Again this year a local non-profit arts organization, The Lawrence Percolator is having a Dime Bag Show. This is where participants pay $10 for a bag at the Social Services Thrift Store and get to fill it with treasures that are then used in a work of art. The art is shown and sold at the Percolator to raise money for their programs. It is a win-win for two very deserving organizations. The big event is this Saturday from 7-10pm. They are having an art sale and pancake feed. Sounds good, right? The Percolator is not a stuffy wine and cheese place! You can see what I did last year here. Continuing with my new custom of forgetting to photograph work before it goes out the door, I don't have a picture of what I made this year. But I do have a photo of what they gave me when I dropped it off... check out this great Percolator bag! And inside was a packet of cards by Cornfed Press. Score! I really came out ahead on this project...as the altered book I dropped off was not overly fabulous.
Did I tell you that I have work up in the local food co-op? No? And the local library, and the arts center? It has been a busy summer for me, full of opportunities to exhibit my quilts around town. I've even sold a couple of pieces, which is always nice. Unfortunately, I seem to be unable to remember to photograph stuff before it goes out the door! Case in point... here is a photo of the work in the food co-op, taken over the heads of a group of people trying to have a meeting:
These quilts come down Friday, though, so you'll have to hurry to see them. The ones at the library do, too. Oh well, I'll post some pictures of most of it soon, I promise.
Here is the second quilt I made from Barbara Brackman's new fabric line, The Morris Workshop. This quilt uses a free form piecing technique that I learned from Nancy Crow. Nancy is my all time favorite textile artist. There were two big turning points in my sewing life... the first was getting a Bernina sewing machine and the second was taking a class from Nancy. Both were life changing events!
Quilt historian Barbara Brackman gave me some samples of her new line of fabric The Morris Workshop to see what I could do with it. One of the designs had birds that were large enough to "fussy cut" out, so I made a quilt that suggests bird houses and fused a few of those birds around on it. I call this quilt "Morris Workshop Bird Condo".
The card theme for my swap group for May was blue. I was in the middle of doing several "Paisley Bird" projects, so I picked out paisleys that had as much blue as possible. Then, instead of using black thread, I did the stitching in dark blue thread and put the birds on some fabric that I over-dyed blue a while back. Then I labeled them, and got them put into the mail (on time!) and realized that I had forgotten to photograph them. Rats. So, here are the two extra cards that remained behind. I always keep the least successful cards of any group, so lets pretend that the other cards were much more fabulous. No sign of any Blue cards coming my way yet... and here we are in July... when the next set of cards (in violet) are due. I think I'm going to wait until I see some sign of life in the group before I get my violet fabric out...
Below are the cards that I got back from the Green-themed swap that we did for March. The bottom three are the extra Green cards that I made. The return on this swap gets a bit smaller and a bit later each time, which is not a huge deal, I guess....
Artist Trading Cards is one of many neglected areas in my so-called artistic endeavors. My swap group seems to be in a slump, too. Returns are a little on the sporadic side.... Last year we decided to work our way around the color wheel, and started in January with Yellow. March was to be Green and May was to be Blue. No sign of any returning Blue cards yet, but I'll show you the Yellow and Green cards next time. Here are my Green cards: The background fabric is a cotton patchwork print that I bought in 1975 and made a "granny" dress out of....and yes, I felt quite dressed up in that crazy garment. In fact, I think it is still in the back of the closet. It has long puffy sleeves and ruffles and a sash that tied in the back. I loved that dress pattern so much that I used it for my wedding dress a few years later. That dress is also probably in the back of my cluttered closet, too. It was made out of a polyester fake raw silk and yards of lace to take the place of the ruffles. What can I tell you...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times... No, in fact it was the best of times, it was the better of times. Hippies were being replaced by disco, and my guy and I were young and just starting out. Who needed good taste in fashion?
Gosh, this blog seems to have slipped into some kind of summer hibernation! Time to finish up on the Uncommon Bird Series. I have a few more in my head, but no time to work on them just now. My mom's health is requiring daily attention and I have been lucky enough to have some commission work come along...so the daily birds have been neglected. More soon, though... Today's bird is the Bronze-Chested Fashion Hawk Field Identification: One of the most easily found of the raptor family, the Fashion Hawk seems to almost throw itself at observers. Identification can be confirmed by the hawk's sequined feathers and metallic highlighted chest. In rare situations where the hawk cannot be seen, it can be identified by its harsh call of "In-out-out". Habitat and Distribution: This stunningly beautiful raptor is most commonly found in areas of dense bird population, and often near red carpet in urban settings. Field Notes: The Bronze-Chested Fashion Hawk spends most of its day preening. There is some concern that the Fashion Hawk's habit of becoming distracted by reflective surfaces to the exclusion of all other activities will cause a drop in Fashion Hawk numbers. But so far, there is no evidence of any population decrease.