Friday, October 29, 2010


I made the deadline! After missing the summer quilt challenge while on vacation I was determined to not miss another. This is reveal week for our quilts inspired by 'music'. I had all sorts of ideas and sketches made but when I had not even started on Wednesday afternoon I decided to do a quick wing-it. I've been wanting to use a technique inspired by Terri's quilts so this was an opportunity to try it out with fabric rather than paper which I have used in the past. I ironed fusible web to the back of three different fabrics; removed the backing; cut tiny pieces; arranged them into a treble clef and ironed them in place.
I had the start of my little quilt; I almost made a postcard sized quilt with so little time but decided to pull out some fabric and add fabrics crazy quilt style.
 As I added fabrics the treble clef started to loose its center focus as the fabrics were so bright. I decided to quilt over the treble clef using a gold metallic thread. Was it really necessary to pull the threads to the back and tie a knot? Later I just did some stitch in place or back stitch.

Although I prefer free-motion work I had fun trying out a few of the programmed  musical notes on my machine.
To dull the outside work I laid a few different colored nettings over the piece. The gold one did the trick so I stitched it in place and then cut out the area of the treble clef so it remained brighter than the rest of the quilt. Then some funky yarn for the edges and it was finished.
But it is only 7x9" so I decided it was a good size to mount on a canvas frame. I didn't have enough green fabric to cover the frame so I painted it instead; added some notes and took some photos. I think I may paint over the notes and do something else or leave it plain. Or maybe even take if off the frame. Any thoughts? (update, I took it off the frame, thanks Dolores!)

I'm looking forward to the next challenge. To see the other music check out the quilt challenge blog.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


This summer I must have taken enough photos to last me a year. I'm slowly going through them, deleting many and organizing others. One of my favorite groups is the starfish. On one of our many walks, my friend Elizabeth and I found masses of these beautiful creatures and we were imagining them doing their yoga and dance poses. We must have just come from our own outdoor yoga session. The starfish photos have all been tagged 'inspiration'!

Oh the opening was great! Wonderful show; definitely worth making the trip if you are close enough.. One of my favorite pieces, a chair woven with zippers, will be heading to another show so you may miss that one, sadly. It was a fun piece, and I got to sit in it (the artist was there) - very comfy! Sorry I didn't have my camera with me.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gallery Opening

If you are near the Palm Beaches be sure to stop in at the Dixie Art Loft and see the show "Out On A Limb". The opening reception is this Thursday, October 14th from 5-8pm. The show runs through November 20th. 

As for my studio updates, I have been into the clay working on some orders but I am still catching up from a very long vacation. I have been doing some brainstorming for the quilt challenge. Once I have the kiln loaded I'll head to the sewing room.