Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Holiday Bazaar this Saturday

There's a new holiday event in Yellow Springs

Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 26, 9 am-5 pm
Mills Park Hotel
321 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, OH 45387

This event will have over 40 vendors and 5 food trucks both inside and outside. I'll be inside.

Monday, November 14, 2022

I Will Paint Rainbows All Over Your Blues

"I Will Paint Rainbows All Over Your Blues," 21" x 24", made by Pam Geisel, June 2022

There are so many layers in this quilt:

- The bottom layer is the deep purple batik, most of which is visible under the umbrella

- Next are deep teal strips of fabric sewn as raw edge machine applique with rainbow colored yarn couched on top

- There are thick rainbow colored ribbon couched to the purple batik between the teal strips

The letter blocks have another four layers: a square, a diamond, the letter, then a square sheer are all quilted down with a rainbow variegated thread. 

The letters are arranged in a staggered layout so the top of the diamond point is between the letters in the rows above and below it.

The silhouette of the person dancing in the rain is a piece of very dark hand-dyed purple fabric. It kind of reads as black but it's a very rich purple. 

There are also bright blue bugle beads hand sewn as raindrops.

The quote is from a John Sebastian song, "Rainbows All Over Your Blues" (used with permission).

More about I'll Paint Rainbows All Over Your Blues

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Granny Squares/VOTE art quilt series

 "Women's Work," "Peace Wheel," and "Half the Sky," each is 30" x 36" and are the Granny Square/VOTE series handmade by Pam Geisel. (Larger photos of each are at the bottom of the post.)

Each of these quilts features hand crocheted granny squares arranged and applique quilted on a vintage white curtain panel. The curtain panels are then quilted to a colored fabric.

Each granny square is a mini quilt with a layer of batting and sheer fabric behind the granny square and held together with hand stitching that create either a letter or a symbol with different colors of embroidery floss.

Each quilt has the word "VOTE' incorporated somewhere on the quilt and they are embellished with buttons and beads.

The last letter of “Work” is intentionally unfinished, with the embroidery floss left hanging.

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More about Women's Work

The original rhymed couplet is "Man may work from sun to sun, But woman's work is never done." I certainly know a lot of men who work very hard and their work is also never ending, but I believe women’s work won’t be done until ALL women have the same rights as men. In this quilt the VOTE is larger hand embroidered letters in the four corners.

More about Peace Wheel

After I made Women's Work I still had many of the hand crocheted granny squares left and I immediately came up with two more ideas that I wanted to play with. Peace Wheel doesn't have letters but it does have symbols that when arranged together form a peace sign in rainbow colors. In this quilt the VOTE is white yarn couched at the top of the quilt in script letters.

More about Half the Sky

I've always liked this quote as it implies and equality and not a competition. In this quilt the VOTE is made with blue glass bugle beads and is placed just under the word "THE."