Friday, July 24, 2015

My Fall Teaching Schedule

This fall, I'll be teaching at two events. The first event, Quilt Kamp, will be held October 2-4 in Washburn, North Dakota. I will be teaching Paint a Tote on Saturday, Oct 3. Here are two examples of what students will be making.



Here is a link with more information about Quilt Kamp.

The second event where I'm teaching two classes is the Badlands Quilters Guild Retreat. This annual retreat will be held October 9-11 in Medora, North Dakota.

I'll be teaching Stamped & Stenciled on Friday evening and Colorful Story Quilts on Saturday. 

In Stamped & Stenciled, students will create several pieces of fabric to take home and use in their projects. 



The next photo shows examples of 12" x 12" quilts that students will be making in the Colorful Story Quilts class.


For more information about the Badlands Quilters Guild retreat, click here.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Discharge Printing

Remember the other day when I showed you the compressed sponge shapes I had cut?  Well, here is what I did with them.  So. far.

One day this past week I got together with friends and we had a discharge party. It was so much fun that I did some more the next day by myself at home.

This was the first time I had really gotten into discharging fabric to this extent. I had tried a piece here or there over the years. Lately, though, I had really been wanting to do more with it. I have quite a stash of hand dyed fabrics that I wanted to play with, some dyed a single color and some overdyed.

I found there to be a slight learning curve with the discharge printing. We used bleach mixed with monagum thickener. I found a thicker mixture worked best for the sponge applications. This first piece shown was my first attempt and my mixture was too thin. The thinner the mixture, the more moisture spread on the fabric and then you sort of lose the details of your design.








The fabrics shown are not all the ones that I did, but I think these are the ones that turned out best. Another thing that affects the outcome of this process is how long you leave the bleach mixture on the fabric. The longer it is on the lighter/whiter the designs become. So it is sort of a guessing game as to when to dunk the fabric into the rinsing buckets. For the most part I was able to stop the bleaching action at a point where I wanted, but sometimes not.

Another factor that is fun in this process is you don't know for sure what colors will show when the bleaching action starts. At least that is how it is for me, since I don't keep track of what colors I originally dyed the fabric with and some colors discharge differently than others.

I will be doing some more of this in the near future. This will be a summer activity for me because I don't like to use the bleach in the house. I don't want the smell in the house and my curious cats don't need to get into it.

One other thing that I want to try the compressed sponge shapes for is dyeing fabric with Color Magnet. Ohhhhhhh, can't wait!!!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New In My Etsy Shop

I now have available in my Etsy shop, some of the handwoven items I've been making over the past few months. Towels and placemats are what I've added today and I hope to get a few other items in there soon.







Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Compressed Sponge

I was inspired, by a video by Lisa Walton, to purchase some compressed sponge material. To view Lisa's video, click here.  I just loved Lisa's results and since I love to create surface patterns on fabric, I figured I would enjoy this technique. And guess what? I did enjoy it.....very much.


I cut some sponge shapes and here they are. I still have more compressed sponge left over and I think I will go cut some more shapes as soon as I post this.


I will share with you, soon, what I did with my sponge shapes.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dinner At Eight - Affinity Exhibit

Seeking Red
40" x 40"
I spent some time, in the past few months, creating this art quilt. I couldn't share it with you here because it was being made for a juried exhibit entry. I am so happy to share with you that my quilt was juried into the exhibit and will be shown at the International Quilt Market (Oct 24-26) and Festival (Oct 28-Nov 1) in Houston; Sponsored by Havel's Sewing. Forty art quilts, 40x40 = 40x40x40.

The two women behind Dinner at Eight, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, have been doing themed invitational exhibits for several years and have put together some great exhibits.

If you click the Dinner at Eight link in the previous paragraph, you will see all the artists who were selected to be part of the exhibit. I am overjoyed to be included among this group of wonderful art quilters. 

We had to create a quilt to the theme of affinity. You can read more about the theme at the link above.

Each summer I seek out the flash of red that flits around my honeysuckle bush. We get ruby-throated hummingbirds in my area and I so enjoy watching them. They in turn, have an affinity for red colors and they love my honeysuckle.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Drawing

I've been doing some sketchbook drawing lately. My inspiration for the first drawing shown is from an artwork by Kathleen Taylor of Kathleen Taylor Studio. I am a fan of her whimsical artwork.


The next sketch is one that I actually drew last year but it was in pencil so I drew over the lines in ink.


And the last sketch is one that I drew the other morning when having breakfast. I am currently reading Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory. I think he inspired me to get busy during breakfast.


We had a horrible storm here last evening. Very high winds and pounding rain. I had a bit of cleanup in the garden this morning, but overall we were lucky and had no major damage. 

I just want to mention that I seem to post more over on my Facebook page and on Instagram lately than here on my blog. If you would like to follow me over on one of those platforms, I'd love to see you there. Have a great Father's Day weekend.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

New Projects Started

I have been busy working lately on a quilt and some new stencil designs, but unfortunately they were projects that I could not share here just yet.  But I will, when I can.  With that stuff behind me I have now started on some new projects.

First up is a new warp for my next weaving project. This will be towels which seems to be the thing I love to weave most. Some of the warp threads in this bundle are some that I hand dyed, although you can't really see them in this photo.


And the next two projects are starts of two new mixed media quilts.



The fabric I'm using for these two quilts is my clean up fabric from a previous quilt project. When I am painting on a quilt I unload excess paint and leftover paint onto a piece of fabric which then can be used for any number of things.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Henry Hairball

Today I decided to have a quick painting session. And, I decided to video tape while I painted. The time it took me to paint this was actually around 45 minutes, but I sped up the video so that it didn't take that long to actually watch me. Besides, I think it's fun to watch a painting come to life in fast time. I hope you enjoy it.


Henry Hairball from Terri Stegmiller on Vimeo.

Here is the finished painting.


Henry Hairball
9 x 12" on paper
Available for purchase - $55, includes shipping in the US
Email me if interested.
Thanks!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hand Sewing

About a year ago I wanted to have a small project that was easy to take and work on anywhere I wanted. So I decided to give English paper piecing a try.

This is a hand sewing project that I take with me when I go to guild meetings or when I get together with friends. 

To date I've got five hexagon flowers made.


I pre-cut lots of fabric squares that look good together.


And I made the paper hexagon templates with my Silhouette Cameo.


I have no idea what I will end up making with these hexagon blocks. It could possibly take me many years to have enough for a project of any size. We shall see!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Colorful Fabric Collage Blog Hop

Welcome to the Colorful Fabric Collage Blog Hop. I'm thrilled to share this fun new book with you. It was written by my friend, Sue Bleiweiss. The book is all about Sue's techniques on making some fun and fused quilts and other sewing projects. The book is available for purchase online from Amazon and Interweave. You may also find it in your local book store.


Way back when Sue was just getting started with writing this book she asked me if I'd create a quilt for inclusion in her book. Here is the quilt I made, which incorporates fusing and my usual quilt making techniques. You can read more about my quilt on page 49 in the book.


I thought it would be fun to try out some of Sue's techniques so I created the next small quilt with one of my bird patterns. I have to say that I enjoyed the techniques very much. Did you know Sue teaches? Check out her website for more information and to schedule her for your guild's next workshop.


There is going to be a blog hop drawing and one lucky winner will win the following prize bundle.


The giveaway package includes: A copy of Colorful Fabric Collage (please note that international winners will receive an e-copy and not a hard copy), a 2-1/2 yard package of Mistyfuse, a sampling of Aurifil threads and a stack of 10″ squares of Sue's own hand dyed fabric!  To be eligible for the giveaway just leave a comment on either this post or any of the other blog posts in the hop.  You can increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each of the blog hop posts but please, leave only one comment per blog hop post!

The winner will be announced on Monday, May 18 on Sue's blog. Good luck to all.

Please visit the other blogs involved in the blog hop:
May 4: Sue Bleiweiss: http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blog/
May 4: Jamie Fingal :http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
May 5: Leslie Tucker Jenison: http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com/
May 6: Terri Stegmiller : http://stegart.blogspot.com/
May 7: Deborah Boschert : http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/
May 8: Desiree Habicht : http://myclothesline.blogspot.com/
May 9: Kathy Sperino : http://finishinglinesbyksperino.blogspot.com/
May 10: Barb Forrister : http://www.barbforrister.com/blog/
May 11 Kathy York : http://www.aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com/
May 12: Lyric Kinard : http://lyrickinard.com/lyric-kinard-blog/