December 16, 2014

Inspiration

Inspiration

I would like to share a link to a post from another blog about an inspiring artist. http://alabamachanin.com/journal/2014/12/phillip-march-jones-dear-mother/
Look closely at his work, and read the story about it.
Wouldn't this be beautiful in thread on fabric?

Posted: Linda


December 1, 2014

And I Love My HQ Sweet 16!

Well Trish showed her new machine, and it sounds like a winner. I have a Pfaff 1475CD that I use to piece fabric together. But my main quilting machine is a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen Sitdown machine. This is a picture of it.



This machine made all the difference in my machine quilting. It has a 16 inch throat, which allows me to fit the quilt sandwich in there and move it around smoothly. It does not have a stitch regulator, but you can set the maximum speed for the foot pedal, which is enough to give me the control I want. I love this machine and highly recommend it.

Although I've had it for a few years, I just got done paying it off, so its now completely mine!

What machine do you love?

Posted by Eileen Wintemute

November 30, 2014

Lovin' My Baby Lock Machine

Every time I sew on my new Baby Lock sewing machine (Crescendo) I find new things that I love about it. My latest project is a multi-sectioned quilt with semi radical color changes between sections.

I hate changing threads to match fabric. In the past, I would have chosen a blender thread that might work with most of the areas and then maybe change threads once. But no more. I sewed for about one hour yesterday and changed threads six times. It was such a snap. The auto needle threader is amazing. I pull out the old thread, put the new thread through the tension areas and push a button. I don't have to squint, put on two pair of reading glasses or anything to thread the needle.

I know several of our group have new machines and I am hoping you are loving yours as much as I love mine.

Posted: Trish

October 26, 2014

Elizabeth Busch Workshop

I was able to attend (as was Laura) the Visions Art Museum workshop with Elizabeth Busch. This was done in conjunction with the biannual show. If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, get down there. It is amazing and lots of great pieces to look at and inspire.

I want to tell it it was an amazing as well as exhausting week long experience. We learned so many things over that time that I am still processing all the information.

All in the workshop (14 in total) came away with some amazing pieces of art. We painted and created fabrics the first three days. The last two days dealt with using our work in compositions. It is so different from commercial fabric that it truly does take a new thinking and design process to incorporate into an art piece.

If you have a chance to take a class from Elizabeth or other artist for an extended time (a week or more) I highly recommend it. Here are a few of the pieces I came away with from the class. I was the lucky one to win the left over supplies at the end of the class I will be experimenting with some additional pieces soon.
Fabrics from Elizabeth Busch workshop
Posted: Trish C.

October 21, 2014

SHADES OF PASSION


Hello, friends and followers!

Several Textures members have artwork exhibited at the beautiful Poway Center for the Performing Arts.  There is still time to see these fascinating fiber art creations in this unique and wonderful setting.  The exhibit runs through October 30.

Until you get a chance to see the exhibit in person, here is a small taste from the opening reception event.  Thank you for your continued support!




October 11, 2014

Poway SAQA Exhibit

It was great to see members of our group represented at the SAQA Quilt show in Poway. The facility was very nice and the collection was diverse yet cohesive. I recommend getting down to see it in the Poway Center of Performing Arts. Attached are a few of our group members' quilts by Laura, Eileen, Patricia and David.
Trish's work (Far right and 3rd from right)

Laura's art

Eileen's design

David with his pieces
Posted: Linda E.

October 5, 2014

THANK YOU!


Thank you to friends, family, local art enthusiasts and the City of Temecula for making the opening reception at the Merc such a fun and memorable event! 




Were you unable to attend opening night?!  

No worries!  

You still have a chance to see the exhibit through November 2. 

Gallery hours are subject to change, so please call 866-653-8696 for information and times.

Textures Fiber Arts Exhibition
42051 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590


Photos: Luke Bisagna
Posted: Laura

September 23, 2014

Let's Yarn Bomb The Living Room!


"THE LIVING ROOM"
October 10 - November 16

PALOS VERDES ART CENTER
5504 Crestridge Road 
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

 "The Living Room" begins as a plain white living room and dining room in the main gallery - each day three to four knitters will knit, in the end covering every aspect of the furniture and decor by the end of the exhibit. Each day it will be filmed at some point, recording day by day the progress. "The Living Room" will feature an installation of abandoned objects, such as metal pipes and old TV sets, a room, a couch, toys on the floor, which will grow into a yarn bomb site. Viewers are encouraged to contribute during select gallery hours." 

Knitters are needed Monday - Saturday, from 10 am - 2 pm. You can sign up for the whole span of time or your selection of hours. Let me know if you are interested and the day or days and hours that work best for you. Email me at gabrielle.artistsstudio.pvac@gmail.com
-- 
Gabrielle - Manager The Artistsâ™ Studio Galleries
outandaboutnotecards.com
www.artists-studio-pvac.com
http://palosverdesart.blogspot.com/

Posted: Laura

September 21, 2014

"Pointless" by Laura Bisagna

September 12, 2014

An Excellent Use for Buttons!

I saw this globe at the Orange County Fair this year. The Earth's surface is covered with vintage buttons to show the oceans and continents. This is a great use for buttons, in my opinion!
Eileen Wintemute

September 7, 2014

New Sewing Machine(s)

Well, I took the plunge and after 20 years got a new sewing machine. Oh my gosh. As much as I love my Pfaff 1475CD I had to get a machine with a larger throat for the machine quilting. I was just tired of rolling, scrunching and shoving a lot of fabric through a small area. I went from a 7 inch throat to a 11.25 inch throat. This machine is like an aircraft carrier. I can hardly wait to do my first free motion quilting on it.

I spent a little time today learning all over again how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine, adjust tension and all those things I didn't have to think about on the Pfaff. Hopefully the muscle memory will kick in and I won't have to concentrate on these little details in the future.

I looked at several machines and thought I would get a Pfaff or Janome since I owned a Pfaff and David owns the other. The machine I settled on was the Baby Lock Crescendo. What sold me on this machine is the massive lighting system (they call it Enhanced Stadium Lighting) that is adjustable, larger throat area and the auto needle threading. This machine has a wonderful stitch and feels great when free motion quilting. I tested this machine at several dealers and it was consistent through all the tests I did.

I am looking forward to learning this machine and putting it through its paces.

Posted: Trish

PS. Ask which other two people got new machines in the last couple of weeks.

August 30, 2014

My New Craft Table

Free table and vinyl fence pieces

Done and ready to test out

Test sample for my "Shadows" exhibit piece.

This morning I decided I wanted to paint outside. I set out to build my craft table from some free items I have accumulated. A table base from a neighbor's garage sale, and the leftovers from our vinyl fence. I slid the fence sections together on the table and set out to try it out. It works great.

I enjoyed the birds singing, the fresh air, and getting my latest project completed.

How about you? Done some small projects that help to streamline your creativity?

Posted: Trish

August 24, 2014

The Studio is Finished!

My beautiful and roomy studio is finally ready.  After lots of hard work its done and I LOVE it! 
Posted by Gail

August 8, 2014

Featured Artist – Sharon Reese

Meet Sharon Reese... a wonderful artist who uses a variety of techniques in her work.

Follow Your Passion

It was a natural progression for me to go from being a graphic designer and calligrapher into the wonderful world of art in my retirement. I have always enjoyed working with my hands, so quilting and fiber arts was the perfect medium for me.

My vision and inspiration continually evolves from the wonderful beauty in nature.

I don't really have a 'favorite' technique, as I enjoy using and trying them all. I always strive to work intuitively, but sometimes I think long and hard about a future design. Even though I enjoy sketching, it is not my only design process.



Flowerfall
Receiving a 1st Place award last year, with my quilt Flowerfall, out of 89 pieces of art gave me an amazing and tremendous feeling of accomplishment.

See more of Sharon’s quilts here.

August 6, 2014

West Virginia Wanderings

These are photos from Tamarack, an Arts Center in West Virginia.  Many fine artists sell their work here, and sometimes they are demonstrating.

All the work was very high quality, it must be juried in. Wooden bowls, cutting boards, all kinds of wooden tools, ceramics, metalwork, quilts and fiber art, paintings, drawings, glass, all kinds of things.  I was not so sure when my sister wanted to drive 3 hours to the southern end of the state to go here for one day, but it was well worth the long trip.





We came back another way and made a big circle in the middle of West Virginia.  So we got to see a lot of the mountains and much of the state in that one day.  Beautiful tree covered hills, well, they call them mountains here.  Not too high compared to our western mountains.
Posted: Phyllis Binkley