Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Part II - 3rd Post - Miriam's Down On The Farm Quilt

Today will be the last of my posts updating Miriam's process of her Down On The Farm Quilt by Robert Kaufman designed by Cheri Wollenberg until I receive another update from her.  I'm so glad that she has shared this process with me.  I've been so amazed at her disciplined approach to this creative work and her talent.  Thank you again, Miriam.  My readers will be glad to receive the next installments of your progress!  Today's post is the fifth step continued from yesterday's post. Enjoy:

5.  Then I started to work on the frame that is gray and blue made of nine individual squares.  By far this is the most time consuming -- lots of steps to make sure you get it right.  Because of its intricacy, I always go ahead and do one complete block (making sure it all works well together) before treating it like an assembly line.  It goes faster if you do one step to all squares before going on the the next step and so on -- eventually sewing them all together to create the block.  I got one completed and it looks good so now I will concentrate on making the remaining 18 blocks which will take me a while.  In this block you have to have the right tools -- special ruler with 1/4" mark, pen that can mark but then when you iron the fabric the markings disappears and finally a ruler that allows you to mark a 3.5 square for trimming accurately after doing the two color square.  You also need to iron the seams in back of each row for the block in every other direction so when you sew it together the seams will nestle together and not create a thick bulk of fabric.  In addition, the blue fabric points in front of the blue block will meet nicely.

Well that is all for now -- will continue to put together the gray/blue squares and then I will be able to start putting the rows together.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Part II - Second Post - Miriam's Down On The Farm Quilt

This is the second post of Part II of Miriam's process of the  Down On The Farm Quilt/Designed by Cheri Wollenberg...fabrics by Robert Kaufman. Thank you again Miriam for the beautiful images showing your steps.  Today's post is quite colorful.  Blog Readers I've posted the text and images here:

3.  Next, I took the animal print squares and added a strip of fabric (called sashing) to one side of the frame.  To every piece of fabric you sew on, you must iron to flatten the stitches first and then you turn the fabric over and iron again.  I have completed all the animal squares sashing.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Part II - Miriam's Quilt

This is the second post regarding Miriam's Down On The Farm Quilt (Fabric by Robert Kaufman) designed by Cheri Wollenberg.  I'm sure she is very busy at the moment as last week so I've decided to separate the installments of her process to post here.  This is so interesting and I see that it is very necessary to having a very professional looking quilt.  She is awesome for sharing this with me and I'll continue with Step 3 tomorrow.  Below are images documenting her first two steps.  Her personal explanation is as follows with documented images below:

Hi Cheri,
As luck would have it, I was able to get in a few hours of sewing this weekend (my comment: a few weeks ago - sorry for the delay in post).  This is what I have been able to accomplish so far:

1.  As I get ready to sew, the most important thing is to prepare my machine.   I have to make sure it is clean, has a new needle, the right threads are on top and on the bobbin, use the right foot for the project - Bernina 57D - great for a 1/4"seam project.  I tested the machine set up on a scrap piece of fabric and I was ready to go.

2.  I started with the binding preparation.  The binding is actually the last step of quilting but is the least thing I enjoy doing.  There is always something in everyone's hobbies that is not what you might particularly care to do but is a must.  So, what I learned to do is prepare it ahead of time so I won't have to worry about it later.  I joined the long strips, ironed the seams open and then ironed the strips in half and rolled them up into a ball until I begin to sew them down on the quilt around the edge for the nice finished look - more on the binding when I get ready to finish the quilt!

 Thanks for stopping by.  Please stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Beginning Of A Quilt By Miriam

How exciting is this!!!  The photos she has provided are place above.  Hopefully I have placed in the right order.  I've included her message to me below with very little editing.....just any personal notes.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.  Stay tuned.  I may not post the next steps for a few days.  I know you will enjoy her personal thoughts and writing.  She is awsome!

Hi Cheri,

1.       I bought the fabrics --- two of your panels of animal farm and  1.5 yards of each RK gray, burgundy, and navy blue fabric (always buy a little more than what they tell you for those unfortunate oops). I had to order the fabric from three different places and the panels from a fourth place but it was worth it.
2.       I am using the pattern provided by RK http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/hoedown/ -- This is a great pattern to showcase your artwork. RK is providing it on their website for FREE!
3.       Cut, cut, cut --- quilting is all about taking perfectly, beautiful fabrics and cutting them up sometimes to a million pieces just to put them back together again! This process took me all day. They say you should measure twice and cut once. For me, I have learned to measure four times and then cut once--- once you make a mistake in cutting is over and you will need to buy more fabric for your mistake.
4.       Iron, iron, iron --- must iron all fabric before cutting and what I use is a little Niagara starch to get a crisp, flat fabric to cut. The hardest and longest job was cutting the individual frames of the animals. When they say fuzzy cut it, it means you figure out how much of the frame you want to show in your quilt, but must stay within the measurements given to you for cutting. You also have to factor in the 1/4" on each side that you will be taking in as a seam when sewing pieces together. So while they look wonky when you finish cutting them, you hope you did it right so only the animal/background shows and not the black borders surrounding each frame when you sew it. A lot of the frame had to be cut down from 11"X10" frames to 9.5" squares--- but it worked out nicely.
5.       Sew, sew, sew --- now that everything has been cut according to the instructions from the pattern and is seating in my sewing basket, I am ready to go over to my sewing machine for the real fun!

 As I start to put the quilt together, I will be sending you pictures of the progress. Unfortunately, I may take a couple of weeks in sewing, since I may need to take a trip to see my son who is in college and of course there is always other things that get in the way of me having fun. I hope it won't be too long in finishing the top of the quilt and then there will be one big step after that and one smaller second/final step in totally completing the quilt.

Warm wishes,

Monday, February 6, 2017

I'm Only An Oil Painting Artist!


I have sadly neglected my blog for quite some time again!  This past year (2016) has been a very eventful and fascinating year in my art life!  A couple of years ago I had an opportunity to license a painting of some whimsical snow carolers.  They were printed on popcorn tins during the Christmas shopping season of 2014 and 2015.  It was delightful to see this happen, but I have had some of my work licensed for other products during 2015 and 2016 and amazingly these works have been printed on things like dishes,rugs, pillows, fabric, and so forth.  To tell you about this is way too long and boring, which brings me to the next series of blog posts.  They are fascinating to me, because I'm Only An Artist, but I admire quilters so very much.  The block pictured above is around 100 years old.  This one is from a group that was given to me from my granny's unfinished stash about 20 years ago.  That's a story in itself, and I will share more about it later.  Starting tomorrow I'll be sharing the process of a quilt being made by a lady who is using the fabric from my designs sold by Robert Kaufman.  She has generously shared her process through images and notes and I'm excited about this to say the least!  And, concerning the story of the 100 year old quilt blocks made by my granny and her friends......that will have to come later.  For now, I'll end this post by using Paul Harvey's famous words...please tune in tomorrow to hear...."The Rest Of The Story".

Monday, September 12, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting VII

10x10 Oil On Stretched Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
This painting is another in my apple series.  Most of the paintings in this series are small and were daily paintings.  This view is a stretch for me.  I usually paint from side angles.  I loved the way that the apple was reflected in the silver pot.  The yellow greens complimented the reds and the silver rounded off a primary color scheme.  This painting is listed in my Etsy store.  Click here if you would like more information.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting VI

Still Life Apple Painting VI - Copper Pot and Red Apples
9x12 Original Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg - Artist
This painting features a copper pot with two brilliant, red apples.  It has sold; however, I'm including it in my blog posts because it was originally part of my apple painting series.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting V

Apple Still Life Painting V, Uno Apple Painting
6x6 Oil on Stretched Canvas
Daily Painting by 
Cheri Wollenberg
This small oil painting was one of the first paintings featuring apples that I did a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to experiment with changing backgrounds, altering my style somewhat, and learn about painting them again.  I found out that however I try to paint, I usually have a style that presents itself.  But it is fun to try different ways of doing things.  This small painting can be found in my Etsy store.  Just click here if interested.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting III

10x10x.75 Inches
Original Oil on Stretched Canvas by Cheri Wollenberg

This is one of my favorite small, daily paintings of apples that I did recently.  I had fun with it and amazingly they stayed put (lol).  You can find out more about the description of this painting by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting II

12x24 Oil On Canvas
Original by Cheri Wollenberg
This is the second of several apple still life daily painting that I've worked on recently.  Stay tuned.  This one is listed on Etsy here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Apple Still Life Painting I

6x8 Oil Painting
by Cheri Wollenberg

Recently I decided I was going to paint several small and medium sized oil paintings of apples.  I needed to learn some things again.  I've done a lot of animals in the past 6 months so I decided that I would study the apple again (lol).  This apple is listed on Etsy.  Have a look by clicking Here.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Farm Rooster Trio

10x10 Oil on Canvas Painting
by Cheri Wollenberg

As my blog states I am a visual artist and I make journal posts about my paintings.  It has been a long while since my last post here on Dancing Brush by Cheri.  It may seem strange, but I sometimes find it harder to write than paint. Composing my thoughts in an organized manner has never been my forte.   In this painting I used a photo that I had taken of our chickens and roosters.  Actually we had 5 roosters at the time.  The only hen in the painting is the white one.  I cropped the photo off to hone in on the three. There were several others around them, but I like the way the heads of these particular "poultry specimens" seemed to have different expressions as if they were "eyeing or sizing up" the viewer (me)!  I hope to cover my tardiness with more regular blog posts in the next weeks.   I'm gathering thoughts (lol).  This painting is in my Etsy store.  You may click the link  Farm Rooster Trio for more details if you are interested.  Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Story As An Artist

My Story As An Artist – Limited Version At Best

I've been invited by Patience Brewster to join her family in celebrating artists during the month of August (Artist Appreciation Month).  She is an artist of beautiful and whimsical work. Perhaps you already own one or more of her uniquely designed Christmas Ornaments.  If not do check the link.  They are stunning!  This interview has been designed for others to learn more about artists who blog.  I invite you to read my short story version of becoming an artist.

As a child, do you recall a significant moment when you felt truly affected or inspired by any particular artwork or artist?
My earliest recollection of art were framed prints depicting the stories of Christ hung on the walls of the church my family attended.  Another work of art that fascinated me as a preschooler was a landscape that hung in my father’s parents’ home above their fireplace.  I still remember vividly the vast panoramic scene of forest, mountains and a river fed by a very high waterfall.  A bright, peaceful light breaks through the trees to rest on a group of rugged pioneer-looking men who were sitting and warming around a campfire.  Years later in art class I would learn that this pattern of beautiful light was an illusion device used by the artist to direct the viewer to the focal point being the events and lives of people gathered around the campfire.  I discovered that more than likely it was a print in the style and subject of the Hudson River School.  The paintings of Albert Bierstadt in the permanent holdings of galleries in Oklahoma City and Tulsa here in Oklahoma lead me to believe that it was a print from his work.  I was very impressed with that work.  It was like reading a very interesting book.  I felt as if I were in the story!  The following image is a painting made by Albert Bierstadt.

As an artist, what do you hope to convey with your work?
I don’t have any noble “ideas” or “causes” that inspire me to do my paintings.  For a few years, especially when I was in college, I felt that maybe I was “missing the mark” with my work.  The only answer I would have had then to this question is that I love it!  Simply that!  I love it!  I love the creation of it, the touch and smells the process brings, the brushstrokes, the love of subject and any sensations that I have during the process!  After maturing a bit and learning to understand art with my own eyes and heart rather than be tied to what books and art critics have to say about it, I’m comfortable with expressing a desire to capture a moment or vignette of my life.   If my work brings a smile, remembrance of an event, experience or pleasure to anyone besides me then I’ve gone beyond “my story to their story” in that particular work. 
“Creating art is much more than developing a product.  The mystery and passion in creating comes from the heart of the designer.  The actions I express with brush and paint on a two-dimensional surface describes, in the form of an image, the process that has been placed in my heart by a Master Designer and Creator.”  (My Artist Statement)

What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I’ll never forget the encouragement of my first sale, my first individual show, and now collectors!  My life has been enriched by many who like my work.  I’ve had my work critiqued constructively and received a few not so constructive remarks!  I’m no longer apt to be crushed by any negative remarks.  All artists must be ready for both.  We (artists) are a fragile lot!  Both positive and negative remarks bring opportunities for us to mature in confidence and skill in our craft.

What is your dream project?
I would love for all schools in the USA to be able to have the resources, the teachers and scheduled curriculum of learning about and creating art.  I know from studies I have had in college and statistics that I read that children love art, they need it and it plays a great role in the overall intelligence of children who have had opportunities to be around it and produce it.

What artists, of any medium, do you admire? (Famous or not!)
There are so many that I enjoy!  I love the work of John Singer Sargent of whom I share the same calendar date of birth!  I always thought his portraits were exceptional but when I see them “for real” in exhibits and famed homes I’m speechless.  They are lovely!
Oil is my favorite medium.  I feel very engaged with the creative process with oils; however, I enjoy some of the properties of watercolor too.  

As an additional note, I’m very interested in some of the art journaling I’ve seen online.  I didn’t even know of such a thing for a long time.  My first opinion was “Why?”  I caught myself thinking as a negative critic… BUT,  then I saw a “you-tube” presentation in which a gifted artist was designing, placing, altering, applying vintage images and pictures, cutting, and covering things she had collaged together to very emotional music about a mother…..Oh my….I was moved to tears!!! 
SHE HAD CONVEYED SOMETHING SHE HAD EXPERIENCED TO ME….I HAVE HAD THAT EXPERIENCE TOO!!!  What emotions and love she told in that small booklet!

 Life motivates us to create and express our ideas and emotions for many different reasons and in diversified ways.  Art is the result whether we are professionals, hobbiests, or children artists.     There is no need for grandeur!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

One Green Bell Pepper - Small Still Life Painting

6x8 Oil on Canvas
Cheri Wollenberg
Something simple for a daily painting, nevertheless still great fun in the process!!!!
This little painting is listed HERE.


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