Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My Quip – Our Equality Quilt – Quilting Update and Progress

Good Day,

Today is Voting Day, November 4th in the year of 2014. And we are continuing to work on our new Equality quilt.

Our Equality quilt top measures about 88” (223.5 cms) square.

It is composed of 81 blocks created from four Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Cotton fabrics.

The quilting of our Equality quilt is a function of stencils, thread, and starts and stops. And for you quilting neophytes that basically means that there is a mind-set and competition requirement that all threads, from each starting point to each ending point, has to be buried and not visible or tripped upon by some deft judge’s fingers and touch. (Not deaf… deft. And that is not the past tense of “could not hear”.)

With permission of the Keith Haring Foundation I have created an adaptation of one of Keith’s graphics that Andy and I are using to form a quilting pattern. I drew the graphic design on a clear piece of acetate.

I then cut a stencil which we used to Pounce chalk dust on to the fabric. This produced our pattern which Andy then used a domestic machine to free-hand quilt along the dotted chalk lines.

Each one of the 81 blocks has a total individual count of 80 starts and stops.

In discussion with Siri, s/he cogitated a total number of 6,480 starts and stops that need to be buried. And this process takes one hell of a lot of time.

We have created a stencil, again inspired by the works of Keith Haring which we will use for the quilting of the border.

I think our final product, Equality, will be an amazing step in our experience in this world of quilting and fabric art.

If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, and comments please feel free to email Andy or me at Quilts SB. Also please note that our Quilts SB new URL address is http://www.quiltssb.com.


Jim and Andy
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Quip - NT Celebration – Top Completed – Progress Update


The top of Andy’s and my new king size quilt project, NT Celebration, has been completed. Right now our NT Celebration is 101” (256.5 cms) wide and 113” (287 cms) long.

The following are what we were requested in order to produce this king size quilt.

  • Please use fabrics from my own, my husband’s, and my mother’s gently used shirts.
  • We would like to use the main colors of red, white, and blue.
  • We would like to have a separate but merging effect of the colors.
  • We would like it to have a somewhat patriotic attitude.

Sure, we said. We can try. I had an idea.

And with CorelDraw X7 I translated and drafted my initial designs.

Next was the application of the three key colors, red, white and blue.

The provided fabrics were all cut into 4 ½” and 2 ½” squares.

Check out our previous thoughts and post in Quilts SB at –

My Quip – NT Celebration – A New Quilt in Progress

And the top has been completed. Here are a few images –

Next are the choice of backing and the style of quilting.

Follow our progress at Quilts SB. If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, please feel free to contact us via email at Quilts SB.


Jim and Andy
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Q124 – Sleep Jezebel – Quilt and Wall Hanging

Good Day,

Our new quilt and wall hanging, Sleep Jezebel has been completed.

We pixelated a black and white image clip of Bette Davis from her 1938 movie Dark Victory.

Here are some other images of our Sleep Jezebel.

Follow our thought process and progress, with additional images, at the following postings at Quilts SB.

Sleep Jezebel – Our New Quilt and Wall Hanging Update

Progress Report – Sleep Jezebel

A New Project - Sleep Jezebel – Quilt and Wall Hanging 

Sleep Jezebel is currently on display at the Fiber Expressions 2014, October 17 through November 23 at the Unitarian Universalists Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater, Florida.  For further information follow this link - Fiber Expressions 2014.

Andy and I would like to hear your comments, thoughts, ideas. Please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.


Jim and Andy
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Quip – Fiber Expressions – Clearwater, Florida – October 17 – November 23

Good Day,

Andy and I, along with five other talented fabric artists, will be presenting our work at Fiber Expressions this coming Friday, October 17 through Sunday, November 23. The fabric artists include Andy Brunhammer, Linda Dawson, Suzanne Evenson, Peg Green, Karol Kusmaul, Brenda Schlechter, and Jim Smith.

Our show and exhibit will be sponsored at the Unitarian Universalists Octagon Art Center at 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater. A total of 72 pieces will be on display.

An Opening Reception will be sponsored Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Viewing times are at the Octagon Art Center -

Tuesdays - Fridays: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon;
Sundays - 9:30 am to 10:30 am; 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

For special viewing arrangements please contact (727) 789-3536.

The following are representative of our creations.

Linda Dawson – Flight of Fantasy

Suzanne Evenson – Grid Series – Yorktown Trees I

Peg Green – Prairie Sunset

Karol Kusmaul – Bloom

Brenda Schlechter – Maisie's Garden

Andy Brunhammer and Jim Smith – La Vie en Rose


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