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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

Crab Claw Stinkhorn Fungus

I found these interesting fungi growing on some rotting debris in our woods.  They looked for all the world like someone had dumped crab claws on the ground.  A little research revealed that they are a kind of fungus called crab claw stinkhorn (who would have guessed?).  You can read more about stinkhorns here.
crab claw stinkhorn

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″

 

 

From the garden

My inspiration comes from nature and the Creator’s work.  We are fashioned in His image and that is the reason we create.  Here is some of the inspiration that is blooming in my garden today.

Peonies I planted last year are doing very nicely.

peonie

peonie

peony

These beautiful cascading Million Bells are lending lovely color to the deck pots.

Million Bells

And tiger lilies and clematis are blooming their hearts out.

tiger liliesclematis

Aren’t they beautiful?  Aren’t you thankful for eyes to see and appreciate God’s handiwork?  I am!

Time for Art

I’ve been in my studio lately.  I’ve finished up a few postcards and some leaf works that were taking up room on my design wall.  Note to self:  Photograph before inserting glass.  Then finish framing!

IMG_5653 IMG_5670 IMG_5674

The artwork is 4″x 6″ and framed to 8″x 10″.

Ti Plant has been submitted to a local show at the Billings Farm Museum.  The show opens July 31 and runs through September.  If you are near Woodstock, VT, it is definitely worth a trip.

Ti PlantLabel

Ti Plant measures 17″x 20″.  The label features my original sketch of a ti plant growing in Hawaii.

It’s time…

to banish snow from the top of my blog!  So to make that happen, here are some not-so-subtle signs of spring.  Of course, there is a lot of foliage and blooming things at this point, but we’ll save that for another day.

trout lilytrillium

bloodroot


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