Gallery

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Viewpoints9-3 Reveal Day!

Honey Bee Armageddon has just been posted on Viewpoints9.  The current challenge posed is to use neon colors...a stretch for sure.

My personal theme for this rotation of challenges is 'Exotic'.  As I have been interested in the honey bee colony collapse and it's various suspected causations, I chose the honey bee as my exotic.

I imagined what the world could look like without our honeybee pollinators.  And, after I saw Dr. Maria Spivak's TED Talk on "Why Bees Are Disappearing", I decided to look at that period of time just as we all learned that they had, indeed, become non-existence.

Imagine..........

This report just in from a time not too distant in the future.

In response to the recent honey bee colony collapse across the US, Congress, sitting in emergency session,  has authorized the use of drones.

Reporter
Diane  Wright
Honey and Pollen News Times
HoneyBee Armageddon

The QRCode links (with permission) to Dr. Maria Spivak's TED talk "Why Bees Are Disappearing".

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I have been SO remiss...

I can't believe that my last post was April 27!  SO much has happened.  Pour a cuppa and I'll tell the quilt stories of the month+

We returned from our six week holiday in CA and my attendance at SAQA's Conference in Portland OR.  Immediately I needed to tackle the promised T-shirt quilt for Project Graduation at Guilford High School (remember, now, that I still haven't learned to say no).  The quilt will be won in a drawing by one of graduates.  It is twin sized and ready to hit the road with the new grad whether off to college or another brave new world.

The T-shirts were donated by the volunteer team managing Project Graduation.  While I was constructing the top, American Idol and GHS graduation Nick Fradiani (parents still live in town) visited his old high school and gave a hugely attended concert on the Town Green.  Of course, one of his T's needed to be tracked down and included.

It will be 'won' by one of the Class of 2015.

Project Graduation T-shirt quilt
 What I can't reveal yet are the other 3 pieces that I finished.  Two for Fly Me To the Moon challenge and this month's Viewpoints9-3 "neon" challenge.
Runner for Polly
Then, as I infrequently do, I decided to tidy my studio.  When I found some schnibbles remaining from a commissioned piece.  The fabric happened to be one of my all time favorites and deserved to be used.  I combined it with other favorites.  This table runner is quite plump as I added a layer of Insel-Brite with the batting.  I hope it will be happy in the dining room where the commissioned work is hung.  

To start off June with a big bang, one of my pieces was juried into SAQA's MA/RI Region's Art as Quilt Exhibit that will premiere at the Fuller Craft Museum in MA..and travel!  So exciting!!

For the Love of Three Oranges


Hoping I can manage my time better (with respect to blogging) and report more news soon.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Viewpoints9-3 Reveal Day #1

Viewpoints9-3's first reveal of it's new rotation of challenges is today!  Check it out...nine posts will fill today.

This time each member has chosen her own personal theme, developing a personal series which will relate to all the others by the challenges posed by the 'chief' of each challenge.  hmm...not real clear.  OK.  The bi-monthly challenger will pick the height dimension and one other facet required.  For instance, this time the height required by 48" and the challenge was to incorporate stitching that you had never done before.

My personal theme for the next 18 months is EXOTIC.

While considering my approach to my personal theme, I realized that I myself had been an exotic of sorts for most of my life.  e.g. not from wherever I was.

"I'm Not From Here" depicts the eight states and two foreign countries that our family made our home. California (4 times), Texas (3 times), Colorado, Missouri, Maryland (2 times), New York, Florida and Connecticut (2 times).  Japan and, later as an adult, Australia.

I'm Not From Here
48"x45"
 In keeping with Martha's Challenge to make a piece using stitching or a stitch type that we had never done before, I floundered.  I'm old.  And I dabble.  Ergo there's not much I haven't done (My Granny taught me to knit, crochet, embroider,  sew and tat.  Yes. Tat).  I decided to go with something that I have rarely done and not for a very long time.  Free-motion script.  The stitched sentences and phrases sketch our family's journey.


Monday, April 6, 2015

First acceptance of 2015 :^)

Flying Geese Variation
I was SO happy to have Flying Geese accepted into PAQA-South's ArtQuiltsReminisce!, which asked participants to reminisce a little, then share their story in art.

Today is also my turn to post on Viewpoints9-3.  Since 'conflating' is the hot new journalism word, I thought I'd conflate my two posts.  Hop on over the catch the whole, unadulterated story.

Killing two birds with one stone.  OOOH, sorry for the really bad pun. ;^)


Friday, March 20, 2015

Newest Dijanne Cevaal Collaboration

"Lady Jane" (16"x28") started with one of Dijanne Cevaal's original linocuts.  This one from her Medieval Project, inspired by the architectural statuary in Chartres.

I have combined machine and hand stitching.  I always enjoy having some on-going hand stitching project at the ready for those nights that we sit and watch TV.  Therefore, over time much of my work includes both hand and machine stitches.

Lady Jane
This piece's title came from my wonderfully, serendipitously uncovering a piece of border print that was designed by Jane Sassaman some time ago.  Certainly reinforces my natural behavior of collecting (and hoarding?) fabric that appeals to me.  The addition of green French knots in her border print helps relate the image and reinforce the 'leaf' imagery on Lady Jane's lapel (hard to see here that it is foiled in the blues and greens)

Now time to start a new piece for Jon Stewart's last year at bringing me my TV news.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Brief update

There is SO much to do before the end of March.  Why?  Glad you asked.  I am GETTING OUT OF THIS #@$* SNOW!  We are heading west.  And before I do I have a V9-3 Challenge to complete and a t-shirt quilt as a donation to our town's high school graduation project.  (Remember that I was never saying yes again?  That resolution lasted about 30 days.)

At the end of April I will be attending SAQA's annual conference in Portland OR.  Can hardly wait.

I made a small 6X8" piece to donate to the dinner auction.  Pensive Crow is created from an African hand-dyed scrap, stamped with one of my own crows, machine stitched, a bit of pastel stick with the background hand stitched.
Pensive Crow

I have the opportunity to choose a tour of Portland:  Any suggestions?
  • Tour #1: Exploring Alberta Arts District (By private car.) 
  • Tour #2: Exploring Southeast Portland (By private car.)
  • Tour #3: Exploring The Pearl District (By Streetcar and/or MAX)
  • Tour #4: Exploring Downtown Portland (By Streetcar and/or MAX)
  • Tour #5: Exploring Fabric Depot (By personal car)
  • Tour #6: Afternoon Trip to Multnomah Falls (By personal car.  5 person minimum)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Viewpoints9 Reveal Day!


It all about PLAYING.  Even though I posed Viewpoints9-2  this challenge myself, I had no idea of how I would approach it.  After weeks of mulling, going to my studio and tidying, which is my practice when I'm looking for inspiration.  As my husband tells me "Go play in your fabric".  It worked!

It occurred to me that I should approach this as I were to invent a game.  Taking only fabric from my scrap bin, I challenged myself to create a playful piece.

It was great fun.  A bit like a archeological dig, truth be told.  I uncovered bits large and small that I hardly recognized...old friends.  Some of my hand-dyed, some discharged, vintage, African, Australian Aboriginal designs, and Japanese.   All right there in the bin.  No wonder my granddaughter has such fun playing in it.

Jump over to the Viewpoints9-2 blog and check out the other participants "PLAYING"
Playing with Scraps 18" x 27"