Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New York City Trip

Some pics from my weekend trip to NYC (visiting my daughter in Monroe, NY):

We went to Mood! But I forgot to take pictures inside--

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New quilt pics

Here's a small wall quilt that's hanging up in my office at work:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Linoleum Prints

Made some linoleum carvings that are now becoming small wall quilts

My First Post!

I read so many wonderfully creative art quilt blogs and I'm so excited to finally decide to create my own. One of the main reasons is that I need to have feedback on the things I make, since I have no family near to me in Thomasville, NC who can give me their honest opinion. Yeah, sure, I can show things to my neighbors and they just don't "get it" -- in their minds, all quilts are patchwork and belong on a bed. God forbid that they're not hand-quilted!! They don't understand free motion quilting, being all excited about a new design idea, trying out a dyeing technique, etc.

Please, if you do visit, take a few moments to check out my pictures and provide feedback.

This is a quilt top I just started working on, tentatively called H1N1 (swine flu). I saw (on the CDC website) a picture of the swine flu virus and thought it was unusual enough to become an art quilt. I fused the larger circles on the background, then fused the smaller shapes onto them and zig-zagged around them. In the process of outlining the shapes, hope to finish it up quickly.

This is a gel resist technique I read about in Quilting Arts Magazine, where you outline the shapes on muslin, then color it, wash out the glue and you're set to go. Here are some of the pieces of fabric I created using this easy technique: