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Gallery Invitation

The yarn store where I volunteer, Six Loose Ladies puts up a display periodically in one of the Vermont Welcome Centers.  Most of the displays are yarn and yarn related products, but because we celebrate fiber of all kinds, the store also carries some paper and fabric items.  I have several of my framed fabric postcards for sale in the shop.  In this particular display, someone suggested we take one of my fabric postcards to put in the case.  Apparently a local gallery also had a display case next to ours and as our person was retrieving our items, the gallery rep fell in love with my postcard and invited me to submit my work to them.

The short story is that I jumped through the appropriate hoops and my work was accepted for sale in the gallery.  How nice to have recognition outside of the normal art quilt circles.  Here are a few of the new ones on display either at the The Gallery at the Vault or Six Loose Ladies.

Mountain Vistas #31 IMG_6893 IMG_6903 IMG_7054 (1)

Josiah’s Quilt

How is it that time passes by so quickly?  Josiah was born way back in 2013 and I’m just getting around to making him a quilt!  I saw a bright, fresh design with stars that someone posted on Facebook.  I thought I could make the stars into sunflowers and use the same African fabrics I used for Nathaniel’s quilt a few years ago.

Because I had used up some of the fabrics and others hadn’t held up well with washing, I needed to add to those I had previously used.  The back was pieced with larger strips of the same fabrics that are on the front and I made an additional sunflower for the label which is pieced on the back.  For some reason I never took photos after it was pieced and quilted but you can get the idea of what it looks like from the pieces pinned to the design wall.  The plan is for it to be a 2nd birthday present when we go to visit Josiah’s family in November.  I hope he likes it.

Josiah's quilt frontJosiah's quilt back

Josiah's quilt label

Valentines

Each year I make valentines for my children and grandchildren. Somehow I sent most of them away before I remembered to photograph them.  I hate when that happens!  This year’s were a little different than previous ones.  They are made by trapping bits of fabric and paper between layers of tulle with sewing, then couching fancy threads around the outside.  Here are the few I have left.Valentines 2015

Leftovers

Do you like leftovers?  Do you use them or throw them away?  I hate to throw away good stuff, food or otherwise.  In the studio, sometimes I get to the end of a project and have a few little leftover bits of pieced or collaged fabric.  These bits generally go into the scrap pile and I try to think of ways to use them.  In the past they’ve become test pieces for quilting or stitching; I’ve made coasters or used the bits in fabric postcards.

Recently I came across some pieced snippets leftover from one of my leaf projects.  Surely I could make more leaves out of them.  Were they big enough?  The right shape?  After some trial and error and brain gymnastics I came up with these small 3″ square leaf sections.  I decided they’d look just fine set with sashing.  Here I’m trying to get an idea of what that might look like.

leftover leaf snippets

Here is the finished piece.

leaves

Billings Farm Quilt Show

I’ve written before about entering this small very local show in Woodstock, Vermont (here and here).  This year my entry was Ti Plant.  I went to the show opening to get a preview of the show and to find out who’s pieces captivated the jurors.  There are three jurors and each one chooses their favorite piece.  Can you imagine my surprise when my name was called?  It caught me off guard for several reason: 1) This is historically a traditional show and I was submitting an art piece, and 2) my work was relatively small.  Much of the work submitted is lap sized or larger.  I was very pleased none the less!

Ti Plant - juror's choice

Leaf Skeletons and Chicken Feathers

Remember the leaf skeletons I mentioned in my last post?  Here is a picture of the smallest one.  It is about 3″ long and missing a good bit of the very fine veining.  I scanned the leaf and enlarged it, printing it on nine 8.5″x11″ sheets of paper.

magnolia leaf skeletonscan of leaf skeleton

The next step was to trace this image onto tracing paper, and from there, to make a second tracing onto a water soluble substrate.  This was layered onto the quilt sandwich and stitched through all four layers with black thread.

leaf skeleton stitchingleaf skeleton

I auditioned several ideas for quilting and by far the best one was echo quilting.  I did this before dissolving the substrate, and because it needed to be very wet to do that, the piece needed to be blocked.  A narrow black binding completed the work.

leaf skeleton blockingLeaf skeleton 2

In keeping with the black and white theme, I love the barred rock chickens our son owns.  The rooster has the most beautiful tail feathers and the hens are gentle and sweet.  Pretty, aren’t they?

Barred Rock Chickensbarred rock roster feathers

More garden gems and a leaf study

Here is some of the loveliness that is blooming in the garden today:  Spotted tiger lilies, Astilbe, and Foxglove.

tiger liliesAstilbe

foxglove

I’ve been spending time in my studio as well as strolling in the garden.  Several years ago, I collected some lovely magnolia leaf skeletons from our daughter’s yard.  Somehow they had survived the winter mostly intact.  They are beautifully delicate and fragile, their vein structures all that is left.  I have wanted to add these to my leaf series for awhile and only recently figured out how to do so.  To test my method, I did a small study, just a tiny section of the whole leaf.  Next under the needle is the whole thing.

 

leaf skeleton study 16.25"x 14.25"

leaf skeleton study
16.25″x 14.25″

 

 


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