Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cutting Loose 22" x 22" 2011

Once upon a time I took a class to learn how to construct a New York Beauty block, which has radiating points that demand extreme precision.  What was I thinking???  Of course mine emerged with some measurement issues but lots of personality, I thought.  However, the teacher said she could tell I had a bad attitude, and so my cheery but lopsided beauties were buried with a bunch of other abandoned projects.  Fast forward about 5 years during which I've learned to let my unruly attitude shine forth.  Digging around for some way to illustrate the word rejoice, my little beauties jumped out and said, "Cut loose with us!"  They sure look happy to me.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wine in the Garden 6" x 30" 2011

Last year in my artists group, Loose Threads, we celebrated birthdays by each making an art quilt 6 inches wide by one inch for every year the birthday girl could claim.  The strips were then sewn together.  Mine was 31.5 feet long!  (Feel free to figure out my years on this earth;-)  This year we are still making skinny art quilts but they're vertical and can be displayed however the recipient wishes.  The birthday person stipulates a theme and dimensions.  I used my own hand-dyed fabrics to make this strip for Grace, a connoisseur of wine and gardens.  Once she has them arranged in her home, I'll post a picture of the whole grouping.