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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Landscape Quilt - The Error that Cost me

With the deadline of September in the back of my head, I was working hurriedly on this landscape quilt to get it done in time. I was so pleased before I went to Holland that I had finished the whole upper portion. As I took the photo of it for this blog, I noticed something that didn't quite fit.

Can you spot it? On the very left section I had just finished, I noticed a tree shape that was not tree coloured. It turns out I was not careful when assigning symbols to the different fabrics and I assigned the same symbol just turned 90 degrees to two pieces of fabric. One fabric was the pink of the rocks and they other was greenish. When putting that section together, I picked up the wrong fabric, not reading the symbol correctly, thus, I now have a pink tree.

I didn't think I could get away with leaving it that way so today, I had to fix it. That meant taking apart most of that section. Because I had thrown away the pattern pieces, I had to use the pink pieces as the pattern to cut out the green pieces. "Piece of cake!", I thought. Not. Even though I took photos of the pieces as they were together, I still had issues trying to put it back together again once the new pieces were cut. I actually had to cut an extra piece of fabric to get it all to fit properly. I don't know what I did wrong. But an hour and a half later, I had the section finished for the second time.
Mistakes like this happen a lot when I am creating. Sometimes I can leave it but other times I have to try not to get frustrated, and just fix it.

Pink Tree
Green Tree

Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Barn Quilt Tradition

As I am in Holland this week taking care of some business, I've posted a link to the story of Barn Quilts in the US. It is quite an interesting tradition that is growing there and I think they are really cool to look at. Perhaps it is something that will catch on here in Canada.

I hope you enjoy the article.

I haven't had a lot of time for sketching but I did take some time for some little ones. Here they are.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Rock Reflections Landscape Quilt

Every spare moment I have has been spent on my landscape quilt and I am happy to say that the top edge of it has been completed. I still have not patterned out the lower edge, which will be the reflections of the rock cliff in the water. That will not be done until the center section of the rock has been completed so I can determine what colours to use for the reflections. Looking at my progress so far, and the fact that I will be away for a week this month, I don't think it will be finished in time to enter it into the SAQA show "Concrete and Grasslands" with its deadline of September 30, 2015. Plus, I'd rather do a good job than quickly finish it and it not be done well.

There is, however, another SAQA show coming up that it might fit into. The show is called "My Corner of the World" and it is open only to Canadian SAQA members. The deadline is November 30/15 which will give me a little more time to finish the quilt. The premier location for the show will be in the Stratford Perth Museum, in Stratford, Ontario from May 21 to Aug 14, 2016. The work must be available to travel until December 2018 because it will be travelling to different venues. Also I must list the work for sale so I will have to determine a price for it which, for me, is very hard to do. I have been logging my hours of work so that will help in figuring out it's price.

I received this mug from a friend recently and I think it is beautiful! It has become my Art Day coffee mug.

I blogged earlier that this quilt is a little more detailed than my other landscape quilts and this little 3"x 3" piece gives you an idea of that. There are 22 pieces sewn together to make this section.

This is the section that is done so far. If you compare it to the painting below it you can begin to identify trees. The orange section is the top of the rock cliff. The rocks will be made up of orange, pink, purple and gray fabrics. You may find these strange colours for rocks, however, if you are ever up north when the sun is shining, the rocks appear to have those colours in them.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Glimpses of the Grandchildren's Journals

Due to the fact that I am trying very hard to get my art quilt finished before the end of September, not much other art is getting done. I do have one project that has to be kept up to date. That is the journals I am keeping for my grandchildren. In their journals I commemorate the highlights of their lives and write comments and encouragements from my perspective.

Today, I thought I would share some of the pages from their journals with you.

Here is also a glimpse of my progress on the art quilt.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Creativity: Only for the Privileged Few?

I grew up thinking that only certain people had the gift of creativity. These days I have been rethinking this. I believe that humans are created in the image of God. This does not mean we look like God but we have been given His image. God blessed us and and charged us to fill the earth, subdue it and rule the other earthly creatures. He made us worthy of honour and respect and he made us righteous and holy. I also believe part of that image is our creativity. We do not create like God created, out of nothing, but we have been given the ability to be creative. Not just some, but all of us.

Well, you say, I can't draw a stick figure! Creativity comes in many different forms. The fine arts are one form of creativity but there is creativity in music, theater, dance, literature, photography. Those are the obvious ones, however, a teacher can be creative in the way she teaches a lesson. A seamstress can be creative in the way she sews an outfit. A dad can be creative in the way he deals with his children. A gardener can garden creatively.

So, you there, who can't draw a stick figure, think about other ways in which you are creative. The catch-phrase these days is "think outside the box". That really means, "be creative", "do it a different way". When have you "thought outside the box"?

If you observe children playing, most of their activity is creative. They build things with blocks, lego, popcicle sticks, build sand castles, play forts. They love to colour and paint and they don't worry about staying in the lines or even if their paint turns brown from mixing too many colours. Children don't worry if their creativity is good enough, they are so proud of what they've accomplished. We were all like that once.

But then we grew into adults and started to worry about what other people thought. Maybe our creativity was criticized or we were told we couldn't make a living being creative. So we left our creativity in an old shoe box on the top shelf of a cupboard somewhere. So sad.

But all is not lost! More and more people are developing their creativity again as can be seen in the new phenomenon of Pinterest. People are creating and sharing their creations with the world.

We are all creative and God expects us to use our creativity to glorify Him, not keep it in a shoe box.
What are you going to create next?!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Family Vacation Inspired Sketches

This week I have been vacationing at the beach with my kids, their spouses and all my grandchildren. We have been blessed with fantastic weather and wonderful accommodations! When you spend that much time in close quarters with family members, you never know if it will work out but we have all had such a wonderful time together and everyone has been very gracious to each other. I have thoroughly enjoyed the adult company and the innocent, unconditional love my grand children have for me. Even though I enjoyed it all immensely, I still needed my quiet times each day and was able to get that as I took time to sketch. The sketches are rough and not very accurate but they record our time here together and when I look at them in the future, they'll bring fond memories back to my mind.

 The expressive line that you see in some of the drawings are the contributions of my three oldest grand children.

This is a small 10 X 25 cm painting of the sunset one night at the beach. I left it for the owner of the place we stayed as a thanks for sharing his beach house with us for this week.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Neighbourhood Walk Sketches

I continue to do my neighbourhood walks taking along my sketchbook. The walks are not happening very regularly but when I get out, I always discover something beautiful. Last week on my walk I found myself outside my old high school. It hasn't changed much since I was there but one thing that has changed is that they've planted a huge garden on what used to be lawn near the front of the school. There must be a course they are teaching now that includes gardening.

I walked through the garden and noticed so many wonderful plants and fruit trees but what made me come over to look closer were the Sunflowers. I try every year to grow Sunflowers but the squirrels or birds always dig up my seeds. Sunflowers always put me in a good mood and give me a sunny disposition. I have painted and sketched them often in the past and I added them to my sketchbook that day.
The garden is a wonderful addition to the neighbourhood and while I walked through it some other people also came to look. There must be someone looking after it during the summer because everything looked really healthy and there were no weeds in the beds. There were apple trees hung with apples almost ready to pick. I also saw a huge thorn plant that was allowed to grow until it flowered. The flowers were very pretty for such a nuisance plant!