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.
Well Hey there! What is this thing? Seen in Indiantown by us, that's Martin County, we have this exotic West African lizard the Agama agama. Its also known as the Rainbow Lizard because the males are many colored. But they are a threat to our native lizards because they EAT them... yes that's pretty threatening.
Sharing this from Marcy Tilton's blog. Love her fabrics and designs! But she included this amazing video of a lady in India who strolls down the street yelling who wants quilts and makes several a DAY! she is fast as lightning and has an astonishing technique. Take a look.
Painting silk yesterday and then steaming it for a special project involving the thermal hot pools in Yellowstone National Park.
A simple cheater quilt (the first one) looks great; sorry about the picture with ghost stripes! the sun was so strong that is the backing showing through! A sweet, simple lap quilt with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Just finished the pocket for my Hawaii Dreams Quilt. If you make quilts for charity as we do at First Baptist Church here in Okeechobee, consider including a label if you don't already. We make a pocket for the back of the quilt and put our label on it. You never know how seeing this verse from the Bible or seeing that someone they did not know made a quilt for them might affect the receiver of the quilt. We hear many stories of how quilts are received and perfectly match their new owners. These stories touch our hearts.
Do you dream in black and white? well this disappearing 9 Patch is a nod toward that theory, although since its laced with Hawaiian innuendo there must be some color sneaking in there. Some of the prints have an Asian influence, which also reminds me strongly of my visit to Hawaii. And its quilted with some flower motifs to complete the idea. There are some line drawings of Diamondhead and bits of Hawaiian maps too.
Made a study of architectural elements featuring the rectangle and the square. Squares and rectangles are everywhere, just like in quilts. These were what I call 60 mile an hour pictures, made from the passenger seat, but they can provide wonderful inspiration or reference for future work.
I named this quilt Smoky Mountain Songbird because that really fits Dolly! I was planning to make it all glittery with her wearing some rhinestone encrusted diva dress but as I worked on it it seemed like she was whispering in my ear put me in my beautiful Smoky mountains and dress me like the home girl I am at heart. So that's what I did! Had so much fun with her hair.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.