Friday, August 1, 2014

Anne's Purse 8" x 9"


My sister Anne requested a felted purse after she saw the autumn dragonfly purse I posted last November.  But her favorite colors were pinks, oranges, and aquamarine blues.  Excited when I found the perfect yarn, I crocheted and felted it only to learn that the angora doesn't mat down.  Hence the soft fuzziness.

I was looking forward to delivering the purse to Anne in person at a family reunion next week.  But she died suddenly on July 20.  That her daughter Elizabeth wanted to have it is truly comforting.
Oh, Annie.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lights in the Park 24"x38"

This exercise in extemporaneous piecing was inspired by a painting by contemporary artist Leonid Afremov www.afremov.com.  I worked from a small magazine picture on my friend Sharon's inspiration board.  Of course the complementary colors drew me in, but also the opportunity to create an abstract composition from a very lively picture.  All the fun, however, was in the wild piecing which was brought under control as trapezoidal blocks.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Circuit Board 18" x 24"

This year my Loose Threads Art Group is creating pieces inspired by each other's story boards.  (A story board is a collection of images, quotes, objects etc. that one finds intriguing.)  On Anna's board I found a diminutive (2"x3") circuit board, which I thought might make an interesting abstract composition.  Successful or not, it certainly moved me away from my comfort zone because collage is rarely a solution I choose.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Proceed With Caution 21" x 30"

We only have Earth.  The glories of the cosmos aside, we haven't found anywhere else to live.  We ignore our culpability for poisoning Earth at our peril.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sunset 12"x12"

Lately I have been exploring narrow strip construction as a way to create a landscape composition.  For this little piece I used 3/4 inch strips that I stitched with 1/4 inch seams right onto batting and backing.  I love how the colors of the narrow strips blend together in a painterly way.  This quilt will be my donation to the 2014 SAQA Benefit Auction. http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?cat=34
Check it out to see a huge variety of one foot square gems.

Friday, April 11, 2014

At the Pinnacle


Last weekend I reached a new pinnacle in my quilting journey.  For three glorious days I was coddled, praised, and corsaged as the Featured Artist at the Best of the Valley Quilt show held in Lindsay, CA.
They displayed thirty-six of my works from the last seven years in my own personal booth right at the front of the show.  Many many wonderful people stopped by to chat, and I received so many accolades I can't believe my head isn't twice as big!  It's all downhill from here on out.  (Still smiling.)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Extemporaneous 60"x60"


Before Christmas last year, Craftsy offered 50% off on classes by one of my favorite quilters, Joe Cunningham.  It's worth the full price just to watch him and chuckle at his quirky, relaxed approach to composing a quilt.  He demonstrates four of his improvisational piecing techniques, and all of them are right up my alley.  This is my version of his "Fantasy Four Patch."  Although he makes his with only two fabrics, I wanted more.  I even had fun with my own improv quilting.  Dig this one, Joe!