Just been reading some posts about Jane Perkins and her beautiful art made from recycled items, particularly buttons. Talk about making something unique. She appears to specialize in portraiture.
I have a plan to make a series, yes a series finally! of season quilts. I started this fall quilt last fall, and finally finished it. I really had fun making it, loving all the crazy fall leaf combinations and trying them out. Now how long till the next editions? I just get ideas along the way and have to stop and work on them next...
Also, yesterday saw my first oriole of the season! Last year it was on April 13!
Just finished a very lovely and meaningful log cabin for a very special friend. Every fabric in here means something to both of us!
Loved seeing President George W. Bush's paintings of the wounded warriors Portraits in Courage. They are powerful and raw. I think they really express something about the essence of each of these soldiers. The exhibit is currently at the 4 Arts Center in Palm Beach. Here are a few shots from around the grounds.
Walking at Taylor Creek Water Management area I was so lucky to see pairs of my favorite birds, the swallow tail kite and the roseate spoonbill. That is so spectacular. No I didn't take these pictures, but i wanted to have a pic to remember them by. The Kites were overhead as I drove home, but I did get pictures of the spoonbills. Of course my pictures were not very good, wrong setting on camera and birds flew too soon... Here are my pictures... and a few general ones too.
I guess this is a modern quilt too. I love stripes, and I always thought a quilt made from just squares of stripes would be attractive. But once I did it, I thought it needed more, hence the circles. Now I like it!!
Having fun doing something a little different!!
Its a different take on Rob Appel's Ribbon pole quilt.
Henry Miller, prolific writer and painter, had these words to say on getting your work finished.
If groggy, type notes and allocate, as stimulus.
If in fine fettle, write.
Work of section in hand, following plan of section scrupulously. No intrusions, no diversions. Write to finish one section at a time, for good and all.
See friends. Read in cafés.
Explore unfamiliar sections — on foot if wet, on bicycle if dry.
Write, if in mood, but only on Minor program.
Paint if empty or tired.
Make Notes. Make Charts, Plans. Make corrections of MS.
Note: Allow sufficient time during daylight to make an occasional visit to museums or an occasional sketch or an occasional bike ride. Sketch in cafés and trains and streets. Cut the movies! Library for references once a week.
Saturday I went to this quilt show in Sebring and it was great. Really interesting vendors and lots of quilts. Loved the one selling and displaying feed sack fabrics. She even had a tutorial sheet about their origins and history. (Pat's Sacks of Titusville)
This show was well run, even including a sandwich bar. (pre-made Panera) the only bad part was no vegetarian option. No, I am not 100% veg but I like a veg sandwich much better than a processed meat sliver sandwich!!!
My gang of quilt judgers!
We all loved this whole cloth Matisse patterned fabric. Hard to see, but the best part is the rickrack used instead of binding!
Yes this is a kit you can buy...
Lovely work by Heidi Proffetty! Not in the show, but exhibited in the Juki dealer's booth.
When I first saw these on the internet, I thought people were painting them and quilting them, now I know its a panel you can buy.
This was a real challenge! Working with silk, and especially quilting it, is so different from cotton. This is a painted and dyed whole cloth silk quilt depicting Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Park. Here is an inspirational picture of the spring itself.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.