Episode 159: The Finished Mosaic (if you can believe it) episode

1 03 2015

At last, the Mosaic quilt, finished! Enjoy the views!

(Updated to add: The Man made a Mosaic Quilt video–you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/9o_cghu2lp8

 

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Other points of interest:

Barbara Brackman’s fabric line, The Morris Jewels, based on the designs of William Morris:

http://www.modafabrics.com/fcc_the-morris-jewels.pdf

 

An interesting article about whether or not decluttering makes a difference in our lives:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/opinion/the-clutter-cures-illusory-joy.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0

 

The Craftsy class I took about bindings: Finishing School: Edges and Bindings with Mimi Dietrich

The book I read for my book group and highly recommend: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

August Wilson on American Masters:

http://video.pbs.org/program/american-masters/





Episode 158: The Leaf Motif Episode

10 02 2015

From the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same files:

homearts1Cover of Home Arts Needcraft, 1939

And its bottom headline:

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Antique yo-yo quilt found in Waxhaw, NC:

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Interesting blog posts on Quilt Economics:

http://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/01/placing-a-value-on-your-quilting/

http://www.mooreapproved.com/2015/02/quiltonomics-the-real-cost-of-quilts/

Oral History–a 2002 interview with quilt artist Carolyn Mazloomi

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-carolyn-mazloomi-11504

Read about the Heritage Quilters in this issue of the N.C. Folklore Society Journal (the article begins on page 36):

http://paws.wcu.edu/ncfj/NCFJ592.pdf

Profiles of some of the Heritage Quilters (Warrenton, NC)

Wallace Evans: http://ncfolk.org/hvw/artists/wallace-evans/

Portia Hawes: http://ncfolk.org/hvw/artists/portia-hawes/

 

Have a great week!





Episode 157: The Not Much, You? episode

28 01 2015

I just realized I don’t have any pictures to show you. Well, there’s always Travis … before his most recent grooming …

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and after:

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Did you know that in 1992 quilters nationwide threatened to march on Washington if the Smithsonian continued to sell reproduction American quilts made in China? Here’s an article: http://articles.courant.com/1992-11-16/news/0000109829_1_quilt-licensing-smithsonian-institution

Quilts, quiltmakers and value–An interesting letter from a quiltmaker to the the band the Decemberists: http://huntersdesignstudio.com/2015/01/22/an-open-letter-to-the-decemberists-quilts-and-their-makers-have-value/

Fun Facebook Group to Join: Quilting Bee. Lots of great pix–you’ll be inspired daily!

Turns out men quilt, too.http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-male-quilters-cafam-manmade-20150125-story.html#page=1

 

Have a great week!





Episode 156: We’re Famous!

23 01 2015

Let’s start with some Mosaic pix!

The front, so far:

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And the back, which is looking sort of busy …

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Okay, stuff I’ve picked up around the interwebs this week:

Article on quilter Joe Cunningham in American Craft

http://craftcouncil.org/magazine/article/crazy-quilts

The article begins,

“When Joe Cunningham saw Robert Rauschenberg’s 1955 Bed at the Museum of Modern Art last year, the piece irked him. Rauschenberg had taken an old pillow, sheet, and log cabin quilt, affixed them to wood as if they were a canvas, and splashed paint on them. The accompanying label explained that Rauschenberg was combining abstract painting with everyday found objects. “The quilt being treated as just a humble domestic object bothered me,” Cunningham recalls. “The quilt is a work of art. It burns my ass that something useful can’t be ‘art.’”

In response, Cunningham began cutting up paintings and sewing them into a quilt.”

You can see a video about Robert Rauschenberg’s sculpture, “Bed” here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvpp2lAD9iY

 Also from American Craft, an interview with Denyse Schmidt:

http://craftcouncil.org/magazine/article/craft-community

More on Joe Cunningham–here is a recent and very interesting post from his blog worth pondering:

http://joethequiltercunningham.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-coming-wave.html#comment-form

Interesting article on why we love beautiful things:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/opinion/sunday/why-we-love-beautiful-things.html

 The Gee’s Bend documentary:

http://vimeo.com/50454661

Interested in cool documentaries in general? I recommend you sign up for Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/





Episode 155: The Very Long Episode

14 01 2015

mosaicquilting1I’ve finished quilting the mosaic blocks! Now only the white blocks remain.

mosaicquilting2Another view. And one of the back …

mosaicback1And another one, which for some reasons is a totally different color …

mosaicback2And now on to the negative space!

BTW, I think I say that Annie Smith thing about practicing for your next quilt three or four times over the course of the quilt diaries. Sorry. I mean, it’s true, but you don’t need to hear it three or four times.

Books I got for Christmas:

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Making History: Quilts and Fabrics from 1890-1970 by Barbara Brackman

Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

(Kiracofe is also the author of The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort)

Thanks to Barbara A. for sending me this link about sewists (a word I’m not crazy about, but this post from Barbara Brackman makes a good point):

http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2015/01/sewers.html





Episode 154: The Ho-Ho-Ho (belated) Episode

29 12 2014

I recorded this before Christmas, but never got around to posting it. Hope you had a great holiday–and are, for that matter, still having a great holiday.

Finished the Christmas Tree quilt–before Christmas!

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And here’s the back (for some reason I can’t get the image to flip, so please turn your screen on its side):

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That’s it for now. More soon!

 





Episode 153: Yo-Yo Girl

10 12 2014

A basket of yo-yos, 90 to be precise:

yoyos1 I think it will take about 500 to make a quilt.

Fun blog post on yo-yo quilts:

http://mitziscollectibles.typepad.com/mitzis_collectibles_blog/2010/12/feedsack-fabrics-and-yoyos-101.html

Christmas tree blocks:

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My quilting practice for the mosaic blocks:

quiltingmosaicI got the idea from the latest issue of the AQS magazine.

Here’s how it looks on the quilt (so far):

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And here’s how the back looks (so far):

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New quilting book–Angela Walters’ Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting

 

My fabulous updated quilting notebook:

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Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar








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