Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Q159 - The Silence of Sounds - A New Quilt

Good day,

Andy and I created and completed our 159th quilt –

The Silence of Sounds.

The Silence of Sounds
Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer
October 2017

We completed The Silence of Sounds this past October 2017.

We created The Silence of Sounds to be a part of a quilt challenge. The challenge was placed on hold, and we held back with presenting our completed effort. But today seems to be the best time as ever to present our effort, design, construction, and completed effort.

The quilt challenge was to create a representative Pink Triangle and to include a reflection of a song that may have meant something to our lives.

We created our The Silence of Sounds to reflect the essence of our thoughts of the song The Sounds of Silence.

As Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel released their classic tune “The Sounds of Silence” in 1964, I was just turning 13. It was a song that I played repeatedly through my teen years and early 20s.

The resounding notes and words silently screamed the wonder and confusion constantly wracking the depths of my psyche.

“And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking 
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence”.

Today there are many countries, worldwide, which go out of their way to silence the freedom of thought and voice. One recent and atrocious example is the forcible disappearance, abduction, imprisonment of more than 100 male residents of the Chechen Republic, a part of the Russian Federation.

"A pink triangle has been a symbol for various LGBT identities, initially intended as a badge of shame, but later reclaimed as a positive symbol of self-identity. In Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, it began as one of the Nazi concentration camp badges, distinguishing those imprisoned because they had been identified by authorities as homosexual men, a category that also included bisexual men and transgender women. In the 1970s, it was revived as a symbol of protest against homophobia, and has since been adopted by the larger LGBT community as a popular symbol of LGBT pride and the LGBT rights movement." (Reference Wikipedia).

Our The Silence of Sounds, in the shape of a triangle, includes silhouettes of Andy and myself. The dimensions of our quilt are 29” width and 25” length.





Follow our progress at Quilts SB, at both our Quilts SB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsbySB/ and our Quilts SB Website - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/.

Andy and I hope you consider our presentation and posting of our work and details of our The Silence of Sounds journey.

And if you have any questions, thoughts, comments and/or ideas for Andy and me please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB - email - jsmith58@gmail.com.

Definitely enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Q158 - Riverol - New Quilt

Good Day,

And while Andy and I are going Crane crazy, we have taken some breaths to design and complete a couple of other quilts.

Today I would like to introduce you to our 158th quilt "Riverol".


Riverol is our new quilt to celebrate the recent birth of a new little one.

The dimensions of our new quilt are 50" length and 45 1/2" wide. The fabrics are “Ooh La La” by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda Fabrics.

Our Riverol is designed based on the "Strip and Flip" baby quilt, as presented on Cluckclucksew.com.

Here are some additional images -









Names and dates have been masked out for the purposes of privacy.

Follow our progress at Quilts SB, at both our Quilts SB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsbySB/ and our Quilts SB Website - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/.

Andy and I hope you enjoyed our presentation and posting of our work and details of our Riverol journey.

And if you have any questions, thoughts, comments and/or ideas for Andy and me please feel free to contact us at Quilts SB - email - jsmith58@gmail.com.

Definitely enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Cranes In The Sky - 5 More Days

Good day,

As promised, here is the 2nd-half, 5 more days that Andy and I spent working, completing, and delivering our newest Cranes in the Sky quilt bedspread.

The 1st 5 days are summarized at our posting "A Break From Our Project - Sort Of".

Day 6 – Halleluiah, Part 4 has been completed. The top design is amazing.


We now move on to Part 5. Part 5 covers an area of 5,512 square inches and includes a 26” drop on the sides of the Twin-Size Cranes Quilt Bedspread.

Our design will include approximately 212 parallel lines.


Day 7 – Parallel lines, 1-inch apart, approximately 26” each, equals 212 lines of stitching.


We now realize the size of our Cranes Bedspread Quilt. The clean geometric design of 25 Cranes on the white Kona fabric is amazing.

Target for Day 8 is to complete and clean up all quilting. All-things-being-equal we should be able to attach the binding.

Day 8 – Guess what?

The quilting of our latest, the Cranes Quilt Bedspread has been completed.



Next steps, the binding, the creation of a label, and the once-over with a magnifying glass.

Andy and I have decided on the name of our new quilt bedspread, “Cranes in the Sky”.

Day 9 – You know the thrill you have when you can see the tape at the finish line? Well that’s how Andy and I are feeling right now.

All the quilting for our new Cranes in the Sky has been completed. The binding has been attached and hand sewn.


Next step is the label. and then the delivery.

Day 10 – Label completed and Attached.


Cranes in the Sky to be delivered today.

When Andy and I give our word, we really try to deliver.

Cranes in the Sky delivered on August 31, 2018.



Praise be that our Quilt fits the showcase bed. And overview of the plans for the Exhibition display is astounding.

Cranes in the Sky will be showcased at the Florida CraftArt “At Home with Craft” Exhibition, September 7 through October 27 in St. Petersburg, Florida.



Thanks for your support.

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

Please let me know if anything on the Blog site does not properly work. I’m always striving to make sure an ease of use.

If you are interested and would like some more information of the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please get in touch with us Quilts SB, at jsmith58@gmail.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Break From Our Hope Project - Sort Of

Good Day

Andy and I have been invited to submit/create a twin-size Crane Quilt Bedspread.


Some members of Florida CraftArt has seen our Hope Project work and invited us to present a Crane Quilt Bedspread for their upcoming “At Home With Craft” exhibit.

The dates are September 7 – October 27 in St. Petersburg, Florida

Our new Cranes Quilt Bedspread will be placed on the bed in the Boudoir (Bedroom).

Yes, we only have 10 days, which started August 21, to design, create, construct, quilt, and deliver a twin-size Cranes Quilt Bedspread for the “At Home with Craft” exhibit.

The exhibit opens privately to sponsor RE/MAX METRO on September 6 and publicly on September 7.

Praise be that we just had 25 Cranes already made of which we were trying to figure out what type of Cranes Quilt we should design and make.

A duplicate set of 25 colored plus additional white Cranes have been, with Marijke van Welzen, created and exquisitely constructed in a Cranes Coat. The Cranes Coat will be on display with our Hope Project.

Day 1 – Design and layout completed. Center section of the Crane Quilt Bedspread top has been sewn.

Cranes Bedspread Quilt
Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer
2018

Day 2 - As this is a bedspread quilt the size is approximately 94" wide by 106" long, it includes the over-the-side-of-the-bed drop.

The quilt sandwich has been prepared.


We have drafted our quilting design.

Using our Janome 6600, the first part of our quilting design is to outline all 25 colored 6-inch Cranes. The Cranes were created using Kimberly Einmo’s fabric Solid…ish.

Yes, each Crane block is composed of 17 pieces of fabric. The pieces were cut with Andy’s and Jim’s designed AccuQuilt cutter die.

Day 3 – The 1st part of our quilting, outlining the 25 Cranes has been completed.


Part 2 was to stitch in the ditch in the very long sashing strips. This will help to stabilize the 3 parts of the quilt sandwich.

Next, Part 3 is to pebble the entire length, approximately 106”, of each of the six sashing strips. (Alliteration not intended.)

Day 4 – All strips have been pebbled, that’s Part 3 of our quilting design.


We now have moved on to Part 4, the quilting of the 5 6-inch spaces between the pebbled strips. We are creating a geometric motif as a part of our quilting design. The approximate area is 3,180 square inches.

Part 5 covers an additional 5,512 square inches.

And yes, there is a continuous hum of our Janome.

Day 5 – Two of the 6” spaces/strips between the pebbled strips have been quilted. This has turned out of to be an arduous task while also a labor of love. The number of starts and stops, especially around each Crane is time consuming.


An approximate time frame to complete the two spaces/strips has been about 14 hours. Yes, we are using our Janome 6600 domestic machine.

Three more spaces/strips to complete. This is our target to complete the top of the Crane Quilt Bedspread.

Keep following our status as we begin Day 6.

Thanks for your support.

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

Please let me know if anything on the Blog site does not properly work. I’m always striving to make sure an ease of use.

If you are interested and would like some more information of the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please get in touch with us Quilts SB, at jsmith58@gmail.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Andy and I are Keeping Busy

Good Day,

Yes, we're both Cranes crazy. It is our niche right now.

We're managing while creating and composing the Cranes Quilts for our "Hope Project" show, the Cranes Quilt Bedspread for the upcoming Florida CraftArt "At Home with Craft" show, and our "One (actually Two) Man Show" next year May and June at the Mirella Cimato Gallery in St. Petersburg.

And don't forget our current "Two Hallways" exhibit of 26 of our quilts at the @2902 Art Gallery at Jimmie B. Keel Library in Tampa, Florida, through September 30.

Hell, it is giving us something to do and we're definitely keeping occupied.

We've got an extremely short window to complete the Cranes Quilt Bedspread. It will be presented at the Florida CraftArt show "At Home with Craft" in St. Petersburg, Florida, September 7 through October 27. I've attached the press release.

The current tally of Cranes Quilts included in our "Hope Project" is as follows -

19 Quilts completed,

7 tops completed,

1 Coat completed with Marijke van Welzen, and

19 + 2 Quilts designed and waiting, no pun intended, in the wings.

Details of our "Hope Project" showing will follow.

Thanks for your support.

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

Please let me know if anything on the Blog site does not properly work. I’m always striving to make sure an ease of use.

If you are interested and would like some more information of the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please get in touch with us Quilts SB, at jsmith58@gmail.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Our Quilt Patience Goes To California

Good Day,

Our quilt Patience (Q42) now has a new home in California.



Patience was accepted and sold at auction at the 126th Annual American Psychological Association (APA) in San Francisco, California. Our donation was to and on behalf of the APA LGBT Division.

And now Patience has made its way to its new home in California.

You can read our notes and thoughts regarding our design and construction of Patience on Quilts SB in 2010.

PQ42 - Quilt - Patience - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/2010/03/q42-quilt-patience.html

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

Please let me know if anything on the Blog site does not properly work. I’m always striving to make sure an ease of use.

If you are interested and would like some more information of the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please get in touch with us Quilts SB, at jsmith58@gmail.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Quilts SB Quilts Traveling Around

Good Day,

Andy and I have to manage and keep track of the travelings our Quilts follow.

Thought you may be interested about the ones on the road, their current and future locations.

And if you get a chance, at a venue near you, let us know. We would love for you to share any images.

We've included a link, their title, in order for you to check out our notes in our portfolio.


Apollo 1, The Beginning

Fly Me To The Moon Collection

- 8/9 -8/12 Birmingham Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England

Betwixt and Between

Fly Me To The Moon Collection

- 6/15 - 9/4 National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky
- 9/20 - 9/22 Original Quilt and Sewing Expo, Cincinnati, Ohio
- 9/27 - 9/29 Original Quilt and Sewing Expo, Fredericksburg, Virginia
- 9/15 - 9/17 Original Quilt and Sewing Expo, Novi, Michigan

Cosmo's Moon 2.5

Fly Me To The Moon Collection

- 5/22 - 9/8 Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, Virginia
- 9/20 - 9/22 Original Quilt and Sewing Expo, Cincinnati, Ohio
- 9/27 - 9/29 Original Quilt and Sewing Expo, Fredericksburg, Virginia
- 9/15 - 9/17 Original Quilt and Sewing Expo, Novi, Michigan

Lee Miller

HERstory Collection

- 12/07 - 4/10/19 National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky

June 19th

2017 European Patchwork Collection

- TBD 24th European Patchwork Meeting, Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines, France

Patience

- 08/11 American Psychological Association, LGBT Division, San Francisco, California

The Silence of Sounds

Two Hallways Collection

- To be added to Quilts SB @ 2902 Gallery, Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 Bearss Road
Tampa, Florida

Two Hallways, 26 Quilts

Two Hallways Collection

- Aug-Sep 2018 @ 2902 Gallery, Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 Bearss Road, Tampa, Florida

K&J Baby

- TBD When the Stork arrives, Tampa, Florida

Hope Project, Cranes Quilts

- 2019  TBD, UUC Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater, Florida

Another Secret Project

- May-June, 2019 Mirella Cimato Art Gallery, St. Petersburg Opera House, St. Petersburg, Florida

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

Please let me know if anything on the Blog site does not properly work. I’m always striving to make sure an ease of use.

If you are interested and would like some more information of the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please get in touch with us Quilts SB, at jsmith58@gmail.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Friday, August 3, 2018

"Hope" - Our Cranes Project

Good Day,

Andy and I are amazed at Marijke van Welzen's work on the Cranes Hope Coat.

Cranes Hope Coat
Marijke Van Welzen, Andy Brunhammer
Jim Smith
2018

Marijke and her husband just delivered the Coat.

Andy Brunhammer and I created the Crane blocks, sent them to Marijke in the Netherlands where she created this magnificent coat.

We are enthralled with her work.

It will be included as part of our “Hope – Cranes Project” presentation and display in early 2019.

Got to find a mannequin for the Cranes Coat's display.

Here are some additional preliminary images.



The first step for our Cranes Quilt 12.40, the outline quilting has begun. The quilting design has been drafted. Something different.


Each Crane block in Cranes Quilt is a 4-inch block.

This is the 6th quilt of the Orange Set.

Check out notes on our "Cranes Obsession" at Quilts SB - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/2018/04/origami-cranes-our-obsession.html

Follow and like our progress at Quilts SB Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsbySB/

Our “Two Hallways” will be on exhibit August 1 through and including September 30. Location – Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library at 2902 W Bearss Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

Please let me know if anything on the Blog site does not properly work. I’m always striving to make sure an ease of use.

If you are interested and would like some more information of the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please get in touch with us Quilts SB, at jsmith58@gmail.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Two Hallways - Aug 1 to Sep 30, 2018

Good Day,

Our “Two Hallways” exhibit at the Jimmie B. Keel Library at 2902 Bearss Avenue in Tampa has been set up.


It took us approximately 9 hours to place 26 of quilts that we have designed and constructed.

Our Quilts on display were created from 2009 through 2018.


Two Hallways” will be on exhibit August 1 through and including September 30.

Our Cranes Quilts Update –

Tops for 2 more Cranes Quilts - 11.40 and 12.40 completed.



Now on to creating the quilt sandwich and transferring our quilting design.

Answer - Yes, our Cranes Quilts will not be a part of our current "Two Hallways" exhibit.

"Hope - Our Cranes Project" is scheduled for display early 2019. Details will follow.

To see previously posted quilts, there is a visual grid presentation at the bottom of the Quilts SB page. Move your cursor over any mini-picture found there and click to see an enlargement. Move your cursor to the "Q#" link to see the quilt's details. If the quilt’s title is highlighted in yellow, it has found a home in a collection and is no longer available.

Please let me know if anything on the Blog site does not properly work. I’m always striving to make sure an ease of use.

If you are interested and would like some more information of the available quilts, regarding costs, shipping, and insurance, please get in touch with us Quilts SB, at jsmith58@gmail.com.

Enjoy,

Jim and Andy
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