I had a big time at the Art Tougeau Parade last Saturday. There were kids on decorated bikes and grownup kids driving decorated cars. One of my favorite rolling artworks was this spaceship:
Also great was this carcopter:
And since I didn't seem to be able to take a picture without a head in the way, here is one of the bicycles heading back home after the parade... a giant rolling squid. Maybe you can see his buddy, a shark, next to him. I am pretty sure that the guy in the background is wearing some kind of pants. Seems like I would have noticed a naked guy walking along, even with the distraction of a giant squid.
When my younger daughter was in grade school, she made an assortment of free-form fabric pictures. I think she was about eight at the time. I came across them a while back and decided to sew them to a piece of black canvas so they could live side by side on the wall of her old room. I guess my favorite is the Sun Bonnet Sue block, which I always think of as Convict Sue.
A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a walk through the Lawrence Art Guild's annual "Art in the Park". There is always so much talent on display at this event! As usual, I was dismayed to see that the food vendors seemed to be doing much more business than the artists. The art brings in the crowd, and the funnel cake sellers make the money. Oh, well. I like fried sugar-coated dough as much as the next guy. Here is a shot of my favorite booth at the show. Check out the super giant log cabin block quilt top being used as a booth wall!
Also on display was this car coated in chalk board paint.
How cool is that? Everyday you could change the color of your car... one day polka dots, the next day stripes. This car will be part of the Art Tougeau Parade tomorrow. For more information click here.
Remember how I have been talking about procrastinating on a project with a deadline? Well, I shipped off the quilt yesterday... almost two weeks before the deadline. So, good for me. After thinking about what I was going to do on the quilt for over a year, I finally got to work and put it together. Unfortunately, just as I put the last piece of tape on the box, I realized that I hadn't taken a picture of the final product. But I do have one detail shot and a bit of advice... If you are working on deadline and have wasted most of your lead time, Do Not decide that the quilt needs a lot of individually sewn beads and don't decide at the last minute that the project needs to be hand quilted.
This plastic bird is in the best shape of all of the birds in my shoebox. Guess it is a sturdy little bird. I don't think I had ever seen one of these back when I built this model, but they are easy to see where I live now...especially if we put out thistle seed for them to eat.
Remember those round robins that I was involved in? Here is the final result on one of them. Georgann Eglinsky found the perfect fabric for the border! It helps bring out the embroidery and ties everything together. Good Job, everyone!
It has been too dark and rainy to photograph any of my new work. That is my story, and I am sticking with it.
How about a model parakeet? Thirty years after I made this model, I got a real live parakeet, thanks to my youngest daughter. We named it Dreidel. It had a little more personality than this guy, but not much.