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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