Author Archive for Lee Sproull

Fabric Donation

In fall 2014, one of our members asked our guild if we would be willing to raid our stashes, and donate some fabric for the sewing class she teaches at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. Guild members were very generous; the donations filled six large boxes. This enabled the kids to create their own pillowcases, two lap-sized quilts for the annual club auction, and aprons for Mothers Day.

 

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The kids were appreciative, and sent a thank you card, which they created and signed with comments.

 

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July meeting report

 

Our guild meeting on July 12, 2015, was a “maker meeting” focused on using new techniques in our philanthropic projects. In an earlier meeting we had made cyanotype prints on fabric, using a variety of materials from leaves to buttons to children’s toys to provide the images. Each person who made a print was then asked to make two half-triangle blocks from their print using red/white fabrics to complete the blocks. At a follow-on meeting we arranged our blocks in a modern composition, which volunteer members then sewed together and long-arm quilted. Once our quilt is bound, it will be delivered and a description of the quilt and its recipient will be added to our philanthropy pages.

 

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At an earlier meeting we learned the “Ruth McDowell technique” for piecing complex shapes, in this case, leaf silhouettes, using straight seams. At this meeting, we learned how to piece these shapes into a free-form composition based on an underlying grid. We added fabric to each of the irregular block shapes and began sewing the results together. Once the sewing is complete and the quilt is quilted and bound, it will be donated to the Rocky Hill Co-housing Community to hang in their community center. At that time a description of the quilt and its recipient will be added to our philanthropy pages.

 

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We also began making wonky stars for our next philanthropy project. If you were unable to attend the meeting, stay tuned for instruction on how your can contribute to this project.

 

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Lee Sproull

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Since I retired, five years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time making quilts–a few bed quilts and baby quilts, but mostly art quilts.  Like all quilters, I love working in color.  Here are two examples of my color work.

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Andy’s Quilt 2014 75″ x 75″

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Picadilly Circus 2013 37″ x 47″

But I also love working in black and white.

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Orange Line 2013 41 x 37

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Star Maze 2014 41 x 41

 

You can see photos of more of my quilts  here:

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Nancy Crow

Two members of NMQG (Lee Sproull and Susan Garfield-Wright) shared some of their experiences studying with Nancy Crow at her teaching studio in Ohio.  This is a bit of follow-up to that February 2nd presentation.
 
We hope we were able to give some answers to the question, “What’s it REALLY like to take a Nancy Crow workshop?”  There’s lots more information about the classes and curriculum at Nancy’s website and an overview of Nancy’s career can be found here.  

 

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Beyond these resources, here are some of the things which we wish we had said:
  • The opportunity to be with other serious art quilters is a special treat.
  • Nancy is an enthusiastic and competitive domino player! (Who knew?)
  • Nancy, her husband John, and their sons have created an impressive and biologically diverse homestead.  They are clearly “in love” with their land.  (Of course, there’s not a minute to take a walk because students are busy sewing, designing, sewing, designing, sewing, designing – oh well…..)
  • Nancy is enigmatic – kind, blunt, demanding, funny, serious, approachable, intimidating, ………
Feel free to ask us more about Nancy, especially if you’re considering attending a week or more at The Barn in Ohio. Thanks for the opportunity to share.  

Lee Sproull

lss-portrait

Since I retired, five years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time making quilts–a few bed quilts and baby quilts, but mostly art quilts.  Like all quilters, I love working in color.  Here are some examples of my color work.

 

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Andy’s Quilt 2014 75″ x 75″                                Cubic Kaleidoscope 2016 47″ x 47″

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Picadilly Circus 2013 37″ x 47″

But I also love working in black and white.

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Orange Line 2013 41 x 37

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Star Maze 2014 41 x 41

 

You can see photos of more of my quilts here.