Sunday, April 20, 2014

Days For Girls


Well, I certainly have been MIA for a long Won't promise to post more often, but I might....  

Finally ready to pack up this colorful project and send it off to do good in the world! The fiber arts group, Fibervision, decided to support the work of DaysForGirls.org by making 28 drawstring bags, 56 shields, and 224 liners to help girls and women who are otherwise stopping their lives for a week to ten days every month during their menstrual cycles. It is impossible for women to get a full education or hold a job to improve the life of their impoverished communities when they have to hide themselves away on a regular basis. The stated goal of DaysForGirls.org is: "Empower girls and women worldwide with more dignity, health and safety through quality sustainable menstrual management. Every woman by 2022." If you have high quality cotton and flannel fabrics, basic sewing skills, and the inclination, all instructions for making these kits is at DaysforGirls.org. Even if you don't have those fabrics and those skills, check out the organization. There is surely something you can contribute, even if it simply best wishes.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012


Happy winter holidays to everyone and may 2013 bless us all with peace and joy.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Get Your Art On - Day Twenty-One



So, apparently I'm not so good at this making art on a regular basis thing.  I have completely lost track of the days and have definitely not gotten my art on everyday.  Today I met with some friends who are knitters and did some beading on the embellishment piece while they clickity-clacked away.  At the end of the afternoon, they had made some progress while I decided I hated the beads and took them all off.  Going to do some hand stitching and then re-evaluate the bead situation.



Last weekend I went to Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara and, among other things, took a class with Janice Gunner. It was a free form piecing class and I brought a picture of an autumn forest in Virginia for inspiration.  This is as far as I got so far, will be adding something to represent birch trees soon. I've got a great piece of Mickey Lawler fabric that I have been saving for years that should just do the trick.  So, something else to work on this month. I'll try to post a better picture for the next step. And, by the way, Janice Gunner is a great teacher, lots of fun and very encouraging.  She demonstrated the technique and then let us all loose and no two students had pieces that looked anything alike.  As far as I'm concerned, the best measurement of a good teacher.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Get Your Art On - Day Seven


I am not getting my art on on a daily basis, but I am checking in now and then!  The top photo is a bike I saw on State Street today and it fascinated me with the colors, shapes, and textures.  It's an old rusty bike and a work of art. 

This morning I did some quilting on Dyed Roads and this afternoon I added borders to the piece I started on Wednesday.  Our Fibervision group has an embellishment challenge - we're to create a 12"x 12" piece with surface embellishment of our choice.  I think I am going to add some fused appliqué and beads. And whatever else comes to mind.

 Oh! And I threw an a white tee-shirt that got stained with taco sauce in to be ice-dyed.  So, I've already started getting my art on for tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Get Your Art On - Day Three




Okay,  it is much cooler today and I actually spent an hour Getting My Art On!  I collaged some scraps from my last three projects by fusing them on to a base fabric with Wonder Under.  I don't know what the next step is. Could be some surface design, could collage more fabric on to it, might cut it up and use the pieces in another project, it's all under consideration for tomorrow's hour.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Get Your Art On - Day One



This is not a very auspicious beginning for 30 Days of Get Your Art On.  Too danged hot in my work area for me to do anything besides melt over there!  I had to do something, so I chose the threads I'll be using for the Dyed Roads quilt.  May not be much, but I touched fabric and looked at colors and that's as arty as I'm getting tonight.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Back of Dyed Roads


So, here's the fabric I chose for the back of Dyed Roads.  I guess I am determined to challenge myself - it will be an interesting experiment since the front is make of African batik, which is very loosely woven, and hand-dyed sateens, which are tighter but very soft and now the back, commercial batik, which is very tightly woven. Thank goodness I'm a machine quilter.  This could be a torment for a hand-quilter.

Making this backing was tough and funny at the same time.  I had to piece it and had to take a run at it three times!  The first two errors were math mistakes and then then a sewing mistake.  Jeez, I know it's been a long time since I made something other than a wall quilt, but this is crazy.