Surf’s Up! by Laura Wasilowski
It was a surprise to discover that the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is having an exhibit through October 27 that includes my quilt, Surf’s Up! (I think I may have been notified of this but in my foggy state of being, it was forgotten. Must be all that dyeing going on.)
Anyway, if you are near Golden Colorado, please visit the exhibit called It’s What We Do: 25 Years of Collecting. I was happy to donate this quilt to the museum years ago. After all, Colorado is the land of my birth and where I first learned to sew in 4-H.
Here’s a blurb about the exhibit:
This 25th Anniversary celebration exhibition highlights the special, but seldom seen, areas of collecting. Visitors will see important work by pioneers of the art quilt movement; the first artists who took quilts off the bed and put them on the wall. They will also be surprised by kit quilts from the 1920’s and 1930’s, and touched by storytelling quilts. Some newly acquired antiques will be shown for the first time.
The hand embroidery on my improv flower quilt is complete. But I’m not sure if I like the thread color chosen to surround the flowers. It’s a Size 8 pearl cotton called Red Hots.
To keep the colors in balance, I also used Red Hots in the “ground” area of the design.
What do you think? Should I remove the thread or just move on?
Every few months I give in and do an inventory of threads and fabric for Artfabrik. This time I was surprised to find that all the green colorways were low. Colorways like Moss, Peas in a Pod, Green Grass, and Evening Greens desperately needed dyeing.
Apple Basket by Laura Wasilowski. The Lime Frappe thread colorway is used for the grass in this small, free-stitched embroidery piece.
After a week of work, the dyed threads are washed and ready to dry. Now if I could get some one to twist them up for me, I’d be one happy dyer! Care to volunteer?
You need to check out Beck Goldsmith’s new book: The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color. It is beautiful!
Five Sisters by Laura Wasilowski
She was nice enough to mention one of my quilts in the book, Five Sisters. On page 23 she discusses fabrics that are Textured Solids. Oh my, what is that you ask? You’ll have to read the book!
No, I’ll give you a break. Becky says this about a textured solids in her book:
Textured solids look solid from a distance……Only as you get closer do you see the details…. Single-color, mottled hand-dyes and batiks are another kind of textured solid. They have a fluid visual texture without a distinctive pattern…..Art quilters often create amazing quilts by using solids and textured solids much as they would paint.
She also says I’m an “expert” at this. Who knew!
I’m not sure of the provenance of this striped collage remnant but trust me, it’s been hanging around in the studio for a long time. Time to turn it into leaves for my flower quilt, don’t you think?
Sometimes in the middle of making a fused quilt top, I stop to check on the color balance of the design.Notice how that dark green color in the leaves dominates right now?
By placing the remainder of the collage under the yellow base, the dark green color is repeated. And the dark collage also adds some weight to the base of the design anchoring the flowers firmly in the earth. Or what ever that is.
View from Above by Laura Wasilowski
Here’s proof I am a frugal fuser. If you have my book, Fusing Fun: Fast Fearless Art Quilts, you may remember this project, View from Above. This celebration of collage making was created in 2007. And I’ve kept all the step-out collage pieces used in the book photography to this day.
You’ll see a version of the center collage reused here for the ground of my flower quilt. Saving all these remnants of previous quilts is so helpful when its time to make a new quilt. They also remind me of what I’ve made in the past, sort of like a quilt diary.