Thursday, December 5, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Hi, Sharon here.
I love to use iridescent fabrics in my work because they bring a life of their own to the project. The changeable nature of the fabric as it catches the light is never ending.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Hi, Sharon here.
Where has everyone been all summer?
Enjoying life......and busy making ART?
I've had fun spending my days outside and tossing my line into the water, hoping for a big fish to give me a fight. I have caught a few (fish, that is) but also snagged my line more often than I'd like.
So for a "Green Exhibit" using recycled materials, I had so much fun creating this sculpture.
Monday, June 3, 2013
So, this was number ten in the series. Hand painted background, which I then quilted, the branch is needle felted bits of different wools and suede. The bird itself is made from fabric and hand-painted papers.
Number nine in the series, with this one, I wanted to see if I could get a good balance between the heavily textured french knots and beading and the weight of the bird. With mixed results.
This one was a hand-dyed background, hand painted berries, the aforementioned french knots and beads for the "snow" and mixed media for the bird.
Here you see a first go at a green-headed tanager - the first in the series, and then the last piece in the series - a green headed tanager again; which amply demonstrates the benefits of working in a series!
Friday, May 24, 2013
One of my favorite quotes from Indira Ghandi is what I immediately thought of when two of my favorite quilting podcasters , sandy of quilting for the rest of us and sandi of quilt cabana - organized a quilt challenge after the Boston bombing based on the word hope. When events touch us, what do quilters do - make a quilt. It makes us feel better somehow.
This is my zentangles quilt - I'll show you how I went about it.
I found a public domain image on the Internet and traced the handshake onto plain muslin with pencil. Also printed out the words the size I wanted and traced that as well.
Then after adding a white border I backed and batted with thin cotton batting and outlined the handshake, sewed over the words and randomly added lines to divide up the space into separate little "doodle canvases".
I then took a photo of this blank canvas.
Printed out the photo and used that to audition a bunch of doodles, drawing on the paper print out. Some work, some don't and I would rather see the ones that do not work on paper before quilting them. I use a lot of Leah Days free motion quilting designs. She is very generous by putting hundreds of FMQ designs here.
Then it's just a matter of putting the pedal to the metal - getting into the "zen" of quilting.
Before you know it, you have a zentangles quilt!
If more people in this world would just talk and get to know one another instead of crazy yelling and fist clenching we would all be better off. As John Lennon said
"Imagine all the people, living life in peace"
I'm linking this post to the quilters blog festival.
You should also check out the project hope online quilt show on Flickr.
I will add my quilt to it soon but there are some really good ones.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
|Goddess of the Last Minute - Chris Daly|
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I thought I'd do my monthly check in with you all and show you what I completed in March.
First, up - three more birds in the series:
This is the most recently completed bird - and it was with this one that I truly realized the benefits of working in a series. Yes, I had seen with each bird how each individual bird got better, and then I noticed that I was improving their immediate surroundings, and then the branches themselves, until I got to this one and realized that it was so far and away from the first bird in the series that I am literally ashamed of it!
As you can see, I experimented with ways to produce the look of lilac without having to produce a million tiny cut-out flowers. French knots were the answer, it turned out!
It's funny - that even something I made as recently as three weeks ago, I see much room for improvement in! That said, I do really like this one too.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
It's international sewing day, I have the day off and the quilt show has opened up most of its shows to all for free! There is a sew in on twitter #nqdsi to share in all the quilty fun you may be having today and quilting Jenny is having a giveaway so I'm chiming in with a copy of my "welcome my little chickadee pattern" to a random commenter. Tell me what you are doing quilt - wise today - and yes fabric shopping and quilt show watching counts ;-)
I just watched episode 111 with Ann Fahl on the quilt show. If you are a cat lover you MUST watch it. Go to the quilt show here to sign up for the free week end.
Even Summer (the sweet) is mesmerized by Alex and Ricky
I'll be working on quilting this. Yesterday my machine was fighting me all the way but last night I don't know what happened (the quilt demons must have left the building) but now she's purring right along.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Who? He was an Italian immigrant construction worker who built the amazing Watts Towers in Los Angeles in his spare time, with minimal tools, and from mostly recuperated materials. The project took him 34 years. When he retired and moved, he deeded the land to a neighbor and never received a penny for his efforts (see here for more info). He created something magistral, majestic and magical. He's my hero. In my opinion, he represents a "successful artist."
Sam Rodia gives me courage to keep going when faced with a huge undertaking (although not as big as his), in this case, my Pomegranate Tree Quilt. After executing 12 sketches on fabric of pomegranate branches over a year ago, I started a countdown on my working blog (MulticoloredSnippets) to finish the machine stitching/thread painting. The countdown kept me focused and motivated. The last segment of the twelve: