Here is another small quilt, part of my series called Spiritual Phenomena. It is a tribute to the connection I felt with the starry universe when camping in Utah. The sky was unreal, with stars spreading across the sky all the way to the ground. I am used to seeing stars only overhead, either because of atmospheric conditions, trees, mountains or city lights obscuring the view. Out there in the open spaces of the national parks, it is a starry vision of beauty.
Ok I am the first to admit that I am not always very scientific. (!) I had a spool of pink thread that always worked so well, I loved it... so do I have any more of this magic brand? noooooooooo........ I looked through all my thread caches and there were none. Well ok, I ordered these two packs and I know this is my thread of choice. I have some brands that work some of the time with some fabrics, or techniques, and others other times but this stuff is the bomb. I love it!
If you have not tried this and you have any issues, try it. I do not have a fancy machine, in fact my machines are mostly way antique, so maybe they are pickier than new ones or not. But I am sold on this thread now.
I think art quilting techniques probably put a lot more stresses on threads than straight old sewing, like making an a-line skirt in school. So what do you think?
This little piece just grew and grew. I started with the screen printing, then it needed some red, then I made the little bundles of sparkly and colorful fibers, then it needed some white slashes, then it needed some buttons, and of course a button that made a statement, the RED button, then I ran out of room.
I have started a new series called Spiritual Phenomena. So far, these are small works; the first three are 8 x 10. I have mounted them on canvas to make them as essentially portable as possible. The whole idea is inspired by a tapestry of beading that I have been working on that cannot decide whether it wants to be on a purse, formed into a necklace, or made into part of a garment.
First of all, the necklace idea would be beautiful but large and I have so many necklaces anyway; how often could I wear this giant necklace with its amazing frog? As a textile work or small art quilt, it can appear 365 days a year and be enjoyed. I just love the ivory looking frog with the emerald eyes. It looks like an object of some veneration by some unknown people, so the piece is called "Tribute to the Lunar Frog." And the amethyst geode piece is another fantastic object of beauty to me that needs to be enjoyed every day.
It is absolutely difficult to take a good photograph of this! but you see there are tila beads, pink pearls, crystals, a wild combination of beads...
Its mounted on an original piece of batik by me and quilted by hand and machine.
Today my quilt ministry group met to work on quilts for the community and bring in what we had made this month. Here are my two quilts. One is for a girl; this was almost a whole quilt kit "ufo" left over from another quilt I made a few years back. I had fun with this turning it into a "contemporary" quilt with some rather spontaneous blocking!
The other quilt is probably for a boy; I have had these animal prints for a while and could not decided how to use them so they got chopped up into pinwheels and paired with this soothing, light colored fern print.
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.