Monday, August 20, 2012

Practical Projects

Following in the footsteps of my friend, Judy Warner, I knit a very quick dish cloth with cotton Sugar 'n Cream yarn.  The pattern is Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth.  I crocheted a cord on one corner for hanging.  The cloth works well, and has good scrubbing ability.  For an alternative use, it would make a terrific facecloth, too.  Great application for the cotton yarn I had sitting around.  Here is Dish and Wash Cloth Mania's page of other patterns.  Who knew there was such variety?!  Thanks, Judy!

Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth

Friday, August 17, 2012


A thoughtful entry from Robert Genn's Clickbacks about the studio as sacred space no matter what its size may be.  It is what we bring to the space that matters.  Inspiration can be found anywhere if our mind opens to it.  A studio can be, as Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, "A space for the spirit to breathe."

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Auction Time Approaching

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is a wonderful arts organization of which I am proud to be a member.  SAQA promotes the art quilt through exhibitions, educational opportunities, and networking.  Meeting fellow members at regional meetings has been invaluable.  I found the online SAQA university to be an amazing resource as I began my journey in the quilt world, and continues to remain so today.  I learned so much, and met terrific people through my participation in the Visioning Project.  Considering becoming a member?  I highly recommend it!
Fluid Fissure 3 - Linda A Miller

I am happy to once again support the Auction, the largest yearly fundraiser for SAQA, with my quilt contribution of Fluid Fissure 3.  The online Auction begins Monday September 10.  Link to the Auction details.  A new addition, a selection of the quilts will auctioned at the IQF in Houston in November.

See the quilts here.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

Karen Rips - Clearing My Mind"

Loris Bogue - "The City"

Lisa Kijak - "Neon Study 1"

Alicia Merrett - "Green and Pleasant Land #2"

Friday, August 10, 2012

Slow Cloth

Fluid Fissure 4 (detail) - © Linda A. Miller 2012

I came across this recently - 10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson, founder of Slow Cloth .  There are the slow food and slow art movements, so why not slow cloth???  Those of you readers who keep in touch know my penchant for a contemplative pace in my creative life...used as means to stay present and engaged in the process.  I encourage you to take some time to read what Elaine writes and let me know what you think.

 "We have fallen into the place where everything is music."
- Rumi

Thursday, August 9, 2012

TIQE Opens

Saturday is the opening day for the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition in Tainan City.  My invitation arrived, alas it will be my quilts (Flowing Through and Flowing On) that will stand in for me.  The extensive exhibit quilts are focused around the theme of Moving Water and Rivers.  Patricia Gould, Mary Pal and Sue Dennis will be among the featured teachers in the international symposium.  It looks to be a wonderful and exciting experience for all!  Thanks to Lin Hsin-Chen and her team for all their hard work to bring this educational event to Taiwan.  May the exhibition bring much visual joy, and also educate the attendees about art quilts.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Details Added

Articulated  had been completed months ago, except for finding beads for the yarn "tails".  So here it is now fully finished.  (Sometimes I wonder if there is such a thing with certain pieces....)

Articulated  © 2012 Linda A. Miller

As I wrote, the spinal column was inspired by the patterning in my hand dye, which became the background.  I fused the appliqued vertebrae, wove fabric strips for side and bottom panels.  Yarn is hand couched for the draped "tails" and the border of the yellow silk ribbon channel.  Beads were added to the tail ends.  Movement and interconnection are themes I was playing with in this piece.  What does it feel like to you?

Articulated  (detail) © 2012 Linda A. Miller

Articulated  (detail) © 2012 Linda A. Miller

Monday, August 6, 2012

Joining the Fissures

Fluid Fissure 4 - © Linda A. Miller 2012

Fluid Fissure 4 is the newest addition to this series.  The technique for the series involves shrinkage to create three dimensional texture on the quilt.  I start with hand dyes and commercial cottons, which I machine quilt.  This piece was sparked by the wonderful yellow/green leaf fabric on top which was given to me by a friend.  These quilted pieces are washed and dried in the dryer until I get the desired shrinkage effect (here I let it wash longer to shrink more, and simply love the effects! - What do you think?)  From that stage, I can applique sections together and embellish with paint, oil sticks, couching, and hand embroidery.  As I have often said before, this is one of my favorite meditative processes.

Fluid Fissure 4 (detail) - © Linda A. Miller 2012

Fluid Fissure 4 (detail) - © Linda A. Miller 2012


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