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Monday, August 8, 2011

Aullwood 2011: Fairies and Ruth Powers

Ruth Powers "Foxglove Fairy"  41" x 42" price negotiable

Ruth Powers almost always submits a quilt or two to the Aullwood show and I have to say I really admire her technique.  For those of you who are not familiar with Ruth's work, she almost always does nature scenes and her quilts are machine pieced bits of commercially printed fabrics.  I am in awe.

Here we have "Foxglove Fairy."  Ruth has been working on a series of fairies and this particular one was constructed to explore working with water reflections.  Ruth felt that the quilt didn't have enough "oomph" and so added the foxglove fabric.  I love how the water looks.  Take a look on her blog and follow the construction of this piece....just start with Friday, February 11, 2011 Another Fairy" 

Foxglove fairy detail

You can see here, I hope, a little of how she does this and the water reflection.  Ruth is from Carbondale, Kansas and exhibits a lot.  I think my most favorite fairy piece Ruth has done is "Don't Piss Off the Fairies".  Ruth did this for one of the SAQA 12" x 12" auctions, and Del  Thomas snagged it for her collection in 2009.  Take a look at it at Del's blog.  It just tickles me because we don't usually think about things like this. 

If you're not interested in negotiating with Ruth in order to buy this quilt, you can make one from one of her patterns in a more traditional ...or rather restrained view with her Fairies in My Garden pattern. 

I don't have fairies in my garden...but I have lots of the next best thing...ruby throated hummingbirds.


Sherrie Spangler said...

Lisa, I've really enjoyed your posts about the Aullwood exhibit. It's fun getting to learn more about each artist. Hope you're having a good summer and surviving the Midwest heat.

Ruth Powers said...

Lisa, I just discovered that you had shown this! Thank you so much for all the kind words... I've enjoyed seeing the show through your eyes, as always!