Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Pocket Bunny" Art Quilt

Based on my recent critique, I am focusing on surface quilting and dynamic presentation (and not leaving the back of my quilt such a hopeless mess). The high score my squared corners received also pushed me to try binding off irregular corners just as neatly.

12" x 13" Machine-appliqu├ęd cotton, cotton batting.

"Pocket Bunny" is based on a dream and the title says it all: there was indeed a bunny in my pocket.

Thrift Decor

Found a painting that spoke to me at a thrift store the other day. It's on canvas board and probably a study from at least 50 years ago. Only a little warped and scratched and the edges are in bad shape, but it's nothing a careful framing won't prevent from getting worse.

"NOW" Art Quilt

Another irregular quilt. This was good practice for binding non-right angles and free-motion quilting.

The images is from a carnival game in a dream. Not pictured: softballs to throw through the center of the target.

Fabric themes/patterns to consider: people at work, warning signs, traffic, antique cars (in the binding), travel, goals...

Award of Merit

I was honored by the Walton County Arts Council with an award of merit for "Car Alarm" in their annual "A+ Top of the Class" show.

Here it is just chilling on my door. : )

My First Critique

The best thing about having my quilt in the North Carolina show was that my work was critiqued by the judges. I wasn't surprised by anything they said, especially the categories where I scored pretty low. (I didn't know they cared about how neat the BACK of the quilt was! Lesson learned.) Seeing the other pieces in the show, I can see where the judges were coming from and now I have a good idea of where I need to improve!

Only one category on my sheet was marked with the highest possible score: my corners. What a surprising compliment! Keeping my quilts squared up and bound neatly is my least favorite thing, so it felt very good to have my hard work recognized.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Box Of Costumes!

We've arrived and found a house. I'm unpacking the studio and making sure I know where everything is. You never know when you'll get invited to a Steampunk event. Or is that just me?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dream: Water Full of Lions

This is going to make one heck of a quilt when I get my studio set up again! Still in the process of moving to Florida, but should be able to start sewing soon.