The Tootsie Roll Quilt, My First Full Sized Quilt

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.

Synchronicity in Art

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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HERstory quilts at Road to California

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.

P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm December 2017: Part 1

  For our anniversary this year we revived a personal tradition of going on a weekend trip. Because our anniversary is right after Thanksgiving, we used to take that weekend for a combined trip and holiday shopping. As the family has scattered, there is more online shopping and less need to do in person gift shopping.  We had not done this for a few years for many reasons, one being that we have 3 fur babies in our family who are old, need medication and frankly stay really angry at us for leaving them. This year we have been blessed with a live-in puppy sitter for the time we are away. Go Beverly!

These are the first of many photos we took of this glorious place. I will be sharing them in a series of posts. If you aren’t familiar with it, look for it on your local PBS stations.  The greeting area was in this large tent, all set up for our luncheon after the tour of the farm, gardens and critters. There were people there from all across the USA!

 

Oh Goody! Win Win!

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.

 

What I Have in Common with Hillary

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!

Happy Haloween!

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