Friday, January 24, 2014

Tuning Fork #13 Reboot

Tuning Fork has been on the wall for months.  I started it last fall, and it has languished in an unfinished state since Thanksgiving.  In the process, since most of it was just sticking to the flannel on my design wall, great bunches of it fell off.  In fact, so much was on the floor, that I decided to made some major changes.

Here is a picture of the quilt in late November (before it lost too many pieces):
Before
I haven't been working on it, but I do stare at it (nearly) daily, so I decided that I didn't like several things about it:
  1. I hadn't incorporated any very large pieces or any very teeny tiny pieces.  I love to mix sizes, I love the texture it creates, but for some reason there was very little variation in scale.
  2. The yellow was too uniformly yellow.  It needed more golds and orange-yellows.
  3. I had not graded the background well enough.  I needed to make the gradation from dark to medium gray more obvious.  And I needed to go a shade lighter at the bottom.

I left parts of it untouched, but I have been making tiny blocks and making "golder" blocks all week.
After
Any opinions?

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday.  Check out all of the quilt art there!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Resonance is a winner!

I've just found out that Resonance has won second place in "Art Abstract" at the Road to California  Quilters Conference and Showcase.  Whooo Hoo! I wish that I could go see it hanging.  I'd love to be in California right now, missing the frigid air that is about to hit North Texas!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SAQA North Texas Circle

The SAQA North Texas Circle met on Saturday at Petit Atelier in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas.   18 fiber artists attended.  Not only did we share our news and our latest work, but we also discussed how we either find inspiration or how we start a new project.  The differing processes were really fascinating!  Some of us sketch, some are inspired by color or pattern and some of us are spurred to create by the leftover bits from previous projects.  

Petit Atelier is owned by Mario Gallegos and Michael Crigger, two Dallas based clothing designers.  They have very kindly offered their space for our group, providing us with a funky, fabulous and utterly inspiring meeting place.

I came away inspired, and intrigued by some of the ways that artists begin the creative process.  What inspires you?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Done and Dusted

I am very fond of cozy British mysteries.  In the book I am reading now, the main character cheerily exclaims "done and dusted!" every time she finishes a task.  Well, I am 'done and dusted' with  Tuning Fork #14 and Tuning Fork #15.
Tuning Fork #14, 7" x 10", 2014

tuning Fork #15, 7" x 10", 2014
I showed Tuning Fork 14 in progress last week, fully intending to finish it and send it to SAQA.  And then I started to think.  Always dangerous.  I decided that I needed to see how small I could go with the tuning fork units.  The darker portions of TF 15 are smaller, but I know I can do better than that.....

Anyway, before I start obsessing about 1/2" finished tuning fork units, I wanted to show you my first finished pieces of 2014!  Done and Dusted!

I have a question for everyone:  which piece should I send to SAQA for the "This is a Quilt" traveling trunk show?  Which do you feel is the stronger piece?  I'd love to have everyone's feedback!

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Back in the Studio!

It's been a long time since I've spent any time in my studio.  Between family obligations, gift quilts (which just needed quilting and binding), travel and the holidays, I've been too busy to create anything new since mid November.  So, even though we still have a house guest, I snuck into the studio several times this week and managed to complete a little quilt top.

Little being the operative word.  I needed to make a small quilt for the SAQA "This is a Quilt" exhibit. The finished size of the quilt will be 10" x 7".  It's currently 12" x 9", and I'll have to trim it after quilting.
Tuning Fork #14, 2013
My father in law leaves next week.  Perhaps I can snatch a few hours before he leaves to quilt it.....

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday.  Check out all of the quilt art there!

Friday, January 3, 2014

It's 2014!

The holidays have flown by. There seemed to be very little time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that was filled with shopping, wrapping, mailing, cleaning (we host the family at Christmas) and parties.  One party was a Christmas party/housewarming, and I made a small quilt for our friends:
Log Cabin variation, 2013, 24" x 36"
Detail shot
And suddenly it was Christmas day!  We cut a 6 foot blue spruce in Colorado at Thanksgiving, and  managed to get it home to Texas by stuffing it inside the car.  Quite an adventure!  We didn't think it would survive 700 miles on top of the car, but I have to say it was an interesting ride home with the trunk of the tree between us....

It did make a lovely Christmas tree.  An old fashioned look, with lots of space for ornaments.
B's brother and father joined us for Christmas, so we had lots of stockings to hang by the fire.
Brian gave me a new telephoto lens for Christmas.  I spent much of the day zooming in on things.
We had a lovely New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with Pop.  We watched Top Hat and After the Thin Man on New Year's Eve, and we all managed to stay awake until midnight.  On New Year's Day I cooked our traditional pork and sauerkraut, and Brian made a bean gratin.  Everything was delicious.
Here's to a happy and productive 2014!

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

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