Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Announcement: New Fiber Art Venues and Products

Feeling like it was time to change up the product line of Carrot Top Studio we've made additions to our web site for faith based fiber art and re-opened our Etsy Shop for fiber art that is not centered on faith  themes (with the exception of using our God given skills). 

One new tab on our studio website includes art that is displayed horizontally. Scripture gives us many examples of Christian hospitality that we can model our daily lives after. Is there a Bible verse that says you must use a table runner? Of course not! But we think textiles help an environment feel warm and inviting and that's why they are included on the website.

The other new tab on the studio website is for fiber art that is based on a Christian theme and it is displayed on a wall. This piece is perfect for the upcoming Advent season.

Lastly, here's a peak at some of the new Etsy items. Be sure to check out the mug rugs. They're just plain fun and at a really good price point! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wall Quilt

New for my kitchen sitting area....
Pieced cotton front, cotton backing, with cotton flannel as batting,
 free motion machine quilting with a variety of thread colors.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Graduation Quilts

Two throw quilts made for two special college graduates. Hope they'll find a great place in these young adults new homes.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Benefit of Snow

Some people are getting weary of our Western PA winter weather. The silver lining is that it makes for beautiful backdrops for quilt documentation! And the extra time spent inside has allowed me to finish these two:
The Riley Blake fabric challenge turned into a baby quilt.
A quilt guild scrap swap turned into a throw that will be a wedding gift
for a couple whose cheery personality matches these bright colors.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Another Baby Quilt

It's so much fun to be in the season of knowing people that are welcoming babies into their families. This flannel on flannel quilt with half circle cotton edging is ready to go....once the little one arrives!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Baby Quilt

I just had so much fun working on this baby quilt. Black and white and a smattering of warm, high contrast colors were chosen so the new little one will be able to see them right away. The prairie points are for baby as they grow and start wanting to grab onto things. The backing is cotton fabric from Malawi, Africa where this new mother has spent time working, learning and building relationships. It's imprinted with cutie patootie elephants. Lastly the binding is created from one of the new chevron printed cottons that are popping up everywhere. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fiber Art Promotes Community

I have been thinking a lot about community lately. This is probably partly because I am a new empty-nester. Yikes!....part of my community isn't living with me anymore. I have been contemplating and self examining my neighborhood community, the community friends provide outside of where I live, and community we're able to have via the internet. Lastly I have been examining the community that happens because of The Church like the author of 1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us, "therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."

viewers treasured the Modern Quilt Guild of Pittsburgh mini pieces

Fabric and creating has been part of my life probably since I was a child making curtains and rugs out of scraps for my doll house. The work that Carrot Top Studio and our clients provide are a blessing and thoroughly enjoyed but I also appreciate having sewing, design and creating in the "free time" of my days. Therefore the empty nest and examination of community has led me to join a new community of quilters. This weekend I was able to attend an art gallery opening for this group's first ever exhibit. The event promoted community as the members prepared for the event ahead of time and gathered to see each other's works. Additionally because this gallery was in a small space of a large library there was extended community as viewers of the general public stumbled upon or purposefully engaged in the art and with the artists. 
Won't You Be My Neighbor-detail

Here's a detail of my little piece. We were challenged to create a quilt that was no larger than 8 x 10" with the theme of "Pittsburgh". Won't You Be My Neighbor? was created because of my love for Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. 
Inspiration stemmed from a traditional quilt block called "next door  that has been pieced to surround a representation of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. This work has been made modern through the use of high contrast coloring and grid work style machine quilting. The arched quilting symbolizes our many bridges and the straight lines recall the downtown skyline. All of this is turned as a reflection below the quilted water’s edge.