Monday, July 1, 2019

I Shall Return

There are several reasons I am not currently blogging but I will be back when the time is right.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

The bunnies hopped in to help me wish you a Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Lunch And Show & Tell ART With Girlfriends

It is always so much fun to get together for lunch and show and tell with my talented friends.

Beth has challenged herself to do a project with 5 different ideas. I really wish you could see this in person as there are so many special ways she has used her materials and the way she has created the picture. She has experimented with so many different techniques and materials and this shows how she has mastered them.
The elephant used a batik method.

Robbie has been taking a color and design class on line from a lady in the UK. They work with paper. The class sounds excellent and a lot of fun. This is one of her pieces.

This was an exercise where they learn to use tints, tones, shades, etc.

They are doing layering of paints and dyes. They also are using finishes on them.
Another part of the class is learning to design, cut up and make your own compositions.
The class is a year long and from what I have seen of Robbie's work and what she has told us, I would consider it a master class.

Unfortunately this was our last get together as Robbie and her DH will not be returning to Florida next season. I treasure getting to know her and spend time together. We still will have email, Facebook and our blogs.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Five Forever Continued

This is the story of the quilt I shared yesterday on my blog. 


My inspiration for creating this quilt began with the “Fujiwara” group of fabrics created by Susan B. Faeder.

Upon reading “The Five Champions, A Japanese Tale” by Susan I realized I wanted to create a quilt beginning with the story.

I wanted each of the men to have equal importance so I created a medallion giving them all the same impact.

The star that was created in the center was serendipitous, and was significant since the roads formed a star at the crossroads.

Each man is looking at his mirror image created with the wrong sides of the fabric.

The mirror images symbolize the men remaining together forever in another dimension in time and space, as will the 5 siblings in my family.

The two hawks at the top of the quilt are “Life Mates”, intent on the activities of the five men.

The Five continue on their journey.

The End/The Beginning

I am currently finishing another quilt in this series and hope I will be able to show it to you soon.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Five Forever

Five Forever is the quilt I designed for the Quilters Express To Japan Hawks and Heroes Quilt Challenge.  It uses a specific group of fabrics designed by Susan Faeder. 
It won 1st Place and was exhibited at the prestigious Yokohama Quilt Festival. 
It was a challenging quilt to create. 
It is a piece of art that stands the test of time and is at home in any d├ęcor.
It is 54 inches wide and 67 inches long. It is available for purchase for $3900.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!

The sun in shining, it's 75 degrees and the clouds are gorgeous.
It should be in the mid 80's today.
Wish you were here!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Puzzles Are Back

If you are one of the people who have followed my blog for a long  time you may remember that I used to create puzzles from things I shared on my blog.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to make that work for a long time.
I think I have figured out a work around so you can enjoy the puzzles from past posts.

If you copy and paste this link posts will come up that shared puzzles.

Click to Mix and Solve

This is just one example of the puzzles you can chose from.
I hope you enjoy them.

Not only can you work the puzzles but you can change the cut to make them easier or harder.

I do one of the puzzles every day, changing the cut and usually choosing one of the harder ones.
I hope you will enjoy being able to do these again if you did them in the past.
If you never have done them before I think you will find this good for your brain power.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Big Bodacious Potholders

Who says potholders aren't fun, personal and so great to use?
I started making these potholders as hostess gifts. I try to select a novelty print that the recipients can relate to.
Usually I am making them at the last minute.  I had set aside these fabrics as ones that work. I decided to get ahead of myself and I have just finished these 9.
I make them to be USED, so there is no hanging loop to hang and display them. They also wash and dry beautifully and get better with time. I have 2 I have been using for at least 6 years and they are as good of better than when they were new.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Prom Time!

This is the dress I wore to my high school prom many years ago.
It is being modeled here by my oldest granddaughter and it fit her perfectly. I made it from this gorgeous printed cotton sateen and wore it over a crinoline that made the skirt stand out.

The picture in the background is my maternal grandmother.

I was fortunate to have attended The World's Best Prom. Our cities proms were the subject of a movie/video

What a fun video for anyone who is anticipating attending their first prom, or for anyone who has ever been to a prom, especially if their prom was in Racine, Wisconsin.

Our Post Prom was amazing with anything and everything one could have dreamed of.
At the time I didn't realize that everyone didn't get an experience like we did.
I hope you will take time to view the videos I've linked to in this post for a delightful experience.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Free Form Curve Piecing Quilts

I am currently finishing a free form curve piecing quilt. It will be a while before it is ready to share.
While I am waiting to share it I thought I'd like to share some of the quilts I created with this technique.
No descriptions, no titles, just enjoy the ART!

These are just a few of the quilts I have made using free form curved piecing.
There are so many ways you can use the technique.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

An Enjoyable Visit

I had briefly met Muriel Lynch and knew she was someone I'd like to know better. It took time for us to find a date we could get together.
One thing we had in common was that we had both gone to University of Wisconsin - Stout, although not at the same  time. I also know someone else who was in her class at Stout. It was a surprise that both of them mentioned knowing the one same person without me even saying the persons name.
We both enjoy working with fabric. 
We didn't begin to run out of things to talk about and time passes too quickly. I hope I'll be seeing more of her in the near future.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

My Art In Situ

New furniture means new art.

Boundary Waters  and great lamp surrounded with memories from a wonderful life.
I always appreciate it when I receive photos of my art in it's surroundings.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Great Quilt, Perfectly Displayed - After, Closeup and Before

After hanging off center it was adjusted and is now centered to fill the space left when the mirrors were removed.
You can see the quilting in this closeup. I think the colors are more accurate also.

This is what the room originally looked like. I love to make simple changes to give our house a new look.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Granny Is Giving The Girls A Quilting Lesson

It's girls night out and they are visiting Granny to learn to quilt.
I hope she is teaching them well so they will finish some of my works in progress.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Happy Birthday To My MIddle Child Andy

Andy's goal in life is never to let anyone take a good picture of him.

For his 56th birthday this was his present.

No words necessary until the end.

The message at the end of the book read:
Happy 56th birthday Andy
To my "middle kid" who's goal in life is to never let anyone take a good picture of him.

Love, Your other mother

There were at least 40 photos in the book and you have only seen a few. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Light Between

I needed a quilt to fill the space above the bed after we took the mirrors down.
I checked my list and had this top which needed quilting and was in Wisconsin.
My friend Geri went to my house, packaged it up and it arrived here in Florida a short time ago.
I didn't waste any time getting it quilted and ready for the wall.
We were able to get it hung on the wall yesterday. You may notice it is "a little" off center. I made some miscalculations for measurements and didn't even realize it was off until I saw this photo.

I just couldn't wait to share it with you and when I get a better photo and when we get it centered I'll repost it.

I am really happy with it in this space. I never make my art for specific spaces but somehow I always have something to use when I need something. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Gina's Creations

I was so in awe of her work I took a lot of pictures and I want to share a few more today.
This group of 3 jars with different surface designs make such a tasteful combination.
A very creative piece
Crazy patchwork fills in the cutouts on these wall plaques.

These are both decorative and functional.
Wonderful composition with lacing and design

An assortment of her creations in her clay studio.
Each time I look at the picture I took and remember the other things I saw in their lovely home I continue to be amazed and fortunate to have such a talented friend.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Visit With My Friend Gina

Gina now lives a short drive from me so I visited her and her husband Ken today in their new lovely home they designed and had built.
What a wonderful setting for their home.

She is a very accomplished artist in both clay and fiber. She also combines clay and fiber in a very masterful way.
Their home is very tastefully decorated with her work.

What a gorgeous tray to store her bananas on.
I was in awe of her art and how she displayed it all over their home and even outside.
This is just a small sampling of what I saw.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

I Love Our House

As I look at new and used furniture on line etc I see some really lovely pieces for great prices.
Yet there is almost nothing in this house I would consider giving up.

Like this wall unit most every thing in this house has a story and some of the stories take a long time to tell!

Everything is either pieces we collected years ago, our old junk furniture we didn't throw away or family things which have sentimental value rather than monetary value.
Even small things like accessories make me think of where they came from years ago or over 10 years.
About the only things we have purchased recently are a few things people in our community were selling at give away prices.

Yet the house never looks static as I love to move things around, especially accessories.

I have also personalized it with quilts and other accessories I have made. There is at least one thing I created in each picture.

Some of these pictures are what the house looked like a few years ago and some are recent.

To me decorating is an ever evolving activity.

Our home is where we live, work and enjoy sharing it with friends.

I am not telling the stories with words on this post but just sharing some views over the years.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Greg With His Quilt And...........

I asked Greg to send a picture of him with the quilt. You can see how big it is as he is over 6 feet tall. I like the fact that he folded it back so you can see the beautiful red print on the back.

It you look at the quilt on the wall behind him it is one I made and he had in his first apartment in Portland Oregon and has always been on a wall wherever they lived. It is a unique color scheme that works everywhere and never needs to match the sofa!