Monday, March 31, 2008

Fast Friday Challenge - Recycled Materials

For this months challenge, we were to use recycled materials. I have chosen an old pair of jeans with a hole in the knee, scrap fabric from a shirt I made last year, plastic orange grid from an orange sack, foil wrappers from chocolate eggs, a couple of unused pieced rectangle I had laying about, some blue tulle, and a bit of gold fusible foil. I wasn’t sure how I would combine these items, so just started laying them about until I liked what I saw. The colors remind me of green hills, orange poppies, and reflections in a blue pond.

My husband suggested that the bright green pieced rectangle seemed out of place. I added turquoise squares on top of it to relate it to the lower pieced square.

I am deciding whether I should put a binding or a facing.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Olive Hyde Textile Art Exhibit & Spring Arrives

Last week I delivered two pieces to the Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont. Afternoon Snack and Withered Rose will be part of their 40th Annual Textile Exhibit. The exhibit will run from March 21 – April 19, 2008. The opening reception is this Friday from 7-9PM. More information about the Olive Hyde Art Gallery can be found on their website

I drove home off the highway along the foothills. Spring is definitely here. We went for a short hike through the same hills later that afternoon. These hills will only stay green for a few months.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Abstract Portrait Completed

I have completed the abstract portrait which was started in my class with Pamela Allen.

I like how the tree came out. The leaves (or blossoms?) were originally roses on an upholstery remnant. I used a bright pink thread and dense quilting to brighten them a bit more. I left the branches unquilted, which gives them a bit of dimension.