I thought it would be fun for you to see a closeup of my very first full sized pieced and hand quilted quilt. I knew NOTHING! But that little tidbit has never stopped me once my mind is made up.
I had decided I wanted a bed quilt. I went to the new fabric store in town and was blown away with all the colors and patterns of fabric. I stacked bolts up in what I thought were pleasing colors. I bought my first rotary cutter set. I went home ready to just Do It!
I had no pattern so I just cut strips and started sewing. I had no idea how this was going to make blocks or what it would look like. I call this my Tootsie roll quilt.
I did not know the rules of quilting either. Can’t you tell by the stitches right up to the seam lines? I had no frame or hoop so this was entirely stitched on my lap without a hoop. It actually turned out that a few years later I taught classes on quilting without a hoop.
Knowing all the rules now I am sure I would have done things differently. And if I knew all the rules, this quilt would have never been created.
Sometimes in your creative life you need to STOP and take a breath. Regroup. Take the time to explore and read some of those wonderful art books you have collected. You might discover why you were drawn to purchase the book.
That is the journey I am on in this place in time. I have a need to rediscover why I am an artist. Is it for myself and my need to create or is it just to please others and sell?
In Seth Apter’s book, The Mixed Media Artist, on page 94 he asks if synchronicity plays a role in your art. I confess I needed to search meanings to answer the question. This is what I found online: “Synchronicity is a concept, first explained by psychiatrist Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship, yet seem to be meaningfully related.”
So my answer would be; ABSOLUTELY! What would your answer be?
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This is P. Allen Smith’s art studio, behind the main house and on the edge of the wonderful gardens. I could have stayed there all day. I don’t think he would have let me play with his supplies, though.
The entire collection of HERstory quilts is being shown at Road to California. Kerry Faraone was kind enough to share pictures in the HERstory artists group. I just love pictures of my work in the wild!
Hillary’s quilt is front and center with my quilt honoring Betty Frieden directly under it. Don’t they make a great pair?
Then there is my quilt honoring Alice Paul right above Jackie Kennedy. This one also appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine October/November issue. They both are in the hardcover book. Since I couldn’t see these hanging in person I am grateful to Kerry for posting them.
Is there something in the past that you really really liked but for whatever reason you didn’t buy it? Not buying this iron cage when we saw it in an eclectic shop in Old Town Spring, TX about 4 years ago was one of my regrets. At the time it was not in the budget.
As luck would have it, recently someone locally was selling one . I quickly responded that I wanted it. You see, I have boxes of tiny artist trading cards from the online group I ran for 6 years. This is a perfect display piece for a few of my own creations that are some of my favorites.
When going through my boxes I discovered some duplicates so they may be destined for sale. I found a few of my favorites that may be recreated in larger art quilts, too. Win Win!
See the oversized trading card? That one is from my ever non-conformist friend Jean Sredl.
While visiting the Clinton Presidential library in Little Rock I was studying the textile gifts to the President and First Lady. My eyes popped out when I saw this case and fabric. I have that fabric in my African textile collection! How cool is this? Sorry the color is a bit off from photographing through the museum glass and lighting but the fabrics match!
Fun Alexander Henry fabric seemed perfect for Halloween candy bags for Miss P and Nayan. I used a Japanese knot bag pattern in a large tote size. I think they are so fun and can see the grands using them as totes past candy night.
Inside of the bags feature spiders and geraniums