Friday, April 27, 2012
Mad Deadline Dash to the End of May....
I usually try to enter the Marianist Environmental Education Center's art show. Every spring, they have a show which is themed...this year's theme was "Living Green." I prefer to put in new pieces rather than use pieces I've already done. I especially make sure that my pieces fit the theme.
This little piece is called "The Stream" after my friends vetoed "The Waste Stream." The base for it was made from a pair of shorts which were consigned to the rag bag because I had mended them so many times and the fabric was thin enough that I put my fingers through the leg one day.
I free-motion quilted the stream with some rocks, and added rocks made from a used Tyvek mailing envelope which I had painted with acrylic paints and "tortured" with my heat gun. The fish were made from a pop (soda) can that I cut then filed the edges so they weren't so sharp, and then used Adirondak alcohol inks to give them color.
The white water is made from an old produce bag, and I also used the gold and green mesh bags that apples and Vidalia onions are purchased in. The netting, sheers, and various greens were all scrap. The backing is fabric that a friend had cut away from her borders (she's a long arm quilter and thus had quite a bit which was scrap), and the batting was Quilter's Green....which I don't as a general rule like as it is very thin...but it is made from recycled plastic bottles.
The end of the month is the due date for Art and Old Lace (which I have started) as well as the due date for the Aullwood Nature Center Show.
Not to mention the other show's I'd like to put stuff in....
And to top things off....I decided to buy an old Ken Quilts 622 machine and quilting table because I'm having trouble with my hands free-motioning on my domestic sewing machine....and I'm also spoiled because I used a friends long arm and decided I far prefer moving the pencil over the paper rather than moving the paper under the pencil (free-motion quilting on a domestic means you're moving the quilt (the paper) under the needle (the pen) whereas on a long arm or a machine mounted on a track, you're moving the machine over the quilt (paper). Which means, I have to clean out the area to put it because I have to pick it up from my friend as she bought a new really cool, up to the minute long arm set up.
AND....to make things really interesting, my daughter has developed TMJ and we had to retrieve her from college (3 hours away, so a total of 6 hours down and back, to be repeated tomorrow) to get that taken care of and I started new chemotherapy....hopefully, I don't have any side effects and it works.
I really shouldn't be doing little silly quilts like "The Stream" as they aren't really helping me progress...but maybe they are....at least it is giving me practice, but it is a venue that I believe in and want to support. But I really have to get back to the nitty gritty.....I must admit, finishing these two quilts for the traditional show feels good...one I started in 2001; the other is an art quilt done in the style of the button blankets of the Northwest tribes....and I started that one about 3 or 4 years ago.
Meanwhile, my garden is thumbing its nose at me while growing copious numbers of weeds.