Friday, June 21, 2013


Today is the summer solstice, but it's felt like summer for the last 10 days here in north Texas. The Dallas Morning News declared this morning that "Simmer is officially here."  We have had over an inch of rain in the last week, though, so my flower gardens are still lush and full of blooms.  

Last night, B and I decided to harvest some of our onions.  We haven't grown them before, but B had built that beautiful raised bed for me and filled it with very nice soil, so we thought we'd give them a try.  Most of the onions still have green tops, but the tops of a dozen of them had browned, so we pulled them up.  Wow!  Real onions!  And they are very sweet!
First onion harvest, plus a little garlic, a carrot and one cherry tomato!
We had spaghetti squash (from our veggie co-op) with carmelized onions last night, as well as a salad with some fresh greens from the garden and our carrot and lone tomato.

The tomatoes have been disappointing.  We planted three varieties, and the cherry tomato and the Celebrity tomato have produced lots of fruit, but something eats them before they even start to ripen.  I don't think it's birds.  You can see teeth marks on the remnants of the Celebrity tomatoes.  It's making me very sad.

My roses make me happy, though.  This is Audubon:
 And this is Julia Child:
 A few more garden pictures....
B's new garden art

Balloon flower (Platycodon)

I love orange daylilies!  Orange daylilies were everywhere in Northeastern Ohio
where I grew up.  We called them Tiger Lilies.   

Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Work

I had planned to spend the week quilting.  Really, the pile of "to be quilted" tops has gotten totally out of hand.  But I walked into the studio Monday Morning, feeling fresh and strong and, unfortunately, feeling a strong urge to piece.  Just a little.  After all, if I pieced on Monday I'd have the rest of the week to quilt.  

So I started this piece:
Fifth Quilt in the Figure Exercise, 48" x 30"
And of course, I didn't finish it Monday.  I finished it late Tuesday afternoon.  On the plus side, I am now officially tired of this figure.  It won't tempt me any longer.

So I walked into the studio Wednesday morning, fully intending to spend the rest of the week quilting.  I actually made a couple of backs for the larger quilts in the pile.  And then, I started to think about what I would piece next, when I had made a dent in the tops pile, of course.  I certainly didn't intend to start another quilt.

Except that I did.
Fourplex, 37" x 37"
Oh well, two more tops in the "to be quilted" pile.  Maybe I'll do better next week...

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A new shibori top and another quilt in the figure exercise

I only got to spend 2 days in the studio this week, but I managed to get a few things done.

First, I found a partially assembled shibori quilt top in my "needs work" pile.  I rearranged it a bit and now I think it is ready for quilting:
 I also finished another small top (this one is 20" x 38") in the figure exercise.  Boy, I fell right back into my comfort zone on this one.  I'm not sure I created good secondary figures in this one, but I had fun making it.  I love lines!
Next week I'm going to tackle the "to be quilted" pile.  Let's see how many I can get done!

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

An Exercise

I decided to settle back into my studio by setting myself a challenge.  Three small (20" x 30" or so) quilts, starting very simple and getting more complex with each piece.

The first piece was just a sketch in fabric in black and white.  The basic figure.
 The second piece added a secondary figure behind the black linear figure.
 The third piece added more complex piecing behind the black figure.
Interesting exercise.  I like the second piece, with a simple two color figure behind the black lines.  The third piece became unnecessarily complex, and is much less effective.  I think I'll try it again tomorrow.

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Two Weeks at the Barn

This time I spent one week in a color workshop with David Hornung.  We were studying classic color theory, and spent a thoroughly messy week mixing paints, making collages (glue and I should never be in close proximity -- I end up sticking to everything and everything sticks to me) and in general having a wonderful time.  And learning a great deal about colors and the undertones of colors that will greatly help me in my work.
 Class work on the wall,  day 2 or 3
David gave us a picture.  Our assignment was to mix the colors we saw in the
photo and to make a color inventory.  We finished with two collages using the CI.
Last day:  free studies.  Really really fun!
Great class!  David teaches art at Adelphi University, and has written a book called Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers.

I also took "Lines, Curves, Circles and Figure/Ground" with Nancy.  Another great class.  We finished with this great big piece, which is approximately 90 inches square unsewn.
I decided to be playful and try lots of different things in my piece.  Of course, I made this decision after spending a day and a half sewing lines into the lower left corner.  Slow slow slow process.  And frankly, I was sick of sewing lines. So for the next quarter I made pieced arcs (yes, I know they don't really go together.  I was just trying things out), and then tried another liney technique in the upper right.  Which quarter do you like the best?  Which should I use in the "real" piece?

Home from Ohio

I'm home and I'm exhausted.  Two very stimulating weeks in Columbus.  But I've come home to find the daylilies in glorious bloom!

In my next post, I'll talk about my classes...

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