Friday, August 21, 2009

New work

August has been a very good month for graphic design, but I've spent very little time on fiber art. Well, yesterday the stars aligned and all my clients were busy proofing their projects. I found myself with time on my hands. Yeah!

I've been wanting to make a quilt from this photo of my son for years. (He's almost 17 now!)

Back in May I served on a Q&A panel with Sue Benner and Barbara Oliver Hartman at the Professional Association of Quilt Appraisers conference in Fort Worth. The appraisers wanted to ask art quilters (both full-time professionals and a part-time quilter, me) how we produce our art in order to better appraise art quilts. It was a very enligtening day. I learned alot from these two very talented quilters.

During her description of her art, Sue Benner mentioned that she sometimes draws directly on the batting when designing a quilt. I've been thinking about the possibilities since May and decided to try it with this one. I'll let you know what I think. So far, so good.

I've been wanting to make 12x12" quilts of some of the photos I took in Colorado this summer. I love poppies and thought this green hand-dye would make a good background.

I also love these bleeding hearts and have started quilting this one.

I've had a hard time deciding what I want to do for a Short/Wide challenge and have finally found a subject that speaks to me.

While all this creativity was spewing out, the air conditioner in my 250-square-foot studio was slowly dying. This morning my dear hubby helped me decide that we were better off buying a new window unit than trying to get the old one fixed. We managed to snag the last one in stock that would fit in the hole. Since the stores are busy selling out summer and beginning to stock Christmas, we bought the display.

I quickly grabbed all the stuff in the path of the AC and piled it on the drawing table...

... and across the room on the floor, ironing board and sewing table.

TaDah ... it took the better part of the day but I have a new air conditioner.
Thank you dear! I'm so lucky to have a handy hubby.

Tomorrow's mission -- clear the clutter and sew!

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