Posts Tagged ‘Birds’

Leaving For CA

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go, the weather is beautiful and I’m looking forward to sunny (?) California for a week. Asilomar, here I come! Can’t wait to meet my students and see all of the wonderful things they have planned!

Topeka Art Guild has opened their new show “Awesome America” showing til the end of March, and I have two pieces there – if you are in the vacinity be sure and stop in to see “Eagles Soar” and “Grasslands”.

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Quilting In The Snow

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

It looks like the birds have been making quilting patterns in the snow… how neat is that!

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Yesterday afternoon was spent packaging patterns and watching Pairs Figure Skating from Sochi. Also getting things organized for my up coming trip to Empty Spools. It looks like starting today the weather is going to warm up to above freezing and be clear so I can stop worrying about getting to the airport!

Grif2014Here is Griffin basking in the glory of cold – don’t feel sorry for him – we have to force him to come in and get warm! He’ll be on guard duty here while I am gone, holding down the fort along with my husband.

 

 

 

Quilt It-today

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Quilt It -today magazine has featured my “Early Birds” wallhanging in it’s Spring issue (March-April 2014), in Gathering Inspiration!

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“Early Birds” was created for International Quilt Festival’s “Celebrate Spring” contest and it won Best of Show that year! It is owned by the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection.

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Recently I attended a local art group gathering and we spent the evening dying fabric using baggies and a microwave oven – instant gratification!! I was specifically trying to come up with a fabric that might go with the scrap (shown) from the sky of the dog quilt that I am currently working on.  The results were not really what I was after, but perhaps some of it will work.  If not in this quilt, somewhere else. It’s always fun to see what you get, but I do not have the knowledge or control for predictable results!

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Speaking of the dog quilt—I found out that I am not allowed to post pictures of it beyond what I have already done. So no more updates on that for now.

Updated Website

Friday, January 24th, 2014

I have spent the morning doing paperwork, scheduling quilts for traveling and updating the website. Finally added the two newest quilts, “Konza Prairie Spring”

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and “Eagles Soar” to the gallery page.

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It seems as though those things should not take as long as they do, but something always gives me trouble.  I don’t know why it will no longer let me position my photos in the center.

 

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Here’s wishing you all good things in 2014!

Yesterday I finished up the 7 x 10 “Goldfinch in Winter” for SAQA.  I have also been working some on the dogs, but with Christmas, and all, have not made a lot of progress.  I’m still not happy with my available fabric choices for the sky and since I have no pressing deadline, I can take my time….

I had the goldfinch’s head all done before I remembered that the male has a black cap. The one in the photo I was working with is a female and that is how I made the one in the trading card, But I wanted the one for SAQA to be a male. So I had to lop off the top of his head and add some black!

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Male goldfinches loose their bright gold color in winter and go sort of olive green like the females. When I see them at the feeder with bits of yellow coming in I know Spring is not too far away.

Linking up to “Off The Wall Friday” – go see what others are up to! Sorry it came through in caps – really I am not yelling at you and I don’t know how to fix it!

I see that “Comments” is turned off. I don’t know why or how to fix that either, so if you want to comment, and I hope you do,  it looks like you can do it in the next post.

Catching Up

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Can that be true? Already it is the 20th of December? Where did the year go!

The little “Alaska” piece that I showed recently sold on the evening of First Friday at the Topeka Art Guild, and there has been a round of Christmas parties to attend lately. Thankfully the weather has been good for getting out and about!

I did work on changing backgounds on the dogs; the picture in my mind’s eye is a riot of color with a flower garden background. In reality it was a too busy mess. I first tried the red and yellow flowers and then tried white ones for better contrast.

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The actual photograph shows the dogs with a mostly grassy background and flowers. I pinned up some green grassy fabrics and that is better, but still too much all medium tones.

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I thought perhaps sky would be nice and I do think it sets them off nicely.

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This hand dye is one I did myself and used in “Spring Encounter”, but there is not much left. Certainly not enough, so I have been shopping for something to go with it, since I don’t really enjoy the mess of dyeing, myself. I darkened and tweaked the the grays on the dog for better contrast.

In the meantime I developed a plan for the SAQA “This Is A Quilt” collection. This exhibit travels for a period of time and the pieces only need to be 7 x 10″, so I thought this would be a good time to knock that out. I had purchased a wonderful piece of Marcia Derse fabric that was a mottled mix of greens and yellows with some reds and black with the idea that it would work for the winter color of male Goldfinches.

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It is so good, I want more in case I decide to make a bigger version.

So yesterday I drove to Lawrence to Sarah’s where I had purchased that fabric, but I guess I was not the only one to love it and it was all gone!! I did score a batik though that I think will do for dog sky, and some more of the border black print that I am using on the dogs. Not all bad news though, because it forced me to go looking on line and I found Meandering Threads which has a lot of the kind of funky fabrics I love, so this morning I found the fabric online and ordered a yard of it plus a couple more that I couldn’t do without!

The last “This Is A Quilt” exhibit has retired and they are for sale in the SAQA store. I purchased “A Lotus Flower” by Chang Hsu-Hsing of Taiwan. It is gorgeous!! My little pieced dog is still available; the sale goes until Dec 31..still good stuff left, check it out!

We are hunkering down for a wintery blast of ice and snow, possible 10″, so I plan on sewing for the next few days! Check out “Off The Wall Friday” to see what others are working on.

Another Win!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The winning weekend continues!  At the Award Ceremony Sunday afternoon I found out that “Harrier Hunting” was given Second Place in the judging. This came with another cash award!

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This is the annual Kansas Artist’s Show at the Topeka Art Guild featuring Kansas themed art.  I am always especially pleased when an art quilt wins in a predominantly “fine art” show of mainly painted works.  I wasn’t sure if it would even be recognized that the Northern Harrier is a year around resident in Kansas, but it was well received.  This annual show is open to any Kansas artist, not just members of TAG.

Eagles Soar Finished

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

“Eagles Soar” , 22 x 32″ is finished! Normally I work on a piece start to finish before starting another, but for some reason this one got set aside, probably because it’s deadline was not until late September! I finished the quilting on Thursday, blocked it and then did the binding on Friday. This will be one of my entries for “Inspirations” this year.

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I’ve said it before, quilting skies is hard for me. I think it is because I have a tendency to quilt heavily which seems counter intuitive, skies being so airy and light, it’s hard to keep that look with heavy quilting.

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For his piece, I decided to give a nod to traditional quilting patterns by using a lot of feather designs to compliment the unusual sky treatment. I used two different varigated threads in the sky, a darker one in shades of blue and a lighter one that had a lot of yellow with some pink and blue. I am happy with how it turned out!

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For some time I have wanted to participate in NinaMarie’s “Off The Wall Friday” and today is the day for me to give it a try. Clicking on the above link should take to a page where you can see LOTS of wonderful works! Enjoy!!

SOLD! SAQA Auction Quilt

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The SAQA Benefit Auction started yesterday and my Northern Cardinal sold right away raising $750.00 for SAQA! Not bad for a little 12 x 12″ piece!!

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There are still lots of wonderful works available and the price drops daily. Check it out!

Quilting The Eagles

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Yesterday I finished the quilting on the eagles and now I need to start the sky; skies are my least favorite thing to machine quilt! So I put it off for tomorrow. Today..

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Usually I don’t do puzzles in the summertime, but this year August was pretty much an unusual month and we have done several! This one was different! A sunflower in the shape of a sunflower so that it needed to be worked from the center out.

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There are a few “shapes” in the pieces that really helped, but still, this was a hard one. Currently working one of buttons, all shapes and colors which makes it easier than it sounds.