Sunday, October 7, 2018

Shibori Tiffany Ice Glass

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This is my current favorite quilt and it is also my newest.
I hung quite a few fabrics on my design wall for inspiration and the top panel and the center panel spoke to each other and invited the others along.
But before they invited the others they auditioned some others who didn’t make the cut. I’m happy with their choices and the design.

Each of these fabrics have been created over the last several years. Before they became the supporting fabrics at least two of them were ones I’d consider my uglies.
It’s always great to be able to figure out how to use some of my favorite fabrics in a composition.
This is 37 x 35.5 inches and is currently hanging in my studio gallery.  $1795 and free shipping within the continental United States.
As you know I create work with colors and designs that are at home anywhere and everywhere. Great ART doesn’t have to match the sofa, but it is OK if it does!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thanks For Asking! The Last 5 Square Quilts

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Yes, another tessellation. And each cross is a different fabric.
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This is a true charm quilt. Each square is a different fabric.
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Lot of things happening with color and design on this one.
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This also uses the intersecting fields of color design technique.
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This quilt has 3 views and as you walk around it this is what you will see from the left.
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This is what you see when you stand directly in front of it.
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This is what you see as you look from the right side.
This is the Grand Finale quilt in the series. It took me a L O N G time to figure out how to put this together so that it was rigid and showed each view. I succeeded with a little help from my favorite art gallery which helped with the structure.

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I loved these so much I had a mug made from them.
I hope you have enjoyed all of the quilts in The Colors Of My Life Series.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Smaller They Are, The Longer They Take To Finish

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I started this miniature double Irish Chain quilt at least 20 years ago. It measures 11 x 11 inches.
I got ink on one border and took it off to replace it.
I replaced it and finished the quilting in the border a year ago.
The binding didn’t look good so I took it off.
It only took me until 366 days later to replace the binding. I am very pleased with it now.
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Each of the tiny squares is 1/4 of an inch.
I actually quilted this one myself. I am sharing this closeup so you can see how tiny my quilting stitches were back then. They are so small I can’t even count them but I think they are between 20 and 24 stitches to an inch.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Size Doesn’t Matter–The Colors Of My Life


The first 7 pieces were included in Jinny Beyers book “Color Confidence”. Even though these had no relationship to anything I learned from her, they illustrated color in ways she shared in her classes.
When a quilting catalog advertised her book they showed it open to a page with MY quilts.
I was impressed when I saw how great they looked even when reduced to less than one inch.
And now for today’s enjoyment I am sharing more.
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This one is a tessellation.
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Another tessellation.
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You may have a hard time seeing the shape in this one but it IS a tessellation. I purposely played with color and value.
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This one uses shading and a “cutout” reverse to create a striking design.
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This is an intersecting fields of color. The very first one in the series was also an intersecting fields of color but the colors and values have a very different f;pw here.
Although there are still 5 more I haven’t shown I won’t be showing them unless a whole lot of you beg me to do another post with the remaining 5.

Monday, October 1, 2018

More Squares Aren’t Square Quilts

The responses to my previous post were so positive. I had many requests to see more of the quilts from this series. I present to you more quilts using commercial fabrics and squares.
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This is the second quilt in the series and the only one that uses strips for part of it.
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I used a layout similar to the previous one using squares and light colors rather than the black.
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This quilt and the next are examples of showing how rules are not always true about how color works.
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Same layout as previous quilt with the same colors used in different positions.
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Remember the quilt I posted yesterday with the one dark square in the center? This is the exact same fabrics used in the opposing order.
I hope you are enjoying seeing more of the pieces from the show.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

As Sally Used To Say “Squares Aren’t Square”!


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This is the quilt that unintentionally started my series “The Colors Of My Life”.
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Jared is now a sophomore in college but he was much younger when this show opened.
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One dark square makes a quilt complete.
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This was the first piece I designed on the wall of my then new studio.
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It’s ALMOST a tessellation. It needed the gray squares to make it work.
There are 20 pieces in this series and I love them all. I enjoyed playing with color, value, optical illusions and the third dimension in this series.
Nine years ago my show Quilts Of Another Dimension opened at Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Some Of My Favorite Things

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I enjoy putting favorite things together so I can enjoy them.
This view shares a variety of favorite things: Family items, art I’ve collected from local artists and artists around the world, family photos, favorite books, pieces from some of my collections and even a few pieces of my own work.
The cabinet was design to fit this particular space by the late Hans Hansen and manufactured in Denmark. It was shipped here in pieces and then his employees put it together in this spot.  You may know I love Scandinavian furniture and I dearly love the pieces with rounded edges.
I enjoy seeing this each and every day. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

It’s A Working Studio Again

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I'm happy to be working on various projects in my studio again. I use the design wall to hang works in progress or fabrics so I can study them to get ideas and inspiration on how to use them.
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Another corner of the studio. There are 5 current works in progress laid out on the bed. These are ones that I hope to work on soon. You can also see many older works in progress hanging on the racks at the foot of the bed.
My studio is a pleasant and inspiring place to work. I also have art hanging on the walls by others as well as by myself. I try to change out my work often with the help of my son Greg.
It’s a great feeling to have the studio reorganized and also to have purged so much I no longer need.
Now if I could only find some 48 hour days!!!!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Green Bay Packer Clogs

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I wore my Green Bay Packer Clogs for the first time this season.
They didn’t work and we didn’t win.
SAD

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Phone Charm

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My friend Robbie Porter Payne beaded this phone charm for me.
Each side of the triangle is slightly more than an inch.

The beads are iridescent which doesn’t show on the photo.
Her beading skills are AMAZING. I am so lucky to have wonderful talented friends.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

Smoke Plant Reborn

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This smoke plant was about 20 feet high as it didn’t get trimmed before last winter.
It was cut right down to the ground in early spring and came back looking so pretty.
It is a fast grower and I love it’s colors.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Happy Birthday To Me Video

https://www.facebook.com/kaysorensen/videos/10216683275385175/?t=0

This is the cute short video of my grandsons and my son singing Happy Birthday to me and blowing out the candles!

More Gorgeous Birthday Flowers

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My son Jeff and grandsons Cooper and Caleb came over last night with flowers, a card and a cake for my birthday.
Caleb (4) picked the color and they are gorgeous.  He also decided he had to change into some of his best clothes before they came over!

They sang Happy Birthday and I did a short video of it. I posted it on Facebook as that is the only way I know to post videos! So if you want to see if and are on FB it’s there for you.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Who Or What Just Turned 10 Years Old?

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No, not me!!!!
I started my blog Quilts + Color on September 14, 2008.
I had no idea what I would be doing but wanted to share my work and create a personal diary for myself.
34 people viewed that first post! The most views I ever received on one single blog post was 13259 on Sunrise- Sunset Quilt Tutorial.

It was the first of 2342 post I have shared.
Although my main emphasis is on my quilts and color I share a wide variety of subjects unique and personal to me.
I have no plans to stop.
The benefits have been great. When I want to know when I did something, when the flowers bloomed, or anything else I can find it by finding it on a post. I have met some of you on line because you read my blog. I have also met some of my blog readers in person I didn’t know before. I’ve also found some long lost friends because they read my blog.
It’s a great way to shut down for the day as I try to schedule my blog posts for the next morning at the end of the day.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Birthday Flowers

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Greg and Julie always send flowers for my birthday.
This year they did one better! The hand delivered them and were here with me.
Gorgeous fall bouquet.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Remembering Georgia (O’Keefe) Is On The Wall

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While I was taking the last stitches to add the casing to this quilt I realized that it was the perfect quilt for this wall in the breakfast room.
I try to change the quilts on display occasionally.
I am lucky my son Greg is always agreeable to help.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Wall Of Quilting Fabrics And Projects

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I don’t know if you remember what this looked like before? I got rid of a lot of the fabrics that were here. I also added things that were elsewhere. I moved some things to the two side sections.
Yes, there are some empty spots. I will likely fill them with some things from the studio storeroom which will make those things more accessible….but not right now.
The biggest change is I now have like things together.

I also put things I don’t need to access often on the top shelves. The things I use most often are on the most accessible shelves.
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This is what it looked like before I started purging and reorganizing.
When you compare the two pictures you can see a HUGE change.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Studio Purging And Reorganization Finished

For all intents and purposes it is done.
Does that mean I have everything in apple pie order?
Not by a long shot.
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I still have things to get rid of and things that could be more organized. They will not impede my working in my studio now.
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Yes, there are boxes of donations that need to be brought down and out. Also empty boxes and bins that I may store for the future.
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Some projects that are visible on my radar so I know they should be tackled.
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A tea cart full of projects to be finished which includes some small things for when I don’t feel like working on BIG projects.
Yet with all this said, to me it is a big improvement and makes me want to work and I AM working again.
If you expected to see a beautifully staged studio I hope you are not disappointed. This is a WORKING studio.
After over 3 months of work, IT’S ABOUT TIME!
What you haven’t seen yet is my fabric storage shelves and you’ll see them before too long.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Black And White Shibori

The combination of black and white can be very striking.
These are all the fabrics I found in the basket.
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I did not arrange these to make a composition. They are just arranged to fit the available space on the design wall. I even had to put some fabrics on top of others to make things fit.. After I took the photo I rotated it 90 degrees so you could scroll down and see each piece a little better. The total measurement of what you see from top to bottom is over 16 feet.
As usual I have no idea how I manipulated some of these fabrics.
I am so glad I found these fabrics and I am quite sure some of them will be showing up in my work in the near future.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Luscious Hand Dyed Fabrics All Organized

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These are my hand dyed shibori and ice dyed fabrics all organized and ready to use.
The only ones that aren’t here are the very large ones.
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These are most of my solid hand dyed fabrics. Many of what you see are piles of gradations of a color or blends between two colors.
Looking at all these dyed fabrics in both pictures in the flesh really stirs up my creative juices.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Millennium Quilt 8 Went Home With Kierstin

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I had been the custodian of 4 of the grandchildren’s quilts I made.
Kierstin was so young when she received it she doesn’t even remember the quilt nor the party we had with the 4 local grandchildren.
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Here she is taking a swing at the Millennium piƱata. She was not feeling good that night but she made it up to see the New Year in both in New York and locally on TV. She was so excited as there were fireworks on the TV and looking out the doors the neighbors were also shooting them off.
My hope is that each one of the grandchildren treasure their quilts as an heirloom and they are able to someday pass them on to their grandchildren and beyond.
Each one is king size and uses 2000 different fabrics. I made one for each of the 8 grandchildren.
All the other grandchildren have theirs already.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Purging And Reorganizing Life Of A Collector

Some of you may remember several years ago when I would set a goal to get rid of the number of items corresponding to the number of the year it was.
I was very successful and always met my goal.
I have not done the goal setting for several years but I continued along that path.
If you open this link you can see the where I was June 2nd.
http://quiltspluscolor.blogspot.com/2018/06/more-studio-viewlooks-like-i-was-either.html

This year I set a very serious goal to purge and reorganize my studio. I have been working on it for over 3 months now and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But that light is still dim.
If you walked into the studio today you might ask me when I was going to start doing this.
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I have donated over 50 boxes of fabric, about 40 bolts and many other items to various charities, family and friends.
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This is the next group of fabrics ready to donate to the ladies who make the quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
Now before anyone tells me I can’t use these priority boxes they are from a class of Priority Mail that was discontinued. I asked if I could cross out and use them and I was told very emphatically NO. So I fill them, they pick them up, they return them and I refill them. A much better use that sending them to a land fill.

I spend hours up there just about every day. It takes time to decide what to pass on, what to keep and where to put the things I am keeping so they are most accessible.
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Just a few of the boxes that have seen better days and are going into the recycle bin as well as a bag of trash or two.
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It is not just the studio. There is a 12 x 14 foot storeroom attached to the studio. I am now working at the far end of the storeroom.
Will I reach my goal? I am determined to finish this in the very near future.
In case you think that is all I do up there, I want to let you know I have been working on a few projects so I remember why I have this dream studio in the tree tops.
AND IN CLOSING, REMEMBER, STUFF EXPANDS TO FILL THE SPACE AVAILABLE!