Friday, September 30, 2005

Friendship Art Card from Barb

This is an art card I recieved from my friend Barb in swap. She dyed the fabric for this herself, and sent me some extra pieces and some beads and charms. This card looks spectacular, but to actually hold it in my hand and know someone made it just for me...hard to describe.
We have recently become interested in them and started collecting. Art Cards are 2 1/2 x 3 1/3 inch works of art. They fit in trading card sleeves and can be displayed in many ways. If you search ebay for ACEO, ( Art Card Editions and Originals), you'll see an amazing variety.
Barb is a great artist and often inspires me or daunts me. You can see her folk art at Look for Hand-Me-Downz. You'll find some incredible stuff with huge polymer clay grins.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Quilt for PIQF

This quilt was accepted for final judging at Pacific International Quilt Festival. It's called Coniferous Child after the Ogden Nash Poem, Tableau at Twilight, because it reminds me of ice cream cones.
I saw a picture of a quilt made by Virginia America Stover around the turn of the century. I couldn’t find out anything about her except that she had made that quilt and many others. In spite of that, or because of that, I wanted to make a carpenter’s wheel quilt. If she knew her quilt could inspire another quilter 100 years later, what would she have thought?

Even though inspired by an old quilt, my quilt was made in 2005 and I didn’t feel that I needed to make it look like the old one. I used materials and equipment from my own time period; 30s reproduction fabrics because I liked them though the quilt I saw in the picture predated them, and newly available ‘Blendable’ thread to machine quilt it on my domestic machine. It's big, 94" x 87"

Wednesday, September 28, 2005