From the grand-daughter inspiration, wound up with a lot of art, the "mini-me's" as I worked on her portrait. Then it was really hard for me to figure out how to downsize it to print on fabric, but finally got it. I love it!
Finally inspired by grand-daughter to make an art quilt! Roger Fang Fang and I try to share a love seat lounge that was intended for two adult humans, but he is a little concerned that I am taking more than my share of the space.
A view of the artist's seat without her in it...
artist at work...
Roger Fang Fang: could you please tone that pencil scratching down? I am interested in two things, as you know, eating and sleeping... and maybe playing with this ball but YOU cannot have it.
Our Quilts of Valor group meets once a month here in Newport. I finished this top to turn in this month. I had hoped to make a quilt entirely of the little squares.... but realized I would be really old and gray by the time I ever finished it so I changed my plan! Someone else will quilt it with a long arm and we will present it to a local veteran.
Big alligator at Jaycee park this morning swimming around, wishing Fang Fang would fall off the pier....
A helicopter was spotting alligator nests for air boaters, hovering over them and waiting for the airboats to come to get the eggs to sell to alligator hatching farms...
I wanted to make a happy quilt for the Benefit Auction this year so I started by stitching the outline of a passion flower and then coloring it in with fabric paints.
Then I just started adding elements...
... quilting and binding it and coming up with the finished product! Watch the SAQA website for when the online auction starts.
Here is "Take Care" by Lena Meszaros. It was available in last year's Benefit Auction. Artist Alert: There is just a month left to create another masterpiece and send it in! I always try to make a contribution and really love to see what is being offered. Here are more from last year to give you inspiration!
I love this too! I wish this were a better image with some close-up so I could see the stitches. Maybe it is not stitched??
I am proud and honored to receive an email today from Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellow that my quilt about George Floyd, Don't Let My Name Fade Away , has been chosen to travel with the We Are The Story Travel Exhibit. It has been displayed in Minneapolis, MN for the last few months as part of Gone But Never Forgotten: Remembering Those Lost to Police Brutality.
Writer Martha Sielman is working on another book, this one about birds in fiber art. She has called for artists to submit images of some of their bird quilts and these 3 are the ones I sent to her. My Guinea Gurlz has always been a favorite of mine, I just adore guineas and love to watch them running around!
Midnight Flamingo is another of my favorite quilts, as I told Martha my favorite bird is any bird with pink feathers!
I love the sqwauky, off key song of the Red-Winged Blackbirds. This was a fun quilt to make and I just realized, I have sold all of these. Maybe I should just make bird quilts!
April has been woodpecker month. The pileated woodpecker is my favor because it is so majestic. I was thrilled to see 3 of them yesterday. I am making a quilt to celebrate them.
Laying in the forest here, fabric and paint goes on...
these short bristly branches are like the hemlock tree branches in TN.
Positioning the birds... learned that there are coloration differences between the male and the female. The near bird here is the female...
See the difference between the lead bird and her?
All royalty require courtiers, so this trio of chickadees are offering their snide comments from a distance.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.