Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: {artist} Beili Liu

I was looking through photos from the artist-in-residence open house at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. I realized that there were a few artists that I wanted to introduce to you. One of those is Beili Liu. Her work speaks to me through color, shape and theory. It helps that her grandmother's crocheted bed spread (and hundreds of needles) are part of one of her exhibits. 

 You can't see it in this photo, though I did try to get relatively close, but every thread hanging from this tar-covered piece holds a needle. I did not even see the needles until someone pointed them out. But once I did, my brain kicked into gear. I walked away wondering how many needles a quilter threads. 

How many in the case of my grandmother, who hand-pieced and hand-quilted exclusive of machines? How many did for the women before her generation, who had large families? who needed several quilts on every bed. who had many beds? Oh so many needles! And I want little more than to thread a needle and pull it through layers of fabric and fiber.

 I'm not quite sure what to make of these pieces. The indigo color was all I needed to be drawn to them. The second piece is a series of six inch squares each dyed using some form of blueprint coloring that is activated in the sun. The shapes are of objects that the artist recovered from one particular area.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Pin It Weekly #303

Hey Pinners! Let's meet new followers:
Barbara Wilson has a board called "color palettes" that proved to be interesting.

●••°‿✿⁀Crystals‿✿⁀°••●  ~~~The emotional and psychological meaning of colors

escape tones

Classic - I like this for a home setting especially, but would be pretty for winter or fall nature in Austin as well. I'd pick the three colors to the left!

 Color combination, color pallets, color palettes, color scheme, color inspiration.

Marcin Piesocki's board "Polubione," which means your likes, has pins of some of the most beautiful antiques, architectural examples, and machines.

Sandra Gentry  has 64 pins on rug hooking, something I don't think I've ever passed along to you, so here you are. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

CFAL on Sunday

Joyce, who I know from BRMQG
The Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana (CFAL) meeting was a hoot. Other members had attended a fabric dye workshop and brought their pieces to the meeting. They did some fantastic work! 

Glen of Quilts and Dogs blog
 Even now, looking at the photos I wish I'd tagged along. Truthfully though, I do not need another piece of fabric, or another hobby, or even another project idea. The $150 is prohibitive on my new budget. I'll tell you about that on another post. 

In addition to meeting the new officers, I met a few new members. Some, like Stephanie, are folks I know from the Modern Guild, but there are a few other people whose work has peaked my interest.

Wendy Starn, an art quilter from Alexandria

Another of Wendy's pieces

The last two pieces are from someone whose face I did not manage to capture, but I do love the work. As they showed their pieces, each person explained how she created the pattern. Everyone attended the same workshop but the outcome from each is stunningly different.
Suzi gave a fun, quick workshop on Furoshiki, the Japanese art of folding fabric. She demonstrated how to fold large square pieces to create bags, boxes, and holders. 

 There were a few other things, I'm sure, but I was trying to take notes and listen, so I can learn a few things. The people on either side of me were most helpful in explaining things when I got lost. It's such fun to find new friends!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Cotton Quilters' Guild January Meeting

The Cotton Quilters' Guild meets on the first Monday of each month.

Mrs. Mary showed us how she makes these little catch-all boxes.

 Ingrid comes in with beautiful, traditional items every month.

Another stunner by Cleo.

Irma and Mary collect money, take notes, and other official duties. I'll admit, it was enjoyable to sit back and calmly be a member again.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Buttons (again)

One of my most popular posts is this one on buttons. Interestingly, just yesterday (which was Sunday, I'm a day late posting) I found a place to exhibit the quilt mentioned in that post. Anyway I thought it serendipitous enough to pull another SQI from the idea. So, first a few buttons from this board....

12 Vintage Art Deco Black & Ivory Coloured Celluloid Buttons

Vintage Buttons from Ebay.

all in green

Mary Engelbreit (@homecompanion) • Instagram photos and videos

Victorian Metal Buttons

And, of course, some button inspired quilts....
how to crazy quilt by hand #Crazyquilting

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Embroidery bird wall hangings 32+ super Ideas #embroidery #wall

crazy quilting ideas #Crazyquilting

January BRMQG

The Baton Rouge MQG meeting on the 6th was interesting. Check it out. Show and tell.


Sugaridoo QAL blocks. 

Show and share of the pieces that we created in the Sherry Lynn Wood workshop.