Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ribbon Quilt for Lesley 6" x 36"


My friend Lesley requested that for her upcoming birthday, each member of our friendship group make her a "ribbon quilt".  She really liked my twisted 4 patches in these colors, so I didn't have to think long about my gift for her.  (I'm pretty sure she doesn't look at my blog, so it's safe to post.)

On the subject of posting, I admit I have been very slow to update this blog lately.  That's because my creative life has taken a back seat to other needs and projects.  Without going into specifics, my family has needed me quite a bit, plus my stretch of the gorgeous California coast is a never-ending source of distraction.

So why keep this blog going?  Good question.  Simply put, my handful of followers are precious and patient, and their compliments make me feel worthy.  Thus, reduced productivity nothwithstanding,
I'll blog on when the spirit moves me.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Art Quilt 12" x 12"

Despite its diminutive size, I'm posting this large because I hope you can appreciate the subtlety of the second word quilted into it.  This work is my contribution to the SAQA 2015 Benefit Auction, which begins in September.  I was worried that the quilted word wouldn't show up in the photo posted on their site, and I was right.  http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3361

Some while ago, there was a lengthy discussion in the SAQA Yahoo group about whether to use the term quilt in descriptions of our art form.  For some people the term defaults to "my grandma made quilts" so therefore it's not helpful to use it.  Others are proud to be connected by stitch to a long and rich tradition.  This little piece is my response to that discussion.  Oh, and I'm a grandma who makes quilts.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Feathers for Linda 20"x 40"

How much do I appreciate having good friends like Linda M. in my life?  I made this table topper for her birthday using a free pattern from Anna Maria Horner. http://www.annamariahorner.com/Feather.Bed.Quilt.pdf

In this case I appliqued the scrappy feathers onto the background fabric.  The pattern also gives instructions for piecing the feathers into a background.  Fun to create and it made a tiny tiny dent in my scrap bag.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sweet Springs 62" x 64"

It started with a "color run" of hand dyed cotton created by my friend Kristin, which I used for the geese.  The "sky" surrounding the geese is a couple of blue gradation fabrics.  And the piecing comes from Ricky Tims' Dimensional Flying Geese technique.  

Way out of my usual color comfort zone, I think this quilt emerged to be a very structured and masculine composition.  Perfect, I hope, as a gift for my nephew Chris who recently completed his Police Academy studies.  (May he never have cause to draw his weapon.)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Coastal Intrusion 66" x 66" 2015

In February of this year, one of my favorite quilters, Joe Cunningham, taught a class here in my new coastal home.  He calls it "Rock the Block, Album Style."  Although there is a plan to slicing and sewing one's chosen fabrics, it's rarely evident in the end result.

However, my final composition for this quilt seems, in an abstract way, to illustrate an environmental issue I need to learn more about.  Sea water intrusion is a big concern in the aquifer from which my town draws its potable water.  To say nothing of the sea level rise that climate change will certainly bring.  But one could say the intrusion goes both ways, right?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dining Light


My love affair with the coast continues unabated, so how could I walk away from this drum pendant lamp?  I actually did.  But weeks later I visited the artist's shop again, with husband in tow, and we didn't walk away without it.  We can't afford a house with a view, but now we only have to light up the dining room.  Here's a link to the artist:  RowanChaseStudio.com