14" x 23 1/4"
I was requested to do a memorial quilt of Tanzy by one of my dear friends, Grace Evens. I used cotton fabric and batting, Aurifil threads, ink and acrylic paint.
20" x 60"
Original design. I picked base fabric with colors of earth, water, fire and since wind has no real color, I picked bright pink for fun. I used A LOT of metallic threads, Shiva paint sticks and acrylic paints.
"Exploring Circles #3: Tornado"
14 1/2" x 20"
Original design. Elin Noble background fabric. My hand-dyed square with discharge paste design.
"Remembering the U.K."
27" x 33"
Inspiration was a trip to the U. K. and a class with Darlynn Evans. Fabric ink, cotton fabric, cotton batting, cotton thread and Madeira metallic threads were used. Also Steam-A-Seam 2 and tulle overlay.
From the Norfolk Boards of England-200 miles of island waterway. It is a popular holiday center for boating enthusiasts from all over Britain.
"Chuck Close, Close Up"
21" x 18"
Inspiration: Chuck Close, and wanting to try "drawing" with thread. All cotton fabrics, Quilters Dream batting and Omni polyester thread were used.
I've been wanting to try this process of drawing with thread for a long time. I'd like to do more experimenting as I don't feel I hit the nail on the head with this one. Both sides read, but both sides have different issues due to the difference in fabric. Chuck has such an expressive face.
"Yes Virginia, there is a Caterpillar"
18 1/4" x 13 1/2"
The Virginia Creeper vine covering my old garage was the inspiration for this piece. I used various fabrics from my stash. The threads are some cottons and some Madeira rayons. Batting is Hobbs Heirloom blend. Colored pencil was used. I had decided to take some "close-up" photos of the Virginia creeper covering our garage because the colors are fabulous this time of year. While picking some leaves to study their details, I discovered a velvety brown caterpillar! I looked it up on-line and learned it is a Virginia Creeper Caterpillar. It is about 2" long in real life, so I enlarged his size to go along with the size of the berries, which are actually about 1/2" in diameter. I decided to hide him under the leaves, just like I found him.
"In Flight #1"
22" x 22"
Butterflies were the inspiration for this. All fabric is from scraps in my stash. All machine sewn. Original design. This is one of a series.
Inspiration was a scrap of gray corduroy. Also used were wool felt, inks, thread, upholstery scraps. An experiment in discharging a medium value corduroy- it didn't discharge to create strong values, so quite a bit of ink painting and thread was needed to make it interesting! The high value border helps.
22 1/2" x 26 1/4"
Douglas Van Howd was the inspiration for this piece. I used cotton fabric, cotton batting, Aurifil and Superior threads, ink and acrylic paint. I was inspired by Douglas Van Howd working in brass at his sculpture and oil painting studio. The biggest challenge was to make this piece lay flat. I was able to show Pattie Blair, my teacher this piece. She told me that this is called a whole cloth painted quilt. I was pleased to hear her comments.
"Smoke Tree, Act 3"
23" x 32"
Won Best use of Color
My inspiration was a photograph of a smoke tree in full autumn color. We have three smoke trees on our property and they are a delight in each of the four seasons. Act 3 is Autumn.
The materials include cotton batiks, cotton batting and a hand-dyed backing. Various colored threads were used. The technique I used was raw-edge fused appliqué and stitching to suggest the veins in the leaves.
24" x 24 3/4"
I love the aspen grove near our cabin in Mt. Shasta. Painting the leaf was a challenge for me. Cotton fabric, paint, markers, rayon, polyester and cotton threads were used. Solvy for thread lace. Warm and Natural cotton batting.