Last week the All Member Show for the Lawrence Art Guild opened on the first floor level of the Hobbs-Taylor Lofts. All the guild's previous shows...at least, the ones I have seen or participated in.... have either been at the Lawrence Public Library or at the Lawrence Arts Center. But this year the guild was offered space in this new building that hasn't been leased yet, so we decided to try something new. I like the art displayed on chain link surfaces in a raw unfinished space! The only problem is the light is a bit dim on cloudy days, and the guild had to come up with volunteers to gallery sit. And I guess those are both reasons why the exhibit is only open during daylight hours. I took my turn to guard the exhibit last Sunday, which was a day that started out dark and stormy. After the rain let up, traffic through the exhibit picked up a bit and relieved the monotony, although I was glad to get time to sit and do some hand-finishing on a couple of my pieces. Because this is an Art Guild that is open to anyone, there is a great variety in the work that is entered in our shows. Paintings, ceramics, fiber, metal castings are all welcome. Here is the piece that I entered in the show, which I call "Argyle". When it was finished, it reminded me of an argyle sock. I'm not sure why it merited a pedestal by itself, since I had it wired to be hung as a painting would be, but I am glad it isn't in direct sunlight. There are a lot of beads on this quilt, but it needs a different light to show them off. I like its colors next to the concrete!
Here are the cards that I received back from the latest swap. The theme was "May Flowers". (I made the card on the upper right.) Hope all the Fathers out there had a pleasant day yesterday! I had a long, mostly quiet day exhibit sitting at the local art guild's all member show. I'll post some pictures of it next time.
In the great reshuffle, when I moved my textile operations from the attic to the basement, I noticed that my collection of red, white and blue starry batik fabrics were fading along the folds that faced out. But, when I began to think about it...how long ago did I buy that fabric? Well, I'm not sure, but I am pretty certain I bought it at the Osage County Quilt Factory, and that place has been gone for quite a long time! So, I decided to stop waiting for that perfect pattern or project, and just get busy and sew the stuff together. I had a package of fat quarters and some additional yardage of two of the fabrics. On this particular day, cutting fabric into tiny pieces did not appeal to me, so I paired up the red fabric with the blue fabric that had the small stars and cut 2.5 inch by 18 inch strips, and then sewed them together. I cut the results into two pieces, one 4.5 inches by 6 inches and 4.5 inches by 12 inches. I cut the other fat quarters with the bigger stars into 4.5 inch squares. Then I arranged them as you can see in the picture, and added a border from the additional yardage. It is not the most eye-pleasing block pattern I have ever done...maybe if it was a larger quilt, the repetitions would be more obvious....but this quilt will work well where I plan to use it, which is on our square dinning room table. I did some minimal machine quilting, using variegated red, white and blue thread. Are you wondering what I did about the faded spots? Well, I decided that I liked the wrong side of the fabric best, and faded spots didn't show on the fabrics' back side, so it became the right side. Right and wrong.... a matter of perspective... right?
Oh, the dreaded upgrades! I am just about to forgive Blogarithm for selling out to Blue Sky RSSFWD. My various blog subscriptions seem to have sorted themselves out, and the daily update list that Blue Sky sends me is pretty coherent. One of these days I may be able to figure out how to change the widget on my blog, but don't hold your breath. The jury is still out on Typepad's new and improved system. I still see folks complaining about it, but I haven't posted enough lately (sorry) to know how it is really working. I hope the bugs have been worked out. This picture of my big parrot looks angry, but really she is just yawning. She jumped off my arm a month ago and broke her leg on landing. (She doesn't fly much better than I do, what with her wings being clipped and all.) So, she spent two weeks in a cast that she DID NOT approve of, and now spends her days in a cage with a much lower ceiling. Kinda basement apartment effect....just so she wont' climb too high and then fall when her weak leg gives out. I told her today that I think one more week will do it, and then we'll give her back all of her head room. She replied with this yawn.