Loud Animals

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I came across this wonderful fabric during winter on clearance at Fabric.com and finally got around to working with it.

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This one is going to hang in a local crab restaurant “Crab Crazy at Friendship Farm” in Amityville.  They are nuts for crab decorations so I asked Tim, who works there (7 days a week !) to hang a crabby quilt and my info.  And, because he’s such a nice guy, he said “Of course!”

People seem to shy away from quilts because of the traditional hanging method.  I agree that it’s kind of a pain in the butt.  You need a level, some sort of brackets to hold the pole, wall anchors for the screws…  Worth it for a large piece but for small quilts I came up with this method in the pic below. elephant-3

First, instead of a sleeve, I use triangles, which is common enough.  But to display at The Gallery on High, the art must have a wire hanger.  So I now attach a wire loop on the dowel which makes it very easy to hang and balance.

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detail of elephant

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detail of quilting with the gold metallic thread

These quilts were so much fun to work with.  I got a simple system working and plan put this style on my Custom Made page.

Update on Jody’s Quilt

Hard to believe but Jody finally got her quilt!  It was a little more than a week ago.  The USPS somehow destroyed it.  They offered no explanation.  Then there was some run-around…  In the time that passed, poor Jody was in the midst of all of those crazy storms down south.  I gave it a little time to make sure the quilt would arrive safe.  In the email she sent, she sounded very happy and said she was testing the quilt against every wall, windows and mirrors- because it’s transparent.

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Jody’s Quilt.  I asked her to pick one of my other quilts since her first one was destroyed in the mail.

Dolls to new homes:

Audrianna’s  doll arrived safe and sound.  This is the little girl with PWS.  She loves her new SkyGirl doll and named her Maggy.

Another SkyGirl went to a 3 year old girl.  She named her doll G. G. for her great grandma.  She’s called G.G. for “Gorgeous Grandma”.  Love that!  I love all the neat names that people come up with for grandparents!

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Maggy and G.G.

This is going to be a great sewing week!  Finally spring time temperatures!

Sew-4-Ever!

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New Matted Minnies

Happy Memorial day Vets

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In this mini painting, we have a sailor having some down time with his pipe and Annual Magazine.  The source is one of many of my dad’s photos taken between 1954 to 1959 while in the U.S. Navy.  I think this guy’s name is “Rip”.

Available at the Quilt & Fiber Arts Shop on Etsy.

  Enter coupon code:  smilesunshine for 20% off

 

 

 

 

A new way to own some art that is also affordable.

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Why not order a grouping?

These little quilts feature actual paper parasols that I painstakingly deconstructed to make them lie flat. Inside I found these strips from a Chinese (guessing…) newspaper that were used to wrap the little plunger and the top of the umbrella, which were covered by another material. You would laugh to see me hunched over dozens of paper parasols, Xacto knife in hand and tiny strips of paper being rescued for this project!

The center, where there was only a hole left, is covered with a sequin.

5” x 7”, matted and ready for framing. Comes in a protective cellophane envelope.  Just pick up an inexpensive frame and you’re done!

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  Coming up next is a baby boy quilt that just needs to be photographed.

Thanks for checking these out.  Leave a comment!  What do you think of this idea?  What would you like to see?

Sew-4-Ever!

    

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New Look. You like?

Ever since I was a girl I had to change my environment at least 4 times a year.  I’d find a used cardboard box and suddenly I’d have an idea to make a wall unit or a side table in my room.  This would lead to me moving the furniture around and revamping the whole darn thing!  The vision of a box could inspire so much!

I’m still that way.

  Not as bad as before though…  When my son was an infant and I became a stay at home mom I would get bored very quickly during his long naps.  I had been away from my art for a number of years.  So, I would express my creativity in my home.  It became normal to my husband to come home to see a room completely repainted and reorganized.  The first couple of times were very funny.  The look on his face was priceless!

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The old banner.  Kinda cute…   but…

I began this blogging journey and upgrading my home business starting back in February and with so much to do, I had to make all of my blog images rather quickly.  I was happy with it for a little while but it didn’t feel like “me”.

The heart with wings image is actually a photograph of a thread painting I made for a workshop I taught last summer.  It kept coming back to me as an important image.  I’m so glad I finally got to work with it.

Needing a change and a diversion, I decided to revamp my blog’s look.  I’m happy for now.  Ahhhhh.  The feeling of newness is bliss.

I want to do a bit more like adding a blog roll.  Not sure how to customize that yet.  I’d love to add some of the feeds I follow.  Now back to making a baby quilt.

So, what do you think?  Let me know!

………’til the tie dyes…………

Sew-4-Ever!

 

 

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SkyGirl for Audrianna

There is a little girl in OK who is patiently awaiting her very own SkyGirl.   Audrianna suffers from a rare syndrome called Prader-Willi Syndrome. Her mom tells me she’s a doll collector and I wanted to send her one just because I can. sg-design-2

The orangey doll is showing her back with the stamped heart with wings design. Inside the heart I used a sharpie to write:

SkyGirl, the doll’s name, and year. I also signed the doll.

On her chest is a red glittery heart.

I made several dresses today because I couldn’t decide on the fabrics I wanted to use. It occurred to me that I could sell extra dresses separately! I’d have to figure out the cost but it would certainly be rather inexpensive.

The other idea I had, which I need to look into further, is to donate dolls to Children’s Hospitals. Particularly St. Christopher’s in Phila. because I was a patient there when I was 6 years old. Now, I don’t think I could supply hundreds… But what if it was a “you buy one, I’ll donate one” kind of deal? Or gather members of Philly Handmade to pool together on this idea? It needs some more thought and brainstorming. But this would be a great community gift.

While working on her doll, and some others, I had the idea of making a stamp label! 

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I just use a cheap Speedball stamp carver I picked up at Michael’s Craft’s store for about $5.  I got the carving materials you see here at Dick Blick.  It’s a very soft material that reminds me of an eraser.  Carves like butta!  From one of the small cut-away pieces, I made a tiny heart with SG in the center.  

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Stamp carving is one of those things I adore doing.  It’s just fabulous to have your very own originals for fabric design and now as a face template and the base for labels for my dolls.

The past week was way long and I didn’t get a lot of work done.   Today I am recharged and it feels great to be back in the studio!

Have a great week!!

Sew-4-Ever!

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New SkyGirls!

New dolls listed in the

Quilt & Fiber Arts Shop

12-inch-SkyGirls

My goal with these 12 inch dolls was to come up with a design that is easier and faster to produce so that the cost could be more accessible to everyone. 

The dolls have all of the basic  characteristics of the original dolls.

 

 

Kimmy-2The dolls faces are still  hand painted but I carved a stamp to help speed up the process.

 

 

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It looks a little creepy…  but it works!

 

 

 

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The dresses are a new original design in a sweet bell shape with heirloom embroidery by sewing machine, buttons and black and white trim, bows, and vintage fabrics depending on the doll. 

And of course, a doll can be custom ordered with your favorite colors and characteristics important to you!  See Custom Made!

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Sacred Threads Exhibit, Washington DC

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I’m very pleased to say that I had 2 quilts accepted in the Sacred Threads Exhibit to be held in the Washington DC area

June 22 – July 4, 2011.

Church of the Epiphany

3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Herndon, Virginia

Sacred Threads is an exhibition of

quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters  who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.

The objective is to create a dignified exhibition of artwork that touches on both spiritual and personal levels all those who view it. We want to share with others the experiences of quilters whose stories may be a source of healing and strength.

-from the Sacred Threads Website

The Quilts that were accepted:

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2009

27” w x 67”

In order to heal, one must acknowledge all of the scary and ugly elements in a life. Feelings of being censored, judged, mistreated, abused and misunderstood were the driving force in the beginning of this piece.

There was grief in mourning parts of myself robbed of me; elements of “self” that can never be recovered.

After a period of time, I found elements of positivity: The realization that One can stitch the torn pieces of the self together again. I used a lot of symbolism throughout the piece that I leave to the viewer to interpret in her own way.

Letting Go       (Healing Category)

2008

14.25” w x 25” h

I painted the center panel after a hurtful argument with my daughter when she was thirteen years old. I was having a very hard time coming to terms with her growing up. We were always so close and she was starting to hide things from me. She began defying me. I took it very personally.

As I continued to work this piece into a quilt, I explored memories and my feelings as a mother and her point of view as a young teenager. It was a therapeutic exercise in healing and accepting that my little girl was just growing up.

Other Art Quilters who will be exhibiting in this show

note:  I had a uploading issue today and some of the names are not linked properly.  Sorry!  I will fix this problem on Tuesday 5/3.

Jeanette Thompson 
 
Wen Redmond – Chasing Color
 
Kate Themel – After the Wake / Lemme See!
 
Mary Pal – Musing
 
Meena Schaldenbrand – Savor Every Second
 
Mary Beth Frezon – 36
 
Judy Momenzadeh – Jars of Clay
 
Cheryl Lynch
 
Laurie Ceesay – Venus Rising: Out of Addiction
 
Deborah Spincic – Continue / Temporary
 
Deborah Stanley – Apple Tree of Trees
 
Linda Edkins Wyatt – Eye of Panic / Antahkarana
 
Carol Howard Donati – Wine and Bread
 
Linda Miller
 
Jamie Fingal – Spilling Over
 
Judith Heyward – Imagine
 
Barbara Curiel – Fall Madonna
 
Marilyn Wall – A New Beginning

 

Sacred Threads is unique in a few ways:

  • The Artist’s Statement about the quilt is displayed with the quilt allowing the artist to express the inspiration for the work.
  • Viewers at the exhibit are given note cards to write responses to the artist about their quilts and the note cards are mailed to the artist after the show closes.
  • This is an exhibit where quilts that don’t usually have a suitable venue fit in beautifully.

The 2009 Exhibit In Ohio

Deeply Inspiring….

Beyond the Barrier – a Special Exhibit of Sacred Threads 2009

In the fall of 2008, prison Chaplain Jami Burns formed a new activity group at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, OH which provided the participating inmates with an opportunity to express their life’s journey through quilting. Many of these women have never quilted before but their works give voice to powerful emotions and deep faith…

I was honored to have quilts in the 2009 Ohio exhibit when I was just starting out entering art quilts into shows.  See Earlier Works :  Kodachrome and Immortality.

My family went to Ohio for the weekend to attend that show.  It was a moving experience to say the least.  If you are in the Washington DC area, check it out!   

Thanks for visiting!

Sew-4-Ever!

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Fiber Sculpture: Another Leap part 2

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The threads are dry and now it’s time to remove it from the form.

The process of cutting away the molded threads from the form.

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The molded fibers held together very well!  It kept it’s shape wonderfully.

Next, I stitched all of the cutting closed. 

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Now What?  I’m still thinking about it. 

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I made a second figure, as you can see.   I’m getting a Cirque du Soleil vibe with this.  I need to figure outa mount still too.

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