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Fabric Fueled – the Supercharged Quilts…

Hello everyone!  There is lots to report today.  I’m pleased to announce my solo exhibit, “Fabric Fueled – the Supercharged Quilts of  Brian Clements” at the Orphanage in Yuma, Colorado.

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If you’ve not experienced the Orphanage yet, it is a car museum and event space that recently opened up in Yuma.  My good friends, Rich Birnie and Ron Wenger have a passion for vintage… cars, furniture, rugs, etc.  The Orphanage is a perfect showcase of their collection of orphaned cars — meaning that the make and/or model of car is no longer being produced.  There are currently seven cars and two motorbikes on display.  For more information on the Orphanage, I suggest you go to their website

http://www.orphanageyuma.com

The quilts are all hung, and ready for the opening artists reception, this Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Orphanage, located at 300 S. Main Street in Yuma.

I’ll post some photos later of the quilts, but until the show, I’m going to keep them “undercover”… and yes that was a pun intended.

The artist’s reception runs from 3:00p.m. until 7:00pm on Saturday, June 1.  You’ll be among the first to see the exhibit, and enjoy socializing with friends and neighbors.  Snacks to nibble, and sips to savor will be provided.  Feel free to come and go as you please, but I’d really love to see you there, and I can tell you more about some of the works that I’ve put on display.

If you simply cannot make the party, I’d still encourage you to visit the Orphanage during the month of June, as the display remains through June 30th.

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Art Inspiration

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Hello everyone.   A few weeks ago, Joe and I were headed west on I-70 to go to the hot springs in Glenwood Springs.   I knew that the museum has recently moved, and I was anxious to go check out the new space.   

There were two exhibits running at the time, “SAQA: Under the Western Sun” and “Buffalo Bill: Quilting the Wild West”.

Both exhibits were fantastic, and I thought I’d share a few photos of some of the works that caught my eye…   I hope you enjoy, and if you can, the exhibit runs through July 22, 2017.   

“Bye, Bye Buckaroos: Vanishing West Series” by Theresa L Fleming – Parker, Colorado

“Longhorn Bull” by Heather Cotterman – Elizabeth, CO

“Boot Quilt” by Rebecca Schwartz – Niwot, CO

“Fertile Hills” by Jean Herman – Denver, CO

“On Dahlias” by Shannon M. Conley – Moore, OK

“Larger Than Life” by Carol Kolf – Sheridan, WY

“Canyon Wrapped in Starlight” by Melody Money – Boulder, CO

“Golden Canyon” by Vicki Conley – Ruidoso Downs, NM

“Remembering John Denver/Fire in the Sky” by Char D. Punke – Albuquerque, NM

I hope this small glimpse of the show, will entice you to go see the full exhibit.   More information can be found at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum website.  

Thanks for stopping by, and happy quilting to you!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

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Leslie Gabrielse Class

A few months ago, I was shopping a a really cool quilt shop in Fort Collins, called Jukebox Quilts.  My friend Kelly is the owner, and over the years, I’ve seen these really cool portraits that she has her friend, Leslie, make of her children.

Leslie Gabrielse is from Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, so Kelly was really excited to tell me about the upcoming class in October….  Yikes!!  I knew I was going to be gone on vacation to Ireland for a couple weeks in early October.  Lucky for me, the dates were October 25-26th.  I thought to myself… I’d really love to take this class, but I just know I’m going to have a stack of paperwork at the office, and probably a pile of customer quilting to do.  My husband Joe, however, had a different perspective.  He said to me, “Brian, you’re going to take this class.  You know you can get everything done.  A chance to learn this technique from Leslie just might not come around again.”  So, of course I signed up!

While on vacation in Ireland, I received the emailed class supplies shopping list.   Oh my goodness…  Acrylic Paints and brushes, specialty art gauze, perle cotton threads, and of course fabric and batting.   Well, I could probably cull the last two items from my stash, but what about all that other stuff.   Fortunately, I knew a weekend in Boulder, Colorado was between me and the class dates, so I figured I’d go art supply shopping then.

I set to work, when I got home, and chose about 8 photos that might be good candidates for my class project.  I did go on the shopping trip to Boulder, and found all of the supplies.  I must give a big shout out to the guy at Meininger’s Art Supply in Boulder.  He was so helpful, and when I showed him some of Leslie’s works from the internet, he was blown away.  I must remember to email him my finished project.

I headed to Fort Collins the evening before class, so as to be rested and ready for what I knew was going to be an intensive two days of learning and fun.

woven-paintingsThe first day began with some artsy playtime.   No, don’t get out your fabric yet… we’re going to paint on paper.  Make two different paintings, and then we’re going to cut them up and weave the two back together into one.

And so we did.  Mine is the second row up in the middle.  I think everyone did a great job.  This exercise helped us to get out of the quilter’s mind space, and into the artist mentality.

Of course there is some similarity, as we were all told to bring white, black, red, blue and yellow acrylic paints.

Next, we were instructed to create a stencil using a drawing of our own.  “Be very careful in cutting it out, because you’re going to use the positive and the negative shapes you created.”

I first drew a butterfly, all scrolls and graceful details, but very detailed.  Leslie came by, and told me I should consider simplifying it a bit, because we weren’t just going to stencil the obvious image.  So I created a sort of star.  It was pretty cool.  In this session, we learned about using stencils and stencil brushes, of course.  But what was really neat, was the discussion about positive and negative shapes, and how they can both combine to create lines in your work.  Wow!  Now we get to grab a piece of fabric that we brought…  YESSSS, Now we’re getting somewhere.  The paints act much different on the fabric than they did in the prior session painting on paper.  After a few strokes, we were starting to get a feel for how much paint to load into the brush, and the pressure to use for a nice pleasing amount of paint on the fabric.

class-stencilsOur stenciling efforts are pictured here:  (Mine is the top right)

The last couple hours of the day, we were treated to a step by step slide show of Leslie creating one of his beautiful works.  Aha!  This is why I’m here.  Things are going to be great.

After the slideshow, we were dismissed for the evening.  I had decided on which photo I was going to tackle in fiber.  The local FedEx/Kinko’s made me a nice enlargement of the small photo to the size I had decided — 22″ x 28″.  I grabbed a quick bite to eat, and went back to my hostel to relax and dream about the fun journey I was sure to begin the next day.  Yeah, that’s right, a hostel.  I’ve never tried one before, but Kelly raved about the Fernweh Hostel, so I decided to give it a try.   It was incredible.  I will definitely stay here again someday.

The next morning, I was ready to begin.  We started out by transferring our plan to a piece of that specialty gauze.  Here’s where mine started…jfoltmer-fiber-portrait-by-brian-clements-step-1-drawing

We then started adding bits of fabric under our drawing.   At this point, you’re trying to achieve the color and shading effects.  The fabrics are raw-edge, and held down with hand stitching using the perle cotton threads.  I’m glad that I had brought a range of neutrals from white to black, with beige and grey pieces filling in the range.  I also knew the sweatshirt had to be orange, since it was a favorite one of Joe’s.  (I think I sewed new cuffs on that thing a couple three times over the years, before it was eventually retired).

What I hadn’t planned on, was the background variety.  Good thing the class was upstairs from the quilt shop.   Five or six fat quarters ought to fill it out nicely.

At the end of the day, I was to this point.jfoltmer-fiber-portrait-by-brian-clements-step-2-placing-fabrics

Now, mind you… the plan is to eventually remove the cartoon road-map overlay.  When we all put our work on the wall… Leslie gave us some critiques, and praises.  He was really pleased with everyone’s progress, but on mine, he told me I should be DONE!  What, stop here?  He said yes, and keep the drawing in place and frame it.  He said it had a Matisse quality, and he really liked it.  Well, I liked it too, but I wanted to see this project to the end.

So of course, I did.   The picture will be at the end…  I think you’d like to see the group from the class first.  Right?

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I’m in the middle, and Leslie is on the far right.  It was an amazing group, and everyone did such amazing things that day.  I’m hoping to hear from each of them, as they finish their project.

I do have some pictures of their creations at the end of the class…

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As you can see, everybody did their own thing.  We took the great information and concept, and had fun.   Art should be fun.

I’ve been engrossed in my creation, so as promised… here is my finished result.  I stretched it over the stretcher bars today, and added a hanging wire.   I gave it to Joe.  He loves it!  A friend came by and saw it, and it brought tears to her eyes.  I guess I did alright…  You be the judge.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into my last couple of weeks, and that you’ll also be inspired to try something new and out of the box.  Classes are a great way to learn a new technique, get out of your studio and your routine, meet new people, and just have fun.  Who knows what will come of it.

Hope you have a great week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

 

 

 

 

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Crown Royal Quilt

Hi everyone.  Wow, has the time gotten away from me and my blogging habit.  You should know that I’ve been really busy quilting and creating in my studio.  I thought that a good place to begin to catch up would be with my Crown Royal Quilt.

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I finished this quilt last year in October, but kept it under wraps for the most part.  It has been shown at the Yuma County Colorado Fair (of course) where it was awarded “Best Use of Color” and at the neighboring Phillips County Fair in Colorado as well.

On a larger stage… it was exhibited at the Machine Quilters Showcase in Cedar Rapids, Iowa earlier this spring, and I won a faculty ribbon.

Today, my quilt returned from display in Chicago at MQX.  I didn’t win a ribbon, but it’s a great honor to be a finalist, and have your work included in their show.

The quilt features an original design of 84 Crown Royal bag embroideries, carefully cut and sewn into the blocks and borders.

brian-clements-crown-royal-quilt-detail

This was truly a solo work, as I designed, pieced, quilted, and bound this beautiful quilt.  I hope you enjoy seeing it too!

I’ll keep it short and sweet today, as I’m busy with a customer quilt on the longarm, and I should be working.  Thanks for stopping by and checking me out.

Happy Quilting!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

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Beautiful Embroidery Quilt

image2Hello everyone.  Yesterday, I had the honor of quilting the next quilt by Moda fabric designers, Sweetwater.  I cannot show you any photos, but I can say that they have once again created a beautiful work of art.  You can see a few photos of their new fabric line at their blog.  Sweetwater Blog

What I can show you… is the beautiful embroidered quilt above.  I’m working on it today.

I’ve been working up to this one.  Intricate designs are a natural for custom quilting.  The stitches and the stabilizer add quite a bit of bulk in those areas, so I knew I would have to do a lot of stitch-in-the-ditch (SID) quilting.  I know what you’re thinking… That’s pretty easy, right?  Well, not exactly.  Straight lines are some of the most difficult quilting, since you can tell if it’s not quite straight.  Also, I am pretty particular which quilts will be a candidate for this type of stitching.  If the piecing is not really precise, SID will just accentuate the flaws in the piecing.

This quilt, however, is pieced very well.  I am writing this post, as I’m taking a break.  I just completed the SID, and started the free-motion work on the top border.  The great part about stabilizing the quilt with SID, is that now, I can jump around to any area, and work on it, without the fear of running into a problem with pushing extra bulk into the wrong area.

I think I’ll mostly free-hand this quilt, except for the yellow background areas around the central star.  I think the robot can do a little work too!

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I hope you have a great day!

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

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Sunshine

Hello everyone.    After a great trip to Chicago, and meeting some great new people, I must admit, it was nice to take an afternoon nap in my own bed.   

Today’s photo of the day challenge was “sunshine”.   Boy did I enjoy it today.   I didn’t retouch this photo in anyway, and it was just shot with my iPhone.   

I hope you enjoy it!

  
Enjoy the warmth,

Fellow Quilter,

Brian

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Chicago Shopping

Yesterday, we had some time to stroll about window shopping after taking a great tour, which included at stop at the National Mexican Art Myseum in Pilsen.   

http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Following the planned tour, I had hoped we’d find time to visit a quilt shop that I had found online prior to our trip from Colorado to Chicago, called the Needle Shop.    

  The Needle Shop

http://www.theneedleshop.net  

     

It’s not your basic quilt store, but a super artistic sewing and quilting space.   The fabrics were carefully selected, and included some independent fabric designers, mixed in with the likes of Alexander Henry and Robert Kauffman.    It’s really unique the way they transfer the fabric from standard flat bolts to a very cool wall of rolled bolts.  The fabrics are so easy to shop, and if you see something you like, they just unclip it and cut what you need.  

They also had heavier weight fabrics, buttons, zippers, and had specialty hardware tucked away smartly in cute little filing drawers.  

An impressive selection of books covered many sewing techniques.   

Rachel was very helpful with my selections, and I had a great time meeting her.  She also told us to go around the corner just a short distance to the Second City Quilt Company.  

   
Second City Quilt Company.   http://www.secondcityquiltco.com. 

   
After a bit of a walk, we found this cute little slice of a store.   They carry some of the more mainstream fabrics by modern designers.   The woman, or shall I call her a dynamo, Gabi was a total hoot.  We had a great time hearing her stories, and telling her ours.   She told us she’s turning 70 shortly.   I hope she doesn’t mind I said that.   This lady is so energetic.   I can see why this shop, less than a year old, is so popular.   

All in all, it was a great afternoon spent pawing over fabric, and being inspired.   I tried to limit myself from purchasing too much, as I’m still whittling away at my existing stash.    I did reward myself just a little bit.   

This is the first time I’ve been to Chicago for any length of time, and I can tell you, it won’t be the last. 

I hope you’ve had an equally thrilling week, and have been inspired by this little glimpse into my world.  

Happy quilting!

FellowQuilter,

Brian

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