Thursday, December 26, 2013

Butterfly Mobile

Butterflies for Mobile

I used markers, ink, inktense pencils, and translucent paint on sheer fabric.  I stitched it onto florists wire[ for support], because that is what I had on hand.  IF the needle hit the wire at a slow speed, the wire broke; at a high speed, the needle broke. Generally, I went very slow.  I then used metallic paints to seal the edges.  It is very lightweight so it moves at the slightest touch of air disturbance.

View from below

View from across the room

Because it is moving at the slightest whiff of air, it is generally in motion while I am in the room.

Another view from across the room

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SURPRISE = First snow of the season

Dark and Blurry, but SNOW

View from my kitchen window.  It gets dark here around 4PM or slightly before, so I like to spend my afternoons enjoying the sunshine IF it is available.

When I saw this coming, I went back to check the weather reports.  NO snow in the forecast.  I put off errands today because according to the forecast, Monday is suppose to be sunny and not as windy as today and tomorrow.  Snow was NEVER mentioned.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Festival 2013 - What's for Dinner?

At some time during the show, I accidentally turned my camera to a wrong setting.  Not sure when it happened.  However, the upshot is that I am missing a bunch of photos.  Unfortunately, this exhibit is not complete.   Hopefully, these photos will give you a 'taste' of the exhibit.

Long Shot of the Table

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Big Prize Winners at Festival in Houston

Handi Quilter Best of Show = $10,000
Chihuly's Gondona”
by Melissa Sobotka, Texas


Detail World ofBeauty Award = $7,500
Septem Peccata Mortalia” [Seven Deadly Sins]
by Christine Alexiou, Canada

This Book totally blew me away.  Totally original; marvelous execution.

IQA Founders Award [tie]= $7,500
A Little Bit of Baltimore”
by Janet Stone, Kansas

IQA Founders Award [tie]= $7,500
Gorsuch Family Quilt Circa 1840 Revisited”
by Margo Hardie, Australia

Margo was a lot of fun to talk with about her quilt. She said something like, 'There is only one way to do it.  Do it right.'  She also mentioned she puts a lot of birds in her quilts because she likes birds.

Robert S. Cohan Master Award for Traditional Artistry = $5,000
Forever in My Heart”
by Lahala Phelps, Washington

Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry = $5,000
Photographer Darling”
by Noriko Nozawa, Japan

Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry = $5,000
Quilt Noir”
by Shirley Gisi, Colorado

Baby Lock Master Award for Innovative Artistry = $5,000
Illinois Album”
by Jane Sassaman, Illinois

Superior Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry = $5,000
by Masanobu Miyama, Japan

The dog is totally created with thread.  No photo or painting.
He showed how he made a chart of the colors, then stitched them.

The Future of Quilting Award sponsored by Omnigrid = $1,000
Oklahoma Windsong”
by Cherrie Hampton, Oklahoma

Judge's Choice sponsored by Hohin France= $250 each

choice of Carolie Hensley
Did You Wash Your Beak?”
by David Talor, Colorado

The background quilting is incredible.

SORRY, I can not find the photo that go with this award.
IF you have a photo that I might insert, please email me.
choice of Sandra Leichner
Crest of Tulip”
by Takido Fusako, Japan

choice of Katie Pasquini Masopust
Escape II”
by Betty Hahn, Arizona

Betty did a painting on canvas, then had it printed on fabric so she could quilt it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Necessary Sewing

Roller Cart Lining

What a bland start to creating after Festival.  However, it is necessary. Starting to come down after the high of Festival, I went grocery shopping with my new cart.  The only thing that didn't fall threw the large holes was my pack of beer.  Although I really enjoy beer, food is very important to me.  I am one of those who really enjoys eating with gusto.  Thus, I decided I needed to make a lining for my cart so that the avocados, rice cakes, peanut butter, apples, tomatoes and other items smaller than the cart holes could be easily rolled home.

Haven't a clue where or how or why I got this fabric. Did a burn test.  It is not cotton.  Love the blue-purple color.  Find the whole fabric rather strange-a printed plaid.  This seems like a good use for it. Would not want to use this in any type of quilt.  Tomorrow I hope to clear up some other necessary sewing items from my work table.  Then, hopefully soon, I will be back working on my 'word' wall hangings.

PS. I was on a continuous sensory overload during Festival. I took LOTS of photos. I have started editing them, but it is going to be a long slow slug because I have an overload of day work to do before the big snow hits.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Here-s-s-s Me at Houston 2013

PLEASE stop and say 'Hello' IF you see me in Houston.

Chair Back Pack

Me  10-27-3013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Quiltart Logo

Future Shopping Bag

This is as far as I have gotten creating a Logo pocket for a bag [yet to be made] that will hang on the back of my wheel chair.  Now I am wondering IF this is OK.

I tried printing out the logo with no luck.  Blurry, dull colors.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quilt Photo Review Year 6

Starting with the ART QUILTS

One Yellow Square
10" x 10"

This was my first quilt of the year.  Weird as it seems, I actually drempt about a quilt with 'one yellow square'.  The next day was Friday.  This fit the current Fast Friday Fabric Challenge.   It has changed my direction toward working with fabrics instead of painting, dying, etc.

Nine Patch in White
12" x 12"

One Black Square
12" x 12"

Golden Rectangle
17.75" x 25"

Nine Patch of Quakers
17.75" x 17.75"

Fantasy Book Cover
10" x 10"

Fern Ballet
33" x 41.5"

I actually started it last year; finally finished it this year.  It won an honorable mention in the "

Cottage Door
4" x 6"

Beaded White Coneflower
6" x 4"

Beaded Coneflower
6" x 4"

Practical Artistic Expressions

Water Lily Purse
13.5" x 11.75"

Selvage Purse

11 Totes/Bags
This was a FUN experiment making these out of a sample book of water repellent outdoor fabric.  I got bored near the end.  However, I am happy with the results.  I think these will make great travel bags for friends.

 Golden Swirl as a Cushion for a hanging chair

Tote for Jodi with art work by her daughter

Grocery Tote
2 Beach Purses [one for me, one for a friend] 

Revised Pattern to create an Original Jacket for Florida

Little Treasures from an on-line pattern

Charity Quilts and other Giving Projects

A Gift to Camp Sunshine
a free camp for children with life threatening diseases and their families 

'A Friendly Family of Five Fabulous Fishes Frequently Travel with Two Delightful Tag-a-longs'

Musical Theme Quilt for Camp Sunshine, twin size

Tinkerbell Theme Bed Quilt for Camp Sunshine, twin size

Comfort Quilt

Comfort Quilt

Daisy Quilted Jean Fabric for Comfort Quilt
I love crazy quilt blocks + jean fabric = one of my favorites

I have a quilting friend whose husband is a Pediatric Oncologist.  Thus, I am making Chemo Quilts for some of these children who are treated at his clinic.  I am also trying to entice others to make quilts for this very worthwhile cause.  Anything that I can do to help a child during the treatment process brings me great JOY. I buy fun flannel for the backing.  I usually ask for help from Mothers with children so that it is something children might actually enjoy.

Bakery Treats Chemo Quilt

Tinkerbell Theme Chemo Quilt

Musical Theme Chemo Quilt

Musical Theme Chemo Quilt

Farm Theme Chemo Quilt

With so many in need, this year saw me making pillow cases for the first time ever.  I am told it is comforting for a child to have a special pillow case.  The following were all made for Sandy Hook.  Because Sandy Hook had so many hundreds when I was ready to mail my offerings, my 16 went instead to children in the hospital for a serious stay.  This is an on-going charity project in our state.

My on-going project is making unique individual name tags for everyone in my Quaker Meeting that wants one.  I take a box of fabric.  After Worship, each person picks the fabric they want.  No two will have the same fabric.  It started slowly; now it has become very popular.  I especially like the fact that our young people appreciate this gesture.  It seems to make them feel more like they belong to the whole Meeting, not just the youth group.