Monday, February 28, 2011

Soles on the Fence 12"x12.5" 2011

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Last month my husband and I were traveling in New Zealand, and while he was photographing the pastoral beauty I wandered across the road to check out what was dangling from the barbed wire fence.  Lots and lots of old shoes--mostly athletic or flip flops, and one pair of high heels.
The current challenge for my artist group, Loose Threads, was the word sole or any synonym of it, and to include a three dimensional element.  I traced my photo onto stabilizer, layered it on white fabric, stitched over the picture from the back, and imitated the original plastic tie with a piece of painted Tyvek.  The border is a scrap of my own painted fabric.  A fun memory from a fabulous trip.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fruit of the Loom 12"x12" 2011

This little quilt happened after I acquired a "skein" of silk strips sewn together end to end.  I stitched them on batting with the frayed edges exposed and then cut and rearranged it several times.  To me it looks like a little shop somewhere in India full of bolts of silk.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Abandoned on Carrizo Plain 33" h x 41" w 2011

Last spring my husband and I spent a day at Carrizo Plain National Monument, which is located west of Bakersfield, California. We discovered carpets of yellow and purple wildflowers and two old truck shells rusting in dignity together. Then I took a class from Katie Pasquini-Masopust to learn how to create an abstract composition from a photograph.  Voila!  This quilt along with my "Points of Light" and "Reserved for Tony Graffiti" will be displayed in a California Fiber Artists show at the Bakersfield Museum of Art from March 24 - May 31, 2011.