Back to botany

Yeah, I’m working on the botany quilt again. Sometimes I’m quite happy with parts of it. Other times I’m ready to tear the whole thing up and reweave it.

This is a slice of it, and then I wanted something “twiggy” for a border, so I’m making this string of scraps:

Doesn’t look like much, but it is taking quite a bit of time. Now that I’ve got images, it’s time to work on obscuring them. Don’t know why, I just do what my cat tells me to…

Botany quilt update

I got another idea for a botany quilt over the weekend. Instead of starting it, though, I decided I’d better get a little further along on the one I already have going. Here is a small peek at how it’s coming:

I had shown you pictures of it when I first started it here. The bad news is when I sat down on the floor to work on it, I put the heel of my hand on the blade of my xacto-knife and put a pretty good gash in my hand. The good news is I got to use one of the cool band-aids my sister got me for Christmas.

Jealous?

It’s already healing so I don’t need a band-aid anymore. After all those years of picture framing, my skin knows how to heal from cuts pretty fast.

Mark is still having real issues with his back, he was in bed all day yesterday, but by last night he thought things might be improving. I sure hope so, it’s making both of us crabby. And the cat too, she’s still barfing occasionally. If everyone would get back to normal and the weather would get a little warmer…..

Round Robin

I got my round robin back at Lynn’s party on Friday and I love it! Here’s how it worked. We divided our Running with Scissors group into groups of four people, Each person started a 12×12 quilt square and handed it off to the next person. That person added to it, handed it to the next, until you get it back all done. I asked people to think about witchcraft and voodoo, and gave them a square with a hand print, and Jackie Lams, Lyn Krawczyk, and Sidney Inch went to town!! Fabulous!

Possible Botany Quilt

I made a botany quilt for one of the art groups to which I belong, and it looks like we will eventually have a show. The problem? We’ll all have to make several to fill the space. I’ve started thinking about the next one, and even working on something that, who knows, might turn into something. (If it does, it will be a long road!) Remembering that my friend Joan was telling me about covering fabric with cement, I decided to mix some media. I quickly put together a patchy ugly small art quilt. Then I brought in a bunch of leaves and laid them on the quilt. I then went down into our very creepy basement and found the spackling paste, added paint, and squeegeed the spackling paste over the quilt and leaves. A Borders reward card works well as a squeegee. Then I discarded the leaves. It’s pretty much a mess right now, but it’s a mess I kind of like, and I’m leaving it around to see if it will talk to me.

Yesterday I got together with my friend Julia, and we played with fabric. She is currently working on a Christmas tree skirt made of ties, and I made myself the beginnings of a little purse.

I think I need to add some stuff yet, old pieces of metal, or beads, I’m not quite sure. Julia said it has a third world feel to it, but I think she was talking about the construction, not the design.

The fall leaves are out now, making my morning walk quite beautiful. This is a shot from around my house.

Sacred Space

Thursday my friend Julia and I went to the Nativity Episcopal Church to see an art quilt exhibit called Sacred Space. A friend of ours, Sidney Inch, has a beautiful piece in the exhibit, called Dead River Falls. The center of her piece is a photograph, Sidney’s connection with nature is evident and beautiful. You can visit Sidney’s website here. That woman’s creativity never ceases to amaze. I was very impressed with the entire show, and also with another show called Passion Pilgrimage, that marks the signposts in Jesus’ journey from Passion Sunday to Easter. While the Passion Pilgrimage show was Christian, the Sacred Space show incorporated many beliefs. These works gave you a real insight to each artist. The thought and care put in each piece made for a wonderful exhibit.

Quilting Arts Magazine

My good friend Lynn Krawczyk has written an article for Quilting Arts Magazine. Lynn makes amazing art quilts, it’s wonderful to read about one of the ways she works on them. The article is about using embellishments as the inspiration, making them the starting point, not concepts and ideas. It’s an interesting way of working backwards. Lynn gave five of her friends the same set of embellishments to see what each of us would create. To see my creation, along with those of Joan Potter Thomas, Deb Kolar, Mary Dyer, and Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk, go here. To see Lynn’s quilt, along with a couple of her other creations, you need to buy the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine and turn to page 46. Lynn is an extremely creative artist, I’m very proud to have her for a friend. Check out her website here.

Connections

A few weeks ago The American Sewing Expo was in Novi, and I was fortunate enough to be able to display three pieces. Since I claim to be an artist, I thought I’d better post some artwork, so I’m posting one of the pieces. This is called “missed connections” and it speaks to my issues with my aging body. It was in a show called Connections that my tireless friend Lynn put together, it was an amazing show with amazing pieces, and I was honored to be in the show. To see more of the show, check out the fibra artysta website listed in the blogroll.