Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kicking Back

We are on out annual spring trek to Moab for the car show, and the chance to catch up with good friends. The weather has been great, the car show and Main Street drag were lots of fun, and we've just enjoyed the chance to relax and kick back. Take a look, need I say more?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Michael Berry G!allery Show Opening

Friday night our Utah Surface Design biannual gallery show opened at the Michael Berry Gallery in downtown Salt Lake.  I helped to start hanging the show last weekend, and came up to Salt Lake Friday afternoon to photograph the gallery and every piece for the group.  I'll have those to show later- I haven't even had a chance to get them off my camera!

Most of my family made it up for the opening, so I got Sean to take a picture of me with my piece, using my iPhone.  So here you have it- after all that work, my baby is out in the world!

John Hess had two beautiful dimensional and holographic weavings in the show, one hanging below Autumn Splendor.  Marilyn Fashbaugh's quilt is hanging to the right of mine, and two fantastic hand dyed silk scarves are below.  (If my memory is any good, Judy Elsley did the one on the left, and Sally Wilkinson the one on the right.)  I can't remember who did the weaving on the left side of my quilt- it was also at the Weaver's Guild show earlier in the year, and caught my eye there.

The show is beautiful, it came together really well.  Lisa Chin, another USDG member, has lots of pictures posted on her blog here.   Enjoy them, because I have no idea how long it will take me to get all the pictures I took off my camera and edited!

I am now frantically working on my next Tangled Textiles piece, due the 30th.  I was going to piece it, but decided that I just didn't have the time, and my idea would lend itself equally well to fusing.  So it is all ready to be machine quilted.  Now to just to find the time and energy to get that done!  (I'm sensing another mental health day home from work on the horizon!!)

Hope your week is a creative one!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

The blur that was March. . .

I haven't vanished from the planet, or given up my art- life just managed to take over this past month.  I'm still getting used to having a three year old in my home again.  She is a delight, but has more energy that all four of the adults in the home.  Calling her the Energizer Bunny would be an understatement.

I have been steadily plugging away on the second piece in the Walk in the Woods series- all I have left is a label and sleeve, and that has to be done by Saturday when it is delivered to a gallery in Salt Lake to be part of the Surface Design show.  I am happy with how it has developed.

I finished the edge with zigzag and rat tail cord- kind of like with yarn, but I like the smooth finish the rat tail cord has.  I don't think I've ever gone through so much thread with a quilt, but it was worth it.

So now I have two weeks to complete the next piece for my Tangled Textiles group- Remnants.  I think I am going to use the remnants from some previous quilts.  The color palette certainly appeals, it is so evocative of spring.  

I'm thinking this quilt is going to have lots of negative space.  I really like the clean look of the modern quilts with that design esthetic.  We'll see what I can come up with.