Portfolio of older work

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Smoke Bush

Once upon a time there was a lady who loved to do eco-printing.  She had many good trees and plants on her land whose leaves and flowers would print very well.  Her daughter who  lived far away also helped by sending items that did not grow in the woman's part of the kingdom.  But alas, the woman had no access to the leaves of the smoke bush.  She really wanted to print with their leaves.

The woman went on a vacation.  It was a 14 day driving vacation.  While the smoke bush is a less seen plant the woman saw several along the way.  She was sorely tempted to pick leaves off the bush but she knew that taking things from others was called stealing so she did not.  That went on for days until the next to the last day of the vacation.

The women to her man that when she saw the next smoke bush she would anxiously knock on the door of the smoke bush owners and ask to pick the leaves.  She knew they would think her a bit odd but the woman really wanted the leaves.  The very next smoke bush she saw was the biggest one in the world!  Surely the owners would let her pick a few leaves since the bush had millions of leaves. So, the man pulled into the very long driveway and with trepidation the woman went looking for the owners.

Rather than knocking on the door to the house, the woman heard talking from the behind the house and she went there to see who she might find.  It was a man and his adult son working on some farm equipment.  Really big farm equipment.  The son was working on a truck and was closer so the woman asked about the smoke bush.  He looked at her with wonder, said he didn't see why not, but said she would have to speak to his father since the father owned the smoke bush.  The man climbed out of the cab of a huge tractor when he saw the woman approach.  The woman explained she was an artist and in need of some leaves from the magically smoke bush.  He grinned and said, "It is really big isn't it."  The woman whole heartedly agreed. He then gave her permission to pick the leaves.

The woman picked leaves until the hardcover book she was using to press the leaves could absolutely not hold one more leaf.  She knew that soon those leaves would leave wonderful prints on silk.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Texture and Pattern Tuesday

We have just returned from a 2-week driving vacation from Maine to Indiana.  Boy, do I have a lot of texture and patterns to share.  These are from the Harvard Museum of Art.  All but the last are detail shots from the Aboriginal Art Exhibit.  The last is the metal chairs in the museum's cafeteria.  Enjoy!

 Pardon the shadow.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Making Progress on my Light Beams Quilt

Light Beams is about 2/3 designed and about 1/3 sewn and is currently hanging from my design wall.  It will be a queen-sized bed quilt when finished.  Just because it is a bed quilt doesn't mean it has to be traditional.

Detail shots

Sunday, May 1, 2016

More Scraps

As always, when I start de-cluttering and worrying about what to do with the plethora of scraps I have, I start a  new scrap quilt.  So, I have come up with a new set of rules to organize and sew the scraps.  This quilt will be mostly dark, improvisational, and bedsized.  Like that will use up all my scraps.  HAH!

When I told my daughter Ellen that I had started a new quilt she asked if I had finished my Flying F quilt.  No, it is still up on the design wall although it does have more  pieces than this.

Okay, she went on, how about the quilts for my niece's Jennifer's sons?  I have told you about them before.  When the boys were born I was into crocheting so I crocheted baby afghans for them.  Jennifer told me two reunions ago that a afghan does not a quilt make I guess that I "owe" her two quilts.  I have the tops made but they aren't quilted yet.  Sewing the pieces together is so much more fun that the quilting.

Our new grandson, Spencer, is several months old now and I haven't finished his quilt yet either.  It will be made up of old shirts of Grampy Floyd so it will be even more special for the grandkids, providing I get the 4 done that I behind.  I don't even have a  picture of them yet since they are still just a pile of shirt material.  At least I have cut them into yardage rather than collars and sleeves.

Okay, back to the scrap quilt I started writing about.  I have about half of the blocks made.  I would have gotten more done this weekend but I had a horrible cold and laid in bed instead.   I'll probably get back to it, or one of the other quilts, soon when I feel better.