should be just to the east of the Erie and Edwards intersection.

If you make it to the show you might enjoy getting some food at the Echo Restaurant. Whenever we go to Hyde Park, Scott likes to go to the Echo, also.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Uncommon Threads IV: In the Glen

"July's Prize" by Ann Diller

I did not make that quilt...although I wish I had! The quilt was made by Ann Diller, a member of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network, which I also belong to.

Myself, Ann and the rest of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network members will exhibit our art quilts at the Glen Helen Building from Sat., Oct., 2 through Sun., Nov. 14. The Glen Helen Building is located at 405 Corry St., in Yellow Springs and the building is open to the public from 10 am-4 pm.

An opening reception will be held on Sun., Oct. 3 from 2-4 pm. (I will not be at the reception, I'll be at Hyde Park.)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Night of Art in Springfield

Pink Lemonade Fabric Mosaic

The Center City Studios Art Show will be this Sat., Sept. 25 from 6–11 pm at the Liedertafel Club, 1901 Burnett Ave., Springfield, Ohio. There will be art, music, dancing, karaoke, painting demos., door prizes a cash bar and fabulous art available for purchase. There is a $5 entrance fee.

Come out for A Night of Art and have some food and some fun!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Susan's Seasons

My friend Susan has a wreath that hangs on her house against a dark wall and she wanted some way to add some color to it. She's always been a fan of my quilted postcards and asked if I could make 4 larger postcards, each with a different season, so she could hang them inside her wreath.

She knew she wanted a cardinal for the Winter season, but left the other seasons up to me. I knew I wanted to have a pumpkin for the fall and a watermelon for the summer and we both thought flowers was a good choice for Spring.

Since the fabrics were fused and raw-edge machine applique, I used batik fabrics for all but the background. Batiks have a tighter weave and are less likely to have loose threads along the edges.

These are approximately 6" x 8" with the fabric fused to a stiff fusible interfacing with a tight satin stitch around the outside, with solid colored thread on the cardinal and the flowers and a variegated thread on the watermelon and the pumpkin.

I happy with the way they came out, but even better is that Susan just loves them.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Starting into the busy season - Fall art shows

I've got 4 art shows coming up in the next 5 weeks, so I've been busy getting ready for them.

First up is the 5th Annual Mason Arts Festival which takes place this Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 from 11 am-5 pm at the Mason Municipal Center, located at 6000 Mason-Montgomery Rd. in Mason, Ohio.

Coming up next:

Sat., Sept. 25: The Center City Studios Art Show at the Liedertafle Club in Springfield, Ohio.

Sun., Oct. 3: Hyde Park Square Art Show in Hyde Park, Ohio.

Sat. & Sun. Oct. 16 & 17: Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour in Yellow Springs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Buying Fabric on the West Coast

The Itsy Bitsy Quilt Shop in Ferndale, CA

This summer we spent 3 weeks in July on the West Coast. Our main reason for going was to go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sister, Oregon, which I had a quilt in. (Many of these links go to my travel blog, Pack Up the Car.)

The Stitchin' Post is a quilt shop in Sisters, and one of the main sponsors of the Outdoor Quilt Show. It is also the shop that Valori Wells and her mother Jean own. There was a long line to buy fabric during the show, but I toughed it out and bought 1 half-yard cut and 1 quarter-yard cut of batik fabric (above).

The Stitchin' Post is located at 311 W Cascade Ave. in Sisters, OR and is open Mon.-Sat. from 9 am-5 pm.
While we were in Ferndale, CA, we went into a jewelry store. While browsing, the clerk asked where we were from. I told her we were from Ohio. So she asked what brought us out here and I replied that we came to go to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. The clerk, Holly, mentioned that she was also an art quilter and asked what sewing machine I have. I have a Juki, which is not that well known of a machine, and not only had she heard of it, she has not 1 but 2 Juki machines.

Holly’s parents operate a small quilt shop in downtown Ferndale, the Itsy Bitsy Quilt Shop. So of course we went across the street to see her art quilts and I bought 2 half-yard cuts of batik fabric (above).

The Itsy Bitsy Quilt Shop is located at 580 Main St. in Ferndale, CA, (in the same building as the Kinetic Sculpture Museum) and is open Mon.-Sat. from 10 am- 5 pm and Sun. from noon-4 pm.

The Fabric Depot, located in Portland, OR, is the largest fabric store in the nation, with over 1.5 acres of fabric and over 800 batiks. I bought 14 quarter-yard cuts (12 novelty and 2 batiks) and a one-yard cut that was also a batik (batiks above). And I managed to get out of the store after just an hour and 15 minutes.

The Fabric Depot is located at 700 SE 122nd Ave. in Portland, OR and open Mon.-Sat. 9 am-9 pm. and Sun. 10 am-7 pm.
The Latimer Quilt and Textile Center is located in Tillamook, OR, which is on the Oregon coast. They have a research library, exhibition space, a gift shop that sells items made by the members. There is also a room with several looms set up for the members to use. I bought a few small items in the gift shop, including a fat quarter of the hard-to-find North by Northwest Postcard fabric by Timbleberries (above).

The women there also asked why I was in the area, and when I told them that I had a quilt in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. They asked if I had photos of the quilt and since this was after the show I had something better, I had the actual quilt. I got my quilt "Twilight Descends" out of the car and they all oohed and aahed appropriately which I appreciated.

Tillamook County also has a “Quilt Trail” which is a driving tour of quilt blocks that have been painted on barns and other interesting buildings. The women at the center were very proud of this trail, which is the first Quilt Block Trail on the west coast. I had to mention that I’d met Donna Sue Groves, the woman who originally came up with the idea for the Quilt Block Trails and lives in Adams County, Ohio.

The Latimer Quilt and Textile Center is located at 2105 Wilson River Loop Rd. in Tillamook, OR and is open Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm and Sun. noon-4 pm from April to October, and Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm and is closed on Sundays from November through March. The Quilt Trail is always open but best viewed during daylight hours.
And finally, this is a photo of the very colorful bedspread in the Motel 6 that we stayed at in Redmond, OR (half an hour drive from Sisters).

Apparently Motel 6 had some fabric made that has their logo in it (I added the yellow box to the photo), and they had bedspreads made using this fabric. We stayed at another Motel 6 in Seaside, OR and it had the same bedspreads.

The new wine glass coaster sets I made from the 12 quarter yard cuts of novelty fabric from the Fabric Depot.

Final fabric count: 16 quarter-yard cuts, 3 half-yard cuts and 1 one-yard cut for a total of 6.5 yards. And none of it had the Motel 6 logo on it.

If you're interested in reading more about my trip to the Pacific coast, visit my travel blog here.