Monday, April 29, 2024

Garden Lady #7 - part Five

This is a continuation of 4 previous posts about the making of Garden Lady #7.

The next step was to add garden/flower details.  I sketched up a few ideas - fun flowers, realistic daisies, trellis, shovel, birdhouses and a fence.  I like to use this small sketching technique when I'm designing quilts.  It really helps me visualize different options.

I liked the first two the best and started drawing and placing ideas onto the quilt top.  The final design included daisies, birdhouses, and some birds.   I made a bunch of turned edge daisies and pinned them up to see how they looked.  Light shades of pink and yellow were used for the flowers and a light orange was used for the centers.  These gave the art quilt 3 variations of daisies - the white ones in the printed fabric, the stitched ones on the pocket, and the ones floating in the background.  Repetition is very helpful on art quilts, and in art in general.  It's one of the small details that I consciously include that most viewers won't recognize, but somehow will feel that the piece is cohesive.

Next were the birdhouses, which were made with 2 different fabrics for each house and black holes for the centers.  I used the dissolving foundation for these too, so that all of the edges were turned edge.  I wanted the poles to be different for each house too, and these were made by starting with 1" wide strips of fabric, turning both raw edges to the center, pressing and finishing at 1/2" wide.   Those pieces were appliqued to the background with invisible thread.  Then, I used antique ribbon, seam binding, and fabric strips to make the stems.  Here is a picture with those pinned in place.

I hand appliqued down all of the stems and decided to add a few tufts of grass here and there, a few leaves, butterflies, and birds.   Finally, I added fingers and a thumb on top of the bouquet.  The top was all ready to quilt.

I hope you like the quilt top and get a feel of being in a daisy filled summer garden.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Garden Lady #7 - Part Four

This is a continuation of the making of Garden Lady #7.  

I didn't like the face that I had picked, so I auditioned different faces.  I ended up using one that I imported into Photoshop and distorted the length of the face to match the length of the original one in the drawing.  It was converted to black and white, posterized, and blurred a little bit more.  

I then picked 4 shades of tan fabrics and used a fusible raw edge method to make the face.  I usually flub up the eyes, which kind of wrecks the face.  But this time, I drew and colored the eyes onto a strip of white prepared for dying fabric (PFD) and placed the "strip of eyes" behind the tan fabrics.  They look so much better than trying to cut and maintain tiny black and white pieces.  The lips were cut from one piece of red fabric that was highlighted with colored pencil.  When the piece gets quilted, there will be sewing lines and more definition; I liked it pretty well already!

I made the feet, shoes, and the arms, also with raw edge fusible.  And here is the entire body pinned to the background.  So far so good!

I hope you like it so far too.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Garden Lady #7 - Part Three

This is a continuation of 2 previous posts about the making of Garden Lady #7.  I kept working on the clothing for this art quilt.

I used the blown up picture as my pattern, but then I made copies of each piece with freezer paper.  I find that this is very helpful when getting the pieces to both lay flat and fit the pattern exactly.

I used the freezer paper to rough cut the fabric that I intended to use.  Then I worked on the fabric by either adding components on top, or using Inktense pencils to highlight areas.  I sometimes sew around the edge of the pattern so that I know where to turn the edges, or I'll wait until I've worked on the piece, then do that step.  On the lower skirt, I wanted to add some shading and I used a Green Aquamarine Inkense pencil to do this.  The base fabric was dyed turquoise and over dyed with ice dye colors.  

But.... when it dried it was so pale that it was hardly noticeable.  Oh well.  (Later, I added more shading with a Fabrico Ink marker. )  Here are the pants and lower skirt pinned in place.  

Then I cut out the overdress, sewed around the pattern edges, and then turned the edges.  

Here it is pinned on the pattern along with the lower skirt, pants, and pocket.  I liked the hippie vibe that was coming out.  Lots of color and pattern!  There was one more pocket to make and I needed to let it sit overnight to pick the right color.

I decided to try a couple of colors to see what looked the best.  Here are the choices. 

 I picked the same fabric as the first pocket and attached it to the dress.

Next, I turned to the body pieces.  Stay tuned to see how they turned out!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Clark County Quiltfest 2024 - Annual show by Clark County Quilters

Clark County Quilters recently held their quilt show at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA.  It was a spectacular show, as always.  I entered 10 quilts this year (our guild went 1-1/2 years between the last show, so I had quite a few ready to go!).  Some of my friends came to see the show and we had a great time catching up and enjoying a few hours together.  

Here are a few of the winners from the show.

Best of Show
Sharleen Rainville

Best of Show - Wall quilt
Judith Phelps

Carnival Vibrancy
by Joanne Adams Roth (me!)

Boise Basin Special Exhibit

Boise Basin special exhibit

by Joanne Adams Roth (me)

by Audrey Prothero, Joanne Adams Roth, and Linda Taccolini

And finally the list of all of the winners.  I didn't get around to taking pictures of all of them; the show was huge this year and there were so many fabulous quilts.

I hope you made it to the show.  If you didn't, I hope you enjoy this little taste!