Hanging the Show- Artquilts voices

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Hanging the Show- Artquilts voices

Some of you know I have been working since 2015, on and off, on the  2016 Professional Art Quilters South Members’ Show.  I had expert help from Nanette Zeller, the current president of Paqa-South. She tirelessly guided me through the entire process. Well, last week we finally got to hang all the lovely pieces that our members made.  This show will be up until July 2, but don’t wait to go- it is really good!  Here’s a taste to whet your fiber appetite.

First, the display case, the brainchild of Ana Sumner and Debbie Herbst, filled with many fiber circles made by our members.

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There are many moving and beautiful pieces in the show as each artist used the medium of the art quilt to express the theme of voices.  Like Ruth White’s piece describing her experience of chemotherapy.

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And this hilarious one by  Roberta Morgan with cartoons of things her mother always said:

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And my personal favorite by Jill Kertulla: Voices in My Head

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Look at the cool stitching she did to enhance her digital image…

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And who is this saucy lady, posing by her self portrait?  Why it’s Lyric Kinard!!

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We had the best volunteer co-ordinator in the world, Cathy Hedberg.  She wrangled all the artists to help us hang the show, host the reception, and many other little tasks.  Laurie Shaw made this amazing display and had a cake made to copy the logo of the show!!  The logo and postcards were created by Nancy Lassiter:

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Which was delicious, by the way, the cake, not the logo!

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There are many more beautiful quilts to see, but you must go see them in person, if you can:

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Thank you to everyone who helped make this exhibit a huge success- I couldn’t have done it without you!!


 

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Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

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Improv Your Scraps!

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Improv Your Scraps!

I hope you enjoyed my 3 part series on entering your work in shows.  If you didn’t get to read it, they are in the archives for the last 3 posts.  They will give you a good overview of the process.

This week I decided to switch gears and do some improv scrap piecing, ala Rayna Gilman, who was also one of the teachers in the Fiber Art Connection with me.  I’ve done this sort of thing before, but this time I was more intentional by creating sets of strips sewn together first.

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I do think it helps to gather both lights and darks, patterns and solids, and a limited palette of colors to create a unified look.

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I also used “ugly” fabric and fabrics I liked, since I was cutting mostly narrow strips.  If I liked the fabric, I cut them wider so they would show more.

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Needless to say, this activity is fun,  a scrap user-upper, and instantly gratifying.  There are no rules, and you are only sewing straightish seams.

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And- best part– no measuring, no rulers, no 1/4″ seams.  Just some occasional trimming to make sewing the seams easier.

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These will be quilted simply with straight lines, bound and made into some placemats.  Just think, if you did this on a regular basis, your scraps would be used up and you would have lots of gifts to give!


 

The Needle Felting Flower video IS ready.  So if you haven’t seen it and want to get your free pattern- just email me and I’ll send it your way.  See below.

 


 

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New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

My Quilt Got Accepted! Now What?

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So, now your quilt got accepted into the big show….congratulations!  Now what do you do?  Here are some helpful hints for getting your quilt ready for the show.

Prepping for sending

Labels

I like to print mine on printable fabric and fuse them to the back of the quilt.  Years ago, I bought a hp quilt custom label cd program at a quilt show. Nowadays, I’m sure you can find something like it online.

What do you put on your label?

I always include:

  • title
  • dimensions
  • year made
  • my name
  • website
  • email
  • cell phone number

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Well, not always- you can see I forgot the year it was made and my cell phone number!

I also quilt my first name on the lower right hand corner somewhere. You can also hand print with textile marker or stitch your labels with programmed stitches.

Hanging Rods

I usually use a wood-like slat from Loweʼs and screw 1/2” screw eyes on either end. You can also use real wood, but you should seal it first, and sand the ends. The fake wood cuts easily with a small saw. For larger, more important pieces, I use a 1/8”aluminum slat about 1 1/2 “ wide, drill small holes on either end for nail holes and file the ends so they are not sharp. You want your quilt to lay flat on the wall.

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However, there are many creative ways to hang quilts if you do a little research. Things like decorative curtain rods, tree branches, etc. are fun sometimes. Most shows require a 4”sleeve. If you are curious, I use Libby Lehmanʼs method, but there are numerous tutorials online and in books are everywhere.

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A handy way to store a quilt with the hanging rod safety pinned to the back, ready to go in your closet.

Packing your quilt so it doesn’t get smashed

There are many ways to pack quilts for shipping. For larger quilts, I like to roll them up around a tube of bubble wrap or a pool noodle, then put in a large plastic bag. Then I find a tube type box or get one from UPS. They can build you one that is long enough.  This way is more expensive to ship, but your quilt will arrive with no fold lines, and you can include a hanging rod if needed.
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Otherwise, you can fold your quilt and put rolls of bubble wrap in the folds so they wonʼt crease.

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Place your folded piece in a pillowcase and plastic bag, and put in a box with room to add paper around it. Make sure to include any paper work or labels for the show organizers. I write my name on the outside of the plastic bag, with the name of the piece too. IF you send hanging rods, make sure they are labeled with your name, and the piece name.

Shipping, insurance, tracking

Luckily I have never lost a quilt in transit. I always ship using UPS or Fed Ex and make sure I check the tracking to see if it arrived. My pieces are insured through a rider on my home owners policy that covers them in transit and away from home. You can also add shipping insurance, but I donʼt usually since it adds a lot to the cost. Check with your insurance company.

Keeping good records

That being said, if a large quilt is stolen, or lost, I would have to prove through my sales records what the piece is worth. Otherwise, your insurance company will just consider it a blanket!

This leads me to the importance of keeping good records/documenting. I use a spread sheet to inventory my body of work.  I  also use this document  to keep track of sold pieces, to whom, and how much. You will need to pay taxes on this income too, so save your receipt copies of sold pieces. And if something is lost or stolen, you have a record of what a similar piece is worth.

Speaking of sold pieces, itʼs good practice to document the making of a piece. Take in process photos of the WIP. You can use these for your blog, your website, to write articles, and to give to your buyer when they buy a piece from you. They love to know what shows this piece has been in, if it won any awards, how it was made, and how long it took. Buyers also love to know the background story of the inspiration of the piece.  This all adds to your professionalism and to the value of your work.

Judges comments & Awards

When you get your quilt back from a show, make note of it on your spreadsheet. You will likely get some comments from the judges. They literally have 2 mins. to make these comments, so take them with a grain of salt. However, if judge after judge is saying your free motion quilting is poor, you might want to address that! Also, if your comments are harsh, donʼt let that stop you from making and entering work. Just learn from the comments and move on.

If you are lucky enough to win an award, celebrate and announce it everywhere- and make a note of it on your spread sheet. You can now raise the price on that piece, because it won an award!

Mostly, I want to leave you with this:  We make art to share it.  Have fun with getting your work out there, and try not to take it all too seriously.  By the way, the quilt at the top, (Celestial Celebration) was purchased because the buyers fell in love with it at a show- jes’ sayin!


 

The Needle Felting Flower video IS ready.  So if you haven’t seen it and want to get your free pattern- just email me and I’ll send it your way.  See below.

 


 

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New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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