Well, I got you caught up on our November meeting in my last post. Now, let me show you what happened at the December meeting while it's fresh in my mind!
Oh, but first, have you seen this post from "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" blog? It is so funny. Be forwarned....it's a little harsh and extremely sarcastic, but it gave me a good laugh. (Don't look if you are sensitive about stuff like that.) I don't even know what Elf on the Shelf is, except that I see it everywhere. I think I'm glad neither Sweet Pea nor I have seen the show or read the book or whatever.
Our theme for our December meeting was to do something with Tyvek. If you don't know what Tyvek is, it's the stuff people wrap their houses with before putting on siding. It's a construction material. It doesn't tear easily, but you can paint it, and it does funky things when you heat it. Here is a video one of our members provided a link to on our group's Facebook page if you want to see how to play with Tyvek:
So, people brought their projects and play pieces they had made with the Tyvek. It starts out as plain, white, flat sheets of a plasticy feeling paper.
Sheryl also brought a monoprint she had made that was collaged and then stitched. This was her Christmas card for the year. She made this original and then I think she said her husband scanned it and printed the remainder of their Christmas cards. Can you believe how cool that is? (One person gets the original. Me! Oh, please! Me!)
She made the entire quilt from a bunch of pieced triangles that another group member had given to her in a group meeting. She added no new fabrics to the topper. She just laid a bunch out and decided how to organize them. So cool!
Next up was Jackie. She told us how she had been shopping for a new sewing machine earlier in the day (or week) and that the gals in the shop were playing with these chickens. They gave her one. Have you seen these little rubber chickens? You squeeze them and an egg yolk and whites comes out of the chicken's rear end. It is hysterical, as you can tell. Jackie really got a kick out of this. You can only imagine Sweet Pea's fascination with it. She did so well at the meeting, I took her to Pier 1 to get on after the meeting. She still messes around with it regulary. It is very funny.
Jackie also brought a bunch of fabric she had dyed for another group member. She was trying to match a certain green. She showed us how she keeps a sample of each fabric, along with the "recipe" for mixing that color, in trying to come up with the right color. I thought this was really neat.
Mary brought these great ornaments she had made. She used a thick interfacing and sandwiched it between two fabrics. She quilted it, then cut out the shapes. She satin stitched the edges and also finsihed them with some paint.
This little pin was about 1.5" to 2" across. Everyone really ooohed and ahhhed over this. It is made of the Tyvek that she painted, heated, and glued on, along with beads and pearls. Gorgeous! Sweet Pea asked me if she could take this home. I said no. Haha! Mary said she heated circles of Tyvek. She held the center down and heated the edges, so it started to form a cup.
This is the issue the inspiration came from. Makes me think I should start getting this magazine. If I did, do you think I could even start coming close to making something as brilliant as these ladies make?
Carolyn brought this piece of Tyvek she had painted. She said she really didn't like it. She said maybe it was the colors, however, because she really liked what everyone else brought, and those were all blues, greens, purples, pinks....Maybe a color change was what was needed, she suggested.
Other people at the meeting really liked what she had done. It sparked a conversation about Steampunk. I had never heard of this. Have you? I looked it up on Wikipedia (click the word Steampunk to go to the wikipedia page about this), and here's what it said:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mieville.
Those familiar with Steampunk thought her work would be perfect in a Steampunk theme. It gave us an idea for a possible future art quilt group theme. Hmmm....I'll have to study up on that one if I have any hope of participating!
We decided our theme for January would be "New Beginning." It is pretty broad. I have an idea of what I want to do, but it'll be a matter of having time to execute it. We'll see what I can do.
Hope you enjoyed this post. I love my art quilt group meetings. They are so inspiring, and I am grateful that everyone is okay with having Sweet Pea along, or I wouldn't be able to join in. She enjoys the show and tell about as much as anyone! It's really cute. I told her she needs to work on a piece to show at the next meeting. ha!
Until next time,