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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tee Shirts, transfigured

It is the time of year that we start to think about changing out the closet for winter clothes.  That means to move T Shirts from one place to another.   And I am getting sick of some of the T-shirts with wording and pictures on them. Also I have a collection of Sierra Art Trails T Shirts. Ok.. so I hate to throw out a good shirt, but they are taking up space in my closet.

California has a new law that will go into affect in Jan... no plastic grocery bags.. I save mine for other uses, so not sure how I will replace them, but I now have a use for all those Colorful T- Shirts.. Make them into bags.. and here is how I am doing it.

Yes, I am putting the good ideas that I Googled together,, lay the shirt flat and cut around the sleeve leaving the seam for strength. Can use the sleeve for dust cloth later.

Use a dinner plate and lay it over the neck area. Size is your choice, marking with pencil the out line, and cut the neck out. 

That is easy so far.  Next for the bottom.





Turning the shirt inside out, I pinned the bottom together. I left the seam on at the bottom for strength, and rolled it up and machine stitched  both sides together, then rolled it up again, or you could double stitch for strength.

Now I have 3 bags that I can put anything in.. groceries, or what ever. Thinking I might fill one with my yarn project and sketching projects to take with me on retreat. Also one for the paper towels, and paper goods to take along..  These fold up nice, or just stuff in the back seat.. Off to check out my husbands closet.. his T- shirts are bigger!





Monday, October 13, 2014

Life Goes On



Some days we forget to look around us, and then something really important pops into our lives.
A hungry buck, yes, he munched on my petunias, what is left of them, as I hid by the kitchen window to take photos.  He wandered around a bit, then decided to wander off again.  We leave dishes of water around, because the Fresno River is and has been dry for many months.

I feel both tired and stimulated from the week-end of Sierra Art Trails. Delighted that many pieces of art went to new homes. It was busy chatting with wonderful art lovers that stopped to share their experiences as well as ask about the art.

Today, I am trying to catch up with life, clean the house, and settle my art back into their places. Yesterday I brought items up to Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst for the changing of the gallery. 
Jacqueline and I will continue to show in the Solo Room until the end of the month.
Stop in to say hello. 

I will be sitting the gallery on Oct. 15th.  from 10-4.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sierra Art Trails over for 2014


Judy Andes and I want to thank everyone for stopping in at the Coarsegold Historic Museum. For many it was a first time and we hope you stop in periodically to see the new exhibits.  We are delighted that so many of you choose to take home an art piece and share our love of the arts. 

Judy's pastels are amazing, she delights in painting the local areas. I am sure you connect with these beautiful green locations and views of running water.  We look forward to our landscapes turning green and the sounds of water in the river this winter.

The weather was very hot, but better than rain. Especially for the artists that were at locations where they set up under trees. Now, we are doing rain dances.

I also want to thank the Museum Docents that share their enthusiasm every year by keeping the museum open long hours all 3 days. Our guests enjoy seeing objects from the Old West and hearing about the history of Coarsegold.

 We had several couples enjoy the shade and breeze under the trees.  They had packed their lunches, drinks and even a table cloth.  Something that Judy and I had forgotten, a table cloth. On the list for next year. We also sat under the oak trees and relaxed with cool drinks. We want to thank our special "hubby's" for their patience and luncheon deliveries. Not to say anything about the heavy lifting and sign placement.

Most of the time we were inside chatting with visitors, sharing our art and how it is made.

I have additional art at Timberline Gallery, in Oakhurst and a special exhibit with Jacqueline Kurtt is in the Solo Room for the rest of  October. I will be attending to the Gallery on Oct. 15th.
Stop in and say hello.  We are on winter hours now, 10-4.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Prayer Flag for a dear Friend.

The other day in the middle of getting ready for Sierra Art Trails, I received notice that my Dear  Friend Ruth is very ill and going to need treatment. 

A group of ladies are making Prayer Flags for her hospital stay and treatment.

I dropped what I was doing and thought about the life and friendship for awhile.   Then on to the Prayer Flag. Yes, we were given instructions and I know how to make Prayer Flags, after all, I have taught classes.  But...... I looked through photos I had taken at the retreat that Ruth and Odette had started me on in 1999.

That year they introduced me to Point Bonita Quilt Retreat near San Francisco.  It has been an amazing voyage, with fantastic ladies since then.  This is my first year not to go...But attended  every session since then.

I met Odette many years before that at a Leisure World Emeritus group. I was a new quilter. Ruth is Odette's best friend.  I thought I had a photo of the 3 of us with all our quilting goodies, including sleeping bags, sewing machines etc. but I don't. That was the year we flew up!

But I found a photo of the "roomies" at Point Bonita. Enlarged it, used my hand dyed fabric, paints, stencils and ironed it to wool felt, and of course, stitched it.. so that it would not wrinkle when it is hung on a string.  Also slipping straws around the string helps to keep them straight.

Usually I follow the directions but this time I couldn't. I will be sending this off to Judy to organize and deliver with the other Prayer Flags.

As we all wish when a dear friend is ill, all the blessings for a speedy recovery, love, hugs, blessings, love, more love and hugs, go with Prayer Flags.  Get well soon, Ruth. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

500 Traditional Quilts Book

Just arrived!  Yeah.



 I know this is not the greatest photo, because I just had to show that it is really in a Book.




I have just had a moment to glance in the book. I am overwhelmed  that my quilt was picked to be part of this collection.
 
As I look at the amazing quilts that were entered and are shown so spectacularly,  I am humbled.

This is exciting.  Check out Amazon, perhaps you can buy it there.

Now all I need is a cup of Tea, and rainy day, and a cozy quilt, and this book, to drool at all these beautiful pages of quilts. Many of the quilts are traveling, so you might see it at the Houston Quilt Show coming up soon.

Thank you Karey Patterson Bresenhan for the opportunity to have my quilt shown in this book and thank you Lark Books/ Sterling Books for publishing Quilt Books.
Thank you David Hoffman for being the photographer of my quilts!

Thank you all my friends for supporting me and my obsession, and yours Quilting!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Preparation for Sierra Art Trails 2014

Watch for the Orange signs with arrows and check out your catalog for more details.




Laying out some of my goodies, fabric bowls, framed items, silk scarves, and book covers
and lots more.

Judy- #29,  will be showing her beautiful Pastel Art.
We are behind the gate, and up the drive to the old Barn, then follow the short path to the School House.  Great Parking, easy side walk.
Bring your lunch and sit under the beautiful Oaks and visit a bit of the old West by seeing what is at the museum. Ever seen a wooden washing machine?
We are in the Green School house, look forward to seeing all our friends and making new friends!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sierra Art Trails, Oct. 3,4,5,-10AM -6PM

This is an exciting time of the year, and a busy one for the artists. Weather looks like it will be wonderful, just perfect for exploring the Mountain area and the towns of Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Mariposa, and North Fork areas. Don't forget to purchase your catalog only $18.00 for 2 people, and it is a keepsake for years to come. Maybe ask the artist to sign your book. I asked visitors one year to sign my T. Shirt!

Many artists including Judy Andes #29 and myself #28 are on Highway 41. We are near the Chuckchansi Casino Turn off, in the school house at the Coarsegold Historic Museum.  Watch for the signs.

"Reflections" is on display at the Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst,  although I will have many pieces of art at our Museum location.  Fiber Art, Scarves, Jewelry, and Mixed Media pieces are also available. 

Judy will be showing her marvelous Pastel Art, capturing the beauty of local destinations and her love of nature.


"Who Me" is a piece expressing my love of the Garden. Is this something you would enjoy making? I give several classes during the year. Would you like to participate in fabric dyeing?  There will be an interest list for future classes.
Check out the catalog with all the pertinent information. Above is the ad for Gallery Yosemite and Timberline Gallery. All this in Gallery Row.. don't get lost there, this art is up now, come check it out and find the artists you want to visit, set your Trail and enjoy a week-end in the mountains. Laughter, and getting to know the artists in person makes for a wonderful experience.

Have you seen the Art Quilt Mural on the back side of Timberline Gallery?
70 ft X by 2 stories high.. Each piece is 4'x4' in size.  I painted the Star within a Star, of course, fiber artist. The idea came from the Barn Quilt Art. However ours is unique, we have artists showing their paintings, and a variety of art mediums.  Would you like Barn Art on your home, in your garden, or on your Barn or Tuff Shed... ?

When you enter Timberline there is so much art to see.  Each artist from Sierra Art Trails and so much more from our local artists.  I will have many pieces on display, along with my jewelry.

AND Jacqueline Kurtt and I have a display in the Solo Room. Jacqueline is known for her weaving's, and we will have some surprise art in there also.

Spend a memorable and enjoyable week-end in the mountains near Yosemite National Park. Check out Sierra Art Trails, Timberline Gallery, Yosemite Western Arts and Gallery Yosemite on your computer for more information of our artists.   Any questions, contact me at vivianhelena@sti.net.
 
Don't forget many of us are open on Friday,, start early. Stop in and say hello, there will also be docents to show you the museum if you wish.   See you soon..




Friday, September 19, 2014

Postmarkd'art- 6 of Diamonds.

  In the past I have posted several of my postcards. This time I chose to paint, stencil, stamp and letter, for the 6 of Diamonds.

For several challenges Postmarkd'art members have participated in a Deck of Cards.The process  on these cards are a bit different from what I have done in the past.  There are many companies now specializing in stencils. Most are for paper, but you can use them on fabric also.

Writing from a photo is easier for me.  Others write from their inspiration and then add the photo. Guess that makes me a visual person. Onward.

First I drew out the stencil on plastic and cut the openings. That took some thought so the whole thing did not fall apart.

Then decided I really did need more paint on the cards to pop the "Diamond" out.
Here is how they all turned out..  with little more paint on the diamonds.

I know it would be a little hard to play a card game with these,  but they sure are fun to make and share.

For this # 20th. session all of my cards are complete.  Now, I just wait for the surprises in the mail.

Last session I was running a bit late, and just made it under the wire.We really stick to the due dates.

I have been a member since 2006. This is an  opportunity to meet wonderful ladies all around the world. To share in experiences with fiber art, to challenge each other, to watch us grow in sharing, not just the cards, but our lives, challenges, and our love of fiber and art.

Thank you all for being my friends, I thought about not continuing, as I have been doing this for many years, but have decided, you are a part of my family. You challenge me, and sometimes save me when I need artistic and product assistance.

So I am game for the next challenge. Besides I have to finish the deck of cards.
Looking forward to all the cards flowing in...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SAQA Auction - Mystery Mountain

 
 
"Mystery Mountain "  12 inch x 12 inch.. Donation piece for SAQA 2014.
On line Auction has started, go to SAQA site, scroll down and you will see my fiber art piece and many more.  All the funds go to supporting Exhibitions of Fiber art at a variety of venues in the U.S.A. and International.. Watch for showings near you. 
If you are a Fiber Artist, look into becoming a member. 
Studio Artists Quilt Association.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fire in Oakhurst - August 2014



I have not written on my blog for awhile, busy getting things completed and ready for Sierra Art Trails Oct. 3,4,5,  But more about that in another blog.

Fires are scary.  And when this fire broke out so near to downtown Oakhurst it was at the top of the list of scary.. I don't know any other word to use.
We live on the other side of Deadwood, below a 3,000 ft. pass to enter the city from the south on Highway 41.

This fire swept toward the north and they had to evacuate the whole town and those living around it.
The fire rushed through all the dry brush and brittle trees. This has been a very hot summer for this area of Calif. and the lack of water has affected everyone.

The word went out to evacuate, and 6 artists from Timberline Gallery rushed to the gallery and loaded all the art into their cars.  I think Jacqueline our weaver stopped a moment to hose down the out side where we had just put up the Art Quilt Mural on the north side of the building.

The firefighters were surprised to see her exiting the area.  But someone stayed behind to take this photo,  I don't know who it was, so that I could give them credit for the photo.

As the fire rushed past Timberline, about 2 city blocks above, the fire jumped highway 41, and leaped over houses and the valley, to the mountain across from it.
Several businesses, and homes were lost, but when you see what could have happened, the town is very lucky.
We were blessed to have marvelous fire fighters from many stations drive up and help with the fire fighting. If it were not for the planes and helicopters dropping fire retardant and water, we would not have the town of Oakhurst.

The artists returned on Wed. morning replaced all the art work and we were up and running by 11 AM.
Thank you to all the art angels at Timberline for saving the day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fall from Pride-Amazon purchased for my Kindle

Product Details 
You have all heard about the Art Quilt Mural in Oakhurst on previous blogs.

Well, along those lines a book was suggested to me and I purchased it for my Kindle.
Author Karen Harper.

I enjoyed the light reading about the Amish, their traditions, their barns, and about the heroine, Sarah.
This is a novel.   It had just enough mystery and combined with the heart break of falling in love, between the heroin and the hero.. of course.

What I did not know until I read the Author's note and the last page is that it is a
Harlequin Book!  I have never read one in my whole life!
And I had always poo pooed them. But not now.

Of course, this is a series.. another draw, but thankful to my Kindle, books are not cluttering my already cluttered bookshelves, and less expensive.  There is also a web site with the receipe for the Moon Pies, that they keep mentioning in the book, sometimes called preaching pies.

The tie in of course at this time, is that the Barn Trails are growing.  Have you been on one?  I am sorry we did not know more about this on our trip to Florida last year, well, maybe we would still be on that trip traveling from one state to another in search of barns.....

As I said this is light easy reading, something I usually need to fall asleep, after a creative day.



Friday, August 8, 2014

King of Diamonds- Postmarkd'art

  
A little about how I did achieved this postcard.  And I am sure many of you have a better way of doing it, but this was my thought process.

I took the crown and a drawing of the diamond from the net.
Printed it on Watercolor paper that already had a color wash, to achieve a light background color
and hand painted the crown with watercolor paints.

Then I printed the whole sheet of 4 on paper and fabric, also printed some on ExtravOrganza.

I needed 8 images for the postcards. I used Misty Fuse on the sheets, then cut out each section and ironed them on the quilted hand dyed and commercial fabrics. By the way the Misty Fuse does not show through the Organza. 



And here is the King of Diamonds.
As I said there probably is a easier way all with the computer, but this was my way of sorting it out.
  
Make it a wonderful day!!!







Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Postmarkd'art- Sun prints, fun!


Sun Prints are great fun, not expensive to do with many of the types of paints.
The bird was done by painting on fabric with yellow fabric paint, setting a stencil on the fabric and putting it out in the sun..  Of course, pinned to plastic that is on foam core with tape and pins.
Let it all dry, I did iron the fabric and put Misty Fuse under it, but did not wash or rinse, because it is paint, although since it is fabric paint, it should not affect it. 

I cut out the bird and with ironed it onto my hand dyed fabric.


 Same procedure with each card.
 Just different hand dyes for the back ground.

  I have a baggie full of various types of fabric letters from stencils I have purchases,
and Sun Printed.
Never know when you need some lettering.

Here is the whole collection of cards..I did add some gold stars on them also.
 In the mail now for the exchange.
 
I do have a couple extra in case someone wants to buy one.. Contact me and I will email photos of which ones I have available.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sun Prints- testing.


 It is that sunny time of year... so everyone is Sun Printing.
Easy to do, and fun.. I decided to see what would happen if I painted over my
hand dyed fabric.
Stopping by Joanne's, I purchased several colors Tulip Fabric Paint. I used Tulip Matt Soft Ebony and Tulip Soft Matte Chocolate for this project.

Pinned it to a covered with plastic, foam core board that I split in 1/2 from the Dollar Store.

I loosely mixed the black and brown so that both colors would show a bit on their own and left some areas heavier with paint. I did wet the fabric first, it is PDF fabric.  Pinned on the leaves so they lay flat, and put it in the sun.  It is best when the sun is straight over head, but I was not being that fussy. Wait for it to dry.  I vacuumed in the mean time.  Oh, and I put some feathers on there that I found when I went to feed the llamas today.  
Have no idea what I will do with it.. but it was fun playing.. and yes, 
I should have been doing something else in the studio that has a due date.. But you know how it is when an idea pops. You just have to do it now.

Sadly, fires are burning near Yosemite, and it is hot, supposed to be 104, and very smoky all over the area. Saying prayers for the firemen and the beauty of the mountains.    This is a stay inside day,  and I am going into the studio.. I have another idea, when I get my postcards done!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Nancy Rink, had 17 Quilts Stolen, reward for finding them.

 

My friend has posted all the quilts on her blog, please see Kay's   Blog for all the information.  Let's keep an eye out for Nancy's quilts and  pray that they are returned in beautiful condition . 

This is very sad and scary that someone could do such a terrible deed.

There is a reward for the return of all the quilts.
Please share this. 
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