About Pins & Needles Art Quilyting

The Pins & Needles Art Quilters group is a neighborhood circle formed from members of River City Quilter’s Guild.We meet once a month to exchange information about art quilts, to share and critique our work, to pursue exhibitions and competitions, and publishing options. We currently have over twenty dedicated members from varied backgrounds. We challenge our group monthly to try new techniques, or themes, to explore mixed media options, and to share new discoveries.

Our group’s work is regularly shown at the River City Quilter’s Guild annual show in Sacramento, California. Our members’ work has also been shown at several national and international shows, as well as in local venues.

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 2015

Show and Tell
Pieces we are working on or have recently finish.

Artist: Elizabeth McInnis
Created in a workshop she took at the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF).
Artist: Sheila Green
"Oak Grove"
Created in the Sheer Landscapes workshop, with Esterita Austen, at PIQF.
Artist: Kim Sykes
Kim's entry into the River City Quilt Guild fabric challenge.
Artist: Marie Nelson
Busting her UFO's (UnFinished Objects), Marie shared three large quilts recently finished. All are quilted by Marie, free-hand on a longarm machine.
Artist: Marie Nelson
"Zen Moment"
Artist: Marie Nelson
"Dresdens and Bunnies"
Under the lights, the quilting shows better.

Artist: Penny Hanscomb
Artist: Sandra Torguson
Made with fabrics hand-dyed by Sandra.
Artist: Kari Bauer
Kari's feels like this one is more true to herself artistically than were her other attempts.
Artist: Sunni Hamilton
"Cats Pondering Pi"

Homework Quiltlets
Recapping what we have been doing, we are following the book "" and doing the suggested exercises at the end of each chapter, resulting in a 9"x12" vertical quiltlet using our chosen theme. This month, the design concept was Collages.

Artist: Kari Bauer
Theme: Southwest
Artist: Elizabeth McInnes
Theme: Figs
Artist: Marie Nelson
Theme: Things with Wings
Artist: Phyllis McCalla
Theme: Grafitti
Artist: Kathy Orsburn
Theme: Skeleton Keys
Artist: Carole Mah
Theme: Travels
Carole is new to the group, and she is catching up by doing all the exercise quilts. This design concept was perspective through placement and color.
Artist: Carole Mah
Design concept: inspiration from images
Artist: Carole Mah
Carole's Travel collage
Artist: Lori Wisheropp
Theme: Art Deco Florals
Artist: BJ Bailey
Theme: Text

Our next challenge, due in January, is a Log Cabin, traditional or otherwise; finished size: 12" square to 18" square, or anything in between; and one edge "irregular" (at an angle, curved, jagged, etc.) Can't wait to see how we all interpret this challenge!

Monday, October 5, 2015

August 2015


Our challenge was to create a horizontal or vertical 12"x18" art quilt with a "fence" running edge to edge, with no border or binding. We were very surprised at the variety of interpretations of a fence!
Back: BJ, Sunni, Helen, Linda, Sheila, Lori, Joy, Denise
Kari, Elizabeth, Cindy

Artist: Linda Bergman
Linda used real straw sticking out of the scarecrow.
Artist: Sheila Green
Artist: Lori Wisheropp
Artist: Joy Valenton
Joy used sticks to create the wooden fence.
Artist: Denise Schmidt
Denise found some construction fencing for her piece.
Artist: Kari Bauer
Artist: Elizabeth McInnes
Elizabeth captured memories of Christo's "Running Fence" created in the Bay Area in the 1970's.
Artist: Cindy Minoli
Cindy made this years ago, and it fit exactly in the perameters of our challenge.

Some of our recent works

Artist: BJ Bailey
Artist: Helen Burke
Artist: Linda Bergman
Artist: Elizabeth McInnes
Elizabeth took a workshop with Valerie Goodwin, and created this Map Collage of Fort Ord, Monterey
Artist: Sunni Hamilton
Sunni has had works accepted in 5 shows, and has sold 4 pieces! This 3-dimensional art piece is titled Tide Pool.
Artist: Lori Wisheropp
This is Lori's Guild Member Challenge piece.
Artist: Lori Wisheropp
Lori created this for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. She echo quilted in the center black area to match the design of the challenge fabric.
Artist: Marie Nelson
Marie created Two Tulips inspired by a Ricky Tims design.
Artist: Marie Nelson
Marie has been whittling down her UFO list, including this Japanese fabric top she made years ago, and finally quilted it.
Artist: Sandra Torguson
Hand-dyed and commercial fabric, hand and machine quilting, beading and multi-colored yarn embellishments.
Artist: Sandra Torguson
Sandra made this from hand dyed cottons and silks along with commercial fabric. She "wove the background, fused the flower and leaves, and then added accents by thread painting," according to her web site at sandrasmixedbag.blogspot.com 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

July 2015

Show and Tell

Marie Nelson shared several quilts she had finished in the last month. This one, titled "Latte with Cookies" is an improvised pieced design.
The back of "Latte with Cookies" shows detail of Marie's free-motion long-arm quilting.
"Americana", also free-motion quilted.
"Crazy Fairies", made with scraps from a fabric representative, is a stack-and-whack crazy quilt.
Free-motion quilting detail from the back of "Crazy Fairies" by Marie Nelson. The fabric is a light yellow fleece.
Lori Wisheropp shared a pine needle basket she made years ago.
Sandra Torguson shared a mandala she made with puff paints on canvas. This photo does not capture the luminescence of the colors.
Kari's granddaughter, Elsie, showed us her watercolor, made at art/nature camp that week. The technique involved blowing the wet paint through a straw.
Artist: Elsie

Experiment Quiltlets

The techniques for this month's homework quiltlets were 
Inspiration from Images.

Kari Bauer shared several pieces she had made previously using techniques related to images, including this high-contrast portrait.
Kari made this one when Elsie was younger, printing the images from a home color printer.
Kari made this one also using the technique of color printed images.

Jan Soules showed her last month's quiltlet (right) along with this month's (left). Jan's theme is "Windows".

Left: Elizabeth McInnes ; Right: Sheila Green

Artist: Joy Valenton. Her theme is birds.

Kim Sikes explained the technique she used to create these images on a copier...
...which were then transferred to the fabric using a citrus solvent and light pressure from a wooden spoon.

Lori Wisheropp showed last and this month's art deco florals.