This week I’m starting on a challenge that is through one of my Quilt Guilds. Their challenge is to choose an envelope that had two crayons (I did not know what colors I was choosing). Create a quilt using these two colors and add up to four more colors.
I received BLUE and BLUE/GREEN.
I came up with drawing rings on white fabric, add designs in the rings, painting the fabric with the colors.
And the following photos are my process thus far. Quilting will begin tomorrow. It’s due December 4 at our Christmas party.
Enjoy the photos!
I started this about 2 years ago for another competition which had the word converge as it’s theme. Well, life happened and prevented me from completing it on time.
When I saw the verb definition of converge, it said something to the effect of…two or more people coming together for a common good. That lead me to think of the world today and how there’s so much negativity towards another human due to the color of their skin, beliefs, or abilities. God made all of us in his image. I am only a part of his image as is every other human on this planet. (I choose God, you may say higher power, higher energy, etc.)
My point is that this world would be much more pleasant if we all accepted each other’s individualities.
This is not complete yet, and it will be completed by October 1. This will be entered into the AQS shows for 2020.
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Have a Wonderful Day!
I am sew embarrassed that I have two wedding gifts from 2 years ago that I have not completed. Sew, for the next few weeks, I am going to complete these gifts and give them! This is going to give me a good focus on the work I have to do now. I just started painting the fabric. I am planning on finishing this by the end of this week, and I can give it to the happy couple (my cousin). The photo in the middle is the quilt at the end of the painting stage. The original photo is on the far right. Next step is to quilt it and frame it.
The other part of this is that my work area is totally messy. I am focusing on re-organizing this space to get ready for a litany of projects I have to complete by the end of the year.
Since my teaching experience at AQS in April, I have decided to focus on teaching and competition quilts; andI will of course take any commissioned quilt work that comes along. This allows me to have a very specific focus that I could market and expand on!
Thank you for reading this post! I would love to read your comments!
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!!
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!
As 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!!
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!
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!
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.
I 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!In 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.
I 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!