Now this one was not one of the ones I thought of in the night, but it started with a piece of white silk that I dyed with golds and browns and then did some stamping on various parts of it. It has just been crying out to be part of a quilt, or in this case a "quilt-let" as I think of tiny quilts. She just couldn't help herself... she "tried to be GOOD," but it wasn't in the cards. Her mother wants to stay all buttoned up about it. This 6"x8" quilt-let is off to SAQA's Capitolizing on Fabric event to partake in the silent auction.
Here is a great quote from Saul Bellow:
"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write."
That is so true for me! I get ideas for quilt names that way and I always try to write them down; sometimes they don't exactly make any sense but then the quilt comes to me.
This is one of my silk paintings and it has always been a favorite for its whimsical creatures. I decided to quilt it and bind it with a corresponding batik fabric. I think it needs some more doo-dads... what do you think? Perhaps some wiggly trim bits and beads, of course some beads!
just a bit closer...
Life In Our Family
Here is my donation to SAQA's 2014 Benefit Auction. For those of you unfamiliar with this auction, its a really fun event and SAQA's major yearly fund raiser. This helps them sponsor more art quilt shows. Its really fun looking at the quilts on line and some of them are shown at the IQF in Houston. You can read more about bidding and how the process works on the SAQA website.
Here is what I found interesting. Without any planning, my 2014 quilt is very similar in colorways to my 2013 donation, which is now in the collection of Ruth LeBlanc. It must be fate!
The Story of the Mustard Seed
This is my 2013 contribution. Both quilts are beaded; this one includes some hand dyed and stenciled fabrics. Also some Greek calligraphy I did. This year's quilt is all commercial fabrics.
The wind is howling today and last night we had a tornado watch. It was bad yesterday but this is worse. I did manage a photo of some of the fabric I dyed yesterday. One of these was just what I wanted but the others will need more work. A friend told me one looked like a crime scene and I agreed saying, "its not exactly what I was trying for..." LOL!
Yes Let's Call CSI on the third one from the left!
Besides the business meeting I have to attend, for the art life I want to dye some more fabric today and since the color family I want is green, how perfect is that for this holiday? Ok, I'm going to get started and I promise to have some
results to show you soon. (at least sometime today or tomorrow)
9:00 pm Ran out of daytime but did get some finished pieces. One is what I was looking for; the rest will get over-dyes and maybe some batik! Cooking the corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes so will try for the pix in the morning. Don't drink too much green beer...
Guess the best way to start a blog is just go for it. I am happy to have fulfilled my new year's resolution of the year 2014. I guess it was a modest resolution to some, start a blog, but this is the first year I feel like my resolution did any good. For some reason I have never accomplished previous year's resolutions such as lose 30 pounds, eat well, don't say bad words, etc. Maybe this goal was more reasonable.
I have a happy post to start out with as my quilt WINTER IN MY ORDINARY FLORIDA GARDEN was accepted into the SAQA show. Congratulations to all in the show and I can't wait to see the quilts together.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.