Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fluttering By

 My butterflies art quilt had its first showing at the Salmon Arm Quilt Show earlier this month and it received lots of oohs and aaahs when visitors took the time for a close look at it.  It measures approximately 20" x 34" and I blogged the process in March if you would like to scroll down to find that post. I am pleased with the way that it has turned out and I'm sure that I will enjoy continuing the butterfly theme into future work.

Here is a detail shot of one of the butterflies. I created the butterflies separately and then machine appliqued them to the quilt before adding hand stitches. The bodies of the butterflies are wet-felted wool. If you click on the photos you can zoom in for a closer look.

This art quilt has been entered in the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts show in July.
UPDATE: This piece was awarded "Jurors' Choice Award" at the SLFA July 2013.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Quilt Show Display

I spent the last two days at the Salmon Arm Quilt Show and I was SO impressed with the quality of this show.  The 300 quilts were beautifully displayed in the arena ... with nice wide aisles so that the quilts could be viewed without congestion. As well as the guild's quilts they had invited vendors and related "fibre" groups such as the needlework guild and the spinners and weavers guild to display at the event. I was invited to be the "featured fibre artist" and I was given a wonderful 8' x 16' space to display my fibre art.

I have never had that much space before so I spent quite a bit of time thinking about how I would set it up and came up with the idea that I would like to have part of it set up as an old parlour ... but displaying my contemporary fibre art. 

Here are a couple of photos of the set up, complete with my antique rocking chair, tea wagon and parson's table. I even included two antique handmade quilts that belonged to my husband's grandmother. I don't do that kind of quilting, but it is where fibre art originated, too, so I was pleased to be able to include them. The gridded frames where I hung some of my purses were originally the frames for screen windows at our hundred year old church before they replaced the windows.