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Row by Row Winner and Upcoming News!

Winner Sue Lee — and Our New Batiks!

Updated July 26 to include batik and Rayna Gillman class links, now available.

For the third summer, Artistic Artifacts is participating in the Row by Row Experience, an annual shop hop event taking place throughout the U.S., Canada, and even many locations in Europe!

Sue Lee with her 2017 Row by Row Experience quilt, the prize winner at Artistic Artifacts

The theme this year is “On the Go,” and as always we enjoyed designing our unique “Pinwheels In Motion” row, created using our Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik. On July 20, 2017 we awarded our prize for the first completed (quilted, bound, and labeled) quilt using at least 8 different 2017 row patternsto Sue Lee…who used 9 row patterns including ours. Sue extended our row and included it on the back of her quilt, making it reversible.

The back of Sue Lee's 2017 Row by Row Experience quilt, featuring the Artistic Artifacts row.

Sue purchased one of our kits (currently available to in-store visitors only; when the event ends this fall we will be able to sell them online) Each kit includes a June Tailor® Charming Circles Ruler to easily cut accurate circles, Avalon Bleached Muslin for background, Mistyfuse® lightweight fusible and a sample spool of WonderFil Specialty Thread. There are so many beautiful color combinations possible with our batiks that we allow kit purchasers to pick the two they like; Sue chose Shapes-Pinwheels, Fuchsia and Color Sponge Solid: Berry.

Detail, of Sue Lee's 2017 Row by Row Experience quilt, featuring the Artistic Artifacts row in our Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik fabric, also used as binding.

Sue so loved our fabric that after buying our kit returned the next day for more to create the row extension and to create her quilt’s binding. Sue was happy to receive her prize of 25 different fat quarters of Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik fabrics, plus a gift certificate to our shop (pictured below). Congratulations, Sue!

Sue Lee with her Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik fabric prize for being the first to turn in a completed Row by Row Experience quilt.

New Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik Fabrics!

And we have exciting news to share about our Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik: new patterns and colors have arrived from Indonesia! We are in the process of getting these news designs on our website: stay tuned to our weekly enewsletter to see! They are making their debut at Quilt Odyssey this weekend!

Some of the new colors and designs of our Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik, coming soon to our online shop!

(updated 7/26) Above, some of the new Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik, NOW AVAILABLE to order on our website: shop now. We have new colors of some of our established designs, and new patterns for you as well!

Rayna Gillman Workshop September 23

And more good news to announce! Our first year of participating in The Row by Row Experience was 2014, and a key design feature in that inaugural row design was Rayna Gillman’s wonky strip piecing technique.

Create Your Own Improv Quilts: Modern Quilting with No Rules & No Rulers by Rayna Gillman, coming November 2017

Rayna has written several books teaching her design concepts, and has influenced so many art quilters… so we’re delighted to announce that Rayna Gillman will be visiting Artistic Artifacts on September 23-24 to teach her amazing techniques!

Back in April our enewsletter included a photo of our customer Laura Geiser’s modern, graphic quilt, featuring many of our wonderful Australian Aborigine fabrics interspersed with many black and white designs as well as modern cottons.

Once she received her copy, Rayna emailed us, “This is exactly what I have done in my new book… using some of the Aboriginal fabrics I bought from you, modern fabrics, and some solids. Time for us to schedule me to teach a 2-day class from my [upcoming] new (modern) book!”

That new book will be published in November. Titled Create Your Own Improv Quilts: Modern Quilting with No Rules & No Rulers, you can pre-order a signed copy from her website.

Updated 7/26: Learn more about this class and register now »

Watch Artistic Artifacts Demo Techniques on Great Day Washington!

Artistic Artifacts is ready for its Great Day Washington taping

Demonstrating surface design techniquesMonday, January 30 was an exciting day for Artistic Artifacts as we appeared live on Great Day Washington, a local morning show on Washington DC’s WUSA*9 TV (CBS affiliate).

Lifestyle Correspondent Meaghan Mooney and her cameraman arrived early in the morning and ran four different “live hits” from 8:55 to 10 am. This amazing opportunity came about because they saw that our customers give us top ratings on Facebook and Yelp…what gratifying news to hear!

For those unable to watch live, we wanted to share the segments from the Great Day Washington portion of WUSA 9 website here.

Click to watch block printing and other surface design techniques

For the first segment — watch online now — Judy demonstrated block Printing on fabric and paper, using hand-carved wooden printing blocks and Artistic Artifacts’ own textile paints. (Join us this weekend for your own opportunity to experiment with this centuries old technique in Block Printing with Cyndi Souder.

The Artistic Artifacts line of Fluid Textile Paints were used for all surface design demonstrations

Additional surface design techniques were also showcased in this segment. Pictured below, Susan Gantz (left) is demonstrating monoprinting on a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate, while Sue Price of PG Fiber2Art is demonstrating Thermofax screen printing — join us February 18 for Printing with Thermofax Screens with PG Fiber2Art to learn how to create your own screen printed fabric.

Susan Gantz demonstrating monoprinting and Sue Price of PG Fiber2Art demonstrating Thermofax screen printing

Susan Gantz didn’t think she was a big metallic fan, but experimenting with the Artistic Artifacts Fluid Textile Paint set of Silver, Gold and Copper while demonstrating (see some results below) has now changed her mind!

Monoprint by Susan Gantz in progress and completed

In the second segment, Cyndi Souder of Moonlighting Quilts, Ambassador for BERNINA, demonstrated foundation paper piecing to create quilt blocks using a BERNINA sewing machine — watch online now.

Click to watch Cyndi Souder of Moonlighting Quilts demonstrate paper piecing

Cyndi Souder shows Meaghan Mooney of WUSA9 a paper pieced block

The paper piecing technique offers complete accuracy: precise points and a visually complex design become easy to execute. Join us on Saturday, February 11 for Cyndi’s class Beginning Paper Piecing Row By Row. Above, Cyndi shows Great Day Washington Lifestyle Correspondent Meaghan Mooney (right) a completed block from our 2016 Row by Row Experience pattern kit.

Click to watch a discussion of, and examples of, mixed media and upcycled art

The third segment — watch online now — featured Judy talking about mixed media techniques and upcycling with members of Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs), a group that meets at Artistic Artifacts monthly. Judy began by showing off results from the JAMs Box Challenge conceived by Barb Boatman of Cut Sew Create studio (see more photos of the results in our past Facebook album), repurposing dimensional wood box frames formerly used on a display wall of automotive products.

Meahgan Mooney meeting Artistic Artfacts customers and members of JAMs

Members used these surfaces to create small artworks that incorporated products from Artistic Artifacts that they had in their stashes, and/or that they had purchased new. JAMs member Beth Richardson explained the sea turtle box she created, and viewers also get a chance to some of the pages of an art journal that Beverly Hilbert has created.

Click to watch a demonstration of hand-stitching on a batik panel and learn more about how they are created

The final demonstration was Christine Vinh of StitchesnQuilts discussing how batik panels are handcrafted in Indonesia as well as demonstrating hand-stitching on one by the popular batik artist Jakawatch online now.

Batik art panels at Artistic Artifacts

Christine Vinh and Suzanne LangsdorfAbove, our batik panel “station” set up for filming. Chris used Tulip needles, a selection of WonderFil Specialty Threads, and was inspired by Modern Hand Stitching by Ruth Chandler. This segment also includes a walk-through of the shop back to the BERNINA machine embroidery demonstration by Denise Reuter of Artistic Artifacts, who has several years experience as a manager and educator for BERNINA Sewing Machine USA. Artistic Artifacts is a new BERNINA dealer!

In her segment Chris wore her beautiful Schoolhouse Tunic, which was sewn for her by JAMs member Suzanne Langsdorf using Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik in Woodstock, Jam and fabric from a sarong imported from Indonesia. Pictured right, Chris preps for her filming with the caffeine boost of coffee while Suzanne teasingly waves to the camera.

And as if the “official” taping didn’t keep us all hopping enough Judy’s son Kyle also streamed video content live (archived below) on Facebook!

In this livestream “you can hear me talk about my latest artwork (at time mark 15:40 in the video) about my written meditation on forgiveness,” writes mixed media artist Wendy Sittner, pictured below, “when I got to participate in Artistic Artifacts’s appearance on WUSA9 Great Day Washington live with Meaghan Mooney. Owner Judy Vincentz Gula did amazing and Meaghan was so friendly and made us feel so comfortable on camera.”

"Wendy Sittner with her written meditation on forgiveness

For Artistic Artifacts, this really was a "Great Day" — we extend our deepest gratitude to WUSA9 for visiting our store and showcasing the fiber and mixed media talent and techniques of our creative minds!

Artistic Artifacts staff and customers during the Great Day Washington filming

Below, machine embroidery by Denise Reuter.

Always color outside the lines -- machine embroidery by Denise Reuter

The 2016 Row By Row Experience Begins June 21!

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Artistic Artifacts has been participating in the Row by Row Experience for several years now, and its something we look forward to each summer, especially meeting so many new friends (and welcoming back treasured repeat customers) as they embark on their shopping expeditions.

The 2016 event is themed Home Sweet Home and opens this Tuesday, June 21! This event has steadily grown each year and thousands of quilt shops are involved: you can travel across the entire United States and Canada, and — new for 2016 —some locations in Europe!

The Row by Row Experience in-person shop hop focuses on each quilting business creating a full “row” that finishes to 9″ x 36″. Patterns for the row are distributed for free to any in-store visitor who requests one*. We recruited the talented Cyndi Souder of Moonlighting Quilts to design our row, and love what she’s done:

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Paper-pieced houses and trees are sewn using a beautiful mix of Tim Holtz fabrics and our Australian Aborigine-Designed fabrics. The windows (blank here) can be filled in in a variety of ways and we will be sharing those as the summer progresses.

Cyndi will be teaching a new paper piecing class for us in October: keep checking our website for information, as it will be posted soon. Here’s a more detailed view of our 2016 row:

Detail, Artistic Artifacts' 2016 Row by Row Experience pattern, designed by Cyndi Souder of Moonlighting Quilts

Along with creating a row, most of the participating shops order a special fabric “license plate” for the event. The 2016 Artistic Artifacts plate reads Creative Finds.

Each state or province has a Facebook page (visit the Row by Row website for links) and participating shops post photos of their rows, license plates and submitted quilts (note that you don’t have to have a Facebook account set up to view these photos). Shops love to be creative with the theme each year, so check out the wide variety in how Home Sweet Home has been interpreted. (The Virginia state Facebook page includes Artistic Artifacts: www.facebook.com/VARowbyRowExperience.)

Each participating shop agrees to make a prize of 25 fat quarters of fabric available to the first person who turns in a completed quilt — not just a top, but quilted, bound, and labeled — using at least 8 different 2016 row patterns. This year we are seeing more shops creating their row to be used vertically rather than horizontally, which will add to the challenge of the finished quilts…it will be great to see the creativity of the participants!

You can travel and collect rows through September 6, 2016. Participants then have until October 31 to turn in a completed quilt for the prize. There are some speedy (and competitive) quilters out there, so be aware that most shops give away their prize fairly early in the summer!

We always ask our Row by Row customers to send us photos of their row, their quilt, their designs. Please do email us if you collect our row pattern and use it.

We hope to see many of you this summer!

* Please note: due to event rules, we cannot mail or email patterns: during the official timeframe of The Row by Row Experience, they are only available to in-person store visitors.

Finally Completing My 2015 Row by Row Quilt

When the H20 theme of the 2015 Row by Row Experience was announced, we at Artistic Artifacts immediately thought of fish, specifically the quirky fish from the batik panels hand drawn by Jaka, one of Indonesia’s most well known batik artists.

Our 2015 row design was created using Wonky Log Cabin blocks…see our blog postings here and here for instructions and helpful tips on sewing a wonky log cabin) to frame the center sea creatures. (Now that the event has concluded, you may also download our 2015 row pattern [PDF, 1.6M] for your personal use.*)

Gold 2015 Row by Row Experience fabric kit from Artistic ArtifactsWe created our kits with four animal squares in five different colors: blue, green, gold (pictured here), white and purple. The color designation is from the background color of the panel. We also used our Batik Tambal Exclusive Batik as well as Australian Aborigine designed fabric strips in contrasting and coordinating colors for the log cabin strips.

The fish proved so popular that we quickly ran out of our first shipment…and then the second too! We added sea turtles as an option, and they quickly flew (swam?) out the door too. Because all of our batik panels are hand-drawn, getting new stock in was no quick matter — we’re very appreciative of the many people who patiently awaited receiving their kit. We put our 2015 Row by Row Experience fabric kits — your choice of five colors for both the fish or sea turtles — up for purchase through our online shop in late 2015.

Here’s a photo of our in-store display last summer.

Artistic Artifacts' 2015 Row by Row Experience in-store display

I was pretty proud of myself because I created a quilt with our rows in it for display, ready for day 1 of the 2015 Row by Row Experience! While it hadn’t been bound yet, it was backed and had been free motion quilted. There was really only one problem: I had created this with four rows in the original colors of the kits we offered (from the top): white, green, blue and gold.

Shortly after Row by Row began, we had decided to also offer the purple kit. So now with the winter weather (and blizzard) giving me some indoor creative time, how hard could it be to add a purple row to my quilt and finish the binding?

Artistic Artifacts' 2015 Row by Row Experience quilt designed and quilted by Judy Gula

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Okay. VERY hard, as it turns out! I can think of it as a comedy of errors now, but as I was going through the processes, it wasn’t nearly as funny.

Adding an additional row to the 2015 Row by Row Experience quilt by Judy Gula

I won’t even attempt to walk you through this as a tutorial! Open the bottom edge, add additional batting, extend the backing fabric (twice, as you see, because I STILL managed to cut it too short)…hand-sewing, machine sewing…there was a lot going on! The sweat, tears and curses were worth it in the end though, as I love my finished quilt.

Detail, 2015 Row by Row Experience quilt by Judy Gula

I “outlined” each of the fish in thread with free-motion quilting. Shown above is one of the originally completed blue fish blocks, which has the wonky log cabin block strips quilted. Below is one of the newly completed purple fish blocks without. Which do you like better?

Detail, 2015 Row by Row Experience quilt by Judy Gula

The Row by Row Experience shop hop focuses on each quilting business creating a full “row” that finishes to 9″ x 36″; the idea, of course, is that a customer seams together the rows into a larger quilt. (To be eligible for a prize, quilters must use at least 8 different rows from 8 different participating shops.)

But what happens if I really like one pattern? Can I think beyond the row? Can you think beyond the row? Did any of you create a full quilt off of one row pattern, like this one?

Do you still have collected Row by Row kits left, wondering how to use them? Our friends at PG Fiber2Art, Susan Price and Elizabeth Gibson (who always create Thermofax screens as an alternative to our row design) turned their row into a table runner. We’ve seen pillows, and wall hangings. Let us know what you did with your 2015 rows!

We also have some of our 2015 fabric license plates, Creative Minds, still available. We know that there are a lot of clever projects using these plates out there too, so if you have one, please share!

2015 Row by Row Artistic Artifacts fabric license plate: Creative Minds

Stay tuned for updates about our participation in the 2016 event: the theme is Home Sweet Home and it will be here before we know it! It opens on Tuesday, June 21 amd will run through September 6 (your time to travel and collect rows. Participants have until October 31 to turn in a completed quilt for the prize. (Know though that most shops give away their prize fairly early in the summer: there are some speedy quilters out there!)

2016 Row by Row Experience logo: Home Sweet Home

      * 2015 Row by Row pattern copyright Artistic Artifacts, all rights reserved; it is not permitted to copy or transfer the pattern in any format. You may also mail a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Artistic Artifacts | 4750 Eisenhower Avenue | Alexandria, VA 22304 to receive a copy in return.

Upcycled Memory Pillow

My parents had a lovely couple as neighbors…they lived next to them for many years. While they didn’t see me grow up, they did spend time with my son, now 20, over the years. They have always been very special people to our entire family.

These neighbors spent their working careers traveling the world. One of the countries where they lived for many years was Indonesia. Knowing how much I love of Indonesian textiles, I had been gifted with a hand drawn tulis batik shirt from them. It was very well worn (the cotton is SO soft!), very well loved and had always been a favorite, but once the wear resulted in holes, it was retired. The shirt was sewn out of the most beautiful fabric — I loved it!

Tulis batik shirt, a treasured garment from Indonesia

Just before Thanksgiving of this year, the owner of the wonderful shirt passed away suddenly. As a gift to his spouse, I decided to use the shirt to create a special pillow she could keep in his memory. I added one of our Jaka fish batik block (like the ones used in our Row by Row Experience kits, which have just been added to the store) and some additional batiks and other fabrics from the shop to supplement the shirt fabric.

Deconstructed Tulis batik shirt

I began by completely deconstructing the shirt, cutting the seams, and un-hemming as much as I could.

Deconstructed Tulis batik shirt

I added a wide stripe of this beautiful tulis shirt fabric around my log cabin fish batik block.

Tulis batik and fish log cabin memory pillow

I love how this very old and treasured garment coordinates so well with the new batik fabrics!

Using the front of the shirt as the back of the pillow

What I think was the best idea was my using the front of the shirt with its buttons and placket to be the back of the pillow. The existing buttons and button holes are now used to open and close the pillow cover. (Brilliant if I may say so myself!)

Using the front of the shirt as the back of the pillow

The finished back:

Using the front of the shirt as the back of the pillow

The pillow form used is is 24×24″ and the finished pillow, seen here, is 20″ x 20″.

Completed tulis batik fish pillow

I hope this post inspires you…creating a quilt or pillow out of fabric gleaned from clothes of a loved one is a wonderful way to remember them!

It’s not too late to post a comment on last week’s posting, or below, to be entered into a drawing to be mailed one of my mixed media cards…new photos of additional cards will be posted next Wednesday too!

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