Posts Tagged ‘Beading’

Beneficial Burn

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Finally got photos of “Beneficial Burn” which I have been beading and finishing up.

BeneficialBurnBurning of the grasslands is common here in the Flinthills and is done to improve the land.  I learned when “Prairie Fire”


was honored at Houston with the Fairfield Award For Contemporary Artistry, that some people view fire as destructive and tragic, but here it is done on purpose and is controlled, so it is a good thing, thus the name!  And very beautiful to behold, especially at night!

I like how the beads catch the light and give a bit of subtle spark effect as you walk past it.


Lots of time and hand work involved, but worth it, I think. Finishing at 59.5 x 28″, it is a nice size and a panoramic view of the prairie.


Catching Up

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Tuesday I went to the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild meeting where David Taylor was the speaker. He and I often enter the same contests as we both do Pictorial work; his are hand applique while mine are pieced. His attention to detail is amazing and sometimes he beats me, and I really can’t complain! He is an excellent speaker as well, and kept us laughing the whole time.

While there, I learned of The Missouri Star Quilt shops – and that one of them is JUST batiks!! Better yet, it is about 9 miles off the highway I will be taking to Des Moines next week for my guild presentation of two lectures and two workshops. You can bet I’ll be stopping there!

Yesterday I finished the beading on the prairie fire quilt and blocked it; now I have to concentrate on getting ready for my trip next week.


Monday, July 20th, 2015

With the return of hot weather, I have mostly stayed inside and am working on the beading of the last prairie fire piece. It’s a slow process, hopefully worth it for the spark effect.  The Heron is still on hold; I’m still hoping to find the fabric I need on my travels later this summer.  I have trips planned for Des Moines, Oklahoma City and Kansas City for guild programs. In case any of you visit a quilt shop keep an eye out for this fabric, and please let me know if you find it!


 “Seasonal Palette” containing my “December Dawn” continues to travel and a new venue has been added. It will be going to the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, MI from  July 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016.It has been one of SAQA’s most successful exhibitions ever.  When it finishes its travel it will have been viewed by over 100,000 people at 11 venues on 3 continents including 5 museums.
DecDawn450It is currently showing at the New England Quilt Museum til July 26, then will be going on to show at Texas A&M University.  I’m so lucky to be a part of this SAQA exhibit!

SAQA Auction Quilt

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

My SAQA Auction quilt, “Blue Pacific” has been posted and you can see it here. This year I let them take the photo as I was having trouble getting the tiny beads to show. If you click on the image you’ll see more detail. While you are there, check out the rest of the entries, and do check back because there are bound to be more before the deadline in June.  I noticed in the line above mine, there is one with three wind turbines!

Someone sent me this photo snapped at the recent KVQG show in Lawrence of the famous David Taylor of Colorado, as she said he was examining one of my entries. Apparently he was teaching in the area and had some down time. We both compete in the same categories, sometimes he beats me, sometimes I beat him….

Shows, Shipping & SAQA

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Reading through recent posts, I see some need updating. The show at Warehouse 414 looks great! The opening reception was very well attended. Everything comes down this Saturday, though, as it was only for a month. The current show at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery. “Earth, Wind and Fire” goes til the end of May. It was a juried show so the quality is very good. One of my entries, “Prairie Fire” was awarded third place.  I also had an entry at AQS in Paducah this past week, and several things in the Kaw Valley Guild Show in Lawrence, which is my local guild.  They only do Viewers Choice Awards and I have not heard the results of that yet.

Yesterday I sent “Majesty” off to the Denver National. “Watermelon Wine” has not made it home yet from Florida where it was in “Faces of Color” . That show ended around the first of April and it should have made it home by now, I think. So far, I have not gotten a good answer as to where it is. It’s always scary to put things out there, as you never know what will happen.

I remembered an old fabric, realistic waves in a gray colorway, that I have used for stormy skies and horse shadings, but never as waves! I decided to find it and use it for my SAQA Auction 12×12″ square. This was over a month ago and the piece that I made was boring and not very satisfactory. I thought perhaps I would skip the auction this year. If I finish it I will call it “Gray Atlantic”.

Then, I found this same print in blues and greens in the stash. I forgot I had it! So I remade the design with the more colorful fabric and so this is my entry this year. You really cannot see it in this photo, but I have beaded it for added sparkle. I’ll call this one “Blue Pacific” and it was sent off yesterday. I am letting them do the photography for the auction site and hope they can get the beads to show up.

Butterfly Finished!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Just finished the butterfly!

Butterfly 18 X 23″

I had a huge scale flower fabric that I had thought would make a nice background but it seemed too busy. Nothing that I tried really worked and there wasn’t time to shop, but these from my stash set it off nicely…. One of the background fabrics worked well for the binding. I only use beads if the piece calls for it and this one did – only two for the antennae; they are matte black square beads. Perfect!

New Work and Old

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

In my notes for future deadlines, I had next week listed for the Kansas Art Quilters “Raising the Edge” show, so I set aside the fairy to make something for that. It needed to be only between 8 and 10 ” square, so was doable at that late date. These little pieces will be displayed flat in a case and could be up to an inch thick, so I added some beading.

This is made from a bit of commercial batik that looked to me like a reflected landscape. I defined that vision with the quilting in two colors of Sulky rayon. It finished at 9″ square and I have yet to finish the hand work on the binding. When I took a look at the prospectus to see about the sleeve requirements, I discovered that the date next week was actually the date that it should not be received BEFORE and the actual deadline is in April! So for once I am ahead of schedule!  May add some more beading…..

Meantime quilting on the fairy progresses. I thought I might finish it yesterday but it was so nice outside I spent part of the afternoon walking, sitting on the deck and planting three Knockout rose bushes. Today will not be quite as nice as yesterday which was 75 degrees!

Before that I quilted most of the morning and listened to CNN about the terrible devastation in Japan. I was quilting beautiful water while watching how destructive water can be! There are five different threads used in the water quilting, three metallics and two variegated cottons.  I finished off three spools which will make more room in my storage space!

Checking In

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Bet you thought I’d be done by now….NOT!

I had some interruptions that kept me from putting in the hours so I am a day or so from finishing. I have beaded all of the flames but the early work is not as dense as the later so I am having to go back and fill in. Last week we had to make an emergency run into town to restock up on beads before the big snowstorm and we just made it home as the snow started falling. By the next morning we had huge drifts. Even though the snowplow came through, by noon the road was drifted shut again with a five foot drift! Since we live on a dead end road, that is not a good thing!

Yesterday was the coldest day in years, record breaking cold with a chill factor in the minus double digits and wouldn’t you know – our furnace’s blower fan died. Luckily the road had been plowed, the wind let up and the repairman made it in to fix it. With the fireplace going it was not too bad in here, but not conducive to beading so I started a jigsaw puzzle.

Beading Continued

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

This is a small portion of yesterday’s work:

This piece has thousands of beads, all individually chosen and placed by hand to add movement and sparkle to the flames and the background. I enjoy the process of beading but don’t do it a lot.The piece needs to really need it, I don’t do it gratuitously. I figure there are two or three more days of beading to go in this one. At least.

The weather is cooperating; more snow today and tonight with winds to make it drift, combined with bone chilling temperatures, so what better way to spend the time than beading?

Link Added

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I had intended to add a link to Patrick Daugherty’s site yesterday, but I forgot. It’s there now so if you didn’t pursue it yesterday, go back and check it out.

I did more beading yesterday and I would say that I am half way done with “Spring Burning”! Frankly, I am getting a little tired of this and am anxiously looking forward to beginning the next piece!