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?

Ginkgo Sketch

I never tire of these beautiful leaves.

01-29-16 ginkgo sketch

Ginkgos in the Round Fini

I have made it a practice not to begin something new until I have completed the current project and most of the time I stick to that habit. I’m very glad that I broke from my routine and created Ginkgos in the Round.  It was a very satisfying project which I think could yield a fun series.

Ginkgos in the Round, 12" x 12", 2014, For SaleIt measures 12″ x 12″. I used a fat quarter of hand-dyed fabric and more than a full spool (164 yards to the spool) of 50-weight silk-finish cotton thread. And yes, I opened the spool for this project and had to go to the store to buy another spool to complete the thread painting.

A  detail

Ginkgos in the Round, detailYou can read about my shaky beginning here.

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White on White Done

The four designs I chose for the White-on-White theme with Postmark’d Art are done. Ta da! This has been especially satisfying for me because the inspiration for the 4 designs was immediate and all are completed before the official start date for the trade has begun. Believe me, it doesn’t always happen that way so I am celebrating.

Plus — and this is a BIG PLUS — thanks to Kalia, a reader who shared tips on getting better photographs of these postcards, I actually have images that are much truer to the actual postcards. Thank you, Kalia! To honor the time and effort you shared with me I looked into the resources you shared in your comment (see the comment here) and I had great success. (I’m looking forward to even more refinement with my next photo shoot because the recommended wattage for the light bulb was 100 but I had only a 75 watt bulb.) So here they are, all ready to stamp and drop in the nearest mail box. Click on an image for a larger view.

The metallic zing of the thread stitching here still does not show – – I need to do more research on how to achieve that with the camera. I chose an elegant silver rope-braid cording to finish the edge on this floral design.

Franki Kohler, White FloralThe ginkgo fairly begged to be finished with a traditional quilt binding. How could I refuse? Binding a postcard with fast2fuse™ in the middle is a challenge but I think it’s worth the effort.

Franki Kohler, White GinkgoWhite satin cording finishes the edge of the Maple

Franki Kohler, White Mapleand the sunflower.

Franki Kohler, White SunflowerNow, on to a larger project that is calling me.

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Quilt Named and More Sketching

I asked for suggestions for naming the quilt I completed last week and received many ideas. I particularly liked the suggestion of Branching Out from my friend Carol Larson. Capturing the obvious (a tree branch) and the allusion to my trying something new with the quilting hit the spot for me.

The on-line class I’m taking with Jane LaFazio is coming to a close. The final lesson — Collage as a background for your page — was given last week, but we have until August 15 to upload more work and receive feedback from Jane and fellow students. I chose to collage a city map of Portland, one of my favorite cities to play tourist in.

08-07-Lesson-6-collageThe wine glass, rose and camera were sketched, painted inside the black line with absorbent ground, and finally painted with watercolor. The sun glasses were sketched and painted directly on the map. I wanted the lettering for “Portland” and “City of Roses” to be clear and handsome so I browsed my options on the computer, selected fonts, sized them, printed them out and traced them with permanent pen on artist tissue paper. They are applied with soft gel medium.

After reading one of Jane’s tutorials, I was eager to try my hand at using the absorbent ground in a new way. Here is the journal page with absorbent ground applied over a stencil then given a color wash using a one-inch brush. The stencil was a gift from my friend Anne (purchased from The Crafter’s Workshop) because she knows my penchant for ginkgo leaves.

08-04-Absorbant-ground-plus-stencil,-watercolor-overMany layers of painting later, here is the final page.

08-08-Absorbent-ground-and-watercolor-pageI like the texture and ghostly imaging achieved by stenciling the absorbent ground.

Here is another page using a collection of pod stencils, ready for work. I’ve taken this photograph at an angle to better see the absorbent ground on the paper.

08-04-Absorbant-ground-plus-stencilThis is actually the other side of the page I completed above. I’m eager to get started on this one!

You can see what I did for all of the lessons with Jane — this year and last year — by clicking on the Sketch/Watercolor category in the right-hand column.

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?

Broken Ginkgos II — Fini

It’s still raining and I finished the second Broken Ginkgos art quilt.

I thought I had everything figured out ahead of time for this small quilt. I had planned to use the orange fabric — the ‘broken’ element in this quit — for the binding. In fact, it was cut, prepared and ready to stitch on when I got a little twinge in the part of the brain that screams about color.  Suddenly I knew it was the wrong thing to use. The dark cloud of indecision parked itself over my head. So I began auditioning alternate possibilities. When there were three good possibilities positioned next to three sides of the quilt I snapped a picture, downloaded it, cropped the picture and — viola! — the best contender stepped forward.

I’m pleased. This change in the weather could prove to be very helpful productivity-wise!

Works in Progress: More Broken Colors

I’m happy to be closing in on the finish of another broken colors quilt. I have been wanting to return to this method since completing my first piece which became a donation for the SAQA 2012 fund-raiser. I’m eager to finish this one so I’ll have it on my wall to enjoy. The white lines are a quilting guide.

And here’s a new one in the queue.

We’re finally getting the rain we’ve been promised for several days so I am hunkering down in the studio.

Inspiration Leads to Precious Metals

Remember those postcards I created using the themes of gold, silver and copper? Making those little gems inspired my putting the three together into a larger format. Thinking about all that glitz naturally led to beads. It sounded like such a good idea and then I started beading — that’s 39″ of beading on a 12″ square. This could fall into the “What was she thinking?” category, though, now that it’s done, I’m very happy with it. Here is Precious Metals, hot off the needle.

I literally just finished stitching the label and sleeve on, photographed it and took it to the gallery to hang in Borrowed From Nature, my solo exhibit at Creative Framing & Gallery. It finishes the wall nicely.

Precious Metals

I couldn’t resist using the three metals — copper, silver and gold — that I just used for postcards in my next small quilt. I’ve just finished the quilting and I have it prepared to block. Since it’s just 14 inches square right now, it shouldn’t take long to dry.

I’ve already decided that it needs beads. Lots of them. This quilt will be 12″ x 12″ finished.

Fabric Postcard

Anyone who knows me understands that I am possessed with the ginkgo leaf. After years of using the image on postcards and quilts, I even planted a ginkgo tree last year. My own tree! My own leaves! And it’s autumn! But I digress….

Having just completed the second of two large quilts that will hang in my solo show Borrowed From Nature October 1 – 31 at Creative Framing & Gallery, I made an immediate switch to the tiny format of fabric postcards. I have been thinking copper, silver and gold lately and I find the fabric postcard to be thoroughly satisfying.

Here is the periodic table symbol for silver. I’ve used cotton fabric as background for the leaf and the symbol, pale grey fabric with silver threads woven (a subtle glitz) and silver metallic thread for thread painting the leaf.

I have a small quilt in progress…yes, more ginkgos. I can’t help myself and, frankly, I don’t want to. I’m not done with this inspiration.