Thursday, April 26, 2012

Art of a different kind…..

Every so often I get the bug to do something creative in the evenings while we are watching TV so I get out my sketchbook which is slowly being filled with drawings and such.

The last few times, I have had fun playing with a Travel Water Color set that my D-I-L , Amber, gave to me a few years ago…..

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When you open it up, the magic begins…..DSC02680

 

The two brushes that I am using are wonderful for traveling or for sitting in the living room.  The well on the brush can be filled with water and then squeezed slightly to release water onto the paint.  The only other thing that you need is a paper towel to use in daubing the water off of the brush or cleaning the brush between colors.  To clean it, you simply squeeze water out while you are wiping the brush on the towel….

A while back I purchased a DVD by Jane Lafazio where she talked about different drawing and painting techniques.  A few of the tips that I learned from her were….

  -  delineate a square or rectangle that you are going to use for your drawing.  That way you are working in a small area and not worried about the rest of the page.

  -  begin by lightly sketching in your object with a pencil

  -  when you are happy with your sketch, use a fine point pen to draw in the outlines and then erase the pencil (I always forget this part)

  -  when you begin the painting process, re-mix your paints with each dip so that the color changes slightly as you move across the picture.

  -  finally,  leave bits of white in the picture to bring a sparkle to it.

 

SO, with those ideas in mind, here are my last three paintings…..

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No Rembrandts here, but at least I am learning to see my objects better….

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Appalachian Trail Update

My friend, Lyn, who is hiking the Appalachian Trail has hiked over 400 miles (just 1700 more to go).

If you remember from my post about her setting out, I gave her a mascot…a blue Hello Kitty doll.   This is the photo that she sent (by text) of the day that Lyn and HK crossed into Virginia……

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If you are interested in following along with her trip, her blog is  HERE….  I am enjoying the virtual hike….it is the only way that I will ever do it!!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Teddy Pruett – part 2

A few more of the older quilts that Teddy showed……

 

She showed how she had taken this quilt top……DSC02566

and cut out the best of the blocks to use in this wonderful quilt……DSC02567

 

This quilt was a little hard to photograph but it is a lovely mixture of white, off-white and cream fabrics, trims,  crochet and whatever she could find…..

DSC02593 ….and she gave it the perfect name…..”White Trash”!!!!

This next design we know as the Apple Core or Hatchet…

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…..but Teddy calls it the “Panty Crotch” quilt.

One of her friends made this miniature version that she calls the “Barbie Panty” quilt…..

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She used all of her orphan blocks to make this…..

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She showed this UGLY shirt…..

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….that she used to make this…..DSC02575

She recycled old Crewel Embroidery art into this wonderful quilt…..DSC02602 (I think that I once made the small chair on the bottom left)….

 

This was her ode to housework……DSC02610

This is her quilt about cooking…….

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…..complete with the cooking diva with stove-top knob eyes…..DSC02634

There were lots of others, but I will leave you with one more…..

This is “Church Ladies” that celebrates good old-fashioned gospel music……

DSC02619 The really fun part of this is that the choir robes are made from Crown Royal bags….

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If you cant tell, it was a fun evening with MUCH laughter.  AND, I have never heard our guild give a longer ovation at the end.

Thank you Teddy for coming our way!!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Proud of my Hubby!!!

Last night my husband, Michael, was named  a “Distinguished Research Professor”  at the University of Georgia. 
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It is an award given to professors who have a sustained record of outstanding research and have received both National and International  acclaim for their work.

We enjoyed a Jazz trio featuring a Xylophone as the lead instrument……
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…..a  wonderful meal…….
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…. hob-nobbing with some of the UGA dignitaries……
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and a VERY special Award recipient!!!!
Michael Arnold. Photo by Paul Efland / University of Georgia.


Congratulations Sweetie…..I am very proud of you!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A fun evening with Teddy Pruett

Last week our guild hosted Teddy Pruett from Lake City, Florida.  You can check out her blog here…..

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By profession, she is a quilt appraiser, but she is also an excellent speaker and story teller and her quilts are magnificent stories in themselves.

She spent much of the evening talking about recycling old fabrics, many from unusable, un-quilted tops that she purchases as she finds them. 

As an example, she purchased several rows of blocks that had too much bias in them to ever use in a quilt …..DSC02570

She took those half-square triangles and cut them down to make this piece….

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Another great example was her use of a curtain similar to this one….

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She also showed some interesting antique quilts that she had picked up along the way.

This one used corset fabric to piece the designs….

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And this traditional quilt.  the blue leaves are actually green fabrics that had faded to blue over the years……DSC02555

This one was amazing…..

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She noted that as an appraiser, she sees many, many quilts using the same traditional designs.  Since this can be a bit boring, she loves to find traditional patterns that aren’t quite so traditional……

 

Like this amazing use of stripes…..DSC02553 

or these VERY interesting circles….DSC02564 

with one orphan block in the setting……DSC02565 This double wedding ring sort of disappears and then reappears depending on where you look on the quilt and how long you stare at it…..

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She has named this quilt “Grandmother’s Soccer Balls”  because obviously the creator got tired of making flowers and allowed them to morph…..

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And we all howled at this  version of the Sunbonnet Sue…..DSC02588

….to be continued…….

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Shop in Town

My good friend, Anita Heady has just opened a small “European-style” quilting shop called “SewCial Studio”. I had the privilege of being her first visitor, AND…..I got a wonderful gift….

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Anita is carrying her beautiful hand-dyed fabrics along with lots of commercial prints, quilting tools and supplies. As always, you can count on Anita for copious help, suggestions and ideas!!

Here are a few photos of the shop……

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If you are in the Athens area, be sure to stop in and say hello.

Her website is HERE……


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

There’s light……

End of the tunnel

Maybe…..just maybe…..there is a light at the end of the tax season tunnel.  And fortunately, it doesn’t look like a train coming the other direction!!!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Will it never end?????

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This is a bit how I am feeling at the moment……the end of tax season cant come soon enough for me!!!!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

HAPPY EASTER

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HE IS RISEN…….

HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!!

 

(Malcezewski Butter Lamb from Buffalo, NY)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A little River Rafting

On Saturday morning I headed back into the studio but decided that I should clean up the previous day’s mess before I started…

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How does it get this way so quickly????

I realized that I was going to have to add some threadwork to the wool roving to further hold them in place, but first decided to add a heavier piece of fusible fabric to the back to give it a more stable base.

As I began the quilting, I recognized that I was going to have to switch from the open-toed foot that I normally used because the wool wisps would get caught on the points…..

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Using the closed toe foot made the quilting easier, but caused another problem because it is so hard to pull the bobbin thread to the top.  SO I decided to not worry about the bottom threads and to just clip them, leaving about 1 inch of thread.  I figured that these would not show in the final piece and that leaving the extra bobbin thread on the back might help hold the stitches better.

As I started to do the threadwork, I got really nervous about what pattern to use so I printed out several copies of the piece and auditioned  each stitch design before I put the piece under the needle…. Scan_Pic0009

It was a Fun, Fun afternoon of stitching and the final result was ……

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Final step will be to fuse the trees on, but the question still remains of how many, what size and what color…..

Decisions, decisions, decisions……

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