Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Clara Ruth

For my January Challenge over at Art Quilts Around the World, the theme was Art Deco.   So I googled it and came up with lovely flowing images of beautiful women.  I got out my big pad and drew this woman.

I used a soft pencil and some Copic markers for the colors.


 I traced her onto this most excellent batik from my stash with a black Micron pen.  I layered it with wool batting and stitched over the lines.  I couldn't get to my paints -- we moved house recently, which should account for my lack of blog posting and internet woes -- so I used the Copic pens for her eyes and lip colors.

I wish I had used something other than black marker for the tracing because it was a laborious job stitching on the lines.

"Clara Ruth"
11" by 14"

I used copper Setacolor paint for her locks and Auriful threads for all the stitching.  Her name was chosen by googling the most popular girls names for that era.  My daughter and I agreed that we thought Clara Ruth was beautiful.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Post

I am trying to do a new post, but my internet connection is crummy and goes up and down.  I have lots to tell.  In the meantime, here are some spring lambs to welcome the new season.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Finally! A New Project!

Because of a myriad of family issues, I have been unable to indulge my creative side for months.  But I am just now making the time to begin this project.  

Stay tuned for more posts involving this photo.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Dusting of Snow for Rosie

We had a bit of snow yesterday and the temperature plummeted, so it was still here this morning.

Rosie was delighted.

 The sun is shining on the ice on the pond.  The low temp last night started the inevitable slide into winter.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tulips & Rose

"Tulips & Rose"

37.5" by 45.5"

"since the thing perhaps is
to eat flowers and not to be afraid"

- e e cummings, Complete Poems, 1904 - 1962

Tulips & Rose will be in the fiber art exhibit at Olbrich Gardens this winter.

The show runs from November 3, 2013 through January 26, 2014 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin.

The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 5 - 7 p.m.  Here is a link to the Olbrich Gardens website.

I used raw-edge appliqué.  The tulip colors and Rosie's freckles were added with Tsukineko inks.  The rest was done with Aurifil 50 wt thread.  

And for Beth and Lynne, the backside.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Quilts in Waunakee Show

Two of my quilts will be in the St John's Piecemakers Guild show.

The show is Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, at St John's School Gymnasium, 114 East Third Street, Waunakee, Wisconsin.  

It's the only Waunakee in the world!

"Spectral Chroma" will be there.

And so will the pelican.  This is probably the last show for the pelican.  It will be semi-retired after this because I may be selling it.

I have a special affinity for St. John's Piecemakers.  Not only have I become good friends with many of its members, I was the featured speaker at the September guild meeting.  Topic: Thread-painting.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Quilter's Dream at Quilt Expo

 I posed for several photos with my quilts at Quilt Expo this year, but this was the only one I could find on FaceBook.  That's me in the red shirt helping to hang the show.

I had to sit on my hands to resist typing "does my bum make this quilt look fat" in the comment section!

I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Prescott in her booth "A Quilter's Dream" this year.  She has fabulous quilt and bag patterns and designs some lovely batiks.  I made this bag from her pattern "Metropolis" using her batiks for the buildings.  The sky fabric came from my stash.  

It was easy peasy to make -- the directions are very good.  Of course, I had to modify it a bit -- I added the extra pocket inside the large one -- for keys or a cell phone, and I added a magnetic snap for closure.

And this is me with Stephanie.