Friday, October 30, 2009
Here is the letterpress book that I made in collaboration with my classmates, during "Experimenting in Letter Press Print Making" at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. It reflects the diverse personalities of each person. The quote is "Ink is the blood of the presses." - John Milton
I also finished this jacket. About half of the fabric is recycled from an old, dated jacket. It was fun!
The button was made from an old, rusty, flattened bottle cap. I backed it with cork because the bottle cap was so thin. Now it's thick! Seemed like a good idea at the t ime. The cork will protect the fabric from the rust. I drilled the holes with a drill bit for metal.
Here's the stocking I made for my annual ornament exchange. The cookies were inspired by the tree cookie ornament I made for my very first ornament exchange in the early 90's. I embellished each cookie with various beads to imitate sprinkles and red hots. I added green rick-rack around the edges. Now I want to make one to keep!
I also finished my Summertime Cat quilt. At least I think I finished it - I have been struggling with the face. This is the third version of the eyes. I may change it again - it doesn't have to be turned in until the end of December.
Here she is, finished for now. As I've said before, it portrays my very shy cat, Olive. She's so shy that most people never get to even see her. She's quite a gorgeous, fluffy cat who likes to murmur at the birds.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Here's the scoop on my guild's upcoming quilt show. My friend Carol McDaniel is the featured quilter. Her art quilts will make the show a standout!
I'm in charge of an exhibit called Clothing, Dolls and More, from guild members. There will be some wonderful items.
If you're in the area, I hope you come to the show.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
This is me by my "Hope is the Thing" quilt. It's been touring with the "Unfettered Letters" special exhibit from Quilts on the Wall.
We made our own business cards in assorted colors, including cardboard. We also made note cards with our names and a motif on them.
I got a head start on some Christmas cards! The inside message is letter press. The front of the card will be printed with two block prints as shown on the left; one was made from a rubber block and linoleum cutting tools; the other one I made with fun foam, because it was getting frustrating cutting the flowers with my ancient lino cutters.
So this is just a sneak peak.
Finally, everyone in the class made a page for a book that we collaborated on. We each were assigned a word to print, and we added our own background and our own print from a rubber block. Can you guess? Mine is the one with the baby hummingbirds in a nest! I haven't put my pages together yet, because I was busy printing my Christmas cards. I'll show you when it's done.
In the bottom of the photo I showed where I printed the new hummingbird block on Dupioni silk. I'll probably do more of that.
Anyway, the teacher, Madeleine, was really good, very knowledgeable and patient with those of us who were slow to catch on. :-) And the students were really friendly and eager to learn. It was a great experience, and I recommend it.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This photo shows my two quilts.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
On Sunday, October 11, I'll be at the artists' reception, 12-3 pm, at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center for its Contemporary Quilts exhibit. The address is 120l West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton 92833. Check it out at TheMuck.org. I will have two quilts in this exhibit, "All My Hexes" and "Slide Ahead."