Friday, September 12, 2014

Am I Or Was I A Painter?

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While digging through some things I found this piece I painted over 30 years ago.
It’s always fun to look back and see one’s work with new eyes!
It looks like it could have been done yesterday and I can see it reproduced as fabric.
It was painted on a canvas/linen textured paper.
I am going to play with it and see what I can do with it.
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Here’s a quick little version of it times 4.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Quilt Number 400–Old Florida

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This is the 400th quilt I have finished. My goal was to reach this number this summer and it’s still summer!

The quilt is hand painted on raw silk. The shibori fabrics used for the borders are both silk and cotton.

If you think of Florida as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, the theme parks, the ocean, the Golf and the interstates you may not understand this quilt.

If that is your view of Florida you have missed the best part.

One of the greatest parts of Florida is between the coasts, and a little less than half way down the state.

There is a part of Florida that is disappearing as northerners build out some of the most wonderful parts of the state.

Have you been to the horse country around Ocala where some of the best race horses in the country come from?

Have you been to some of the little towns like Micanopy, Eviston, Mt. Dora, Eustis, Lake City or any of the nearby towns?

Have you driven the back roads and seen the moss hanging from the trees?

Have you taken a boat ride on the back waters?

Have you seen the birds, creatures and vegetation native to Florida?

Have you see the old buildings, some in shambles and some kept up beautifully?

Have you met the people who have been born and raised in Florida and are proud of their state?

It can be a softer more gentle Florida without the hurry up and wait mentality.

If you can’t answer YES to most of these questions it’s time you took time to really see Old Florida before it disappears.

This quilt pays homage to that special part of Florida – it is not one particular place, it is my vision of OLD FLORIDA!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Can A Blog Post Go Viral?

It has been almost a week since I last did a blog post.

So what have I been up to?

I have  been watching my most recent post explode around the country and around the world.

Seeing how many have shared this and how the shares have also created shares I am guesstimating that there have been tens of thousands of views of it.

In case you missed it this is the quilt I posted.

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Two  of the most frequently asked questions was is their a pattern or a kit for this?

NO, it is an original design copyright quilt that can not be reproduced in any medium.

Yes, it is for sale. It has taken me a while to be willing to part with this. The price is $4999.00.

Email me if you are interested. I do have a layaway plan for any quilt over $500.

I like to respond to all comments when I post something, but unfortunately I have not been able to keep up with this one.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS LIKED, COMMENTED OR SHARED.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In Living Color For Your Enjoyment

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This is one of my original design quilts I never tire of seeing. I won 1st prize Professional in the Jinny Beyer Patchwork Palette competition with it several years ago.

When I saw her first palette of 100 fabrics I got so excited I had to start a quilt with them. I worked on it over a period of years and finished it when the contest was announced.

It is pieced and hand appliqued. It is one of the last quilts I hand quilted.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Getting It Ready To Quilt

imageThis is another quilt top I made many years ago. I am getting it ready to quilt.

The fabric I used for the 9 patches was one of my ugliest hand dyes ever.

Isn’t it amazing what happens when you cut up uglies and use them in small pieces?

The other fabrics are also hand dyed.

Note: It’s not really crooked…….it’s my photography!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Design Wall Experiments

Even though I am still committed to finishing quilts I am enjoying taking time to pin fabrics to the design wall to see how they play together.

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These are some of the first fabrics I put up on the wall.

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This is what I currently have on the design wall. I like all of these together but I certainly will have to work on the composition to make it work.

Of course I may not use all of them and may use others.

I want to make a decent size piece with these fabrics.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Still Another Pair Of Socks Finished

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This is another pair of socks that just needed minor finishing. I knit several pair in lighter colors to wear when I am in Florida.

Of course the yarn is Sophie’s Toes from Emily Parson.

NO, I don’t work for her or receive a commission. I just love her yarn and the colorations. I probably have enough yarn for 20 more pair. I just couldn’t help myself. She also has the cleverest names for her colors.