Here's a close-up of a stream near my house in the Smoky Mountains. First I painted a picture of this and then I printed the picture on silk fabric. I then layered it with batting and backing and thread painted/quilted it and added a black border. I love the way silk reflects the light and it quilts beautifully!
Another Hand-quilted project! I must be going crazy! It was kind of fun though. This is my other "crayon quilt" for the Guild Challenge in TN. The 2 colors I drew out of the bag were indigo and yellow-green, a combination that tastes like a sour apple in your mouth. Well I tried the idea of pink or orange or whatever with them and I just kept coming back to white. This became an inspiration of icy, snowy landscape of white and indigo with the greening bits of spring peeping through. A more positive image for sure. I hope those greening bits are getting ready!
I am thrilled that this Lobster Claw Heliconia is blooming in a sheltered part of the garden next to the fence. Usually, they just bloom in the summer; they are so awesome. It was hard to get a good photo because believe it or not, it is way up and I was having to stick the camera above my head at arm's length. Need a selfie stick.
Beautiful berries on the Fire Bush, beloved of butterflies.
An indoor Valelntine, rising sun through stained glass reflected on one of our sailing trophies looks really cool and Valentiny!
Have a Heart filled day!
Tried out a new dye color from Dharma trading Company. I am not the best with overall dyeing cause it takes lots of attention and stirring and I am easily distracted but these came out real pretty. Its called "Granny Apple" and I think they nailed that color on the head! Makes my mouth water looking at it. I have some squares I made at the Luke Haynes workshop that I will be using with this and I think its gonna be scrumptious!
Here is a quilt I finished this weekend for the Quilt Ministry at my church. I hope it finds a good home, looks like teenage girl possibly. I practiced some more on free motion stitching, using techniques I have been studying under Christina Cameli's class on free motion on Craftsy. These are variations of beads on a string. I really like this class and feel like she is a great teacher.
Quilt Beach 2015 in Vero Beach, FL was an unqualified success according to me. Not saying everything ran perfectly smoothly, just that everyone was fabulous and worked around the obstacles and it was just a super event!
Besides the amazing fact that this little ole south Florida group attracted two amazing quilt luminaries, Luke Haynes and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Just wow for me.... Here are some of their quilts I got to see:
Luke's class was awesome, starting with cutting up Goodwill clothing in two colorways, slicing and dicing and re-attaching them to make new fabrics, slicing and dicing more and more re-attaching until finally after HOURS we were cutting out SQUARES. So much fun. Product not finished yet, will show up soon. I have some plans that include dyeing some background fabric to go with the squares cause I want it BIG. Here are a few pics from the classroom... top secret of course....
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.