Friday, March 24, 2017
This is just a teaser showing some of the Good Stuff as I sew things together.
I still haven’t chosen a direction where I am headed but that is par for the course.
Each and every composition is a new adventure for me.
If it weren’t then why would I do it?
I can think of so many ways I could go with this.
It is an exciting and fulfilling way to work.
When I began creating quilted/pieced things years ago I did start like this.
But somewhere along the line I chose to go off on the journey of traditional quilts.
I don’t regret that journey as it allowed me to learn more about color, design and technique.
It could be said I am back where I started but this time I have the confidence. design knowledge, color mastery and access to fabrics that were not even dreamt of over 40 years ago.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I am sharing some thoughts on how I work in this post. It applies to all of my work no matter what the technique or medium is.
Now that my show is over it is time for me to work on new pieces.
I had an very general idea for a very simple work.
It is turning out not to be so simple but I hope it will be beautiful.
I started by pulling some pieces of beautiful hand dyed fabrics from my palette of fabrics. As I work on this I am continually adding more fabrics that will enhance the flow of this piece.
These are fabrics some people might feel too precious to use!
What you say? Use those gorgeous pieces of fabric? I can’t get any more of them and what if I want them?
They will never reach their potential sitting in a drawer because one is afraid to cut them up.
Remember, it is ONLY fabric and more can be created!
The fabrics you see here are just the beginning.
It is not going to be a quick project but I hope it will be successful.
When I start something, I have a very general idea of what I want to do.
As I work I watch when is happening and change course as necessary.
It is only then that a piece can hopefully reach it’s true potential.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
And so I face the final curtain
I've traveled each and every highway
I did it my way
But then again, too few to mention
And saw it through without exemption
And may I say - not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way
Each careful step along the byway
I did it my way
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way
But I’ll be back and so will you…
If not herself, then she has naught
To say the things she truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
P.S. This is the longest blog post I have ever done but it deserved it so I could include some of your favorites and mine from the show.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
So much has happened on this journey and it has all been good. I found strengths I never knew I had. It has been a wonderful time of creation in my life.
But seeing it end may be hard to face as it has been one of the all consuming things in my life for several years.
I’d like to share a few more pictures of work from the show as I wind down for almost the last time.
You can still see the show today and tomorrow at the Anderson Arts Center, 121 66th Street in Kenosha, Wisconsin from 1-4 p.m. and the same time tomorrow.
Hope you can make it to give the show an exciting send off as it closes.
I also would like to thank the others who took pictures of the show: my Daughter In Law Julie Sorensen, my granddaughter Jessica Sorensen, my grandson and granddaughter in law Blake and Stephanie Sorensen and coming all the way from Florida to see the show and take pictures Sally Bedford and Andy Bedford.
Friday, March 17, 2017
I love this photo taken by Marge Barlow Martin. The Ice Tapestry is Tranquility and the scene of Lake Michigan, snow and the tree are a perfect setting for this piece. As I looked at the quilt I could just imagine someone playing the piano. She said someone did come in and play it while she was there.
Whisper is another photo by Marge. What does this one make you think of?
Marge got a great picture of Karma.
All the pictures on this blog post were taken by Marge with her iPhone 7
Thank you for allowing me to share these Marge.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Yes, only 4 more days.
Yes, that is me…..the official Queen Of Ice!
This vessel Chasing Rainbows 7 is sold and will be heading to art collectors in Florida when the show closes.
This is one of the pieces that is available in the gift shop. It is a double layered piece.
All the pieces in the show are for sale with the exception of those that have already been sold.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time is running out…5 more days to go.
I hope you enjoy these photos from the opening of the show.
I am concentrating on family, friends and visitors to the show with a backdrop of quilts in each photo.
If you look carefully you may even find a couple of pictures of the Queen Of Ice herself!
If you haven’t made it to the show yet I sure hope you do.
I have a very few more books available with studio high quality photos of some of the show quilts for $25 & $7 shipping. Send me a PM or a message if you would like one.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Art Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
Friday, March 10, 2017
I asked my fiber/surface design friends if they would like to each participate in adding their own personal touch to one quarter of one of my ice dyed Mandalas.
They all said they would like to do this.
This is the original mandala cut into 4 quarters. The white spots on the corners are the numbers of each piece so we would know how to put them back together.
They were distributed to each person in April. This gave everyone plenty of time to finish for our February deadline to see our finished sections.
Section number 1 was done my Beth Sherman. Beth has many talents and used a lot of them on this section. The flowers are 3D with beaded centers.
Section 2 was the work of Robbie Porter Payne. Robbie loves doing handwork and her design enhanced this section with her precise design and stitching.
Section 3 by Nancy Halstead Burkhalter who knows how to make her sewing machine perform miracles. She printed this flower and then machine embroidered it. It really looks real and dimensional.
Section 4 was my section. Since I am always trying new things I painted the rays, added some vintage table linens I had ice dyed and fused tulle leaves of 3 different shades on my section.
And here we have the finished quilt. We each quilted our own section and I volunteered to put it together and finish it. It is finished.
We brainstormed a name and it is Reflections of …….
Nancy is creating a label that will be sewn to the back of the quilt when she gets it finished. Knowing Nancy’s skills the label will also be a work of art and I will share it in time.
We intend to share possession of it and I devised a hanging system so it could be put on any wall without leaving marks when it is taken off.
We are also letting any one of the 4 of us show it in any show they might like to showcase it in.
We were all thrilled to see what we accomplished. In addition to creating this beautiful work of art collaborating had made even closer friendships between the 4 of us.