Monday, April 29, 2013


Another abstract I made for Katie PM's class. This lesson focussed on positive/negative space. I pieced the curved square in the background and placed the green strips over it. Made the sandwich and quilted everything. Next step was to add the red/pink squares over it. This is the part I am not happy with. I am not going to change them, but if/when I make another quilt like this I will find some other way of placing something in front. Not certain yet what that might be. Time will tell :-). Size is 12"x12".

Friday, April 26, 2013

Geese are finished

And this is how the geese look now. I have to add the sleeve and than the quilt is ready to go into the mail to MN. Size is 14"x20" and the official title is 'Geese on a lake'.
I am linking this to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SAQA MN quilt contiued

The background is complete so it is time to start working on the geese and the grasses. For the geese I used Tsukineko ink on a Quick Fuse fabric sheet. When writing with a pen on fabric, the fabric stretches a bit. The advantage of this fabric sheet is that it does not do that. In the picture the geese are not yet fused to the background.
I also prepared the grasses. Different colors of green with a layer of bondaweb.
Next step is to fuse everything to the background and start stitching. Stay tuned :-)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

And another show

This weekend I received the news that 3 of my quilts are admitted to the Fiber Fiesta 2013 show in Albuquerque NM. The days for this show are May 23, 24 and 25. Here are pictures of the accepted quilts:

All of them are 12"x12".

Friday, April 19, 2013

SAQA quilt

SAQA MN has a special exhibit during the 2013 Minnesota Quilt Show and I am participating in this exhibit. The theme is nature and as Minnesota is called the state of 10.000 lakes I am using a lake as my design. The picture shows what I have done till now. The whole background has been quilted. With the kind of facing I use it is easier to do this before adding the applique. Maybe not the usual sequence of working, but it works for me. Size is 14"x20". Next step is to add the applique.
I am linking this post to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

exhibit finalist

Last month I entered the Black and White Expo 2013 organised by Infinity Art Gallery with 2 pieces and yesterday I heard that I had been selected as an exhibit finalist. The online exhibit opened today. No award for me, but I am happy with this anyway. This is the quilt which got selected:
This call for entry was for all 2d media.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ghana couple

And finally this quilt is completed. A couple of years ago I bought a book 'African Signs' by Rob Floor and Gert van Zanten which is all about the hand painted signs or advertisements you find everywhere in Africa. One of those signs inspired me to make this quilt. It will never go to a show, but I love it. The first lay out I started in 2011 and since then it spend quite some time waiting for it's turn. I have a couple of quilts I work on in between other projects. Only commercial fabrics were used for this one. Size is 37"x 40,5". I am still in doubt if I should add some flowers in the lower areas. What do you think?
I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


A couple of months ago I heard that this quilt of mine would be included in the 4th 12x12 A National Exhibition of Small-Scale Work of Arts. Well the online gallery is open. Here is the link:

Monday, April 08, 2013

quilting designs

Here are 2 pictures of quilting designs I used for a quilt I am working on. Through the years I have collected more than 1000 different quilt designs and whenever I need a design, I go through them to find an interesting or matching one. I try to quilt in such a way that it is related to the quilt. That can be done by picking a design like wavy lines for sky or bubbles for water or it can be decided by the fabric I used.
The top picture shows 2 different designs based on the fabric. For the fabric with the yellow leaves I followed the lines of the leaves. For the fabric with the purple dots I circled around the dots.
The other picture shows purple branches and green leaves. The branches I quilted in such a way that they give an impression of being round. For the leaves I focussing on the their shape and did a simple shadow quilting.
I work on this quilt when ever I am in between projects. To be honest I started designing this one in 2011 but now it is almost finished. Some details have to be added and part of the binding and sleeve. With a bit of luck it should be done by the end of the week :-).

Friday, April 05, 2013

QR quilt finished and accepted

Adding binding is part of quiltmaking I am not thrilled with and it is very easy for me to get side tracked into doing something else, but finally my qr quilt is finished and it is accepted in a show as well :-). During June 7-9 it will be part of the 'What's App-ening' exhibit at the 2013 International Quilt Festival of Ireland. The picture is not the best, but all I have at the moment. For those who do not have a smart phone, the qr code reads: Everybody needs art in their life.
I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013


Abstracts are still difficult for me to create, but I am satisfied with this one. I made it for Katie PM's class. The 'rules' for this class were to use  neutrals for the background, 2 shapes - a dominant one and a supporting one - and a specific composition and color scheme. My choice was for an asymmetrical composition and an analogous plus complement color scheme. The color wheel I worked with had 18 steps, so the differences between them are really small.
Size is 12"x12". And as I find it hard to find a name for an abstract, this is called 'Abstract 1'.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Frozen paint

As the temperature here is still below what it should be, I was able to create some more frozen paint squares. This time I incorporated cheese cloth as well. Each canvas is 4"x4"x1,5". They are for sale on Galleriba.

By now I have made these with and without cheesecloth and I have to say I like them more with. Till now I was able to create them by putting them outside for several days. I wonder how it will go if I put them in the freezer for some time.