Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunrise Celebration - revisited

"Sunrise Celebration," 21" x 30", handmade by Pam Geisel

I originally made "Sunrise Celebration" in 2015 for a Project Quilting challenge (which you can read about here). At that time I used some hand spun yarn that was given to me to make small hand stitches on the quilt. A few months ago I noticed that some of the stitches had disappeared. Some were gone from the front, and some were gone from the back, and there wasn't even a little pile of yarn underneath it.

I can only assume it was something about the yarn itself, so I took out what was left and replaced it with embroidery floss, which I've used for hand stitching on other quilts and it hasn't disappeared. After I finished this quilt (the first time), I thought it was a little too subtle. 

I haven't made any changes to a quilt after it's finished but since I was going to have to restitch this one, I thought I'd make a small change. This time I used an orange thread for the blue and purple stitches so they'd stand out more. I used the same color maroon on the yellow and there's a pink color to bridge the two in the pink fabrics.

Left shows the new stitches, the right original version

It might be harder to tell from farther away, but if you click on the photos above you might see it.

More about Sunrise Celebration

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Eiffel Sunrise - Project Quilting

"Eiffel Sunrise," 9" x 15", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 10, Challenge 6: Craving Chocolate, Feb. 2019 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Craving Chocolate":

Be inspired by chocolate.

Sure, I thought about the candy, and also the color. Then I remembered the movie "Chocolat" which was set in France (although not specifically Paris). I selected fabrics that had some brown tones but still had lots of color.

I used a paper piece pattern designed by Jennifer Ofenstein of that I also used a few years ago to make this Eiffel Tower with Island Batik fabrics in blues and greens.

I had the perfect yarn and I loved how it looked couched around the inside of the inner border that I also used it on the outside of the border.

More about Eiffel Sunrise.

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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 Craving Chocolate page.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

New Name...Tips on Fusing Letters...and Project Quilting

"Pam Geisel Art Quilts chair back" 16" x 16", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 10, Challenge 5: Abecedarius, Mar. 2019 in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Challenge recap for "Abecedarius":

Your project must be about the alphabet.

Before it was announced, I wasn't sure I was going to participate in this week's challenge. I recently changed my business name and there was a lot of work associated with that which was keeping me pretty busy, including new business cards, new hang cards for all my products that get sold in person, changing all of the internal links in this blog, and many more tasks.

Many years ago I made a director's chair back cover to go over the back of my director's chair when I do a show. I wasn't sure if I wanted to update that to the new name, and if I did I could certainly wait until closer to the next show, which is a ways off yet. Until this challenge was posted, that is.

As a graphic designer, I love the alphabet and letters and typography. I'd be able to take care of an item on my to do list and use this to announce my new name!

Why did I change my business name? When I decided to start this business, I got some advice that you shouldn't use your name because otherwise vendors won't take you seriously. And while this might have been good advice in the past, I don't think it is now. Branding and being found are important.

When I started my business, I spent a day and a half Googling name ideas to find one that wasn't already taken. Back then when I searched "For Quilts Sake" with and without quotes, nothing came up. And for many years, it only went to my website.

Now when I want to go to a website, I seldom type the www. or the .com. If you start typing "Home Depot" then that's what come up on the list below the search bar. A few years ago I noticed when you type in For Quilts Sake, Google asks if you meant "For Quilts Sale." So not only is my website not coming up, my competition is.

I also noticed that while there are other Pam Geisels out there, if you type my name and quilts, there I am. (The Geisel is important as there seem to be a lot of Pams who quilt.)

Anyway, here's the new website: It's responsive so it looks good on your phone, also. It has most of my art quilts and framed art with links to my Etsy page (for the ones that are for sale); to my Pixels page to get the images on t-shirts, mugs, and more; and back to this blog to read more about the quilts.

The stitching on the back of the chair back where I sewed down the edges of the letters

A few tips if you're going to fuse letters:

1. The larger the better. Half inch tall letters are very hard to work with.

2. Upper case are easier than lower case.

3. Use a blocky font. If you're printing from your computer use a font like Arial and not one like Times that has all the extra serifs. But Pam, you used a script font on your project. Yes I did. It was only for nine letters and one of the benefits of this was it was only four pieces, since all of the lower case letters form one piece. (OK, five pieces if you include the dot over the lower case 'i'.)

4.If you plan on using fusible, print your text in reverse before tracing on to fusible.

5. Most fusible I've used aren't completely permanent so plan on either sewing down the edges of the letters or quilting on top of them with many stitches.

6. Batik fabrics don't fray as much as regular fabrics. If you have problems with fraying you can add some fray check.

I also have a coordinated arm caddy to use at shows. I made this a few years ago but it's handy to keep items I need close by.

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To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

To see other entries for this challenge, visit the Abecedarius page.