It is full winter here in up state New York. Lots of snow all around and cold to keep one inside and working in the studio. We are set to get a big snow storm tomorrow so I look forward to even more Occupassion- Linda Twichell’s new word for the work and play approach that I feel when I am in the studio. (One cans see she put occupation and passion together to get this new word)
I went to my creative quilting meetings on Tuesday this week. I enjoyed talking and seeing what my peers have been doing too. Alice has been working with some fantastic Zebra fabric that a friend had passed to her. I enjoy her playful style. Cheri had some wonderful canvas work that she has been doing too. I am only sorry that I shot this image from the side and not strait on. This quilt was created after her trip to Ireland and is of a area where Fairies gather. I enjoy this group as much for there support as for their diversity. One gal is making a fabric book for her grand daughter. She does an excellent job printing on fabric I think. Then my camera battery died so I do not have any more photos of the many other exciting projects shown. I should know to carry the spare battery with me, I guess that this is the lesson.
Progress Report: Rusty Words
This piece was to be one of my two allowed entries for the Text Message contest- but it is too slender. I though I had allowed enough for trimming- but I guess not. I stamped letters on interfacing ( the white)in three colors so the words are really lost. I like the final effect even though it will not fit the show.
Madam Peli is the volcano fire goddess of the Hawaiian Islands. I really had fun doing this quilt even though I did not get it finished in time for the goddess show. I am still playing with the wavy edges on my work. That plus the color really made me think of magna flowing up from the earths core- therefore I just pushed the idea to get my goddess feel by adding the organza arms and hands. I used a bit of the painted wonder under on this work as well to show how it looks and to give a feeling of the transparency of fire sometimes. The organza hands and arms sort of give the feel of spirits or steam in the volcano itself. I used copper metallic thread here to promote the fire feel.
Soy Wax Project Last week I had not washed the water solvable thread out of this fabric. Now that step is done and the soy wax was washed out with hot water and them ironed. I really like how this looks. Although I am eager to use it I will wait to start until I have shown it to my friend Ethel before I cut it up. Mean while I have done a few sketches in the sketch book of ideas for the sewing step for a second or third project using this technique.
DMC Challenge- Purple Tree After finishing up Twilight Trees last week I was ready to begin the DMC challenge. I started with the three fabrics I had selected because if it turns out too disastrous I could always pitch it and start again. I have a full yard of my own colors and only a half of the other two gals stuff. Shifting to this more complex tree has proven to be more difficult than I expected. Getting the slender strips is not the problem- it is getting the cuts to fit together in the way I think they should that is proving to be the problem. I feel I am really growing from this project. I m glad I have not put off starting and that I have a long time before the final is due.
Tsunami Wash Up This project got framed yesterday. I wanted to finish this because I was having a little show for one my friends who had had given me many little plastic items that I used in this project. The red is from one of the plastic bags that our news paper comes in. The big yellow pieces are cut from a plastic bottle.
New Project – Stamped Out I started this project because I trying to add paper into my tops for additional texture. I captured stamps between two sheets of nylon net. Then I added additional stamps on top of the captured ones and put all of them on a blue fabric. I put it all together in my usual manner and I am ready to assemble the units. They may get shuffled before I do the final. It has proven to be a fun bit of assembly for me.
Wonder Under- second application. I am still still fascinated by the wonder under that I painted last week. So when I realized that I had finished with the Tsunami Wash Up work and that was the only hand work I had going- I though I would use this. I will just embellish with stitches on the fabric that had the Wonder Under ironed to it. In looking at the fabric I think I will add beads to the surface as well.
Auction Piece SAQA has a 12″ square block auction every year to raise funds for on going projects. When I read about the call for entries I decided to start my work for this year. I spent some time looking through my stash and found some small printed fabrics and decided to use them as my starting off place. By the end of the afternoon I had a piece I was happy with and so I put the little top together. I know it is not due until April- but I always liek to have things done ahead of time.
I am really into Occupassion at the moment. I hope winter is doing that for you as well.