Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Great Grandpa Fred

My great grandpa Frederick Wilhelm Gilgenbaugh was born July 20, 1839 in Koblenz Germany. He emigrated to the US in 1848. He lived in Western Ohio where he married, worked on a farm and had 11 children. He died at age 71.

My grandfather William F was born in western Ohio, married had two children and moved to North Ridgeville, Ohio. They eventually had 9 children. My mother bought property across the road from their 100 acre farm and that is where I was raised.

I found this photo of Frederick W and had it printed on cotton and chiffon. This is the print on chiffon over a multi-purpose upholstery fabric. The print is in sepia tones, I added the color with copper and gold rayon thread.
I started to remove some of the chiffon so the fabric shows through. Fun effect I want to explore more.

Such solemn news lately. I am a conservative person and believe in the sanctity of family and life. My advice is summed up by one word. PRAY.

Center yourself and take charge of your own life. If we all lived by being kind, caring and fair to each other we wouldn't need government to tell us what to do. Make wise choices. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Quilt National

I had done a post on this but pulled it when I got in Quilt National as I wasn't sure about posting entries. QN has come around to the digital age and realized we talk and post about our work.

It used to be when you went to QSDS the year that QN was taking entries that some people went nuts yelling "no photos". It always gave me inner smile that you thought you had a winner when we all needed to put our heads down and work a little harder to have a contender.

Hard work does pay off but the entry numbers are high and I think luck does play a big part of getting in. You need a work that grabs the eye right off the first look. It needs to stick in the jurors head and remember it has to grab the attention of 3 people with 3 different views of art, not an easy task.

I am grateful to have pleased 3 people with my work. Now back to work and I have an appointment with a retinal specialist for my ailing eyes. At a certain age it is all maintenance. Off to take my studio assistant out to water all the trees in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Embarrassed and a big Yowsa!

After doing a post about not getting in QN last time and how crabby I was about certain jurors I have an embarrassing admission to make.

I got in QN 2019!!!

Yup! I figured I probably wasn't going to get in and was getting ready to add the photos to Café so I could enter them in Focus: Fiber. Well, now only 2 can get uploaded.

Still in shock!



I just added 6 new quilts to my alternate blog Go see all the work I did this year. Seven quilts and the year is not finished. I have 2 pieces working on my design board.

I have been adding quilts as I go along, there is at least 3 years of work there.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Waiting Game

Drumming fingers. .  . in or out . . . whatever. Last Quilt National I had such hope. I thought I had a stellar piece I had put a lot of time and effort into it, done a lot of stitching and and got a big fat NO!

I felt really bad and a bit surly. But as time has gone on I realize I am not part of the Crow party. Nor do I want to be.

I'd rather do my own thing, make my own discoveries and make my own art. I don't need my hand held, I don't need to be guided or given timed exercises, I don't need tough love. I don't need to be told to work in a series or to make it bigger, etc. I went to art school, I have the diploma, thanks. I just need to make art.

I think that was the year I won the grand prize at Best of Ohio, with the reject. Tee-hee-hee. Best of Ohio represents all kinds of craft; jewelry, wood working, ceramics, glass, fiber. It is more of a feat to win there (just getting in is great.)

Picture of my grandmother, taken by me, scanned, photoshopped, printed on fabric. stitched. It was my first whole cloth piece. Love it or not, it made me happy.