Remember Golden Books? Moda has a line of Golden Book fabric. Very cute. One of the products is a panel print of pages that can be cut and sewn into a fabric book. Instead of making a book, I used the pages as quilt blocks for a baby quilt. Quick and cute:
Hello neglected blog, remember me? I have been sewing, but nothing very inspiring. I decided to take a sabbatical from trying to sell at art and craft shows this year. Spending nights in the ER with mom has knocked the wind out of me...at least that is my excuse. I'll be back next year making all kinds of nonsense.Here is something I made a while back:
I was asked to make a baby quilt with the baby's name on it, no other requirements. At the time my guild was making "Disappearing Nine-Patch" quilts for donating, so I had that on my brain. But when I put the diagonal letter blocks in the middle of the chaos of the quilt I didn't like it. The quilt looked better in a more organized setting, at least to me. I do wish I had rotated the upper half of the blocks. If I had done that the large spots of blue wouldn't be going down the middle of the quilt and the sides would have been all the same. Next time...
A while back we saw this truck traveling east on I-70:
I enjoyed the thought that one might need to "keep back" from racing pigeons. Maybe they have issues with 'roid rage from performance enhancing drugs? My daughter pointed out that Fox Valley does not sound like a good place to raise birds and as always, she has a point.
A favorite pigeon of mine is Brian Pigeon. He blogs about the bird life in England. His language can get a bit rough but I guess that is to be expected from a life on the streets. He introduced a talented artist Gary Pigeon who lives in NYC. Here is a piece Gary did called "(Another) Walk on the Wild Side"
Gary does these pieces to help awareness of pigeon foot issues...a big problem in the pigeon community. I think we saw one of Gary's works on the corner of Macon and Nostrand Street during our last visit to Brooklyn:
I made a quilt from Mo Willem's "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" fabrics last month but it got away from me before I photographed it.
I was again asked to create a piece for the "Dinner at Eight Artists" traveling exhibit. This time the work was accepted! The theme was Reflections and the required size was 24 inches wide by 60 inches long. I called my piece "Tumbled Stones" and it is a reflection on gravity and terminal velocity in two shades of turquoise. My profile can be seen here.
A couple of years ago Barbara Brackman gave me a stack of appliqued bird blocks that she had started but did not want to finish. The background fabrics were too dark and the birds were blending in too much. I have done this same thing myself...I once appliqued a completely invisible toy train with 30s reproduction fabrics. Anyway, the blocks sat around until I found products called Decolorant and Decolorant Plus. You brush this jelly-like stuff on your fabric, let it dry and then steam iron it. Decolorant lightens the fabric, but Decolorant Plus lightens the fabric and replaces it with a new color. Here are some of the original blocks:
Here are two that have been "decolorized":
The bottom one had plain Decolorant used on it. The top one had a mixture of plain Decolorant and White Decolorant Plus used. I masked off a dot design using pricing stickers from Office Depot before brushing on the Decolorant, and tried to avoid the birds. (You can see that I did not get close enough to the bottom of the bottom bird.) So the dots are the original fabric colors. Then I finished and highlighted the birds with free-motion machine stitching in black thread and sewed the blocks together. Barbara had planned to do an Irish Chain sashing, so some of the blocks had green squares appliqued in the corners. I skipped that part and did not even finish up the missing corner squares. I thought quilting those squares in would be a nice effect, but it doesn't show as well as I had hoped. I'm pretty pleased with the result, although anything with a bird on it looks good to me.
Here is my version of my quilt guild's most recent block of the month project designed by Barbara Brackman. I was inspired by all of those Japanese taupe quilts for my color choices. I don't think I quite nailed "taupe" even though I used nearly all fabric produced by Japanese designers. It is close, but too colorful.
My excellent daughter helped me sell "Robots in Space!" at this year's Maker Faire in Kansas City. (Is she sitting in front of a red and white Beefeaters' costume? No. She is sitting in front of a red Beefeaters' costume while wearing robotic white ears that respond to her attitude. They swing forward if she is attentive, back if upset, etc. When her ears don't know what she is thinking they swing back and forth. Too bad she wasn't wearing them back when I was raising her.) This is such a fun event...everything "Maker" from actual robots to rubber band shooting weapons to yarn being spun on a coverted exercise bike. Hurray for creative people!
In other news...well sometimes the other news is just too sad. Terrible things happen to good people. You just have to be thankful for every day that you get the opportunity to get up and put one foot in front of the other.
Here is a long forgotten project that I started in a class years ago. I don't remember who taught the class, but I may have been in Paducah when I took it. I think it was a class to learn how to make wonky log cabin houses. Anyway, I added stars, a moon, shrubbery, magpies, a sleepy blue dog and declared it done. I'm calling it All Quiet in Crazytown:
Two more Art Principles Round Robin cards...the top one was done (not by me) to illustrate the principle "color". The bottom card was done by me to illustrate the principle "texture" using the top card as an inspiration:
Have you ever over indulged in something to the point where the thought of it makes you a little queasy? Spring Quilt Market did that to me. So much great fabric and threads and patterns that (urp) I just had to take a break from the subject for a while. Many other folks had pictures and comments on the festivities in Pittsburg, so read those. Lets ease back into things with something almost completely different. The Campbell Conference at the University of Kansas:
Where my number one daughter is a guest author! Hurray!
I've participated in a variety of round robins, some more successful than others. Sometimes I feel like I am the weakest link, other times I end up feeling like someone else could have tried a little harder, but the end results are always interesting and educational. The most recent round robin I did resulted in quite a fabulous work of textile art:
This time each person made a center block or medallion to get things started. That start was passed around to have something added...a border, embellishment, etc. All I did to start the piece above was piece the center set of squares along with some extra nine patches. All of the work that came from this round robin was very, very good, but I think I ended up with the best final product.
My new book is out! It is quite possibly the greatest robot quilt book ever written. Certainly in the top three. But, seriously, if you need a quilt for a son or grandson this is the book for you. There are also ideas for "Robot Buddy" stuffies, embroidered baby clothes and applique enhanced children's clothing. Click here to purchase.
This weekend is my guild's annual quilt show. It will be at the Crown Toyota showroom at 3430 Iowa Street. Hours are Saturday 10-5 and Sunday noon-5. (Lawrence, Kansas) One of the quilts I will be showing there is a group project where we took an orphan Sunbonnet Sue quilt and added embroidery to show her going bad in a variety of ways. I think it turned out pretty funny. Hopefully the viewing public will agree. Here is "Sue Breaks Bad":
A small art group I belong to is doing an interesting project. To start, everyone made a 5 by 7 inch postcard that depicted the art principle "pattern". (Of course, I forgot to photograph mine, so I will have to show it later.) All of these cards were put in a bag and we all drew out one card to use as an inspiration for a second card depicting the principle "shape". Here is my result:
The bottom card was done by Mary Elmusa, a very talented art quilter. My card is on the top. I think I may have pushed "inspired by" a little too close to "copy", but I am happy with the result.
We talked a bit about hedge apples, now how about hedgehogs. Last Fall a friend brought me some interesting trimmings from a Pendleton factory. I think they are from some of their blankets...maybe the waste part between blankets as they come off of the loom. She challenged me to do something with it. I made several wool hedgehogs and used the trimmings as the spikes on the hedgehogs' backs.