Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Things are greening up.

 The sun is shinning and the birds are chirping happily
outside my window. Another perfect spring day.
Yesterday Brad my grandson hauled 5 pick-up loads of
branches and leaves to the burn pile. The rabbits and deer
did lots of damage this past winter. The rhodadendums
did not survive our harsh winter either.
 The sun shines on and life will continue without
them. The white pines are always constant and
I love the sun shinning through them.
Wednesday I go to Fine Line in Saint Charles, Illinois
for a 3 day class with Jane Dunnewold.
I plan on having a great time and getting
very messy with dyes and paint.
Now to finish packing. I am the woman who
brings everything but the kitchen sink to a class.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Central Park

Central Park is in Machine Quilting Unlimited this
month. If you get this magazine check it out.
I am also writing an article for the magazine to
appear in the Fall issue.
Did you have a good day yesterday.
I did.
A great get together with the family.
Love seeing everyone visiting.
Have a great day.
I am busy packing for a class with Jane Dunnewold.
I will spend 3 days altering commercial fabrics,
fun times.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A journey through time.

Saturday is a lazy day for me.
I took time this morning and printed my art for the
past 5 years - well since I started this journey.
I had 5x7 glossy paper free from ink purchases.
So for an hour I took a trip through the past.
From painting to pottery.
Than Fiber.
I have enjoyed each phase.
I am blessed to have time during my final years
on this earth to experiment with art.
Dr.  Dave said on my last visit how I could have
been a famous artist if I could have done this earlier.
I said but I would not have been a happier person.
I would have missed getting married having children
and the pleasure of grand children .
No My journey through this life so far has been
interesting and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
Now I will make a photo book of the journey for
others to see.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Finished my Java Art yesterday. I like the white cup the best. The cups are all homemade paper using rags chewed up in the blender.(paper making is fun) I used Lynn's cup for a template I cut the cups out of the paper. Using paints and markers I added lines and of course coffee. I even used a scrap of paper to make me a bookmark(note the birds and water). I had fun using Lynn Krawczyk's book Intentional Printing to make some art. Looking for a fun project check out Lynn and her book.

I wanted to show the tools I used I took a roller and using cording I tied it butcher style around the sponge roller. It really made a nice effect painting. The fan brush made nice line detail and the stencil brush made great big dots.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mounting an art quilt.

 Vivian asked about mounting a quilt.
I thought I would show you the way I attach my
quilts to supports ( stretched canvas) or wood frames.
When my quilt has a sleeve I cover the edge of the
stretched canvas with fabric to match the quilt
than holding the sleeve edge along the top of the
canvas I staple the sleeve to the stretched canvas.
I show my art quilts in lots of fine art venues and
the requirement is usually having a hanging
wire on back of the art.
 Smaller art quilts are made a little larger to
accommodate pulling the quilt around to the back
of the stretched canvas and stapling on the back.
Than I fuse a piece of coordinating fabric to the back.

 I use either 3/4 inch or 1 1/4 inch canvases as a base.
My wires I roll around a marker pin to form the
loop than staple to the back. I pound the staples
firmly in with a hammer otherwise the wire slips.
 As you see this makes a neat presentation and makes
the art quilts easy for the customer to hang the
art easily at home. I sometimes cover the edges of
the stretched canvas with matching fabric and
glue the quilt to the front of the canvas.
I would never do this for a quilt meant for a
competition. They require the quilt to have a
hanging sleeve. When I do staple the sleeve to
a mount the staples are  easily removed with
a pliers. Hope this was helpful Vivian.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Traveling time

Gathering for the journey south - will be going
east and south to Columbus to the Ross Museum
for a show during QSDS 2014. Also going is
Sumac Ridge which I need to get a photo of.
May starts the busy season of shows.
I need to make a chart so I do not double book
any of my quilts. I seem to have made my
retirement just as busy as I did my professional
life in Real Estate. Tigers never change their stripes.
This is much more fun though.
A busy day again.
A sunny day again,
Thank goodness weather is finally changing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Year of the elephants.

 I have two of three done.
Beaded  and ready for the stretched canvas.
Not my favorite subject but passable.
I will staple these to their mounts and the rest of
the day is grocery shopping and massage day.
We had 2 inches of snow last night.
Winter just doesn't want to quit yet.
Tomorrow I get back to the big quilt.
Have a great day.