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Update – Ebb & Flow 14

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The latest , very new quilt in the Ebb & Flow series, #14,  I made specifically for a spot beside the dining table in our own home here in Montevideo.  For several years ‘Desert Wind’  (1995)  had been grabbing  visitors’ attention as they came in the door, but I decided I’d like to live for a while with something of my recent work in this series, which I love, and so I made a piece to go in this particular place.    I DID plan to get it finished before Christmas, but, well other things got in the way.  The whole room looks and feels very different, and although I have always said I don’t want to live amidst a gallery of my own works, I am happy to spend some peaceful time with this one.  I may  exhibit it here, but don’t have any plan other than to have it up on our wall, which is why I am not sticking to my usual rule of never showing a new piece until it has been seen in a juried exhibition somewhere.   And, of course I would part with it if someone wants to pay the price I have on it.

Ebb & Flow 14

March 29th  Thanks to my wonderful photographers here, Eduardo Baldizan, I now have a much more professional and colour-accurate image of this quilt.  Ooooops! it turned out huge – still, enjoy this while you can – I wmay come back later and downsize it .   Now that it has been up for a few weeks it is making me think , and some of your comments are thought provoking, too.  A gallery owner here wants some smaller works …and the Maelstrom quilt is also making me think about a few things …  but a bit of procrastination shortly as we hurtle off  to the sunday markets along Tristan Navaja which we haven’t done in a while.

Meandering With Leather and Stitch …

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Using the barge cement I brought back from the USA with me I have found the hold of the leather onto the fabric is just so much better – I still may do a few holding stitches in some places but the hold is good – thanks Katy K for that tip. Checking one of the other glues I already have here I discovered I had not been applying it properly – like rubber cement you need to apply it to each surface, wait a little, and press the surfaces together. Katy then recommended laying into it with a rubber mallet, and so that’s what I have been doing – it works. Barge cement at least is supposed to strengthen with a little more time, and I am assured it will remain supple, so rolling it or further working it should not be difficult because of the glue hardening.
OK – so now, here are the beginnings of a new piece I am now working on, and the first of several more things I have in mind to be inspired by some work I did about 20 years ago – see “Sleepless in Perth WA” blogged in april this year, see archive for that month. I am still in love with this metallic gold leather, of which the leather man had a bit more on his stall last sunday. The background fabric looks black – I really tried with the fill lighting but what worked on the one seemed to effect to other at the same time – the pics were taken at different times of the day, different lighting etc, so this is the best I could do – but its a really nice medium grey with just a touch of greenish hue, rather like hail-laden clouds about to burst. As for a name for this 1.5m x 075m wall quilt, I have no idea, but something will come to mind while I am making it. The blocks, seen more clearly as outlined with gold machine quilting, are about 10cm sq.

On the quiltart list a week or so back someone asked how to deal with older work – she was clearing up her cupboards and work area, finding lots of much older work some of which she’d forgotten about, and taking inventory, all that. I think she has now been persuaded that her current collectors would be a bit upset if she sold stuff off cheaply just because it is old. Cutting up and recycling bits into new works, rather like an artist sometimes paints over an old canvas, never seems to be an option to m, but I do know some who have done it. I also think it is a good idea to go back and revisit your work occasionally – and pieces look quite different in the flesh than on slides. I certainly have a slide record of my first solo exhibition in 1987. All the pieces were carefully photographed against a blonde brick wall!!! which I now know to be a total no-no, but I had little idea then other than I needed to keep a record of what I had done. However, the sharp details and excellent colour are superb – the photographer’s day job out in that isoloated Western Australian country/mining town was staff photographer for the largest mining company out there – no doubt his work was excellent for company records, reports and promotional material – he’d just never done any textile/needlework pics before. I still have several of the stitched works exhibited at that time, and they occasionally they see the light of day. For various reasons, it often rather surprises me to see what I did back then.

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Anatomy of a Commission – Day 6

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Today and yesterday I really pushed to get the last piecing done, with a self imposed deadline of this afternoon.

The final size is to be approx 2ft x 3 ft, so this is about 3’4″ x 2’6″, as it will ddraw up in the quilting

Over the next few days I will be communicating with the client, who can if she wishes at this stage propose any minor change; and then within the next few days then it will be layered and basted. While those processes going on, and while I do things like have some overdue (about 30 years overdue!) beauty treatments, a medical appointment and lunch with the girls, I will be mulling over the thread to use in the machine quilting I plan to do, metallic gold? metallic bronze? neon pink or orange? a change of neons from top to bottom? a change of metallics from top to bottom?… or something else I haven’t thought about yet…

And then there’s the matter of to bind or face, but during the fabric and scrap auditioning phase, I found a couple of great binding potential bits, both long enough although from other projects: so, a firm believer in the ability of the mind to quietly work on this over time, I will get them out and pin up beside the quilt to look at as I decide the other things.

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Evocative reminder

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

During the workshop I held here a couple of weekends ago, I found myself using offcuts from a quilt I made last year- including a few blocks I abandoned from the final piece, for one reason and another. Showing cut-throughs and getting the really fine slivers in they were helpful – I pinned them up during the class, and over the past week or so these two have been calling to me.

Firstly with a reminder to take a few such things with me next tuesday when I leave to lecture and teach for the Arapahoe County Quilters, where it all started for me way back in jan. 1988 when I attended my first ACQ meeting with a then new neighbour in Denver. I am really looking forward to seeing some old familiar faces besides the several I have kept in touch down the years and am combining this trip with brief family visits to the offsprings in N. Colorado and over in E. Maryland.

Secondly, though I would like to be fiddling along the lines suggested to me in these pinned up little snippets, I really need to focus on completing the single bed quilt for grandson #2 who now qualifies for it having overcome the hurdle of sleeping all night in his own bed. Of course this has not snuck up on me, I have just been procrastinating, but the block construction is well underway, perhaps 25%, and I plan to knock the rest over, today, if I can stand it… but might be forced to include some arrangement of plain blocks without any piecing in them to more quickly build the top! Posted by Picasa

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