Made it to November

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October was crazy around here. My husband went in for his second procedure only to find out all was corrected during the first, so happy about that…cycling can commence!

Our daughter is finally back from Russia and we made it through quarantine.

Our old cat was diagnosed with kidney disease so I have learned how to give injections. I could stick a needle in things all day long but could never watch needles going into skin. It still makes me queasy but we do what we have to do, right?

And still we are more fortunate that so many.

During the past two months I have made a few videos and have been thankful to be able to work on more projects for Visions Art Museum member challenges. There is another new project coming later this month. I’m posting the video projects below.

And now I have started a November challenge – #Needlevember, everyday this month I’ll be posting a stitched piece (think Inktober-ish). Here are the first five days; I’ll be adding day 6 to my Instagram page later today. Would love for others to take part in this November challenge just use #Needlevember and post on Instagram and Facebook.

As always I appreciate you stopping by.

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Life Changes Plans

This seems to be the year for unplanned events. So I’m trying to roll with them.

My husband will be having a procedure for his health in a couple weeks. This is new to us, we have been very fortunate to not have any major health issue in the last thirty five years. So far the hardest part, because he can’t exercise, has been to keep him from over doing it. For a guy who is used to cycling between 40 and 90 miles about three days a week this is not easy.

It has also meant that I have been helping him more than usual on home projects, mostly to keep him from misbehaving. We have worked on many, many projects over our forty one years together but I’m feeling pretty much over it now!

Thankfully I have been in the studio a bit too.

Most recently I made an altered frame and painted a simple (faux) mat. The frame was being made to go onto a hand embroidery piece I made, but in the end it didn’t work with it. So I still have to make something for that embroidery piece sometime.

If you watch my videos, thank you very much and thank you for stopping by my blog too!

I finished the small art quilt that I wrote about in a previous post. I kept adding more quilting and then came beads, which I hadn’t planned on but am really happy with. I’m editing the video now and will post it as soon as it is finished. It will primarily be of the free-motion quilting.

Open Wreath
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Another VAM Challenge

At the beginning of July Visions Art Museum presented another member challenge from Marty Ornish, this time Marty challenged us to make buntings.

I’ve wanted to make something special for our front porch and this was the perfect prompt, though I call mine a triangles banner instead of a bunting.

We were having this done… so I had to wait until all the work was finished to hang it.

After the first couple of days I noticed the solidarity fist triangle kept flipping up on itself. What to do about that?

Well, I feed a family of three crows and when I give them an especially good treat (scrambled eggs, e.g.) they drop small marbles in our yard. So I made a little slit in the backside of the triangle and dropped in a few of those marbles. Worked perfectly to hold it down.

This banner is to honor those I love and those I don’t even know. I’m very happy with the way it turned out especially considering I didn’t think to measure the space between the posts before I had all the triangles made!

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Free-Motion Quilting

Sometimes things get heavy and I just need a little escape. That’s the time here right now. So I drew a little open wreath in my MeAnndering tablet (actual paper!)…

…and then decided to use it as inspiration for a little free-motion quilting. My first thought was to just quilt the open wreath and then to paint the flowers and leaves but now I think I’ll just keep quilting and make it a wholecloth quilt.

It’s looking pretty traditional which is not what I do much anymore but free-motion quilting, for me is pure joy, at least it is when the thread doesn’t break!

I hope you are safe and well and masking when going out.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Before the Rabbit Hole

I’ve been dealing with self induced website problems. If you are seeing this it may mean all has recovered. It’s sort of a test post.

This is another stir crazy project for Visions Art Museum member challenge.

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Picking up the Pieces

For a moment there my design work table was cleaned off, but no more.

Making cards and masks just seems to generate more scraps. I have been able to share small pieces of fabric with a few other people and that feels good – To move it out while giving to someone who may have no other way to get fabric right now.

Because I primarily work small I don’t have many long yards of fabric but I have a lot in smaller pieces. In fact I didn’t realize how much until I started picking pieces for friends.

Speaking of pieces here are my sample/suggestion pieces for the Visions Art Museum member challenge week three. My theme: Special Delivery, you are the chef, what would you plate up?

I made one piece in fabric and the other in paper. If I ever make paper collage again I’ll be cutting the pieces with scissors. I did discover if I use a cotton swab to dampen the paper it tears much easier, but still I think cutting would be more fun and would for sure be easier on the fingers.

Using pieces from magazines was much more limiting (and challenging!) for me than fabric. That’s one reason the plate in the paper collage is made from my – fabric painting mop-up paper towels; much easier to tear.

I had to let go of the shadows and light not being quite right… It’s not a master piece, it’s just for fun and I hope encouraging for the participants. I’m pretty happy with the results.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy. From a distance – thanks for stopping by.

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Fabric Care Cards

As I mentioned in the previous post the Visions Art Museum member challenge for this week is special. Marty Ornish, a very talented garment (and more) artist, developed the challenge for this week. If you get a chance visit Marty’s website and take a look at her incredible creations.

Members were challenged to make cards with what they have. There were some specific guidelines. The plan is that the cards will go to Care facilities, willing to accept the cards for their residents, who at this time, aren’t able to have visitors.

This has been a fun challenge and diversion for me. Here are some of the cards I’ve made and a how-to video lesson for a mini fabric landscape card.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

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Time Passes

Continuing to shelter in place here, though we are able to walk in the neighborhood, keeping our distance, of course.

Visions Art Museum‘s first member challenge, I mentioned in my previous post, will be over soon though member may continue to make Five Fiber Tags and post them.

These are the sample tags I prompted the members with.

Here is the how-to demo for a fourth tag. I enjoyed making these tags but usually couldn’t stop at five fibers!

I understand that many members may have been busy making masks and may not have had time to take on this challenge. The next VAM challenge will be developed by someone else and as I understand will be extra special, so I hope to participate and will share more about it when I can.

In developing these projects/challenges, we must remember that they are created with the understanding that the participants will be using what they have on hand, which I think, makes it even more fun seeing what they come up with.

I’ve finished the samples for the project that may be announced April. Here is a tease for that one…

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stay healthy and safe.

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Taking it all in

We all are living in challenging times. I hope you are safe and healthy and following the recommendations of the smartest people in charge.

I’ve often heard or read that artists should not hold up in their studios but instead be out there sharing, showing, mingling. I have never been very good at the latter. I see now that we are under quarantine, this will be easier for me than many others because I have had the privilege of hiding out in my studio!

Some good news… My Reclinaconda piece that has been on exhibit at Visions Art Museum sold!

Also, because Visions Art Museum will be closed during the pandemic, they will be having online activities for their members. I’m happy to say I’ll be apart of designing the online activities. Sunday the first activity will begin, here is a sneak peek of one of my challenge project samples.

Lots of fiber goodness!

It has been interesting thinking up challenges/activities because it’s not like teaching; when you can just say “You will need these supplies and materials” and know participants can usually just run out to get them. These are short run activities and there wouldn’t be time to order and wait for delivery (maybe if they can afford to pay for speedy delivery). I have to think what someone may have on hand and not all members are quilters or artists.

It does help me feel that, in a small way, I’m helping some people get through. The challenge runs for one week, I’ll share more after this first one ends.

Thanks for stopping by and please take care.

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Painted Leaves

Painting leaves on fabric using actual paint. I usually teach and paint my leaves using NeoColor two wax pastels but because these were going on an apron that will be washed I decided to use Jacquard Textile Color painted.

Please realize this is an abstract, simple, and I think fun painting project, no fine art here!

I stiffened the fabric with Terial Magic but ironing the fabric onto freezer paper could also work for stabilizing it.

The apron is black which made it difficult to see but I hope I added enough explanation and close-ups to make what I was demonstrated understandable. Needless to say my next project won’t be on black fabric.

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