Here we GO again!

Come along with us to seven countries in Europe over a 23 day period: United Kingdom (Heathrow Airport only), The Czech Republic (5 days), Slovakia (1/2 day), Austria (3 days), Germany (10), The Netherlands (3), and Brussels (2). We’ll travel by air, bus and small river cruise ship.

We left Raleigh on Friday, September 23 at 6:30pm – many thanks to Joan and Terry for the ride to RDU  and the send-off. We flew directly to Heathrow Airport in London, arriving there at 6:30am European time, but midnight our time.

Sunrise over London. Bright light is at the end of the wing. Photo by Norm Ritter

Sunrise over London. Bright light is at the end of the wing. Photo by Norm Ritter

After a 3 hour layover, we continued to Prague arriving at 2pm, where a Grand Circle representative met us and delivered us to our hotel, the Dorint Don Giovanni. After a welcome talk from Mihai, our guide, we unpacked and rested in our room until dinner. We met up with Mihai for directions for tomorrow. Then he took us for a short orientation walk to point out possible restaurants for the evening. We gathered with four others for a meal at Zelivárna.

Pilsner is a Czech beer, so we all toasted to a joyous trip. Hungry from all the travel and excitement, we each ate a hearty meal.

Norm had his favorite – pork chops – with crushed potatoes. I had a pork hock with pickled vegetables, horseradish and mustard. Pork is the mainstay of the Bohemian diet… Healthier versions to follow! Let’s hope!

 

 

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Benefit Auction … soon!

*2016-5 Prairie Breezes-SAQA Auction

Prairie Breezes

Every year I make a 12 x 12″ art quilt and donate it to SAQA. The money raised is used to support art shows and pays for shipments of art quilts all over the world to be shown in collections. Click here to see all of the quilts, or click here to enter my name and find my donation, Prairie Breezes, pictured above.

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Watercolor 3 with selected areas – I like the top right best.

This piece started as a random painting from which I selected a small portion, enlarged it and then pieced and quilted. I like the colors and the movement in it reminded me of the fields of grain and ditches filled with a variety of wild flowers and weeds around the Minnesota farm where I grew up.  I used my own hand-dyed fabrics, cut the shapes and worked from the bottom up, creating layers to arrange the design. It is machine appliquéd and quilted.

SAQA’s signature fundraising event starts September 16! Bidding decreases every day until it reaches the $100 level.

From the SAQA web site, here is the auction information:

“The auction will kick-off at 2pm EDT on September 16 with Diamond Day bidding – an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000. The 12″ x 12″ Auction Quilts will be divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week.

This is your chance to own beautiful, unique art quilts by some of the world’s finest artists. Plus, your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.”

The 2017 SAQA Conference “Creation to Curation” will be held April 27-30 in Lincoln, Nebraska. This will be a joint conference with the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.   I am hoping to attend this conference because it will include the museum which I have been wanting to visit for several years.

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Fireworks…

Progress on the “Gypsy Fireworks” wall hanging is happening. Only about 60 more firework blocks to embellish! This shows the first panel of three and it has about eighteen inches which is not showing yet. Too bad the top right blocks started to get off line. I’ll try to do a better job on the next two panels. =-) The piece is based on the design Gypsy Wife By Jen Kingwell Quilting Booklet. I varied from her design by using my own dyed fabrics, turning some of the blocks on point, adding the cityscape along the bottom, and adding the fireworks embellishment. Basically, I liked and used her strippy layout and all of the block patterns. The original design creates one large quilt and I am making 3 panels to hang on the wall. The three panels will create a hanging that is approximately 72″x72″. More to come as I make more progress.

Gypsy Fire Quilting Progress2

Gypsy Fireworks – Panel #1

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Auction Time Again

Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) has gathered the 12×12″ quilts again from members around the world and will begin to auction them off on September 16. You can see the quilts here.  My donated piece can be viewed here.

Meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying these hot, humid summer days by staying indoors. It is the perfect time to work in the studio and complete some long term projects. For now, I’m just giving a peek at the project because the piece is still coming together, but when I get it pressed and blocked and totally completed, I will post a better picture of it. This particular work will be a triptych (3 panels), so it will give me a chance to improve each piece as they progress. In a way,  this is similar to working in a series which is so beneficial for improving all aspects of the process.

It’s going to be in the high 90s for another week, so I anticipate having the time to move right along on this project. Then again, I’m a political junky, and the DNC keeps distracting me with entertaining and inspiring speeches.

What’s keeping you busy? I love to hear from you either by email or in the comments below.

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Gypsy Fireworks Quilting Progress on Panel #1

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Wonderfully Fun!

A dozen or so neighbors joined me at Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Museum to see the ARTQUILTSvoices exhibit today. It was so much fun to see and hear their reactions to all of the art pieces. Their questions (and comments) were enlightening to me as I re-examined the art and proposed the answers! Then we proceeded to a spanking new boutique hotel in downtown Cary, The Mayton Inn, and enjoyed lunching together. You can see the beautiful decor in this hotel from the picture of the lobby below. After lunch, the manager toured us through the rooms, each one decorated uniquely. This was a great way to spend a day! Thanks for joining me, ladies!

2016-5-20 AVWLuncheon-PageWalker:MaytonInn

photography by Kelly Wong

Seated l to r: Joan Smith, Kelly Wong, Pat Mueller, Marie Milazzo, Corky Nehez, Pat Gross, Milly D’Angelo, Cathy Agler,

Standing l to r: Mindy Guggenheim, Marjie Russo, Mary Ritter,                                                   Ann Naughton, Cara Lehman

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ARTQUILTSvoices…..

Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South is exhibiting the show ARTQUILTSvoices at the Page-Walker Art and History Museum in Cary, North Carolina during May and June, ending on July 2. The 39 art quilts shown below are copyrighted by their creator. Enjoy.

Case

THE VOICE OF HARMONY                                                                                                                      “Women’s age old instinct to nurture life and man’s instinct to protect and defend it, are being extended to embrace and serve the life of earth.” by Anne Baring                                                             A number of members of the Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South contributed in the creation of this exhibit to voice harmony in our world! Every individual circle evokes its own feeling, emotion and expression through the art of textiles, texture and embellishments. Together we can recognize our connections to each other and embrace our difference and restore the earth. Display Case Designed and Created by Ana Sumner and Debbie Herbst

WilliamsE-Noise

CURATOR’S CHOICE WINNER!                                                                                                                         A JOYFUL NOISE by Eileen Williams                                                                                           37″Hx18.5″W                                                                                                                                                     Each sings with its own voice, but a united harmony is joyful.

KerttulaJ-JustFly

ARTISTS’ CHOICE WINNER!                                                                                            JUST FLY! by Jill Kerttula                                                                              48″Hx48″W                                                                                                                      The words in this quote really remind me what the true impetus behind creativity is no matter what the voices around you are saying about it or your process. We just do it. It is our inner voice that commands us and guides us to create. Inspiration came from photos of the wonderful flock of pigeons that live on the roof next door to me. Quote used with the permission of the author.

BastionJ-Improv

IMPROV by Judy Bastion                                                                                                                               55″H x 37″W                                                                                                                                                       My inspiration comes from a variety of sources–tradition, nature, shapes, architecture, fabrics, photos, words, and the desire to experiment with new techniques to develop and refine my unique style. Art is a means of expressing oneself when mere words will not suffice; to communicate emotions through color and design, honoring the quilters who have come before me while presenting my unique viewpoint. Art elicits different responses for each person. My goal is to open a new outlook. I am a “quiltist”, both an artist and a quilter.

BarnerM-DancingLadies

DANCING LADIES CURVED QUILTED by Marjorie Barner                                                    (43″Hx34″W) Artist Statement: This is my original dancing ladies quilt design. The images represent positive attitudes in unspoken voices. Each lady represents one of the following characteristics: Joy, Charity, Faith, Happiness, Grace, Wisdom, Hope, Strength and Serenity.

BeachJ-SundayStroll

SUNDAY STROLL IN CASA de CAMPO (MADRID) by Joni L. Beach                         17.775″Hx22″W                                                                                                                                                  As a viewer, in looking at my artwork one sees my voice–me speaking visually of my collected impressions, experiences, and inspirations gathered over time. In a series entitled Visions of Spain, I tell about traveling to a different country for the very first time–with the incredible new experiences, unique culture, and amazing views. In this scene, I tell of the colors, memories, and impressions of a Madrid park–Casa de Campo–and recall a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon spent relaxing around the lake…and how it spoke to me.

BellahMB-Flutter-by

SPRING INTO SUMMER FLUTTER-BY by Mary Beth Bellah                                            59″Hx44″W                                                                                                                                                           If summer had a voice, it would surely sing of butterflies and the rustling trees.

BrinkG-CoverCover

COVER COVER by Gwen S. Brink                                                                                             58.5″Hx45.5″W                                                                                                                                              Using the vocabulary of the Japanese tradition called Boro, this quilt speaks of valued textiles worn out and obsessively mended. It is almost exclusively made of recycled fabric including pieces of my clothing, my father’s clothing, and my mother’s sheets; all intimate items once used near the body of the owner. It serves as a metaphor for my role in my dysfunctional family of origin as “peacekeeper” and mender of relationships.

ErnstK-Grandmother

MY GRANDMOTHER’S VOICE by Karen G. Ernst                                                                    37.5″Hx16″W                                                                                                                                                    This quilt is based on a letter my grandmother wrote to my father in 1939. It is a very poetic letter describing the fields, woods, and creek at her farm in the month of October. I have tried to take those words and transcribe them with my fabric collage art. I have also used old photographs taken at the family farm.

GollahonK-Peace

VOICES OF PEACE by Katy A Gollahon                                                                                         19.5″x40″W                                                                                                                                                            A heart with wings, my hope for mankind. The central heart contains the names of Nobel Peace Prize winners + Mahatma Gandhi, who should have won a prize. These individuals have worked for education, human rights, micro loans in developing countries, environmental issues, and women’s rights. The wings have the words of children, education, community, family, trust, compromise, understanding and tolerance. These groups and traits are keys to moving mankind forward in a peaceful manner that allows each person to live with dignity and hope.

GollahonK-Ten

THEN THERE WERE TEN by Katy A Gollahon                                                                           42″Hx$%”W                                                                                                                                                         The quilt was made as a tribute to my mother Betty Faller Gollahon Jones. She was widowed at a young age with two children. Nine years later she married a widower with eight children. Thus, then there were ten. The words in this quilt are for my mother, her children, and stepchildren. Their own voices are expressed in this quilt.

HarrillL-VocalCords

VOCAL CORDS by Lynne G Harrill       35″Hx25″W                                                              Vocal cords give each of us a voice that is unique in timbre, tone, pitch, and volume.

HedbergC-LoveLetter

A LOVE LETTER by Cathy Hedberg              31″Hx23″W                                                                     Days before a friend’s passing, I was called to his bedside. He had sketched a quilt he wished to be presented to his beloved wife for what would be their 39th wedding anniversary. It was to be made from his wedding suit and incorporate symbols of their life together. This is his graphic love letter to her.

HedbergC-Whispers

WHISPERS OF WOMEN FROM MY PAST by Cathy Hedberg 32.5″Hx33.25″W                                                                                             My mother taught me to sew when I was 12 years old, but many women have contributed to my love of textile art. From vintage hankies, snippets of hand-tatted lace, buttons from my mother’s wedding dress, and other treasures from their sewing boxes, all tell a story across the generations.

HendersonP-Mother

MOTHER of the BRIDE by Peg Henderson                                20.5″Hx24.75″W                                                                                                        A mother’s dream can be realized at the wedding of her daughter and reflect the voice of love. The beading in this quilt was salvaged from the dress I wore at my older daughter’s wedding. It clearly recalls a moment in time, in the long voice of our lives-a snapshot of a bride in her gown and her mother arranging her veil. At times that voice was a lullaby, teaching of lessons, anger during teenage angst, sharing family dinners, or eye contact with shared memories but through it all the sturdy voice of love.

HerbstD-Iris

IRIS by Debbie Herbst                                                                20.25″Hx30″W                                                                                               The iris represents faith, hope, wisdom, and courage. My sister gave this name to her only daughter. Of all her accomplishments raising her daughter will be her greatest. Saying she values her as a person gives strength to her soul. Encouraging her to strive for better empowers her to face challenges with confidence. she is teaching her to speak from her heart with her mission to make every person’s day better with kind words.

HillS-Women

VOICES: WOMEN PRAY at the WESTERN WALL by Susan Hill 23.75″Hx25.75″W                                                                                The Western Wall in Jerusalem is holy to Jews, but it draws people of other faiths as well; it is so big, so old, so silent. It presides over those who pray with their voices and those who silently pause.

JordanM-Conversation

CONVERSATION OF THE HEART by Margaret S. Jordan 37″Hx30″W                                                                                   A tribute to my beloved step-mother, who took my siblings and me into her heart long before we learned to return her love. She came from humble beginnings but created a home of small town charm, soft elegance, and love. Her favorite flower was the magnolia floating in an antique bowl. As I created this piece, I felt her presence, and we had one more warm conversation.

KerttulaJ-Voices

VOICES IN MY HEAD by Jill Kerttula                          22″Hx28″W                                                                                    The basis of this is a selfie that I took with my camera phone. To me, it represents the beautiful turmoil that resonates in my head during the creative process; the swirling thoughts and colors that verge on abstract while remaining in touch with realism.

KinardL-

DIRECTION by Lyric M. Kinard                                        This way? That Way?                                                              As the volcano of menopause approaches,  which direction  will  she  take?   Where  will  the inner voice lead?

26.5″H x 38.5″W

 

KinardL-Haiku

HAIKU by Lyric M Kinard 60″Hx24″W                                        rings ripple outward                   whispers in water                            mirror futures reflection                    she finds her voice

LankfordJ-Fine

I’M FINE by Jana S. Lankford                                        36″Hx43″W                                                                                    This work is based on the art of someone you may know. She may seem fine on the surface, but she carries a dark secret. You see, her father began selling her as a little girl. Now in her thirties, it continues. She can’t tell. If she hides, she’s beaten. She’s economically imprisioned. She can’t run. She can’t testify in court. Years of continued drama have left her too emotionally fragile to hold up to cross examination. She’s trapped. May this piece give voice to an intelligent, strong, courageous survivor who dares not let anyone know.

LassiterN-Ancestors

MY DIRECT ANCESTORS by Nancy Lassiter                  24″Hx20″W                                                                                           How much influence do our ancestors have over us?               Do our genes determine our artistic voices?                                 Are we free to go our own way?

LessaR-

WHERE STARS ARE BORN by Roxane Lessa 20″Hx19″W                                                                       As I make fiber art, I listen to the voice of the materials. They tell me what to do, and in this case, I saw the birth of stars. The silk roving resembled the nebulae as I began working with it. The sheen of the silk to me spoke of a fitting background for the heavens. I love the idea that part of my artistic “voice” is creating something that communicates to others the thrilling beauty of universal creative forces.

MorganR-Mother

MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME by Roberta Morgan 50″Hx46″W                                                                       Mothers have always given their children sage advice, but most of it was never followed. When I listened to myself, I found that I was saying some of these exact things to my kids. Sometimes it is scary to think I have turned into my mother!

PatersonV-FreshAir

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR by Valerie A Paterson                                     18″Hx32″W                                                                                                           Fresh air sings to me. The breeze whispers to me and carries the fragrance of the flowers and the sounds of a babbling brook. I breathe in… and exhale the essence of what my senses have experienced.

PryorC-Pulse

PULSE vs. WAVE COLOR WHEEL IV by Cindy Pryor         40″Hx36″W                                                                                                   The Wurlitzer Theater Organ was the colorful voice for every actor during the silent movie era. Music often serves as our voice speaking of moods, love, memories, and special occasions. This work is one moment in time.

RitterM-Intermingled

VOICES INTERMINGLED – The Mosque/Cathedral, Cordova, Spain by Mary Ritter                         29.5″HX32.5″W                                                                                           Standing in the nave of the Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba and listening to the all-encompassing pipe organ brought me back in time. Built first as a mosque, the chanting of Moslem voices dominated for 700 years. When the region was conquered by the Pope, the mosque was not razed as was customary, but a Roman Catholic nave was built in the center of the mosque. Thus, the intermingling Muslim and Christian VOICES mixed in spirit, inspiring me to create Las Mezquita and the city Cordoba, past and present, that surrounds it.

RogersA-PastPresent

PAST and PRESENT by Annette Rogers                       36″HX20″W                                                                                      Voices from the past echoed in my mind as I worked with each fabric so lovingly stitched long ago. Now my voice unites with their voices as I piece together the new and the old.

SharpP-Gift

THE GIFT OF READING by Penny C. Sharp 16″Hx15″W                                                                               I sat across from these men on the Boston T and realized that voices can often be “heard” loudest when they are written. The method of delivery has changed in my lifetime, but the power of the voices has not. I sketched the scene later and added the Dr. Suess quote (“Oh the Places you’ll Go,” 1990).

ShawL-PinkShoes

PINK SHOES by Laurie O Shaw                             40″Hx30″W                                                                                As one with years invested in traditional quilting, the transition to art quilting is challenging me to explore myself and redefine my path. While my left-brain tells me to stay in traditional yellow shoes and toe the rational line, my right-brain is screaming to put on those pink shoes, dance in circles, and let creativity lead the way. Through it all, my heart is singing thanks for the man who supports me on this new journey and for friends who challenge me along the way.

SmithP-Birds

BIRDS HAVE VOICES TOO by Patricia Smith                 50″Hx40″W                                                                                      Looking at the window display that inspired this quilt, I wondered what the little birds were saying as they flew over big bird below. Just as my family and I were talking to each other about what we were viewing, we wondered, do birds talk about what they see? Do they voice their feelings about that big blue bird strutting through the cattails? We hear the birds sing, but do we ever think about their conversations?

SumnerA-ComeHome

COME HOME TO YOU by Ana L. Sumner 53″Hx27.5″W                                                                            I am in the art and the art is in me. As I see through the eyes of creativity, I connect to my surrounds, and what I see I long to express and to let the unknown within me come forth into being. With the help of Jane Hooper’s poem and my raw creative expression, I encourage all to “Come Home to You.”

TeepenS-Orange

ORANGE ARRANGEMENT SOME BLUE                     by Sandy Teepen                                                                               My entry has all the color I love to sew and create with. I arranged the pieces with a traditional favorite log cabin pattern in mind – a new look (and a new voice) for an enduring element.

WarshawM-9Patch14

TEXTILES NINE PATCH 14 by Martha Warsaw 23.5″Hx23.5″W                                                                      Speak to me! What do these fabrics, threads and tangles tell me when I look at them working together to voice a new work of art?

WhiteR-C8Fatigue

C8:FATIGUE by Ruth A White                                                                                               24.25″Hx59.5″W                                                                                                                                                Undergoing successive rounds of chemotherapy saps my energy levels. The lassitude that builds limits my activities, interferes with work, and even silences my voice, so I created C8:Fatigue to express my voice in a visual way. The energetic quilting relaxes to a slow undulating wave and the intense colors of the background and brush strokes fade as the orange chemo infusions intensify. Culminating in the final brush stroke that represents a subtraction of self in palest grey as body and mind are pushed beyond their limits.

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TALK by Jenny Williams                                                         15″Hx20″W                                                                                                We’ve all been there…standing outside looking in…at the high school dance listening to the “cool” kids talking about other kids and the “regular” kids trying to sound cool…and maybe five or twenty-five years have passed, but the memory is always there in the back of our minds…

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BEING KOI                                by Nanette S. Zeller 49″Hx18″W                            My mother died when I was 14. It’s been too many years, and I can no longer remember the sound of her voice. I do remember some things she would say. When we begged for something that she could not afford, she would always answer, “if wishes were fishes, we’d all be in the sea.” This quilt reminds me of my mother’s words; I just wish I could remember her voice.

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Wow! 4 months….

Hi Friends!

WordPress tells me it has been four months since my last post. Meanwhile I’ve had many writing ideas, just no “true grit” to put fingers to keyboard.

The Opening and Artist’s reception for ARTQUILTSvoices occurred this Friday evening. We enjoyed the company of 170 guests who wandered through our exhibit on this “last Friday” event in downtown Cary, NC. Beautiful weather was our friend! Here is a picture of my “Intermingled Voices” piece that was juried into the show along with 38 other quilts out of 60 entrants. This was a membership-only show, so only members in our five state region were invited to submit entries. Next spring will be the big international show where everyone around the world can enter. Still, the talent in these five states is phenomenal!

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Intermingled Voices: Standing in the nave of the Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba, Spain and listening to the all-encompassing pipe organ brought me back in time. Built first as a mosque, the chanting of Moslem voices dominated for 700 years. When the region was conquered by the Roman Pope, the mosque was not razed as was customary, but a Roman Catholic nave was built in the center of the mosque. Thus, the intermingling Muslim and Christian VOICES mixed in spirit, inspiring this art quilt of  Las Mezquita and the city Cordoba, past and present, that surrounds it.  The Sanfor de Letras, a city centre sculpture, gestures toward La Mesquita and the multicultural community. The mosque/cathedral has 856 red marble columns along with striking red and white marble arches, palm trees surrounding it, and an orange tree courtyard. A minaret (tower) with bells allowed the call to prayer five times per day. The Almavodor Wall and Gate, an Old Roman Gate and and Old Roman Bridge are also featured.

The work is created with my own hand-dyed cotton fabrics, some painted cottons, some monoprinted cottons, cotton batting, and a backing of upholstery fabric. There is needle-turn, reverse and machine appliqué, hand and machine embroidery, and machine quilting. So much for the gory details!

The Opening was followed by a two day workshop (Saturday and Sunday) with Katie Pasquini Masopust. We spent Saturday using watercolors to create some starter ideas and then cropping them to distill a concept or idea for a quilt. Here are just a few of my watercolors with cropped versions.

After selecting Watercolor 1 as my trial attempt, I traced it onto acetate with a fine black marker. It was taken to an office store, enlarged by 400%, and two copies were made. Here is the work in process during the 2nd day of the workshop. I still have so much work to do on it, but I will post some more pictures as the work progresses. Watch for pictures of more of the participants and their work on Katie PM’s web site.

Busy! Busy! On this rainy May Day!

 

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Christmas Spools

The Christmas season finds me enjoying wooden spools and what can be made of them! I came across a basket of wooden spools at a garage sale this fall and bought the whole basket. The spools were older, larger and more interesting than the wooden spools I have saved from my early sewing days. Heritage Spools by Susan Lenz inspired me to dress these spools up for Christmas. Only seven have been completed so far, and one of those left in a box as a gift, but I intend to continue until I have a a well-filled garland. Here’s some pix!  Merry Christmas to All!

 

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Fall Colors!

Who can ignore the colors of fall?

This is my favorite season… it is in the high 50s here in North Carolina, and the colors of fall are at their peak. I have been silent on my blog due to a lack of time. Elizabeth Barton‘s classes over on the Art of Quilting website have usurped my time in a most gleeful way. I’ve been studying how to design an art quilt piece, how to dye my own fabrics, how to interpret abstract art and design abstract pieces, and now am embarking on lessons for “Working in a Series”. That is four out of the five classes she offers, and the only one I missed was her Basic Dye class which I will take as soon as it is offered. Be sure to click on Elizabeth’s link above to see her beautiful art pieces, both quilted and watercolor.

Most my pieces are not yet ready for display, but I can show you some fall colors! FallColors

These are some of the fabrics that I dyed and will use soon in an abstract piece that is keeping me busy in my Loft Studio. Below are some photos of the front and back of our house which showcase the beautiful red maple trees. We are so glad that we didn’t replace them. Future years may require us to have them removed due to their closeness to the foundation of the house…. lateral surface roots can be a problem with maples, but we will enjoy them for a few years first.

 

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Andrea and I enjoyed a “container” class at one of the nearby nurseries, so I went wild creating fall containers.

 

 

Hopefully, they will withstand the fall temps and will thrive into the winter.

If not, they will live indoors in  the sunroom!

Here’s one little quilt I made in the dye class …. using monochromatic colors. It depicts the ancient waterwheel and Old Roman Bridge in Cordova, Spain.  More to come!

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Photograph turned into a sketch on my iPad. It was the inspiration for the art quilt.

CORDOVA, SPAIN: Ancient Waterwheel, National Park, and Old Roman Bridge

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Spain Memories in fabric

While in Spain in March through May, I collected receipts, tickets, business cards, maps and all sorts of paper memoirs of our trip. In June, I scanned them and arranged them into an 8×11 inch arrangement. Then I printed the page at 300%  on Artist Transfer paper (16 pages in all). Before printing them, I had to make a mirror image! This is important or your designs will be backwards. The transfer paper is the same or similar to what you use to iron a design onto a T Shirt. Once printed, I trimmed the images and ironed them onto another piece of fabric. Here are the results! Click on it for a bigger image.

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I decided I didn’t want to cut into it… it measures about 20″ x 27″, so I printed two 8×11″ inch versions which I will use to create a tote.  For these, I used ink jet fabric/paper that will run through the printer as if it is paper. For this fabric, you do not need to use the mirror image. Sometime in the future, I will make something from the larger piece of fabric, but for now, it is a good memoir just hanging on my design wall.

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