Sunday, August 4, 2013

I'll never grow up

I am still that kid who is more interested in the box than the present inside. My husband just gave me an iPhone 5. WOW my first smart phone but the best part.... The box fits Pigma pens perfectly! So, here's how I spent yesterday afternoon. First I had to remove all of this stuff from the inside of the box. I had to use a knife to loosen it,

Then I had to scrape off the sticky-glue-residue stuff. This is not good for your manicure.

Next I photocopied a Zentangled ensemble and cut a piece to fit into the bottom of the box. I used Mat medium to stick it down and put a layer of mat medium on top to seal it.

The top was more involved because it had a shiny surface with pictures on it. I painted gesso over the top and allowed it to dry. Since I'm impatient I used a blowdryer to speed up the process. Then I cut a pice of the photocopied zentangle and wallpapered the box with it. I used mat medium to adhere and to seal it.

Ta Da! Now my husband thinks he should get an iPhone 5 so that I can make another pen box....which might lead to the need to buy more pens!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MQX Quilt Festival

What a wonderful time I had teaching at MQX Quilt Festival! Everyone was so happy to be back in Manchester NH. Not that Providence RI wasn't nice, but Manchester just feels like our quilting home-away-from-home! I wish I had taken more pictures of the smiling faces on the students, teachers, vendors, and volunteers that all band together to make MQX Quilt Festival such a wonderful event. 

I was blessed with a full teaching schedule of six classes. My students were all fabulous! Not a grumpy face in the bunch ....okay one grumpy face but out of  about 150 students that's not so bad.

My classes were a combination of "hands-on" where each student has their own sewing machine to work on. Lecture/Demo - they get to listen to me and watch me quilt out the patterns. And Drawing - 4 hours of drawing fun that can be applied to quilting!

Here are some hands on students!  Some students were very new to frame quilting and others were accustomed to working with computerized machines and were trying out freemotion quilting! Here they are....concentrating! They all did a fabulous job!

And they had fun too - here's what one student said "Loved it! Had no idea going into class what to expect, but I am leaving truly inspired. Elaine is calm, fun and relaxed. Great learning experience!" Okay ... I'm blushing....but aren't my students fabulous! I just love them!

I also had the chance to introduce Zentangle as it applies to quilting. We start each class by making a traditional Zentangle tile - here's and example of some student work.

We then go on with drawing and quilting demo's to teach the student how to add "tangle" patterns to their quilting. Here are a couple of examples of Zentangle inspired quilting that I show the students.

A great time! I'll tell you about the other classes later! I'm already looking forward to teaching at MQX Quilt Festival in 2014!

A Little Retreat....just because

I took myself away for a short little retreat down in Hull. No husband, daughter or dog. Just me and my creative stuff! 

On my way to the beach I attended my first Boston Modern Quilt guild meeting. What a fabulous bunch of women! We met in an auto-body shop! Cool contrast with quilts and vintage cars all in the same industrial space! The Boston Modern Quilt guild is collecting quilt blocks to make quilts for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The blocks are all blue, yellow, white and grey. The guild put the call out to the quilting community and they have collected over 700 blocks! I brought these two quilt tops home to machine quilt. Thanks to Superior Threads who donated quilting thread!

Another project that the Modern Quilt Guilds are involved with is peace flags. Again the quilting community heard the call! Hundreds of peace flags have been created to as a memorial and healing message to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The flags will be tied together and displayed in the courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from May 23 - June 16. 

 I delivered flags created by the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild to the Boston guild. Prior to their trip to Boston they were displayed at Beehive Sewing in Northampton.

And no guild meeting would be complete without show n' tell - here are some of the fabulous creations made by members.

A young member made this quilt for her teacher!

Then to the beach. I was so tired, I didn't really do much on Saturday night except settle in and look at my art supplies and stuff. On Sunday I started the day by working on this Zentangle mandala. I colored it with Sakura Gelly Roll pens - I was able to gradate the color with with a little water on a small paintbrush. 

They I moved onto my Draw Happy class. This is an online drawing and mixed media class. Here's how the piece developed. I was focused on the process and followed the teacher example very closely.

At low tide I took a break for a walk on the beach. My house is just a few houses from either the ocean to the east or the bay to the west. I went to the ocean first but there was a strong wind coming off the water so it was waaaaay windy and cold. See those cold waves? 

I went over to the bay where the wind was calmer. It's rocky on the bayside and I found some cool yellow glass nestled in the rocks.  Some kids were collecting crabs - more fun than a video game! I walked down the pier hoping to snap a picture of the Boston skyline but it was in the fog.

Then back to the project. I'm kind of pleased with the result - especially since it involved paint and I had an art teacher long long ago tell me to throw away my paint! HA - see I CAN paint!

On Monday I worked on this mandala - again using the Gelly Roll pens and water. I'm not thrilled with this one but there it is. 

Then a long long walk on the ocean beach. I forgot my camera so close you eyes and imagine 3 miles of sand and a gentle surf. The sun is shining and it's not too hot or too cold. You are one of maybe a dozen people and a few dogs enjoying the beach. ahhhh just what I needed.

Now home again home again jigidy jig.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tangled Calendar

Here are a few of the pages from my Tangle a Day calendar. This awesome little calendar was created by Carol Ohl and can be ordered here . More calendar art can been seen on Carol's blog.

This page is black Micron and Gold Gelly Roll pen 

This page is blue Micron and blue Inktense pencil

 This page is black Micron - you can see the bleed through from the other side

This page is black Micron and blue Copic - the Copic bled through :(

I'm a few days behind. Oh well - I'll just enjoy the process!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sunrise Series

Lately I have been enjoying working in series. My latest series is inspired by the sunrises over Nantasket Beach in Hull Massachusetts. The pieces are 5" square (8" with matting).  They are composed of fabric which I lay down improvisationally and secure with fusible products. I then layer with batting and muslin and quilt on a domestic (sit down) sewing machine. The quilting designs are inspired by Zentangle® patterns and I use several thread colors.  
They are available for  purchase click here.





Friday, July 20, 2012

Hull Artist Studio Tour

On July 7th and 8th I participated in the Hull Artists Studio Tour. This was a great event that featured 22 artists opening their studios to the public. I had a fabulous time showing my art quilts, Zentangle (TM) inspired art, and my original designed fabric pocketbooks and totes. This event occurs twice a summer and I'll be participating again on August 25th. Here are pictures of my "front room" all prettied up to show my work.

 Wholecloth quilt - this is inspired by the sea. It is one piece of fabric with intricate stitching. All of the stitching is done freehand by machine without any computer assistance.
Staccato Sunrise (Sold) Pieced, machine quilted and beaded. The machine quilting is detailed showing the motion of the grasses as well as the ocean and the sky. The sun is represented by a mariners compass block that was bisected to show motion.

The seascape series below was constructed and quilted in a similar manner. On a smaller scale, these pieces are stretched over a deep 1 1/2" canvas frame.
 10" x 10" seascape 1
 10" x 10" seascape 2
10" x 10" seascape 3
 detail - seascape
 detail - seascape
Detail - seascape
This is a small (5") quilted piece.

Below is the tree series. Zentangle (TM) inspired art from pen, ink and pencil. Each piece measures 3 1/2" square.

And let's not forget the kitchen ladies quilts -
 quilted, beaded and mounted on 1 1/2" deep canvas stretchers.

And the purple sunset! Machine quilted and fibers.

More pics of the front room turned studio for the weekend!

That's all .....see you in August!