Friday, December 28, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
I finished 2 more small quilts based on covers from Diana Gabaldon's books. One is from Drums of Autumn, the one with the tree on it. I sewed down tiny bits of green to serve as leaves. The tree trunk is made from a commercial fabric usually used for costumes, I guess. I added beads. The background is as piece of dupioni silk.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
I sometimes take the color out of a picture of the piece, and using tracing paper, audition possible quilting designs. Hence the black and white Pelican.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
I've been working in Pamela Allen's online class, about style. Her class will help me to develop my own personal style. The first lesson involved choosing a work of an artist and roughly interpreting it in fabric. Then, using the same palette, making a small quilt that epitomizes my style.
I chose Auguste Herbin's Corsican Landscape for this exercise. I used a picture I had taken at Asilomar, California as my guide, and made a piece I call Pelican. He isn't stitched yet, but I think I will finish Pelican.
Monday, September 3, 2012
I love Diana Gabadon's Outlander book series. I also like the cover art for the books. So I am attempting to do a series of small quilts (8 inches square) based on the covers. The quilts will all have dupioni silk as the background. I had some trouble with the first one. I hand embroidered using metallic thread the Celtic frame. Then the piece did not lay flat. I soaked the whole thing, and it got a little flatter. Then I remembered Jude Hill's kantha stitching, so I used a matching thread in the middle and stitched many rows across, which worked. I used a gold machine quilting thread to quilt the background. I don't know if you can see the little sparkles in the background. It was hard to do, but I like the result.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Jude is starting Spirit Cloth diaries. I am in, also doing a sketchbook challenge for Missouri Fiber Arts and a new and exciting Pamela Allen class.
I made the bird piece for a friend, Gina, whom I met on a trip to China.
I also turned some pieces from Jude's previous classes into pillows. Rosemary
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Ellie's princess quilt is finished, and ready to be given to my princess. It has 9 blocks, scenes from the Snow White story, and a green border. As her request, the back is red--polka dots. I had a lot of fun making it, and hope that 3 year old Ellie enjoys princesses for years to come. The quilt is hand appliqued and hand quilted.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I made this piece using methods taught by Jude Hill. I call it my rose mystery cloth. Jude thinks we should all have a symbol, so due to my name my symbol is a rosebud. this piece features a block I made for an Asian quilt that I never finished, and weavings including the rosebud motif.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
I have finished the literary challenge for my art quilt group. The book I chose is Juan Ramon Jimenez' book Platero and I. I bought this book when I was in college, and when I was nervous or upset I often read about the little donkey, Platero. I still love the book. I made a background for the figure by machine crazy piecing the background. I used brown paper for the path and an indigo dyed old doily for the sky. I am pleased with the result, and maybe will have to find him a place to hang in my house.
Monday, January 30, 2012
It has been a while since I have posted. I am getting quilts ready for our march show, and spending a lot of time making a princess quilt for Ellie, my granddaughter. The theme of the quilt is Snow White. I have completed 4 of the 12 blocks, and am in the process of planning the next block, which will feature Snow White in bed with surprised dwarfs looking on. I hope to get the top finished this spring, and then hand quilt it. Hopefully it will be completely finished by summer.
I have a small problem with the mirror block, as her crown, done in gold embroidery floss, is not showing up that well. It does better in person than in the picture. I have been thinking of couching some black yarn in the crown.