October 29, 2007
October 27, 2007
October 24, 2007
I finished the painting and the stitching. I stitched the outline on the machine using black thread. I like using the Golden acrylics...it only takes a tiny drop to go a long way. Now, I have to decide what fabric background to put them on and then I will probably add some hand stitching or beads. I thought the pose of Taylor beside her portrait was cute. She seemed to like it. Now she is asleep...probably dreaming about being a blue cat.
October 23, 2007
These are the two drawings I did of Emma and Taylor on canvas. They are ready to paint and stitch. This is part of a class assignment I am taking from Jane LaFazio at Joggles.com. She has some awesome work on her website ...check it out. I'm totally loving this class because I love to use mixed media in my work. I decided to use Emma & Taylor as my models...just because I think they are so cute. Now, let's see if I can finish the two quilts and still have a resemblance of the originals.
For those of you that read my post of Oct. 17, Cover Up, and were curious, the famous person was Bill Clinton. (This is my only quilt to actually finish from QSDS). LOL!
I just joined a art quilt theory group at my local quilt shop. Most of them have been meeting for years and do awesome work. I sort of squeezed in and am really glad to be part of the group.
I'm off to paint! It is suppose to rain a bit here today! Yippee!!
October 19, 2007
OK, I did it again...I re-arranged my studio in the process of cleaning it. I decided to "open it up" again and these are the pictures of the after. I moved my cubes (I love those cubes!) If you notice, two of the main ingredients for a successful studio are: Emma, the Boston Terrier and Taylor, the cat. Emma loves her own little bed in the studio. Taylor prefers sleeping on any available quilt or fabric. Of course she is a cat and that is that! I have more tweaking to do, such as where to put my thread, etc., but now I have a class at the LQS to attend so I'm out of here.
P.S. Thanks for the comments on my blog! Wish I could email all of you.
October 17, 2007
Here is the story of "Cover-Up": While digging through my bin of scraps, I found this small quilt top, unfinished. It is a quilt I had made in a class. By using colors, it was suppose to be my representation of a famous person. But it did not look like my original because the center of the quilt had been "covered up" by strips of fabric. The real center is a "black mark" or black strip of fabric that represented a dark time in the famous person's life. By being the charismatic person he was, he recovered and people still liked him, though not as many. Here's the comedy: While critiquing my work, the teacher pointed out that the shape of the black mark might be interpreted as "something else" due to what the famous person had done. She very kindly suggested I might want to cover it up just in case. Well, of course I wasn't thinking anything like that when I made it but it did make for a few laughs. So, I just quickly grabbed fabric, cut and fused it over the black mark. When I recently uncovered it, I didn't realize that I had unintentionally cut out a "cross" as you see in the picture. So, it turned out much better than the original and has more meaning for me as a positive thing. I machine quilted it and I really like it, now. A few cover-ups are sometimes a good thing. Hmmm...I wonder what else is lurking in that bin of scraps! : )
October 15, 2007
October 11, 2007
October 10, 2007
I think (?) the stitching is done but maybe not. I never know when to stop! : ) I really enjoyed making this quilt. I highly recommend the class I mentioned below. Yippee, Lesson 2 is tomorrow! I won't show you the huge pile of fabric that evolved after making this. : )
Here is what Emma did while I was revising the landscape quilt. She slept under my feet. She was all worn out after playing. Emma likes to be held and rocked to sleep in my computer chair all wrapped in a little quilt which is what I am doing at the moment. Just a little hard to type sometimes. : ) Yes, she is spoiled. : ) She will be 4 months old on Monday.
October 4, 2007
(my first real art quilt made in 2003)
This is the framed landscape quilt I did in the 1990s.
Below is a close-up shot. It is a really small quilt. You can tell it was my first attempt at free-motion embroidery...my trees are swaying.