Monday, March 31, 2008
Wendy showed us how she paints silk scarves:
I came home inspired and ready to get to work! I am very grateful to have these creative women in my life.
Here's the new patio. It is surrounded by garden beds, and we've planted a few things. Lots more space to fill!
This shot looks North from the patio. Our back garden has two levels. The path crosses my herb garden and goes down a few steps to the lower level. The turtles live down there. You would turn left to go to our back door.
Speaking of orchids, I have one in bloom inside. This is Pot. Hawaiian Prominence "America". It's very fragrant, and I love the dramatic fuchsia and yellow:
Friday, March 28, 2008
The firstquilt is from my class with Liz Berg, which I have titled, with great originality, "Square Study."
The last quilt was inspired by an article in this month's "Cloth Paper Scissors" magazine. It started with a gessoed piece of muslin, with layers of silk, cotton, tissue paper and handmade paper glued to the surface with successive layers of gel medium.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I haven't come up with a subtitle for this one yet. Perhaps something to do with spring and renewal of life. Any suggestions would be welcome.
The second is "Block Study #4." It is also pieced with my hand painted and hand dyed cottons as well as commercially dyed batiks. In my favorite colors. This quilt makes me happy.
A closeup of the quilting: The back:
This one will be subtitled "Flame Dance." Maybe.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I quilted it with feathers and flowers. The quilt is 100" x 100", too big for me to hang for a good picture. The guild will take "formal" pictures next week, and members will start asking for donations in April. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Fiber Arts students.
I actually think Gizmo is rather charming. It's certainly very unusual.
It rained all day today. The new flowerbed Brian prepared over the weekend has turned into a sea of mud. The irises are sodden. DFW airport has reported 4.5" of rain so far today, and I believe we've gotten a little more than that.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I made this quilt as my final project for my Design class. It's not quilted yet, obviously.
Today (Sunday) I have spent quilting the TVQG donation quilt. It will probably take another full day of quilting to finish it. And then I have three client quilts to finish. So it'll be a while before I post the finished project.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Our second exercise was to make a quilt in three formats: rectangular, square and circular. Although I used three completely different backgrounds, I tied the series together with the use of small squares and rectangles and by doing some stamping in the backgrounds to echo the wonky squares. I had carved the wonky cross hatch stamp earlier in the week.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Yesterday was beautiful. Mid 60s and brilliant sunshine. I took this picture of one of my favorite spots in my studio. An absolutely wonderful place to curl up and surf the internet, do some hand sewing or knitting, or read a book.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The first is "A Glint of Spring". It has been embellished with embossed brass.
These are three of the stamps I've carved this week. Two were carved on linoleum blocks and the little one on a Magic Rub eraser.
Another stamp and a Notan. The Notans are always a surprise when I put the pieces back together!
The last few days I've been working exclusively on the Trinity Valley Quilt Guild Donation Quilt for 2008. I plan to have it quilted by the meeting on March 21. It's the most traditional quilt I've done in quite a while. It is 100" x 100", and we'll start promoting it in April. I'm just glad I'm nearly finished with it!
I'd like to thank Karen at Cabbage Rose Quilting and Gifts in Fort Worth for providing the fabric for this top at cost! We appreciate your support!