Christy Schreck of Emporia, Kansas sent me this picture of her quilt "Kansas Life" that she made from my book "Happy Birthday Kansas!". I am so pleased that someone was able to sew my not-very-serious but not-very-simple blocks.
Christy is a talented quilter. She entered this quilt in her county fair and won a Blue Ribbon! Woo hoo! Congratulations!
Copies of "Happy Birthday Kansas!" can be purchased here, or by clicking the picture of my book above. You too could be a blue ribbon winner...
Here are the "Love" themed artists' trading cards that I got back in the last swap. I made the two on the bottom. Our next theme is "Sadness". So far, I haven't had any inspiration on that theme and the deadline is coming up fast.
I got to attend the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair again this year and enjoyed it even more than last year. Even better, this year my long suffering husband was along to serve as pack mule for my purchases. Even more better, he enjoyed the fair too and was impressed with the variety of talent on display.
(Not so long suffering daughter was along as well.) Actually, I don't feel like I bought all that much... a totebag from Jay McCarroll, some greeting cards from McBitterson's like this "Have a Happy Birthday or else" card:
Maybe a couple other odds and ends...It might have been nice to try to get one of these planters by Reshape Studio safely home on the plane:
Here is the latest set of Artist's Trading Cards from my group. The theme for these cards is "Copper". It seems that I was not alone in realizing that pennies were a very inexpensive embellishment possibility. I made the two on the lower right, and I called them "Copper Penny Pincher". The copperhead snake card is probably my favorite.
Well, the Bizarre Bazarre was big fun and I moved a lot of stuff out to new homes. We priced to sell, and it did. I need to get busy on a new inventory.
Lets take a break first and look at some amazing quilt work by artist Jimmy McBride. He does work inspired by pictures from the Hubble telescope, Gee's Bend quilts and Henry Darger. A cool mix if ever there was one!
Here is his "The Pillars of Creation" quilt:
Inspired by this Hubble photo:
If you look at his blog posts before and after this post, he can get a good idea of how he works. Thrift shop fabrics have rarely looked so good!
Ok, it is probably just sleeping... But look at the size of this thing! This photo popped up on Craftzine.com this morning, and even they don't know who made it. Gosh, the things that come up on the internet.
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.
Like the monster in a horror film, just when I think my artist trading card group is dead... it staggers back to life to give me a few more thrills. Violet was the theme for the July cards. Here are the cards that arrived a few days ago. The one on lower right is what my cards looked like.
While in New York last month, I bought myself a holiday present at the Handmade Show at 3rd Ward. A fabulous clock by Richard Birkett!
This was one of his more simple clocks, but I just love it. It has typewriter keys, sockets, gears, pieces from kitchen tools and screen doors, regular keys, and a bouncy place to display a favorite picture. Richard doesn't seem to have a website or blog, but I did find a couple more of his clocks here. He lives in Otego, N.Y.