Many are aware that Houston teachers regularly contribute small projects for Silent Auction at the International Quilt Festival. Bidder funds go to the organization. I've been doing this pretty regular for many years so I have a fun one for this year... very different from years past. Almost every painter paints a pear generally early in their art journey. I seemed to jump over that idea on my journey so I think I best do so now. This piece now quilted, bordered, bound, and signed is done. ... Now to block back into shape... (ie evenly spray with water, pull/pin back in place from all the manhandling that occurs in quilting)Air dry nice and flat and remove pins.
I'm filling out the paperwork now.... to send this to Houston tomorrow.
I'm speechless prompted by receipt of a gift from friend Janmarie, a long time friend and fellow artist. Many know I am an ink painter on fabric ( as is Janmarie). She was so kind and creative to make me ( for a painful big "O" birthday) a wool penny rug with ink bottles, etc. and her own project's rub cloth pieces on the back of the outer penny circles.
Pretty special... I'm honored!
This now adorns my glass coffee table.. a place of certain honor.
I swear, I have quilted a bunch of disappearing nine patch quilts... 'This I think the last for a while.
There were so many right angles in this quilt that I thought curves with a little order might enhance the quilt. I chose "Splendor" by Karen Thompson I think. Pretty! Click on photos for enlarged images
This is the motif repeated and offset one above another on each row. Bright fabrics are Modas mixology line sold off the bolt and in charm packs .
This was fun to do though I admit I'm anxious to do some more custom work now. See Patt Blair Quilting Link on side bar or click here.
While I usually have a black and white contour paper drawing underneath my fabric before painting. NOT this time.... It was just an abstract pear so why create a drawing on paper. Just a paper towel beneath was fun as it introduces a bit if texture in pigment and also gathers some excess ink underneath since this time... I did no rubbing down of ink. Pure strong color was my goal.
I was in a mood to work quickly, so a simple general outline of just the pear area ( with a Frixion Pen) and away I went working with bottled inks and markers. This was oh so much fun.
Guess it's not too neutral , eh? Heat set...( away goes frixion markings) and done but for quilting.
This will be for a fundraiser later this year. I need some brain time to think about quilting and maybe more importantly some clean looking small border that will let the viewer's eyes rest.
Grandaughter Kaley flew home yesterday :-( :-( After I shook off the big blues ( I so love that girl) I'm back at work.
A piece in queue but on the machine for a good week has come to the top and now done. How fast this was! A 14" pattern that helps the finish come quickly. ( Panto Title: Flamingo Sunset ) I like this pattern especially when the quilt will be used for a couch cuddle up or just comfy bed sleeping. The loose, more open motif gets closer to the feel of that wonder of all wonders for sleeping under.... "the hand quilted."
Such a honor.... for friend Susan Katz to give me permission to show her art quilt interpretation from her photo at a recent Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Yep, she was in this line with hundreds of others. The time shown here are the early morning moments just prior to the start of the walk. Wonderful piece and contribution to the race for a cure. There's a whole lot of pink love happening here. Thanks and congratulations Susan