My DAR Chapter here in TN (William Cocke Chapter) is making Christmas ornaments for a tree in the TN Governor's home. They want 300-500 decoration from DAR members across the state. Here is my contribution, these were fun to make but completely time consuming.... I think I could have put together a nice art quilt in the same amount of time!
Finally got a chance to go visit the Rose Center Quilt Show in Morristown, TN. I won the Guild Challenge and the Viewer's Choice, yay! and some other lesser ribbons. It was a pretty show, but so many entries that it was really difficult to take good pictures because of the crowding.
These are not mine, but loved the idea and the cute pigs!!!!!!!!!!!
Beautiful Pine Needles in the Snow by Barbara Webster got BEST IN SHOW!!!!!!!!
Stunning multi Bargello by Faye Andrews...
Here are my elaborate Halloween decorations (not) and a view of the lovely misty rain we had all day yesterday as a visit from Hurricane Nate. We had not had any recordable rain in something like a month, and we got over an inch, so that was great!
Even thought it was super warm for October, 75 degrees, it was a great day for Brunswick Stew so we went to all the elaborate (opening lots of cans) preparations and settled back to wait for it all to meld down into a delicious meal.
My friend Marty Copelin gave a great demo at the Parrotsville Quilt Guild this week on making disappearing blocks from nine patch, four patch, sixteen patch and more blocks. I think we learned a lot, I might even actually try it. Thanks Marty!
Love to learn about new artists. I find Eleanor's work very exciting. She has worked in Series in a very exciting way, something I am trying to learn how to do. Her work has the same kind of power as Nancy Crow's, another artist I greatly admire. Here are some examples of her Nine-Patch series.
This last one is from the Thirteen Series. Its called Multi-Color. Check out her website. www.eleanormccain.net
We have an antique dry goods store here in Newport, appropriately named Newport Dry Goods! It is a blast from the past with lots of sizes of overalls, handkerchiefs, boots, galluses, galoshes and latest ladies New York fashions. (maybe) They also have packages of 5" pre-cuts that look like they are direct from the mill. I liked the colors in this one and started playing with putting them together. I was going to sash them with solid white to make a secondary pattern of crosses stand out, but my solid white stash items were "lawn" and polished heavy chintz instead of Kona cotton. Sooooo... I used dot fabric. This gives a sophisticated touch I am quite pleased with so far. Have not begun to quilt it yet.
Amazing results........this is a large piece of knit for clothing and its wild... different colors in different places... looks like Poinciana flowers
Love ice dyed fabrics! Its been a while since I have done some, so here I go.
Basically, you need to soak fabric in a mixture of water and soda ash, then I like to hang it for a while so it dries to dampness; ie. not drippy wet. You need a set up that keeps the fabric separate from the ice water as it melts. I had the bright idea here to use hardware cloth. Then arrange the fabric on the wire base, cover with ice and then sprinkle with your dyes. Plan it or just go for it. This is a go for it, you can plainly see the dyes still powdery in some places in this shot.
About an hour later, evening is coming on strong. Dye is seeping down into the fabric.
Flash photo after dark. I am leaving it in place over night.... then we will see what we have!
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.