Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crochet Cowl in Progress

I've got the first row of pieces for this cowl finished. I still don't quite know how to read written crochet patterns and I wish it had charts! But so far, so good.

Crochet medallion

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Now that National Novel Writing Month is over, it's back to full-time art. I've got a few projects in progress to show you, a few drawings to scan, and lots of complaining to do about my breeches pattern from Reconstructing History. Eventually, I might have breeches to show you, too.

Also, I've written two novels in two years! This makes me feel good about myself.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Here's My Swap Piece

 This is what I made for the Phat Quarter swap. The quote is from Arrested Development.

Somebody Told Me...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

NaNo Day 14/ Cat Protector

This time last year I was almost finished with my novel. This year, I'm on schedule to finish closer to the end of the month. It's not a bad thing. This year I've been doing a lot more art. I also have more friends.

It's getting cold here and I moved a potted plant inside from the deck. The cat has taken to sleeping next to it. I'm not sure whether he's just enjoying the new scenery or he's keeping an eye on it for my protection.

"I've got this covered."

Friday, November 11, 2011

NaNo day 11/ Elizabethan Lady Quilt Finished

Writing my novel has slowed my art-making a little, but here's what I've done over the past two weeks. I something to Frieda Kahlo for inspiration, though we can all agree that her piece is more powerful (and more personal) than mine.

On Top of the World (detail)

Here's a close-up of the lady. I used both machine and hand embroidery. This is another one of those times I think a machine that can do free motion quilting would be useful. The Tank is many things, but versatile is not one of them.

On Top of the World
My biggest disappointment is how hard it is to see her ruff.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 9

... that's how I think of my life in November. But here's a detail from the quilt I've almost finished:

On Top of the World (detail)

The image is flipped from the one in the sketch I posted last Friday. I remembered the heart is on the left side ("aye, that left pap/ Where heart doth hop." Who can name the Shakespeare play?!) and it would have been awkward to have the veins coming all the way across her chest. Or something.

Monday, November 7, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 7

It's National Novel Writing Month again and I'm on schedule with my novel. Writing about 1700 words a day means that I have significantly less time (, creativity, or energy) to make art. I have been working, though, albeit slowly. Here is a sketch for my next quilt.

Sketch for "On Top of the World"

I'm trying to focus more on the technical aspects of art quilting, and one thing that helps is a more familiar subject. I've been drawing ladies in historic clothing (mostly Elizabethan) since I was little. While the subjects themselves are more visually complicated, I'm more comfortable with the themes and symbolism. I don't know if that makes any sense to someone who isn't me so I'll put it another way: When I considered quilting Elizabethan women instead of hearts, I asked myself, "Why haven't I been doing this THE WHOLE TIME?"

In other news, I am a pinterest fiend. You should check it out, too.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dream: Car and Too-Steep Hill

This month in addition to participating in National Novel Writing Month, I'm doing a daily drawing challenge. Not all of them will be good enough to share, but I liked this one a lot.

Most Recent Dream

This is a drawing of my most recent dream. The road turned into a dirt road and the hill was way too steep for the car to climb but the driver (a woman I trusted but don't recognize when I was awake) didn't want to stop. The car couldn't make it up the hill and I was afraid when we stopped that we would fall backwards. I think we called 911 because I woke up when I saw an ambulance and a fire truck in the rearview mirror.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Another Fiery Heart

Fiery Heart II

For this quilt, I experimented with tulle/netting to make subtle shades. I like how it went. 

Fiery Heart II (detail)