Posts Tagged ‘International Quilt Festival’

I bought this hand painted fabric, from Indonesia, at Ladyfingers Sewing Studio in Oley, PA.  I was enamored with the colors and design. So far I’ve made one piece from it, plus a couple of fancy Hot Spots (pot holders that I make to sell.)

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Indonesian hand painted art cloth

Indonesian hand painted art cloth

I was attending a lecture by Quilter Lisa H. Calle at Ladyfingers, which mostly dealt with using rulers for machine quilting. I did buy a couple of them, and ordered a machine foot that is used with rulers, but I’m not sure this method will work for me very well.  Something in me prefers a quirky, asymmetrical look for machine quilting.  But still – I have to give it a try.

While there I met Laura A Cunningham, a fellow art quilter from Mifflintown. She told me to check out Cynthia England, who won best in show in Houston (International Quilt Festival) this year for her quilt “Capetown Reflections.”. I’ve never been attracted to constructing an art quilt using piecing. I find raw edge applique much more immediate.

But I checked out Cynthia England’s method — watched her video on her website, and decided to give it a try.

And – guess what –I liked it! Granted I didn’t make the best use of her complicated piecing method, as I was using entirely the art cloth, except for the white area with the tree drawing. But it did give me some practice with the method, and a bit more texture in the piece.

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Plus, her use of freezer paper for the shape elements of a design could work better for construction raw edge applique.  I currently use tracing paper to trace the shape of each element in my cartoon (full scale drawing of my design). But the freezer paper sticks, slightly, to the surface of the fabric, allowing a more accurate cut out of the desired shape.

Is this going to be a change in direction for me? It’s too early to tell. Having tried only one art quilt using it, I’m not sure yet.

In my relatively isolated rural setting, I am grateful to artists’ websites and You Tube postings, and other ways of learning what other are doing. It helps to keep me in touch.

Hot Spot (hot pad) quilted on whole cloth.

Hot Spot (hot pad) quilted on whole cloth.

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I was pleased and honored to see my piece included in a “Selections from Turmoil” article in the current issue of SAQA Journal (Volume 26, No. 3). Juror Kate Lydon says, “Turmoil features art quilts that depict personal interpretations of confusion and uncertainty, bitterness, anger, or the chaos of an over-scheduled life.  Representing themes of aging, displacement, and the power of nature, selected artists share expressive works that speak to memories robbed by disease, dysfunction, and grief, witness displaced people, borders crossed, obstacles faced, and disempowerment through war and unrest.”

My piece, Mother Serves the Turkey, is more lighthearted. There is a war going on, but the artist is blithely unaware of it. Normally when Mother “serves turkey” it is to hungry guests who look forward to a delicious meal.  In this case, she serves Mrs Hen Turkey her favorite food: watermelon (true fact.)

Turmoil, along with a sister show Tranquility, open at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, this October, and travels until 2019.

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Mother Serves the Turkey II 31 x 26.5

M Ressler Mother Serves the Turkey

 

There was a quilt at IQF, International Quilt Festival in Houston that has stayed on my mind.

It was not a prize winner, so I don’t have a professional picture of it, just my own.  I hope you can see it enough to appreciate it.

Not only is the piecing well thought out, but the quilting is genius. I admire it so much because I could simply never do something like that.  It is peaceful, yet engages the mind at the same time.

Green Trees, Clouds and Walt Whitman, by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Karen McTavish.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I am so thankful I was able to retire from my day job last year and enter on a new life as full time artist. This is my 6th year of making art quilts.  I have so much to learn, yet I’ve gained such precious knowledge. I wish I could spend every minute of every day making and reading and looking and absorbing art and art quilts.

But much else in life calls to me. Food, cooking, family, the garden, and walks outside.

We watched The Theory of Everything last night.

Perhaps a theory of everything will one day bring the many joyful parts of my life together.

Green Trees, Clouds and Walk Whitman, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Karen McTavish

Last week I wrote about my visit to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. This week I will continue with some more of my personal favorites.

Here we go!

Duet #4

Duet #4 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gantry, Port Townsend, WA, 30 x 30. Honorable Mention in Art — Abstract, Small. “About birds that mate for life. The piece is abstract and not meant to depict a specific species.”

A Toast to Toulouse Lautrec

A Toast to Toulouse-Lautrec, by Katherine Donges & Susan Slaton, Suches, GA. 50 x 45. Judges Choice of Patt Blair.

Ghosts

Ghosts, Ruth Montalvo, Madison Heights, MI. 48 x 64″ Third piece in Innovative Pieced.

Bleiweiss

Tutti Frutti Alleyway, Sue Bleiweiss, Pepperell, MA. 33 x 45″ Third Prize in Art — Whimsical

Golden Girl

Golden Girl, Hollis Chatelain, Hillsborough, NC. 24 x 60″. First Prize in Art — Painted Surfaces.

Kan Oh Chi Rai (Prediction by Studying the Past) by Yoshiyuki Ishizaki of Ashiya, Hyogo. Japan. 79.5 x 61.5 Second Prize in Innovative Pieced.

Kan Oh Chi Rai (Prediction by Studying the Past) by Yoshiyuki Ishizaki of Ashiya, Hyogo. Japan. 79.5 x 61.5 Second Prize in Innovative Pieced. “The present become the past quickly and will be reborn to the new present soon.”

Leafless

Leafless, Janet Steadman, Langley, WA, 54 x 45″ Second Prize, Abstract small. “Bare Tree branches in fall and winter inspired this quilt.”

Mysterious Letter

Mysterious Letter, Noriko Nozawa of Chiba City, Chiba, Japan. 80 x 82″. First Prize in Art, Abstract, large. “Kana letter, which is a Japanese traditional letter, is the main theme of this piece.”

Out on a limb

Out on a Limb, Thelma Bearden, Tullahoma, TN. 56 x 83.5. Second Prize in Art — Abstract, Large

Reborn

Reborn, Molly Hamilton-McNally, Tehachapi, CA, 50 x 55. First Prize in Innovative Applique.

Tagged

Tagged, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Murraysville, PA. 84 x 45. First Prize in Digital Imagery. “Executive Order 9066 forced nearly 120,000 people of Japanese heritage living along the Pacific Coast into internment camps.”

I accepted an invitation to attend this year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston, the 41st in its history. Studio Art Quilts Associated (SAQA) invited artists with a piece in either of the two SAQA shows on display at IQF to come to speak about their works.

“Sure!” I said. I had never attended IQF, and couldn’t quite picture exactly what it was, or how all of the exhibitions I saw on their website fit together.

I wandered the immense George R Brown Convention Center in a daze, along with some 60,000 other attendees (over the course of a week). There were some 45 special exhibits.  Some were categories, like Traditional Pieced, Traditional Applique, Small Abstract, Art — Painted Surface, Art — People and Figures, or Art — Whimsical.  Other shows were themed: Affinity, Viewpoint, Digital Alchemy or National Parks. My one piece was in the SAQA show Wild Fabrications, but many women had pieces in several shows.

Traditional Quilts and Modern Art Quilts co-existed in apparent harmony. I read this bit written by Mary Fons last year, which seemed to describe the relationship:

“The biggest trend of late is seeing the modern and traditional worlds blending, maybe in the nick of time. For some years, we had a bit of a standoff between the two groups, which was a shame, but probably only natural. It was like the Protestant Reformation!” she continues, “But traditional quilters can’t help but love beautiful quilts of any kind, and a lot of modern quilters are obsessed with [some traditional methods.]  If people are making quilts, that’s good. Period.”

I agree.

Oh, did I mention there were 1000 vendors booths? It was very hard not to load myself down with the beautiful fabrics and threads so that I couldn’t walk!

I joined the International Quilt Association, so that I will be more on top of the entries to IQF next year.

Enjoy these pictures. 

Cuban Ballerina, Jennifer Day, 38 x 36. Thread painted.

Cuban Ballerina, Jennifer Day, 38 x 36. Thread painted.

Not a City, Betty Hahn, AZ, 52 x 28.

Not a City, Betty Hahn, AZ, 52 x 28.

Vermeer Meets Fassett, Lynn Czaban, OR, 19 x 30

Vermeer Meets Fassett, Lynn Czaban, OR, 19 x 30

Ewe Are My Sunshine, Janet Stone, 63 x 72. This was selected Best in Show, for a $10,000 award. The richness, originality and workmanship cannot be captured in a photo.

Ewe Are My Sunshine, Janet Stone, 63 x 72. This was selected Best in Show, for a $10,000 award. The richness, originality and workmanship cannot be captured in a photo.

Breaking Wind, Peggy Kragnes, MN 80 x 55

Breaking Wind, Peggy Kragnes, MN 80 x 55

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Technicolor Deco,Shirley Desi, CO

I was surprised and so honored to have my piece featured on the cover of the SAQA Journal (Studio Art Quilts Associates). I will be traveling to Houston October 30 to speak briefly about my work during the opening of Wild Fabrications.  The show will be held in conjunction with IQF, the International Quilt Festival, in Houston. I’ve never attended IQF and am thrilled to have the opportunity to do so.

This piece, Cat and Mouse Game, came together fairly quickly.  I made it specifically for Wild Fabrications. The prospectus challenged,  “Let your imagination run wild as you create interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques.”

I tried to do that, using lottery tickets, discarded junk food boxes, and found objects.

Here is my artist’s statement:

Cat and Mouse Game

The head of a cat and the body of a mouse on a crazy, trashy background of used lottery tickets and junk food boxes. What fun! Wanna buy a lottery ticket anyone? More losing tickets for me to dumpster-dive for.

Materials: Basket, lids, other found objects, used lottery tickets and junk food boxes, material, thread, batting. Also painted fusible web and dimensional fabric paint.

Techniques: Dumpster diving. Collecting found objects. Glued, sewn, painted.
Anyway, here is Cat and Mouse Game, and the cover of the SAQA Journal, Fall, 2015.

Cover of SAQA Journal, Fall 2015, with Cat and Mouse Game by Martha Ressler

Cover of SAQA Journal, Fall 2015, with Cat and Mouse Game by Martha Ressler

Martha Ressler, Cat and Mouse Game, Detail

Martha Ressler, Cat and Mouse Game, Detail

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