Wednesday, 17 August 2016


After I returned from Israel I wanted to start on the signs-and-symbols-challenge, because that was the one most overdue. (I hate being overdue, which is a constant status of mine at the library, too....) Instead, with Gillian's new challenge on my mind I went ahead and did the one to meet my challenge, 'green'.

It uses a piece of green hand-dyed linen which had been begging me to do something with it. And it uses a study piece I made in an online class where we were supposed to make a sketch letting us be inspired by a famous artist (for which I chose a mixture of M. Rothko and J. Albers).

This is what it looked like before it became part of this challenge - it had some machine quilting and some hand stitching, but it just didn't seem finished, and I was still debating which direction would be the most appropriate:

So I turned it by 180 degrees, added to the batting and the background and put my green linen around it.

Some more hand stitching, some quilting on the longarm, and a few other things added:

And this is the completed piece (no tunnel yet, but I am working on that one...).

"Greening Rothko", by Uta Lenk

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

'Meeting' in Birmingham

Last week it was the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Gillian is a standard there, and so is Margret, and this year I was lucky enough to be able to go, too.
So we took a picture of the three of us at the SAQA meeting.

Margret and I talked about how nice it would be to have a meeting where actually all of us could get together. Nothing planned yet - but perhaps one of the others has an idea where we could try to arrange for that?

Monday, 4 July 2016

New Challenge

It's my turn to choose a title for the next challenge

The title is Integration

I have chosen this as I have just spent 2 weeks in Israel and it seemed a very appropriate title.
There are so many ways that it could be interpreted
I am looking forward to see what you come up with


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Meeting in Israel

Gillian and Uta were invited teachers at the Israel Quilters Association this year, which gave the chance for a mini-meeting of more than half of the group in Israel.

Bella Kaplan, Gillian Travis, Uta Lenk and Eti David (from left)

Thursday, 12 May 2016

"autumn colours"

Just this morning I finished stitching "autumn colours".

I started by scrap piecing remnants in that colour range.

Then I overlaid it with an enlarged transfer of a drawing by Ellsworth Kelly. This required a bit of puzzling around, with mirror image and transfer etc.

not yet correct orientation of the overlay

And hand-stitched over that.

Some machine echoing for the background.

Of course, I ran out of bobbin thread less than 10" from the end, but that's the way it goes. And I had just about enough thread left to put that on the bobbin to last me to the very end:

And this is the finished piece (minus the tunnel, which will follow in due time):

Now for the signs and symbols... yeah.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

International Threads in Beaujolais

I took the train to Beaujolais on Monday, with most of the quilts packed into the large red suitcase.

Barbara met me at the station in Freising and threw me some more - her - quilts, which we packed into the suitcase, too. Because of time constraints in jumping off one (late) train, repacking, and getting onto the next one only a few minutes later, no picture of this momentous occasion was taken.
But here is a picture of the legendary suitcase in Chalon-sur-Saone:

Unfortunately, this may be its last trip, because whereas in this picture the handle still is extendable, it has now blocked, and pulling or carrying the case without an extended handle is not a pleasant entertainment. In any case - I got to Beaujolais alright.
We are part of Quilt Expo Beaujolais which has been renamed:

Our gallery is right next to the SAQA-exhibition "Two by Twenty", in the upper left hand corner of the floor plan (no. 51):

Despite the fact that we have a good-sized gallery space, I could not put up all our quilts, so I chose the complete sections 'blue' and 'red' and 'change of scale'. Most of 'black to grey with a bit of color' (Kathy's  textilie sketch of the prize winner is in the middle of the picture), a couple of 'proof of sketching' and a small selection of 'lines'.

Visitors are very favorable, they admire the variety of styles AND the homogeneity of appearance at the same time. The arrangement works very well, and it transitions from one color to the next nicely. It is a lot of fun to be sitting in this exhibition!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

thank you, International Threads!

You will remember the gray scale challenge that was the second quilt in International Threads' existence.  Our dear late Ita Ziv was the one who gave this challenge, and the rules were that you had to use a wide variety of shades of gray, plus only a tiny bit of another color.  I loved the quilt I made for that challenge, which was a new technique for me.

I wrote about it here.  Some time after this post, I decided on a name:  Linear A, after the ancient Greek writing that was eventually deciphered by archaeologists.

Linear A, 2013, 16 x 32"

I loved the technique, and the quilt, so much that I decided to make it again, virtually identical in design and fabrics, except almost three times the size.

Linear B, 2014, 42 x 73"

I'm so happy to report that the big one is now in Art Quilt Elements, a juried show at the Wayne Art Center outside Philadelphia, and it won the juror's award, which is the second prize, right after best in show.  And it never would have happened without International Threads.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Autumn Gear Wheels

Autumn Colors - Yippee! My favorite color scheme - NOT!
Ok, what do I do now - I already skipped the Afghan Square. No way I'm going to ditch this one.
So now what?

Why do I not like autumn colors? Probably the promise of cold, wet and dark days looming ahead is what really turns me off.

On the other side, autumn has beautiful sides to offer - Chinese lanterns, ripe berries, red maple leaves, asters and pumpkins. So I decided to focus on this color palette - even though it is not the typical autumn color palette you would expect.
After making the spirals, the quilt seemed to be empty in a way so I took to my harshest critique - my daughter. She suggested a green bug. But the only ones I could find which related to autumn were ladybugs and stink bugs. Ladybugs were out of the question - way to cute for my liking. Stink bugs are edgy enough - but most of them are brown. BROWN! Ugh.

So - Gear Wheels! Just because I like them. Yay!