Monday, January 24, 2022

All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love, 18" x 13", handmade by Pam Geisel, January 2022

Ever since I made Be a Spark a few years ago, I've been wanting to make more art quilts with the same technique of using squares rotated and on top of squares with letters and sheer fabrics on top but I've been having trouble coming up with inspiration.

A few nights ago I was thinking about the Village Artisans' lobby show that we're going to hang this week, which has the theme of "All You Need is Love." Knowing I had a deadline coming up, I spent the weekend working on this piece.

Originally it was going to be on a white background and I pulled out the red fabric that I used for the background fabric thinking I could use it for the binding. The white background wasn't working for me and I considered not finishing it but then I tried the fabrics on the red background and I started to feel excited about this project. This project is this size because that is all that I had of that red fabric.

I don't have a lot of pink fabrics in my stash, but I did have some small amounts of dusty pink fabrics, which I used for the larger squares that form the heart (that are at a 45 degree angle). 

Because the layout dictated that the letters would be spaced far apart, I decided to make the letters of each word the same color and have them go in the rainbow order of blue, indigo, violet, purple, and then red (and I didn't have enough room for the word "Love" so I used a heart).

It's quilted with a dusty pink thread which crosses through the squares instead of around the outside which make the sides stand out from the background.

It's embellished with a chunky, funky red/purple variegated yarn that outlines the heart (and breaks the frame by going above and below the background) and a thin red silk ribbon framing the edges. The sheer fabrics, the glitter in the yarn, and some handsewn beads add sparkle to this piece.

The "All You Need is Love" show at Village Artisans runs through March 21. Village Artisans is located at 100 Corry St. in Yellow Springs and is open M-Sa 11 am-5 pm and Sun noon-5 pm.

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Mystical Moon Cat - Project Quilting

"Mystical Moon Cat" 6" x 6" x .5", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 13, Challenge 2: In Silhouette

Recap for "In Silhouette":

Be inspired by the concept of silhouette; explore the idea of a simple, contrasting image.

I love using silhouettes in both my art quilts and also in my graphic design. I've just started a larger project that I think will have a silhouette in it, although I'm not positive what the silhouette will be of. If I get that project finished, it won't likely be until summer time.

Because I've worked with silhouettes in the past, I've already got some sketches of silhouettes, including this one of a cat on a crescent moon, although I did spend some time trying to decide which fabric to use. It wasn't until I remembered I had some Island Batik Sea Salt Sandie fabrics (one of my favorites from when I was an Island Batik Ambassador) that I knew this was what I wanted to make.

I've made several of these little 6 x 6 wrapped around canvas pieces, both for other Project Quilting challenges and for Island Batik projects and they're quite fun to make.

More about Mystical Moon Cat.

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To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

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

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Rainbow Plaid Baby Quilt - Project Quilting

"Rainbow Plaid Baby Quilt" 30" x 30", made by Pam Geisel for Project Quilting, Season 13, Challenge 1: All the Colors

Recap for "All the Colors":

Your project must be colorful with at least five colors.

Considering that the quilt I consider my first art quilt had the rainbow colors in it ("Rainbow Pinwheel") and I both made a quilt called "All the Colors" and one of my solo shows was also called "All the Colors," this was not a challenge for me, but fun nonetheless.

I used the six traditional rainbow colors although the one that I used for the blue I also used for the backing and binding. 

It's blue but also has some rainbow stripes that cross to make a fun plaid pattern, which is why I named this baby quilt "Rainbow Plaid."

It's quilted with blue thread that make "x"s through all the squares.

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To read more about Project Quilting, go here.

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