Saturday, April 5, 2014

Q117 – Warhol’s Itch – Quilt and Wall Hanging

Good Day,

And now for something completely different. Our Warhol’s Itch quilt and wall hanging has been completed.


Yes Andy and I have finished what we think is a unique type of a quilt and wall hanging. We are amazed at we have accomplished and how this new quilt has come about. Our original Warhol’s Marilyn is now our Warhol’s Itch.

Obviously we were inspired, thank you Norma Jean, Andy Warhol, Billy Wilder, Julie Styne, and Leo Robins. by a number of ideas and available techniques and technology.  Andy and I have come up with something that we hope, apart from being different, is something that is distinctive, and a part of our quilting learning experience. The story of our Warhol’s Itch is a continuation of our current journey into the world of quilting and fabric art.

The dimensions of our Warhol’s Itch are: Wide – 42” (107 cms) and Length (at the lowest point) – 40” (102 cms). Warhol’s Itch will have a hanging sleeve and our personalized label added shortly.

Here are some additional images, front, close-up, and back.













Check out our work progress and previous posts on Quilts SB.

My Quip – Warhol’s Itch – Some New and Quick Pleats – Update

My Quip – Warhol’s Itch – The Progress Continues

My Quip – Warhol’s Itch – A New Wall Hanging

My Quip - Marilyn’s First Draft – The Reconstruction Underway

Quilt – Warhol’s Marilyn

If you have any comments, questions, thoughts, and ideas please contact us at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Quip - MANifestations, Golden, Colorado

Good Day,

Luke Haynes posted an image of some of the quilts showing at MANifestations at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado.

Our Cosmo's Moon is on the left opposite Luke's Madame X on the right.


Whilst I was in Colorado I got the chance to go to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum! The show "MANifestations" is up. And they've got one of mine front and center! I enjoyed seeing all the other works too! There's a lot of talent in that room! - Luke

Most definitely check out Luke's site and portfolio at http://lukehaynes.com/.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Quip – Art Quilts Celebrate Women’s History Month

Good Day,

Check out the article Art Quilts Celebrate Women’s History Month by Shannon Houston published by The Siskiyou of the Southern Oregon University.


Tomorrow is the last day of the Notable Women Quilt Initiative exhibit at the Thorndike Gallery.

The Initiative and out Betty Whites et al will now move to the Family Massage Education Center in Ashland, Oregon. The dates of the exhibit are March 21 to April 30.


Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Monday, February 24, 2014

My Quip - Silence is Not Necessarily No Progress

Good Day,

Andy and I have been trying some new things, definitely some new techniques.  Concurrently we are working on four quilts and wall hangings: H-1; H-2; Tampa Kaleidoscope; and Warhol's Itch.

We also have a number of other current project that in the vernacular of the quilter may or may not be deemed "UFO".  Are these unfinished? Of course they are. But are they are "unfinished objects" just stuffed in any closet?  Our current projects are blatantly and easily accessible, to us.  The main issue is which ones should we like to work on right now.

Our current project list is in alphabetical order. "C" means that that area is completed, and a percentage is the degree of completion. A blank space translates to "We haven't got there yet." A red "C" means that the quilt or wall hanging has been completed.

Quilt
Design
Fabric Chosen
Top
Border
Back
Quilting Design
In Progress -
An Unnamed Classic
C
C
C
Astro-Physics
C
C
C
C
25%
Batique Om
75%
Blumish One
C
C
C
Civil War Re-Enactment II
25%
C
Damask
50%
Equality
C
C
C
C
GPS - Where's CK?
25%
H-1
75%
C
50%
H-2
30%
75%
Hummingbird
C
C
C
Joseph's Coat
C
C
C
C
Joseph's Pants
50%
C
Ladies on The Boardwalk
50%
Mauk II
C
C
Native American
50%
Orange Peel Indian Summer
C
C
C
Ràn
50%
Tampa Kaleidoscope
C
C
C
C
C
80%
The Amulet
C
C
C
C
C
25%
The Bird Cage
50%
The Eagle
C
50%
Trees
C
50%
C
Warhol's Itch
C
C
50%
C
C
Completed -
BW 1950 - C -
C
C
C
C
C
C
BW 2010 - C -
C
C
C
C
C
C
Blumish Two - C -
C
C
C
C
C
C
K&J 2013 - C -
C
C
C
C
C
C


Please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB. We welcome your questions, thoughts, and ideas.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Quip - H-1 - Quilt and Wall Hanging - A Sneak Peak

Good Day,

We do not stop.


Thought you would like a sneak peek at our new project. H-1, a quilt and wall hanging.

H-1 is just our pseudonym. Our decision on the new name will be soon revealed.

The design has been completed. This one has us excited as we see the fabric translate into production from our original design.


If you have any questions about H-1 we may or may not answer them. Can't reveal too, too much. Andy and I would certainly like your thoughts, ideas, and comments. Please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.

Oh and by the way we are currently working on the design for another new one, a companion to H-1, H-2.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Quip – Warhol’s Itch – Some New and Quick Pleats - Update

Good Day,

Andy and I thought that you may like a quick peek at the progress we have been making on our new Warhol’s Itch.


This one is certainly something different. The design and the layout of the fabric is looking more and more like our original intention and draft.

 



Follow the progress and our previous posts.

My Quip – Warhol’s Itch – The Progress Continues

My Quip – Warhol’s Itch – A New Wall Hanging

My Quip - Marilyn’s First Draft – The Reconstruction Underway

Quilt – Warhol’s Marilyn

That's all we're going to reveal right now.  If you have any thoughts, questions, comments, ideas please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Q116 – BW 2010 – Quilt and Wall Hanging

Good Day,

BW 2010 is our abstract mosaic work and a companion piece to our BW 1950.


BW 2010 is NOT a portrait. It will, all-things-being-equal, is our representation of Betty White. All-things-being-equal there may be some semblance of connection between the original and our production.

We chose Betty White because she is Betty White. She is the actress, that over many years has always been able to make both of us laugh. Her extreme characters are each individually unique. Each is to be treasured as her skills open a distinctive persona which ultimately finds a place in our hearts. In 2013 Betty White was awarded by the Guinness World Records with having the longest television career for a female entertainer. From Wikipedia, “Betty White is regarded as a television pioneer for being one of the first women in television to have creative control in front of and behind the camera.” Betty White is the president emerita of the Morris Animal Foundation where she has served as a trustee since 1971. Our BW 1950 along with our BW 2010 is our attempt to capture the sensitivity of 60 years of Betty White.


BW 2010 was inspired by a 2010 photograph of Betty White when she was 88 years old. The original photograph was taken by David Shankbone. Our technique is to create an abstract mosaic using 18 fabrics to represent the color picture. The construction of BW 2010 is of 900 squares created by 0.8-inch squares and isosceles triangles which each have two sides that are 0.8 inches and a diagonal of 1.13 inch.


The piecing of BW 2010 is sort of complicated. Care was taken when joining the little pieces, especially the triangles. After two small pieces are sewn together they have to be finger-pressed open at the seam and then pressed with an iron. It is not as difficult as it sounds. Finger-pressing is sort of like setting up a fold prior to using a heated source like an iron. The iron is then used to then “fix” the fold.


Our quilting technique is to stitch as close to each ditch to create an almost “hand-done” mosaic art piece. Our BW 2010 is the companion art quilt to our BW 1950.

We have decided that the best way to quilt and showcase our BW 2010 is to quilt it as if were the mosaic that we intended it to be. I kept thinking and dreaming of Frank McRae when he is lovingly putting the mosaic tiles back in place in the 1987 film *batteries not included. And we are trying to create that similar type of presentation with our quilt and wall hanging.

Follow the progression of our BW 2010 via the following links.





























If you have any comment, thought, ideas feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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