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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Yellow Stuff

This rose grows in the gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

See what Annette Hendricks can do with velvet roses in her masterpiece, The Solace of Persephone. Here's a close up of part of the quilt.

The Solace of Persephone (detail) by Annette Hendricks
The Quilt Show posted three Smileboxes giving us a step-by-step peek into Annette's working process. Click on the link below to follow the development of The Solace of Persephone. Watch them in order: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. You will be amazed.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Yellow Stuff

While a bit more gold than yellow, these products were worth their weight in gold to me (well, almost).

When our barely 9-year old kitchen faucet sprung an unfixable leak (shouldn't stuff last longer than that?) my husband and I went shopping for a new faucet. Found a nice one. Got to thinking, how is this perfectly polished new stainless steel addition going to look mounted on our 9-year old scratched up stainless steel sink? Not replacing the sink.

After googling some solutions that varied in price and effort, I opted for the mostly effort idea of Bar Keeper's Friend. Wow, was I impressed with the results. The majority of the scratches and stains are gone.

Directions: Take a damp sponge and lots of Bar Keeper's Friend and rub in the direction of the way the sink is polished. When one arm is about to fall off, change arms and rub some more. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Takes a lot of effort but well worth the end result. I topped it off with a final polish of Brasso.

The faucet directions started with this disclaimer: The hardest part of installing a new faucet is removing the old one. Believe it. My determined husband spent hours on this, folded up like a pretzel under the sink cupboard battling corroded, poorly designed fittings. In the end David and a drill won the day. So thanks, David, for giving up your Saturday afternoon in yet another home improvement project.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Yellow Stuff

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.--Daniel J. Boorstin
Speaking of color, using Prismacolor pencils lets you alter an existing fabric.

Especially helpful for shading like in the lamp base at the right of this image. Heat set with an iron.

Another option is Inktense pencils. Can be used wet or dry. Experiment first.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

French Village

This fabric is called Renoir's Village. I still have a couple yards of it for another project. But really, I just like to look at it and imagine walking a narrow cobblestone street in France and soaking up the view.

The fabric is used in this little quilt, French Village, made using Karen Eckmeier's Accidental Landscapes technique based on layering and topstitching the landscape. I cut out houses from Renoir's Village to tuck into the landscape.

Check out all of Karen's creations on her website, The Quilted Lizard:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Yellow Stuff

We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. . . There is nothing progressive about being pig headed and refusing to admit a mistake . . . Going back is the quickest way on.
--C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crystal Fire

The backgound uses two colorways of the same fabric--one yellow, one orange. To set off the border I added a couple funky yarns in electric blue to contrast strongly against the orange. Complementary color schemes are my default choice. I go for a lot of shock value. Do not be afraid of color. Color is your friend.

Some hot-fix crystals add sparkle (they don't show well in this close up.)All the applique is fused with Wonder Under. The purple twisty things are woven over/under the blue rings. Easy to do with fusing as you can just snip and tuck.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Yellow Stuff

It's soon time for a new yellow pencil to highlight passages in my favorite book, the Bible. I've always considered these verses in Job 38 to be some of the greatest prose in literature:
Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind . . . Where were you when I established the earth? What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together? Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place? Have you traveled to the sources of the sea or walked in the depths of the oceans? Where is the road to the home of light? Do you know where darkness lives? Or have you seen the storehouses of hail? Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning? Does the rain have a father? Who gave birth to the frost of heaven? Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion? Who put wisdom in the heart or gave the mind understanding? Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Yellow Stuff

For all beautiful things have their moment of newness. They rise and set. They grow, become perfect, then decline and shrivel. --St Augustine
This photo was taken in August. The flower is long gone, but what a show it put on while it was here!

Friday, October 1, 2010


As a member of PAQA I'm entering a piece in the upcoming challenge: Art and Science.

Considered the Father of Taxonomy (science of classification) Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus published his first edition of Systema Naturae in 1735. His mantra: “God created, Linnaeus organized.”

The images of Systema Naturae and Linnaeus's signature are printed on June Tailor Quick Fuse. The edges are burnt to add to the illusion of age.

The surname Linnaeus refers to a linden tree. In the 1700's most Swedes had no surnames. According to Scandinavian tradition, Carl's father was known as Nils Ingemarsson (son of Ingemar). When Nils attended the University of Lund, he latinized the name of his family's ancestral lands, Linnegard, and adopted it as his surname for registration purposes. The name Linnegard was derived from an ancient small-leaved linden tree (Tilia cordata) which grew on the family property. Nils gave his son the name Carl Linnaeus.

Background fabric is stamped with linden leaves (from my neighbor's yard) skeletonized by Japanese beetles.

After pressing the leaves in a dictionary I painted them with Lumiere Metallic Olive and stamped them on white fabric. After the stamped images were dry I put a light wash of color on the fabric using diluted Tsukineko all purpose inks.