Pink!

I started this quilt last year as a plaything. I had all these fat quarters of Waverly fabrics in pinks and grays that i wanted to use up. Plus I wanted a large quilt to work on the long arm machine with for practice using pantographs.

I created a pattern using string quilting techniques for the center. Then I let the quilt go wild. I surrounded the center block with wonky squares that were all off kilter.  It was as if the quilt’s structure was decomposing from the inside out. Then for the final outside I simple used blocks in a checkerboard edging to give it some formal structure. I added white borders and sashing for spacing and definition.IMG_2324

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Of course, being the first time I’d played with pantographs — I usually only do Free Motion Quilting — I did end up having to rip out a few stitches to end up with proper placement. and yes, i do have TWO pair of glasses there to work with… Little Old Lady Quilting needs her trifocals AND her reading glasses at times.. 
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I chose a wonky tropical kind of pattern to both go with and counter the designs in the quilt. 

This quilt ended up being  bought as a gift for a newly expecting first time young mother. I hope it gives her and her baby hours of comfort pleasure!

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

Playing Catch-up

I’m sorry it has been so long since I wrote on a regular basis. I do tend to keep up with my Facebook page   but I’ve been so overwhelmed with the planning, and lots of manual labor and health issues trying to get Little Old Lady Quilting Studio ready to open the end of March.  I had also foolishly planned to have a solo show at The Electric Company & More art gallery in downtown Bedford opening at the same time. And I agreed to do a Artists Market Brunch at the Bower Center For the Arts the last weekend in April. All of these displaying  all the work I have been creating for the last year (that which had not sold already… ) On top of that i was building my clientele for the long-arm-machine finishing quilts, and doing an average of two of quilts a week on the long arm besides the thread art commissions I have I needed to be creating.
To say the least it was a mad couple of months.

I’m going to try and write weekly at least to keep the world posted of what Little Old Lady Quilting Studio is up to.

My first quilting client in Bedford brought me this magnificent hand done needle point block quilt made by mother and daughter.

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Lovely queen-sized quilt top consisting of 35 blocks all hand stitched and then hand sew together.
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Each block was 18″ by 17″.

I wanted to quilt this very simply to give it strength and stability , but not to interfere with the hand stitched embroidery.

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I ended up stitching around the core of the medallion, and then tracing the outside of the medallion and filling in the negative space with a basic stipple to make the design pop.

The client was very happy with the finished quilt. as was I!

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

Back at last!

Well, my blog has suffered while I made the transition from Fairfax in Northern Virginia to Bedford here in the South-west corner of the state.. Little Old Lady Quilting Studio is Officially OPEN now.

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Adding bright color to the non-descript dark brown  the previous owner left on the cabins makes everything here pop! There is such a feeling of joy and lightness now at Little Old Lady Quilting  Studio!

I had my Grand Opening of the Studio on March 31, 2018. 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. I had an unexpected turn out of over 300 people come through the Studio in one day. I sold some of my favorite pieces. I got several nice commissions. And I got several quilt tops to finish on Ruby ( my HQ Avante 18″ long arm Sewing Machine.) So I consider it a very successful opening, as well as a great start to my business life in the community here.

The day after the Grand Opening of Little Old Lady Quilting Studio, I hung a solo show as Featured Artist at the Electric Company Art & More in Down ton Bedford. Needless to say that was indeed a whirlwind weekend and month. The show came done on April 27 and I immediately ( s in that night) set up for a one day Art Market called the Maker’s Brunch sponsored by The Bower Center for the Arts. It was a great day of meeting people in Bedford and getting my name out there as a local long arm quilter, and showing some of my thread art.

The month since then has been spent creating and finishing a number of quilts for my clients, and working on commissioned thread art pieces. That and still doing upgrade work on the Studio and cabin, and beginning to do some landscaping to make the outside of the Studio as beautiful as the inside.

So life is beginning to settle into something resembling normal routines here now. I am so happy to be here and to be creating art work full time here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Bedford, Virginia. Y’all stop by and say hello anytime!

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

 

 

A whirlwind Month!

I officially moved to Bedford Jan 15, 2018. I’m still splitting my time between Little Old Lady Quilting Studio and our home in Fairfax where my husband is still living and working. I feel a little like Cinderella, or like I’ve died and gone to heaven!

I have not kept up with this blog on a daily basis as I hoped, but only because I have been so focused on getting all the things done that need to be ready to open my business officially at the Grand Opening scheduled for March 31, 2018.

One of the things that attracted me originally to the place was the two seperate buildings on property adjacent Route 43 ( Peaks road) the major thoroughfare between the Blue Ridge Parkway , the Peaks of Otter Lodge, and beautiful historical downtown Bedford, Va.  We could live in the single family unit to the left, and I could have a 900 sq ft studio /gallery to the right. All of it is Handicapped accessible. (I have “spine issues” and will be in a wheelchair eventually so it is good to plan ahead!) Plus the property had already BEEN a craft and gift shop and was known for such in the community.

Of course, as with any old home, there are going to be a lot of little things that need to be fixed to bring it up to date and to make it work for  one’s current needs.  Even with a complete inspection before we purchased the property here, we were surprised by a few things that have added significantly to the expenses of getting the Little Old Lady Quilting Studio ready to open.

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Our new home and studio in Bedford, VA

 

The inspector mentioned a few boards in the handicapped walkways that lead into the buildings that “were not 100% sound and may need to be replaced.”  BUT… it turned out (after I fell through one of them) that they are almost all rotten throughout and the entire walkway and deck needs to be rebuilt. $$$ This has to be done before I can open the business to the public.

It also turns out according to our many friendly neighbors, the property had been sitting empty much longer than we were told by the real estate agents. Our first order of business was to deal with the MASSIVE Stink-bug invasion. This has been an ongoing issues with treatments every couple of weeks. EVENTUALLY they will go back outside and we will be able to seal up as many of the escape routes as possible. The Stink-bugs are just a fact of life here in the county.  They can be dealt with… one day at a time.

The next unexpected issues was major…. under the studio crawl space ( which the inspector cursuri looked at  but did not really  inspect)  turns out that there was water damage that lead to major mold and fungus problems. We had to remediate and encapsulate that plus add in a dehumidifier system in order to be safe for myself and clients in the building. Turns out there is also a fungal problem in the living cabin and so they will have to spray and treat that  in the coming weeks as well.

In spite of these major expenses and setbacks, this is STILL the most perfect place we could have found for Little Old Lady Quilting.

I have been able to get into the studio and create a lot. I have been working to build my inventory of thread painting and artwork as well as home decor items.

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Big Otter Mill – Bedford ( SOLD)

 

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The Knolls Pillow Series

 

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My fun placemats and napkin sets

 

I’ve also been showing (and selling) my work at the little gallery in town — The Electric Company Art & More located at 207 E Depot Street in Bedford, VA . I currently have several pieces in the 4th annual Curry/Bower Exhibit at the  Bower Center  for the Arts (and sold one of them!)

 

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Lazy Summer Day at the Lake – (SOLD)

I am about to Open Little Old Lady Quilting Studio to the Public with a Grand Opening March 31, 2018 11:00 am until 3:00 PM

I am also slated to be the Featured Artist for April in a solo Show of my new works at The Electric Company  Art & More. I have created a new series of Wall Hangings especially for this show which is entitled Blue Ridge Visions. Each is 24″ x 9″ and based on nature images of the Blue Ridge area I love so much here in Bedford.

 

I am now a member of the Bedford Artisan Trail Network and the Virginia Artisan Trail. Very excited for the opportunities this provides me to market and reach out to the arts community here as well.

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It’s Official. I’m a member now!

And  so, life is moving ahead. I am incredibly grateful for every opportunity here, for the beauty of nature I am surrounded with, for this gift of time to make art and build a business and life here in the area I love so much!

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

Adding to the Studio/Gallery piece by piece…

I’ve officially been here in Bedford for two weeks. It has been time spent cleaning, unpacking, and arranging Little Old Lady Quilting Studio/Gallery to get ready for visitors. I’ve been sewing a lot of the time too.

So I thought I’d show you a little of the display furniture that I’ve been accumulating:

Of course, first there is Ruby. She is my HQ Avante 18 long arm machine and my best friend! Though she was not cheap, she was an investment for a lifetime. (Mine anyway)

 

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The Cabin came with a set of twin beds in the loft that we will never user for guests, so I appropriated them for the Gallery to display quilts on.  They will eventually be painted for more color….
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This corner cabinet was an eyesore, until I got Sherry Miller of Sherry’s Chairs and More to come do her magic. she is not finished yet, but already the pieces of furniture she is painting are coming to life with color and whimsy!
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This old “This End UP 3 drawer Chest of Drawers was heavy and dark and ugly. But it is starting to sing with new life now. I love these colors and there will be large Dahlia blossoms on it a well….  I’ll use this chest to store placemats, napkins, and etc.
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My other big purchase, a retractable Design Wall. Now I can pull it down to work on a project and when I am finished I can roll it up out of the way!
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Here is my latest series of work. Six hanging tapestries based on my oil paintings of Rural Virginia. It is great to be able to work on them side by side in the early stages to coordinate fabrics and colors across the series.
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Last but not least, the other expensive piece I bought — an antique cabinet for displaying folded quilts in. Thanks to the folks at Needful Things Antiques in Bedford, VA who delivered it for me this week! I already love the color!

So that is where I am today. 2 months until my grand opening on March 31, 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm. I still have a ton of stuff to make, and some friends and family to collect things from. But it is slowly coming together!

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

Taking Time for One’s Self…

This weekend I have been laid low with body issues. I have a  degenerative spine disease which is slowly crippling me. I deal with it fairly well most days. But the drugs I take for pain management have their own side effects and so I am trying to wean myself off at least the massive doses of steroids.  On top of that it seems I have picked up some kind of stomach bug or the flu.

The good news is that I do not want to eat much right now. (I am always struggling with my weight.) The bad news is that I don’t have a lot of energy right now, so I am not getting much done in the studio.

One of my dear friends reminded me Friday that I work pretty much 24 hours day. And that I do not take time for myself often. She again told me that without replenishing the well of health and creative energy with rest and meditation and time out in the world, I can not constantly create beauty.

So I gave myself permission to take off Saturday (yesterday.) I lounged in my overstuffed love seat with the puppies in front of a fire. (It is getting colder now.) I watched old movies. I had some fresh popcorn. (I didn’t want real food.) I let my mind wander and dream. I had some wine and I slept like a baby last night. (I don’t sleep well usually.)

This morning I woke up feeling better, fresher, with my mind ready to get back to work, although my body is still lagging behind a bit.

I started work on a new tapestry/wall hanging Dogwoods.

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Dogwoods – The contrasting sketches of the dogwood flowers on a branch and in a close up image.
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Here the image is beginning to take shape. I have a lovely batik fabric that was perfect for the gnarly bark of the dogwood trees and it also picked up the lovely teal color that is the background of all three panels.

So I am back at work a little, although I promise to take  it easy today. There is no deadline for this piece to be finished… although I tend to be a person who can only work on one project at a time until it is completed and then move on to the next one.

Soon I have to begin to sort and pack my studio for the move to Bedford, VA where I will be opening my Studio/Gallery in the spring. Life is good.

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

 

 

 

Day by Day

I am in the process of  relocating my life and art to my hometown of Bedford, VA. PArt of that process is creating a body of new work to have as inventory for my Gallery that will open in April of 2018.  It is interesting to observe that as I am focused on producing  work as efficiently as possible, and in a larger quantity than I have ever worked before, my art is morphing, changing and growing into new forms I had not considered working in before.

Thread painting as an art form has been around for centuries, but I only came upon it as I was exploring ways to use fiber and quilting in smaller artworks. It has taken over my art for the time being. I am loving the ability to produce a “painting” of colored threads that is both impressionistic  and realistic and which people can easily connect to.

My latest work “Golden Moments” is about capturing the light  across fields in the Bedford countryside.

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Golden Moments – 2017  Wynn Creasy, Artist/Owner Little Old Lady Quilting. Thread Painting – 15″ x 13″ Cotton, Muslin, Glue, Thread.

My process for these is continually changing and growing. I am currently exhibiting in two different galleries The Electric Company Art & More in Bedford, VA and The Gallery at Lake Anne, Reston. I will have my own Studio/Gallery open in 2018 in Bedford, VA.

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

Historical Memories made here….

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When I was growing up Bedford, VA was a little sleepy redneck town that had seen better days. The agricultural way of life that had formed it since the 1700’s had given way to a few factories most men worked their farms in the evening and worked in the factories during the day.

As we took the bus to school up 122 everyday we would pass the old abandoned Big Otter Mill (formerly known as Forbes Mill)  building. At the time, it was rather grey from many years of sitting alone in the sun and rain. Boards were missing. Windows long ago broken out. Weeds and wild trees growing in and out of it.

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Circa 1950’s – Big Otter Mill 

Built originally around 1919 the mill had ground flour and corn for locals.

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One of the first photos of the new mill the Forbes family built. Their first mill, built in 1916, burned to the ground shortly after it opened. Arson was suspected….

Big Otter Mill Foundation

Now, thanks to the Big Otter Mill Foundation, the building and grounds are is being restored as a historical and educational building. Donations are always appreciated. Their aim is to restore the building to its original working condition, and use it for teaching others about the history of agriculture and food in our community.

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Slowly coming alive again. – 2007

I was so inspired by the change in the mill, that I have created two wall hangings based on aerial photos of the property that were taken by Mr. Thomas Fields of Northsky Dromes.

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Two Thread Painted Wall Hanging of the Big Otter Mill – 2017   Wynn Creasy — owner/operator Little Old Lady Quilting 
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Big Otter Mill — Route 122 Straight to the Blue Ridge!
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Big Otter Mill Bedford, VA — 2017

I love the fact that others think our history and what has made us unique is worth saving! And I am inspired to create art that says this is part of who I am as well!

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It has been a crazy month here. We have bought a second home, a cabin/studio/gallery for my business Little Old lady Quilting, in my hometown of Bedford, VA. I have been working towards this for a while, but it all happened rather quickly when things lined up.

Besides preparing for the purchase of a new property, I have also been organizing and planning and working towards more inventory for the studio. I have also been creating a number of items for sale at a gallery in Bedford.

I am now a member of The Electric Company Art & More at 207 E. Depot Street in Bedford, VA. 24523. How that fam about is a funny story. I had intended to enter some pieces of art into their annual holiday Art4Gifts show. Everything in the show must be priced $99.00 or less. Since so much of my quilting work is large and time-consuming, I knew I would have to especially create something for this show.

I began to make a series I called “The Bedford Paintings” – six small 5″ x 7″ Thread Paintings based on my original artwork of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As I made the pieces, I posted the process and the finished works on my Facebook page. I was suddenly selling them as fast I could make them. Thre of the six I sold immediately and had to remake copies of them for the show in Bedford. Since I was moving them and had a good response I decided to prepare a larger number of them to have ready when I needed them. I prepped 18 of them with images and the fabric underlay I do to have them ready.

Since Mike and I were taking a long weekend Columbus day weekend to go to Bedford and look at a property, I took the six I had prepared for the Art4Gifts show along with 2 extra thread paintings with me to show the gallery to see if they would accept them for the upcoming holiday show.

 

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The original six

 

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Plus REDBUDS AND DAFFODILS

 

 

 

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also REFRACTED REFLECTIONS

 

My thought was being in the show was a good way to get my name and my artwork known in the Bedford community before we moved there. But what happened was that the Gallery coordinators were so excited about my work that they convinced me to join the gallery as a full member and hang my work right then for display and sell in the gallry. I agreed and actually signed a  year+ gallery contract for them to represent me in Bedford.

Since they took all eight of the works I had taken with me, when I got back home to Burke, I now had to create six more for the Art4gifts show coming up. Luckily I had prepped the 18  so It was a matter of finishing the thread painting, and labeling and framing them, and getting them in the post to the Gallery in time for the Oct 21 deadline.

The Six additional paintings for Art4Gifts – November 1 – Dec 23, 2017, at The Electric Company Art & More. $99.00 each

At the same time, I got a commission for two pieces for a small show in November for the Reston Community. PLUS I got a five-item commission (from photos the client provided) to create for a Christmas presents for her husband commemorating a holiday trip they had taken together…. Photos to come after she has gifted him over Christmas. I was very pleased with how the came out!

Another Client Commissioned me to do a small 8″ x 8″ Wall hanging for her of a Red Clover plant — one of her favorite plants and the state flower of Vermont, her home state.  Here is the finished piece.

 

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Red Clover – Private collection of Christina Harrigan.

 

I have finally finished all that work. We have a ratified contract on the Cabin/ Studio/Gallery. There is much work to be done on the property. But, I have a gorgeous Studio workspace to create more beauty, and a lovely Gallery space to display and sell my work along with the work of others I deem fits the concept I have of a gallery focused on the crafts and the landscape of the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley.

I am also working on some larger works that can hang on the walls. My goal is to have a number of large tapestries and small thread paintings ready to sell when we close on the property in December.

 

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn

 

 

 

Creating Works on Demand

I am in the process of relocating to y hometown of Bedford, VA. Bedford is a beautiful small town located it the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virgina, between Lynchburg, and Roanoke. Ove the last 30 years or so it has changed from a poor redneck little town to an artist community with a lot of retirees and others moving there for the quality of life it offers at an affordable price.

I am moving there both to be closer to my younger sister as we get older so  we can take care o  each other if/when we end up alone, and ALSO because I have the chance to purchase a lovely Cabin/Studio/Gallery  on the mountain where I can live and work and sell my art quilts and other things to make a little income for the rest of my life and can afford to live comfortably there.

One of the galleries there (The Electric Company) has a call to artist to submit works for their holiday show. Nothing may be priced above $99.99. I figure it was a good way for me to produce some small works that I can work on my technique with, and that, if they do not sell for this show, then I will have them for my gallery in Bedford after I move. My original Idea was that this was a great way to introduce my work to people in Bedford.

I began by using photos of my many oil paintings created from my emotional memories of growing up in Virginia.

Wynn Creasy Fine Art, Fine Art in Landscapes and Abstracts in Oils and Pastels
Redbuds and Daffoldils – 2006 SOLD private collector.

 

I create the images by first using Susan Carlson’s glue techniques to give me layers of fabric color for guidance of the piece. Then working from the back to the front of the image I added thread details and overpainting to give me layers of color.

 

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Here you can see the bones of the landscape, but not much else. Most of the colors seen will be completely painted over and changed by the completion of the artwork. 

 

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I created six small 5″ x 7″ Quilted Thread Paintings that I framed in ready-made 5 x 7 Frames I had on hand already.

 

Surprising even myself, I have already sold 4 of these small works and the show they were originally created for will not happen until December!!! The response has been terrific.  I think it is a combination fo the price point, and the artwork is beautiful and intriguing…

 

 

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Country Road – Sold
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Holding Back The Dawn
Holding Back the Dawn
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Autumn Orchard
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Midnight – Big Otter Creek

 

Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!

Wynn