Posts Tagged ‘art quilt’

Art Quilt Santa Fe 2014

April 30, 2014

 

The fourth Art Quilt Santa Fe was wonderful, as always. I was able to help Ann Anastasio and Gale Oppenhiem-Pietrzak and their fabulous teachers, Betty Busby and Carol Shinn. I also had the chance to learn about a new product (well, new to me), Colorhue Instant Set Silk Dyes.

Experiment with dye

Experiment with dye

Whoever created this product had me in mind. It works on protein-based fabrics (silk or wool), sets immediately, and is reasonably non-toxic. We made a test square first, spritzing the fabric with water then scrunching it to get the pattern. After that, we each made a scarf.

My new treasure

My new treasure

Colorhue is available through Dharma Trading Company. My order of dyes and silk is on its way even as I type. Heaven knows where I’ll put it, but I’ll steal space if I must.

Gale and Ann are working on the details for the next Art Quilt Santa Fe (late April 2015). I’m planning on going out to help again – consider joining the fun!

Luck and wisdom!

 

Lost Things

January 29, 2014

We lost the power cords to our kitchen appliances. I cleaned out an overstuffed drawer a month ago, and my husband and I agreed that the power cords needed to live someplace else. We’ve forgotten where that someplace else is. I remember the conversation we had about the importance of finding a logical storage site. That’s as far as the little gray cells will take me. This weekend we’re going to go through the kitchen, top to bottom. I shudder to think of the lost things we will find.

 

My kitchen workspace

My kitchen workspace

 

One of the reasons we have open shelves in our kitchen is that I am well aware of my tendency to forget what I can’t see. As with my fabric stash, I’ve bought more than one tin of cocoa powder because I couldn’t remember seeing another one in the cabinet. Don’t even ask about my baking soda collection.

 

The cabinet under the cutting board

The cabinet under the cutting board

 

There are baking pans and microwave dishes hiding in this cabinet that I haven’t thought about in years. I put them here when I didn’t worry so much about bending and twisting.

 

The worse part is, I’m going to have to part with the rediscovered/lost things that I know I’ll never use again. I promised that if the kids don’t want the item and I can’t justify keeping it for a special recipe, it goes away.

 

All of that is making me more determined to use the embellishments in my sewing room as I find them, whether the project calls for those specific items or not. The quilt Mars Via California needed more stuff on it, so I pulled everything I could reach that remotely matched the colors.

 

Mars Via California - my roadtrip quilt

Mars Via California – my road trip quilt

 

When I watched television in the evening, I stitched down beads.

 

Mars detail

Mars detail

 

If I give all my new projects this treatment, I might just use up what I have in a decade or two.

 

 

 

 

Godzilla in the garden and other adventures

May 15, 2013

Getting back into a routine is one of the hardest tasks I face when I return from a trip. I’m distractable at the best of times (insert your favorite labrador retriever and squirrel joke here), but the week after getting back is one long bounce around the house.

 

I had two unfinished pieces, so that helped slow me down a bit. The first was the calendar block for July, which I finished.

 

Ready to celebrate Bastille Day, Canada Day, and Independence Day

Ready to celebrate Bastille Day, Canada Day, and Independence Day

 

The second unfinished piece was my Challenge, The Surface of Infinity. I didn’t finish, but I’m making progress.

 

Auditioning fabrics for The Surface of Infinity

Auditioning fabrics for The Surface of Infinity

 

The rest of the time I tried to figure out what I do around here, which means poking into odd corners to see what’s hidden there. On one of those expeditions I wandered outside, and noticed that some of the plants would do very well as scenery for a sci fi movie. I ran to fetch my son’s Godzilla action figure (which he intended to pitch out years ago, but I saved) and my camera:

 

Take me to your snap peas!

Take me to your snap peas!

 

Lani Longshore Godzilla

What a strange and lovely planet this is

Arghhh!

Arghhh!

Now that you’ve seen what’s in my garden, tell me what’s in yours.