Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Quilting Class with Betty Busby

October 19 2017,

This past weekend, I took a Betty Busby class called, "Multi-Media Fiber Arts".  I had fun.

Below is a quilt by Betty Busby.

Below is Betty Busby demonstrating a technique.

We played with paints, mostly Pro Chem's Pro Silk and Fabric Paints. I found out that my favorite color is "Flag Blue". You'll see me use it across multiple "compositions".

We used plastic Dixie small cups to put in our paint. Below are plastics cups which has been washed and reused a few times. Pretty aren't they.

Below are compositions by students drying on the floor. Mine is the yellow and blue bull's eye looking thing.

Here is the color "Flag Blue", my favorite out of all the colors.

Here is one of my composition with head bands, wax paraffin on on piece of silk fabric with paint.

This is another piece with metallic paint mixed into it.

After I pulled the piece up, this is what got etched on the plastic garbage bag that I was using.

 Ain't it pretty?

This piece is Betty Busby's vinyl sticker, and I painted over it with "Flag Blue". This technique is call "Sun Print".

Here is the "sun print" piece colored in with Derwent Inktense Pencils and aloe vera.

This is the final piece when the vinyl is lifted up from the fabric.


This below is the bulls eye fabric that was made earlier. Here I am peeling off the silk fabric off of the vinyl table mat.

Then I used Shiva paint sticks on rubbed it on top of the vinyl table mat, making an impression on the fabric.

Here is the finish piece of fabric.

Here we took leaves and painted it. Here we used the Pro Chem Profab Pearlescent Paint and painted and veins of the leaf. We also used a non-woven call evolon.

We stamped the leaf onto evolon.

Then we painted it with Pro Silk and Fabric Paint and also colored it in with the inktense pencil.

Definitely out of my element - but I had fun.

Quilt & Bitch

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

'Nuf Said :: B*tch B*tch B*tch

October 18 2017,

I have a few things I would like to get off my chest.

Since being President of my local guild, I hear things, and people want to make sure I hear them. Yes, I hear them - I hear them all. Thank you for sharing them with me.

A handful of times, it's the same people who bitch and bitch and bitch but don't seem to want to do anything but bitch. When our members do bitch, I ask them to step up and become involved. To be the solution and not the problem.

"I live too far, you don't expect me to drive all the way from XYZ to be involved?"
"I'm President of another guild already."
"I'm too busy."

Whine, whine, whine.

Ok... I don't mind people who let me know what they are thinking, but it's the one that continuously whine and bitch.

So I get an email from a member who tells me that the current place that we are meeting is too expensive. Fine. I agree. So I write back thanking her for her input and that if she would like to be on the search committee to let one of the board members know and we would put her in touch with the person who is heading it.

Of course there was no response to that email.

So here's the kicker. A few days later I follow up with her on a request she has (not related to any of her bitching) and she replies... you ready for this?

"When is the October meeting? Thanks."


I decide to ignore that email and wait a week before our October meeting and I reply to her.

"Our October meeting is October XXth, 2017."

She writes back, "Planning on being there with $. thanks for the reminder. We almost went in last night!"

Yah lady. Dear readers. I bet you a hundred dollars that if she had gone in and there was no meeting, I would have gotten the blame.

Note that the meeting has been announced umpteenth time on the website, newsletter since April of 2017.

Now, now, what am I to say.

There's no glamor in this role. We ain't getting paid doing this. We do endless hours of planning, organizing, making decisions, fund raise and many other things that are not seen by most of our members. We are doing what is best for our members and that we are fiscally responsible.

You want my role? Take it, have at it. Today, I feel like a doormat.

Quilt & Bitch (more bitching than quilting lately)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sitting Pretty :: Museum of Printing

October 4 2017,

The Museum of Printing. I love this museum. This is a museum full of character and charm. It is located in Haverhill, MA. If you have time - pay them a visit. Note that as of the writing of this blog, they are open every Saturday year round from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. They do have letterpress classes, and in 2015, I did take one. Believe it or not, the instructor who taught the class, Ted - remembered exactly when I took the class.

This museum recently moved from Andover to Haverhill. This location has better lighting and a better flow.

It's still summer - still in my sandals.

I remember the Apple II computer below. The first introduction to a computer was a Commodore 64 that my older brother bought in the 80s.

Below is a typewriter that I am familiar with. It was an electric typewriter.

I want one of this.

As you can see, I love anything that has to do with printing. I love the art. So if you have time, swing by this museum and say hi to Ted for me.

Quilt & Bitch