Friday, June 29, 2007

Drink and recycle

Doing my bit for the planet....drinking Blue Moon beer and using the caps for jewelry. Actually these are entries for a contest at Blue Moon Gallery in Bayview this weekend. 3 pairs of earrings and two pins.

Would Al Gore approve?

Great news! I won first and second place! Cash prizes! Wheeee!

Monday, June 11, 2007

The first quilt for a bed

Well, I finally finished the quilt for my daughter a la "Gee's Bend". It is machine quilted and you ain't gonna get a close up of the stitching as there are places that don't look so hot. But what the hey, I'm learning and my daughter is thrilled. I told her she better love, love, LOVE it as I don't know how many more of these I can crank out. I would like to make one for all the kids but will have to find a more comfortable way of quilting. I love the colors in this and worked very intuitively (probably obvious) as I really know nothing about how it "should" be done and really don't care. My grandson wants one made from blue jeans so I guess I will be collecting old jeans for a while. I think it would be a great thing to send him off to college with...good thing I have a couple of years to make it.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Another quilt

Well, yesterday I bit the bullet and put two quilts in a local juried show. I have no idea what will happen but will find out tomorrow. The juror teaches graphic arts so who knows what he will go for. This has been a big learning curve for me...3 down and 3 to go with binding. It is really tough trying to get the binding printed and straight but I'm learning all along. On this one I tried using some multi-colored thread on her turban to indicate the wonderful fabric this woman uses. I took this from a sketch of her I did at meeting of local artists.
I am open to suggestions on how to use this medium better. I'm tempted to applique and turn to a different sort of art quilt but for now I am content to keep transfering my contour drawings.
I am already missing my drawing class. I get so rusty in the summer and am determined not to let that happen this year and to keep drawing and keeping a sketch book with me at all time.