07 April 2011

The muse was dancing this week

After a month of being in a rut, not creatively, but kinetically, I have made three quilts. Two are quilted and bound and today I will quilt the last piece and pillowcase it. First I think I should say a few things about kinetics. Judith came over this Saturday and we just jumped in with both feet experimenting with new techniques. I had had all the supplies needed to do these techniques but it was being able to hold someones hand as we both jumped off the cliff that was needed to take a thought and then take the action to make it real. Thank you Judith.

I finally used that beautiful sky fabric to make and finish "Vernal Pond". I had dyed the fabrics I needed, cut three stamps for the grass and had all the ProFab paint anyone could want. I just couldn't jump. I think the work Judith and I did really helped push me off the precipice.

We had done some silk screening at Kathy's community center mid-winter and I didn't know where to go with the pieces I made. "Fly Away" is what came out.

I dyed some green fabric for a quilt about bees. It was NOT the color I wanted but I loved it. It was a yummy olive green color. I took part of it and over dyed it. Now it was darker olive green - even yummier but not the color I wanted. Well, I took the olives (both) and teamed them with some lovely purples, lavender and pinks for a representation of what I think of as Spring! I just stared to improvisationally piece these colors with a vague idea if where I was going. I just wanted to make some improv squares or should I say squarish.blocks of spring color. I will be quilting this today with both tight machine quilting and a looser hand stitch. Meanwhile you can enjoy the fabulous colors of spring...
Image that I silk screened onto fabric
Image on another fabric with words, hand stitching and a mother crow calling sketch then painted (outline) with free motion sketched details.
                                                              Vernal Pond
                                                                Vernal pond detail
                                               Improvisationally pieced  "Spring Nine Patch"


  1. Hurray for you. I am so glad you are having a good time! I like all three of the pieces. Sometimes we just need another person to bounce ideas back and forth. Can't wait to see what comes next.

  2. You have certainly been busy. Great images, textures, etc.

  3. Great pieces! And all so very different. I like that.
    I know what you mean by not being able to jump. Good for you that you did it now.

  4. This vernal pool piece is beautiful. I see you're teaching at the Fiber College this summer, wish I lived close enough to attend your class!

  5. This Vernal Pool quilt is stunning! And especially meaningful considering the current fiasco led by our esteemed governor. After all, "They just dry up anyway."


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