Monday, October 16, 2017

A Beaded Bird - TV Watching Project

I like to make beaded birds while sitting in front of the TV. I try to have one in the works so that I can add some beads to it when the mood strikes me. I usually make them from a heavier fabric and sew beads and other doo-dads on them. Here is my most recent bird:

I like to sew a heart on the chest area, and you can see this birds heart in the photo below:

I found a place on a shelf for this bird, near some other fiber art pieces that it coordinates with.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

"On the Boulevard" is Finished!

"On the Boulevard", by Eileen Wintemute

It's done! Here is a photo of the finished art quilt featuring my Mother walking down the shopping district in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was young and full of life. I think I captured that and it puts a smile on my face. 

This piece will be included in the "Attitudes" exhibit that I talked about in a recent post. I'm thrilled!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"ATTITUDES" Solo Exhibit Announcement!

"Fashion Plate" by Eileen Wintemute

ATTITUDES” – that is the name of my new solo exhibit that is going on the road! Yippee! I am proud and honored to have this exhibit debut at Mancuso’s “World Quilt Florida” festival in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center.  The show dates are January 18 – 20, 2018.

ATTITUDES” is a collection of fiber art pieces I have created showing people depicting great “attitude”. I don’t necessarily mean they have a good attitude, but their posture and expression show the world they are full of something… 

I show one of the pieces, “Fashion Plate”, here. I think you will get an idea of what I mean from this one.

In February the exhibit travels to Virginia for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and in March to New Jersey for Quiltfest. I’ll post more information about those two shows as we get closer to the dates of the events.

Anyway, it is very exciting for me and I am thrilled and proud! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, September 29, 2017

North Umpqua River

Every year I go on a camping and fishing trip on the North Umpqua River in Oregon. This is a beautiful location and the inspiration for many paintings and art pieces.  I have just returned from my annual trip, so I thought I would post this painting of a spot on the river. The location is called "Elevation" and the rock structure there is unique and very recognizable to those who know the river. I did this painting over the summer in a workshop with Judy Schroeder.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Stitching Down the Figure

  The background stitching is completed and it is time to stitch the figure to the background.

I started with the center of the figure and worked my way out. Here are some photos showing the stitching I used:

Here you can see the stitches I used on the blouse and face:

 This photo shows the shopping bag, skirt and jacket.

And here you see the legs, socks and shoes. I added some blue colored pencil to the shadow side of the shoes, which you can also see here.

I'm almost finished with this one. I need to do a binding, sleeve and label next. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"On the Boulevard" Background Design

I'm showing how I stitched the background in today's post. I first marked the background image with white soap, and then pin basted the top to the batting and back.

After basting was completed I began the machine quilting. I first stitched the silhouette of the figure, and then I stitched the background features around the silhouette. I tried to work around the background locking in larger areas before I went back in and completed the area. Here are some progress photos:

Here are a few photos showing the background stitching completed with the figure placed on the top. The figure is not stitched down yet.

I like the impression of the street scene in the background. Next step is stitching down the figure. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Put A Bird On It!" at the Mancuso Pennsylvania National show

I am proud to be a member of Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists. Our group's exhibit entitled "Put A Bird On It!" will be at the Mancuso Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, Pennsylvania this year. The show dates are September 14 - 17, 2017. The show will be at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. If you are in the area, I hope you have a chance to see our exhibit. This is my piece entitled "Bird of the Night" that is part of "Put A Bird On It!".

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Background Decisions

I decided to use this rust colored fabric for the background of "On the Boulevard".  It has nice contrast with the main subject and has a subtle design. The close up below shows the design more clearly.

So what to do on the background? I like the storefront angles and the flags in the photo below. One option is to put that design element in the background.

Another option is to have a couple of figures in the background area. This is what that would look like:

   The figures would be done in tulle so they are subtle as compared to the main subject.

I opted for the storefront instead of the figures. I thought the figures were too dominating. I will use couching of yarns and thread painting to put in the background features. I'll show that as I get more of it done.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Progress Update - "On the Boulevard"

  I am leaning towards "On the Boulevard" for the title of this piece.  I'll try it out here for a while and see what I think.

I have been making steady progress on  this one, and I'm going to show some details of parts of it with this post:


There are three bags in my Mom's hand. I chose three different red fabrics for these, and used paint to add shadows and highlights.  The red is a nice contrast to the blues and grays. Here is a close up of them:


There is a gold colored lapel pin on the jacket. I can't tell exactly what it is, but it could be a bird on a branch. It has that look to it. I initially cut out a gold fabric for this, but it looked too flat and artificial to me.

I had a scrap fabric that I had been using to remove paint from my brush. It had a lot of white and a mix of other colors. I painted that fabric with a gold paint, and then touched it up to add some variation to the color. This is what I came up with:

It seems to look more natural than the first one, so I'll use this one.

Jacket fabric:

I love this dark blue paisley for the jacket fabric. I used paint to give it shadows and highlights, but the main thing I wanted to say was, I love that fabric for this jacket!

My next post will be about the background. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

My Mom - On the Boulevard!!!

My Mom loved to shop, and this is a photo of her doing that when she was young. She grew up in the Milwaukee area, so this is the shopping district in that city, I believe. I love the movement in this photo, and the clothes they wore!  I am making an art quilt based on this for my "Attitudes" series.

I've been painting the image of my Mom in this photo, and this is what I have completed as of this post:

I think it's pretty good so far. I need to darken the value on some of the face shadows, but I find it best to do that in gradual phases. As one of my painting teachers used to say, "sneak up on the darks". That way you are less likely to over do it.

I'll post more progress photos of this as I go along, and give some other details about my process.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Finished Photo of "Fashion Plate"

This is the completed art quilt I call "Fashion Plate".

I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. But I'm on to new projects, so that's enough of this one for the blog. As always, thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Background Construction

 Here is the little girl after the clothing and body parts have been painted. I fuse them to a piece of muslin to keep everything in the right place. I will cut the muslin away close to the fabric so that you can't see it, but here it is before trimming.

In this post I'm working on the background fabrics. I usually just start pulling various colors out and see what works well with the colors I already have. In this case, maroons and browns seemed to work well. Here is a stack I pulled to consider for this project:

Once you think you  have the right colors, then it's a matter of arranging them in a pleasing manner.
Here are some in progress photos of the background design process:

You get the idea. It's trial and error and you keep building until you are satisfied. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Face and Hair - Painting

To the right is the photograph of the little girl whose face I am painting. Below you see three stages of the painted process. You can see the lines I have put in to guide my painting. The dotted or dashed lines indicate softer edges for color transitioning. The marker I use is removed with ironing, so it does not show up on the final painting.

One of the points I am making with this post is that painting a face is often creepy. The image looks weird and unnatural until you get all of the values (light, medium and dark) in place.

In the early stages of painting a face I often look at the image and think, "Oh this is not going to work out, I'll probably have to repaint this one".  But by the time I get to the end it is OK. So my advice is, hang in there and get through the creepy stage before you make any judgments.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017


 Lately I've been showing some of the steps used to make an art quilt based on this photograph. Today's post is about the slippers. If you look closely you will see that they are orange, fuzzy slippers with skulls on them. The skulls have a pretty pink ribbon, so obviously they are girl skulls. I can see why any little girl would want to have these in her closet...

So, to start with, I found a bright orange fabric, once again in my stash. This fabric was left over from something my Mother made. It was just a little piece that I probably wasn't sure was worth keeping. As it turns out, it was perfect for the slippers.

  I laid the orange fabric over my enlarged drawing and traced the shape. Then I cut out the slipper and painted the shaded areas on the slipper.

To make the skulls I first drew them in my sketchbook and then laid some white fabric over the drawing and painted them. After they were painted I believe I fused or glued them to the orange slippers.

Here you see the finished slippers. I think they turned out pretty cute!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Fabric Selection for Clothing

I'm going to use today's post to talk about some of the fabric I chose for this art quilt, and how I modified it. A big part of the charm of this little girl and her pose is the confidence she has in her look, as contrasted by the odd combination of clothing and accessories. I wanted to capture that as much as possible in my fabric choices.

Top fabric:

The fabric shown here, a blue, 1930's reproduction print, was what I chose for the top. I could not find a stripe that looked close enough to what she is wearing, so I settled on this. It is still good because the combination of a flower print and a stripe skirt is still pushing it, from a fashion perspective.

I laid this fabric over the enlarged line drawing and pencil traced the top outline. I also drew in the major shadow lines that are caused by the folds in the top. If you look at the photo above you can see that the light comes from the left side, and a shadow is created on the right side of the top. I put a dashed line where this shadow begins in the front of the top. This served as a  guild for me to know where to start tapering the shading.

This is what the top looks like after I did my shadow painting:

Skirt fabric:

This fabric was in my stash and it seemed perfect for the skirt.  It is a striated hand dyed fabric.  For the skirt, I folded the fabric to mimic the folded nature of the skirt in the photo.  I did a rough cut of the outline of the skirt after folding. I then painted shaded areas on the skirt. Here is the skirt after painting:


Once again, my fabric stash came in handy. I found this fabric for the leggings. It is similar to the floral leggings she is wearing.

 I placed the fabric over the enlarged drawing, traced the legs and cut out the pieces. Then once again the shading was painted in. Here are painted legs:

    And there you go -  That's one dynamite outfit!

The slippers deserve a post unto themselves, so I'll do that one next. Thanks for visiting my blog!