1000 Quilt Inspirations

I am honored to have my work published in Sandra Sider’s 1000 Quilt Inspirations, Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts.  From the cover and the turn of each page, this book delivers on its title. Click on image for a larger view.

I even like the size of the book, a table-top friendly 9 1/8″ square.

I submitted samples of my work for this book in 2014 and wrote about it here and here. The book was published by Quarry Books in 2015, the year that I moved from California to Oregon. I  didn’t learn which of my works had been selected for the book until I purchased it. Five of my works were selected for the Pictorial Art Quilt Designs section. Here are three of my Broken Ginkgo series.

And the last two, more play with one of my favorite subjects.

Works here represent every imaginable technique created by artists from around the world. There is truly something here for anyone who is interested in creating or simply appreciating the art of quilting. I find myself browsing this book, finding something new each time I do.

How do you stay inspired?

Broken Color Exhibit

I have the good fortune to have my work hung with two other artists, a ceramicist and a painter, for a group show entitled Broken Color.

Black Oak II, 12" x 12", 2014, Private Collection

Black Oak II, 12″ x 12″, 2014, Private Collection

You’ll be treated to ceramics by Bobbie Altman and paintings by Heather Robinson.


Broken Color Group Show will be on view

September 1st – October 31st, 2015

Creative Framing & Gallery
2700 Park Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

Opening Art Reception, First Friday:
September 4th, 2015 from 6-9pm

First Friday, Artist Reception:
October 2nd, 2015 from 6-9pm

Franki Kohler, Broken Ginkgos IV, 12"x12", 2012, For sale

 I hope you’ll be able to stop by during this extended exhibit period. If you do, please let me know what you thought about it.

Broken Ginkgos V

Here is the latest in my Broken Ginkgo series.

For now, at least, this will be the last. I have two other pieces that need to be completed before my solo show which opens October 1 at Creative Framing & Gallery (check the side bar for more details).

To read about the first 4 in this series, click here, here, here and here.

Broken Ginkgos IV Done

The final touches were completed this morning. I was successful in getting a variety of designs and design sizes in this small quilt so I’m pleased with the outcome. This series is quite fun! I have #5 ready to quilt and #6 is mentally being pulled together.

And here’s the back

Who knows when this series will fizzle out. All I can say for now is I don’t see an end yet.

A small detour to the garden is necessary — by way of the kitchen, that is. Last night’s dinner included my own cilantro pesto combined with an heirloom tomato from this week’s box of farm fresh vegetables. Browning the crust of the pizza here

and here it is out of the oven.

Total time: 15 minutes. Total satisfaction.

Broken Ginkgos IV

While I work out quilting designs for the sunflower scrap I’m working on the fourth broken ginkgo quilt. I have each piece of the pattern solidly stitched on the very edges and have begun the quilting. I tend to quilt very densely — some refer to this as quilting it to death — so keeping a flat, square shape can be a challenge. I’ve been known to block a quilt 3-4 times during the quilting process. The quilt speaks to me and I do my best to give it what it needs.

My focus is on using a variety of designs, even within a single leaf, and a variety of sizes. So far, so good.

Broken Ginkgos Headed to Houston

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) just announced some exciting news to members:

In 2012, we have received 394 donated art quilts.  Most will be sold through SAQA’s online Benefit Auction.  A special group of 106 will be sold in the SAQA booth at International Quilt Festival – Houston. Warren and Nancy Brakensiek selected the works for the SAQA Houston Auction Sale.

My Broken Ginkgos art quilt is one of the 106 selected for the Houston Auction Sale in November 2012.  To see all of the quilts headed for Houston click here.

To learn all the details on how the on-line auction works and view the 288 foot-square quilts that be a part of that auction beginning September 10, click here.

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this great opportunity to own some incredible art at very affordable prices.

Broken Ginkgos III

This is one of the small works I took with me to Asilomar last month. While there I did get some work done on it, but the many distractions did not allow for the kind of decision-making necessary to complete it. Yesterday, thanks to a day I spent with Jenny Lyon focused on quilting, I was inspired to think about the quilting designs in a new way. Jenny asks things such as: What do you want the end result to be? What is the mission for the quilting? Is it a secondary story or is it the focus of the work? It’s no secret that the ginkgo is the feature of this 12″ x 12″ quilt. But even with something this small and such a dominant design there is room for a bit of a statement by the quilting. Emboldened by her teaching, I tried something new (for me) — a bit of pebble quilting — and I’m quite pleased with the result.

I have two more variations on this ginkgo design — inspiration from Denise Miller — and I’m excited to try more new quilt designs.

Happy 4th to all!

Artist in Residence Wrap Up

My experience at Asilomar Conference Grounds has been exciting for so many reasons. Just being at this jewel-in-the-crown California state park is a wonderful experience. Here are just a few reasons why.

This is the sunset view from my room. (Click on photos for a larger view.)

Walking on the boardwalk. . .

Interesting stumps!

Notice the three new plantings that will replace the decaying tree.

Since my last visit to Asilomar in 2010 the kitchen has been remodeled. Can you see that the sign is hanging by wire whisks?

So, back to the primary reason I was there. Because my work area was the first spot with quilts people saw as they entered Merrill Hall, my brother-in-law Marshall commented that I was like a store greeter. Well, not a bad observation. As Artist in Residence I was the only art quilter who wasn’t taking a class, so I had the opportunity to interact with everyone who entered Merrill Hall and there were plenty. Empty Spools Seminars was just one of many conferences scheduled for the same week. (Their 2013 schedule of classes is available now.) And we had many day-tripping folks wandering in to see the Julia Morgan building we were in as well.  I was working on two different projects during my stay so I could demonstrate a variety of techniques that I use often during my creative process. I did not finish the broken ginkgo piece I took, but I got a very good start.

The fact that I used dryer lint as a background for this project always drew a smile. I needle felted the lint directly to a fast2fuse backing, hand-stitched sea grass cotton thread for the outline of the leaf shape and beaded like crazy.

You can see other projects that used dryer lint for needle felting projects here, here, here, here, and here.

My friend Heather Piazza came by to share lunch and the excitement of my week.

And exciting it was! Many of my fabric postcards have found new homes, my book will inspire new projects for others and Precious Metals went home with Carol to Naperville, Illinois.

My experience as an artist in residence for Empty Spools Seminars has been a dream come true. Owners Gayle Wells and Suzanne Cox went out of their to make me feel welcome and comfortable. The warm reception I felt by everyone — students, teachers and general public alike — was truly heart warming. And the genuine interest in my work was, at times, overwhelming.  I felt acceptance as an artist and energized to jump back into work as soon as I unpack. It doesn’t get any better than that in my book.  Unless it is to say that . . . of course . . . Christy finished the socks for Oliver!

More Broken Colors

I’m going to be the Artist in Residence for Empty Spools Seminars later this month. Empty Spools has been putting teachers and students together to fine-tune quilt-making skills since 1985. The setting is Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, right on the ocean. It just doesn’t get any better.

Being AIR is quite an honor so I’m thrilled to be invited. The first evening of the conference I will be the first speaker up — a position I’m very pleased with because once I finish my talk I can sit back and enjoy all the speakers who follow. The remainder of my time there will be spent working on my own projects in Merrill Hall. The hall is the central gathering place for evening programs, visits to the pop-up fabric shop that Cotton Patch creates every year and where the owners of Empty Spools Seminars and the Artist in Residence work. I’m looking forward to chatting with as many attendees as I can!

In preparation for this time I’ve completed another small art quilt top using the broken color technique I learned in February from Denise Miller. I’ve used the same pattern I created in February for this quilt.

Using different color combinations has been a good exercise for me and leaves me a small series.  I will take tread to quilt and finish this one as well as a top I completed earlier. Each will finish 12″ x 12″.

I’ve also decided to take my felting machine to work on a few postcard-size projects. This will be a fun opportunity for those who haven’t seen a felting machine in action — and those who haven’t seen dryer lint used this way!

Ginkgo Obsession

I’m working on a third broken color piece using the ginkgo leaf — yes, it’s a bit of an obsession. But I don’t mind. I never tire of the ginkgo leaf. I’m using the same pattern I used in February intentionally. The first one I made was sent to Studio Art Quilt Associates for the annual fund-raiser auction. (There are already 100+ foot-square quilts on the web site that you can check out, including mine.) I started a second broken color piece quickly. See it completed here. My goal now is to create several more using the same pattern but different colors and color intensities. A bit of a color study.

The dark solid color on the right and left look more blue-gray here than they actually are. The fabric is hand dyed in a rich teal shade. Even using the same pattern each quilt will look so different. Fascinating, really.  Ahh, the drama of color.

You’re learning about my obsessions. What do you become obsessed about?

SAQA Donation Quilt

I learned a technique that Denise Miller calls broken color (after a water-color technique) earlier this month and I shared progress on a small art quilt. I’ve completed the quilt now and have decided to call it Broken Ginkgos. This quilt will be donated to Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) for their 2012 fund-raiser.

SAQA’s Benefit Auction is their largest fundraiser and SAQA’s biggest income source after membership dues. For the 2011 auction, 309 artworks were donated and they raised $52,925. To see all the quilts donated in 2011, click on the NEWS & EVENTS tab on the site, then click on SAQA BENEFIT AUCTION. The 2012 donations will be on the site starting in July 2012. I’ll give you plenty of notice!