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It’s Official!!!

 

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My PAPA’S DOOR has been accepted in AQS Grand Rapids, Fall Paducah, and Des Moines shows for this year!  These are all international quilt shows and only 272 quilts have been accepted as semi-finalists.  This is the first time I am showing at a national competition of any kind!  I’m so excited to see comments of the judges.

This quilt is my first quilt that is one piece of white fabric and totally painted first then quilted.

If you go to see any of these AQS shows, please look for Papa’s Door and tell me how you like it!!

Have a wonderful day!!

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Teaching Engagements

This week is a busy and exciting one for me!

Monday, April 3, I will be holding my last class for a very successful T-shirt quilt class at Sweet Home School’s Community Education.  I will be doing more classes, and will post when those are!!

Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30pm I will be doing a hands-on presentation on The Meaning of Color at the Newman Center on Skinnerville Road.  I’ll be talking about how colors effect our mood, spiritual meaning of colors, and bible references of the colors. We will be painting, so if you come, please wear a smock.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm I will be at the Twin City Quilt Guild presenting my Trunk Show.  I am excited to tell my quilt journey and share my quilts!

Tuesday and Wednesday are at no cost to you. Please come and join these presentations! I would love to see you!

 

 

 

 

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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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Chair at Canalside – Buffalo, NY

This is a little slide show presentation showing how the painting process changes the quilt and brings it alive.  Hope you enjoy it!

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