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Three Accepted for Best of the Valley

The three entries I submitted have been accepted for the Best of the Valley exhibit April 10-12 in Lindsay, California. Two of the pieces are recently completed art quilts — Ginkgos in the Round  (click on image for larger view)

Ginkgos in the Round, 12" x 12", 2014, For Sale

and Hand of the Artist

Hand of the Artist_Full

The third art quilt accepted is Oakleaf Hydrangea II

Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4" x 26 1/4", 2013, For Sale

Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4″ x 26 1/4″, 2013, For Sale

The exhibit will be held at the
McDermont Field House
365 N. Sweet Brier
Lindsay, CA

Here’s the link for more information about Best of the Valley.

Oakleaf Hydrangea II Accepted

I’m very pleased to share that Oakleaf Hydrangea II has been juried into the 4th Annual International Juried & Judged Show and La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, La Conner, WA. Click on image for larger view.

Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4" x 26 1/4", 2013, For Sale

Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4″ x 26 1/4″, 2013, For Sale

The exhibit will be on view

October 3-5, 2014
La Conner Maple Hall and the Civic Garden Club
703 South 2nd Street
La Conner, Washington
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is housed in the historic Gaches Mansion, a well-loved and preserved local treasure. Just seeing the mansion is quite a treat! But an international Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival held in it? Do I hear “road trip?”

Arts Guild of Sonoma

I went to the Artist Reception at the Arts Guild of Sonoma but there were so many art lovers there that one could not get photographs of the work. A nice problem to have! And I must add that it was raining and parking is limited — even more reason to be impressed by the turnout.

My sister was in town for a few days, creating an opportunity to go to the wine country and visit the gallery.

Franki Kohler, Arts Guild of Sonoma entry We were there in the afternoon so the light was not ideal but I think you can still see how charming the entry is. I especially like the iron gate that closes across the front entry. The gallery is located on one of the four main streets that surround the city square — who could ask for more?

I like the fact that the gallery exhibits of all kinds of art work. Here is my work hanging above paintings and books.

Franki Kohler, Oakleaf Hydrangea at Arts Guild of SonomaMy friend Carol Larson is an artist member of the guild. She is the reason my work is exhibited at this invitational exhibit. Here are three of her fabric art pieces:

Franki Kohler, art quilts by Carol LarsonIf you are in the area, it’s worth a visit. See details for dates and location on the right column.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

I’m delighted to share that I’ve been invited by Carol Larson to participate in the 2013 Arts Guild of Sonoma December Invitational. Carol is a member of the Arts Guild of Sonoma and was able to invite one guest artist for this annual exhibit.

Oakleaf Hydrangea II will have its first public viewing in a the beautiful wine country.

OakleafHydrangea-II_FullArts Guild of Sonoma

November 26 – December 30

140 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 94576

Artist Reception: Friday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

I can’t wait to see this exhibit! If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by.

Oakleaf Hydrangea II Fini

Deadlines can be a good thing. I’m not keen on short-term deadlines or a constant stream of deadlines, but an occasional deadline can spur completion of a project which might otherwise remain on the design wall for a very long time. It is easy for me — one who loves every step in the process of creating an art quilt — to dither and question and let the possibilities stall moving forward.

The quilt top was completed May 17 (see my posting here) and the final stitches were done September 17. While not lightening speed, this is a fair clip for me. And here it is:

Franki Kohler, Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4" x 26 1/4", 2013The rich reds (Ghana wax batik) and the gold/copper paint have me thinking of autumn in the garden. The painted linen top is the grass rustling in the breeze. The tomato slices are outline and echo quilted with Superior #100 Kimono silk thread. Stitching all the detail is worth the effort to have the image pop. I couldn’t resist adding a few seeds here and there. I considered a green glass bead but the glitz they would have introduced would have taken away from the big story here, the oakleaf hydrangea. A more discreet seed was necessary.

Franki Kohler, Oakleaf Hydrangea II, detail 2With the tomato slices on the left and bottom, a repeat of the flowing grasses down the right side seemed a natural.

Franki Kohler, Oakleaf Hydrangea II, detailI felt no need to create another design layer on the gold/copper-painted fabric or the silk screened silk. It seems to me that they tell their story just fine.

See the progression of Oakleaf Hydrangea II here and here.

Now it’s time to meet that entry deadline.

Progress on Oakleaf Hydrangea II

I’ve completed the quilting on the center portion of this piece and have begun quilting the border. As often happens to me, I have a plan when I start but as I work, more ideas come to mind. I have learned to listen to the conversation that begins between myself and the work. I’m always happier with the final piece when I do.

Franki Kohler, Oakleaf Hydrangea II in progressIn the center I have used Superior Thread’s 100-weight Kimono silk to outline, echo and meander quilt. The crisp lines of outline and echo make the printed leaves and flowers pop while the small meander completely flattens the background. At a distance, the meander acts as supporting cast to the featured images by becoming a simple texture and allowing the leaves and flowers to take center stage. I used 40-weight trilobal polyester by Superior to stitch over the veins of the leaves — something new for me. I normally thread paint the printed images before adding batting and backing and quilt around the shapes. I like the bolder definition this thread weight gives the veins while also pulling some of the lime green color into the center of the quilt. See how these leaves looked before quilting here.

Beginning the border, I have used more Kimono silk thread to outline and echo quilt the organic shape that says ‘tomato’. My thought as I began quilting this portion was to fill the rest of the space with small pebbles. But as I worked I began to think more about what you would see when a tomato has been sliced. In addition to the lovely juice on the plate, seeds would be revealed. So I am seriously considering using a few beads rather than more thread.

Franki Kohler, detail, optionOptions! Stay tuned.

See how this project has progressed here and here.