Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fractured Quilt 2010

I have been a member of a Fractured Art Quilt group for about four years now.  The group began with six members in the first year.  At the end of the first projects, three of the members dropped out and we decided to replace only two of them.   Three of the original members have continued with the group to complete a total of three pieces and others have either one or two pieces which they have finished.

Each member designs a pattern and then fractures it into five pieces.  One piece of each persons' pattern is given to each participant.  (This means that each person works on every pattern including their own.)  The originator of the pattern establishes what guidelines, if any, they have for their original piece.  Everyone has about ten months to finish all five pieces and return them to their respective owners.  Each individual then puts their fractured pieces back together and does the finishing quilting and embellishing. 

The fractured quilts which have been completed to date were shown at a special exhibit at the Sisters Quilt Show in Sisters, OR last summer.  They were very well received and we have since begun work on next years fractures.  I am posting pictures of the pieces which were completed since the group began.

Joanne Baeth, 2008

Dona Ford, 2008

Louise Page, 2008

Carol Dougan, 2008

Joanne Baeth, 2009

Dona Ford, 2009

Louise Page, 2009

Susan Massini, 2009

Carol Bowen, 2009

Joanne Baeth, 2010

Dona Ford, 2011

Louise Page, 2010


Susan Massini, 2010

Cheryl Carbone, 2010


Thursday, November 4, 2010


I know that Halloween is history, but our daughter on the other side of the state posted pictures of our two grandsons on her blog last night and they are so cute, that I need to put them up on mine.  Ethan (4, soon to be 5) dressed up as 'Bob the Builder'.  Caleb (just turned 3) decided that rather than being a fan of Tinkerbell, that Captain Hook was his hero.  When Grams asked him about Captain Hook he described him as 'that guy with a bad attitude'.  So here they are, my two favorite grandsons!'

'Dos Amigos'
'The Bad Attitude Bandito?'

Monday, November 1, 2010


I am so excited to post pictures of a recent project completed by a group of ladies from the Klamath Basin in Oregon and Northern California.  The idea for the project came after viewing Slice Quilts done by a quilting group on the east coast (I think).  The pieces which we did were based on photographs taken by Jeremy Franklin  ( ) who is a sewing machine technician and photographer from Klamath Falls Klamath Falls, Oregon   The group was formed by Joanne Baeth, Dona Ford, and Susan Massini, local fiber artists.  Robin King and Diane McKoen, ( ) hosted the group at their shop. 

There were three photographs chosen for the projects and each project was divided into eight slices approximately 10"x60".  The only stipulation was that each artist had to accurately portray their pattern piece in accordance with the photograph.  Joanne, Dona, and Susan then scheduled numerous work sessions throughout the year to provide assistance, suggestions, and support.  They also did demonstrations on numerous techniques which the artists might utilize to realistically depict their piece.  It took approximately one year to complete the projects.  Three of us who were involved in the process did our project long distance as we choose to spend the winter in warmer locales.
I did have the opportunity to see some of the pieces in process, but not completed.   They were beautiful then and upon completion are beyond words.  There is so much texture and depth in each piece and the realism is jaw dropping.  They really do accurately depict the photographs that they were based on.  Joanne, Dona, and Susan are to be highly commended for all their hard work and wonderful instruction on these projects.  Kudos to each of the artists for their commitment and the beautiful work that they did.  I have been to a lot of quilt shows and have not seen anything quite like these pieces.  The quality, workmanship and uniqueness are to be highly admired.  Thanks to each one of you!

'Sprague River Aspens'

'Klamath Lake'

'Mt. Shasta'
All Three/Klamath County Museum