Challenge

Naperville Art League 14th Annual Public Art Competition

The winners of the Naperville (Illinois) Art League’s 14th annual public art competition were announced at a reception held at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

The exhibit, entitled “#SillySerious-ness,” caught the attention of regional artists of all ages who submitted work reflective of the theme. Fifty entries, encompassing original work in a variety of media, were displayed and considered for the awards.

Artist Pamela Carron was selected to judge this competition.  She had the difficult task of selecting winners out of the 50 entries.  Prizes were awarded to sixteen individual winners:

Best of Show:

Patricia Melekus “Rape of Europa” Acrylic

Awards of Excellence:

Jeannail Carter Too Many to Choose From” Colored Pencil, Pen, Ink

Scott Harding  “Pumpkin Top” Oil on Linen

Gary Schirmer “The Ripley Effect” Oil

Honorable Mentions:

Cynthia Boudreau“Bubbling Up” Fiber

Marissa Burch “Treehouse” Mixed

Kathleen Geisinger “Winter at Geneva Lake” Photography

Tatiana Guarino “Tatiana Guarino” Oil

Beth Hobby “Mask: Autoportrait” Assemblage

Valerie Lorimer “Her Life Was a Circus” Mixed

Judy MacLeod “The Sisters” Mixed Media

Kevin Pranaitis “Am I Brave, Daddy” Photography

Sally Sharp “Seriously?” Oil & Cold Wax

Judy Tucker “Picasso in Piecing” (pictured above) Fabric

Marita Valdizan “Life as it Happens” Mixed Media Wire Crochet

Charles Williams, Jr. “Maze”  Acrylic

“I was very impressed with the quality of artwork we received for our ‘#SillySeriousness’ competition. Even more amazing is the depth of intimacy that the pieces exude,” said Debbie Venezia, Executive Director of the Naperville Art League.

“#SillySeriousness” runs through Friday, March 30, 2017.

 

Teal Mini Swap 2016 – Teal and Tulia

Designed by Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs, “Teal Mini Swap” is an annual event intended to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, funds for Ovarian Research Fund, and give quilters and sewers a fun little swap. In the last five years this has raised approximately $8,500

Iris of Misty Fuse had share the post of this event and immediately I signed up. There was a $15 fee which included you piece of challenge fabric and information about the partner that has been chosen for you to swap with.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

So this is the quilting design for the background and the main focus of the quilt.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

I applied fuseable to the fabrics and cut each one out.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

This is the original layout I had planned.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Played a little bit with the orientation.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Decided this is what I found best for me. It allowed me to think about quilting the ladies without any gap. Going up one way and continue with out a start and stop going the other direction.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

The dark teal stripe was the challenge fabric.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Stitching around in a straight stitch as opposed to a zig zag stitch. Just my preference. Used my Bernina Virtuoso 160.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

I like to try to carry the design of the front over to the label. Think of it as another element and not just a tag…

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

The backing fabric is Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman, and the sleeve Tula Pink. I used Perma Core thread and wrapped a gift in more of Tula Pink fabric I had left from the front.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

One was a 5 inch sq. I had in my stash,Tula fabric and challenge fabric.

Teal Mini Swap 2016 - Teal and Tulia

Two more Tula fabrics. One Tula had signed , and another from my stash!

International Quilt Festival Challenge

The International Quilt Festival called for a challenge.

Always love a good challenge!  This one was between the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild and the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild.

We were given the theme “Modern in the City” and restriction of one side, any side must be 36 inches.

First thing that came to me was the Picasso sculpture in downtown Chicago.  Okay so how do I translate hard cold steel into fiber and make it exciting……

Here we go.

Started with a paper pattern that was enlarged.

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I did not want to use just one solid or print type fabric for the face.  I used the 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. The first day it was a bit rough letting go and just random piece, sew and cut.  The second day, was easier and became free and fun…. getting the hang of this.

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The eyes had to be a bit more centered so they were done with a paper piecing method.

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Getting several units to size and laying them out to get a sneak peek for myself.

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Needed to lay the blocks out and mix colors and make sure coverage is good.  Hmmm, a bit more here or there and then time to join.

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I decided I did not want raw edges on the face and tried to think of the best way to turn the edges under; especially with all the seams everywhere. I used to use dress-makers tracing and traced the face and then put it over my sewn units.

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Pinned and sewn.

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After stitching all the way around, I cut through the middle leaving 1/4 all around the edges to turn.  Just like in garment making, it is necessary to clip on curves to have everything lay flat.

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Had to audition the right colors for the background.  Some were dull and some too bright.  I really liked the way the Kona Tulip (purple) and Kona Peapod (green) played together as well as with the face pattern. I then hand appliquéd the face to the background.

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To continue with the sculpture and the rods that hold it up, bias tape was my answer.

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Put it on the long arm machine to do the background quilting that is similar to the piecing of the face.  Some of the quilting was also done on my domestic machine.

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I had been playing around with a product by Lesley Riley and C & T Publishing called TAP paper.  Using words an image in reverse on the computer, you print right onto the paper.  Iron on fabric and it is permanent.  I like this method because I always mess up or get nervous writing with fabric pens. You can even add as I did on top.  I had forgotten to include my phone number on the label so I just ran the paper through the printer again and ironed on top of the original TAP transfer.

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On the design wall and bound. Really wanted to use solid binding to give the sculpture a bit of suspension. May I present to you, Picasso in Piecing.

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Doll Quilt Swap 14

Here are some pictures from DQS 14. The finished quilt will be in the mail tomorrow to it’s new owner.

Doll Quilt Swap 14

Doll Quilt Swap 14

Fractured Glass Doll House Quilt 14 Swap begins

Fractured Glass Doll Quilt 14 Swap moving forward

Fractured Glass Doll Quilt 14 Swap assembly

Fractured Glass Doll Quilt 14 Swap

Fractured Glass Doll Quilt 14 Swap near completion

Fractured Glass Doll Quilt 14 Swap back with tag.

Iron Quilter Paper Piecing

Recently “taught” an Iron Quilter and thought a few pictures from the day’s effort should be posted.

Judy Tucker's Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 wonky block assembly

Judy Tucker’s Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 wonky block assembly

Judy Tucker's Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 reverse view

Judy Tucker’s Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 reverse view

Judy Tucker's Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 top view

Judy Tucker’s Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 top view

Judy Tucker's Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013

Judy Tucker’s Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013

Judy Tucker's Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 views of both sides

Judy Tucker’s Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 views of both sides

Judy Tucker's Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 with quilting design on paper

Judy Tucker’s Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 with quilting design on paper

Judy Tucker's Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 quilting

Judy Tucker’s Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013 quilting

Judy Tucker's Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013

Judy Tucker’s Iron Quilter Fall Challenge 2013

Modern Quilt Guild Challenge Number 2

Another quilt design for the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.

Modern Quilt Guild Season Challenge 2013

Modern Quilt Guild Season Challenge 2013

Longarm preparation of Modern Quilt Guild Season Challenge 2013

Longarm preparation of Modern Quilt Guild Season Challenge 2013

Modern Quilt Guild Season Challenge 2013

Modern Quilt Guild Season Challenge 2013

Design wall view of Modern Quilt Guild Season Challenge 2013

Design wall view of Modern Quilt Guild Season Challenge 2013