Friday, November 27, 2015

Changing It Up

One of the benefits of making a lot of work is the ability to quickly redecorate.
This is the first art quilt I did, called Crow Princess Tea Party. I didn't have much of a clue. I had made another quilt in the 80s from a pattern that I quickly changed to add more farm animals like fluffy tube sock lambs and pink plaid pigs. I guess I have been a rebel from the start. Follow a pattern? It's easier to come up with a better idea.
I made Crow Princess from a doodle I made during one of our tedious morning work meetings (they were filled with gossip, weekend plans, anything but business). I made the quilt and brought it in to work maybe a year later. Everyone loved it and didn't recognize themselves. Which made me really laugh.
I painted the wall to match the orange African batik cloth in the background .
But I like to change things once in awhile so. . .
Martha's Wedding is back from the Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2015 show and is now on the wall. I wasn't really happy with some of the quilting but the more I look at this it has some really nice things going on. I especially like the color thread work on the sepia print. and I love the way they are standing with their arms intertwined. Who was Martha? They were pretty dressed up but wearing aprons, were they making the wedding lunch? It's my best guess since they lived in a close knit farm community.
When I was going through the closet to look for the hanging rod I noticed my altered apron from a previous Designer Craftsman show.
It now hangs on the wall for all to see.
My grandma rules! She's the last one on the right in Martha's Wedding and the Queen of the Kitchen on the apron.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Back to Some Creativity!

Enough of the negative energy swirling about my poor green car. Totaled. And having to contend with a most disagreeable insurance agent in the world. Progressive Insurance, shame on you! I now know how victims feel. But Kia Souls have a five star crash rating and Dyna and I walked away a little stiff and sore for a few days but OK over all.

I started working on Four Girls in the Garden. I thought the print I had made was a little dark especially on the faces so I reprinted them on floral fabric, much better. Then I got to thinking about flowered dresses, which these pretty obviously were but I am working from a black and white photo so. . .

Here they are, lots of stitching to do, some of which is done but needs some refining especially on the hands, etc. I am thinking they may need some flowers in their hair also. Flower buttons on the dresses. Lace collars? Lots of possibilities. I need to get back to my small collages also.

This piece has lifted me out of the doldrums, which is a good thing! So many of us get stuck and then you wonder how you are going to get unstuck. I worry about it at times but I have established a good library. I have a stash of magazines, binders of articles from magazines, DVDs of Craft in America, Art 21 and several quilt related DVDs. Anything to add a creative nudge. Dyna thinks a walk around the block to see who peed where is invigorating. I take her word for it. What do you do to unstick yourself?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Post Car

The news is my poor little green alien Kia is toast. Frame is bent and it is not safe to drive. So the hunt will be on for the next vehicle. Another Soul, it drove so well and was fun. Good gas mileage. And it can take a good whack. The other car was going 35 mph and never hit the brake. Sent my car flying at least 30 feet if not more.
Another piece from the small collage collection.

And now off to watch the Great British Baking Show. Who knew there were so many pastries and cakes and breads? And suet pudding? Spotted Dick? Bar cakes? Fascinating!