Friday, January 20, 2017

Another week gone by

Not too much accomplished this week. I did pick out fabrics for my "Toxic still/spill life."

Here is a small sample of the fabrics that I pulled from my stash as potentials for the quilt.

My daughter got me a kit for Christmas. The background is hand dyed wool and the fabrics for the circles are cotton, velvet, decorator fabrics.I started turning under circles to be hand appliqued to the wool. The circles have a diameter of 1.5 inches and there are 70 of them. After the circles are appliqued they are then stitched with pearl cotton with fancy embroidery stitches. This should give me plenty of handwork to do at the different meetings that I go to.

I am still debating about taking out the hand quilting in my house quilt and sending it out to be machine quilted. The issues with my neck and my wrist are making me consider this. I have way less than 1/4 of it done.

I wish I had decided to do that from the beginning.

I did that one other time. I started hand quilting this blue and white fan quilt for my daughter and decided after doing about 6 blocks that I did not want to hand quilt it. So I ripped out the hand quilting and sent it out to be quilted. If I had not done that it would probably still be sitting around waiting to be finished.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

What qualifies as a still life?

"Toxic Still Life" inspiration photo
My fiber art group's challenge this year is to make a still life quilt. When I think of a still life I think of paintings of fruits, vegetables, and dishes. But does it have to be that kind of composition?  So I searched online to get the definition of a still life.

This is what I get from Wikipedia...."A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on)."

So rusted barrels of toxic waste are certainly inanimate objects that are man made. So does this composition qualify as a still life? Thoughts???

"Toxic Still Life" sketch
The sketch of the barrels is one of the sketches that I made in Elizabeth Barton's master class in 2014.The lesson was to create a mood with a color scheme. That month I chose to make a wind turbine quilt instead of the barrels.

"Blown Opportunity"
This is the wind turbine quilt that I made that month. The mood is peaceful and color scheme is green and blue to show that.

What do I want to accomplish with the barrels and the jewel toned color scheme? I wanted it to look "beautiful" from a distance. However, when you look at it up close you see the tags that say poison and danger and then realize that this is not beautiful at all.

My goal this year to make quilts with meaning to add to my energy/environmental series. You can see the rest of the series by clicking on the tab under the header for my blog.

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"Still Life with blue cheese and figs"
Or should I make a traditional still life like the one I made back in 2013?

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Looking back at 2016

When I was thinking back at 2016 I did not think that I did too many creative things. When thought about what I actually accomplished I found that in fact I did 10 projects. Not too bad.  Not all of them were quilts, but I still count them.

Bookmark for my pen pal with his 2 pets on it.


"Midwinter's Night" Finished quilt from my pixel series

House quilt top. I have been hand quilting this and am finding it is too much for my neck and wrist. I am thinking about taking out the stitches and sending it out to be machine quilted.


Large quilted bag

 "Starry Scary Night" Another finished quilt for my energy/environmental series

 "Sunlight in the forest" Finished quilt from my pixel series

Roman Shades for my daughter's condo in Boston

"Stopping by the Woods" Finished quilt

Christmas ornament for my daughter

"Broken" A quilt top for my pixel series and my reaction to 2016

So it was a much more productive year than I thought. The Roman shades took a long time and took up about 2 months of my time. 

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Thanks for reading and on to 2017.