Friday, October 28, 2016

QBTS October Meeting

Vickie Clontz was our featured speaker this month at QBTS and these are some of the placemats she showed.  She sells her patterns at Annie's Keepsakes and she certainly had a lot of them!!

She specializes in felting of all kinds as well as the use of those felted fabrics in clothing, pin cushions, wall hangings and about anything else you can think of!  These were her felted flowers, the instructions for which are on a cd she sells.  I really liked these.

This was a wall hanging she constructed using felted fabrics and some of her felted flowers.  These were her interpretations of orchids.

 This and the next were jackets she created and used her nuno felted designs.  She does both nuno felting and wet felting and uses felted fabrics extensively.  She was limited to this however, and showed more traditional cotton renderings like her aprons.

 There was a recent day dedicated to neonatal quilts and these and the next were some of those.  The guild made its yearly quota of quilts already.

The winner of this year's scholarship to Consortium showed two of the pieces that she and her sister had created in a class with Karen Eckmeier.  I am a big fan of Karen and remember well her sitting behind me in a class at Quilting by the Lake making snarky comments about the class and making me laugh (and thus me getting the evil eye from the teacher).  She is a lot of fun.  I took a class on curves from her many many years ago.  Loved the output of this class.  Her website is Quilted Lizard .

This was the raffle quilt for the Brunswick quilt guild and I thought it was just beautiful.  I couldn't get back far enough to get the whole quilt in the picture though.

It was hard to get the whole quilts in the pictures because of tables and people but this was a row by row done by our former pres Ann.

Miranda has been finishing up UFOs.  Here was one of her random blocks which she made into a medallion quilt using it as a center.  She had more but this was the only one I got even a decent picture of!

There were quite  a few other Show and Tell quilts but I was either too far away, or  they didn't hold them up high enough or long enough for me to focus! 

Of course no blog would be complete without some pictures of my birds.  This is one of the Oystercatchers seen down at Ft. Fisher.  First ones I have seen this season.  I think the high water from the hurricane has kept them away.

This was a Snowy Egret catching lots of fish on the same day!

 Two Oystercatchers fishing together.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

QBTS September Meeting - Challenge Quilts

There haven't been any blogs for awhile as I had to leave the beach house because of impending hurricane Matthew.  I went to my daughter's house in Charlotte intending to come back in just a few days.  I did try!  The roads between Charlotte and the coast were badly flooded necessitating me having to turn back to Charlotte for  a few more days.  The main road between here and there is still flooded and many of the side roads were also under water.  I ended up having to drive an extra two hours and head way north and then back south.  I waited until the road closings and detours were all online so instead of four days in Charlotte, I was there for about ten days.  My daughter had to be in Wilmington this weekend so she flew from Charlotte to Wilmington and back to make sure she could get here.  The flooding is incredible.  We had virtually no effect here at the beach thankfully.

It must have been  a really hot summer here in NC as there were more quilts from this modestly sized guild than from my very large guild in Rochester!!!  

The following series of quilts were made as part of a summer challenge.  Each person received a charm pack of fabrics called Brushstrokes (kind of a solid substitute) and the theme was "my favorite color is".  This quilt won for best original design and I really did like it -- both the composition and the machine quilting which really enhanced it.

This won for the best use of the fabrics.

This won for best use of embellishments (all the appliqued lilacs).  

These next three were all jurors' choices.

These next few were some of my favorites.

Our speaker for the evening was Janice Pope who designs quilts.  

This was a full sized quilt with the mini version of it below.

The mini version of the above quilt.  All these quilts were very simple and made good use of the fabrics.

There were lots and lots of quilts for show and tell but people moved quickly as usual so I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked.

Only got the top of this one but you get the idea!

No blog would be complete without at least one bird picture.  Here is an ibis in a tree down by Ft. Fisher.  This was an unusual place to see ibis although you do see them like this out on the small islands.

You can see that there were a number of ibis in this dead tree!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Some of the Last of the Mandalas Before Heading South for the Winter!

Well, of course tried some different color combinations today and some were more successful than others!   
It was worth a try to do some of the combos as I probably won't do them again but you always learn!

This group was rather dark and was mostly Strongest Red, Strongest Orange and Intense Blue.  I tried to keep the Orange and Blue separate but they overlapped and they do make a great brown!  Navy and Strong Orange make a superb brown or black depending upon how much of the orange you use.  I liked this bunch the best of what I did.

This is the 22 inch square that went with the above.  That lightly dyed batik that I bought is working fabulously as a pfd fabric!!  You can't see any of the original color (not that there is much of it anyway!!).

This was my second favorite bunch but you can see that there was still not enough contrast and it probably could have done with one of the more intense colors.  It was Grape, Strongest Red and Strong Orange.  I may have thrown a little yellow on as well.  It is okay but...

Here is the accompanying piece and you can see the yellow here. It illustrates the problems with the smaller pieces above which  have too  much of one color.  This is okay if you are  using one of the darker hues but doesn't work as well in the lighter hues as there isn't enough value contrast.  I should note that all the pictures in the last few blogs are of un-ironed fabric tht I put on my design wall.

This group was the least successful although I am sure I can find uses for them.  It was a combination of yellow, Strong Orange and Strongest Red.  One of these should be in the above group instead of this one as it has Grape in it.  The yellow spreads too much and makes the red into orange!

This is the accompanying piece from the above grouping.

Well, did have to try a possible quilting combination!!  Maybe add some more yellow in those empty places.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Using Some of the New Mandalas

Well, Thursday was another day for experimenting.  A few days ago I successfully dyed some remnants of non pdf fabric in a small size so I decided that it would be very useful to have a bunch of these smaller mandalas as they would be more like quilt blocks.  As you do these mandalas in smaller and smaller sizes, it becomes more difficult to get enough variety across the piece as you are working with a smaller surface and the dyes are hard to control as you are applying them over ice.  These are 11 x 11 inch squares.  I had 12 but somehow one has disappeared!  Don't know at which stage it disappeared or whether the washing machine ate it!

After I had finished my hand washing of these pieces, I was sure I had my first real color failures!!  They were really ugly -- brown and loden green all over.  After going through the Synthrapol wash in hot water in my washing machine and then the dryer, I was very pleased with the results and call it another success.

This is the picture of all 11 -- you will notice the bottom two don't have as much variation in color.

 These are the two 22 inch pieces that were underneath the 12 pieces.  Hadn't intended to coordinate them -- just wanted to test some fabric that I had bought suspecting it would dye well -- it was a very very pale color but obviously a batik and the price was right.  You can see it worked just fine!  I had drop cloths above all the folded pieces as well as right on the rack so it was quite a sandwich of fabrics.

Here are the blue/green ones -- all 12 this time!

 These are the two larger pieces that were under the blue/greens.

Seeing them altogether, it occurred to me that I could make arrangements of the big and small for quilts.  This was one thought.

Another thought.

 This is a variation of the quilt I made the other day with the reject mandala.  Having the squares next to the block on the diagonal was a thought I had back with that quilt but didn't have the fabric that looked right.  I kind of like this!

The other block with accompanying small pieces.

Two using the other large squares, the bottom one mixing it with the blue blocks.

I also did two t-shirts to match my red capris which they do!  Now to do a couple with black stripes as that is the color I usually wear!!

The next three are the drop cloths that sat underneath the folded fabrics on the three racks.

I like the subtle shadings in these non-pfd muslin fabrics that were hanging about.  I am thinking I am going to do a lot more of these matching small and large mandalas as I can see real uses for them.  Maybe I will even go smaller with some of my remnants  and I haven't tried this on silk yet.......Not enough time for all my thoughts.