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14 thoughts on “Episode 135: Artsy Fartsy

  • Terje

    Wow! You have been productive! I love both of your pieces. The quilting on your geese really “fits” the piece. Well done!!! And your original appliqué? All I can say is AWESOME!

  • A.J. Dub (Amy)

    The quilting looks very nice! I especially like the paisley.
    Your applique has been inspiring me. I finished an easy kit from my LQS and just started a pillow/wall-hanging (not sure how it will end up) with a garden gnome.
    Nice to see more of the appiqlue from you.

  • Torie

    I thought it was me who got you started in Sarah Addison Allen, or maybe we both just enjoy her. I have been on the list for her latest and have read all of her prior works. I love the magical realism and the just right length of the stories.

    Saw your Tweets about your mom and am thinking about you.

  • Julie B

    I was looking for the name of the photo quilt book you mentioned – maybe I can relisten… Love your circular flying geese and your podcast.

  • mcquilts

    The quilting on your circle of peace is really really good. The sister is very cool, the idea is great and for your first Art Quilt I would say this is fantastic. Yes it looks like a chunk is out of the dress but you learned and I bet you won’t do that again will you? There are no mistakes only learning experiences 😉

  • Tanesha (CraftyGardenMom)

    Just listened to your recent episode, and your quilts look wonderful! Here are just a few of the MANY art quilt books I have on my shelf and recommend taking a look through: anything by Charlotte Warr Andersen (I think she has a Craftsy class too, just to enable you more!), Susan Carlson’s Free-Style Quilts and Serendipity Quilts, Snippet Sensations by Cindy Walter – this one is out of print, but maybe your library has a copy. I also recommend checking out these blogs (cheaper than a book!) and taking the same amount of time you would to read a book by going through their posts on process and looking at their work – I have learned SO MUCH about my art quilting this way: Artfabrik.com (Laura Wasilowski), Friestyle.com (Frieda Anderson), http://annfahl.blogspot.com/, http://fibermania.blogspot.com/, http://lyrickinard.com/blog/ – her work will blow.you.away!, http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/ – Susan Brubaker Knapp – lots of info in her archives, she’s a great Quilting Arts workshop teacher AND the new host of the show. Hope that helps, I of course could go on and on and on with suggestions, LOL.

  • KellyV

    Hi Frances, it was very exciting as I think we got 1/10th of an inch of rain-like substance from the skies last week! I too, have sewed part of a quilt to a quilt as I quilted. (Pardon me, Dr. Suess.) BTW – I just love your applique block. Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her electric guitar make me so happy.

  • Philipa (Ozzypip)

    the Circle of Geese looks gorgeous and sister Rosetta looks suitably joyful. Enjoyed your podcast very much Thankyou for doing it. No snow here in Australia. Bushfires burning down south but here in Central Queensland where I live we have even had a bit of rain. More would be most welcome. Like many Australians I have rarely seen snow. I did go on a holiday to our snow fields for a week when I was in my early 20s but apart from that have only seen little bits of snow here and there… old snow left over from winter when visiting the US or Europe in Summer time or on distant mountains.

  • The Kitchen Quilter

    I love the quilting on the Circle of Geese. I would like to make that sometime. Wanted to tell you my tip for remembering what Kona solid you have. I write the name of the color along the selvage, I used a Frixion pen the first few times, but realized it didn’t really have to be removable pen as I cut the selvage off anyway. I start cutting from the opposite side of where I wrote the name or I write it several times if it is more than a yard. Hope this helps so you get the right color when you reorder!

  • Jaye

    I think it is time for you to invest in a Kona color card. I think that would help you identify your reds. Also, I write the color or number and brand on a post it note and pin the post it note to the solid yardage. It is helpful when I am looking through what I have for something specific.

    Re: art quiltmaking -I think it is very important for you to play. If you play and work at a drawing you will get better. Don’t do something easier. If you are interested in the guitar, do the guitar. You won’t make progress if you are not interested in your subject. Tanesha made some good recommendations and I urge you to look at them. They may be available in used book shops as well.

    You might want to work with the same image in different ways. Perhaps try this same picture in silhouette when you have finished this one. check out the Quilt Rat’s recent blog post: http://thequiltrat.blogspot.com/2014/02/last-article-for-cqa.html

    Clip art is very good for starting images. A lot of times you can easily adjust an outline to get what you want.

    One of the great, and frustrating, qualities of art quiltmaking is that you can do what you want. I am think of the embellishing segment in the class you are watching. The key is design. If your image needs definition, perhaps some specialty threads would work. Think about what you are trying to achieve with your design and, if it is 3D, then use techniques that will help you. Thread is a great way to add dimension when you need dimension in a spot that it too small for fabric.

    Have fun!