Yarn Bombing

Look at what the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh is up to yarn bombers Jean Thomas, Sherri Roberts and Amanda Gross.

Amanda leads the charge as we propose to launch Thread Up PGH!

Too fun!


More I Could Just Eat Color #2

I decided on the structure of the quilt top. All the piecing Barbara and I did together. The purple corner squares are from one of Barbara's scarves.

This is what I am working on now placement of images and shells.

Making progress.


I Could Just Eat Color #2

My mother-in-law died this past March. I am making this quilt for her dear friend Peggy. It is the second in a series. The first quilt I made for her dear friend Renee.

When Barbara was still well enough to communicate and interact I cut pieces for a churn dash block in solids and one print. I would visit and place them on a table and she would move the pieces around (often with my assistance I wish I had thought of it before) until she found a design that was pleasing to her. As she moved the pieces she would tell stories about them. I didn't always understand what she said but what she did say repeatedly was "I could just eat color."

I Could Just Eat Color #1

When I think of Barbara I think of color blues in particular. She wore many shades of blue and she had the bluest eyes.


More class work

My last class is today. I feel like we are just getting started.

I had no idea how much there is to learn about an apple. This is chalk once I got the idea of how to use the medium it became a bit easier.

This is my final project. I worked from a photograph of lilies I had purchased from Costco they were the most gorgeous deep pink to blood red. My medium is marker. I have been thinking about doing a piece featuring the earth so I decided to merge the two ideas thinking about how fragile the earth is. I am pleased that the lily is weighted by the earth looks like it's about to fall. When I first began to work on the idea I had drawn a straight stem. At the suggestion of my class mates I changed I had been looking at the photograph to literally.

Also I had the dead leaf on the ground but there is no formal ground so my class mates suggested the leaf might be falling. But I didn't not think through the color change with the change from ground to in motion, perhaps it should be pinker.

Drawing really is about observation here I wanted to inject story telling I'm not sure how successful I was.


And Now Time for Something Completely Different

I signed up for Drawing 1 with Staci Offutt at the Pittsburgh Center for Arts. It is my first drawing class. Of course I am used to playing with fabric now I play with a pencil and I am learning to see for the first time. This drawing was done in class.

This drawing was a class assignment. It was torture to begin....but as Jane Burch-Cochran says patience and a vision.

Last week it was chalk pastels not sure if I am brave enough to post.


New Direction

Once again at work on Mighty Grip. It was an unresolved piece. I have had some time to set it aside and new ideas popped up. I've been playing around with designs both in my sketchbook and on the board.

Given that some of my symbolism is rooted in road signs I decided to pursue that idea and create a road sign in patchwork using oil cloth. Oilcloth is shiny and slimy works as a reference to oil used in fast food cooking seemed a natural. In my original design I had the blocks oriented as squares rather than on point that was a bad plan like this much better.

Now the chains will intersect more interesting visually.
Fun with reflective tape. To be continued.


Beginnings and Moving on

I started Drawing I at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts with Staci Offutt. A wonderful class. We are fortunate it is very small only 4 of us. Staci is helping me to see. Drawing a skill to practice so with that in mind........

My studio is on the third floor. What did I find in my fabric stash? Acorns not once, not twice, but three times. I became suspicious.

And then the scurrying noises. Last year we were told mice, this year we're thinking something bigger.

We called the trapper: Squirrels

The lone squirrel now relocated. From Squirrel Hill to?

We thought there were millions of them. Stay tuned.


Protest Series #8?

I'm not sure if this is part of the Protest Series or not. Inspired by the Sly and the Family Stone song Everybody is a Star. Many of the lyrics are protest in nature but the song and this quilt are celebratory.

"'Til the sun that loves you proud
When the system tries to bring you down
Every hand to shine tonight
You don't need darkness to do what you think is right"

Thinking about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and acceptance of all regardless of orientation to marry or unite through civil unions.

I'm not much for blue so this color palette is unusual for me but I had great fun with the collage. I have had the romance fabric for some time and finally inspiration struck.
I haven't beaded for some time it is very soothing. This quilt rather pleases me nice to be commenting on something in a positive and celebratory way.