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Power Outage

Yesterday with the high winds and power outage around Western New York (our house being effected as well), I could not do the sewing that I wanted to do on my Papa’s Door quilt.  So I started painting a class that I will be scheduled to do at Carriage Quilt Shop hopefully in April!

The power was off for about 4 hours and this is how far I got.  It will be mounted onto a stretched canvas and some of the flower pedals will hang off adding interest.  This weekend, I will finish painting it and writing the directions.  I will be presenting this to them in a couple of weeks.

I’m very excited to start teaching again!

 

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Colors

 

Aimg_3467s an artist, I work with different colors, hues, and shades to bring my art to life.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to do an art presentation for my church.  They are doing a lenten series on Spirit, Health, & Healing.  I had no other guidance as to what was expected other than some sort of artsy thing.  Of course, I said YES with absolutely no idea of what I was going to do or even talk about!

Within 1-1/2 weeks of constant meditating on this, I came up with the puzzle pieces one by one.  It started with how color effects our emotions and mood.  Ok….I would ask myself….”How do I tie this into the Bible and our faith?  And, What hands-on project am I going to do in a 30 minute session?”

Then with my trusty computer in hand, I searched the internet for the meaning of colors and then verses in the Bible for each color.  The only one I knew at that time was in the book of Genesis mentioning the Rainbow.

That showed me the colors I am going to work with, meanings, and connection to the Bible and our faith.  What am I going to do for a hands-on project (remember in 30min). The stipulation was to use all the colors in the Rainbow.

I toyed with Rainbow?  A Cross?  None of these seemed to really fit what I was trying to achieve.  Then I was in Mass on Sunday and suddenly a picture came into mind of a meadow, blue sky, sun, clouds, and crosses (image above).  So I completed the sample and decided that I am not going to show them this until the very end.  I will do one with them to illustrate where I want them to place the color.

The Holy Spirit really helped me in putting this together!  I wish I was an attendee rather than a presenter to enjoy it, however, I will enjoy presenting it as well!

Tuesday, April 4 at 6pm is when I am presenting it at the UB Newman Center in Amherst, New York. Please join us if you can!!

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Ready for the Super Bowl!!

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I’m not really a big sports fan (I do watch the occasional Buffalo Bills Games).  I always look forward to the Super Bowl because we get together with our friends in the neighborhood that I don’t always see!  It is always an awesome time.

There’s lots of food and squares to bet (I really don’t know how this works or what the official term is), and I always bring a prize to donate to the square raffle.  I painted these this year.  A little different than my usual quilt stuff.

I discovered that Enamel paints can be put on glass as long as it is not touching the mouth (hence the placement of the paint).  It also can be put in the oven for a period of time to bake the paint on and make it dishwasher safe.

Amazing what technology has come up with for the home crafter!

Have an amazing day!

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Still Painting Papa’s Door

I just finished the door today.  There are stairs, ground, and bottom of building to paint.  The bumpy knobs on the door I feel turned out the way I wanted them to!  I took a lot of squinting and using the camera on my cell phone to make sure I got it right.  I could not get it like this without the modern tools.

Why squint and use the camera?  When I am painting, I am right on top of each stroke and don’t tend to see the results of my painting from a viewers stand point.  There are many ways to view the art in progress in a “viewers” eye.  Squinting is one (be careful of this, I have a headache and eye pain which will go away with some well deserved rest), cell phone camera, and step back from the art piece about 20 feet.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Beginning of Papa’s Door

I’m starting a new quilt which will hopefully accepted into a National Quilt Show (s) this year.

I’ll share the story behind the quilt when I finish.  This blog is to show you my process and my thinking.

Papa’s Door will be a painted whole cloth art quilt.  I started with a traced image as my usual process and added the squares around it to resemble Italian tiles.  The original photo was a plain stucco wall.  To add interest to the quilt, I decided to add the “tile” look.  Frixion pens are my favorite fabric marking tools.  They stay on for as long as you want, thin line is formed, and iron off easily.  I have found that on dark fabric the pen leaves a white line which can be removed with laundry soap quite easily.

 

img_3275I started painting the squares (tiles).  It took me two days with a total of about 10 hours to finish painting the tiles.  Very peaceful and relaxing to do!img_3276fullsizeoutput_d0dIn the bottom right of this photo, you can see that I ironed some of the marks away.  The bottom photo shows more lines being removed.

img_3278I am still working on the painting part of the fabric, so I was afraid to iron more of the lines and have my lines disappear!!  YIKES!!!

I don’t know if this technique is out there, but I love doing it!  I would love to read your comments!

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Quilt photo bomb!

I had to share these two pictures.  I took the first one on the left seconds before I took the right one.  In the right one, you see my dog Lola peeking around the left of the quilt.  It is a little hard to see because she is a black lab/retriever mix, however, she is not camera shy!

Thought you would enjoy this!