Art Quilts Around The World - Women Who Soar - Betsey Johnson

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Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World and the theme was Women Who Soar. That could be literal as in Amelia Earhart or a female pilot/astronaut. I perceived the theme as being inspired by a woman who has soared in her profession or personal life.    I selected the US fashion designer Betsey Johnson because she is my first influence in the 1970s regarding fashion and the fashion industry. I was sewing my own clothes back then in high school and discovered Betsey Johnson Butterick patterns. They had feminine details such as peplums, ruffles, puffy sleeves and bows. I was hooked on the patterns and Betsey's designs!!    Betsey has been a fashion designer for 40+ years and merchandizes clothing, jewelry, purses, eye glass frames, shoes and more. She has inspired me because of her use of hot pink, animal prints, flower/cabbage rose motifs, kissy lips, polka dots often combined with stripes and her use of girly ruffled garments including tutus! I have followed her career for many years and am also inspired by her ability to be a single parent to her daughter Lulu (she's grown now) while running a fashion design house as well as bounce back from financial hard times in 2008 when the financial state of the US was not good. Betsey always seems a bit too tan and she wears fake blond and/or colorful hair extensions while not pretending to be her real hair! She is 70+ years old and still does cartwheels after her showing at Fashion Week in New York City. I admire her zest for life and her ability to not have rules about ones age!! She seems to be having fun!   When I was choosing colors I used Betsey's signature hot pink  color which is on her merchandise labels, a variety of polka dot fabrics and as many pink rose and flower motifs from my embellishment stash. It is pink paradise and a tool to use when I teach about monochromatic color schemes!! I feel I can get crazy with a lot of embellishments if I stay in the same color family. I added Betsey's name in the font she uses on her merchandise-it's probably her own penmanship. All in all a fun challenge which was easy to do. Go Betsey and do not retire anytime soon!!

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World and the theme was Women Who Soar. That could be literal as in Amelia Earhart or a female pilot/astronaut. I perceived the theme as being inspired by a woman who has soared in her profession or personal life.

I selected the US fashion designer Betsey Johnson because she is my first influence in the 1970s regarding fashion and the fashion industry. I was sewing my own clothes back then in high school and discovered Betsey Johnson Butterick patterns. They had feminine details such as peplums, ruffles, puffy sleeves and bows. I was hooked on the patterns and Betsey's designs!!

Betsey has been a fashion designer for 40+ years and merchandizes clothing, jewelry, purses, eye glass frames, shoes and more. She has inspired me because of her use of hot pink, animal prints, flower/cabbage rose motifs, kissy lips, polka dots often combined with stripes and her use of girly ruffled garments including tutus! I have followed her career for many years and am also inspired by her ability to be a single parent to her daughter Lulu (she's grown now) while running a fashion design house as well as bounce back from financial hard times in 2008 when the financial state of the US was not good. Betsey always seems a bit too tan and she wears fake blond and/or colorful hair extensions while not pretending to be her real hair! She is 70+ years old and still does cartwheels after her showing at Fashion Week in New York City. I admire her zest for life and her ability to not have rules about ones age!! She seems to be having fun!

When I was choosing colors I used Betsey's signature hot pink color which is on her merchandise labels, a variety of polka dot fabrics and as many pink rose and flower motifs from my embellishment stash. It is pink paradise and a tool to use when I teach about monochromatic color schemes!! I feel I can get crazy with a lot of embellishments if I stay in the same color family. I added Betsey's name in the font she uses on her merchandise-it's probably her own penmanship. All in all a fun challenge which was easy to do. Go Betsey and do not retire anytime soon!!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Pop Art

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. I got to select the theme this time and I chose Pop Art. I love Pop Art and have made a few quilted wall hangings, including my first art quilt, that had this theme. I love Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. I love the manipulation of photos to get this look, I love words on quilts similar to comic strips, I love polka dots and stripes and I love bright colors!  I had the honor to again teach my portrait quilt ideas at the International Quilt Festival in Houston earlier this month. I taught a new class "Line Drawing Portrait Drafting Class" and wanted the students to have a few trial run sample portraits to play with to get the idea I was presenting. I have a co-worker Alexis at the hair salon who is photogenic and I got her permission to use her Facebook photo for the class.   After I returned home and was unpacking I discovered the drawing sample of Alexis could be adapted to my Pop Art Challenge. Below is the process.   

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. I got to select the theme this time and I chose Pop Art. I love Pop Art and have made a few quilted wall hangings, including my first art quilt, that had this theme. I love Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. I love the manipulation of photos to get this look, I love words on quilts similar to comic strips, I love polka dots and stripes and I love bright colors!

I had the honor to again teach my portrait quilt ideas at the International Quilt Festival in Houston earlier this month. I taught a new class "Line Drawing Portrait Drafting Class" and wanted the students to have a few trial run sample portraits to play with to get the idea I was presenting. I have a co-worker Alexis at the hair salon who is photogenic and I got her permission to use her Facebook photo for the class. 

After I returned home and was unpacking I discovered the drawing sample of Alexis could be adapted to my Pop Art Challenge. Below is the process.

 

This was the original photo

This was the original photo

I enlarged the photo and converted it to black and white

I enlarged the photo and converted it to black and white

The photo on the left is the line drawing interpretation. Why not just make it a Pop Art quilt from here? I have a Pop Art Board on Pinterest and I thought Pop Art images have more areas on black negative space where as in the line drawing style it is strictly fine lines and the background fabrics are very important and I want to use plenty to get a scrappy look. In a Pop Art quilt there are fewer fabrics but they are bold and graphic. Both techniques use black batik fabric for the imagery. The photo on the right is the re-done photo a la Pop Art with an added addition to the top of the head which I drew.  I first selected the stripe fabric for the face. I purposely ran the stripes vertical and placed the widest white stripe in the center of the face for maximum boldness. I chose a turquoise polka dot for the background and a hot pink dot for the garment. I used a small triangle of another dot for the bit of camisole popping out of the other shirt. This was a pretty easy quilt to make. I usually chose lots of fabrics so this was my challenge to be happy with so few!

The photo on the left is the line drawing interpretation. Why not just make it a Pop Art quilt from here? I have a Pop Art Board on Pinterest and I thought Pop Art images have more areas on black negative space where as in the line drawing style it is strictly fine lines and the background fabrics are very important and I want to use plenty to get a scrappy look. In a Pop Art quilt there are fewer fabrics but they are bold and graphic. Both techniques use black batik fabric for the imagery. The photo on the right is the re-done photo a la Pop Art with an added addition to the top of the head which I drew.

I first selected the stripe fabric for the face. I purposely ran the stripes vertical and placed the widest white stripe in the center of the face for maximum boldness. I chose a turquoise polka dot for the background and a hot pink dot for the garment. I used a small triangle of another dot for the bit of camisole popping out of the other shirt. This was a pretty easy quilt to make. I usually chose lots of fabrics so this was my challenge to be happy with so few!

This is a close up of the face. I also love embellishment but thought the project with the bold fabrics were enough. I added small amounts of glitter nail polish to the eyes and lips. Alexis wears a septum ring and a small nose ring, both silver, and I replicated those with tiny Dollar Store nail art "pellets" and glue.  I felt a little guilty because this quilt didn't take me that long to make but the Pop Art idea is conveyed. Did Warhol feel guilty doing his Pop Art!!??  The next challenge due January 31, 2018 is medieval which I'm finding interesting but no idea has popped into my head yet.

This is a close up of the face. I also love embellishment but thought the project with the bold fabrics were enough. I added small amounts of glitter nail polish to the eyes and lips. Alexis wears a septum ring and a small nose ring, both silver, and I replicated those with tiny Dollar Store nail art "pellets" and glue.

I felt a little guilty because this quilt didn't take me that long to make but the Pop Art idea is conveyed. Did Warhol feel guilty doing his Pop Art!!??

The next challenge due January 31, 2018 is medieval which I'm finding interesting but no idea has popped into my head yet.

"All Dots!" Second 2015 Block of the Month Quilt Completed

 This is a BOM quilt I started in March 2015. It is called "Mishka's Playground" and the designer is Michelle Foster. Michelle has a Facebook page devoted to this BOM and it is called Aiming for Accuracy Quilt Along. Twice a month 1-3 blocks were emailed to participants and we made our quilt in any colorway we wanted. Each month when complete we would post our blocks to the FB page.

It was extremely fun to see all the great yet different color variations in this project. Some people had a patriotic or Christmas theme; some did scrappy and some did muted primitive colors. I chose brights with a white dot and a white background. I had plenty in my stash and bought several more. The BOM ended in October-November with the three borders. The triangle pieced border was time consuming but adds so much to the quilt! I did the borders while at quilt retreat in November because I could be uninterrupted and focused. I did the border in a rainbow color wheel order because that made sense to me!! A few people on the FB group page chose to not tackle the triangle border and that's their choice. One woman added extra fabric to the quilt to fit her bed. It was already 60" x 80" and larger than I usually like to quilt but it is such a happy quilt I went ahead with it anyway! 

I machine quilted with all white thread mostly in the ditch and added accented curved lines in the white fabric areas and echo quilting in the sashings and borders.
This is a photo of the backing fabric which is spiffy too! I repeated the color wheel colors and I found a repeat of a dot or circle. I usually don't pre-shrink my fabrics but did for the backing. After working on the quilt for a week or so machine quilting it the white fabric didn't look as white as it started out to be and was dingy. When the entire quilt was done I took a chance that the dotted fabrics would not bleed in the washing machine. I set the washer on cold and added a small amount of soap and crossed my fingers it would not bleed especially the dark purples. I opened the lid of the washer while it was doing it's thing and it was fine. I put in in the dryer to give it an old fashioned "bunchy" look! I added a sleeve it to hang on my wall so I can look at it better. 

The time now is to return to making portrait quilts. I am going to do two quilt challenges up next-the 2016 Hoffman Challenge due in July and a black/white/one other color challenge due in June for the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in Madison next September. Time to design!!!

Circles

This wall hanging started at quilt retreat. I picked some on my favorite fabrics and I like to work in reds and greens. I picked up the red with lime green dots this fall and just kept adding polka dot fabrics. I have one stripe and a tone on tone green that is a Kaffe fabric. It is not intended to be a Christmas quilt but more of a study of color complements and circular shapes. When the top was pieced I started playing around with two sheer fabrics as overlays. It was fun to use nontraditional quilt fabrics because it added transparency, shimmer and color changes. My quilting friend Mary Ann Provancher lent me her tool called "Cut a Round" which made circle cutting  the sheer fabrics very easy-I may have to buy my own tool. I then pulled out of the embellishment drawer the Angelina fibers to create more yet different circles. I purchased a product called Bo-Nash  Bonding Agent at the International Quilt Festival to bond the angelina to the quilt. I didn't think it really bonded the angelina to the fabric like they claimed. I ended up using fabric glue to re-enforce it. I added felt buttons which balanced the shimmery fabrics with texture and because I can't help myself-red and green rhinestones in 4-5 sizes!! I plan to hang it on the wall at work at Pizazz Salon in Menominee, MI.