Sunday, April 25, 2010

2010 challenge

It's reveal week so I can show you the quilt I made for the online challenge. The image of the young woman is me in a picture taken long, long ago in one of my former lives. I scanned the photo-b&w 8x 10 that I hand colored-cropped it and printed it onto Transfer Artist Paper. Thank you Leslie Riley for this wonderful stuff. The image was ironed onto pima cotton, trimmed, then appliqued by machine to the background, a piece of medium weight muslin that I monoprinted several months ago.
Other design elements, small pieces of hand painted fabric were collaged to the background and the whole thing was quilted with batting and backing fabric.
 Certain areas were enhanced with colored pencil, paint, and hand stitching.
    The theme of this quarter's challenge was "passage" and this piece is named "On the Road to Heartbreak..."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Big Show

Just got back from Paducah. The quilt show is fabulous as always. I had so much fun with my friends-one of whom celebrated her birthday yesterday--and I have come home full of inspiration to make lots of art. The online challenge quilt that I thought was finished needs some attention after much rumination while driving. And I took pictures of it, too, thinking I was done. RATS!! 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring, one more time

Got the ladder out into the yard and got MUCH better photos of the clematis. And I know everyone has been holding their breath for this.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spring again

Ouch! The photo of the clematis in the last post was NOT the best one of the bunch. Here's a better one. Tomorrow, I might get the ladder out to get an even better shot, as these are growing on an eight foot trellis.
This plant grew over the front door of my sister's tiny house. She passed away in December 2004 and I dug it up that winter--which was fairly mild. The clematis hasn't done much all these years, maybe squeezing out an anemic bloom or two, until now and it is lush and covered in buds. Maybe I should wait to drag the ladder out a few more days...hmmmmm.................


After being caught up in such a hectic pace working on graduation dresses, I'm finding a bit of time to enjoy the nice weather we are having. We had a looooooong cooooold winter--so many people learned of seasonal affective disorder this year--and are having quite a pleasant spring. Our summer last year was not the horror story it usually is but one never knows what lies ahead weather-wise in Memphis. Weather is always a genuine topic of conversation, not just a silence filler.
  Anyway here are a couple of photos of the joys of springtime. My yard is very wild, much to the dismay of the next door neighbors who are into "lawn". The clematis was once growing on my late sister's house. I miss her so much and especially now that this plant has decided to bloom gloriously like it did when she was enjoying it. The other photo is a trillium gifted to me by an artist friend.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2010 challenge

It's almost reveal week for the next online quilt challenge. The theme this time is "Passage". In spite of my heavy work schedule I made time for getting this submission done. Nothing like a deadline to get you going on a project.
 For this quilt I used some techniques I hadn't used before. It was fun to experiment, of course, and I plan on doing more experimental things in the upcoming challenges, too.
  Since the unveiling of the quilt has to wait till reveal week I can only show a little bit of it right now.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Grad dress again

Oh well one of the pictures disappeared and the rest are thrown around the posting. But you get the idea?? Any questions??

Graduation dress

This dress is finished--whew!! I took lots of pics of it but depending on how blogger feels today I don't know how many will load. Enjoy.