“Nightwatch” is the newest completed quilt. It was with me to sew the binding at the MakerFaireOrlando. However, I was so excited about the MakerFaire and busy doing demos and talking to everyone that I only sewed about 4 inches the entire weekend. MakerFaire was a wonderful experience and it has taken me about a week to recover. Finally now I have finished the quilt binding. I love and am still challenged by how to incorporate photos into quilts. In this example the image is a virtual world portrait/landscape photograph.
Two of my favorite things are combined into this newest mini quilt, virtual world photography and quilting. Several virtual world photos were altered and blended in Photoshop, printed on fabric by Spoonflower, and then the layers were thread painted. I named it “Dreamscape.”
Getting ready for MakerFaire has kept me jumping. This year the MakerFaire Orlando will be a full size event held at the Orlando Science Center on September 13th and 14th. Three other fabric friends and I, under the name of Geeky Chic, will be exhibiting our handmade products and doing demos for the full two days. We expect it to be a great deal of fun.
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Besides me, Geeky Chic consists of Etta, Rene, and Yanick. We will exhibit a variety of handmade items with the common element of fabric. There are items made for storing technology, items with photos printed on fabric, and others with themes including gaming, science, robots, and travel. If you are anywhere around the area, I hope that you come by and visit our booth on the 4th floor in the Dino Digs area of the Orlando Science Center.
A hawk has been hanging around near my house. A truly beautiful bird. But when I see the baby ducks bobbing up and down in the nearby pond, I worry that they are the reason for the hawks visits. I know a hawk can’t help being a hawk. What can I say.
When we were very young, one of my sisters and I had matching “Yes and No” dresses. They seemed quite graphic and modern for the time. The Yeses and Nos seem so appropriate in a number of ways. First they are among some of the first words learned by toddlers. Then there is the ancient quote about it being a “Woman’s prerogative to change her mind.” More darkly is the belief by some that a woman means yes when she say no. However, when I recall these dresses we wore, I think mostly about the contrast of the brightly colored belts against the stark black and white fabric and of a child’s love of a pretty new dress.
All of this is done with several papers and black ink. I would like to explore how this method might be used with fabrics instead of papers. I thought I might be the first person to think of applying this to fabric, but silly me, a quick moment of googling shows that at least a few others have thought of this too!