Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jackson Pollack on fabric

 This is day one of the Art with Fabric Blog hop where you make a quilt inspired by any artist and I decided to do Jackson Pollack

this is a Jackson Pollack painting that sold for 140 million dollars 
this is my pollack style fabric art that will not sell for 140 million dollars
mine was inspired my this pollack that hangs in the Met.

I'm sure you all have seen his paintings as he is one of the most famous of the modern artists from the 1940's era when modern art was in it's early stages.
I've always been one of those cynics that didn't understand this type of art but I am now "getting it"
What changed my narrow minded old fashioned stick in the mud ways?
this book 
It is historical fiction set in the 1940's and is a must read for anyone that loves art or just loves a good read - I listened on audio book and it was really good 
So after watching a you tube video or 2 on how to paint like Pollack
 (what did  we do before you tube) 

I took some fabric that I had rust dyed to start with
 then I took some regular house paint - that's what Jackson used
(we are on a first name basis now that I am painting like him) (grin)
and I dribbled

 then I flung and spattered
 and dribbled some more only bigger and with more passion!
 finally after much dribbling, flinging, passion (and a few glasses of wine) - I ended up with this masterpiece - not bad!

If I were to do this again I wouldn't quilt it. I had no idea how to quilt this and just haphazardly went about it and frankly made it look worse. 
All in all it was really fun.

please be sure to check out the other bloggers posting today for the art with fabric blog hop- click here for a list of who and for clickable links to their blogs each day all week. It's really interesting to see what people do - such a wide variety of talent. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

The last word

Do you get art quilting studio magazine? 

Guess who is on the last word page? That’s right - it’s me! I’m very honored that they asked me to write it and show my It’s in your hands piece. 
I have to say this magazine has come along way. ( Im not just saying that cause I’m in it) A few years ago I thought it was so-so but in the last couple of years it really has blossomed to have some really good articles and amazing quilts by a diverse bunch. It’s big too, 144 pages. I get art quilting magazine but it seems to be getting smaller and smaller.

Between getting out in the beautiful weather we are having and painting my walls. (It takes me forever to paint) I haven’t done much quilting but I did finish this notebook journal cover

See how the front and back make one landscape? I like it.

The temps are in the high 60s low 70s around here right now so I am enjoying the outside as much as possible. We haven’t seen green leaves in 6 months so it is always a thrill to see trees and plants come alive again. I hope you are enjoying the spring as well!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mom the quilter

First of all Happy Mothers Day! To all the mothers out there. I am very lucky and blessed to still have my mom alive and in my life at the age of 85. I went to see her for a Mother’s Day bbq and wanted to show you what a talented quilter she is still at the age of 85. She may not see as well or remember things like she used to but she still has it in the quilting department.

For instance she saw this quilt that is in the Smithsonian in a magazine

It tells about the quilt here. There was no pattern so she made one up herself

No computer generated e quilt pattern. She does it the way she always has, on graph paper.

And of course a quilt that is like the Copp family quilt has to be hand quilted. 

Here it is - nice , huh? And those little tiny Ohio star blocks in the middle? Pieced the regular way. Not paper pieced. She is very precise and exact which makes her such a good traditional quilter. She’s been at it for 60 years.

Here is a recent finish of hers as well.

And this is on her design wall

And this. Glen do you remember these beach houses you shared from someone online? I really liked it so printed it out but since it takes a lot of exact piecing of strips, I have never had the nerve to try it. I showed my mom and it’s taking awhile but she’s doing it after drafting herself a pattern.  There are more smaller houses to add and so it just gets harder and harder as they get smaller. 

So anyway, happy moms day to one and all (fur baby moms included of course)

Friday, May 4, 2018


I finally found some time (and my sewing machine) to do some fabric play. Made this little landscape the size of a composition notebook as I’ll probably make it into a journal. The bird museum took a few on consignment. I haven’t sold a thing on Etsy since they started letting people sell anything. Doesn’t have to be handmade anymore apparently and there are so many sellers you would never find me. It’s become more like eBay. I even saw someone selling a car and they had it classified as handmade! 

I finally finished laying my floor. It’s more slippery than I thought it would be. Not good for dogs so I’ll need lots of rugs. It’s vinyl plank flooring and I really love the look of aged oak. Because it’s fairly thin I was able to lay it right over the old vinyl tile and hardwood floors. Why out that plastic wood over real hardwood you say? I wanted a new look #1 plus didn’t want to deal with the whole sanding and refinishing that would have to happen. It’s still there though so when I sell the house it will be there for someone else to refinish or when I get sick of the “fake wood”. Right now I love it ❤️
There are so many things I want to do quilt wise but there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.
It’s nice outside so am really enjoying hikes with the dogs.

Today my hiking buddy, Jean and I found fiddleheads and ramps! My favorite thing. We also saw two owls sitting on a tree branch just sitting there looking at us. So cool! 

I’ll have more quilty things to show once I finish painting my kitchen area and closet. And then there is the IKEA drawers to put together. And the floor trim molding. It never ends, but I do enjoy DYI projects. Home Depot is my new favorite store. Don’t worry, quilt shops are still #1.I haven’t completely lost my mind 😜