Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mixed Media – Week One

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Friday marked the beginning of a 6 week Mixed Media class at Toronto School of Art with Jacqueline Treloar.  Having failed Grade 9 Art, I feel there is nowhere to go but up.

I am a blank page

I am a blank page

I decided to work on what I consider one of the ugliest fabrics in my entire collection:

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After a demo on acrylic paints & inks, squeegees and rollers, I set out to change this monetary monstrosity.  First I used a pinkish acrylic ink with a roller over part of it but this was barely noticeable.  I added some red and blue horizontal splotches with a squeegee.  Then, at Jacqueline’s suggestion, I lay down painter’s tape in vertical stripes across the piece and painted rough red lines off the tape.  I highlighted the straight side of the red stripe with very thin lines of  white acrylic and defined them even further with a blue pencil.   Class was over.

Not sure where this is going....

Not sure where this is going….

At home, I sandwiched it, picked out a variegated thread to match and did some straight line quilting to accent the vertical stripes even more.

 

the finish

the finish

 

Hanging in my kitchen now!  $$$$$$$$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gitarzan

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I am working on a special quilt for my brother who is a biker, retired police officer and guitar man.  This song title popped into my head for some reason and I played the YouTube video for some inspiration.  Note how it is spelled “Guitarzan” in the video description yet the CD/album cover clearly spells it “Gitarzan” … now I know “guitar” is spelled “guitar” and logically it follows that the song would be “Guitarzan” but it is curious now to me that I am arguing in point for the illogical yet chosen spelling (by the songwriter) when normally I would be arguing in favour of proper spelling…oooh the irony ….or is it the dichotomy – God, I love words.

Needless to say that the song was not that inspirational but I continued to quilt the piece anyway.

detail not too pretty close-up

not so pretty close-up – hope it gets better

 

 

Give Piece a Chance

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Today I am working on a Modern Quilting technique:  Improv Piecing.  Some people who teach the concept are Rayna Gillman   and Victoria Findlay Wolfe .

Rayna advocates taking an orphan block and cutting it up, adding to it, cutting again, adding again, etc. until you are a happy camper.  Here goes….

 

half a peace

half o’ peace

This is half of a block I made experimenting with fonts on my HV machine.  I cut it in half before I decided to take a pic.

I worked on it for about an hour and at NO point during the process did I think I would be happy with the result but I am always OK with experimentation.  I cut up a couple of other orphan blocks in the same colour family, used a little marbled fabric I had made and added a touch of green.

This is the new finished block, which is not a square, but I quite like it:

 

finished block

first block for Give Piece a Chance quilt

Like it so much that I am going to do other blocks in other colours and put them altogether in one big quilt.  I am anticipating quite a scrappy look….

Oh, and Rayna says to keep all cut off scraps for a future improv block so here they are:

pieces of pieces

pieces of pieces

I finished by organizing some of of my pieces of pieces into colour piles.

Now I am going to put a zipper in a skirt for a pattern I am testing.  That should be fun…