Friday, March 30, 2012

Ida Mae and Erma Jean

This is the photo of a journal page that I made in 2010.  The two Ghosty Girls on the left were blobs of white paint that were just sort of annoying until they turned into figures.  I liked them so much that I made them into a quilt.

When they turned into fabric they were no longer Ghosty Girls - and were a lot more colorful.  The quilt is part of the Residents of Farkleberry Road series.

 Meet Ida Mae.........and Erma Jean
And here is the finished quilt - the circles are purple on one side and turquoise on the other and can flip around - just for fun!   This particular quilt was almost finished for about 5 month but sat on my design wall..... forever...... until I finally figured out that it needed the circles.     barbara
Ida Mae and Erma Jean

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another Finished Project - I am ON A ROLL!!

Calla Lily completed - 12" x 29"
WATCH OUT all unfinished quilts in my studio!!  I am really focused on finishing up any projects that are not quite complete - maybe I am clearing the decks for new work.
This is the calla lily from the on-line class about painting.  The same class that resulted in the landscape scene.  I do think that I will try to make another quilt of a plant - maybe using some of the photos from our California trip as an inspiration.
I especially like the fabric that I found for the border for this quilt - I think it picks up all of the colors in the lily.  Now I need to find a place to hang this new quilt - hmmmm - always a pleasant challenge!  barbara

A Finished Class Project - Finally!

15" x 13"
Working on the California journal page apparently popped me out of my creative funk and into Finishing Mode.  So the border and binding are now on this quilt.  It is small and there are some things that I would do differently - but I learned a lot.  I don't know that I will ever try another landscape - but if I do, I will certainly have better tools to make it look realistic.  barbara

California Memories

Our recent trip to California to visit Anna was SO wonderful but ever since I returned I have felt creatively STUCK.  And I hate that feeling.  It feels sort of like walking in tiny little circles and getting nowhere.
So - in order to get UNstuck - I decided to make a journal page about our California trip.  Frequently if I am in a creative funk, I just need to do SOMEthing with my art supplies and it doesn't even matter what.
So here is a picture of my journal page - it is much more interesting in person of course because you can read all of the little stories. 
I am so glad that I worked on this project - because otherwise the little stories from trips get lost.  Great trip - Great Fun making this project.      barbara

Friday, March 23, 2012

Renegade Letter

I haven't had time to quilt lately because we took a wonderful trip to California to visit Anna.  I took many photos of beautiful flowers that I hope magically turn into quilts some day.
For today - our small art quilting group, the Renegades, has a banner for quilt shows (generously made by Betty!) and we are going to each take a letter and decorate it.
So I have this big banner with big letters and was stumped for an idea.  I wanted to make my letter show MY art personality.  My art personality is either faces or figures - so how the heck was I supposed to make a face around black block letters?  Well I fiddled and sketched and finally came up with an idea that I like - and this is it.  It reminds me of Angelina Jolie and her fancy leg thrust at the Oscar ceremony.... barbara