Monday, January 30, 2017

Still Life Quilt

I have a quilt in a show in the Bella Mundo coffee shop on Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo and it sold!  Yeah! I made it in 2008 or so. I started it in an Esterita Austin Workshop.  Here it is!  A big thank you to Sharon in our Cutting Edge Fiber Art Group who made this show possible.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Marching Instead of Quilting

On Saturday, I participated in the San Luis Obispo Women's March, one of the many sister marches throughout the country.  It was a powerful experience.  I had not marched in a protest march since the Vietnam era. Our much was wonderfully organized. Even the rain did not discourage us in getting out the message that 'Love trumps Hate."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Finally Finished "Shibori with Bird" Quilt

This is a story of a quilt.  In 2009, when I was working on my Masters Degree in Art Education I started a stitched resist shibori quilt. I had done some arashi shibori prior to this but had always been fascinated by the variety of designs that could be achieved through resisting dye via stitching.

Below is a picture of the quilt after dye was applied and rinsed out. Notice the wavy stitched lines at the bottom of the piece both in the picture above and below.

It took me eight years to get back to this lovely piece of fabric. I would take it out at least once a year and try to figure out what to with it.  Finally in 2016 I made a border that worked well with it and started hand stitching and embroidering on it.

Feeling it needed a focal point, or fun little surprise, I discovered a negative area that resembled the shape of a bird, so stitched one in. The eye was painted.  I was a nervous wreck painting it due to the permanence of the acrylic paint, which did not leave much room for error.