Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Bit of Childhood 20" h x 24" w 2011

"Sisters are a little bit of childhood that can never be lost." M. Garretty

This is probably the last of the three sisters quilts I will make.  This one is for my sister Vicky, the cutie in the middle.  I stepped outside my comfort zone to do this traditional layout, and it certainly challenged me.
But when I found the quote, I thought it was perfect to hand embroider above their heads.  Soon as I make a label I can ship it back east to Vicky for her birthday.

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Postcards

What's not to like about making postcards?  They're relatively fast because each card is a 4 inch by 6 inch commitment.  One approach I take is "mass" production by creating a piece large enough to cut into multiples, such as the second one here. On a background fabric I just layered bits and pieces of shiny threads, ribbons, and fabric under tulle net and stitched it all down.  It looks like a party to me.
Sometimes I play with photos in Photoshop and print them on cloth, which is the top card.  For the third card I used a scrap of piecing, a leftover piece of painted Bubble Wrap, and stitched a tree to make a  landscape.  Of course I love the elegant ladies of old Japan so I framed them with couched yarns and silk flowers.  There is something so satisfying about using leftover bits to create something new.  I'll teach one more class on August 9 at Quilter's Quarters here in Hanford.  Hope some of you can join me.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Postcards Class

Do you ever have a day when you just can't think big?  Here's my solution.  I love making little 4"by 6" art quilts that I can "snail" mail to special people.  I even belong to an international group called "Postmark'd Art."  Twice a year we create and exchange our postcards with each other.  Recently I was asked to teach a couple of classes on how I make postcards so these three are some of my class samples.  The classes are scheduled for July 16 and August 9 at Quilter's Quarters in Hanford, CA. and I can't wait to see what delights emerge from them.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Colors of New Zealand 19" x 20" 2011

Sometimes a little scrap of fabric is just too precious to toss.  My definition of precious?  I dyed it, or painted it, or the marks are still intriguing to me.  When I have a pile of them, I start sewing them together almost mindlessly until I have a patchwork too precious to toss.  What to do with the new pile of precious?
Start composing something abstract with solid colors that will frame them nicely.  This one looks good on my coffee table.