Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Quip - Sleep Jezebel - Our New Quilt and Wall Hanging - Update

Good Day,

And yes our new Sleep Jezebel is slowly coming together. Andy and I are taken aback at how this new wall hanging and quilt is progressing.

As some of you have seen, the top of our Sleep Jezebel was completed with a combination of 14 fabrics. We're trying to reproduce, with some of our own artistic license, an abstract and somewhat bit-mapped reproduction of a black and white photograph.



The top is a construction of 900 squares positioned into 30 by 30 columns and rows. Each square and constructed square are just 1 3/4" sewn.  Completed our quilt and wall hanging should be 52 ½” by 52 ½”.


Yes our Sleep Jezebel is pixelated from a photograph.  We attempted to break up the image into visible pixels.

We're not going to reveal the actual photograph as yet...for comparison, but should you guess who is our Sleep Jezebel, please do.  Andy and I would like to know if you do.

Here's a clue - It is not 1938.


We are also trying something completely different with our quilting.  It may work, and then again it may not.  And please remember that our Sleep Jezebel, when completed is not intended to be a copied representation.

If you have any thoughts, ideas, questions, or comments please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB.

Check back to Quilts SB or Quilts SB Facebook for our progress and updates.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Q123 – Blue Zoo – Quilt and Wall Hanging

Good Day,

Our new quilt and wall hanging Blue Zoo has arrived at its new home in South Carolina.


Blue Zoo is the celebration and welcoming of a new grand-nephew.

The construction and piecing of Blue Zoo follows the lines of a simple modern-style quilt. It is four-and-a-bit window frames on a light blue background. The following is an image of my original design-draft. The Michael Miller Baby Zoology Sea was chosen as the focus material. Complementary fabrics were picked which included the Moda Bella Light Blue background, and the Michael Miller Baby Play Stripe Sea and Dumb Dot Charcoal.


Here is our first draft -


And the top construction -


The dimensions of Blue Zoo are: Width 42 ½” (108 cms) and Length 60” (152 cms).

The quilting of bamboo canes fills the background and negative space. Each of the Zoology Seas windows is quilted with a pebbling to provide a sort of bubble-glass effect.


Blue Zoo images -







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

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Quip - Just An Update - Always More To Come

Good Day,



Andy and I have been asked if we could provide regular updates of what our brains, hands, and machines are doing in our quilting world. And yes it is almost a 24/7 undertaking that we committed ourselves to just about 5 years ago.

We are learners in this world of quilting and fabric art. We are neither classical nor contemporary, neither do we label ourselves modern or art quilters. We sort of fall in-between and kind of overlap each. Andy and I just like to learn and we like to try different methods and techniques.  We like to create our own designs, borrowing from the inspiration and work of others.

We are always learning and ever so grateful to those who share their talent and skills with us.

And here is a quick update.  (Check out the links as provided, in some cases.)

Our Blue Zoo has reached its new home in South Carolina. We will be providing a complete post shortly on Quilts SB with images and what we did.

The quilting work is progressing on our Sleep Jezebel. We're trying something different to highlight this abstract mosaic of 14 fabrics.

Starts and stops are the order of the day in the quilting design of our Equality quilt.

Our Sea and Sky Quilt and wall hanging, as a part of the 2014 Hoffman Challenge Tour, will be in Sarasota, FL tomorrow at the Friendship Knot Quilters Guild Meeting.  It will then travel up to Moorefield, West Virginia to the Hardy County Heritage Weekend Quilt Show on September 27-28.

Light Bringer will be on display at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXI September 18-21.

Our Blumish Two is currently on display in Evolutions at The Quilt Museum in Golden Colorado.

BW 1950 and BW 2010, our Betty Whites continues to be a part of the Notable Women Quilt Initiative.

Three of our quilts - Warhol's Itch, I Really Love Lucy, and EssbeeCon are in North Carolina and will be on display at the forthcoming Splash Quilt Show in Cabarrus County.

Tampa Kaleidoscope is on display at Keep Me In Stitches on Kennedy Blvd. in South Tampa.

If you're in Clearwater mid-October to just before Thanksgiving, be sure to check out our participation at the Fiber Expressions presentation.   Check back with Quilts SB for more details soon.

(Thank you KK for creating the postcard.)


And of course Andy and I have a number of projects in progress at our sweat shop.  Yes it is 91.4°F
 in Tampa.

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


Enjoy,

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Friday, September 5, 2014

My Quip - Our Betty Whites Are in Leavenworth, WA

Good Day,

Our two quilts and wall hangings, our Betty Whites - BW 1950 and BW 2010 are currently in Leavenworth, Washington.



BW 1950 and BW 2010 are a part of the Notable Women Quilt Initiative at the Leavenworth Quilt Show 2014. The 19th annual Quilt show is being held this September 3-7.


News - We just found out that our two quilts will be a part of June 2015: QuiltWorks in Bend, Oregon.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Friday, August 15, 2014

My Quip – All Three – Light Bringer, Sea and Sky, and Diamonds – Selected To Travel with Hoffman Challenge

Good Day,




Andy and I received confirmation that our three quilts and wall hangings, entries to the Hoffman Challenge 2014 - Light Bringer, Sea and Sky, and Diamonds have all been chosen to be included as a part of the Hoffman Traveling Trunk Show and Exhibits. The traveling schedule begins August 15, 2014 and runs through October 2015.

I have attempted to outline a quick schedule of where in the United States our three quilts will be traveling and on exhibit. The calendar of all the chosen Hoffman Challenge 2014 quilt and items included in all 12 trunks can be seen at their website. The calendars are constantly updated as new exhibits are requested.

If you get a chance, check out and support a show and exhibit near you.



Light Bringer

Date Show Location
2014
Aug 15-18 Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival Loveland, CO
Sep 18-21 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXI Oaks, PA
Oct 4-6 Pine Belt Quilters 15th Biennial Fiber Art and Quilt Show Hattiesburg, MS
2015
Jan 8-10 World Quilt Show - Florida VI West Palm Beach, FL
Jan 23-24 Quilt Fever 2015 Orlando, FL
Apr 18-19 Twin City Quilts Guild Quilt Show Tonawanda, NY
May 13-16 Yakima Valley Quilt Show Yakima, WA
Jul 21-26 Sew 'n' Sews of Athens Ohio Quilt Show Albany, OH



Sea and Sky

Date Show Location
2014
Aug 15-18 Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival Loveland, CO
Sep 15 Friendship Knot Quilters Guild Meeting Sarasota, FL
Sep 27-28 Hardy County Heritage Weekend Quilt Show Moorefield, WV
Oct 18-20 Hill and Vereins Counties Quilt Guilds Monthly Meeting TX
Nov 7-9 Davies Manor Quilt and Fiber Art Show Bartlett, TN
2015
Jan 5 Heart of Triad Quilt Guild Meeting Kernersville, NC
Jan 17-18 Desert Lily Quilt Show  Yuma, AZ
Feb 27-28 Mid-Pinellas Quilt Show, Celebrate The Quilt Seminole, FL
Mar 27-28 Tri-City Quilts Guild Quilt Show Kennewick, WA
Apr 10-11 Ogallala Quilt Festival Dimmitt, TX
May 15-16 Chula Vista Quilters' Guild Annual Quilt Show Chula Vista, CA




Diamonds

Date Show Location
2014
Aug 15-18 Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival Loveland, CO
Sep 11-13 Amish Country Quilt Show Dalton, OH
Oct 11-12 Dekalb County Quilters' Guild Harvest of Quilts 2014 Sycamore, IL
Nov 21-23 Lebanon Quilters Guild Exhibition of Quilts Lebanon, PA
2015
Feb 28-Mar 1 Palo Verde Patchers "Quilted Treasures" Quilt Show Sun City West, AZ
Oct 17 Kaleidoscope of Quilts Show Lemon Grove, CA

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

My Quip – Blumish Two – Evolutions: Third Biennial Quilt Challenge

Good Day,

Andy’s and my Blumish Two quilt was chosen and is currently on display in Evolutions: Third Biennial Quilt Challenge at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado.


Where have you been? Where are you now? Where are you going? The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum  challenged quilters and fiber artists to consider these questions and create a quilt inspired by the theme “Evolutions”. The 25 pieces selected by juror Dr. Sandra Sider demonstrate just how many ways the idea can be expressed. The exhibit opened on July 31 and will run through October 28, 2014. We're working on a number of other projects.


Check out the details of our journey with our and following the link to Blumish Two.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Quip - Progress Report - Sleep Jezebel

Good Day,

Work is progressing on our new quilt and wall hanging Sleep Jezebel. All squares and triangles have been cut. We're using 14 fabrics.


Each square and constructed square is intended to be 1 3/4" square. We are sewing all 900 squares into 30 strips of 30 squares each.



And what will the final construction of Sleep Jezebel look like? Stay tuned.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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