Archive for September, 2008

The Other Shelter Piece

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Tomorrow (October 1) is the reveal for the latest 12 X 12 challenge, Shelter. I will post the final piece I did for that in the morning. Tonight, I want to share the piece I did first and that I ultimately rejected for the challenge.

I am not sure whether I have mentioned on my blog that I am doing a solo show based on our trip to Israel in May. The title will be Holy Land Pilgrimage: A Quilter’s Journal. I plan to show a page from my journal with a photo and an accompanying fiber piece based on that experience. So, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone and do a piece for the challenge which I could also have in the show. I love architecture and I was enamored with so much of what I saw in Israel.

The houses that climbed up hillsides and seemed to be built one atop the other was of special interest to me. Land is at a premium. The flat land is kept free for agriculture.The houses were mainly neutral and unadorned. There were many gray concrete structures which were unfinished and were add-ons to existing homes or built right next to them. Our guide told us that when a Palestinian family got enough  money, they would start building a structure and just keep working on it over the years as money became available. In general, the Palestine homes are very simple structures, with no roof. The Israeli homes generally have the red roofs.

It always tickled me when I saw a house painted in a bright color, such as the orange one above or the following:

I decided to use this photo for my design. I took some liberties with the colors and house design.

Here is the piece that was driving me nuts for days on end. I think the problem was doing this in a small format. It would look much better as a larger piece and probably would be easier to create!

Be sure to go over to 12 X 12 to see all the shelter pieces.

My Quilt National Rejects

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The notices from Quilt National came a week early, by e-mail, and took me by surprise. That was a good thing, I think. I didn’t have a chance to fret about it. Anyway, I, and many other much more accomplished fiber artists, did not get in.

So, I am going to post my pieces here for all to see. I think QN is the only show that does not allow showing your work except on your own website, before entering. My first piece has been on my blog and website. It is the Global Warming, sometimes, Construction I piece. It is 24″ X 22″.

The next piece is one that I have struglled with for months. I like the way it finally came together. I titled it Urban Sunlight as it reminds me of sun streaming down between tall buildings. It is 25′ X 32″.

Finally, I made this piece at the last minute. It is titled Red Sky. It is 24″ X 28″.

All of these pieces are constructed from fabric that I created through dyeing, discharging and screenprinting.

I am working like crazy on my 12 X 12 challenge piece. It has to be finished tomorrow. The reveal is on Wednesday!!

I Loved This Man

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Next to Mr C, Paul Newman has to be the one guy who could make my heart go pitter patter.

Here is the young hunk next to the older, ill, but still handsome, Paul. He was a true renaissance man — great actor, a kitchen guru, an entrepreneur, race car driver, liberal do-gooder, consummate and devoted husband and father.

The world has lost a great man with the most beautiful blue eyes. Rest in Peace…

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I enjoyed the debate between Cranky and Cool, last night. I am biased, but I think Obama won this one. My son, Mark, and Jayme had a debate party/fundraiser last night. I think they all got a little tipsy playing a drinking game based on certain words or phrases by McCain!! I am so proud of them. This morning, they headed off to Reno, Nevada to campaign for Obama.

I have been having so much fun working on my Shelter #2. Even Mr C likes this one. I will explain the whole story soon. Today is Steph and Jack’s anniversary so we are going to go out to dinner with them and M & M.

Just want to say that we are having gorgeous fall weather. Hope it holds for next week-end — another story to be told.

Living a Sheltered Life

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

As I work on my two shelter pieces, I keep thinking of phrases with shelter in them: give me shelter, shelter in place, temporary shelter, homeless shelter…

I finished the quilting on shelter piece #1. It needs some fine tuning and facings. I started work on the simpler (ha!) #2. Here is the thing — when you do spare and simple, it has to be really elegant — you know what I mean? Here is a sneak peek at the background for the piece:

If you participated in the 2008 Breaking Traditions Art Quilt Exhibit, Lynn has mounted the 12 X 12 pieces, and she has a photo on her blog. It looks amazing. You can click on the photo and see the individual pieces. The exhibit is supporting the American Cancer Society and Fiber Arts for a Cause. Click here to go to her blog.

I am still completely baffled by the Republican campaign. I believe that there can be no choice, but Obama, given the eratic behavior of McCain and the complete ineptness of Palin. I just have to hope that the majority of voters get it.

The End of Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Today was the last Farmer’s Market for the season. Mr C gathered up our knives so that we could have them sharpened while we shopped. The sharpener was very busy because we were not the only ones who wanted to catch them on the last day. What a treat to have nice, sharp knives.

Here are some of the goodies I bought today.

Yummy fingerling potatoes that were steamed in the microwave for dinner.

Tomatoes are plentiful and so delicious. We had some with arugula, walla walla onion, lemon, olive oil and shaved Parmesan. Next year, I hope to be growing my own.

I couldn’t pass up this arrangement of Chinese Lanterns.

I am still quilting the challenge piece. I think I need to do some work with paint or colored pencil to add some definition. I also started work on a simpler piece, just because it has been stuck in the back of my mind and says it must be done.

And, I have been trying to keep up with the craziness of the Presidential Campaign. What a weird day!