Immediately when I heard about this challenge, I remembered some paintings
of tulips I'd seen years ago done in this format. They were very simple,
just the flower, some leaves and the stem and they were very striking.
That is what I've tried to convey with the iris......keeping it very
simple in design. I may add some background quilting. The iris is thread
painted asare the two small buds. Leaves are simply stitched down with
straight line stitching and the stem is zigzagged. There is a very narrow
gold trim 1/4" from the edge all around.
Jacques' World" is my light-hearted tribute to Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
I decided to "plant" a garden and collected a variety of fruit and vegetable
fabrics. Upon completion of my project I realized that I was following
one of my basic tenets without even realizing it. I have always had the
belief that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. My Kitchen
Totem represents "growth" from the dark soil into the "light" of the
sky. As you travel up the Totem you can see the transition. At the top
I have placed a Jack-O-Lantern. All the totem poles that I have ever
seen have a face at the top and so I could do no less. And I wanted to
make sure that he was smiling to represent that all is right with the
world. And will this totem guarantee that my food doesn't burn or my
cakes fall flat? I sure hope so!!
This piece is created at a time in my life when all around me require
prayer - for illness, for life changes, for family troubles. The model
is Tibetan prayer flags that are printed with prayers and images and
hung in the wind; the wind carries the prayers to heaven. Eventually,
I hope to install this piece in a semi-sheltered spot in my garden so
the wind can do its work.
Drop Over Anytime
I like to use the cup shape in quilts and thought the "Straight and Narrow" Challenge
would be a great way to try out this kind of placement. I drink any kind
of coffee and now I'm thinking maybe I should cut down. I've included
my local Dhahran Oasis Quilter's Guild logo on one of the mugs.
The string pieced flower petals were inspired by the antique quilt that
I thought must have been made by an ancestor of Jane Sassaman. I played
around with her design , but then this evolved. It hit me one day, that
this is my memory of Pete Seeger singing " May There Always Be Sunshine" from
his album "Strangers and Cousins." (I still have the album , but not
a record player.) This could also be called "Sneezin' Season" as this
is pretty much how it is in Austin, Texas."
I used one piece of tie dyed fabric, quilted it then cut it into 5 squares
and some narrow strips. Embellished with dyed cheesecloth and cotton
yarn, plus commercial yarns, beads and washers painted with Lumiere.
My nephew Sam saw it and wanted it for his room because he thought it
was "so organic".
Road Work Ahead
This idea has been in the back of my mind since the summer my sister
and I drove from my home in VA to hers in NH, and every road we took
seemed to be under construction. The long and narrow format seemed the
ideal place to put a road, and the "forest" of orange signs reflects
what we felt we were seeing on that trip.
Putting on the Glitz
I felted soy silk fibers and added angelina fibers, tyvek, tyvek and
fabric beads, fibers - all sewn together with metallic thread.
The Nine Muses
I have a new fascination for Myths and Legends and came upon the stories
of the "Nine Muses" by Angeles Arien. I have been pouring my extra hours
into creativity of many kinds like art quilting, writing, drawing, and
book-making. I, being a woman, was especially drawn to the stories and
talents of the nine muses. Seemed only right…
This is my study piece for a larger project that will hang at my church.
The piece is hand appliqued, hand quilted, and hand embroidered. The
final project that I will create will be 18 inches by 8 feet. This was
my interpretation of "Our call is to be a "Seekers community"... which
disperses with a common commitment to understand and implement Christian
servanthood in the structures in which we live our lives."
DoNotAlter (DNA) My Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid
A slightly different form of this work was originally planned for completion
in 2003, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the
double helix discovery by James Watson and Francis Crick. However, the
original quilt was not completed in that year and the half-completed
project ended up on the back burner, incubating until more inspiration
arrived. In response to this challenge, I resurrected it, forced it into
the required proportions, and beaded it into submission.
Created to fill the requirements of both the Straight and Narrow Challenge
and the Eighth Deadly Sin Challenge sponsored by the Quiltart list.
This piece came about because of a postcard swap. One of the cards I
made was with the same materials minus the beads. I fell in Love with
it and I had a hard time sending out. I figured I'd make one for myself
and while telling a freind about it the idea (Lite bulb over my head)
for the straigth & narrow came to me. Why make only a 4 x6 when I could
have a 4x 20?
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Construction on the Chrysler Building began in the late 1920's. The "stories" of
this NY skyscraper tell many stories including many inventions and fads
of the 1920's. Embellished with copper wiremesh and trims.
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