The article that I wrote gives a brief description on how I made both of these pieces but focuses mostly on the wool roving that I used as an embellishment.
Art Quilting Studio is only published two times a year but 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. Or you can order it from the Stampington website.
My last show of the year this year is Art & Soul, which features over 30 exceptional artists who “put their souls into making art.” The show is this Sat., Nov. 18 from 10 am-5 pm. It will be in the Mills Lawn School Gym, 200 S. Walnut St. in Yellow Springs, just one block from the Xenia Ave. There's plenty of free parking in town and also in the lot behind the school.
There is a $4 admission fee, a portion of which will go to the Yellow Springs Schools and the Yellow Springs Police Coat Fund.
"Delightful Daisy," 9" x 9", handmade by Pam Geisel, May 2017
Last year I taught two quilting workshops at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County (Ohio). This year I am teaching participants how to make the "Delightful Daisy" art quilt. We will cover piecing, using fusibles, machine raw-edge applique, couching yarn, and making a facing (knife edge) binding.
The workshop is Sat., Nov. 11 from 10:30-1:30 pm. The cost is $45 for members, $60 for non members and it includes materials, although you can bring fabric from your own stash if you want.
This year I've made several custom quilts, new baby quilts, bookmarks, wine glass coasters, and printed note cards, but it's been awhile since I've made an art quilt.
I made this one so I'd have something to do as a demonstration during the Yellow Springs Open Studios last month. I fused six connected white hearts to a rainbow batik background then stitched them down.
During the Open Studios I added over 300 beads by hand, matching the bead color to the background color. I tried to use as many different types of beads as possible.
I was a little concerned about the weight of the beads so I wrapped it around some wooden stretcher bars.
I made this design because we're having a lobby show at Village Artisans and the theme is "What Makes Your Heart Sing" and two of the things that make my heart sing are rainbow colors and sparkly glass beads. I also like taking close up photos of beads. The exhibit runs from Nov. 9-Jan 2 at Village Artisans, 100 Corry St. in Yellow Springs.
As always you can click on the photos to see them larger (seriously, I think these are awesome photos!)
Photo from last year's Art Off Fundraiser, my quilt "She Paints with Fabric" and my art box "Inside of a Dog" are in the background
Three years ago I was contacted by photographer Bill Franz who had retired from his job and wanted to take photos of artists in their studios. At that time I'd just finished my large art quilt "Lavender Diamonds" which he thought that would be a good back drop.
Last year the K12 and TEJAS Gallery had an exhibit of works from local artists with the photos that Bill took of them working in their studios displayed with their artwork. This exhibit was so much fun that they are doing it again this year.
My art quilt "Journey" will be in this year. The exhibit runs from Nov. 3-25 and it was really interesting to see the artwork and the photos together.
The reception is this Sat., Nov. 4 from 6-9 pm during their annual "Art Off" Fundraiser. Tickets for the event are $50 per person or $75 per couple and include food, drinks, music, performers, art demonstrations, silent and live auctions, and a live painting competition. We went last year and it really was a lot of fun.
Me with the page that my quilt "Time Lapse Moon Rise" in the book "Fly Me to the Moon: an Art Quilt Journey"
My copy of the book "Fly Me to the Moon: an Art Quilt Journey" by Susanne Miller Jones has arrived! My quilt "Time Lapse Moon Rise" is on page 197 in the section "Studying the Moon." It includes photos and information about all 179 art quilts that were juried into this traveling exhibit.
This is the blurb on the publisher's website and the back of the book:
"When the Apollo astronauts went to the moon, the whole world watched. When the Fly Me to the Moon art quilt challenge went out, it went global. This book showcases the curated results of that call for entries: 179 art quilts by over 130 artists from 8 countries, expressing their interpretation of the space program and all things lunar. Walk down memory lane or discover the story of the missions for the first time, but most importantly, enjoy a trip to the moon and beyond without the time and rigors of space training. As you travel into space, meet the astronauts, hum the tunes, and listen to the artists tell you about their pieces. Find endless inspiration and discover what the moon is really made of: cotton, thread, crystals, paint, ink, tulle, and crocheted lace."
I also learned from the book that NASA astronaut Kathy Nyberg was the first person to quilt and sew in space!
I was fortunate enough to get to see all of the quilts in person last Friday at the Indianapolis Quilt Guild show. While the show is a traveling exhibit, not all of the quilts were at all of the locations, but I got to see all of them. The photo above shows just some of them (including mine, on the right side).
Here's a closer view of the group that my quilt was with. All of the quilts were very impressive and some were quite moving.
You can click on any of the photos to see them larger. Here are some links you might be interested in:
For more information about my quilt and how I made it.
For more information about the book and how to order it from the publisher or from Amazon.
My guest artist is Carol Culbertson, who creates both pottery and weavings.
The event is Sat. & Sun., Oct. 21 & 22, from 10am-5 pm. Click here for an interactive map of studio locations (artists are organized alphabetically by FIRST name). Printed brochures will also be available at the studios, and also in downtown Yellow Springs.
Two years ago I made the art quilt "Time Lapse
Moon Rise" for the Fly Me to the Moon art quilts to honor the 50th
Anniversary of man walking on the moon. The quilts, which will tour tour the
country at different events through 2019, are finally going to be close enough for me to
see them all together at the Indianapolis Guild Show at Westfield Middle School
on October 20 and 21. You can view all of the quilts, or get more
Three of my art quilts are included in the "Spots, Stripes, and Shapes in Nature," the 25th annual art quilt exhibit at Aullwood Audubon Center, located at 1000 Aullwood Rd. in Dayton, Ohio. The show runs from Sept. 16 through Nov. 4 and there will be an artist reception on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2-4 p. The center is open M-Sa from 9a-5p and Su from 1-5p. There is a $5 admission fee that allows access to the center and also to the farm.
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, Corrine Bayraktaroglu, Carol Culbertson, Pam Geisel, Bette Kelley, and Phyllis Schmidt 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. 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm.
It is once again time for my biennial trip to see Quilt National, an art quilt exhibition held on odd-numbered years at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio and attracts entries from around the globe. This year there are 85 art quilts from 28 states and 9 countries.
The exhibit runs through Sept 4, 2107. If you don't get a chance to see it there, you can either view it on line, or catch it on tour.
As of this posting, parts of the show will tour to St. Louis, MO and Columbus, OH.
The Columbus exhibit will be at the Riffe Gallery from Jan. 25-Apr. 14, 2018.
Photography isn't allowed in the Dairy Barn but there are many place on-line to see some of the quilts:
- Prize winners
- People's Choice leaders
Some of my favorites are here, including:
- "Global Players" by Brigitte Kopp of Kasel-Golzig, Germany
- "Chasm 23" by Beth Carney of Yonkers, NY
- "Butterfly Garden" by Pamela Loewen of Williamston, MI
Art on the Lawn is this Saturday, Aug 12 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 around 100 artists, plus some food vendors and live musicians. The show is sponsored by Village Artisans, where I am a member.
I've been organizing my files and discovered I've made 20 t-shirt quilts! Here are the fronts and backs of them. (I'll start #21 next month). As always, you can click on any of the photos to see them larger.)
(For this one the backing was provided, it was an unfinished quilt top)
Double-sided t-shirt quilts:
While most of the others had some t-shirts on the back, these were designed to be two-sided, with the same-sized shirt matching up on the other side.