Monday, April 23, 2018

Why we gather

The ArtCGirlz meetings have no planned agenda, except for rare occasions.  We meet because we enjoy sharing time together, talking about our families, our quilts and making art.  It works for us.

Cynda is still loving the dyeing process.  She's the only one among us who hasn't minded the extended winter season we've had since she uses the snow for her process.

Her most recent pieces feature the use of some acrylic templates to add shapes to her shibori dyeing.
(Martha is coveting this piece)

Cynda has also been enjoying playing with clay at the Neighborhood Art House, making  pretty Christmas ornaments.


Lori is trying to finish her annual "Squatch" quilt to donate when she and Bill go to the convention (or festival?) in May.  She has been using some new techniques for the shading as well as the 3-d leaves.  Whoever wins this one will be very lucky!

Lori thought it would be fun to add a moon to her next landscape quilt, so she had some printed at Red Dog Enterprises.  The other pictures are just to fill in the piece of fabric, but she has some fun ideas for how she might use them.


Susan is finishing up her "brown phase"- all the projects she brought to the retreat in February were brown.  Her husband couldn't think of anything nice to say about this one, so he has said nothing.  We all think it's very cool!  The buttons on the right hand side don't show very well, but they are a perfect match  for the piecing!

Elaine is using flowers she "found" in her home and garden for cyanotypes.  This piece will be entered into the RAFA Lost and Found challenge.  Isn't that border fabric wonderful?
Elaine also tried silk fusion (I think)- where silk fibers are laid out between screens and textile medium is added to make a sort of fabric paper.  Elaine didn't like hers so she added a thread sketched tree. 

As long as she was thread sketching, she tried it on a different piece of silk.   She's not sure what either piece will be when she's done, but she seems to be enjoying the process (and we are enjoying see what she did!)

Elaine did an online tutorial from Hilde Morin to make this bowl.  She added the circles after the bowl was shaped just to make it more interesting.

Mary Kozub noticed the sad state of her mother's bedspread and decided a new quilt was in order.  Her mom doesn't know it's coming. 

Our friend Kathi and a couple other members of the guild are showing some of their work at the Rotary Gallery at GoArt in Batavia through June 9. It's a nice gallery and a very nice exhibit if you get the chance to visit. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

March Sharing

 At the moment, members are all working on their own projects, but we all enjoy getting together and sharing what we're doing. 


Chris made the background for this at the guild retreat.  The wool shapes are now ready for appliqué.

Chris had one of three blocks ready for this seasonal table runner.

Chris has been making string blocks with her grandson again, but making them into star blocks this time.  

Lori finally got her fish made- a bass for her husband.


Susan is in her brown period.  She added beads to this, but isn't sure she won't change them

Mary Ellen made some chenille for her next RAFA challenge quilt entry.  

Mary Ellen got a lot of work done on this during her vacation

Mary Lee is trying to get her piece from the Paula Nadelstern classes finished.  She got started making kaleidoscopes and couldn't stop!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Serendipity rules!

For our February meeting, we had too late thought of having the meeting in the gallery where the challenge quilts are hanging.  As luck would have it, the library reassigned us there anyway!




We enjoyed being surrounded by the creativity and it gave us a chance to share our own process and vote for our favorites!

Kathi brought along her current stitching project, which she says will probably be a bag. 


Mary Ellen is working on a new appliqué project- one she doesn't plan to have finished any time soon, but she likes having something small to bring along when the occasion allows.  

Lori has been working on some UFOs  This one is all hand done.


 And this one was to use a few scraps. 

Elaine put some of her wet cyanotype prints together with crystals to create a winter solstice!

Chris is working on a wool felt pincushion.

Chris also brought along a work in progress to get some advice.  This sweet kitten was supposed to be part of her challenge entry.


Cynda had already given this quilt to her doctor. It was made from one of her sow-dyed fabrics.  She saw sunflowers in the design, so she cut petals and hand-sewed them to the fabric.



 













Martha had finished her "Paisley zentangle fusion" from a class last October

                          Martha had also finished the last of her embellishment pieces .

Below are all three together.  Inspired by the same thing, but very different.


And that brings us up to date.

Not much to show right now.

At the January meeting, there wasn't much show and tell because most of us were still trying to get our entries for the Museum Quilt Guild challenge finished.

Mary Ellen had brought hers along.  She was inspired by her granddaughter, who was naughty when she hid her peas, but is very nice when she's with her friends.



Martha brought two of her embellishment pieces which she had finished.  All are based on a roadside weed she enjoys seeing in the summer.




Susan had done a small hexie mat, using the technique where each one has batting inside and then are whip-stitched together.


You'd think I could have made this short post on time, wouldn't you?


Falling behind- post 1 of 3

I would  have sworn I at least did a post in November, when the ladies working on the slice project revealed their work.

This is Four of the Five slices laid together. It's going to be amazing when it's finished!


 And now I can't remember whose was whose.  I think this might be Mary Ellen's.




















And this might be Susan's?







 

And I completely missed getting a picture of the third one, which would be Chris', if I got the first two right.  They looked great together!  Whoever's it was had questioned the placement of one of the trees.  (the middle section)


In between admiring the slices, Lori was working on her crazy quilt, which was her embellishment project.


Martha was knitting socks...


...but had  brought along her embellishment projects to share progress. 


 We cancelled our December meeting due to chancy weather, so there's only two more meetings to get things all caught up.  See you soon.