Friday, May 29, 2015

Th light and darker patterns on Fur

This will be quite a journey for me.  This cat is standing in hot sun with extra light high-lites and then countered  with darker darks. I'll be using both solid color threads ( all 40 wt poly)as well as 1 inch  variegated polys). These happen to be YLI Variations as I gathered quite large thread stash when I began doing animals... Now Superior has some great ones too and I love their thread quality as well. In this case... I'm placing in some patterned highlites.
 Mountain Lions are patterned similarly to some house cats.. in fact are more like an oversized hunter house cat than any other of the BIG cats. One of the reasons I am so fascinated with this animal is that they are seldom seen... They like it that way. I've lived in mountain lion  'mountain country' for 9 years and have never spotted one.  Maybe not a bad thing!    I'm going to secure the cats eyes but NOT quilt the eye.
You can see the monofilament ditch quilting here. It will be covered  and disappear with much later quilting motifs.
 I used dark solid behind a sun lit ear... Now to start use of variegated... first a mid value 'Variations'
 I don't rush through quilting the 'important central' image. I like time for nuanced paths to present themselves.  Time to break before moving forward.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Starting To Quilt a Quilt Show piece

This piece once finished won't appear in any show 'til next year but this is a good-sized art piece that should call for about 6 weeks of quilting work plus finishing.. so I have to be on the move... besides... I have to move beyond the now seeming theft of my Winged Lion shown below in previous post mid May.  I had hoped it would show up by now but not so far. Please... if you've seen it... help me get it back.

Now to my mountain lion in summer. ( You will see portions of this piece but as I move along you are unlikely to see the entire piece straight on. It's not something one fully displays 'til complete and in competition.  I am nonetheless posting pics of quilting techniques chosen  for given areas as education by seeing is part of my blogging goal.)

 I generally pin my quilts, then secure  ( 'ditch' like )  major areas with monofilament. I will remove pins as I approach quilting an area I have 'ditched.'    This is a vertical rectangle with the lion perched atop a rock ledge about mid way up the rectangle. A shadow on the ledge area goes from left edge across 3/4 of the quilt width.  The  ledge is where I will begin  as I work from the middle of a piece outward/downward to minimize the potential for surface distortion.  Shadows are generally COOL... so mid value blue poly thread it is... 40 wt. I am using a back and forth curved meander that runs horizontal side to side of quilt somewhat visually and realistically stabilizing the mid quilt area.
Given the repeated sharp point turnarounds in this stitch pattern, it is mighty critical to pretest tension stitching on a separate 'play' quilt sandwich. Since the nature of bobbin action in our machines like it better, I am  also stitching up and down ( North/ South) as opposed to right/ left ( West/ East).
Before I move upward to the big cat... I also added a dark thread curved upward linear pattern  to the under side of the ledge.
All stitching doesn't need to be fancy... I never want a thread pattern to take stage over the story of a piece.  In choosing quilting motifs... to me, it's all about helping tell the story of the painted image.

Monday, May 25, 2015

To the memory and families of those who have sacrificed ALL for all of us.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Have You Seen This Quilt?



This art quilt vanished in April between Central and Southern California.. I'd love to have it back as it represents an enormous investment in energy, time, passion, etc. The digital image was created by a very talented digital painter from Arizona , printed on silk, quilted/finished, owned by me.  I'd like the image artist to have it. I am admittedly heartbroken.
Should you come across it, please return the piece... no questions asked. The label on the back  ( copy below) provides contact info.  Thank You,  Patt
UPDATE: 5-25-15... still vanished..  Thanks all for sharing this post. Still hope it returns.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Empty Spools Seminars - I'm there! Session II Mar 4-9 2016

Registration is just opened for 2016 seminars on the BEAUTIFUL shore of the Pacific Ocean.  Take a walk on the beach before breakfast, then class, great eats, and a truly beautiful experience!!!!

SESSION II FRi to WED Mar 4 - 9 

Email info@emptyspoolsseminars.com for registration.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

From Canvas to Silk for SAQA Auction

Just up on Utube.... from drawing on canvas, to stages of painting on canvas (finished canvas below) to a quilted on silk giclee  available for bidding on Sept 18, 2015  via the Studio Art Quilt Associates  annual auction www.SAQA.com/auction.  Someone will get the quilted Red Lion for a wonderful price. Mark your calendars as there will be MANY such pieces.
SAQA's Marketing Director just sent me this note:
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New SAQA 2015 Benefit Auction art work video!
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Friday, May 8, 2015

A Grey Tone Miniature

This required some premarking... Love frixion pens and my 6" omnigrid clear ruler. The first angled line is drawn with the ruler.. then the 1/4" line on the ruler helps draw the parallel line/s as desired.  It's easy to free motion stitch these super straight parallels with pre marking.
I enjoy this echoed thread pool approach. Very forgiving and pretty quick.
Sometimes one lets the fabric tell the story...    This fabric had an irregular criss cross grid of lines.   I chose which lines I would stitch and marked them as in the thick of things... it is easy to get "OFF"
  Now trimmed but yet to be faced. "Click on photos for enlarged view .