Margaret’s Muse – The Frida Quilt

 

Margaret's Muse Quilt Center. Frida Kahlo
Margaret’s Muse Quilt Center. Frida Kahlo

It was a dark and stormy night…

And we decided to make a birthday quilt for our friend, mentor and teacher Margaret Linderman.

And we decided to make it a surprise!

And we wanted all of her peeps to be able to create a part of the quilt.

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I thought of the French Roses quilt, created by Heather French.  It is a versatile, layered, fabric flower that Margaret and her students have made many times for many people.

I drew up a layout with the blocks on point that would have 50 flowers – enough to include many friends!

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Then I added in a center that could have an image of Margaret’s muse, Frida Kahlo, in a flaming corazon.

Margaret’s daughter Janis Stob and I sent out packets of background fabric, a black shadow for each flower (to add a visual punch) and inspiration appliques. It will surprise none of you that I have quite a collection of Alexander Henry fabrics from which to draw folklorico inspiration!

When the blocks came in we gathered at Wooden Gate Quilts, in Danville, and worked on a layout.

The crew working on the layout
The crew working on the layout

 

Jamie in the center
Jamie in the center

Janis sewed the blocks all together, making many extra where we needed more, leaving the hole in the middle for Frida.

Quilt center in progress
Quilt center in progress

I created a heart from dupioni silk and cut flames out of bright batiks. Margaret’s favorite image of Frida Kahlo was printed on to fabric to adorn the center.

Raw-edge appliqes with black batting
Raw-edge appliqes with black batting

To make an exciting edge to the heart I glued lots of small flower appliques to a layer of black batting which would add dimension, color and texture. I stitched them all on the longarm and cut them out with the black shadows visible.

Center in Progress. Adding appliques and a frame
Center in Progress. Adding appliques and a frame

The appliques surrounded the corazon and then I created a frame for the photo of Frida.

Border corazon
Border corazon

The outer “border” was composed of more corazons, most made by Janis Stob and Kathy August.
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The quilt began to take shape!

Of course, even though we started MONTHS in advance, the quilt didn’t get on to the longarm until the DAY BEFORE THE PARTY.  And we still had to add bling and bind it!IMG_6486

I had a marathon 6 hours on the longarm to get it all quilted!

Late night bling crew!
Late night bling crew!

That night we had a bling and binding party! You won’t believe how fast Pat DeForce got that binding on for us!

Frida Flower
Frida Flower

We added crystals, beads, do-dads, bobbles, milagros and anything else we got our hands on to make the quilt more “Margaret!”

Margaret's Muse quilt center
Margaret’s Muse quilt center

The next day we threw her a surprise party!

Please hold for Part 2, wherein we give Margaret the quilt!

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Look for our quilt at Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California, this weekend!

Quilt Show – Margaret Linderman textile artist!

The Wonderful and Talented Margaret Linderman
The Wonderful and Talented Margaret Linderman

Master textile artist and quilter Margaret Linderman was the featured artist at the recent “Spring on the Straits” Quilt Show put on by the Carquinez Strait Stitchers in Benicia, California.

And the address is...
And the address is...

The show was held in a building called the Clocktower, which was a giant old brick structure, perhaps once used to store munitions.

I was very taken with the amazing entry door.

Clocktower door
Clocktower door

The show was upstairs in a very wonderful room filled with quilts and vendors.

Close up of a quilt on Margaret's table
Close up of a quilt on Margaret's table

Margaret had many of her wearable art pieces on display at the back of the room, and many lucky quilters got to see her demonstrate the process she uses to create them as the weekend progressed.

A collection of Margaret's garments
A collection of Margaret's garments

The show featured many of the garments made with ethnic fabrics.

Detail of the back of a coat called "Day of the Dead Through the Eyes of the Soul"
Detail of the back of a coat called "Day of the Dead Through the Eyes of the Soul"

An important part of Margaret’s creative team is her wonderful daughter Janis Stob.

Janis Stob from DeJanis Stob from December's Child in from of "An Homage to the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico" coatcember's Child
Janis Stob Janis Stob from December's Child in from of "An Homage to the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico" coat from December's Child

I regret to say that there were more jackets and outfits there that I somehow didn’t photograph.  Note to self – pay attention!  I think I was distracted by that pesky Mavis Quinn.

Behind the work table, one of Margaret’s newest quilts, Floral Fiesta was hanging.  I was entranced!

Floral Fiesta quilt
Floral Fiesta quilt

This is a quilt that you have to see in person to really appreciate.  The border has 10+ yards of applique flowers around it.  Hundreds of flowers all stitched in many colors.  The whole edge is triple stitched over a cording.  It is Amazing!

Janis in front of "Floral Fiesta"
Janis in front of "Floral Fiesta"

Margaret also had many of her quilts on display, but Mavis stole my camera and deleted all my other photos!  See what I have to put up with!  This was a show that was not to be missed!

Margaret Linderman wearing "View from the Koi Garden"
Margaret Linderman wearing "View from the Koi Garden"

Wednesday Night Live – Who’s the girl with the mustache?

Sometimes a girl just needs a mustache
Sometimes a girl just needs a mustache

Forty-four lucky people saw me paint on fabric live online!

If you missed it, you can still go and watch it at http://www.ctpubblog.com/2011/05/04/wednesday-night-live-replay-15/

Here are the visuals that go with the demo.  They all show different examples of painting on fabric.

On this blog site you can always double click on the photos and see them enlarged.

I wanted to remove the shadow under her nose
I wanted to remove the shadow under her nose
Lupe after nose job
Lupe after nose job
I added green to create depth around all the pieces of this chair
I added green to create depth around all the pieces of this chair
Dark blue, orange, and white help create grout for the tiles
Dark blue, orange, and white help create grout for the tiles
Darks and lights create dimension
Darks and lights create dimension
On a two-color fabric like this, you can add almost any color
On a two-color fabric like this, you can add almost any color
Add a color to make a fabric match your project
Add a color to make a fabric match your project
White and black can enhance stripes
White and black can enhance stripes
I added light green and white to the left side
I added light green and white to the left side
I altered the center section of this fabric with several colors
I altered the center section of this fabric with several colors