Monday, September 21, 2015

Dayton Landmarks Presentation at Troy-Hayner Center Sept. 29

"The Dayton Art Institute" part of the "Dayton Landmark Quilts" by the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network. The three quilt panels on the right were made by Lori Gravely, Lisa Quintana, and Mindy Marik.

The art quilt group that I belong to, the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network, did some group projects a few years ago called the "Dayton Landmark Quilts." Photographs were taken of Dayton Landmarks then the photos were cut apart vertically into two or more slices.

The slices were assigned to different quilters and the only rules were that they had to be the same height and we had to try to use realistic colors as close to the photograph as possible, but the style and techniques were up to us.

The group of six quilts were displayed around town and got such a great reaction and we had so much fun doing them, that we did a second group of eight quilts.

In conjunction with the Five in Fiber exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Center in Troy, Ohio, four of us are giving a presentation about the landmark quilts and how we made them. We'll have a slide show that shows all of the quilts as well as the original photographs, and we'll have some of the quilts on display during the presentation, including "The Dayton Art Institute" (above) which is hanging in the show.

The presentation will be this Sunday, Sept. 29  at 2 pm at the Troy-Hayner Center, 301 W. Main St. in Troy, Ohio.

If you’ve never been to the Troy-Hayner center, it’s worth a visit just to see the inside of this beautiful building, which used to be Mrs. Hayner’s home. While you’re there you can check out the giant Abraham Lincoln one block southeast.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Chasing Geese - Project Quilting

"Chasing Geese", 20" x 20", made for Project Quilting, Focus Through the Prism, Challenge 5: Flying Geese, Sept. 2015 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

This is my fifth entry in the Project Quilting "Focus Through the Prism" challenge. To play along you need to purchase a ROYGBIV hand-dyed bundle of fabric from Cherrywood Fabrics and then at the beginning of the month a traditional quilting block is selected. Participants get to chose which of the seven focus fabrics they want to emphasize for the month, but other fabrics can be added.

All quilts will be made 20" x 20" with the intention of displaying them together in the future.

September's block is "Flying Geese."

I wanted my design to be similar to the other quilts I've made for the Focus Through the Prism challenges: "Monkey Tail",  "A Second Self", "Cabin Sweet Cabin", and "Positively Pinwheels!"

I pieced eight sets of two Flying Geese blocks with indigo backgrounds to make 5" squares then pieced them together around by 5" black center. I used the same border fabric and couched a piece of black yarn, this time in the pattern of a bird in flight. Then I quilted black quilting lines that echoed the yarn at 1/4" apart.

I used a knife-edge facing to bind the quilt.

More about Chasing Geese and my Focus Through the Prism series

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Click on any of the photos to see larger images.

To read more about Project Quilting's Focus Through the Prism, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Flying Geese link up.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My walls are empty

With many of my quilts out on exhibit, the walls of my house are blank.

I have 11 quilts in the "Five in Fiber" show at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center through Oct. 4

Nine quilts are in the "Stitch by Stitch" show at the Winds Cafe through Nov. 1 (with a reception on Sun., Sept. 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm).

"Picnic at Ellis Pond" is at the Aullwood Audubon's "A Secret Garden" exhibit until Sept. 13.

"Daybreak is Your Midnight" is traveling with the Ohio Designer Craftsmen's "Best Of 2015" show and will be in Mansfield on Sept. 20.

And "Gypsy Moon" has been borrowed by ThinkTV to use on their set for "The Art Show."

Monday, September 7, 2015

"Stitch by Stitch" YS Textile Art Group show at the Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs


Stitch By Stitch: A cross-cultural exploration of contemporary textile and fiber art is presented by five members of the Yellow Springs Textile Art Group. The members, Karren K. Brito, Carol Culbertson, Pam Geisel, Bette Kelley, and Sue Rudolf are all Yellow Springs fiber and textile artists who create innovative embroidery, weaving, and art quilts.

You can view the show during the months of Sept. and Oct. at the Winds Cafe, 215 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs. The Winds Cafe is open Tues.-Sat. from 11:30 am-2:30 pm and 5-10 pm, and on Sun. from 10 am-3 pm, they are closed on Mondays.

There will be an opening reception on Sun., Sept. 20, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Island Batik Fabric Winner!

And the winner of these three quarter yard cuts of the Island Batik Gems & Jewels blue fabric from the Island Batik Ambassador Summer in the Country Blog Hop is...

And #43 is...Zenia Rene! You can check out her blog A Quilted Passion to see what she makes with these lovely fabrics!