Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stitching Isles

"Lavender Isles" is complete!  This quilt was long in process, however much of that time was spent with my favorite task of hand stitching.

Lavender Isles   © 2015 Linda A. Miller
Lavender Isles  
© 2015 Linda A. Miller

Lavender Isles (detail)   © 2015 Linda A. Miller
Lavender Isles (detail)  
© 2015 Linda A. Miller

Drawing from my stash, I bordered the image area with two different upholstery fabrics.  (Over the last year I set an intention to use what I have and not buy anything new when at all possible.)

This quilt was made using my shrinkage technique.  Shown below are some process shots, after shrinking....  You can see how puffy and loose the fabric becomes in areas with the least amount of quilting stitches.  I like the effect's sculptural feel.

Lavender Isles (detail)   © 2015 Linda A. Miller
After washing...

I worked the surface with more color using Inktense and Neocolor II water soluble pencils and crayons to deepen the color intensity.  My approach is intuitive... open to discovery, without a fixed plan as to where the piece should go.

Adding color

Added embroidery stitching to further enhance the textures... 

Adding stitching...

Hope you enjoyed the brief tour.  Let me know what you think....

(I will admit this is the first quilt to be finished this year.  I have been putting my hand to other projects, letting quilt ideas percolate.  It is good to start fresh.)

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Visit and enjoy the artists on the site.

Monday, September 14, 2015

It Begins September 18th

My quilt "Engage" will be up for bid at the SAQA Auction in Group 4 on Friday, September 18th (Diamond Day, when all donated quilts can be bid on), and then available for purchase at the SAQA Booth at the International Quilt Festival - Houston (October 28 - November 1).

Engage by Linda A. Miller
Engage by Linda A. Miller 2014

I am thrilled this quilt will be going to Houston!  Attending the IQF?  Be sure to check out all the Auction quilts at the SAQA booth.  Here are four more wonderful works in this varied group:

Sherry Kleinman - Seagull Sunset

Teresa Shippy - Cool Daze Ahead

Karen Schulz - Wither Thou Goest

Jenny K. Lyon - Reminisce

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SAQA Auction 2015

It is that time of year again.  The 2015 SAQA Benefit Auction will begin on September 18th The Auction helps increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.

Here is my "RED" selection of six quilts -

Ellen Bourassa Red Shadows

Lisa Kijak Las Vegas Study

Brenda Gael Smith - Dyad

Wil Opio Oguta - Through

Geri Patterson-Kutras - A Room with a View

Pixeladies - Walk a Mile in her Shoes: What It's Really Like Out There

There are so many more fabulous works available.  See all the quilts here.  You can purchase one of these for yourself while supporting SAQA!



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