The weather is warm here, some would say hot but as I have probably said before I’m cold if it gets much cooler than 75 degrees. The garden looks like spring with flowers, bees, birds, butterflies, and lizards!My first irises have come up. I didn’t plant these here, they were displaced when the back garden was professionally reconstructed but they ended up in a perfect location. I thought I would share a few of my iris quilts from the past…
I only make and use original designs now but years ago I bought and use a part of a pattern from Grannie “G” Applique for this last piece (the iris head). I think she has some of the most beautiful applique designs and patterns! Geri was kind enough to feature this on her website way back then.
While we are talking flowers, here is my most recent video lesson for a fun and simple flower project:
I’m very excited to have recently learned that my quilt A Clear Necessity, as well as the other 40 quilts accepted to the “Water is Life: Clean Water and its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,” exhibition, will be here in the USA in 2017 – Maybe near you! It is an honor to be part of this exhibition while supporting the message and doing what I love. Read below for more details about where in the world the exhibit will be on display.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — San Diego artist Ann L. Scott will display her quilt, A Clear Necessity, at the United Nations European headquarters building in Geneva, Switzerland in March and April of this year. Ann is one of 41 art quilters chosen to participate in the exhibition “Water is Life: Clean Water and its Impact on the Lives of Women and Girls around the World,” which will debut at the UN’s Palais des Nations under the auspices of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to the United Nations in Geneva on March 22, World Water Day.
Organized by the Rhode Island non-profit Quilt for Change (www.quiltforchange.org) and Rome, Italy-based American Exchange Rome, “Water is Life” highlights the importance of consistent access to clean water in the lives of millions of women around the world and brings attention to the many countries whose populations face a struggle for clean water on a daily basis. Without clean water, millions of women are deprived of the opportunity to live, safe, healthy lives, to obtain an education, find jobs, care for their families, and contribute to their societies. According to Allison Wilbur, Executive Director of Quilt for Change, “’Water is Life’ is the fifth major quilt show to be displayed at UN headquarters, where diplomats, policy makers and thousands of visitors to the UN’s headquarters are exposed to the messages of concern and support for women’s empowerment embodied in these quilts. Participating quilters are artists who bring their subject matter to life through their talent and compassion.”
After its debut, “Water is Life” will travel to Rome for exhibition under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy in Rome in October, 2016. Crossing the Atlantic, the show is scheduled to be on display at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, from February-April 2017, and then to tour at seven major quilt shows across the country with the Mancuso Show Quilt Festivals.
I just figured out a new way to cut my quilling strips! In a few of my online lesson videos I have demonstrated how I cut strips using two rules and a rotary cutter. Yesterday, a couple days after my Mister said in passing “You need a paper cutter” (while acting out the motion of the old time ones with the big guillotine style handle – that give me nightmares!), it dawned on me; I own a rotary flat bed paper cutter. I figured out how to add a stopper and now I can cut my treated fabric strips a little faster and easier!
I’m working on some all white pieces (think bridal) right now but I’m sharing some color today. Making coils is one of my favorite things to do with my hand painted fabric and something simple to do when I have to sit still. This same technique may be used to make napkin rings, bracelets, and more.
Someone asked why I coil fabric when I could just use paper and one of my answers is that because I cut the strips by hand they are imperfect and so each coil has a more textured surface than paper and I love that.
Well, I was moving along great, eating better and exercising more, getting the blood pressure and weight back in check, when I got totally sideswiped by shingles. It smacked me in the right side of my head and the swelling in my lip was so bad my husband accused me of getting Botox-ed. This nasty virus is not conducive to being creative but I want to be! I’m still on the mend but I’m so thankful for an awesome doctor and science-based medicine and that is all I will say about that!
My Mister and I were enjoying a walk at Lake Murray not too long ago when he noticed this single cactus apple and of course it being February it looked to me like a heart, (the two halves that come together to make one). We were married shortly after Valentine’s Day many moons ago and so that is when we celebrate love’s special day but it seems I always get heart shaped fiber art ideas around this time of year. Not being 100% has caused me to refocus; some ideas just don’t work out when one isn’t feel all there. But here is a little February fiber art anyhow. Have a lovely month!
Working with fabric or fiber most of her life Ann continues to explore the possibilities. Ann’s art quilts have been published and have traveled Internationally. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows. Ann has presented lectures/talks and trunk shows, has taught and on occasion still teaches live classes. She enjoys making videos lessons and demos for her YouTube channel in hopes of encouraging others to give quilting, fiber art, and mixed media a try. Ann admires knitting and crochet, and though she can’t knit and can only crochet a chain stitch, she’s discovered other ways to use yarn!