Friday, December 11, 2015

Exhibition of 2015 Calendar Art at Chestnut Tree

If you haven't had a chance to go to the Chestnut Tree Tearoom and Bistro on the Denton Square this fall you should go. Their remodeled space has lots of room for artwork. The VAST Exhibition of 2015 Calendar Art is on display through January 9.

My Red Fish quilt is in the calendar and on display. 17x19.5"

Blue Fish is also hanging at Chestnut Tree. 17x19.5"

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Aquarius" in ArtQuilting Studio Magazine

My little art quilt "Aquarius" is in the winter issue of ArtQuilting Studio magazine!

What a nice surprise.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Paint Chip Challenge II

Members of the "Not Your Grandmother's Bee" were challenged to create something outside our color comfort zone. We were asked to choose a paint chip without seeing the colors on the front. 

I created "Luna Rising". 
The bottom is a test sample dyed with shaving cream and dye spread with a credit card on white fabric. I hand-dyed the blue background and the vertical strip. I transferred a black laser copy of the Luna moth and crystalis with gel medium onto hand-dyed green fabric. The yellow strip and blue squares are scraps of antique kimono. The moon is made of concentric circles of bridal tulle. I cut a stencil for the vine and painted it on with white acrylic paint.

 Marie Mitchell created this darling bag.

Carla Hamm will finish her jacket with beads.

 Kathleen Francis used three paint chips for color inspiration on her bug jars.

 Tammy Becker will complete her trees with beads and buttons.

 Charlotte Rutland created this darling bird.

Debbie Coates created this mug rug.

Jessalyn Matthews Frank is creating her own version of a Parchesi board. 

Grace Johnson created this MuMu.

Donna made this pillow.

Linda Creagh made this quilt for her great-granddaughter.

Ice Plant by Nelda Johnson

The words "ICE PLANT" were done with shaving cream dye and a stencil.

Ice Plant is 19" x 20" and has a pocket on the back for the paint chip.

Here's a link to our first Paint Chip Challenge May 2014.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The "girls" are going to Houston!

I'm thrilled to hear my "Omelet Sisters" quilt has been juried into A World of Beauty at the Houston International Quilt Festival this Fall!

We had four urban chickens in our backyard for a while. They were such fun to watch.  

 They were quite young when they arrived from my friend Vicki's farm in Terrell.





I made this quilt using images of our chickens.

 The Omelet Sisters - 36 x 21”

The background is hand-dyed sateen and the leaves are 
stenciled with fabric paint using a freezer paper stencil. 
The chickens are thread painted on an inkjet print on fabric.

The Omelet Sisters - detail

I hope to see you at the show!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Lights

Lightening bugs remind me of summer nights at Grandma Byers’ house in Indiana, with a jar full of fireflies as a night light by my bed.

I made the background of this quilt with the quilted sateen strips that were trimmed from “Particle Trails”.  I butted the strips together and zigzag stitched them together to form the background. 

I drew around cut out fireflies with chalk  and free-motion stitched them with glow-in-the-dark thread. I fused up-cycled green silk drapes back to back and cut blade-shaped leaves. I stitched the blades along the center so the edges are loose.

Summer Lights, 13.75 x 23.5"

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ugly Batik Challenge

Grace had yards of this fabric and thought it was ugly.
She gave each member of the Not Your Grandmother's Bee
a fat quarter and challenged us to make something. 
Here are her rules.
"Use at least an identifiable piece of this fabric in your challenge piece!
Completed pieces are due at our April bee, and
there's a slight chance that prizes might be awarded"

 Grace provided prizes and asked Mary from
Minding My P's and Q's Quilt Shop to judge the entries and award the prizes.

Nelda Johnson, the Super Creative award

Grace Johnson, the Outside the Box award

Tonya Littmann, the Best Use of Fabric award
Linda Creagh, the Most Clever award
Tonya Littmann, the Make Me Smile award

Tammy Becker, The Precise Piecing award

Debbie Coates, the Wow award

 Marie Mitchell, the Very Impressive Piece award

Charlotte Rutland, the Super Cute award

Teresa Shirling, the Most Fun award

 Kathleen Francis, the What Were You Thinking award.

Donna Mullen Irving couldn't come to the meeting so she sent me a photo.

Nice job everyone. Thank you Grace for making it happen!

Dallas Quilt Show Results

I just realized I didn't post the results of my entries to the Dallas Quilt Show.
I'm thrilled to have won two blue ribbons!

 One for my Challenge Block...

And one for "Obsession". My entry in the Show Chair's Theme, Funny Quilts.

The Show Chair's Theme for 2016 is "Words & Letterforms." 
I already have a plan.

Monday, March 9, 2015

One More for the 2015 Dallas Quilt Show

My last entry for the Dallas Quilt Show is finished.

 "Big Blue Circle" 38 x 38"

"Big Blue Circle" detail

 The show starts this Friday.
The Dallas Quilt Show
March 13-15, 2015
Dallas Market Hall  
2200 N. Stemmons Freeway 
(I35 at Market Center Blvd)
Friday  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday  12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$8 advance tickets, $10 at the door

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Countdown to the Dallas Quilt Show

The show program has been sent to the printer and the last ads are off to the Dallas Morning News. Now it's time to put the finishing touches on my show entries.

My "Winter Chill" challenge block is finished and turned in.

 "Cicada Song" 16x18" is finished except for the label.

"Obsession" 23x33" is finished!

"Obsession" detail.

"Sarah's Day Lilies" 22x30.5" still needs a label.

"Sarah's Day Lilies" detail.

One more quilt to go...

The Dallas Quilt Show
March 13-15, 2015
Dallas Market Hall  
2200 N. Stemmons Freeway 
(I35 at Market Center Blvd)
Friday  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday  12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$8 advance tickets, $10 at the door

I hope you will join us.