Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Fruits and Flowers on the Lap"

Hoorah, I just finished #3 on my 2017 New Year's resolution to revisit and finish old fabric and fiber friends

Years ago I cut a stack of 6 1/2" squares from fabrics that I very much liked and had full intention to make a quilt with them.  Did I?  No.  They merely "slept" on a shelf pining away for my overdue attention.  When I saw them again a couple of weeks ago, I vowed that there was no time like the present to start sewing them together.

This is no art quilt.  It is merely a warm 35" x 46 1/2" lap quilt, but I still like the patterns and colors as much as I did when I first cut the squares, lo those many years ago.

Here 'tiz folks...
"Fruits and Flowers on the Lap"
May all your New Year's resolutions move along swimmingly.
...and 
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2017.  All rights reserved

Monday, January 16, 2017

"Crisp Autumn Morn" in Fiber

I'm totally stoked to find myself on quite a roll thee past few days.  Here is another art quilt that was stashed away in a trunk waiting many years for me to revisit it and finally complete it.
20" x 20" "Crisp Autumn Morn"
This piece was made entirely with commercial fabric remnants.  The perpendicular central panels were pieced, as were the black and orange borders.  The 'L" shaped orange elements were hand appliqued.  The leaf and rectangular and "fussy cut" leaf elements were raw edged machine appliqued.  The inner panels were closely free motion quilted with gold metallic thread.  The entire top was then quilted to batting and backing fabrics.  It is mounted on 20"x20" stretcher bars over which I nailed a gesso finished, thin plywood sheet to prevent any possible migration of wood elements through to the quilt.

Thanks for dropping in.  Hope springs eternal that I will adhere to my 2017 New Year's resolution to finish many quilt tops that have been "sleeping" in trunks for years on end.   Perhaps I'll have more to show you soon.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2017.  All rights reserved
 

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Tulips in the Window" - Stained Glass in Fiber

As the years pass, unfinished works seem to add up and then fade into that abyss of time.  My New Year's resolution for 2017 was to revisit storage trunks, pull out uncompleted works and finish at least the ones that I had begun years ago.

I began this work over 8 years ago.  It withstood the test of time--I still liked what it might become.  Today I am ecstatic to report that this piece is completed!  Yay!!

Here are a couple of close-ups of this work in which I used hand dyed and silver lamé fabrics on a background of black commercial fabric

Here are a couple of close-up shots:

Now, I must get back to going through my trunks to identify more works in want of attention.

Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2017.  All rights reserved

Friday, December 30, 2016

Understanding

Often my works will have social implications.  Here is another of my quilted art works that seems to have relevance today.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

"It's Not a Black and White World"

I created this work a long time ago, but somehow it seems relevant today.
We are all of the human race and it is high time we respect others as we respect ourselves.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Illumination for Sewing Machine

The last couple of weeks seem to have been occupied with handy gadgets that make any sewing project a bit easier.  This tip relates to illuminating the needle plae of a sewing machine.  I have tried a number of lights but not one seems to cast a light from the left of the needle.  So far each has cast shadows which sometimes complicates a clear view of where the needle will enter fabric. Here is a link where I recently found this one on Amazon,  

The description reads, as follows:  "Bonlux LED Sewing Machine Light Working Gooseneck Lamp 30 Leds, with Magnetic Mounting Base for Home or Sewing Machine (30 LEDs)".

I received it today and here it is laid out on my work table.
The small columnar piece is a strong magnet so that the light can be attached to a machine that has a metal housing.  My machine has a plastic housing so I could not attach it magnetically.  I used sticky backed Velcro to attach the light to the back of my machine.
Light Attached with Sticky Backed Velcro
Here is a photo of the front of my machine with the light directed onto the needle plate.
In dark light with no background lighting
 and
With background lighting and project light turned off
and finally...
Needle Illuminated at Night with No Other Lighting
If you, also, experience a need for more directed light than the machine light can produce, you might want to give this a try.  For the price of $12.66, I don't think it can be beat.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Monday, November 14, 2016

Great Tool Discovery for Sewing Machine Plate


My son-in-law showed me this little screwdriver a few days ago as he was installing a motion detector light.  I thought, "Wow, I could use that on my sewing machines' plates."  Even though machines usually come with a short screwdriver to help remove the plate, I invariably burn my knuckles on the sewing machine light bulb.  This little tool is just what the doctor ordered. 

Harbor Freight carries this tool for a mere $2.99   Here is a picture of it in Harbor Freight's catalogue.
If you happen to buy one of these little gems, you may be joyously surprised.  It comes with 5 different sized heads.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Infinite Connections", A Video Overview

The "Infinite Connections" collection of quilted fiber art works by members of Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists has been exhibited at the Pacific International Quilt Festival  in Santa Clara, California from October 13 through today, October 16, 2016.  The superb duo of Laura and Luke Bisagna has created a tremendous video that features these works.  I'm honored to have my work, "A World Changed Forever" among the exhibited works. 

Click on this link to enjoy the video:  https://vimeo.com/user13849930/review/187116390/d25ef9925a

As you peruse the video, here is my interpretation of the Infinite Connections theme.
"A World Changed Forever," ©Linda Friedman 2016
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Saturday, October 15, 2016

"Between Heaven and Earth" to make a showing

I was totally thrilled to find out this morning that my work, "Between Heaven and Earth," has been accepted into the upcoming "Plant Life" show at the Linus Art Galleries in Long Beach/Signal Hill, California.
"Between Heaven and Earth" ©Linda Friedman 2012


This 38" (W) x 48" (L) quilted work contains elements of hand painting, stamping with flora from my garden, machine and hand applique, and free motion quilting.  It first debuted with the Quilts on the Wall, "Bridges" exhibit and traveled throughout the United States for two years.  Again, it appeared with Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists in the "Fiber Perceptions" exhibit at the Cerritos Public Library in Cerritos, California .  Now, this fiber friend of mine comes back to take another stroll with me, this time into an outstanding art gallery.

I must say that I thoroughly enjoy greeting each new day.  Surprises always await the rising sun.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Thursday, September 8, 2016

"A Forever Changed World" in Palm Springs, CA

 
I'm thrilled to announce that my quilt, "A Forever Changed World" will be on exhibit with the Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists exhibit at Mancuso's Quiltfest Oasis from October 6 - October 8, 2016.

Our group of invited fiber artists has created an exhibit of works based upon a theme of "Infinite Connections".  It reflects each artist's translation of that theme with fabric and a variety of techniques.  My 30" x 50" quilt reflects the infinite connections that became possible with the advent of radio waves. We often take communication for granted but without it, societies would stand still.  May our information portals never be hacked and closed.

Hope you can set aside a day between October 6th and 8th to visit Quiltfest Oasis which promises to be an outstanding show.

Quiltfest Oasis – October 6 – 8, 2016
Palm Springs Convention Center

277 North Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Friday, July 29, 2016

Flight Feathers #1 - Mounted Fiber Art


Flight Feathers #1 - 8"x8" - Mounted Art Quilt
Recently I completed a 40" x 40" work that featured a crow on a telephone wire.*  The theme had emotional significance for me because the call of crow on a wire was in the background as my father and I hugged and said for the last time, "I love you", before an accident took his life the next day.  Every time I see or hear a crow, I am reminded of my father and that he loved me very much.

Because many of my works have implicit undertones, I wanted to have a white feather in the bird's beak that would, to me, signify my father leaving this plane of existence.  This led to my experimenting with thread to create the perfect feather.  Unfortunately, white was "lost" on a silver lame field.  Still, I liked the feathers and knew that if I put them away for future use, they would surely become one with a growing drawer of "someday to use" items.

Thus, I set about making a sandwich of black fabric and batting and free motion quilted a background for the thread feathers.  I then stitched the leaves onto the mini quilt.  In my stash was an 8"x8" stretched canvas.  It was perfect for mounting this mini art quilt.

Close-up of First Feather
Close-up of Second Feather
Close-up of Third Feather
Once the quilt was mounted to the stretched canvas, I used a stenciling brush to lightly apply acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium to the four corners.

Last I backed the work with black mat board and attached D-rings to make the piece ready for hanging.
Back of Mounted Mini Quilt
*Once the large, 40"x40" quilt begins to travel, I will provide a picture and write-up of that, but I will post a "teaser" here.  The crow is constructed with dark blue and black satin and is heavily thread painted on the head and the breast.
Beginning of the Crow
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Friday, June 17, 2016

"Speaking Out" in Fuller Lodge Art Center, "Pulse" exhibit

"Speaking Out" © Linda Friedman 2016
I'm tickled pink to report that my quilted art work, "Speaking Out," has been juried into the Los Alamos, New Mexico, Fuller Lodge Art Center exhibit, "Pulse".    Here is an invitation to the opening reception that is scheduled for this evening.
Invitation to Opening Receiption
If any followers happen to be in New Mexico during the remainder of June through July 30th, I hope you will visit the Fuller Lodge Art Center to take in the exhibit.  The address of the center is:
2131 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM  37544
The call for art outlined what the jurors were looking for, as follows:
"Examine the concept of rhythm and take time 
to tune into the cadence of the world around you..."
My work, "Speaking Out" was inspired by Pharrell Williams' song, "Freedom" that was released in 2015.  This quilted work was composed upon white and red cotton and cotton blend fabrics, screen printed and stenciled using my original designs with acrylic paints mixed with fabric medium, and free motion quilted.

Sure wish that my schedule would allow traveling to the reception.  The variety of art promises to be stimulating.
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dimenional Art Expressed in Fiber #1

 So many aspects of fiber captivate my interest that between quilted art , I enjoy creating dimensional fiber works.  Here are just a few that have come from my sewing machine.

Offering
 Two soft sculptured forms, thread stitched bowl and felted fruit forms.
Open Box Form
 Threads stitched onto water soluble stabilizer and formed into a box shape.
Opening Night
Thread stitched fluted open vessel, thread painted mask, and 
manipulable felt stitched over wire leaf forms 
Always remember, never fear to experiment.  
Sometimes wonderful things happen.
© Linda Friedman 2016.  All rights reserved

Saturday, May 28, 2016

How to Stitch a Free Motion Straight Line

Making and Using a Free Motion Straight Edge Guide for Free Motion Stitching

No matter how much I try and how much I practice I cannot stitch a consistently straight line when using a free motion sewing foot.  As a result, I devised a "tool" to assist  with free motion straight lines.  What follows is how I made a virtually free guide made from cardboard or mat board that literally changed my quilting life--at least when it comes to straight lines.

1.  Because my machine take a bouncing free motion foot, I needed to cut twin pieces of mat board with straight edges and glued them together.  I used two pieces of mat board so that the foot would not bounce over the edge of the cardboard when stitching.  If you use a foot that does not bounce, one layer of cardboard might be high enough.

2.  Make sure the edges of the mat board are flush before gluing them together.  Here is a picture of what the top of the mat board guide looks like...

3.  After the two pieces of mat board are dry, turn the unit over and put strips of carpet tape on the backside.  
Carpet Tape Affixed to Under Side of Guide
4.  Peel the protective strip off of the double sided carpet tape.  
 
5.  To reduce some of the extreme tackiness, repeatedly place a strip of scrap fabric on top of the tape and peel it off.  This will reduce the extreme sticking power but leave enought to keep the guide from slipping on the fabric to be stitched.

6.  Place fabric to be stitched under the free motion pressure foot.  Drop the need where you wish to start stitching a straight line.  In the picture below, I wanted to stitch along the black line so the needle went into the fabric on that black line.  The guide was the abutted against the free motion foot.
Place Guide against the Free Motion Pressure foot.
7.  Check to see that the guide is running parallel to the line to be stitched.

8.  Start Stitching at the beginning of the line to be stitched.  When the end of the guide is reached, remove the guide and move it down the fabric until the full line of stitching is complete.