Monday, October 29, 2012

Synchronized Swimming returns for another lap around the block!

A while back, I wrote an article about how I made the 3D fish for this quilt, Synchronized Swimming, and it was published in Quilting Arts Magazine.  Well, they have collected a number of articles about embellishments and are offering it in an Ebook.  I am delighted to find out that my quilt will be in the book!
Synchronized Swimming

Over-The-Top Embellishment for Quilts and More
Also, if you haven't had a chance to visit my Etsy store please check it out (shop has been closed).  I have a number of small quilts for sale, most are canvas wrapped (though not all), and I will be adding new items frequently!  I have also updated the shop profile to include photos and the story of my new store.  Fun!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Work on ArtBox csa!

Our site has just gone live with new work for our ArtBox collaborative! (Art Box CSA is now closed.  Thank you for your support!) We have a limited number of new combinations of lovely small art work.  Here are my contributions, but be sure to check in, as we have added new artists in our lineup!

Zip Flower  (8" x 8" x 1/12")
Grey House (8" x 8" x 1 1/2")

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My New Etsy Store

My new store is officially OPEN!! It is called Kathy York Art Quilts (shop has been closed) and I will be offering small art quilts for sale.  You can use also use the button to the right.  I have 8 new listings and hope you will stop by for a visit! I will be adding more as these sell, so stay tuned!
Little House #5
Flower House
I have been thinking about doing this for years, but would always rather be making art than working on marketing and sales.  Well, some of the smaller pieces have been accumulating from different adventures.  Sometimes I make small pieces just to try out an idea.  And, sometimes I have fabric left over from a big project and make smaller and more affordable pieces.  This is a place for those pieces! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Quilt Festival Pet Project Postcards

I really wanted to make some postcards to help raise money for this no-kill pet shelter.  But honestly, I just didn't think I would have time to do it.  So this weekend, my daughter and I got out all my scrap fabrics that had fusible already on the back.  I gave her the scissors, a piece of white fabric (postcard sized), and told her to fill the space, and then press with the iron.  She is already familiar with using the iron and fusible applique, being all of 11 years old, and she set to work....and kept asking for more.  I am almost embarrassed that she made more than I did, but it is all for a good cause!  After she finished, I added some stitching to her work, and then converted the "top" into a finished postcard.  We were both super pleased with the results, and then I made two more.  Mine are in black and white, almost stark and minimalist.  For these animals the chance to live is just as simple as that, life or death.  It seemed fitting.  And, so I share with you our results.  And hope that you have a chance to buy one or more at the Houston Quilt Show to help with the fundraiser.  Or possibly you might have time to make some of your own and send to Pokey Bolton.  See project details here.  And your postcards do not have to have animals on them, they can be of anything!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Exquisite Journey
90" x 45"

It all began at a quilting retreat in Vermont at France Holliday Alford's lovely home and studio.  Only I wasn't there, and didn't even know about it yet!  Frances is well know for her ability to get people together to work on fun and collaborative projects.  After the first round of efforts in Vermont, she extended the invitation to a few more!  I eagerly jumped in for a go, as did Leslie Jenison.  We got very minimal instructions, along with a sketch and a few photos.  Here is a link of an earlier post on my progress.  Eventually the first group, Frances, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Michele Muska, and Hoodie Crescent, (see Hoodie's post for more info on the creation of this wonderful quilt!) sent us their panels for assembling the quilt.  Leslie and I had each completed ours, and we took on the task of putting the works together.  It was a mighty job, but we were up for the task....and had a great time!  How we went from this....
 to this.... is a miracle of creativity and synergy!
This quilt is so fun!  It has a path wandering through it, and many wonderful details along the way. When we first put it together, we couldn't decide the order of the panels, so we kept rearranging until we found this one.  Then we noticed that it was slightly hard to see the path because each person had different colors in their paths.  We united them all with a string of multicolored batiked dots that I had piled in a little box in my studio.  They worked!  ...and added a nice element of whimsy and seemed to pull together all the colors.
Detail of Hoodie's panel.  Love the plastic fish embellishments!
Here's a closeup of sewing one of the dots on the quilt.
This is me pinning the circles on to see how they looked.
Here's Leslie trying to fit this rather large and un-wieldy quilt under the machine.  We likened it to try to fold a piece of plywood in half and sticking it under the machine, and then laughed so hard we had to take a break!
Closeup of the actual stitching of the panels.  It took 2 of us to hold and guide it through the machine.
Hoodie's houses
 I also thought it was interesting the number of recurring themes and design elements.  There were a lot of houses, a few trees, fish and birds in the different panels.  Here are the houses:
Michele's fabulous houses on the hill.
These are my houses, both in the tree and on the ground.
Here's another view of my panel with the ladder going to the clouds.
Here's a view of one of Frances' houses and an adorable owl charm hanging on her tree.
Bird and tree imagery:
A detail of Leslie's work.  Love her bird and the ball of silk ribbon in the center.  Goes together so well with her fabric choices!
Leslie's nest.
Michele's wonderful tree!
Victoria's dancing dolls, possibly my favorite embellishment on the quilt.  So joyful!!
Victoria's garden.  LOVE this tall flower and the stitching!
All in all, this was a fun and wonderful project to work on together.  Exquisite!  And I love the way the quilt incorporates both the individual and the group.  We were so proud and honored to have it juried into the group category at the International Quilt Festival this fall in Houston!

And, last, Leslie and I were playing with a blacklight.  I don't remember why...., but our quilt totally glows!  And, you won't see this in Houston (because in Houston, the lights will be on.. lol!) Here are a few photos, taken in the dark, with the blacklight, of our glowing designs and threads.  Enjoy!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blanco Uptown Quilt Show
October 12-14

If you are looking for something fun to do in the Texas Hill Country this weekend, you might consider visiting the 2nd Annual Blanco Uptown Quilt Show (click the link for hours and location).  The theme is a celebration of Lady Bird's 100th birthday and we (the Austin Art Group) were honored by a special request to show our quilt, Artists' Garden!  We couldn't be happier, especially after having just won a 1st place ribbon and a Creativity Award in the Austin Quilt Show!  It is always nice have your work appreciated!
Artists' Garden
I also submitted 3 quilts with a flower theme to be on display at the show.  If you click the title of the quilt it will take you to the original post about each quilt.  And they are:
Garden Girl and Kite Boy
Duck and Cover

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Breast Pockets for Flatties

A simple request for my friend, Melanie Testa.  She is hoping to make it socially acceptable for "flatties"...women who have lost a breast or both breasts to breast cancer and not have the reconstructive surgery and not wear the prosthesis after mastectomy.  She needs 1000 of these pockets in 3 weeks.  See her post here.

Meanwhile, I am thinking of my friends who have had breast cancer, the survivors and the ones who have died.  In their honor, I have made these breast pockets, and I will probably keep working on a few more.  I applaud Melly in her uphill battle.  No one deserves to feel marginalized or belittled after surviving such a terrible disease.  Can you help?

Here's a few more...