Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
My project for that trip was a small hand quilted art quilt for students to learn hand quilting skills. Doreen's signature characters, "Peaky and Spike" are featured in a place on honor at the top of the totem pole.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
I've always loved handwork, but recently shied away from it in an effort to create work that can be more affordably priced. But the pull is still there and I gave in. With the exception of machine work on the fence posts, this piece is stitched entirely by hand.BREAK TIME - 13" x 13"
Monday, November 22, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Ginkgo leaves are such a design attraction. My long time Wisconsin friends, Jan and her daughter Sandy sent me a pile of leaves to play with. I suspect my failed attempt to print with them was because they were end of season leaves.....and whatever 'good stuff' in their DNA that allows them to print was already diminished.
So I played with preserving them for use on notecards. Mod Podge was painted on the leaves (two separate coats). Once dried with the aid of a mounting spray, they were attached to notecards. The jury is still out whether or not they will be stable.....but it was a fun exercise.
I realize glycerin is often used as the preserving agent, but I didn't have any.....enough said!
Friday, November 12, 2021
Hummmm......perhaps all the cutting, piecing, appliquéing, dyeing fabrics, mono printing, etc. I've been spending nearly a lifetime doing is not necessary at all!?!?This Jack Bush, a Canadian artist's work which was owned for years by singer Andy Williams will be featured in an upcoming auction. Expecting to sell at between $350,000-$550,000.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Indigo wax block prints were often printed in England for the South African market. I find the very graphic and often very busy prints to be challenging, yet rewarding to work with.
After much pondering, I decided to work with large blocks, arranging them with an off set placement. My camera refused to take a good photo....I think it simply didn't know where to focus there's so much action here.
Vintage Jasco Premier wax block print on cotton. Printed in England for the South African market. Machine pieced & quilted. Fabric hanging sleeve attached.
Detail - this closeup gives you a better indication of the colors.....DARK indigo and shades of lighter blue which continue to photograph as black and white.....sigh
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Pin basting....oh yuck...first you spend all that time pinning, then repositioning them as you quilt. Ya, I know some can figure out where the best placement for the pins are in the first place.....but I pin A LOT to assure there is no movement of the layers so that's a futile exercise for me.
Marking lines with painters tape helps me maintain a straight stitched line, however it sure does add a lot of extra work. Okay....I'm done complaining.
Now onward...and oh ya GO PACK GO....especially today!!