Friday, March 23, 2012

Wine in the Garden 12" x 12" 2012

Because I'm retired and my art quilting is not a career, I can indulge in being a dedicated dilettante (from the Italian dilattare meaning to delight.)  According to my dictionary, a dilettante dabbles in a subject without real commitment or knowledge.  For me it means I delight in trying new ideas or making new pieces as the mood strikes me.  My plate, or I should say my design wall, is always full of assorted, usually disparate, intentions.  But I veered away from them all for a day to make this little quilt.... just because.  Dabbling = delight!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fabric Challenge...Forward

Here's the first curvy piecing with and without some more fabric auditions.  I've been on fast forward with this challenge for 2 days, and this is all I have to show for it.  At this point I'm liking it and not wanting to do any more slicing and dicing.  Time to let it cool its jets on the wall for awhile.  

There are other things to get to this weekend such as the Voices in Cloth Quilt Show in Richmond, CA.
where I hope to spend a few shekels on cool stuff and be wildly inspired.  Also not to be ignored any longer is my crate full of supplies for Jane Dunnewold's class at Art Quilt Tahoe, which I didn't get to attend last November.  Best to deal with it today because if my Irish luck holds, I'll find some treasures I won't have to buy tomorrow! 

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.  Slainte!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fabric Challenge - Beginnings

This project falls into the "just had to do it" category.  Recently Karen Musgrave, with whom I'm acquainted through Postmark'd Art, issued a challenge to use a piece of her fabric to create a quilt in the style of Rayna Gillman's new book Create Your Own Free Form Quilts.   Posting progress along the way is part of the deal--and a new challenge for me.

On top is the fabric Karen sent.  Hmmmm...not ugly.  Below you can see I've buried it in some auditioning.  Lately I've been working in uncharacteristic brights.  I think my muse is telling me something....or Spring has sprung in my studio.  Anyway I'm clearly optimistic.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Picasso's Face of Peace 4"x6" 2012

During the current round of trading for Postmark'd Art I joined the Picasso group.  When I found this little sketch by Picasso I stitched it onto a piece of fabric I'd used to clean paint brushes.  (Sometimes the clean up fabric is the most interesting piece after a session of painting.)  I hope Picasso would approve.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More Modern Art 14" x 56" 2012

A couple years ago my artist group Loose Threads chose to work our way through Fearless Design by Lorraine Torrence and Jean B. Mills.  This was my interpretation of exercise 4, finding value in color.
Easy peasy!  I think it makes a very cool runner on my dining table.

This morning I opened my e-mail to discover my blog has been awarded a Liebster by my friend Franki Kohler.  I am so grateful for her lovely support.

Next I'm supposed to give the same award to five blogs I enjoy. Hard to narrow it down!

Lastly I have no idea how to send the Liebster to these wonderful people who keep me from doing my chores, but Loose Threads is meeting at my house tonight and one of them might have time to teach me.  

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Runner 17.5" x 51" 2012

A couple of years ago I discovered the therapy of what I call "mindless" piecing of bits of fabric too interesting to throw away.  When I'm between projects, or just want to give my right brain a break, I sew bits together with no plan, iron them, slice and dice them, rotate them, and keep adding.  More often than not, some intriguing compositions emerge.

Of course I don't work in a vacuum.  From the time I first saw the Quilts of Gees Bend at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, I've loved improvisational piecing.  Books by artists such as Nancy Crow, Lorraine Torrence, Jean Wells, and most recently Rayna Gillman have been favorites in my studio.  (One does seek support for what one loves.)

Honestly, while I admire traditional precision piecing, I suck at it.  When I sew pieces like this runner, I feel like a modern artist.