Giveaway chance

Hello….Sue Bleiweiss is having a WONDERFUL give away on her website. You should check it out.

Featured Artist

I am a member of the Studio Art Quilter’s Association and the regional (KS, MO, & OK) blog is featuring me this month as the featured artist. Here is a link to the article.

I had the opportunity to meet Shannon Conley at the opening of the Fiber Works Exhibit in Tulsa this past Friday. It was fun to actually get to put a face with the emails. My piece Bruiser was accepted into this exhibit. It was the first time I entered this show and it is very exciting!!

I have a couple of new projects that I’ve started. I learned today that I need to pay attention to my own advice in that article and to take more breaks. My body is tired!

Back in 2004 I was sitting in Houston at the International Quilt Festival waiting for them to open the doors. I started sketching out a quilt that I wanted to make. (I know it was 2004 because I actually initialed and dated the sketch.) My friend Julana Winegarten was with me and I remember asking her “How do I draw a box that is hanging upside down with the lid flopped open?” She’s an art teacher. So she showed me. Later on after getting back home I actually got most of the elements of the quilt made. They were paper pieced. But then I realized my main star was not round and in frustration set it aside. I pinned all these elements to my design wall. Then…in 2006 I went back to college and this quilt got forgotten – even though it was hanging right there on the wall in front of me. Finally in 2010 I graduated from college – again – and one of my goals after school was to get some of my UFO’s (unfinished objects) actually finished. I have finished 4-5 of them and then I got this one out again. Remembering that my main star wasn’t round I started with that. Once again Julana helped me. We re-drafted the star so that it was round. Then I pieced it and voila! I had my elements ready. But no background. I wanted the background to be 9 patches that were very close in value…all the same color…shades of blues so that it just kind of blended all together. Some of the 9 patches I made into stars just so that it looked kind of like a starry night sky.
So here is the finished quilt. The box hanging upside down with the lid flopped open didn’t make it into the quilt…just didn’t fit right. I call it “Out of the Box”. There is the box with the star pattern on it (I’m interpreting this as me – not the box but the ‘star’). But as the star comes out of the box it changes and grows and becomes different. It is still a star but different. I had forgotten that when you paper piece something you have to mirror image it or it comes out opposite. Luckily I learned to become flexible and it didn’t hurt the original design to flip flop it. When I was back in college for the second time and in my 50’s I was REALLY out of my box. I had to do things in my classes (art, painting, sculpture) that I had never done before…really out of my box. I just wanted to learn to draw but it turned into so much more. I used to be very set in my ways that things I created were very symmetrical. Boy…art classes got me out of that box! I became more flexible in terms of not having to stick to a pattern and knowing how I could make it my own. So that’s where I am now…making things my own and exploring new creative worlds.
Here are a couple of close ups.



I just got a call that my piece “Bruiser” was accepted into the Fiber Works 2013 show! I’m so excited!! This is the first time I’ve entered anything into this show. You should be sure to check out this really good exhibit. It is July 12, 2013 through August 23, 2013 at the Arts and Humanities Hardesty Art Center, Boston and Archer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Be sure to look for a really AWESOME wall hanging of a cat. That’s Bruiser.

Well I’ve been pretty busy. My long arm quilting machine was being bitchy so I ended up driving all the way to West Plains, MO (6 hrs each way) to the Gammill shop. The tech there – Gerald – got it all fixed up and it is working VERY well now. However during the time it was being bitchy I stopped working on quilting and went back to some unfinished projects. I had one that I started waaaay back before I went back to school (2006).
Springtime in the Garden
This is called Springtime in the Garden. It is a block of the month pattern from Alice Wilhoit through Linda Taylor’s Quilting School. It is supposed to be lots of hand applique, hand embroidery, dimensional elements … all done by hand. By now I didn’t want to do it by hand. I had already machine appliqued the four Hawaiian blocks in the corners and decided I was just going to “make it my own”. I went ahead and machine appliqued the rest of it. Where there was hand embroidery I did most by machine – even though I did do a little of it by hand…did the French knots and lazy daisy stitches by hand. The rest I did on the machine. The flowers in the center block were supposed to be foldy hand done flowers and I’m too lazy to do that so I found some crocheted flowers at JoAnn’s that I liked and put those in the center and attached them with some French knots. The rouched flower is done by hand so the whole quilt top was quite a combination of techniques. I was planning on quilting some trapunto onto this quilt but once I got it ready to quilt I decided that it just made it look too busy. But it’s quilted and finished and I am happy with it. It’s one of my favorite quilts now.

Then the second UFO (unfinished object) I got out was one that I’m REALLY excited about. I sketched out this ORIGINAL design in 2004. I know that because I actually wrote my initials and the date on the bottom of the sketch. And I remember when and where I did it. My friend Julana and I had gone to the Houston quilt festival. We were waiting for the show to open and I started sketching this design. This was before I had gone back to college and didn’t know a thing about drawing, etc which is one of the reasons I went back to college to learn to draw & paint and stuff about color, composition…those artsy things. So I had to ask Julana…”how do I draw a box that is hanging upside down with the lid flopped open?” And she showed me. Once I got home I even got started piecing the elements of the quilt. There is a large round star on this quilt. However the one I made didn’t turn out round. So I hung these elements on my design wall and that’s where they stayed until last month. I just realized that was 9 years ago…wow!! So since the Gammill was on the fritz I got this project off of the wall and back on the drawing board. Once again my friend Julana helped me. She helped me re-draft the circular star so that it was round. I didn’t know how to do it. See…in college they made me take algebra. I wanted to take Geometry because I was pretty sure it would help me with my art. But nooooo…..I had to take algebra. Therefore Julana helped me re-draft the star. I got it pieced and decided on the size of the pieced blocks in my background and got the background made. Then the box, circular star and black and white swirls are all hand appliqued to the background. I don’t have a picture yet of the top. I will post that when I get the quilt finished. It is currently on the long arm frame and is almost completely quilted. It has been SO much fun seeing this come together because it is an original design of my very own. !!! The quilt evolved some from the original sketch. I had forgotten that when you paper piece something it is a mirror image so my design is flip flopped and I left out the little box hanging upside down because it would have been too crowded with it on it. But I still love the quilt and am anxious to share it.

Another top that I have had pieced for a while is/was a mystery block of the month from Carol Doak’s online yahoo group. She designed a 2 color quilt and we got a new block about every month. This is the finished product.
Carol Doak 2013 Mystery
I quilted in some feathers – used a grey thread in the light blue areas but on the blue/green border I used a variegated thread. I think it’s really nice and is a nice size lap quilt. It’s about 60″ square.

All of these are available on my website at http://www.janholzbauer.com Either click on the gallery and watch the slide show or click on the store and check out both the art quilts & traditional quilts categories.
I’ll get a photo of my original design on here once I finish the quilting. Just a few more days. Then on to another UFO!!

Workshop Available

I finally have the workshop information available on my website – http://www.janholzbauer.com Be sure to look under the “Workshop” page. Here is just a sample of what we might work on during the workshop.
Workshop 2

Strippy Star

This piece is called Strippy Star. It is about 40″ square. It was begun in a workshop with Elsie Campbell sometime in mid 2012…can’t remember when exactly. But I did finally get it quilted. It is made from sets of strips sewn together, cut into squares, cut into triangles and then sewn back together to get the star shape. I know, I know…sew something together, cut it up and re-sew it…sounds crazy but that’s what I do. And I love it!! The design possibilities just from these beginning strip sets is amazing. Besides fun! I did a lot of machine quilting on it – feathers and lots of background filler. I’m not sure if I would do a lot more of this kind of thing but it was a fun workshop. Strippy Star

Stripppy Star 2