Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween From The Family!

We celebrated early. I waited until today to share the family’s pictures.
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Our honey bee is the youngest member of the family at one month old. Her Mom has the crown of flowers. Our little cowboy left his horse in the house. I thought for sure he’d be scared of his daddy but he watched him get made up so he knew who he was.Image may contain: Tina Romstad, smiling, standing and hat
What a strange trio! Senorita is the only sane one!
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Don’t eat the apple.
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Our beautiful ballerina!

The one thing I couldn’t share is an amazing light, sound and animation show my middle son did from his driveway up to his house and into the sky. It had to be seen after dark. I have NO idea how he can do things like this. It is going to be a popular place for trick or treaters.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

As The Quilt Turns-Part 4

These are the final pictures of the quilts I have laid flat on the bed.
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These photos are not meant to show the quilts in their best light…just the way I store them and a teaser as to what they look like.
The rest of the quilts are either stored under the bed on 2 trolleys we built to store them, stored elsewhere or are on display in my lower level gallery or throughout our home.
Yes, I have been rearranging and sorting quilts so they are more accessible.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through some of my work. These pieces were done over a period of time. My work changes and grows, but I hope it stands the test of time.

Friday, October 26, 2018

As The Quilt Turns-Part 3

More layers and more quilts!
This group of quilts are all from a series I designed called Historic Concepts- Contemporary Systems.
I used antique quilts for inspiration but did not copy any one specific quilt. I collected fabrics for many years and made kits for all of them. The kits were all very limited editions. I did this long before reproductions fabrics were available. They would not have the feeling of an antique quilt had a used one of the series of reproduction quilts available recently. Many antique quilts were made from scraps and leftovers.
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Many people learned to quilt with this series of quilt kits I made. They were all very limited editions as I had a limited amount of the appropriate fabrics.
All but one of these were hand quilted.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

As The Quilt Turns–Part 2

More layers for your enjoyment!
I am continuing to show you the layers of quilts on my bed in my studio where I can store them flat.
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There is quite a variety of quilts in this stack. They were stacked in the manner they fit best on the bed.

Monday, October 22, 2018

As The Quilts Turn

My recent post sharing my quilts stacked on the bed was a big hit with viewers.
I am going to be sharing the current layers with you starting today.
It will take several posts to get through all the layers and you will see some newer pieces along with some you may have seen before.
Although I have a photographic memory, each and every time I rearrange and organize things I often have a hard time remembering exactly where things are.
I have done this before and I am doing it again as things have made major moves in my quilt storage areas.
It is going to take several days to share all the layers of quilts with you on my blog. This is the bottom quilt on the bed I use to store quilts flat.
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I know some of you have seen many of these before. I hope you enjoy another glimpse of them.
This is not my any means a record of all of the quilts I have ever made as over half of them are no longer in my possession.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Shibori Tiffany Ice Glass

This is my current favorite quilt and it is also my newest.
I hung quite a few fabrics on my design wall for inspiration and the top panel and the center panel spoke to each other and invited the others along.
But before they invited the others they auditioned some others who didn’t make the cut. I’m happy with their choices and the design.

Each of these fabrics have been created over the last several years. Before they became the supporting fabrics at least two of them were ones I’d consider my uglies.
It’s always great to be able to figure out how to use some of my favorite fabrics in a composition.
This is 37 x 35.5 inches and is currently hanging in my studio gallery.  $1795 and free shipping within the continental United States.
As you know I create work with colors and designs that are at home anywhere and everywhere. Great ART doesn’t have to match the sofa, but it is OK if it does!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thanks For Asking! The Last 5 Square Quilts

Yes, another tessellation. And each cross is a different fabric.
This is a true charm quilt. Each square is a different fabric.
Lot of things happening with color and design on this one.
This also uses the intersecting fields of color design technique.
This quilt has 3 views and as you walk around it this is what you will see from the left.
This is what you see when you stand directly in front of it.

This is what you see as you look from the right side.
This is the Grand Finale quilt in the series. It took me a L O N G time to figure out how to put this together so that it was rigid and showed each view. I succeeded with a little help from my favorite art gallery which helped with the structure.

I loved these so much I had a mug made from them.
I hope you have enjoyed all of the quilts in The Colors Of My Life Series.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Smaller They Are, The Longer They Take To Finish

I started this miniature double Irish Chain quilt at least 20 years ago. It measures 11 x 11 inches.
I got ink on one border and took it off to replace it.
I replaced it and finished the quilting in the border a year ago.
The binding didn’t look good so I took it off.
It only took me until 366 days later to replace the binding. I am very pleased with it now.
Each of the tiny squares is 1/4 of an inch.
I actually quilted this one myself. I am sharing this closeup so you can see how tiny my quilting stitches were back then. They are so small I can’t even count them but I think they are between 20 and 24 stitches to an inch.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Size Doesn’t Matter–The Colors Of My Life

The first 7 pieces were included in Jinny Beyers book “Color Confidence”. Even though these had no relationship to anything I learned from her, they illustrated color in ways she shared in her classes.
When a quilting catalog advertised her book they showed it open to a page with MY quilts.
I was impressed when I saw how great they looked even when reduced to less than one inch.
And now for today’s enjoyment I am sharing more.
This one is a tessellation.
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You may have a hard time seeing the shape in this one but it IS a tessellation. I purposely played with color and value.
This one uses shading and a “cutout” reverse to create a striking design.
This is an intersecting fields of color. The very first one in the series was also an intersecting fields of color but the colors and values have a very different f;pw here.
Although there are still 5 more I haven’t shown I won’t be showing them unless a whole lot of you beg me to do another post with the remaining 5.