Monday, January 28, 2019

The Eyes are the Window to the Soul

I have participated in the last two Sacred Threads Quilts Exhibits shows,   It is a wonderful show held every 2 years in Herndon, Virginia.   It is a juried but not judged show.   There are 6 categories and the quilts are juried in according to their story and of course the quality of the quilt depicting the story.   I invite you to visit their site for more information at  Sacred Threads.
As part of the show, there is an exhibit which is open to anyone who wants to contribute,   The most recent exhibit was postcards.   This year the exhibit is "eyes".   The quilt can be constructed any way.....the only requirement being it must be 5x23.    It was a challenge for sure.

This is my final piece.

 

I started with an actual photo of my eyes...


Then I posterized my photo in Photoshop.


After that I drew a pattern on vinyl to trace onto fusible web for the back of selected fabrics. 



Fabrics were placed under the vinyl for accurate placement.  



Sunday, January 6, 2019

It’s a New Year!

Every year I vow to do better on my blog....which should tell you how the last year ended.  I’m quilting.....a lot....but I can’t show any, or won’t show any, because they are all for challenges right now and we all prefer not to divulge ahead of time.   My guild challenge reveal is in two weeks and the theme is "Flora and Fauna".  I have two pieces for that,   My ArtCGirlz group is doing a "whisper" challenge.   This is based on the idea of the gossip game.   We will make a 9x12 piece which will be passed to the next person in our group,   They will make a 9x12 piece based on what they see, in the entire quilt or any one aspect of it.   This will rotate around the group with each person only seeing the one done before them....and no one sees their original piece until the end.   At the end we will reveal all 8 pieces to see how "gossip" changed the initial piece.   I can’t wait, it sounds like fun.

Meanwhile I’m still photographing and guess I should change my intro bio to this blog to include my new passion,   

A couple of photographs for you to enjoy,   These are both of the same lighted ornament that hung outside my house this year.   One has a snowy overlay and one shows bokeh.....the abstract lighting created by an out of focus background.   Enjoy!




Friday, December 7, 2018

Tis the Season!

I went to a Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square near Philadelphia, PA for the Thanksgiving holiday.  It was record cold and we spent much of our time in the conservatory whic was amazingly decorated for the holiday!   But we also did some night time light tours.  Here are some of my favorites.  

In front of one of the beautifully decorated trees in the conservatory.  


This glass tree was so beautiful as was the big main tree in the conservatory.  


And some outsides views!






Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dreary Days

It has rained.....a lot....a lot of the time.   And it is not one bit Fall like in temperatures or leaf color....until yesterday.   We got one day of gorgeous beautiful walkable weather in a string of at least 10 rainy days.   I hiked a new park I had not been to before - Black Creek Park.   I took lots of picture....207 to be exactl.  I do tend to overdo, but that way I have many to play with and pick from for my enjoyment,   Here are some of my favorites....so far!


This might be the best color I have seen all season.


I do love a good reflection.    Contemplating a quilt idea here.


The walkway into the woods,   A carpet of leaves and it was so pretty. 


More pretty color.....just because.


Isn’t this the coolest fungus.   I find fungus so interesting and so fun to photograph,   No two ever look the same,   The one below is also another fungus we found,



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

We Are But a Mere Speck

"We Are But a Mere Speck".....currently showing at Experience Fiber art show in Rochester, NY called "it’s All Relative".   We are here but a small time, our place is small in this vast universe of time and space.   Why are we so intent on hate and destruction of  our planet and each other?   One small bead shows my place in this space.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Prince....Cherrywood Fabrics Challenge

This year I decided to enter the Cherrywood FabricsAnnual Challenge that travels all over the U.S. and sometimes in Europe,    The theme was Prince.    I’m not a big Prince fan.....but oh those luscious purples.   I couldn’t resist.   We were given a pack of 3 purple fat quarters and a black fat quarter,  


The rules state that these fabrics must cover 70% of your 20 x 20 inch quilt top.   You can add other colors, but these are the basics,    The quilt must read purple.  

This is my entry.   I decided to base it loosely on the theme "Purple Rain..  the umbrella is the 4 purples we were given and the shoes are based on a pair actually worn by Prince.    I embellished with metallic thread and bugle beads to denote the rain and beadwork on the shoes.   I am happy  to report, out of 368 entries,  I was chosen as a finalist and my quilt will travel in the "Prince - Tribute" Tour.   We don’t know yet which venues will be showing this collection but am anxiously awaiting my next trip to. It’s my quilt alongside 74 other winners.



Sunday, July 1, 2018

....and more wet cyanotype prints

Truth of an addiction......I can’t stop!   Am really liking the redbud leaves that I tried this year for the first time,    The foam board is sprayed with some pink dye-an-flow from Jacquard and some water,   I’m liking this as spots that might normally bleach out white now have a little color,  it’s still a magical process with little ability to predict what happens.

Fortunately my aneomone bush is quite full as I’m picking those too.   They transfer well,

The last is a Solomon's Seal leaf.    My first time to try this also.  

Then there was the day that nothing seemed to transfer well or with much color.   My dimestore analysis is that I didn’t get it wet enough and it was so hot the fabric dried out before processing. 




Thursday, June 21, 2018

More Wet Cyanotype Prints. 

I decided to try the idea of diluted dye-na-flow to give some pink color to my prints.  The first two are rhubarb leaves...marginally successful.  I like the pink but the background looks like it is on fire and muddy.  I may have sprayed them too much.  They were outside for about 9 hours.   Maybe I will call them "Fire in the Rhubarb Parch".  LOL

So the next batch I left outside for 24 hours, a very hot and humid day.  The first two are finished prints.  Redbud leaves and Japanese Anemone.

Below are the pre rinsed prints.   It’s amazing how much they change by rinsing. 

We have rain on tap for the next few days...hopefully...then I will be back to making more!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Stripes

This week's Photo Challenge is Stripes.    I have 3 strong candidates....and a couple others I just like.   Still undecided as to which will make the final cut!!


This was a photo of an old culvert I found while hiking through the trail of a local swamp.    It has some color manipulation to bring out the stripes - so perhaps, not the most natural  photo.


Shutter zoom of my sandcherry blossoms.   


I was doing some yardwork and had the rake propped against the garage door.   I was struck with the stripes of the rake and the stripes of the reflection.


Local Sunset - sort of stripes.


Another sunset photo...sort of stripes.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Art Quilts for "Finders Keepers" show.

My Art Quilting group, Rochester Area Fiber Artists (RAFA) is having a show called "Finders Keepers" in June.   The premises was to make a piece featuring something you would not normally find or buy in a quilt store.  My two pieces are called "A Walk Through My Garden" and "Iron Butterfly".   The first features my wet cyanotype prints made from flowers in my garden.   The added feature is crushed seashells on the walkway through my garden.    The second piece features a vintage hankie from an antique shop in Florida and several washers from my husband which I painted and then glued to the hankie forming the butterfly shape.









Information for the Show is as follows:  
 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fabric Bowl



This is a new fabric bowl I made, using a new process shared by Hilde Morin on her blog.   I have made bowls before, but not the way she does,    She gave us a simple 2 fabric idea, but of course I had to change it up and try to add Circles.   I am pleased with this but learned a few things I would do differently next time...assuming there is a next time.