Monday, June 30, 2008

RIP Michael Turner

While at Wizard World Chicago, I learned about the passing of Michael Turner, whose art I always liked and met a while back. Here is a great picture I took of him in 2006 in LA when I was introduced to him by one of our retailers, Chris Rupp. He lost his battle with cancer at 37 years old.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Charlotte Update

I'm back from Charlotte, NC only to RUN right back out to another show. This time Wizard World Chicago. I'll be staying at the show area in Rosemont rather than at the house which is an hour away. Less gas.

Anyway, Charlotte was a hoot. Lots of neat artists and creators. I will not have time to list them all but here are a few highlights:

Marc and Katie from Acme and FX International were loads of fun and we got to meet Katie's 'lil HellBoy!

Scott Campbell (not to be confused with other industry Scott Campbells) was so sweet and really cool. I love Pyramid Car! And this print!

I also met Donna from Steam Crow Press. So nice, and loved her mini pins.

Michael Wood is turning 35 this week, and from Pittsburgh, who I bought some indy comics from.

The folks at Imaginism were there, (Kei Acedera) and I chatted briefly.

Hilary Florido was sooooo cool. Yay! I love STUFF! "Stuff rocks!"

I bought a handmade pocket monster, which always amazes me the stuff you can find at these shows.

Todd of the Perhapanauts was very cool. Go Smelt fishing!

I also met Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, and Mike Weiringo's brother. I was getting coffee with this morning with Mike's brother and I asked if he had a good show, and after a few nice words and asking what parts of the industry I was in, I turned it around to find out he "" Mike Weiringo's brother. I was stunned into silence and I can NEVER think of anything to say so I told him I hoped he had a good show and wished him safe travels. (Ugh, so terrible, I know.)

I really want to start a sketchbook of chickens, since that's my new work theme.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On Fire

I'm off to another comic book show this weekend. This time it's HeroesCon in Charlotte NC. I had to hurry up this week's quilt to get it done and not have to worry about it on my trip. And guess what? (Chicken butt) 3 days after I return, I'm at another comic book show.
Did you know there are 5 weekends in June? Ugh.
The flames didn't exactly come out like I wanted. They feel more "Dia de los Muertos" flames. But... It was an experiment, and that's what these weekly quilts are for!

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Aren't we "trouble" personified?

My Riverwalk Quilt Guild friend Catherine Redford has a picture of my buddy Steph and me on her blog. Check it out!

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Online Art Studying

I am extremely fortunate to be in Judy Coates Perez's new online Color Theory class. I won't show you the whole exercise so as to preserve what I paid for and to not give Judy's work away, but I am having a buch of fun learning. It's my first online art class.
I am also in a group studying the chapters from the
Art Quilt Workbook by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston. I finished my chapter 1 exercises a bit late, but they will have to do.

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The World is Quiet Here

For my next Personal Shrines monthly journal quilt, I decided to do one based on my favorite series of books: A Series of Unfortunate Events. I love everything about these books, from the zeitgeist setting, to the dry wit, to the numerous literary allusions in them. The best part is that they are for Children! Someone thought these would be great for kids. I think they would be great for MY (yet to never be born) children, but I can see the furor they would cause in some households.
The main Baudelaire orphans are depicted, as well as the grey city setting from the first book. Is that their house on fire? And what is VFD? It takes 13 books to figure that out.
I collected everything I could from these books. All the freebies, giveaways, shirts, toys, I collected it all. When the movie came out, I collected that junk too. It was all neatly arranged on a set of bookshelves, very much like a personal shrine. What is it about something I enjoy becoming an obsession?

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

There and back again...

The trip to Baltimore was successful, though stressful. I wanted to do so much quilting work this weekend, but slept in until 2pm Saturday and Father's Day was spent with Dad, so not much was done in reality... So without any further ado, I'll be making 3 posts with the works I have made these past 2 weeks.
To start, here are the last 2 week's worth of weekly quilts:

The purple one is "mcTavishing" learned fromt he book and DVD of the same name. I think I needed to use a thicker stitching thread, but in the end, I got the jist of how to do it.
The blue one is a form of baptist fan designs, which I learned from the April/May 2008 issue of Quilting Arts. The article by Frieda Anderson shows how to make this overall design. I thought I had backed myself into a corner a few times, but got out of them each time. One more thing about this design which is a bit interesting is that the design turns around at some point. Look closely enough, you'll see it.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

No, I haven't fallen off the planet...

I'd love to think you're siting there wondering "Gee, where in the heck is Cheryl? She hasn't posted on her blog in a while." Ok, that's what I hope you are doing.
Well, I got called into the home office suddenly, to work on the big project. (The points of data are not making a beautiful line.)
So, when I get back home, I'll have a big update for you, including this and last week's weekly quilt, and last month's journal shrine quilt. I also have an art doll to show (I know! Shocker!) I will also have results from 2 online classes I am taking to further my quilt art.
So I will update on the weekend when I get home. I am planning to run a little contest soon too. So much fun to be had!

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Monday, June 02, 2008

A new theme for June

I didn't know what I wanted to do for June. June was not supposed to be busy, but we launched the project at work and I am being sent to a show in Charlotte NC.
So the month filled up pretty fast, and in the interest of keeping at least some part of my life manageable, I decided to make June the month of new "quilting motifs". I am a chronic stippler. I can do clamshells pretty well, and can spiral my fool head off. But that's really it. After that, I got nothing.
I found some quilt stencil designs online, and liked this one designed by Linda St. Pierre. I adapted it for 6 inch scale. I also decided that I have to see the quilting. I had originally thought to maybe match the thread to the fabric, but what was the fun in that? Now, off to do some sketching to do some original works!

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

My Studio

One of the amazing things about moving from Baltimore to Chicago again was the vast difference in land and home prices. Baltimore is an expensive city to live in/near, because of the proximity to Washington DC and other East Coast lovely cities. Maryland is a small state with limited land available to develop.
Chicago's metro area, on the other hand, is constantly expanding further south and west, where we have landed on a former farm-turned-housing-development. Our 2 bedroom, 1000 sq. ft townhouse was sold to get us a 4 bedroom, 2600 sq. ft single family home. Quite a difference.
One thing I was able to get out of the deal was a room of my own to sew in. DH and I shared the second bedroom for all of our hobbies, and it was quite cramped. Now, we each have our own space. My "studio" was the former owner's daughter's room. It's purple and green, and that suits me just fine. I am still working on lighting options, but here's a peek at the room:
This is the fabric stash. The colorful pile on the floor is recently used fabric that needs to be refolded and put in it's color bin. The top plastic rows hold tools, beads, fibers and other goodies. The door leads to the walk in closet.
Opposite that wall is my sewing table, made from an old computer desk. I can cut on the one side and the keyboard drop has been modified to match the bed of my sewing machine. The Iron and ironing board is in front of the window.
This is my now too small design wall. I plan to get a larger piece of batting to tack up to put the designs on. Note my funny looking radio. I have to say it's the best sound from a boom box you can get.
Another Ikea find is this curtain system turned art show. The wires hold removable clips that allows me to change out my inspiration at any time.
On the wall behind where I sew are some framed ATCs from some of my favorite artists and a pair of painted cherubs that date from my childhood bedroom.
Lest you think I was the model of cleanliness in such a space, this is the walk in closet. I fought to get this room for this closet, whose baby changing table/shelf makes the perfect cutting surface. However it's always covered like this, and hopefully one day this will get cleaned out!
So there you have my sewing space! I hope you enjoyed the tour!