I saw this great light at a thrift and thought I wanted it. Ron usually trusts me but he turned up his nose. You know…the look! I walked away but couldn’t forget about it. I really really really wanted that light to hang in the gallery window. So a week later it was still there and I snagged it. Of course he had to hang it and guess what….he likes it! He really really likes it! And I do too!
Last month a storm ripped the awning off the studio. Thank goodness we hadn’t spent dollars on putting our name on it! The good thing about it was the chance to choose our new awning so we could put our best face forward. After the awning was up, we were thankful for 2 days of warm weather so we could paint the window ledge and front door. Come spring time urns of flowers will complete our makeover. It was just in time. Ice is predicted for us this week!
Its been awhile since I had something new to show my readers. My small A4 challenge group’s theme was Monochromatic. It is never as easy to do as it sounds! I chose to use a piece I stitched from rust dyed fabrics.
I know, I used blue thread for my hand stitching so it technically isn’t monochromatic but I plead artistic license!
April’s Arts in the Cards inspiration is Fly Away. With spring here, the garden centers are all flying those brightly colored plastic pennants that dance in the wind to draw attention to their new planting stock. Those, and bright clear spring colors were my inspiration for this month’s trading cards.
You probably wonder why I’m showing paintings rather than art quilts, but I wanted you to see my progression into fiber. Some of those are destined for printing on fabric for other art quilt projects. Now here are some of my art earlier quilts, all dye painted on fabric. I nominate Jeannie Sredl to show here work next.
The December theme was Architecture. /definitions…
- the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
- the style in which a building is designed or constructed, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture.
- the complex or carefully designed structure of something.
That was a difficult them for me because my work is more organic. I chose door number three: the complex designed structure of something…an art quilt.
This was constructed by first strip piecing hand painted and hand dyed scraps for the background. Then I added scraps from my Seashore themed artist trading cards from this month. Those were positioned on the background and wonky machine stitching holds it all together. I have a Styrofoam block I made and I printed this all over in black for depth. A few wonky hand stitches to go with my commitment to adding slow stitching to my work and I called it done.
I’m excited that the fabric is hitting stores. To celebrate and toot my own horn a bit, I’m having a giveaway. There will be 2 lucky winners! I just know that when you see this fabric you will want more, more, more! If you do, it is available at eQuilter . I received a fat quarter packet of all the colors and designs and it is luscious.
There was one little glitch along the way when my name was misspelled on the selvedge. It was corrected on subsequent runs of the print, so if you buy some with “designed by Jane Paine Dawes”, that’s my mom and she had nothing to do with the design of the fabric, she just designed ME! Andover and Daryl, Luana and the whole team were great to work with.
To refresh your memory, here is the quilt I designed with the fabric so you can see the 3 colors. And a picture of some wonderful market bags Andover gifted me from Quilt Market. Each winner will receive one of these great bags and a fat quarter of each of the colors of my design from the collection. All you have to do is post a comment and tell me what your next quilt project is going to be. Winners will be selected at random on 12/10/2014. By the way, for a free pdf download of my quilt, Out of the Concrete, go here!