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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Baby Quilt

It's not every day one becomes a great grandmother. No, not me! But my mom had her first great grandchild today. My niece and her husband welcomed Wesley to the world today.

Baby quilts come in all styles, colors and sizes. The one I made for little Wesley is scrappy, bright and little like him. I enjoyed bringing together as many stimulating colors as possible in this quilt.

My scrapbox is stuffed with extra blocks from other projects, and a jumble of smaller pieces of fabric.

Whenever you need to make something but don't have a grand plan, head for your scrapbox and play away.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

King Eternal

Sacred Threads is an exhibition of quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. The biennial exhibition opens June 22 and runs through July 4 in the Washington DC area including the work of nearly 140 artists. This year there is a liturgical category. I made King Eternal for this exhibit.
Thread can be used in quilting for different effects. In this detail image thread used on the red and yellow fabrics matches the fabric to blend rather than stand out. However, I sewed a line of dark thread between the yellow and red fabrics to create a more distinct separation of color. Red thead is used on the purple fabric to call attention to the angular design. Brown thread is used (pre-quilting) to make thorns on the crown of thorns.

This quilt is a re-work of the center image in Arms of Love.

Fandango (see below) will be displayed in the Joy Category. The inspiration for this design was a painted Italian terracotta plaque circa 4th century BC.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Yellow Stuff

Well, it continues to be a wet year here in the Chicagoland area. We were swamped last night again and more on the way tonight. At least I don't have to water my newly planted annuals. I've been wearing my wow-that's-yellow raincoat a lot lately.

Speaking of water, on a recent trip to North Carolina, I snapped this photo of a water lily. They're considered a perennial freshwater herb. The leaves and flowers of the water lily float on the surface of water, but the rhizomes are rooted in soil below the water's surface. All water lilies have a singular bloom. And yes, they have a bit of yellow at the center.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

grAy or grEy?

How do you spell that color ranging from black to white? Here's a general explanation.

grAy is how it's spelled in America
grEy is how it's spelled in England

Since I live in America I'll stick with grAy. But either way, gray is one of those almost non-colors. Unless I need it for a specific design purpose it's not too high on my "gotta have" list. Reminds me of winter.

Nature displays gray in a wide range of textures and intensities. I can almost feel the grain on the crosscut timber and the smooth or rough bark of these two tree close-ups taken on a recent trip to North Carolina.

Gray is found in all five of my quilts about our five senses. For full images of these quilts see the Gallery of Quilts/Simply Sensational(series) or type a quilt title in the search box at the top left of home page.

Delicious, detail:

Fragrant Memories, detail:

In the Quiet, detail:

Breeze, detail:

Photogenic, detail: