Blue Bar Quilt's First Annual Anniversay Challenge Quilt

This quilt was made for the Blue Bar Quilts Store in Middleton, WI (Madison) for their First Annual Anniversary Quilt Challenge. I saw the post on Facebook and they mailed me the challenge fabric which is the background fabric. Is it funky hexagons or mini hair combs?   I will be teaching at this shop in May and will actually get to visit this great modern quilt shop, I met Gael, the owner, at the WI Quilt Expo last September and am excited to teach at her shop and check out all the fun fabrics she carries.  The contest deadline is March 31, 2018 and I was sick of keeping it a secret! Plus I mailed it to the shop so they know I made it.All entries will hang in the shop and get voted on by-I'm not sure!  In the 3rd photo I drew up a design and used a black light theme. This quilt went for a donation. I used the same pattern for this challenge and it really looks quite different using different fabrics. This time I used "normal" skin tones but still embraced the wild hair colors!!

This quilt was made for the Blue Bar Quilts Store in Middleton, WI (Madison) for their First Annual Anniversary Quilt Challenge. I saw the post on Facebook and they mailed me the challenge fabric which is the background fabric. Is it funky hexagons or mini hair combs? 

I will be teaching at this shop in May and will actually get to visit this great modern quilt shop, I met Gael, the owner, at the WI Quilt Expo last September and am excited to teach at her shop and check out all the fun fabrics she carries.

The contest deadline is March 31, 2018 and I was sick of keeping it a secret! Plus I mailed it to the shop so they know I made it.All entries will hang in the shop and get voted on by-I'm not sure!

In the 3rd photo I drew up a design and used a black light theme. This quilt went for a donation. I used the same pattern for this challenge and it really looks quite different using different fabrics. This time I used "normal" skin tones but still embraced the wild hair colors!!

This is a close up of the face and hair. I used velvet for the lips and lots of turquoise embellishments to enhance the eyes and hair and to make the earrings. 

This is a close up of the face and hair. I used velvet for the lips and lots of turquoise embellishments to enhance the eyes and hair and to make the earrings. 

The original "black light" idea.

The original "black light" idea.

A close up of the funky colored make up!! The judging is out of my control-I just hope the voters like my quilt!

A close up of the funky colored make up!! The judging is out of my control-I just hope the voters like my quilt!

Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: I Believe...in Professional Hair Color!!

It is reveal day again for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. Those two months went fast! The theme this time was "I Believe..." It was selected by the individual in the group who chose it to be spiritual or religious. I could not think of anything that I wanted to put on a quilt to reflect this idea. I had to think about this subject for a while before finding an idea. I decided I have very strong opinions about being a hairdresser for nearly 30 years and how I believe women should wear their hair to look their best. I come from a family where the women color their hair no matter what their age. My Mom is 81 and is still coloring her hair brown like she has for decades! This is my norm to NOT see gray hair. I color hair for my job and it is one of my favorite things to do in the salon. I make my living coloring hair. As you are reading this you may agree or disagree with me. You may have gray hair. I get it but I believe women look better with their hair colored!
In this project I drew a women with a bob haircut (my personal haircut and favorite!) Half of the hair is gray and white and the other half is PROFESSIONALLY colored in a salon. Not from a box from Walgreens and your friend did it while drinking too much wine! Stylists know what we are doing and take classes on color formulation and color correction. Salons fix home hair color!

I just realized the challenge from November 2016 had a face that was split in half vertically and I did it again unconsciously! Oh Well!


In this photo it shows the lettering of the names of five professional hair color companies-Redken (my favorite,) Joico (used to get the bright fashion colors,) Matrix, Paul Mitchell (abbreviated for space) and Wella which is what the salon I work at uses. There are many more companies but since this quilt is small I literally ran out of room. Why use these particular colors for the lettering? They represent the colors customers ask for when they have their hair colored-red, rusty browns, oranges/auburns, gold and pale blonde. The browns are represented in the woman's right side of her hair with warm brown and highlights and lowlights.

This is a close up of the face. I used a few pinks and purples for "make up!" The quilt was embellished with fabric paint, Derwent Inktense pens, a rhinestone on the nose, some glitter nail polish on the brow bone and both sides of the hair.

The next challenge is due March 31 which will feel like Spring is near! The them is using words in a quilt-I actually used words in this quilt and use words anyway in my work. I am going to use the statement "I Resist!" due to the terrible President that is running the USA and my opposition. I feel strongly about this and a quilt with these works will have meaning!

Art Quilts Around The World: Macro Challenge

 I am involved in an online art quilt group called Art Quilts Around the World. www.aroundtheworldin20quilts.blogspot.com is the official site. We have a challenge every other month that one designated member selects. This challenge was called "macro" which means close up and the size of the finished quilt is 11.5' x 16.5." I chose to deviate from my normal portrait quilt style and I went out into my garden in late October. I live in gardening Zone 4 and I LOVE my castor bean plant which is an annual I purchase each year for my garden. I love this plant because it is huge at 10 feet by October and it gives a tropical vibe to my garden. I also love the reddish pink stems and leaf veins.

To make the quilt I photographed a leaf close up. I chose a green batik for the background and a magenta batik for the veins. I then thread painted the textured detail of the leaves with three colors of Sulky Blendables 30 weight thread. I used a pink color for the veins, a yellow green for the horizontal lines/borders and a medium green for the inner detail. The quilt kind looks like the inside of an umbrella or a spider web.

I selected a bright psychedelic print for the binding since the quilt was sort of boring to me. I thought about embellishing the quilt since it was plain but the actual leaf was not glittery or shiny so I left. Is this a favorite quilt of mine-no but it may fit into an abstract category in a quilt show. Maybe...
This photo is of the actual plant in my garden. I enjoy it's hugeness and am sad each fall when the frost takes it out.

The next challenge is "Art Nouveau" and I am again challenge not by the subject but by the limitations of the small size to show all the details of this style of art. This one is due Jan. 31, 2014.

Homonym Quilt Challenge

I have Quilting Arts Magazine on my Facebook page and they posted a quilt contest using words that were homonyms and homographs. So I learned a new word that day in order to see if I wanted to enter the contest!! Homonyms are words that sound the same but have different meanings such as red/read or pray/prey. I enlisted the help of my friend Glenda Banta who is great with words and challenged her to help me find a good choice. She had the best homonym of hair and hare since I'm a hairdresser and do portrait quilts. Instead of hair I used hares for the hair. So I asked myself what is the difference between a rabbit and a hare? A hare has longer ears and bigger feet (kind of like people!) So when I made the applique' for the hare I made the ears/feet larger. I thought of another homonyn of carrot and carat and I made 5 Scupley molding clay carrots and made them into buttons to attach to the quilt. I finished the necklace with orange rhinestones and some shimmer paint on the carrots. I was feeling like this was very Alice in Wonderland like so the woman's make up was influenced by the Mad Hatter's make up. The woman took on a "mad/crazy" look so it came full circle. I added fabric paint, Sharpie pens, glitter nail polish and a few green rhinestones to the background as embellishments. The piece is called "Mad as a March Hare: I Put My 'Hare' Up to Show Off My 5 'Carrot' Necklace!" I had a ton of fun making this quilt since it was out of the ordinary and a bit crazy!!

Crazy Challenge!!



I am on the board of my local quilt group, the Northwoods Quilters, and Dorothy J. showed this unfinished quilt top she received from an anonymous quilter. She was at a loss as to "complete" the top. I said I had a vision and Dorothy said "go for it!!" I know nothing of the quilter and their background. I mean no disrespect to this individual but the seams were large and bulky, it was misshaped and there was a large solid white square in the center of the quilt. The eye was drawn to this white square for no reason but it dominated the quilt top in the wrong way. I decided to fussy cut large flowers from printed fabric-mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I raw edged fused appliqued the flowers totally covering the strange white blob. I pulled out the oranges, blues, purples and yellows from the fun print the artist used in the pieced top. I selected medium to smaller flowers sporatically over the top. The quilt top needed to be squared up and the seams trimmed to 1/4". I will outline stitch the flowers in place and show it to Dorothy at our January board meeting on Jan. 4th. I would like to finish this quilt because I see tons of fun quilting and embellishing overload!! In the end, the quilt I received became just the background for some fun applique! I understand as quilters we were all beginners and I can't judge this person's technical skills. She has a good sense of color coordination and I love the bright psychadelic acid-trip print!!