Posts Tagged ‘nature’
This dark batik helps a lot. Nature wants to camouflage everything but in art— not so much! It also helped to tone down the black on the bird. So much to think about!
It is STILL raining!
The top is finally finished. After putting it up on the design wall and living with it for a bit, I saw things I wanted to tweak. That second swirl especially needed to flow better, so I divided the upper reddish piece and made it join into the yellow/red heading off toward the edge. This piece has had a lot of changes from the original sketch as I work improvisationaly , making changes as needed, even if, as in this case I have to spend a day un-sewing what I have previously done!
The upper right corner was getting pretty dark and I really wanted to get some of that lighter sky fabric in there to add a little sparkle to the piece, but also to set the time. Originally I had planned a night scene, but you would not see this much detail at night.
I’m anxious to get started on the quilting because I know that will only make it better!
Linking to “Off¬† The Wall Friday”
With the amazing weather we have been having it is easy to get distracted. I know it is not a good thing to get 78 degrees in Kansas in January, but when you do, you might as well enjoy it, right?¬† We did some tree trimming and watering.
I want some of that great grass fabric that I used in some of the other prairie fire quilts, but so far I haven’t found it and I didn’t think I had used it all up. The fabrics I am auditioning are just not quite doing it for me. The dark tree fabric I tried just disappeared against the dark background and this lighter piece for the tree isn’t working either.
Driving to town, I noticed the Sycamore trees are almost white; perhaps we will have a Sycamore tree. It’s a challenge, but thankfully one that I enjoy, to find the right balance of fabrics to make a piece work.
In the meantime I am sewing some fire sections that I am happy with, and continuing to audition fabrics.
I got up really early yesterday morning to see the total eclipse of the moon. The sky was clear and the view was great! Then about half way through some clouds moved in and it was touch and go; but even then it was beautiful with the clouds all backlit. You can see the interesting reddish glow that was the shadow of the Earth.
Most of my pictures were pretty bad because it’s hard to hold the camera still enough but I’m sure you saw better ones on the news or online. At least I was there!
Here’s my latest masterpiece!
“Splash” 40 x 40″. The timing was right and the quality good enough, I thought, to enter it into Quilt National this year. They require that the work be kept undercover so I usually don’t have anything available to enter. They did not accept it so I am free to show it now. I used a combination of hand dyed and commercially printed fabrics in this entirely pieced, larger than life toddler.¬† I especially like the way the batik contains reflection colors and some white that looks like foamy waves. Most of the fabrics in the hair are printed “grass” fabrics. Heavily machine quilted with various threads to compliment the fabrics.
With Fall officially here we have installed the pool cover netting over the fish pond to try and keep the fallen leaves from clogging the filter. It’s not beautiful but it helps!
The mornings have been cool but the afternoons get pretty warm, still. I love walking this time of the year through showers of falling yellow leaves. It’s very dry though, so I hope the predicted rain for tonight happens. Then maybe I can get something done in the garden.
Last week the weather was glorious, 70’s – low 80’s, low humidity, just perfect! I took advantage and spent the afternoons out on the deck doing the hand work to finish the latest work of art. Here’s the view!
I decided that it needed a faced edge so I finished that and also the hanging sleeve. I think bindings are faster and easier than facings, but for this one, it was worth it!
After I finished the hand sewing I was not ready to go inside, so I paged through the two latest SAQA Portfolios sequentially, comparing the works of the different artists.¬† If they had work in both volumes, it was fun to really look and note the similarities and the differences in each one’s work and the many styles of working amongst all of the artists.
I noticed that in Portfolio 19 the page headings throughout the book said Portfolio 18!
We were recently blessed with some cooler weather, so having completed the sewing of the new art quilt top, I was able to dedicate the whole morning to the bank between the house and the new storm shelter. Earlier in the spring we planted some burning bushes and a few perennials there, but then it went to weed grasses. At least they held the soil in place during the heavy rains. I pulled most of the weeds and started to plant Liriope. I’ve mentioned this plant before as it does so well here that I always have an excess ready to be thinned and planted somewhere else. It will hold this bank wonderfully well and look good doing it! Then I added the stepping stones to channel the dogs and us through the plantings. So far I have Liriope every 4-6″ in the top half, and the bottom half yet to do.
It will fill in quickly- probably too quickly! I left a few weeds to temporarily hold the soil in the meantime. In the fall, I think I will transplant some Plumbago to the space between the stones and the wall where it will drape over the edge.
I love the brilliant blue flowers, but it is a pretty plant even when it is not blooming. And it grows well enough for me that I have plenty to move . And maybe a few Dayliles will go nicely.
Every year about this time the blister beetles hit the Clematis and they can strip it overnight.
This year, since the Clematis has grown so vigorously they were only able to eat half of it overnight and with the cold morning, I was able to knock many of them off into a container of soapy water. Usually as soon as they sense you coming they dive off the plant, but the cold makes them sluggish. I checked a couple of times throughout the day and they seemed to be gone, but by morning the next day there were hoards again so – more knocking them off into the container. By then there was not a whole lot of green left so I applied some Sevin to try and save what’s left. So far, so good!
It was cold and rainy, a good week to stay inside, though my husband ventured out and found some of the best morel mushrooms ever. Big and plentiful, we enjoyed as many as we could handle and froze the rest for later. The asparagus as well. To further mark the arrival of spring the hummingbirds and orioles have begun to arrive. Alas, I have seen no bluebirds yet. Still planting new stuff that loves this kind of weather in which to get established.
I finished the dogs quilt and named it “Fur Family Portrait”.¬† No photos til after the entry as requested by the venue, sorry. It is bound and only needs to be taken outside in the bright light to be scrutinized for stray threads. I plan to do that tomorrow when the temps return to the sunny 70’s. It’s time to get the deck furniture out!
Yesterday I took my sewing machine in for a past due cleaning and tuneup since I thought I had a small window of time when I could part with it. Sadly it is going to be three weeks before they can get to it. I have a spare if I get desperate.
Today is First Friday at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery and I will be there from 2-8. “Jesse At The Lake” is still there on display. The members were challenged to do a small artwork to fit in 4×6 mats to donate as a fundraiser for the gallery. They are to be sold for $7.50 each to benefit the gallery.
Mine of course are quilted. I showed these plus one more last night at my small quilting group and one, a landscape was snapped up early!
I continue to have computer problems which make it difficult to post, but in the meantime I have been sewing. Here is the progress to date:
The original photograph shows a lot of pink in the distance and I think this fabric portrays it pretty well. We really do have pink grass in Kansas and it is blooming right now. I took these photos this morning!
I’m afraid people might question all that pink if they live where there is no pink grass – but it is what it is!