thinking of winter and warm quilts on the bed

Every year the small town across Bull Shoals Lake has town wide garage sales. Its been OK sometimes but other times it is either the dirtiest stuff you’ve ever seen or someone buys commercial things and sets up a show room…not my idea of good sales. It was cold and rainy on Friday and Ron and I had some work to get done at home so we waited until Saturday to go across the dam..

The first place we stopped didn’t look like much but I spied a large jar I thought would be useful in the dye room so I hopped out while Ron kept the motor running…remember it was COLD!  That jar was plastic so it wouldn’t do and I thought it was a wasted stop. Then I turned around and under a table was a bin of…….QUILT TOPS.  Not vintage yet, but probably from the 90’s judging by the tiny floral calico fabrics used.

The lady said her mother was the quilter and she has over 200 finished ones. She begged me to take the quilts for $20 for the entire box. I didn’t  take the time to look closely because they had to be worth a few dollars each, right? I whipped out a 20 and the lady stuffed some strip piecing templates, rotary cutter and mat and sewing machine attachments in the box. What a deal.

The box had 5 tops in it. 2 were king size, 2 twin/full and one baby. The twin/full ones could benefit from borders to make them queen size. I decided to keep this one and have it quilted. It has a modern quilt look to it. My friend Susan Berres is going to help me baste it. Then I should be able to quilt it on my Sunshine 16.  There is nothing as cozy on cold nights as a cotton quilt!

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Art Quilts XIX: Permission to Play Storytelling Art Quilts

Yippee Skippee!  I had a piece accepted into this exhibition at Vision Gallery to be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts, November 7, 2014 to January 17, 2015.

I had 2 pieces I finished for another exhibition that I missed the deadline for. Because I could enter 3 pieces for the jury fee I added a last minute art quilt. Well of course you know it was that last minute piece titled “Skritch Skratch” that was accepted!  When I did this I told Ron that I knew which piece they would take if I was juried in.

I think my comments were prophetic. It isn’t the first time I’ve said something like this that came true. I think I need to channel my  words so more good things happen. Seriously, I believe that positive thinking helps good things happen and activity in your art also makes good things happen. Its like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play and you rarely win the first time.

A complete listing of the accepted artists can be seen HERE . I have never shown a photo of the quilt so won’t start now, sorry! Guess you will have to go to the exhibit to see it.

Channeling Autumn

Eco Dyed silk background, embroidered leaf print, black acrylic worm holes.

Channeling autumn splendor a little early, but it is one of my favorite times of the year. This month’s theme for Arts in the Cards was leaves. I was going to do paper abstracts using leaves from antique books I keep for mixed media. But  since our bathroom remodel meant everything was stuffed in the studio, I haven’t been able to find a thing since the bath was reassembled!  I went through every box and drawer that could possibly have the books and they were no place to be found.

So, like I often do, I switched gears  and created a new design for my cards. They will be mailed to the traders encased in an onion skin paper envelope that was made from paper that had been sandwiched between pieces of silk being eco printed.

A4 Challenge Group Looky Looky!

This is a re- post since I wanted to introduce you to a new group that has come together from the QuiltArt List. We will do a challenge every 2 months. Here’s the address if you want to keep up with what we are doing.    http://challengeplaygrop.wordpress.com/  (Yes, it is misspelled, my doing I’m afraid.)  My post is the first but others should start showing up in the next week,

Jeannie Sredl came up with our theme for the first challenge of “Off To The Races”. That could be interpreted many ways by the diverse group of artists in this group.  I think this quote says it all and should be the mantra of this new group.

The Race was on, the souls of the racers were in it. ~~ Lew Wallace, Ben Hur

Here is my offering in A4 size and a little about it. I wanted to challenge myself to use the mountains of hand dyed fabrics and threads I’ve been making. I started with only the fabrics in mind and no particular composition. That’s the way I work most of the time. I tell people I am seduced by the cloth as I let it morph into what it wants to be when it grows up.

I cut and pin, stitch, look at, stitch some more. When it starts taking on a shape I can see the meaning and how it relates to a theme I’m working from.  The quote on the piece is from Aditya Chandra:

Life is one race I never want to win, I’d rather stroll around enjoying the scenery.

Here it is, I hope you enjoy my scenery.

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Janice Paine Dawes

Little Pink Worm

The best kind of little pink worm is on the end of a hook enticing a fish to bite it’s dinner, so I can have dinner!  But that isn’t the kind this is…but it looks like some kind of wiggly pink something or other doesn’t it?  This is a piece of snow dyed fabric from last winter’s dye days that was less than stellar.  So I worked for hours and hours stitching and wrapping resist patterns into it. It is in a dye bath of very stinky old walnut dye right now. The photo is a little fuzzy [caterpillar?] but I’m hoping for good things when it’s dyed, dried and untied.

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I’m a Published Author! WOOO HOOO

Paper Art 2014  can be purchased from Interweave HERE.   I don’t know the date it will show up in stores. That’s my article on page 56. It came about when I had left over indigo in a vat after a day of dyeing. It was challenging writing instructions. I had to assume the reader didn’t know any of the steps and took it by baby steps so even a beginner can complete the project.

 

Page 56 ..that's me!

Page 56 ..that’s me!