October 29, 2010 81 comments

Welcome to Kit Lang Fiber Art

and the fall 2010, Bloggers' Quilt Festival!

I'm so glad to have you here and want to begin by once again thanking our fabulous docent/hostess-with-the-mostest, Amy Ellis (formerly Park City Girl) of Amy's Creative Side for all her hard work as well as our wonderful sponsors including InLinks (how great is it to have pics in our links on Amy's site?) for having this great festival that allows us all to connect to one another in one homey but worldwide quilting community! I'm looking forward to seeing some great quilts and making some new friends!

I thought I'd share with all of you my favourite quilt that I've made this year (thus far), called "Of The Moment".  It  was inspired by a sketchbook cover that Gennine Zlatkis created about a year ago.  I've been a follower of her blog for a number of years now and always find her incredibly inspiring.

 Sketchbook cover in color

Within a couple of days of seeing it, I went out and bought the silks.  I knew that I would someday make a quilt using that colour pallette - I even thought I might do lilac sea urchins and shells on the coppery brown silk!

But what happened instead, was that a few weeks ago I was in my sewing room and out of the blue decided that I wanted to make a really contemporary quilt. One that was "of the moment".  Inspired by the color field painters of the early 20th century and Geninne's colour pallette above, I wanted to make a quilt that was modern, genderless; that would look equally well hung on a wall or draped artfully over a couch, and that was, above all: contemporary.

And so I designed a quilt that used bold colour choices that drew your eye off the "page", that used strong, simple lines to give it a contemporary feel; and speaking of feeling, used all silks and straight quilting lines to give it a wonderfully soft hand.

I wanted to make the back a little less serious, but still evocative of the color field painters, and so I continued the geometric patterns and swaths of colour, but added a little "wonk" to make sure we all knew it was designed in 2010. :s:

And then I was done - I'd made what I hoped was a truly contemporary quilt - one that was "of the moment".

If you'd like to see my entries in previous Blogger's Quilt Festivals, you can see my entry in Amy's very first festival (and the third quilt I ever made!) here, and my second entry last fall, here.

Check out all the participants in the festival and their quilts by clicking on the button linky below:

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

And don't forget!

In February you can purchase Amy's highly anticipated,
sure to be fabulous new book: just in time to make something from it
 for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival in Spring, 2011! 
October 27, 2010 3 comments

Wednesday WIP

It is Wednesday, therefore, I WIP.

And here is my very Wippiest of WIPs - I don't think I've ever shown a WIP in such a state before, but I couldn't hang it outside, it's pouring rain and 90 km per hour winds!  My flimsy would blow away!

And, I'm very tired... so I just couldn't fuss with it too much. 

So here it is.  My Wednesday WIP.  I promise that it'll be prettier when it's done.

October 25, 2010 15 comments

Animals on Parade

It was a busy weekend for me this weekend.  I made this little quilt on Friday night, worked on a queen most of Saturday as well as making the most delicious stock ever (I mean ever! Beloved Spouse wanted to drink it up just as it was); making cakes for birthdays and our anniversary and recovering from the cold I developed on Monday (of course, because it was my first week back at work, I got sick.)

October 22, 2010 2 comments

Friday Flickr Faves, October 23, 2010

Christine Brallier's work is completely inspiring - and her techniques could so easily be translated in fabric!
October 20, 2010 0 comments


As I'm still working on the "one million and one leaves" project; I thought I'd go back in time and re-visit one of the quilts I'd made previously.

This quilt was one I'd done as part of the 3 Creative Studios challenge group and the word we were given was "passage".

As soon as we got our word for the second challenge, I knew without a doubt what my quilt would be about. Although this was an emotional journey for me, I wanted to get the details right, so I did some research; studying maps and some historical sites.

Two hundred years ago, my ancestors were kidnapped, imprisoned, removed from their homelands and bewildered and terrified, chained prone to rough boards stacked 14 inches apart in the hot, filthy, stench and disease-filled hulls of the slave ships that travelled from the West Coast of Africa to the colonies in the West Indies and the Americas

This was a journey that more often than not less than 50% of the would-be slaves did not survive. This is known as "The Middle Passage" - the middle leg of the transatlantic trade triangle that my ancestors survived allowing me to make this post today.

For the background of my quilt I chose strips of black fabrics; wool, cotton, satin, lycra - many textures and shades to represent the many different shades of black skinned people who were brought in chains to the New World.

I chose many different earth toned fabrics to represent the countries on the continent of Africa and overlaid those countries with gold netting to represent the riches - gold, diamonds, precious metals, gemstones and oil - and then shredded and tore that netting to show how those treasures were ripped from the ground of those many countries.

The countries from which the human treasure was most often stolen are represented by the red beads - blood of the millions of Africans who died while being captured, died during the passage, died on the way to market, or died as slaves.

The chains that run from the coast of Africa through the ocean are the chains that bound my ancestors, but also represent the invisible chains that bind me to them, their passage, and their and my history from which I have been cut off, yet to which I am still bound, in that unknown country from which I came.

This was a quilt that wanted to be made by me, although I didn't know it - and I'm thankful I had the opportunity to do so.


~ Art is spirituality in drag ~ Jennifer Yane

Wednesday WIP

Do you think I need to do something with my stash?

After some consideration, my thoughts are "Yes".   (Oy!) I have more scraps than whole fabric - :)  The big stacks are yardage of more than 2 yards, the small folded pieces are 1-2 yards; the rolled pieces are less than one yard.  But the rest - in the boxes, baskets and clear plastic bags are all scraps.  Sheesh!

Oh! Except - see that tiny little stack on top of the first row of boxes?  That tiny little stack consists of my WIPs.  Go me!
I'd like to totally re-do my sewing room, actually...

Stay tuned!
October 18, 2010 2 comments

Turtle Island

I'm back to work today after a five week absence (to have a vacation and then to take care of BSP pre and post surgery); and so I've been very busy the last four days getting things organized.  You know, easily accessible and cooked food, a spring-type cleaning of the house, fall wardrobe update and the like.

This entailed not only the cleaning and organizing of my fall wardrobe, but also the making of certain additions - two new skirts, two dresses, and a suit. 

I have a very specific work look which I call "sexy secretary".  I've always been in love with 40s and 50s era fashion and have constantly sought out and made clothes in this style for myself.  Pencil skirts feature frequently in this look and they're easy to sew - these days, I don't even use a pattern - I just cut directly into the fabric and they only take 45 minutes to an hour to make (including felled seams) - so quick and easy!
October 13, 2010 5 comments

Wednesday WIP

Still needs trimming and futzing (I took apart and re-designed this quilt 3 times!); but this is essentially what it will look like in the end - with a burgundy back.

But I dreamed a quilt into being last night (a baby quilt) and I need to go and make it.  Right now!  :)
October 12, 2010 32 comments

Of The Moment

When I conceived of this quilt, I remember thinking "I want to make a contemporary quilt - you know, something that's of the moment".  And as I put these silks together in this particular configuration, I wondered whether this quilt was not only of the moment, but whether its design would stand the test of time.

I quilted it very simply (but time consumingly!!!!!) in straight lines of two different varigated threads - one in purples and one in a fuschia/green/yellow.

I was pleased with the result (even taking into account the wonky back) and love, love, LOVE the hand this quilt has - which is, I think, as a result of the quilting and the fabrics.

An odd size for me, this quilt is 55 x 65 instead of my usual lap size - 52 x 73.  BSP thinks my laps are too long unless you have a big couch - my thoughts have always been that I like things generously sized, and a lap quilt that two can cuddle under while watching t.v. or that man could comfortably nap under on a couch is the size I've been aiming for.

BSP says that people's couches are getting smaller and smaller as we adjust to big city living and that my laps are too big to use as a throw.  If it's meant to be decorative only, than sure, it could be smaller, but to cuddle under - bigger is better, I thought.  What are yours?

Continuing the project..

Last week, I left you after I had done some work on some birds. 

When I was done the birds, I began working on the point of the project - the tree. First I drew a pattern for the tree

I cut three of the pattern - one to use as a guide, one to actually cut up for piecing, and one for "just in case".

Once I had the pattern, I pinned one of them to my background,

(birds in place for my own amusement, not because I'm actually going to leave them there. )

And then cut up the second one into workable pieces.  I cut the pattern pieces in fusible interfacing, as my original plan was to fuse the pieces of fabric into place,

 but when I began the process, I realized that to achieve the look that I wanted I  needed to sew them on. 

I used a loden green cotton thread to do so, and once they were attached, I trimmed to fit the piece of interfacing.

Approximately one million hours later, I was finished piecing the tree parts, combined them, and ended up with this:


Now I am constructing approximately one million leaves. 

More on that, later.


~ Art is spirituality in drag ~ Jennifer Yane
October 8, 2010 9 comments

Friday Flickr Faves, October 8, 2010

"Birds, Kit?  Really?  What do birds have to do with quilting?"

Well, some RTD fabric and pastel sticks later, you may end up with something like this:

And from there, who knows?

Stay tuned...

1. IMG_5950-2, 2. Red-backed Kingfisher, 3. Red-Breasted Nuthatch at the Bird Feeder, 4. Varied Thrush, 5. Chapim-azul, 6. Alcaudón (Lanius excubitor), 7. Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling, 8. Carpintero negro (Campephilus magellanicus) Macho, 9. Peitica-de-chapéu-preto (Griseotyrannus aurantioatrocristatus)
October 1, 2010 3 comments

Friday Flickr Faves and An Announcement

Beloved Spouse is having major surgery later today (at 2:30 Eastern time).  They have let us know that we can't expect BSP back home again until Tuesday at the latest, and then there will be an extended recovery time . Although I have taken time off work - returning on October 18; I'm not sure how much or how often I'll be able to be online. 

If you're a "thinking good thoughts/sending good vibes/praying type" please spare some of those for BSP later today.

Cuba Gallery: New Zealand / nature / ocean / clouds / waves / sea / sky / blue / light / summer / sunset / landscape / photography

And I'll see you when I see you, until then, keep on quilting, and make a stitch or two for me.  :)