Archives for October 2015

Getting my bearings………

With a week in the new house under my belt, I am beginning to enjoy the fruits of all our work the past year. Every window (and there are many!) showcases why we chose this property to build on.

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The serenity of our surroundings will hopefully, in time, translate into more serenity in our lives. For now, there are still a lot of odds and ends to fill my days as I get this house up and running.

But, I do have my studio. And, I began to use it  to share my love of fabric  with my granddaughter. Here is a series of photos that I posted on Facebook earlier this week of my granddaughter playing on my design wall.

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In addition, I was able to take all those UFOs from earlier years that I mentioned last week and create a quilt top for one of our guest rooms.

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Next week will most certainly inspire me to return to more creative fiber work as I am heading to Houston. My art quilt, Imagine, was juried into Quilts: A World of Beauty and I am looking forward to seeing it on display at the show as well as taking in all the other wonderful quilts that will be on display. I hope to attend a few lectures and, of course, stroll through the vendor displays. Will let you about my adventures when I return the following week!

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Quilts: A World of Beauty – IQA Judged Show, Fall ’15 Housto
New Directions ’14

All matter in the universe is composed of energy. We use merely a fraction of that stored energy. Imagine if you could see the energy stored in everything. What would something as simple as a railing along a footbridge look like?

In this silk digital print, I transformed a tranquil scene of a footbridge over a body of water into a portrayal of kinetic energy, using the magic of Photoshop.  The resulting image is machine quilted.

Detail Image – Click to view larger:

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A Studio Emerges

I am back! It has been a whirlwind the past six weeks. I had no idea that moving into a second home would involve so much time consuming detail work. But! We are moved in and my studio is taking shape.

A pivotal moment was when the makings of a design wall were added to the space:

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A few days later, I was given the ‘okay’ to begin moving in.

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Next I focused on finishing my design  wall:

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Finally, my new sewing table arrived for my big Bernina. It was custom built by a local woodcrafter and it is perfect.

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The only thing left was to commence sewing!

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I can’t say that was the easiest part. I thought I might just jump into the art quilt of an Irish cottage that I was starting last fall. But, I quickly realized that re-emerging was going to be a longer process. Fortunately, moving my studio cross country meant looking at all the miscellaneous stuff I had accumulated over the years. I found a group of blocks that just begged using. So, I am starting off simple – designing a lap quilt.

It feels great to be back behind my machine and to be posting again.

Posting once again to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.