Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Tech Teaching

Last year I took a fun and informative Photoshop Elements (for quilters) online class with the Pixeladies through, what is now,  Step on Pins. com.  I recently learned that the Pixeladies, Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki, have a regular Tech Tuesdays on their blog, where they address computer and Photoshop questions.  Have questions??  Check out their site.

They will be teaching the online class once again in the fall.  I highly recommend this course even if you have some PSE experience.  It broadened my knowledge, and has made my work with the software go much more smoothly.

Monday, July 30, 2012

IQF Long Beach 2012

There were many fabulous exhibits to see this year in Long Beach.  First, I am thrilled to say that Black and White with a Twist looked wonderful...the black and white quilts all together were striking.  Many thanks to the exhibit hanging team of Cynthia Catlin, Deborah Stanley, Theresa Shippy, Eileen Wintemute, Laura Bisagna, and Mary Beth Kile!  See my photos below.  Go the Quilts on the Wall blog for shots from hanging the exhibit.  This exhibit is going to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX in September, and then on to Houston!

 Rituals by the ever creative Dinner at Eight Artists was excellent.  Again, seeing the variety in how the theme was interpreted is amazing.  No photography allowed, so check out the exhibit on their blog.  

I was thrilled to find several series from Twelve by Twelve, an international group of 12 quilt artists who have created an ongoing art challenge for themselves.  It was wonderful to discover how each interpreted the theme.  I loved seeing the development of each artist over time.  Fortunately for you this exhibit allowed photography, so I am able to share with you one of my favorites, the "Orange" theme.  Though, admittedly, viewing things in person far surpasses any photographed quilt images.  Do follow my link above to learn more about these artists.

12 x 12 - Orange


SAQA's collection from the Masters 2, along with Sense of Adventure was impressive, of course. 

Since I was only at the festival for one day, I focused mostly on exhibits...once I did my volunteer shift at the SAQA booth.  Though I did wander the vendor areas briefly, and found some wonderful African fabrics.

Friday, July 27, 2012

IQF in Black and White

The International Quilt Festival is on in Long Beach!  Black and White with a Twist debuts...can't wait to see all the pieces displayed together.  Along with many other terrific exhibits, including Dinner at Eight Artists' Rituals and, of course, all the SAQA offerings.  Looking forward to seeing it all tomorrow.  I will let you know how it goes.....!

black and white ink lines on quilt
Linear Moves  -  54" x 30" © 2012 Linda A. Miller

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LACMA Exhibits

Now showing at LACMA is a very intriguing multimedia exhibit by Sharon Lockhart on the achievements of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol.  I had not been familiar with with either woman prior to seeing this exhibit.  Eshkol's "carpets" are fantastic expressions in color and movement.  Read more about her innovative dance and movement notation.  Fascinating!
Noa Eshkol "Celebrating Circle -Wedding" (Detail) 1980s
Also at LACMA is a fine exhibit of Mola textiles called "Stitching Worlds:  Mola Art of the Kuna", with some intricate pieces that are just amazing.  This exhibit runs until October 13.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

On (and Off) the Needles

Sharing some of my latest projects with yarn...in progress, an entrelac scarf.  A friend was knitting this lovely pattern and enjoying the technique.  I had been a bit put off by entrelac, thinking it too time consuming, or something, to start.  I couldn't have been more wrong...took to it quickly after watching a very helpful  YouTube tutorial from Very Pink.  I decided to go ahead with this free pattern for the scarf from Allison LoCicero of Freckles and Purls.  It is fabulously fun!  I am using Mochi Plus yarn, which is super soft and has the colors my recipient loves.  Try it out!

Last month I made another pair of  Ann Budd's Seduction Socks for my friend.  I used a multicolored cotton in colors Elizabeth wears (yes, I know the strand pattern hides the wonderful lacework, but oh well!).  Lacework is so satisfying to knit. Elizabeth is loving them now!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Encircle © 2012 Linda A. Miller
Encircle © 2012 Linda A. Miller

Finished!  Here is the full view of the completed Encircle.  

Measures 28"h x 16"w.  As I wrote on a previous blog, this is the 4th in a series of brushwork studies.  Click the link to see what came before...

The detail below shows more of the hand quilting of the center ink drawn section.

Encircle (detail)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Shop is Open!

Happy to announce my newest venture.  I am now an Etsy shop owner!  It had been my intention for some time to set up a shop for a number of the smaller fiber art items that I create.  And finally, after much gentle nudging in the process, it is open for you see.  I hope you will visit and check out the delicate thread bowls.  Stay tuned for more items will be added in the future.

About these small thread bowls... They began as a way to recycle thread cuttings saved from quilt projects, lint from my dryer, and yarn or fabric shapes (as in the heart bowl above).  I layer the materials between sheets of soluble stabilizer, like Solvy.  I stitch on top to my heart's content, then rinse out the Solvy.  It is then set on a mold to dry in shape and once dry, sealed with acrylic sealer.  I like the colorful, rustic form of the finished bowl.  Hope you will, too!


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