Nov 18, 2015

Poppies


Poppy I

Thanks Lindsay for the batik petal and Deb Lacativa for the vintage linen.

These poppies are made with 6.5" X 8.5" rectangles.  The curved poppy petals are as random and free as possible.  All kinds of stitches make them move,  I think. 

This was taken on St Simon's Island.  Sea breezes make conjuring poppies a dream.
Jennilee and Mariel in Corrosion Specialties File Room,  Jennilee, being our youngest Dorothy of Oz, inspired the poppies.  I inserted this photo much later, to finish this Poppy story. 


I always need stitching for our travels and a Britex visit when we get to San Francisco.

My ongoing Satellite Stitching...

I spend quite a bit of time commuting to my accounting job in Duluth, GA.  It's 12 miles on I-85 North, then three miles on Satellite Boulevard.  The good news is Satellite is an interesting road. Countless Red Lights, this Aviation Maintenance facility and right up the road, a 30' tall replica of the Eiffel tower.  This sight will be different the next time I drive by, considering the way of this world.  Stitching through it is for my own sanity.



This beauty had paint cans inside the blue vents so it wouldn't fly away unattended. 

My old faithful 6.5" x 8.5" ruler also makes T-Shirt quilts much easier.  I use the blocks to balance both the colors and ultimate size.   
Design Fun:  Nine Blocks wide X Ten Blocks long = 54" X 80", practically perfect golden ratio = 54/80 = .675 Cozy and still fits under my Janome work horse.

Below: 
  
Leah Kuma's quilt below is ten blocks tall (80") so I can spend time with towers of color and not technique.  A couple of vertical strips help anchor the quilt.


Grace Clark's collection also used vertical columns of blocks to make it work.  This one is framed on all sides by the KFC purple and brown print, somewhat roping in the red and blue shirts.  Yee Haw!
Leah Kuma





Grace Clark 




 Jenni's Field of Poppies






Sep 13, 2015

Roses with Rosie

These Roses grow up a garden trellis.  Rosie doesn't care for my quilts, but is a good walking companion.  


Inspired and made for Kay's garden.  


  Rosie:  Lakeside High School, Class of 2015



These yellow Roses are for AnnElise's baby daughter Jane.  



Cal helped with these softer colors.






Paul and Mariel DeYonker,  Callan, Matt and me,  July 8, 2015
My family had the joy of traveling together this summer.  Here we are at Hofbrau House in Munich. Cal's partner Johnny was missed here so I made a toast to him being with us for the next trip. 

I'm always looking for fabrics and inspiration.  These bundles below were found in Hallstatt, Austria in a shop filled with locally made products.  These remnants from dirndls will always bring me back to this place.  I'm very grateful.


Our hotel room deck.  Dreamy view.

In Vienna, we saw many of Gustav Klimt's paintings.  "The Kiss,"among many masterpieces,  is part of the permanent collection of Winter Palace Belvedere.  
I've seen my future quilts in his work.

No photography was allowed here. This is my photo of a gift shop postcard. 


Callan leads tours and creates artistic opportunities at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Georgia.  I was happy to help with a Traveling Art Museum suitcase for Kindergarten students.  She filled my drawstring bags with Art prints and creative activities to allow each child a unique experience. 



Meanwhile, here is Winky #7.  He was made for Mariel's mother-in-law Ann DeYonker, commissioned by Rod, for their anniversary. 
Three houses for Jimmy, Paul and Reilly. 


It's difficult for me to make blog posts.  Where is the stopping point? Where's my camera?
Who looks at this?  This journal page, made years ago, has become the focus of my next project.  Organza printed photo is from a trip to Colorado, with hand dyed fabric stones.  I'm putting this same quote in another quilt.






Here's my mom, Paula Pyle Baker, with her sister Suzanne Enzfelder.  She's getting dressed for the rehearsal dinner for Mariel and Paul's wedding, June, 2013.  I love this smile...  Suzanne's love and care for my mom will forever warm my soul.  

Gran beamed throughout the festivities.  Joy abounds.

Jun 8, 2015

Turtles Rule the World

Turtle finds the sun

I'm happy to say I've found a manufacturer for my 6.5" X 8.5" ruler!  
It's my favorite size block and I have MANY to play with.  

Now it's easier to continue my Kandinsky circle obsession...  
This one is a waterlily. 

Stacks of Colors
Twenty Five Log Cabins with One Rose
 These two baby quilts are 30"X40" with twenty five blocks.   


#DecaturArtsFestival T-Shirt Revival with a coupla Roses
On to the next T-Shirt commission...
Georgia Red Clay is evidence of Soccer prowess in the Star below.  This had to be an important T-shirt Memory so I added some Copper.  These fabs keep the energy going.

6X8 with rays of light for Grace

For daughter Callan's thirtieth birthday this past May, I made this Green River*.  I will someday make CURVES in the water, but for now I like the ease of Green for movement. 


With Johnny




I can't stop loving this...







And  being thrilled that I can add a soundtrack to my photos!

This "Fruitful" creation is finally done.  Enuf!  It's a joke!  Accounting just covers my fabric budget. 
   
Continuing My Favorite Quilt theme of Love... 

and blooming with CONGRATULATIONS and wishes for a Lifetime of happiness, I made this wedding quilt.  Laura & Taylor, married in June, live on Tybee Island.  Cal helped choose these colors.  
Here I am forcing my coworkers Kyle and Walter to hold this before the UPS truck arrives.


Art and Work together at Corrosion Specialties
 




Thanks to Mary Williams, Melinda Rushing and Picasso. Frame a magical CURBSIDE rescue.
* Thanks to John Fogerty too!