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Saturday, February 4, 2017

The To-Do List and How I Hang My Quilts

Do you make To-Do Lists? Do they help you keep organized and on track? Me? I’m a list maker. Now and when I worked in the business/banking/finance world. So many things get thrown at me during the day, it is how I manage to stay on track and prioritize.

When I worked in the business world, I used the “Task” function on my calendar to help me keep track of when reports were due and other tasks.  Today I keep track of things that need to be done around the house and in the Studio on paper and with the “Reminders” and “Notes” apps on my iPhone. I especially like the “Reminders” app for when I have things to do outside the house.

This past week and I had several things to get done and decided to write them down. I like seeing the piece of paper and where I am on my tasks and the accomplishment of getting things done. And I got so much done that day! I felt great and was ready for the next day. Then I awoke with a migraine that had me in bed all day long. L

One of the things on my list this weekend has been to hang make the boards I use for my quilts and get Reflections in the Sea hung in the hallway. While I was doing this I thought I would do a tutorial so you can see how I do this. It is a great way to hang quilts at home and at certain gallery showings. I am a member of the Dallas Area FiberArtists and we have our annual show at ThePoint, at C. C. Young in Dallas. This hanging method works great with their system.








First I go to the local hardware store and purchase a piece of word ¼” thick and 4” wide. The length varies depending on the width of my quilt. At Home Depot and Lowes have pre-cuts and they will make a few cuts for free, so I had measured what I needed before I went and had them cut the wood for me.


When I got home I got out the hangers I had purchased at Hobby Lobby and measured where I needed to screw them in. I place them towards the top of the board so the quilt will hang as close to the wall as possible.  














Now you will notice in the pictures I used one of the gripper pads under the board so the board doesn’t slip while screwing the board in. Very helpful, you don’t want to be fighting the board while you are trying to get the screw and screwdriver to cooperate.








After I screw the hangers in, my husband use to snip off the sharp end and grind it down on the grinder, so it wouldn’t mare the quilt. Well, my sweet friend, Lu Peters, came up with an easier idea of using the felt feet we buy for the bottom of chairs and placing them on the back of the screw. How easy is that!






















Now, you will notice on my boards, I have written the name of the quilt. I make sure to write this with a Sharpie on the back of the board. You won’t want it showing through the front or heaven forbid, bleeding into the quilt if water hits it. I have so many quilts, writing the name on the board helps when they are at a show or when you are moving. This made it so much easier when we moved last year and I was hanging the quilts in the house.







Here is Reflections in the Sea hung in my hallway.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Bookmark it so you can come back to it any time and pass it on to your friends!

Creatively,


Jules

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Angel of Mercy Quilt Process


Well, I mentioned a few months ago that I am working on balance. Seems the blog is the one thing that falls off the plate when it gets too much on it. I can’t believe it has been 4 months since I have posted. Honestly, I am going to try harder to post about my work, especially now that I am spending more in the studio.

We are still madly in love with our little Oreo. He is bringing us such joy!

In the past few months I have been able to complete several projects and start a few more. The one main accomplishment is the Angel of Mercy quilt. This project started over 4 years ago. Delays with it range from Jeff’s Alzheimer’s disease, to packing, moving and unpacking, playing with grandchildren, starting more projects, and just needing to be in the right mood to finish quilting it. This isn't the best picture of the completed quilt. I had a hard time with lighting in my studio. Professional pictures will be taken next month.

After completing all of the thread painting in October, it took me until December to start the quilting. For me, quilting is personal and I really have to have a conversation with the quilt on how it wants to be quilted and with what threads. I knew I wanted to use silk thread, but which one? So I auditioned several on sample pieces and picked YLI White Silk #100. Lucky for me, the quilt store down the highway carries this thread. I ran out twice while I was quilting.

In July 2013 I made my first post regarding this quilt. It was first named “Down the Drain”, because the design originally came from dye powder in my dye sink. When my daughter looked at the quilt she told me to turn it sideways, because it is an angel. Agreed! Now, one of my grand-girls tells me it is not an angel, it is a horse. It’s an Angel.

Anyway, the post from July 2013 made me chuckle.

Angel of Mercy Process:

Original design came from dye in my dye sink. I had tested out either a black dye to see what colors might come out of it with ice dyeing. Loved the colors and the design, so I took a picture and started my creative thinking.

All hand dyed cotton and silk organza were used for this quilt.  I faithfully fused with Misty Fuse®. Thread painting was with silk and poly threads. I love quilting with silk and the smooth texture it gives.

I learned from a SAQA meeting I attended a few years ago to keep a journal of my quilt designs with pictures and notes of the process. This has become very helpful, especially with these long-term projects and moving. I was able to go back and pick up the correct threads, needles and where I was in the process. It also helped me keep track of the hours I spent on the project. I’ve had people ask me how long it takes to make a quilt, and you all know “It depends on the quilt”. This way I can document and know.

Here are a few pictures of my notes and how I kept track.

  


It took a few days to quilt, and I love the finished product.

Thanks for taking the journey with me. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Just incase you didn't know, besides my Etsy shop, I'm now on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.  #studiojulesart. Follow me!

Happy Creating,

 Jules

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Finding Balance

Lately I have been struggling with finding balance between “Life” and “Studio”. Do you ever have that problem? I have decided to take each day as it comes and be at peace with it, and maybe, just maybe, I will be able to spend a few hours each week in the studio.

Our new little dog, Oreo, is a joy and has become a great encourager for me to go to the Studio. Everyday he runs to the studio and tells me it is time to work. Unfortunately, most days I have to tell him it isn’t time yet. He just loves to sleep at my feet while I am quilting.


He is such a love and tries to help me work on the computer too.









The latest pieces of work to come out of the studio are this versatile piece, “Fall 2016”. The colors remind me of a Fall morning with the changing colors and the left over colors of summer. It can be hung on the wall or lay it on a table as an accent piece. It measures 8”x17.5” and is available in my Etsy shop.

The big project I am working on is a modern quilt. It isn’t a large quilt, but one that can hang on the wall or accent a table. I used the Rising Star pattern for the blue stars and love the way the triangles are quilting.


I’m off to work in the studio and get more quilting done. Enjoy your day and make it a creative one!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dyeing Day with my Grand-girls

This past weekend I had a great time with two of my grand-girls. One of the first things they wanted to do (besides play with our new dog) was to dye shirts for themselves, one for mom and a onesie for their new brother. And I couldn't resist and dyed one for me too.

We showed them different styles of dyeing and the Shibori techniques that I have been experimenting with. Sadie wanted her shirt wrapped on the PVC pipe and purple dye. Shelby wanted her shirt and mommy's to have rubber bands and navy dye. I wanted the same as Shelby and navy dye too. They decided to do binder clips on the onesie for brother, and since we had a vat of navy dye going, we threw his in.

When our daughter picked up the girls on Sunday we went to lunch and celebrated our freshly dyed shirts. Everyone was thrilled with the outcome.





















And I can't forget to post about our new little rescue pup. Oreo is 3 years old and the most passive, gentle and well behaved dog I have every met or had. He was surrendered to the Humane Society of North Texas this past week and we were lucky enough to adopt him. I had been keeping my eye out for a Maltese mix, and I think we hit the big time with this little guy. He does need some TLC and heart worm treatments, but hey, he needed a family to love him and we sure do!

Don't forget that September is World Alzheimer's Awareness month. If you are walking with a team this month for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, give me shout out and let me know! If you would like to donate to a team, please find your local walk and donate to one of the team. Or, you can donate to team Rushing for the Cure, and I will be very grateful for your support.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School - Free Shipping!

Back to School Free Shipping!

Get ready for Fall with a new scarf or treat yourself to quilting fabric (since you have the house to yourself again!).

Use Coupon Code BACK2SCHOOL for Free Shipping at check out in my Etsy shop.

Hand Dyed Scarves
I love dyeing fabric and scarves and hankies. Being able to share this love with others gives me a wonderful feeling. When you wear one of the hand dyed scarves, you will always have someone commenting on the color and the uniqueness of the pattern.

The hand dyed fabrics, each of the ice dyed pieces is different and I have started dyeing pieces using the Shibori technique. Today I posted new fat quarters that are in different colors and various Shibori techniques.


Hand Dyed Fat Quarters
Hand Dyed Yards

Do you needlepoint or hand quilt? I have some beautiful DMC pearl cotton to go with your hand work. I love to needlepoint and have hand dyed DMC to work on a project. What a peek? I am doing this to go along with the Four Year Quilt! When I'm done it will be put on a custom made footstool. 

Pearl Cotton















So, enjoy your day and pop on over to StudioJulesArt on Etsy and use your BACK2SCHOOL Free Shipping code in the Coupon Code section of check out. 


Monday, August 1, 2016

The Four Year Quilt

Finally finished! I think I started this quilt in October of 2012, so that would make almost four years in the creative/construction phase. Yards and yards of hand dyed fabric, and don’t ask me how many yards, I forgot to keep track. The blocks of the background fabric, which are in the vertical direction, are container dyed and the horizontal blocks are ice dyed.  The insert fabrics of various colors are container and iced dyed. When calculating how many blocks I would need, I over estimated and made too many. Now I have a throw quilt to match!

The Quilter’s Guild of Dallas held a workshop with CarolTaylor in September of 2012. My friend, Lu Peters, asked me to join her in taking this great workshop and it was much-needed day away from the house.  This was right after my husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (at the age of 57) and I was just a tad bit stressed. During the workshop I knew I wanted to make a new king size quilt for our bedroom and method grabbed me!

Then the decision making process started. What colors for the background? Container or ice dyed? What colors for the inset pieces? Oh, the fun I had being able to spend time with the creative process and in my construction and dye studios.

The curved piecing became a refuge and very therapeutic. I would escape to the studio for bits of time, man the rotary cutter and turn on some music or listen to a book.  Even when we moved last year, and in an apartment for 7 months, I had my big ironing table in one guest room and my portable sewing table in the other. 

You would think I would be tired of this method after 258 - 8inch blocks, but I’m not. I have ideas rolling around in my head for another quilt…after I finish some works in progress.

Thanks for letting me share the process with you! And yes, the pillow shams are ice dyed also. I just can't stop with the ice dying!


Happy sewing and quilting!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sunset

Last night the sunset was beautiful!



This morning I woke of thinking about the sunset and realized that I have fabric and scarves in my Etsy shop to match!

Beautiful Red and Yellow




Hand Dyed Red and Yellow


I love dying fabric and sharing it with others. These infinity scarves are made out of Bamboo Cotton and are so soft. Enjoy the eye candy, but jump over to my Etsy shop and purchase one of these scarves so you can enjoy the sunset everyday.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mother's Day at Studio Jules Art on Etsy

Just in time for Mother's Day! Jump over to my Etsy shop, Studio Jules Art, and pick out a sweet infinity scarf or hankie for your mom! For those of you that are TCU fans or support the Alzheimer's Association, there are some scarves that are just the right colors!



Infinity Scarf in Deep Purple and Wisteria

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Finally - Back in the Studio and Back on Etsy

This past year has been a whirlwind with moving and getting settled in our new home. I love our new home, it is the perfect size and location for us. My studio has been separated into two rooms, but it works well. My construction studio has wonderful windows and faces the south and the studio with all the fabric faces the west with a huge two story blocking the sun. Bonus!


 Yesterday I re-opened my Etsy shop. Right now I have hand dyed and ice dyed scarves and hankies listed. Pop on over and take a peek! The colors are awesome!


I'll be posting more hankies and scarves this week and then I will post fabrics and notions. 

Glad to be back in the land of the creative! Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Collecting Treasures

Recently, Mr. Wonderful and I vacationed, collecting family history information. One of my hobbies is family genealogy and I have hit a brick wall with part of my dad's family. I have had to come to the conclusion that some things just aren't to be found. Especially since they didn't document births and deaths in the early to mid 1800's.

While driving through these small mid-west towns we occasionally stopped to do some antique shopping, hoping I would find a wonderful old quilt.  I didn't find a quilt, but I found a wonderful thread box and three antique irons.

The irons are older then the ones I had already collected for my Studio. One of the irons has "Memphis" on the handle. I would imagine these date back to the 1800's.

The thread box isn't old, but I love the color and the charm. As for the thread box, well I'm sure it will collect all sorts of treasures in my Studio. The size is perfect for my hutch in the Studio.




Before we left on vacation I took a wonderful Shibori - Indigo dye workshop with Suzanne Morgan. What a wonderful day! Here are some of the treasures I dyed. I couldn't wait to get home and dye some more using the methods I learned.


Enjoy your day, your week and your summer. Be sure, especially during this Memorial Weekend, to thank every service person you come across. Without their dedication to serving our country, we wouldn't have the freedoms that we do.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time Flies and Art Updates

I can't believe it has been 5 months since I posted updates. Time really flies when you are busy!

The Alzheimer's art show at Lover's Lane UMC was wonderful. We had a few pieces sell and I'm proud to say that "In Flight" was one of them. The luncheon reception was great, getting to talk to church members about the art and about our walk with Jeff's Alzheimer's Disease.
Here are a few pictures from the show.
Shattered Curves hung with the
atrium as a backdrop

One wall of the show - MRI Mirage
and In Flight on this wall


Dallas Area Fiber Artists members enjoying the show.


This week I was able to end the drought of not being in the studio. I basted a quilt a few days ago and yesterday I switched up and pulled out an art quilt I started a couple of years ago and went back to work on the applique' process. Several years ago, Jeff and I vacationed in Charleston, SC. Love that city and all the history and architecture. We took a photo walking tour one day and I took so many wonderful pictures and was able to start looking at things a different way. One picture I took was of a pebble stone walkway. The texture and colors really drew me in. Here is a picture of my end of day process yesterday. I'm going to place it on hand dyed cotton batting, the batting will show through and give an additional texture to the piece.




I have more art news to post, but due to time, I'll post it as soon as I get a moment. 

I've been pondering the idea of separating my art blog and my blogging about our journey with Alzheimer's Disease. I realize many of you want to read about both, but there are some that may want to just read about my art journey and some may just want to read about our Alzheimer's journey. So, as soon as I can get it set up, look for another page on my blog called "Alzheimer's - Rushing Style".