Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Featured Quilter At Flying Geese Quilters Guild 2015 Quilt Show

What a great experience it was to be one of the Featured Quilters at the 2015 Flying Geese Quilters Guild Quilt Show! I had a chance to speak to a lot of people and it was extremely flattering to have my work on display. I received many nice comments and had a chance to show some family and friends my fiber art work. Fiber Art is a major part of my life, but I have other interests and friends and some have not seen my work. I think some of them think I make traditional quilts and don't quite understand what I mean when I describe it. So having a chance to show them what I make was important to me. This last weekend will be one of the highlights of my life, I think.

 Here are some photos of my area at the show:

Pelican on Pier

Some of my fiber art pieces on display

Some of my fiber art pieces on display

Some of my fiber art pieces on display

My Poster Board

Some of my fiber art pieces on display

My Brother John and Me

My Cottage Friends Group

Some of my fiber art pieces on displayon

Some of my fiber art pieces on display

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Come See Me at the Flying Geese Quilt Show

I'm honored to have been asked to be one of two featured quilters at the Flying Geese Quilters Guild Quilt Show on September 26 and 27. The Show will be at Soka University. The other featured quilter is Denise Nelms. I will have about 25 of my art quilts on display. Denise creates beautiful traditional quilts and many of hers will also be on display. 

The show is going to have 30 vendors, an auction, a boutique and a lot of beautiful quilts to look at. I hope you can make it to the show. I'd love to see you there!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Tips for Using Exotic Fabrics

As I said in my last post, using "non-cotton" fabric can add a lot of interest to an art quilt. I have learned a few tricks for using these fabrics and I'm going to pass on a few here:

  • Organza fraying - the best way to stop the fraying is to "melt" the edge of the organza just a tiny bit. I light a votive candle and hold the fabric about 1/4" from it for just a moment. The edge is sealed by that heat, but is not burned. You need to practice this to figure out how close to hold it and for how long.

  • Flimsy fabric that is not sheer - I back this fabric with either a fusible or fusible interfacing. If I use interfacing I make it light weight. It adds just enough body without making it stiff.

  • Fraying on fabric other than a sheer - You can finish the edge in some way to address this. If that is not what you want to do, then I recommend a combination of fusing the back and using Fray Block. I also don't stitch too close to the edge of the fabric if it is not tightly woven.

    Those three techniques go a long way with more exotic fabrics. I hope you give them a try.

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