When the Sun Shines

We have a rainy day and because it is winter solstice (the shortest day of the year here), I decide to share a few photos… I have been slightly obsessed with shadows lately. It was a fun surprise to happen upon the rock out in the garden. The design was made by the sun and a metal chair – I love it. I feel an art quilt coming on!

rock shadow1
Shadow or is it a reflection?
rock shadow2
garden sun
ladder
beater
shadow plants
shelter island
spanish dagger
redrock shadow
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Triptych to Switzerland

This is “A Clear Necessity”, my entry to Quilt for Change – “Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World.”  I’m excited to tell you that it has been selected to be part of the Quilt Challenge Exhibit which is scheduled to open at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in March 2016. Once again my art is traveling more than I ever will… but I’m okay with that!

a clear necessity
All but the cheesecloth are my hand painted fabrics.
a clear necessity detail

The earth fabric was made with a flour resist and then wax pastel over that. The bean is made from the drop cloth cotton fabric that I always place under my (painted) pole wrapped (arashi) pieces to catch the drips (often creating wonderful and surprising fabric!)

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Christmas Past

Ages ago I made this door decoration and used it for years. I’m sorry I don’t have a better photo but it was long before digital cameras. I remember it being fun to make and I loved that it was different from the usual round wreath. Just a tree branch, a couple large sleigh bells, ribbon, tiny pine cones, and little decor flower bits!

reindeer wreath
peace wreath

I like that celebrating Winter Solstice is more inclusive and for the past couple years this has been our wreath. What, if anything, is on your front door and I wonder if you have a decoration on your door all year round? I like that idea!

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Not Just for the Holidays…

I have been have fun in the studio creating a this new piece. Soon I will be offering the online step by step lessons for creating this pretty poinsettia wall hanging (painting, stitching, and more) . I’ll teach how to make the flower center fabric beads too. The techniques could be used to make any flower or most any design…. For any season!

poinsettia wall hanging finished
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Poinsettia Painting on Fabric

I’m working on some new online lessons which will include handmade fabric bead flower centers, free motion quilted poinsettia, and painting the poinsettia. Each of these techniques is accomplished using fabric treated with Terial Magic spray stabilizer. Here is a sneak peek of the poinsettia in progress.

Poinsettia on fabric
Poinsettia on fabric

I look forward to sharing more about this project with you soon!

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