Friday Wrap-up

Well, it’s Friday again, and I’m not entirely sure where the week went this time?  Perhaps it had something to do with getting the new computer, transferring files, loading programs and keeping all the normal stuff on schedule too?  But it’s here, Friday!!!!

This Friday I thought I’d do a quick show of some of the quilts that have left the studio to be returned to customers, and the new painted art quilt I’ve been working on for a class sample.  I’ve had requests from customers to show more of the overall pantograph patterns that I use on quilts.  Up to now the blog has concentrated on my custom work, but I aim to please, so here’s this week’s work.

First off customer quilts.  All the quilts this week were overall designs, and I do use my IQ to set in these designs (it’s so much easier on my neck and knees!)

This customer wanted looser quilting, so we chose an Allover Loose Feather pattern and kept it sized large:Cheryls-Quilt-Front

And the back:

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The next customer wanted a pattern that had a non-denominational religious theme, so we chose a Cross and Grapes pattern:

Monicas-QuiltAnd the back:

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Finally, for the last quilt done this week, the pattern was a chevron braid and the customer wanted quilting that was wedding appropriate, so we chose a hearts and flowers pantograph:
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I don’t have a picture of the back of this one which is a shame as the pattern is so pretty; but the thread color blended so well into the backing that it was impossible to light and see the quilting.

As for the Painted Quilt class, well, I’ll be teaching that on December 12th at Quilters Loft in Mooresville and the class will walk you through how to use Shiva Paintsticks, AND give you a pattern for a small quilt to display using the samples you make in class.  Don’t worry if you’ve never used Shiva’s before, you can do this as we make use of stencils and rubbing plates.  This is the sample, as yet, un-thread painted and un-quilted:

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And a detail of one of the small blocks:

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Have a great weekend, it’s “race weekend” here and it’s cold this weekend, so I’m going to hibernate in the studio all weekend!

Southern Spirit Gallery, Salisbury, NC

Salisbury, NC is a wonderful little town.  It’s downtown district is undergoing revitalization and there are many galleries and gift shops to visit.  The architecture is not to be missed, and there are small eateries that carry great food!

One of the galleries on Main Street  is Southern Spirit Gallery, owned by Tobi Hagmaier.  This gallery has incredibly high ceilings, and is filled with pieces made by southern artisans.  The lighting is perfect and the mixture of medias she carries make for an enjoyable visit.

Am I biased, possibly so.  This afternoon, Toby and I confirmed an agreement for representation of my textile works in her gallery.  If you get a chance to stop in, please do, it will be worth your time to visit.  Whether you’re interested in wall art, three dimensional pieces, vases, bowls, pottery, woven shawls, unique baskets, or jewelry, you’ll find them all in Southern Spirit Gallery.

And just in case you aren’t in the Salisbury, NC area, check them out on the web at:  SOUTHERN SPIRIT GALLERY

The Art of Cloth opening reception

Last night was the opening reception for “The Art of Cloth”, a gallery show of the fiber art from FAB, a local group of artists which I have been a member of for the last 2-1/2 years.

When we walked in last night, I promptly gave the camera to my husband and asked him to take pics for the evening.

This morning I thought I’d share with those of you who are too far away to come see the show a small sampling of it. The show was laid out with the first gallery being group projects and challenges.  In the second gallery each artist had a section to display their artwork in.

Christine Scholz:

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Christine  created this wonderful piece….I love the reflections she’s captured in it!

Keep your eyes open for this artist, she’s got a lot of raw, natural talent!

Jean Funderburk:

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Jean  made this photo transfer piece in tribute to her grandmother.

I have long been in awe of Jean’s creativity and level of work.

K. Grace Howes:

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Grace’s work in abstract contains a great deal of depth.

She also makes wonderful handmade art journals, which unfortunately,

DH did not capture a picture of, but which I am blessed to have one of!

DeLane Rosenau:

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Delane’s work in wearable art is truly unique and not to be missed!

Notice the beaded button, that is another of DeLane’s talents…she is a spectacular beader.

Judy Whitehead:

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My work portrays nature, as that is my major source of inspiration.

Enjoying the evening:

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Christine (left) and Grace (right) enjoying the evening.

If you are in the area, the show runs until July 3, 2009 at the Lincoln Cultural Center,  403 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC and is open Monday through Friday.

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