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I needed to make a mini quilt (7 by 10 inches) and decided it would be a good time to play a bit with abstraction. (I actually had to make the quilt two times as the first time around I mistakenly made it 5 by 7.  Wow is it hard to make all those little pieces for the super mini size. ) I took one of my photos and drew shapes and lines on it to create a pattern for my pieces.

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I then selected a fabric which had a pleasing color assortment and used it to audition other fabrics to go with it.

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The name is “Door # 30.” What do you think of the results?

 

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A small group I am a member of occasionally has photo challenges.  We select one of the photos taken by a member of the group to be our inspiration.  We can go in any direction we are inspired, using any techniques, styles or themes. We set a size requirement and a deadline and get to work.  It is always rewarding to see the wide variety of interpretations.  We are hoping to have a group exhibit, and for now you will just have to settle for my interpretations.

The first photo was one that I took in the courtyard of a 700 year old French farmhouse.  The quilt challenge and my quilt are both named “Welcome to Provence.” The background fabric is cotton painted with ink and all the rest is machine appliquéd silk organza. I especially like how the silk looks where it is overlapping creating new colors.

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The second photo challenge used a photo by Ruth Anne Parker as the inspiration. Her photo was taken of a flower market in Paris.  The challenge and my quilt are named “Parisian Flower Market.” I used a combination of commercial cotton fabrics, silk organza and sun printed cottons.

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After procrastinating a year, I have started to plan a home remodeling project. This will involve the kitchen and a guest bath, so you know this will be a big messy job.  I have looked at so many paint colors and painted so many little sample cards you wouldn’t believe it.  I have so many variations of the color teal that I am looking around the house for what all I can redo with the sample paints.

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Another project was the making of these tiny shorts.  Yes, they are pretty wild, but toddlers are much less inhibited in their clothing choices than are the rest of us.  Plus the fabric has all kinds of trucks, one of the favorite things (other than pianos, guitars and violins) of this little guy. I used the pdf basic shorts pattern from the website Made Everyday with Dana.

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Another project made for the same little treasure, is this toddler blanket. I love the Nightfall collection designed by Maureen Cracknell and manufactured by Art Gallery. Hopefully the little one isn’t too grown up to appreciate all the owls, rabbits and dragonflies.

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Seems like it has been a month of art inspirations.

 

Had a wonderful trip to the Dali Museum to see both the Frida Kahlo exhibit as well as the Dali paintings.

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Made a quick trip to the Mancuso Quilt Florida Show in Orlando.

This was an interesting hanging sculpture in the Convention Center.

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These are a few favorites.

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“What the World Needs Now” by Gabriele DiTota (USA)

 

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“Pele: She-Who-Shapes-the-Land” by Jenny Hearn (South Africa)

 

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“The Sunrise in the Bougainvilleas” by Mihoko Tanaka (Japan)

 

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“True Blue Mates” by Yvonne Chapman (Australia)

 

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“Beginning True” by Sue de Vanny (Australia)

And then another quick but rewarding trip was made to see the SAQA Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art exhibit in Stuart, Florida. (Runs Jan. 20th til Feb. 25th, so you still have a chance to see it.) It is a very impressive show.

I wish I had photos of all the quilts to share. I am sharing what I was able to photograph around the attendees. And that is my excuse for the quilts being shot at an angle.

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This one is by Becky Stack.

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A close up of the entry by Louise Hall.

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The next one is by Loreen Leedy.

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And this is by Marianne Williamson.

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The following is by Gabriele DiTota.

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This is by Suzanne Evenson.

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I will end with a striking piece by Patricia Turner.

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I have never before been away so long from my blog.  Yes, I have been very busy. I did think of a variety of things to share, but somehow the longer I waited to write, the harder it got.

I went to the Florida SAQA conference (Studio Art Quilt Associates) and had a great time meeting other art quilters.

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There were art flags running over the bridge between the parking area and the buildings at FIT where the conference was held.

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The exhibit, Southern Accents,  which opened during the Conference at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is wonderful.  For those of you in Florida it is on display until August 22 and is well worth the visit.

I have also been dyeing and dyeing and dyeing fabric.  And I have also been putting paint on fabric in a variety of ways.

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I won’t show you any of the finished fabric projects I am working on for Jane Dunnewold’s Art Cloth Mastery Program. : (

But I will show you what a big mess I create when I work on a project.

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And I have been cooking up a storm. Mostly the dishes have been successes: ginger bread, raspberry muffins with chia seeds,  linguine with red onions, kale and goat cheese, and frittatas, with eggs and assorted veggies (anything including potatoes, onions, summer squash, broccolini, zucchini) and cheese.  I think the feta was my favorite but goat cheese is really yummy on a frittata too. Ah, now I have gone and made myself hungry.  Time to go find a snack.

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