Thursday, May 6, 2021
Friday, December 4, 2020
As many of us try to survive this pandemic imposed isolation, our weavers sought out a challenge. Tien Chiu provided just the thing: a workshop in the use of color in weaving and she did it for FREE, online, with live Q & A sessions.
FIrst of all, thanks to Tien Chiu & Janet Dawson. This project, part of the Discover Color Weave-Along course, was outstanding and easily accessible to all of us. They gave the weaving world a true gift at a difficult time. With respect for Chiu and Dawson's work in developing this course, I will not relate the specifics of their materials, drafts, etc. The classes focused the utilization of color, it's basic properties, and how they interact in weaving, while emphasizing how to create what you want rather than accept whatever happens. They gave support and answered questions along the way. Suffice it to say the course was thorough and well-developed.
Anyone who weaves has had the OMG moment when something works and the frustration of when it doesn't-bright clear designs versus mud. During these classes we wove a series of mug rugs with just a few shown in this post.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
As quilters we all have received that call from the owner of a treasured quilt that perhaps you made for them as a wedding gift, a leaving for college hug, or a simple recognition of a new milestone. As grandparents...we receive the usual calls...from the "can I wash this?' to the "OMG, crying, what do I do now, the dogs ate it. Our usual responses-- yes to the washing and explain how and then, "it's okay, tell me what happened. Nana can fix it, while under my breath...muttering "PROBABLY".
I think I have patched, replaced and unstained every quilt I've sent my grands, each treasured for a different reason by a different grand: the missing and treasured baby quilt found filthy in the barn, the very loved and worn baby quilt that she snuggled up with whenever stessed and this quilt for which she chose the fabric, pattern and layout as the perfect quilt for college. However, never has two dogs nor their mistress loved a quilt this much. They had chewed holes in separate corners, and had a tug of war while she was in class or at work. It was their security blanket, and hers. I was lucky, this was a quilt for which I made too many blocks, had extra fleece from the backing and labeled everything. Amazingly, I knew exactly where they were ..an omen, ya think. I'm feeling cocky, I can fix it or remake part of it, how bad could it be. And then the quilt arrives. "Houston, we have a problem".
I wish I had taken a photo of the disaster that felt out of the box. Thank goodness, it had not been washed...but eweeee! That did make it interesting: I had to secure the pieces before washing.
Definitely a challenge, but it is fixed, definitely not perfect, but still loveable. The photos show the repaired quilt...every butterfly covering teeth marks and tears, ever paw print block replacing missing chucks, blocks replaced where feasible.
The applique in the center covers a shredded block that says it all..."Dogs leave paw prints on your heart...and other things."
I was intrigued with just what are our members doing with their time spent in most part within their own dedicated bubble and asked for photos to share. I received the photo below, and promptly said, "tell me about it." I didn't want to admit while colorful and pretty, I knew nothing about whatever this was. Ignorance is humbling.
|Lucy's Native Tapestry|
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The Quilters began their 2020-2021 in a strikingly unique manner, on the lawn on a sunny late August morning, just outside the Guild House; Masked and Socially-distanced to share their love of fabric and it's creations. Each year we try to produce quilts for charity and as a group project focusing on some learning element. The first four pictures you see are the finished quilts which were donated to "the Power of the Purse Auction". This was an opportunity to review color theories and how to use a focus fabic. These two quilts began identifing the focus fabric as the rust print you see here with the request that each quilter make a block or two "works" with that fabric. It was amazing to see the colors and the block patterns chosen as these quilts came together. The blocks were such fun; we didn't want any to not be used.
The block framed in teal and yellow is the back of the 12 block piece seen here. This quilt was machine quilted on a domestic machine with each block incorporating a different technique.
Our machine quilters Linda and Gretchen did an incredible job. Thanks.
We are a small weaving group who are very fortunate to have such incredible quilters among us who gladly share their craft and knowledge. Happy Quilting.
Weavers took their opening meeting in late August to the guild yard. As we all know...this year has been “unprecedented” but to say the least, very different. As we begin the program year, spinners have met, potters have met and the weavers have met. All socially distancing and masking up outside: sort of a "breaking the fast", or end of our total shutdown. But as the cool weather begins, each group will determine Plan “B”. We will all have stories to tell of our journey navigating the trials and frustrations of this pandemic, but we will also have stories of our successes and the kindness of many. Our first show and tell shown above is Linda’s yardage.
The Weavers have been quite busy over the lock-down...checkout the photos. There were so many beautiful pieces on display that afternoon, I hope I identified the weavers correctly.
Nita wove these matchstick blinds
Bev's M & O towels
This is the gift that weaving gives, during whatever life throws at us, we find a way to rejoice, to express ourselves through our craft. Well done, weavers.