Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rainy day fall stitching

The rain outside this morning called for some colorful stitching with the morning coffee.

I'm embroidering more quarter-circles to put together for another fractured circle quilt. This time I'm letting white batting instead of black peek out around the edges.


I also brightened up the house with some fall d├ęcor to give it more color on the rainy days.

In other stitching news, my STITCH group gave its presentation last weekend at the library titled "Quilts: From Antiques to Art." Here are a couple of photos of Delaine talking about some of her spectacular antique quilts.


For more art quilting blogs, hop over to Nina Marie's Off-the-Wall Friday link up for this week:

 Have a colorful day

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Green and gray

It's been rainy and gray for awhile in the Pacific Northwest, so I went on a beach walk at low tide to see what color I could find. Basically, I found a lot of gray and green and one orange jelly fish.

Our beach is rocky and the water cold.

Jelly draped over mooring lines that are underwater at high tide.

Barnacles cling to these rocks.

Have a colorful day

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Color in Port Gamble

We stopped in the quaint, colorful town of Port Gamble, WA, over the weekend and wandered through the colorful flowers at the Kitsap County Dahlia Society Grown Garden in the town center.

Then I ducked into the colorful Quilted Strait in an old stable while Dave disappeared into the kayak shop ... more color! And for flavor, I indulged myself in the almond French toast at the General Store -- delicious!

 Have a colorful day

Monday, October 6, 2014

Art of Being Pamela

Check out today's post from the Art of Being Pamela blog. I introduced you to her last week in the World Wide Blog Hop and she posted photos of her wonderful work today:

Have a colorful day

Thursday, October 2, 2014

STITCH Gig Harbor Library exhibit

STITCH just hung more than 50 art quilts at the Gig Harbor Library for our exhibit titled "Not Your Grandmothers' Quilts." It runs into early November (not sure of end date yet), so I hope some of you can stop by for a visit!

We'll also have a free lecture/trunk show/gallery walk on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. at the library. It's titled "Quilts: From Antiques to Art," and it will include some stunning antique quilts as well as early 20th century ones and, of course, art quilts.

We started the morning by attaching labels and sorting through hanging rods. Linda donned a sharp hat and fabulous scarf for this job.

Three wonderful husbands helped and we can't thank them enough!

Carol in front of her New Zealand quilt.

Sharing space with the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.
The library staff even pulled out a selection of quilt books and came up with some great flyers for us.

Come visit!
Have a colorful day

Monday, September 29, 2014

World Wide Blog Hop

Me in my previous studio before moving this year.
I was invited by Edith Bieri-Hanselmann, a blogger and quilter extraordinaire from Switzerland, to take part in a World Wide Blog Hop -- to answer questions about my work and introduce you to some other fabulous quilt artists. Here's Edith's post: quilts und mehr: Blog Hop and here are my answers to the questions.

1. What am I working on?

I always have numerous projects in the works, but the latest one is another fractured circle quilt like this first one:

"Just For Fun" by Sherrie Spangler
Current circle quilt.
I also have had an ongoing series for years that I call my Yoga Mat Quilts, based on the flowing designs on my yoga mat. I paint, stamp, foil, embroider and bead in a meditative manner. Here's one, still not quilted:

"Yoga Mat Quilt" by Sherrie Spangler
And of course I have a lot of UFOs floating around from years ago.

 2. How does my work differ from others in this genre?

My friends tell me that they can always tell my quilts by the "Sherrie colors." I'm energized by using bright orange, turquoise, lime green, hot pink and purple. This isn't so different from a lot of other quilt artists, but it's my style too. I also like to use many layers, often sheer, metallic for glitter, dangling thread tails, exposed batting and long undulating lines for my quilting stitches.

The last few years I've been incorporating a lot of big hand embroidery stitches and beaded embroidery.

Detail, "Study In Green" by Sherrie Spangler

Detail, "Study In Pink" by Sherrie Spangler
3. Why do I do what I do?

I make colorful quilts because the colors lift my spirits and the tactile properties of fabric are endlessly interesting. Fabric can be painted, scrunched, stamped, folded, foiled, torn, layered, stitched, covered with embroidery, beaded, and on and on.
I'm inspired by the weather, the skies, clouds, water, wild plants and emotions. I especially love the desert Southwest. Here's an older quilt called "New Mexico Light" made with my painted fabric and a gold metallic mesh.

"New Mexico Light" by Sherrie Spangler

4. How does my art process work?

I start with a yearning to work with certain colors, but that's all I know when I start. I either paint some new fabric or pull from my stash and start cutting and layering on my design wall. I have a stash of metallic, tulle, sheer painted organza, yarn and beads that I pull out as I go. Usually I end up with an abstract color or line study, but sometimes I gravitate toward a stylized plant or house or landscape.

My work basically evolves organically. I rarely do design sketches and I rarely rip out or redo anything. I go with the flow and see where it takes me.

Detail, "Yoga Mat Quilt" by Sherrie Spangler
Hand painted, embroidered, beaded

Now for the best part of this post, where I get to introduce you to some great bloggers. Please hop on over and visit them and enjoy their art! They'll answer the questions and introduce more bloggers on Oct. 6.
Robbie of Robbie's Paw Prints

Robbie of Robbie's Paw Prints
I love Robbie's blog because it vibrates with energy and enthusiasm for art and for life. Here's her bio:

"With retirement in the fall of 1999, I started a new day job of creating art using fabric, paints and beads. I've been very fortunate to take classes from some of the best fiber artists. Their influence and direction have given me the ability to create my own art by designing, embellishing, dyeing and painting fabric. I love to add texture and dimension to my work, often by adding different fibers, bead embroidery and hand stitching. I also stay off the golf course by doing my art work, which makes my hubby very happy!" -- Robbie


Pam of the Art of Being Pamela
Pam of the Art of Being Pamela

Another blog I love is the Art of Being Pamela because it is full of happy colorful fiber, paintings and other good things. Here's what Pam says:

"I'm a mom, a sister, a friend, a neighbor, and I'm a nurse. I'm a dog rescuer, a cook and a recycler (now, that sounds funny, doesn't it?!). I'm a self-taught artist and I find inspiration in almost everything, especially nature." 

Pam says that as a child she dreamed "of growing up and living my life as an author-illustrator in a cottage on a beach somewhere. And then I actually grew up, raised my family, and went back to school and became a nurse. In about 2007, I found myself searching for artistic outlets again," so she learned as much as she could through blogs and classes and now spends "every moment possible in the painting studio I've created in my basement, my upstairs sewing room, or I do beading or water coloring in front of the TV in my living room! I carry projects in my tote so that no matter where I am, I can work on an art journal, note card or similar. And once again, I am dreaming about the time when I can 'quit my day job' and paint and sew and craft to my heart's content." -- Pam

Please enjoy meeting these artists
on Oct. 6 on their blogs!

Have a colorful day

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another fractured circle quilt

I started working on a second fractured circle quilt, this one in brighter colors. I got sidetracked (in a good way) by a visit with a friend to the Tacoma Art Museum, where I saw this striking piece of Chihuly glass:

Back home, I started sewing the arcs onto the blue background and squares of off-white batting.

Then I got distracted (in a good way again) by having the Feet and Forks over for a beach walk and this apple Bavarian torte, which sort of looks like a fractured circle.

I did some more machine sewing, but the view was quite distracting. I didn't want to be inside on such a nice day, especially since the rain is coming back next week.

So I took my squares outside and slowly pulled all the thread tails to the back. In my first fractured circle quilt I stitched in gold and left the thread tails dangling, but this time I'm going for a crisper look.

Thread tails waiting to be pulled to the back.

Have a colorful day

Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer and winter with the Nuts

It was still officially summer on Sunday and the forecast called for record highs in the Puget Sound area, but Sew Day with the Nuts had a decidedly autumn/winter feel to it, starting with Carolynn's warm and inviting breakfast table setting.

Then she took us up to the bedroom to ooh and ahh over her glorious, rich, warm quilt that was finally finished.

Back downstairs, we pulled out our various projects and show-and-tells and you would've sworn it was Christmas time. Linda J. showed this BIG whimsical applique snowman quilt ... look at all the details in the closeup:

Linda P. worked on this beautiful embroidered and beaded cardinal on an evergreen bough:

Nancy embroidered another snowy winter scene:

Carolynn's crazy quilt had holiday reds and greens:

But I bucked the trend. I brought summery colors to start another fractured circle quilt:

And Linda J. showed off her "Funky Chicken." It was another great day with the Nuts!

Have a colorful day