December 05th, 2013
Sunprint Jacket Sleeves
Well, it took a little longer than I thought to get the sleeves done, and I wound up using absolutely every inch of sunprinted fabric I had to finish the sleeves and cuffs, but now they're ready to quilt! Probably by the time I'm done quilting it, though, fall will be over and I will look totally out of season, but who cares?
I have found out that you can password protect pages in my new website with passwords, or just hide them from the menu, so I will spend several hours in the next couple of days uploading all of my workshop handouts, so when I get to where I'm going, I'll be able to access them from my website instead of panicking. I'm also thinking of putting up a list of all the guilds I have been to and the dates, as well as a list of my awards, but maybe that's a little too much like bragging? Inquiring minds want to know!
Sunprint Coat in Progress
I have just spent the last two weeks learning to use Weebly.com to create this new website. Please take a look at it and let me know if it's working, where the typos are, and if there's something interesting here you'd like to chat about. I really had a great time making this site - my son showed me how to use the site in about 10 minutes, there are tutorials, there is a great support site built in, AND they give you a free blog site! And it's free, if you don't want the pro version (which, of course, I had to have), and it was fun! Really, I'd do a page or so, then get to thinking, and run back to the computer and add some more stuff, some more quotations, change the pages, play around with the settings, add in a slide show, and by then it was 1:00 in the morning. I swear, it's addictive! I haven't put any videos up yet, but there are lots of pictures of quilts, of garments, journal quilts, about 20 essays, and a very information article in the Essay Section about Dealing with Difficult Thread.
What's going on in the Sewing Studio?
I'm currently in the process of making a sunprint coat to replace the one that I used to wear everywhere, but slowly disintegrated into shattered silk dupioni. I found some lovely South African sunprinted fabric (the fabric in the sashing) and made my own sunprints with Setacolor Transparent paints (the fabric surrounded by the sashing). You may think it's a bit bright, but it's actually even brighter than it looks.
I'm using a pattern I've used before, but I vaguely recall I had to take about 5" out under the armpits and taper that to the bottom, and put a box pleat in the back and shoulder pleats in the front to make it fit properly. The thing is, it's not supposed to be quilted, just sort of hang, but I want it to have batting in it to wear when I make trips to colder states than California.
The thing is, it's not supposed to be quilted, just sort of hang, but I want it to have batting in it to wear when I make trips to colder states than California.
This is the back, so far. I have a grand and glorious plan for the sleeves, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see how that comes out. I belong to the Tuesday Quilters who meet in the Dublin Senior Center in Dublin, CA, every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to noon. Anybody is welcome, and that's where I'll be working on the sleeves tomorrow; hopefully, I'll be able to post at least one sleeve by then!
I'm a quilter, fiber artist, speaker, quilting & garment teacher, composer, and writier. I make quilts & garments, write poems and music, do commission quilts and teach online quilting classes at www.academyofquilting.com
- Trunk Shows
- Bright Patches on Hard Times
- Christmas Poems
- Dealing with Difficult Threads
- Down & Dirty Design Principles
- Fun and Games with Wearable Art
- Grandma's Quilt
- Independent Study
- Is it ART, or is it Just Plain Tacky?
- It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
- If You Build It, They Will Come
- On the Road Again
- Jealousy is a Terrible Thing
- Passing on the Flame
- Quilt- a poem by Gloria Evanick Ferguson
- Quilts - Small Things With Great Love
- Sharing the Flame - Not as Easy as it Looks
- Spirit Quilts
- The Art Quilt
- The Birthday Quilt
- The Dancing Bear
- The Dresden Plate
- The Giving Quilt
- The Opportunity Quilt
- The Past President's Pie Party
- The Quilters' Resistance Movement
- The White Glove Lady
- To Go or Not to Go
- Cool Stuff
So, here's what's going on in the Schmidt Studio these days......
There is vitality, a life-force, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through another medium. It will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is…It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. - Martha Graham
"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." - Mother Theresa
"When the eye, the hand, and the heart come together, that's when you get the greatest art." - David Hockney
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