Saturday, October 25, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop


I'm delighted to have been invited by Mary Lachman to take part in this blog hop. I hope to visit many new sites and hope to get visitors to mine. As I said in my previous post, my blog was hacked and disappeared. I'd been working on it for many years and had many delightful posts, as well as a list of bloggers that I enjoyed following--also lost. This worldwide blog hop is serving as an incentive to start working again.

I invite you to also visit Diane Cadrain's blog.I know Diane through SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). She can be seen knitting small items, such as leaves, flowers, or backgrounds, that she may include in her next quilt. I had the pleasure of walking by and viewing Diane's quilts on display at the UConn Health Center for three months as I made frequent visits there for dental work.

Diane is a member of The Connective Fiber Arts Collective (CFCA), a group of very talented women who frequently exhibit their work around the state. I am happy to be friends with many of them.

Mary is also a member of CFCA and SAQA. I was first drawn to Mary's work when I saw her unique felted art that incorporated lace and doilies into her pieces. Mary is a delightful person who is also a scientist and the author of a book, Moth in the Window, a beautiful book focused on her grandfather's poetry.

What I have been doing more than anything is teach math. I try to get some projects done on the side. This is not the ideal way to be an artist, because often I have inspiration and a desire to create, but there is a pile of exams to correct.

If you check an earlier post in this new blog, I took a class, along with other members of Sisters in Cloth, with Kate Themel. She is one of the most talented women I have had the privilege to meet.

I have just finished a small piece for a Sisters in Cloth exhibit at the Guilford Town Hall. While going through the fabrics I have painted or dyed, I came across a piece of mono-printed fabric--created in a class with Rayna Gillman--that contained a leaf image. I cut off that part; it was about 6 x 8. After free-motion stitching around each leaf, I painted them with Inktense pencils. Here it is, framed and ready.

This picture had a white circle in the middle--the reflection of the flash. I was very happy to be able to cover that with the paintbrush in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I'm afraid you won't find too many posts here. The blog I had had for years was hacked. All those lovely posts, gone. That turned me off blogging for quite a while, and has held me back from spending a lot of time on my blog. But, here I am, desiring to be part of the world-wide blog hop. Mary Lachman sent me an invitation to take part.

I joined Surface Design Association in May, when a Connecticut chapter was formed. Many artists who are members of SAQA are also members of SDA.

The CT SDA has its first exhibit taking place right now at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT.

I have a pillow included, which is made from my snow-dyed fabric.

I have to admit that I love this pillow. While the patchwork design is a simple one I created, it is the fabric that makes the pillow beautiful. 

I interfaced it completely to make it more durable.

I like making a buttoned back so that the cover can be removed for cleaning. It took me a few tries before I got the buttonhole technique correct. I was a bit rusty. My buttonhole automatic foot does not work with buttons of this size.

I also am exhibiting a few pieces of fabric that I've dyed:

This piece has very pretty areas. I don't like the overall look.

Maybe there are a few more pillows to be made.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hurrah! I finished a quilt.

The quilt I started in Kate Themel's class is finished. I didn't declare it complete until I added the sleeve and a label, which took a couple of weeks after the actual quilt was finished.

Here it is. I just love the background fabric. All fabrics are by Carol Eaton.

I'm considering making another because I love Kate's beautiful pattern. I probably should make one of my own design, but then I'd have to struggle so much to decide on a design.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Continuing with the magnolia quilt

I've posted pictures from Part II of the class Sisters in Cloth took from Kate Themel.
Link to that post on the Sisters' blog here.

Here's Kate explaining what we'll be doing:

And here I am trying to follow her directions. I'll post more pictures as I progress with the quilting.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Class with Kate Themel

Sisters in Cloth are lucky enough to be taking a class with Kate Themel. In Part I  we used her patterns to create magnolias. We did as many as time allowed, which in my case was two. Homework was to make as many more as we wished.

In addition to Kate's patterns, she provided us with kits containing fabrics dyed by Carol R. Eaton. We got to choose our colors. Isn't that background gorgeous?

Here is my piece ready for tomorrow, when we will quilt our masterpieces.

It's going to be fun to see everyone's creations. You can see Diane Wright's here and the Sisters at work here.

 I am really looking forward to the free-motion quilting, not one of my greatest skills. Maybe I'll be better after tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Starting Over

My blog, Fiber Art by Ruth Anne, was removed by Google. Maybe the blog was hacked. I don't know what happened, but I spent an awful lot of time trying to get it back.  Finally I decided it's not worth it, so I'm starting a new one.

This quilt, Community and Variety, was my entry in a recent Sisters in Cloth exhibit at the Guilford Public Library. The exhibit, Food for Thought: Inspired by the Library, was for the most part rather loosely interpreted by our members.

Below are the self portraits that  we created. Anyone who knows us well enough can pick out which portrait is which Sister.