Sunday, December 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
After the workshop at the end of July with Mary Ruth Smith, I decided to join the Dallas Area Fiber Artists and the Surface Design Association.
I committed to participating in the final year of the Journal Quilt Project and as usual, I was working up until the last minute completing my work. On this piece (17x22), I used techniques learned in the workshop with Mary Ruth Smith. There is stamping with hand made stamps, fabric painting, hand embellishing with metallic gold thread. I found this really beautiful thread that has a black wrap on it but also irridescent film that shows green and brown. I used it to sew a grid and I left lots of tails hanging. I even made my own sequin looking things out of metallic gold cardstock. The binding has seed beads all around and the skeleton leaves are metallic. This was fun. I even managed to get the sleeve and labels completed!
I took 2 more classes at Quilt University - People in Places taught by Linda Schmidt and Upside Down Applique, taught by Susan Brittingham. I completed much more of the work for the Upside Down Applique class than I did for People in Places. Another underwater scene but this time with sea horses. One day, I will complete the work for both classes and put them in the Finishing School Gallery.
I even managed to make a batch of hand dyed fabrics. I did the 24 color batch and there is still so much for me to learn. This time the colors were more even but it seemed to wash away during the last step. I will get it some day.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
mossSpanish mossnecklace using 'window' technique
auditioning layout for scrunched fabric
final layoutI received some very nice feedback on this piece. It looks very dimensional in the photo and this is what I was aiming for. I still have a couple of weeks to stitch everything down and quilt before the gallery closes. I have also signed up for a fabric dyeing class taught by Marjorie McWilliams and will probably take the People and Places class taught by Linda Schmidt.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Rhea is great with color and loves to hand applique. Behind her is just one of her many creations.
Monday, June 4, 2007
My prize was a framed, signed copy of "Someday". The story is the orphan boy in the picture used to stand outside of the classroom every day and listen to the teachers. It was always 'someday' he will be able to attend classes like the rest of the children who lived at the orphanage.
Monday, May 28, 2007
I have posted all of the individual blocks in my Picasa album http://picasaweb.google.com/stootle13/FilamentFantasy . Here is a look at the finished quilt.
The picture doesn't show the beads attached to the binding that were hand sewn. I gained confidence using the host of threads I have collected over the years.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Okay, my other favorite thing is food. Today I went to lunch with a few coworkers and we celebrated Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Pig - a good year for having children. Isn't this a cute picture?
We dined on a feast of ten dishes - whole fish, Bejing Duck, BBQ pork, chicken and duck, Chinese brocolli, shrimp and scallops, BBQ beef with pineapple, baby bok choy with mushrooms and dried tofu, fried whole shrimp (heads and feet), pickled something, and a few other dished I don't remember - what can I say except it was wonderful. I am an adventurous diner so this was like heaven to me. My Chinese friends were so happy and proud to share this with the rest of us. Great time.
Hold on a sec, Mer is coming back to life. Oh no, it's her mom that's dead and Mer is not ordinary. Sniff, sniff. Sorry - Grey's Anatomy. If you watch it, you understand.