Thursday, February 28, 2008

Where my nerds at? Join my poll for next month's theme!

The blogosphere is quiet. Almost every blog I read has been quiet for a while, no new posts. I love new posts! And I love comments! So... comment already!
How about a poll for March's weekly quilt theme?
Ok, in March I will be away quite a bit. I will need to be able to do handwork because at least 2 weekend I will be away.

So, here are the themes. Leave a comment with your vote!
1. "3-D" 3-D fiber work in felt
2. "Words" Works with words in them
3. "applique" Various Applique methods
4. "landscapes" Since I will be away in 2 different places this month

So there are the 4 ideas, so vote/comment for what you would like to see in March for my weekly quilt theme!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Lovely roses

My DH bought a beautiful bouquet of roses for me for Valentine's Day. I thought you'd like to see them. That's Lillith hiding behind them.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Monthly Quilt #2- "Legend" by Ridley Scott

I guess you could say my theme for my monthly quilts are "personal shrines". This is another thing that I absolutely love.
I love the movie Legend, directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, and Tim Curry. It is my favorite movie, and even though it was released in 1985, and I was 12 years old, I still love it. Tim Curry is amazing as Darkness, the creature trying to extingiush all light from the world. I think he's my husband's favorite villain, besides Darth Vader.
Now, for many years I wanted to wear the black wedding dress Mia Sara's character Lili wears in the movie, but I recognize I am not built for this task. However, I wanted that dress in my quilt. Strangely enough in these internet days no production still exist of the dress, nor any costumer's sketches. The image of Lili is taken from the back of the Tangerine Dream soundtrack CD, which I prefer over the "original" score by Jerry Goldsmith.
I'm attaching a clip for you to enjoy, of my favorite scene:


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sad proof that I am not, in fact, perfect.

For the final pomegranate for this month's theme, I wanted to do something that was based on a block I found in the interweb that is quite old. This quilt was auctioned by Four Corner Quilt Gallery, and for a while, i guess you can see more of this quilt here.
I adapted this antique pattern into the this weekly quilt. This has all of the Jennifer Sampou swirls fabrics in it, of which, I discovered, I have quite a bit of. In fact, the background fabric is the background of my ever-unfinished Baltimore Album Quilt. (Yes, I have 11 blocks and 1/4th of the center completed, which I took Mimi Dietrich's Baltimore album class in the year 2000, which is when most of them were finished) Now the antique quilt this pattern was adapted from had little hearts under neat the leaves of the stem, because the pomegranate is also known as the "love apple". Now I wish I would have added them.
Now, here is the first attempt at this... and I did spend time hand appliqueing this block. When it was done, it was just... wrong. So I will leave it for now, and get to quilting it for some other reason some day.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Under the weather

I have been sick all week long. I went bowling last weekend with my sister and her friends, and have come to the conclusion that bowling alleys are havens of disease. The weather has been all over the place too, which doesn't help. Rain, snow, freezing cold, then rain again.
I have been trying to come up with a bit abstract take on the pomegranate for this week's theme. I think this works. I love this one.
I have a plan for next week's as well.
DH got me the most beautiful bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day. I'll post pictures of it soon.
I also completed some ATCs for a trade. My favorite trading site went under this past week. We are all rallying to a new site that is still under development, but it is sad to see the site go. I'll post the ATCs tomorrow, as I'm too tired out to scan them tonight.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Did I mention how much I love living in Chicago?

Except the weather, Chicago is awesome. Well, even the weather isn't so bad. Snow is snow, and when you are used to it, it's ok. Baltimore, with the Bread-Milk-Toilet Paper snow emergencies always cracked me up. At least here the natives can drive in snow.

Except for today.

At my guild meeting, Robbi Joy Ecklow was our speaker. Robbi is a local speaker for us; she lives in the Chicago area. What should have taken Robbi about an hour or so, took several hours to drive to our guild to speak. And we sadly were missing quite a few people at our meeting due to the weather too. I am not feeling 100%, but I am happy I mustered up to go to the meeting. Her lecture was so funny and entertaining, and her quilts are stunning in person. Robbi said she left her house at 3pm and got to our meeting just after 8 pm. A Herculean effort, to say the least. I miss my Baltimore guild alot, but I also love living near so many creative forces in the quilting world here. This picture is near 10pm, about 50 minutes ago. Robbi was still full of energy at this point and I am soooo tired!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Know when to walk away...know when to run

I stopped work on the Town and Country entry today. It was hard to do. Not for the sense of any "failure" or anything, but I knew what the judging would say was wrong with it, and in order to fix it I would need more time. In essence, I was not happy to continue pushing the entry out if it was not going to be my best work.
However, I will have other entries for other shows ready to enter, so all is not lost. it was the largest of all the projects. When complete, it will be beautiful.
In the meantime, I finished another "pomegranate" quilt. The edges are not that wonky, it just smooshed when the scanner lid pressed the beads.
Not only did I make that and bead it and have fun with the texture of the flesh this weekend, but I finished my ATC for the CYBER FYBER exhibit for Susan Lenz's show. I am very happy with the card, and hope she likes it as much as I enjoyed making it.
My sister and I "got our craft on" by making our sweetheart's Valentines today. Thank you Martha Stewart for your lovely inspiration (honey, don't click the link). DSister has been doing some awesome embroidery, she totally rocks.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

More of my work

I love seeing this:
My inking class samples on Judy Perez's blog I did the anime face (with purple hair), the pomegranate in last week's weekly, and other stuff.

More about the class on Frieda Anderson's blog.

And I am trading an ATC for the CYBER FYBER Exhibit, which you should read all about here!

I am feeling good about my work this year.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Tsukineko Inks Workshop

Yesterday, I took a class on Tsukineko Inks taught by Judy Coates Perez. She is a great teacher, and I enjoyed the class very much. It was held at the College of DuPage campus in their arts center, which was a great space to take a class. This was the ink project I worked on during class. I love how it turned out, even though I did not have very many colors of ink. Guess I have something to spend more money on. Judy was so nice, and her work is utterly amazing. I wish I had one smidge of talent as she has for artwork. Her samples were cool, and I don't know why I was suprised that her works are wholecloth. Duh! Her daughter, Nina, was there, and she's got amazing talent too!
As I made this pomegranate, I thought back to my ideas from December, when I bought a pomegranate for a series of quilts. That made the decision on February's theme for my weekly quilts pretty easy. I changed my mind from "heart" or "recycled" to "pomegranates" pretty quickly! I have 2 ideas for the weeklies, and I am sure I can come up with one more. I also wondered how I would outline, as the inks have the tendency to run a little bit, since they are not "paints". When I got it home, it was obvious to outline the project with black thread. It was still cool unlined, so I took pictures of it beforehand.
Can I name-drop for a second? Also in my class were Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson, and I am sure there were other professionals in the class, but I didn't realize... It was pretty cool. One day maybe I can quilt full time, but for now, the role I have in the comic book industry is a pretty neat job to have.

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