Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The REAL Dorothy

This is a photo of me and the real Dorothy with the quilt that she so charmingly claimed as a portrait of her.  I think that both the quilt and Dorothy sparkle!  (For more of this story see the post dated July 2).    barbara

Monday, July 11, 2011

Five Heads are Better than One

Inspiration comes from many different places.  A store in town was having a going out of business sale and selling lots of clothes - but I also found some styrofoam heads in a corner.  I knew that my friend Kay was looking for heads for a display and talk that she was doing about bonnets - so I got three for her.  And as I was gathering them together I started to think about what fun I might have covering the heads with paper or fabric or who knows what.  So I got three for myself. 

Then when I got them home, they looked so interesting when they were grouped together that I took their picture.  I am thinking of other places to pose them.... hmmmm..... not sure where yet.  I am thinking that maybe after I cover them I will add wild and crazy decorations sticking out of the tops - that could be quite interesting.  I will post some pictures if I actually DO it instead of just THINKING about it.      barbara

Friday, July 8, 2011

Chloe's Flower Quilt

My sweet granddaughter Chloe is visiting and designed a lovely Flower Quilt.  She designed the flower, and traced the pieces, and even cut out the very complicated flower design.  And she selected all of the bright and wonderful colors for the quilt and the design for the quilting pattern.  And then, after I helped by doing the sewing parts, she added glitter accents.  A very lovely design by a blossoming Artist.  She also made some lovely fairies using deconstructed silk flowers. Thanks for the FUN Chloe!!!  barbara

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dorothy and COOH

One of the greatest pleasure that I have is sharing my quilts with people - and seeing their reactions to my wild and crazy creations.  And I was able to do this at the Committee of One Hundred summer luncheon at the Red Apple Inn in Heber Springs on June 21.  I get nervous talking in front of groups of people but decided to be Very Brave and I am glad that I did.

The women in the COOH were so friendly and  gracious that I immediately felt at home and comfortable.  They were so receptive during my Show and Tell and had lots of interesting questions about Art Quilts. 

Art Quilting was the focus of my presentation and it is always fun to show new people the types of things that some of today's quilters are doing with fabric - based on the wonderful traditional quilting - but going new directions.

The quilt that is shown here is a quilt that I made a couple of years ago to highlight the use of embellishments on quilts.  If you look closely you will see colored paperclips along the hairline, sequins for the eyes (to make them sparkle), fuzzy balls at the ends of the wild hairdo, and silk cocoons for the earrings.  One of the charming COOH ladies had been looking at my quilts before the luncheon and told me that she was surprised to find that one of my quilts was a portrait OF HER!!  I was tickled to find that it was this quilt!  So I have officially renamed the quilt "Dorothy" after her.  barbara


After I tried the new Esterita Austin technique on several faces, I wanted to see if it would work on other objects.  Esterita has a great DVD explaining her technique and I watched it to remind myself of exactly what to do.  This is a photo of the finished quilt - small but lovely.  I forgot to take a picture before I painted it - but it looks amazingly different (and better) now.  The finished size is 15" x 13".  I kept the quilting very simple, and is used the same fabric that I used for the second (reddish toned) face in a previous post.  
I am really liking what I find when I take a photo to post on this blog - I think, looking at this photo, that I will go back and add a little more very dark paint between pear1 and pear2, at the bottom, to make pear 2 stand out more.  If I do I will post another photo.  barbara