Saturday, January 31, 2009

Need a Trim?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Too Tired to Jump

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

No. 16 fiber applique

Not much progress this week; I've begun couching the first layer of fibers (the big dark blue pile on the right) to follow some of the structural lines I quilted on the piece. Lighter fibers will be layered on top of these as I progress. I saved all the snips and tails of the holographic/metallic Sulky thread I used to machine-quilt the piece (that's what's in the plastic bag) and I'm recycling those for the hand work.

I'm having a hard time resisting the urge to tack down everything (the point of using dimensional fibers like these is to let some of it hang free, but it looks messy to me.) I also hate the dark blue on the piece even though I know it's necessary to give the illusion of depth. Right now it's stick city, but I hope it will look a little better as I layer on more/lighter yardage.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Peaches and Cream

This battered beauty is between fifty and seventy years old, is completely hand pieced and quilted with very fine, tiny stitches. It is badly faded and soiled, however, and is not a particularly rare or valuable example of a wedding ring quilt.

Sometimes I take on a restoration project simply because the piece tugs at my heart. It's obvious that this quilt was loving made and thoroughly used for many years before it was sold to me as a cutter (a quilt that is usually cut to pieces to use the intact portions make pillows, bears, craft items, etc.)

I'm not cutting it up; I'll repair the damaged patchwork and backing and keep it as a teaching piece to demonstrate some of my conservation tricks, and use it occasionally to snuggle under on a cold night.

Monday, January 26, 2009

La Vie en Rose

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Trees Have Eyes

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Purple Picture Eater

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Labor of Love

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

No. 16 machine quilted

After I basted together the piece and the batting and backing, I got to work on machine quilting the basic layout lines. My Singer is not especially fond of metallic Sulky so it was slow going. Still, it would have taken me a week or more to hand quilt what I did in an hour on the machine, and I want to save my fingers for the surface embellishment.

I don't know if I exactly like it yet -- I'm making it a variation of No. 14 from November, which is going to be hard to upstage -- but it's growing on me. The next step is to lay out and begin couching the embellishment fibers, and maybe do a bit of spot beadwork.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Why I Don't Use Public Restrooms

I don't know which is more revolting: the giant dead spider, or the mildew around the drain.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Rose & the Watercolor

I took this shot about two years ago after I grew the rose (yes, it's a real rose that I plunked on top of the painting) in my garden. I painted the watercolor using the colors of the rose in abstract, hoping to convey the rush of beauty I feel whenever I'm in the garden, but it didn't invoke the same feelings that seeing and smelling the rose did.

I never throw away disappointing art if I can recycle it. Right after I took this shot I cut up the watercolor and used the pieces as quasi-business cards, writing notes and contact information on the back of them for professional friends.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Clean Up Your Desk!

Only a man would use a roll of duct tape as a pencil holder.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Our New Baby

Last year we lost our dog Buddy to cancer, something we've been preparing for since he was diagnosed as terminal over the summer. I couldn't talk about it at the time, and even now I really don't want to, but this is part of facing our loss. I am very grateful we were given six more months with him, but this was so terribly hard on all of us, especially my daughter, as Buddy was her dog. When it was time, we somehow found the courage to let him go. I did stay with him until the end, and Buddy died peacefully in my arms.

The last time we lost a dog, our Sheltie Missy, we waited three years before we welcomed another into our family (this was mainly because we were in the process of relocating, and had to move three times.) I couldn't do that again to the kids, so after Christmas when they asked if we could look for a new puppy, I started making inquiries.

The result is that we now have this little guy joining the family:

He is too young to leave Mom and come live us right now, but in a few weeks he'll be moving in and we'll all get to know each other. While I'm not really recovered from losing Buddy, and it will take a little more time for me, for the kids' sake I think he would have approved.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

No. 16

My first art quilt project of 2009. I stroked, dripped and splattered diluted amounts of two different Luminarte watercolors (Wild Plum and Ginger Peach) in random patterns on a 12" square of scrap muslin.

Next step: choose a backing fabric, baste together top, batting and backing; start hand or machine stitching (I might machine stitch this one, my hands aren't being very cooperative this week.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Monday, January 12, 2009

Bye Christmas

Sunday, January 11, 2009


I've made some changes to the blog, mostly to fancy it up a little more and add some interesting links over there on the sidebar.

During the beta phase of this project, I discovered a couple of things about photography and photoblogging: my camera has a lot of cool settings I need to practice with, it's very tough to come up with a new and interesting image every 24 hours, and I'm convinced I could never do this professionally.

Despite all that, this was a lot of fun.

I liked a couple of the weekly features I tried out during the beta phase, so on Fridays I'll be posting black and white images, and on Wednesdays I'll take a shot of whatever art or quilt I'm working on that week - this will help motivate me to get more projects done this year. I'll also be posting scans of some old photos now and then; these will be anything I took from 1979 (when I received my first camera as a graduation present) to 2008 (when I started seriously playing with my newest camera.)

I first thought it would be better to post the images and not explain them with anything more than a title (thus leaving them open for everyone's personal interpretation) but now and then I think I will be adding some text. I'm a writer; words are my primary tools of expression, and sometimes the urge to tell some of the story that goes with the image is irresistible.

And that's about it. The challenge of posting an image every day starts today for me, so do stop in when you have a chance and see how I'm doing.