In the morning, we set off from Denver towards Golden, after carefully planning our adventures (some plans for a special tour had fallen through, unfortunately), so as to maximize what we could see in one part of the area. I did not want to be driving back and forth across the Denver metro area in a crazy way.
I was shocked at how close Golden was to Denver. We have a map of Denver metro the size of a double bed and it made the drive look like an hour. We were at the Primedia Gallery in about 20 minutes.
The Primedia Gallery is really called the CK Gallery now, but as you can see, the sign still says Primedia on it. I wouldn’t call the gallery large, but it is a nice open and airy space behind the reception desk. There is plenty of space for a smallish exhibit. Photography allowed, which was really nice.
Gallery (back to reception desk) looking left. Conference room is through that glass window.
The exhibit was called ARTQUILTImages and was a collection of art quilts. They were good quilts to look at. There was one about the futility of war and it depicted guns. St. JCN and I talked about it and she thought that all the gun imagery kind of celebrated guns. She also pointed out that with the advent of photo transfer, people don’t have to be subtle about their message and, as a result, their message can easily be distorted. In this quilt, all you see is guns. For me, gun imagery does not promote peace. I will be glad when St. JCN gets a blog, because she can explain the subtleties of her argument better than I can.
This is a punched tin cabinet. The designs on each door, as you can see, are different quilt blocks. We were each looking at a different one and I was talking about the Ohio Star-ishness of one while St. JCN was saying that it was not an Ohio Star. It turns out we were looking at different areas of the chest! DUH!
This is the conference room and I liked the way they had their magazines displayed. If I had a big wall that I was willing to devote to something like this, I could see putting books and magazines I wanted to use for inspiration in such a layout.
After the Primedia/CK Gallery, we headed up the road to the old part of Golden, where the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum lives at 1111 Washington Street. I loved the Howdy Folks! sign. I thought it was fun and cheerful. I am sorry I cut off part of it, but I was in the middle of the street taking the picture, so I had to be quick.
If you haven’t been to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, put this trip on the top of your list. Not only were the quilts great, but the staff was fabulous, too. Joanna, after taking our entrance fee (that is her job), gave us a personalized tour. It was interesting to hear about specific points of the quilts. The museum has a start quilt on right now. There are a lot of fantastic star quilts in the exhibit, but, excuse the pun, the star of the exhibit is Irene Berry’s Lone Star. Unfortunately, RMQM doesn’t allow photos so I can’t show the great use of fabric and the wonderful mix of hand and machine piecing.
As I mentioned in my previous post, a great quilt store, the Golden Quilt Company, is located right across the street! This detour would be a two-fer!
Jessica was the highlight of our trip in the people department. She is the store manager of the RMQM. She steered us towards Harriet’s shop. We met her yesterday at the Great American Quilt Factory, too. She is a great personality and totally willing to share her knowledge.
The RMQM also had an exhibit of Ellen Ann Eddy’s works. She is a quilmaker who knows how to use threads and her machine. I heard QA will be reprinting her book.
In the same gallery as EAE’s works, they filled out the space with a few quilts from their permanent collection. I have to say that simplicity is highly underated in quilt design. I think people need to to get back to the basics in terms of design.
I am in Denver for a conference related to my work work. I took a day off to hang out and relax a little bit. St. JCN came to join me and brought me these nice fabrics. The cups are, dare I say, cheerful! And the bonus is there is NO brown. See, fabric manufacturers, brown is not mandatory in coffee fabric.
The other thing about these fabrics is that they are not very good for my quiltmaking, except for the dots, of course. I just don’t use conversationals, but they are fantastic for napkins. Periodically, in the past, I have made napkins out of two fat quarters of fabric sewn together with a decorative stitch. Often, the napkin project became a big drag, because of the corners, usually. You can read a little about my last napkin foray here. With my recent Teacher Pillow experience, I am beginning to think I am just a quiltmaker and not much of a crafter. That is, however, a whole different subject and I am not getting into it now.
What I am getting around to is yet another reason for St. JCN’s nickname. She said she would make me napkins out this fabric. HOORAY! New napkins. What a saint!
The first shop we visited was after our gallery tour was the Golden Quilt Company. The Golden Quilt Company is across the street from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (very convenient, because I was ready to touch some fabric after seeing the exhibit). What a friendly crowd! Not only did I find great fabrics, but we were allowed to take photos of whatever we wanted in the shop. Nice!
GQC had lots of brights and clear colors. The space was open and airy and on a quaint main drag in a nice looking small town.
As you can see, I branched out and bought non-dot fabrics.
This is the shop of Harriet Hargrave, the machine quilting queen. The shop has been open for nearly 26 years, which seems like a long time in quilt world to me. Kim and Kari helped us in the shop and were extremely friendly. We heard all about their projects and the samples they made and they heard about our projects. The shop is medium sized and in a stand-alone building on W. 44th Ave in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. I didn’t find it on Google or on Yahoo Local. It also was not mentioned on any of the web lists that I found before my trip. We were directed there by Jessica at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. The store is decorated with lots of medium – dark wood and carries lots and lots of reproductions. However, the store does not exclusively have reproductions. As you can see, there were plenty of dots and brights and batiks to satisfy me. They carried lots and lots of tools, had a medium sized classroom, lots of great samples and a huge selection of books. I was pleased to see that they carried solids and perl cotton as well.
I have done a lot in the past few days and will continue the travelogue another day.
I happened upon this quilt and thought the design was really great. It It is definitely about showcasing the fabric.
You can see the post at: http://bayouquilts.blogspot.com/2007/05/circles-and-squares.html
The Teacher Pillows are done and wrapped. HOORAY!
I found the cute bags at Walgreen’s, of all places. They are so adorable (thank heaven for no boy teachers this year!) that I didn’t feel bad about not making gift bags for them. I delivered the Principal and Assistant Principal pillows before I left. P will deliver the rest next week in stages.
Now I have to think about next year. St. JCN said that he fact that the project went well towards the end made no difference to her torture threat. She suggested a different project, so I will have to think on that. Suggestions, always welcome, of course!
Kristen, over at Ardent Peace saw the Pineaple blocks in person recently and said she hadn’t realize how large they were. The size, apparently, does not come through very well in the blog format. She asked me to give my dear readers some perspective. This block has a spool of red Aurifil thread on it. As you can see the blocks are quite large.
These are the Pineapple ‘scrap babies’. As I work through the strips, I find that I have litle bits of the strips leftover. I began setting them aside for who knows what. Finally, I decided I should use them up, so I used them on the beginning parts of Pineapples 15 & 16. The above two Pineapples are made from scraps to the point you see above. After this point, the sides get too large for scraps. Notice how much green is in them. I seem to have a lot of green strip ends.
I found some links to the fabrics so go back to the post and look.
Technorati relaunched their search service yesterday. As a work project, I had to try out the new and expanded Technorati service. In addition to searching blog comments, it now searches for music, videos and images. Of course, I had to use ‘quilt’ as my term. I know the subject better than any other subject, so what better topic to use? Very interesting results, including some how to videos on quiltmaking. Here are a couple of blogs I found that I thought were worth looking at:
Mosaic-It: http://mosaic-it.blogspot.com/. The post I saw was about a mosaic floor in Venice (Italy, not California). As you may (or may not) know, I, obsessively take pictures of mosaics wherever I go. I really liked the floor in this post as I thought it looked exactly like a quilt. I also thought the tiles looked like they had little patterns on them, mimicking fabric somewhat. There seem to be only two posts, so stay tuned.
Sister’s Choice: http://sisterschoice.typepad.com/sisters_choice_quilts/ This seems to be a relatively new Typepad blog (3-4 months old). The pictures are really clear. Her fabrics seem to be a little dark for my taste, but she does use Creative Grid rulers, which are my new favorite. (I’ll write a review sometime) She also uses interesting patterns. The Evelyn Sloppy pattern, Fall Frolic, uses ugly colors IMO, but I like the way those four patches stand out. Not sure I could strip piece it the way Sister’s Choice describes.
Quilter’s Buzz appears to be a news site for the quiltmaking world. She has lots of posts from Quilt Market, especially of the booths. Her colors are similar to Sister’s Choice. Perhaps these are the colors of the day and I am the only one not using them?
Go take a look at what you can find at Technorati. If you are looking for me, though, you won’t find me there, so put me in your RSS reader. 😉
Julie has written an article about taking Pamela’s class with a lot more photos, so you can get a different perspective here.
I know I overloaded myself with photos posted to Artquiltmaker blog on Saturday after the class with Pamela, so I must have overloaded you all as well. This post is about focus and reflection on the class.
Here is my first draft, so to speak. I had looked at my previous effort, from the first class with Pamela, before this class and had an idea that doing a related quilt would be a good idea. I was also looking at Collaborative Quilting by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston last week, which made me think about houses. The sun and the flowers are in common, I think.
One thing I realized is that I have not been working with scale much lately. The Pineapple, the various square pieces including Thoughts on Dots did not require me to work with scale in any meaningful way. I did pay attention to dots were in the various prints I used for Thoughts on Dots. I didn’t have to worry about scale overall in terms of the elements of the quilt. So, this piece made me stretch. When Pamela came around to help me the first time, scale was what we focused on. I needed larger flowers and larger rays of the sun.
It wasn’t quite so easy as making some elements a little bigger, though, because I had the previous garden quilt (below) on my mind as well. Some of the intermediate “drafts” of this piece had many more flowers. You can see the various drafts in Saturday’s post.
I brought scraps per the directions, so I didn’t have a lot of choice of background. I had a lot of variety in fabrics, but not a lot of variety in size. My scraps are relatively small in general, so I put some darks in (per Pamela’s instructions) and really had trouble working with them, as I also mentioned. I have not been working with black and the checkerboard is interesting, but it doesn’t read as a cheerful fabric to me. I have gotten some feedback that it isn’t too dark, so I am considering it stretching and moving on.
Pamela’s technique of cutting directly into the fabric is a very freeing way to quilt, however, and I think it is good for me. Now that I have two of these garden type quilts, I might try to make two more and have a quartet. We’ll see.
I enjoyed her handstitching techniques with Perl Cotton as well. One of the things about this is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. The stitching adds to the charm, but I don’t think it looks like the fake folk art kind of look. I could be wrong, of course!
I highly recommend Pamela’s classes. She is a quilt teacher, but she has been trained in art and knows about design principles. That is the focus of her class with fabric as the medium. She seems to truly want people to do good work. I am glad she directed me, in her gentle but firm way, to scale, because that is what I needed to work on.