Or maybe it should be “Starting Anew”?
I had put the blogs on hold for over a year while as Life grew more hectic. There have been many changes since I last updated. I hope I can find my spirit of creativity once again.
A bit of very happy news, I did attend the AQS Quilt Week with my BFF Allison. We had a wonderful week of resting, quilts, good food, more quilts, laughs, new quilt dreaming, and feeling blessed to be together again.
We did something we had set as a goal over 6 years ago. We each tried out many of the sit-down table model mid arm/long arm machines. It was awesome! I picked out a Pennywinkle Sunshine 16 and Allison chose a Sweet Sixteen. It was time…we felt we made the correct choices and now we start a new era of creativity.
Wish us luck!
Meet Ms Penelope- She fits perfectly in front of the east window of my new quilting room.
Art Quilt Portfolio – People & Portraits Profiles of Major Artists Galleries Of Inspiring Works, by Martha Sielman
Martha Sielman has presented another fabulous compilation of inspiring art quilts. This most recent publication profiles a number of major quilt artists of our time.
This edition does not disappoint with the rich colors of the quilt photography. The essays shared by the artists will grab your interest as you admire the details of the fabrics, painting techniques, photo imagery, and the quilting patterns. The range of art quilt styles is refreshing. In this edition you will find abstract, primitive, and the more detailed pictorial expressions for the portraits.
One of the impressive features of this new Art quilt Portfolio is the enlightening amount of information regarding the the artists and the art quilts for the reader. As I read the backstories and the inspirations for the quilts, I felt drawn into the piece. The quilt themes are separated into categories which highlight Happiness, Contemplation, Community, Icons, Family and Friends, Work, and Play.
Art Quilt Portfolio – People & Portraits is a good balance of the creative variety among current quilt artists. The book itself is designed as a convenient size for display or for carrying to meetings at guilds or among friends. An inspiring addition for your art quilt library!
A quick project which can lead to wonderful results is lurking in your stack of UFO’s!
Go ahead, pull them out again. You may be pleasantly surprised to find completed blocks, wall quilts you no longer display, and an array of experiments you started which are begging to “Become Something”.
Let’s make some pretty and colorful pillows!
For a simple pillow, cut a piece of fabric the size of the block or small quilt you want to use as the pillow top. Place the two fabric pieces right sides together, and sew three connecting sides. Now turn the pillow cover right sides out and lightly press the side seams smooth or flat. Insert a pillow form into the pillow cover and then whip stitch or machine stitch the open end closed. Let your creative inspiration begin…time to embellish the pillow top with ribbons, beads, braid or bows.
I had the perfect opportunity to test the services of fabric printing by Spoonflower, a custom fabric printing service. www.spoonflower.com
My nephew announced his engagement to his beautiful girlfriend a few months ago and I wanted to make a special gift for them. They are an awesome couple who are the definition of a modern day cowboy & cowgirl. They love their horses and enjoy the cold snowy days of living in the west.
I decided to use the pictures which were taken for their wedding announcement and make a king size bed runner. I used my imaging software program to make a few changes to the pictures and uploaded them to the Spoonflower site. Voila! The fabric which I ordered and received was printed beautifully!
It was hard to take pictures of the finished bed runner, but a few images are below. I made the runner larger than a standard size so the happy couple could use it to cuddle on the couch with their dogs on cold winter evenings.
Congratulations Gavin and Vanessa!
And the sweet bride danced in the rain….
Since it seems my own creative inspirations have been blocked recently..(as in the past few months)…I decided I could make another Bargello quilt and then embellish it as the muse directs my thoughts. I love the look of well designed Bargello Quilts!
I enjoy digital books, especially since I am living with my mom, (as her caregiver), and I have limited room for books. The format for Beautiful Bargello is in PDF which makes it easy to view on most all ereaders and printing the instructions from my laptop is super easy. Having the document on my phone is a plus when shopping for fabrics.
So, if you are considering downloading an instruction book for a digital device or computer, go for it! You may be surprised at how helpful this book format can be.
A Feast for the Artistic Eye-A Joy For The Soul
A recent new release by Martha Sielman is more than beautiful photography of fabulous art quilts. The themes are timeless examples of our world in which we share space with plants, animals, insects, and the elements of nature.
Art Quilt Portfolio – The Natural World, proves the talent Martha has for bringing forth the best of art quilting and creativity in her books. Not only are the quilts impressive, but the narratives of the artists add a depth of understanding which enhances the artwork. Each quilt holds a hidden emotion which was captured or dreamed by an artist and then transferred into a tangible work of art with fiber and various textiles.
The art styles have a wide range. Many times it is possible to recognize a particular artist when you see several of the pieces due to a certain style of artistic expression. Maybe it is the ‘branding’ of an artist which sets their work apart. Some of the textile artists enjoy working in a realistic style while others are more abstract. As you peruse this edition of Martha’s art quilt series, you will find underneath all the beautiful works from the hands of the artist, a subtle influence of traditional quilting. Factors such as size, scale, proportion, and color values are prominent in these quilts. This should make even the most traditional of quilters feel some pride.
No matter where you reside on this planet, you can relate to the beauty and soul of this book. For me, springtime in the south, (USA) is a perfect time to be immersed in this very inspiring new book by Martha Sielman.
It seems as if spring days are here!
Sunshine days, warm breezes, and fragrant fruit trees in bloom bring a feeling of joy and promise!
I will add “Butterfly Migration” today and will have a new butterfly quilt in a day or two.
“Butterfly Migration” reflects the movement and energy of butterflies as a lone dragonfly watches the flight … :)
It’s time for new dreams, new plans, and new projects!
Ok, so after all the activity of holidays, recovering from colds, sleeping through New Years eve parties, and the after-holiday Blahs…I am ready to begin again.
- I need to grab a fresh notebook
- Draft/Sketch/Outline my most exciting ideas
- set a priority
- check dates for any competitions I want to enter
- check my fabric stash…** see below
This year is all about using what I have in and on my shelves as much as possible. My goal last year for “Separating and Sharing” worked great for reducing fabrics I would not use in current projects. It was about sharing quality fabrics with new quilters so they could enjoy and envision their own quilts and garments. Some of the fabrics I had in large quantities and they were very popular during specific years. I remembered where I was and who I was with when I bought the fabric. Great memories, but time to move along! I am happy with better organized shelves, a neater work environment, and more room for display rather than stacked storage boxes. Hallelujah!
So…I need to get busy…be back soon!