Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Looking back to move forward

This seems to be the time when people tend to look back over the past year to see what has been accomplished and take a clue from that pondering to move forward.  So I thought I may as well do the same.  Hmmmm....to say "it's been a while since I posted here" would be to a gross understatement.   I mean, OMG!! the last time I posted here was November 2016.  Where did the time go?  Well, let's see what's been going on since then.

I've finished the fabric collage I posted about here.  This is what it looks like.
I've also been working on some "shimmer" quilts, a technique developed by Jenny Bowker and Jinny Beyer.  Here is my first one, but it still needs to be quilted.


I tried a second one with different fabrics and a setting "in the round".  As you can see this picture shows it at the piecing stage.

It is now sewn together and waiting to be sandwiched and quilted.  But there are other things that I've been working on and finishing.  There is this little wall hanging based on the book Happy Villages by Karen Eckmeier.  

It was given as a "thank you" to a corporate sponsor of a gallery where I volunteer.  It's my imaginary Tuscan Village.

The art group I belong to spent time working on a project for Canada's 150th birthday.  It required the use of specific techniques and was created in sections that eventually were joined together in some fashion.  Mine looked like this and I called it Longitude 141° W to 52° W


It, along with 9 others, was displayed at Lake Country's Art Walk last year.  My artist statement read:

Canada is vast, abundant and diverse, and celebrates its 150-year birthday this year.  I chose to portray its wildlife diversity interspersed with other symbols associated with Canada.  For the west coast, a salmon; for the east coast, a puffin; for the north, a polar bear and inukshuk.  Represented by the green, red, brown and yellow triangles circling the puffin, is the Maple Leaf Tartan, Canada’s official tartan.  All are linked together by Canada’s maple leaf and motto, “A Mari Usque Ad Mare”, from Sea to Sea.  I love my home. 

Then there was some finishing of "flimsies" that had been sitting around for quite some time.  Finishing these gave me an opportunity to do some much needed FMQ practice.
Trip for 2 to Boston
This one in particular had been sitting around for a l-o-n-g time.  I had posted about the construction here.  Yup you read that right...6 years ago.

And to round out the finishes, a few community care quilts.



Now it's a new year and it's time to get some new projects on the go.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Some scraps and glue

I've been trying to finish up a piece that uses the technique of Sue Carlson.  You know, the one where she uses all types of fabrics and composes pictures of imaginary creatures.

It's basically a type of collage, except using fabric rather than paper.  Glue still comes in handy though.  Here is a close up of what I mean.

I'm once again working with complimentary colours and using a simple shape.  I would like to get this finished by the end of December so that I can use it as a sample piece when I describe the technique to my local fibre art group (QuArtz).

This is how far I have managed to get but there is still a way to go.


Till the next time, let the creative muse settle on your shoulder and whisper in your ear.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Playing modern

After a few attempts at making a quilt with a modern aesthetic, I've been playing some more.  I shared my first attempts with modern quilts here and here.  I've continued my exploration by joining a group that meets monthly at the local quilt shop.  Here is a table runner that I've finished, but now it needs to be quilted.
I contemplated quilting a different motif in each of the trapezoids and then feathers in the border.  Am I on the right track?