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Heat Wave – Cool Studio

Friday, June 28th, 2013



We are having a heat wave. The temps went from the 60’s to the 90’s in about one day. I had a busy day in the studio and on a day like this, I am thankful for my cool basement studio. A bottle of ice water and Scooter kept me company. I finished the under quilt for the pomegranate photo collage. I think it looks pretty good. I like that is a bit different from my other work. You never know what a juror is going to like.

For the moon quilt, I found a piece of linen that is quite substantial for the backing. It needed something a little stiffer than regular fabric. I have used facings to finish the edges – I am almost finished handstitching them.



I will have the three quilts done a day ahead of schedule. I am very happy about that. I don’t have to turn them in for the jurying until the middle of July, but the person doing the dvd for submitting to venues, wants our photo by June 30. I have been so busy for the first 6 months of this year that I was not sure I could make this deadline. Feels good to be finished and to have good work to submit.

I have so enjoyed this week of time to be in my studio and let the creativity flow. I have some new ideas to keep me going for the summer. There are some big deadlines coming up at the end of the summer.

Break Through!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013



I tried a different configuration for the beads on my moon. It just didn’t speak to me. I had an epiphany that I needed to do some interesting hand stitching instead of beads. I had an idea in my head but wasn’t sure about executing it. I started drawing sketches of marks in moon shapes and decided I just needed to have at it. I did the curved lines first and was very happy with the result. I was originally was going to stitch circle shapes, but ended up referencing circles with some seed stitches. I used a variegated Perle cotton that goes from yellow gold to a yellow green to red. It was perfect for the discharged area. Here is the final piece which I love so much.



For a third piece, I am repurposing a piece I did with pomegranate photos printed on organza and collaged.



The first thing I did was remove the binding and finish it with a facing.



I already like it better, but I need it larger and more red. So I am making another quilt using red dupioni silk. I will mount this on top.


That is tomorrow’s project.

My raspberries are beginning to ripen. Here is Tuesday’s picking:



Here is today’s — almost double.



Needless to say, we are all very happy with yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling. Now, Lisa and Clay can be  legally married and have the same benefits of same sex couples. I love how happy they were on June 1st!!


Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013


I Shrunk the Moon

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013



And I like it. Actually, I put it back in the washer and dryer for a second hit. It has great texture.  I am going to crop it in on the rights side and on the top.

Here is a detail:



I went out and bought some beads to jazz it up a bit, but I got carried away. These are coming off and I am starting over or maybe no beads at all.



I really like the beads that I found – the color is perfect and I like the irregularity. I think they are carnelian stones.



Time is passing and I have to get this finished. I have another idea for a red quilt which involves repurposing an old quilt.

More Mooning

Monday, June 24th, 2013



I have this stitched to the wool pre-felt and ran it through the wash with hottest water and just took it out of the dryer. I am trying to decide if I should put it through the wash again to see if it will shrink up some more. I will post a photo tomorrow.

Here is a detail of the stitching.



I had an eventful week-end, sort of. On Sunday morning, Kathy Nida and her teens came by for a visit. Her daughter is interested in Reed College so Scooter and I took them for a walk around the campus. She and her family are spending a few days near Grant’s Pass so that she can see her work that is part of the SAQA Sightlines show which is currently at the Grant’s Pass Museum.

In the afternoon, I was on a quest to find a priority mail envelope to get something in the mail as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I had a little fender bender with my car. I was so upset because I rarely have any incidents when driving. I have $1700 damage to the side of my car. I pulled out to pass a truck that was waiting to make a right hand turn. I misjudged how big the truck was. He has a very minor blemish on the corner of his bumper. But, it was still very embarrassing and stressful.

Even so, I went to see my doctor this morning and had a great quarterly check up. My bp was 116/60. My weight loss has really slowed down so I need to up my exercise schedule.