Posts Tagged ‘Quilts’


August 31, 2012

I have been working on a series I call “thru the fire” for almost two years now.   I haven’t done any art quilting in a long time and I actually started this piece at the same time as this one (which will explain why “thru the fire” if you missed it), but then let it sit because I wasn’t terribly thrilled with it.  I pulled it out of the discard pile yesterday and worked on it more.  The face is a bit ghostly.  The idea is not for these pieces to have an eery feel but to capture the surviving image and to remember the family who didn’t survive.  Maybe the eeriness helps…

Here is the photo…

I don’t really believe in ghosts.  Lots of people do, but I believe our spirits go directly to our afterlife.  (hmmm… wonder why my computer chooses now to do all kinds of weird stuff…????)  I believe that because that is the way I read it in the Bible, besides, how could it be a peaceful existence if we are caught up between this world and that?   But since I watched The Ghost and Mr. Chicken from  the back seat of our station wagon, with my hands over my face, at the drive in theater when I was 7 (yes, I was a scaredy cat), I am still spooked by non-existant ghosts; especially the ones I catch glimpses of from the corners of my eyes.

Etymology of Chicken – Adjective sense of “cowardly” is at least as old as 14c. (cf. hen-herte “a chicken-hearted person,” mid-15c.); the verb meaning “to back down or fail through cowardice” is from 1943, U.S. slang; as a game of danger to test courage, it is first recorded 1953.


summertime and the livin’ is…

June 17, 2011

The last couple of weeks have been filled with a variety of activities.  I have been trying to finish a t-shirt quilt for Deborah using her sorority shirts.  This is the biggest quilt I have ever made and quilting it on my little machine is not an easy task.  All that is left now is binding it (and knotting some thread ends) and she will have it!  I think it is turning out lovely.  Soon I can get my dining room back to normal and put up the extra tables!

Then I had vacation Bible school.  The group is small but the kids are so cute.  They are a lot of fun to work with.  This year the adults came to arts and crafts.  There is a difference in children attempting art and adults attempting art.  Adults start off with “I’ll never be able to do that!!!”  Kids don’t.  There is a lesson in there…

Here are a couple of cityscapes (our theme was The Big Apple).  The idea was based on this creative young man’s  blog here.   If you have preschoolers, you should bookmark that page.

We also put together a paper craft taxi cab.  Here is the traffic jam one class created.  I drew this pattern based on cars available over the internet.  Search the web for paper models or card models.  It is amazing what is available at your fingertips (if you have a computer, internet service, printer and ink).

And lastly,  I have had some architectural work to do.  Designing town homes in the low country.  Glad to see  some development starting up.  This project is small though, my work will soon be done.  There are still a lot of people whose livelihood is based on development and while the market is down, the struggle goes on, at least here in Georgia.

Can I do it?

May 30, 2011

I am challenging myself.  June 10 is the deadline for submissions to a local, fairly large quilt show sponsored by the East Cobb Quilting Guild and I want to have a quilt in it.  My problem is that I don’t have one to enter!  So here is my challenge.  To create and quilt an art quilt by June 10.

Step one – decide what my image will be.  I can check that off.  Here is my colored pencil sketch.

I’ll keep you posted.  If you don’t see any progress on this, you will know I have totally failed at this particular challenge!

Where there is smoke…

November 16, 2010

Every so often, an idea, thought or image will come into my head that no matter how much I shake it, it will not leave.  I believe they call this obsessive behavior.

The idea stewing in there at the moment is what to do with a bunch of old cabinet cards that were fire and smoke damaged.  These cards belong to my mother and are in my possession for permanent safekeeping (permanent meaning until she decides to come and take them).  Their original safekeeper was my mother’s beloved aunt Josephine.  We have heard so much about Aunt Josephine over the years, her name conjures up a presence even though I never met her.  Sadly, she died before my birth.  She and her husband and young baby son were all killed in a fire when their oil furnace exploded back sometime around 1950.  The only survivor was her then 3 year old daughter now a full grown adult cousin.

The cabinet cards survived, too.  With so much smoke damage it looks like you could puzzle them back together in their original placement that terrible night.  Some cards are beyond recognition with blackened parts or faded areas.  Flakes of paper are falling off, corners have disintegrated (I choose that over the image of rodents gnawing on them) and this particular one has been lovingly decorated with an orange crayon.

My idea is to use these as inspiration for art quilts.  Here is my first.

The background was done to simulate the cabinet card itself with a thread painting  attached as the photograph was.  I was trying to capture the geometric shape created by the smoke damage and, also,  the orange crayon.

I did another one after this but am not satisfied with it.  There is, perhaps, more to do on this one.   I feel the idea merits further exploration and hope some other obsessive thought doesn’t replace it before I have the opportunity to.


Forget Liberia, Hello San Marino!

October 10, 2010

An obligation complete.  One 12″ quilt square I volunteered to make way back in August and then missed my deadline by more than a week.  Well, not completely my fault, but still….

This is going into a quilt that has something to do with participating Olympic countries.  My country was San Marino which I knew nothing about until I picked it from the few remaining.  I still know nothing about it except what I have gleaned from Wikipedia.  It is the “oldest surviving sovereign state”  having been established in 301 AD and this is a tower called Guaita built on a summit in the 11th century.  My first choice of countries was assigned to two people and I relinquished it to the other person.  This gave me a very short deadline and ideas weren’t coming easily on how to represent the country.  The tower caught my attention.

I hope it holds its own with the remaining squares.

While in England, my family walked the halls of the Leeds Castle.  It is a little younger than this building dating  from the 12th century.  I was so awed by its history and presence, I just wanted to wander and wonder by myself.  The tour guide was more interested in telling us all about the 20th century American heiress that modernized and decorated it than to do more than rush over its earlier times.  I believe he was as awed of the Lady Baillie as I was of the building itself.

Wish there were buildings like that around here.