Around the World Blog Hop

Thank you  Elaine Quehl for asking me to participate in this round the world blog hop.

I have never meet Elaine in person, but we were recently in a show together, called Crossing Oceans

Last week Elaine posted on her blog  about herself and her work and this week it is my turn to talk about myself and my work. I’m suppose to write about the following:

1. What am I working on? 

First off just in case you don’t know, I am a quilt artist and fabric dyer. I make original art quilts, either by fusing them or piecing them. I also travel and teach these techniques around the world. It says artist on my tax return. I love that.

I am ALWAYS dyeing fabric, because I sell my hand dyed fabric and I also use my fabrics when I teach my quilting techniques as well as use them in my own work. I have been dyeing my own fabric for over 30 years. AND LOVE IT!

I travel and teach all over the world and have almost finished teaching for this year. I have one more engagement in Kerrville TX, December 7-10, teaching my fusing techniques and free motion machine quilting. You can still register to come and join us.  But right now I am making some personal work.

  • I wanted to make my youngest son, Erik , a bed quilt and have just finished piecing the top of that.
  • I am starting a baby quilt for new granddaughter who is know 7 months old. Don’t worry her other Nana is also a quilter and has already made her one quilt but of course she needs one from Grammy FiFi.

But what I am working on professionally is a large scale quilt that is a pieced version of one of my fused quilt designs. I have had this quilt on my design wall for sometime and I want to get started making it. It will take some time to get it just right. It is a quilt with stylized tree imagery and some traditional block elements. I think of it as a cross over piece. And perhaps will become a series.

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2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work is all my own original design work and I work with all my own hand dyed cotton and silk fabric. I heavily machine quilt my pieces with cotton, silk and rayon thread. The thing that makes it different is ME I only make my own designs.

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3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Because I must. I have been making things since I was a young child and can’t imagine what I would do with myself if I didn’t create. I am always thinking about what and how I can make my next piece of art.
Beyond the Hill

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4. How does my writing/creating process work?
I love color and most of my work revolves around nature in some way shape or form.
I am particularly attracted to trees and leaves and much of what I design is focused on that.
I love the dyeing process and really enjoy seeing my fabrics emerge from the dryer.

I keep a notebook and take lots of pictures of things that interest me.

When I begin a new design I usually doodle sketch it in the notebook first, possibly I saw a configuration or pattern that attracted me and I jotted it down in my sketchbook or on any handy paper.  If it was on a scrap of paper I make sure to put it inside my sketchbook for future reference.

For large pieces the sketch is then expanded and cleaned up and sometimes scanned into a draw program (Adobe Illustrator) where I will refine it and play with color choices.

Sometimes I work just from an idea and start playing around with my fabrics. This is one of my favorite ways to work on small pieces.
Color wise I find that I am definitely influenced by what time of year it is and what my mood is.
I love really intense color and colors that contrast. I like my work to be somewhat minimalist and not over fussy.

I don’t often work in pastels, I want color and rich deep intense color in my work.

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Fused version of Blue Trees 20″ x 18″

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Pieced version of Blue Trees – Walks in the Woods #3 –  70″ x 80″

I feel blessed that I am able to do what I love and make a living doing it. 
I love working with my own hand dyed fabric and making my own designs with fabric, batting and thread. I am happiest when a design is hemming along nicely, or I have a challenge to work out.

Here are a few of my friends who I think feel the same way about their work and working.
They will share with you next week November 24th on their blogs what they do and how they do it.
I know you will enjoy each one of these creative artist each is a buddy and pal….

Emily Parson

Judy Coates Perez

my cohort on many occasions – Laura Wasilowski. 

Be sure and mark your calendars so that you visit each of them on Monday November 24th, right before Thanksgiving.

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