Monday, December 31, 2007
This was the guild challenge that was in December 2007. I dyed the fabric for the background and then went back and lightened some areas with a bleach solution. After completing the sewing and appliquing of the fabric, I used color pencils to add more details to the quilt. I gave it to my oldest son for his office.
This was the first time that I participated in the Journal Quilt Project. I based my image on the gate to an apartment complex designed by Gaudi. I was standing in front of the gates when my husband took my photo. Behind the gates I created images of the moon to symbolize 6 months of my life. There are fireworks, sorrow, calmness and other emotions that reflect what my life was like during this period. The gates appear to be a huge web that I have been caught in but not struggling to leave. I enjoyed dying the fabric and adding bead work to create this quilt. It was on display in Houston and now is traveling with the other journal quilts.
I did manage to create the 4 postcards for Quilting Arts magazine. I was very disappointed when mine was not selected to be featured in the December edition. I love it anyway. It was definitely a learning experience and pushed me into more areas than I would normally have tread.
We traveled to Madrid and Barcelona in March 2007. I fell in love with Gaudi's work. I used his architectural forms to make the images on the front and back of my postcards. To connect all of the cardsm I sewed silver rings at one end. I strung beads to fit through the rings which keeps them together, but lets the viewer turn the pages.
Monday, December 10, 2007
It seems like it has been forever since I have made a post. My back started giving me problems in August. After going to the doctor and having x-rays and mri's, I finally got a diagnosis. I have 2 problems which are degenerative scoliosis and stenosis. My treatment was physical therapy and strong tylenol prescription. The pain progressed with sharp jabs through my left hip and thigh. I had found myself sitting most of the time, but gradually that became too much. The only relief that I could get was by lying flat on my back. I decided to find a doctor at Emory and get another opinion. He recommended a steroid injection which I had done on Dec. 5th. During the three days prior to the procedure, I didn't think that I could stand the pain. I found some relief immediately afterwards. On the 7th the pain had escalated which I found does happen to some people. The next morning I woke up pain free. It is wonderful. I am not sure how long this will last, but I am enjoying every moment now.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I finished my postcard album for Quilting Arts Magazine. I really enjoyed making the postcards of Barcelona because it brought back many memories of our trip. I am not sure when I can put them on the website, but as soon as I am able to show them I will.
Sunday I sold a small quilt named "Spinning out of Control". It makes you fell validated when someone else likes your work enough to purchase it. I am thrilled. This is my very artsy quilt.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Our koi pond began over 30 years ago. We started out with 5 fish. Now it is over 60....it is very hard to count fish. They will not stay in one place. The red fabric in the quilt has koi printed all over it. It keeps things in perspective sometime to go back to a very traditional quilt. You remember all the reasons that you do art quilts.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
In Barcelona we really got to understand and appreciate Gaudi. We hung out with him for quite sometime and were amazed with his work and his creativity. The Picasso Museum showcased a lot of his early work since he grew up there. He was a visual genius which was apparent in his painting ability at 15. Joan Miro's museum give us more insight into his images proving how far ahead of the time he was. At the Catalan National Art Museum we met some new friends and fell in love with the whole experience. We felt as though we had earned at least one new degree with all we learned.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
Today I was able to spend alot of time in my quilting studio. I had previously started parts of these purses. I finished them today. I am really enjoying making these little ladies. I think they begin to take over some of the traits of the women they are intended for. There have been several requests to buy them. I have such a problem with trying to price my work and I don't want to deal with people requesting certain colors and trying to please a customer. If I could place them on line or in a shop where you buy what you see, it would make it much simpler. Consignment work is much more difficult. I am thrilled to be able to make them as gifts for friends and relatives.