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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
A retired art teacher who has found a new life in fiber arts!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Recent Trips

    The past two weeks have been busy ones for me...last week I went to my daughter's in McKinney to help her celebrate her birthday.  I went over on Wednesday, her birthday was on Thursday and we had plans to go to the new Perot Museum...
Perot Museum, Dallas, Texas
Beautiful day, bear of a drive getting into the city, then when we arrived, there were thousands of school children there on field trips!  One of the  attendants commented that the kids would all be gone by 1:30 (this was about 11:00) sooo....we decided to go to the Nasher Art Gallery, also in Dallas....which was in our plans after Perot.

Art at the Nasher
Then we decided to grab lunch at the Dallas Museum of Art, right across the street.
The DMA has a  permanent art collection of Chihuly glass...Love it!!!
In cafe at the DMA
A Chihuly up close!
By then it was getting to be close to 1:00 so we decided to head back to the Perot.  We had walked the four blocks, but by the time we were heading back, it had gotten pretty humid so we decided to catch a cab. But we didn't make it back because as we were walking along the sidewalk in front of the DMA, looking for a cab...I tripped big time on a uneven spot! Went down like a ton of bricks...about knocked myself out!  Scared Andrea to death!  Long story short...first ride in an ambulance, first time in the hospital in 47 years when I gave birth to Andrea; xrays...cat scan...but fortunately no broken bones...just LOTS of bruises!!  We did not get to the Perot, nor out to dinner with Andrea's friend for her birthday....will have to see what we can do to top this experience next year!! I would post a picture of my black eye but it is too scary!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Art Quilters Around The World-"In the Garden"

     The theme for AQATW this time is "In The Garden". I have had my quilt finished early for a change, but then I forgot to post it!!! So here goes!
In the Garden
     The quilt is the size of all our challenges...12" x 16". Part of the challenge, besides the title In the Garden, was to create something with texture to give a three dimensional look. So I decided to put a "wrought iron" gate in front of my garden.

The gate opens!
     I covered Timtex with black satin fabric on one side, cut out the sections with an 
X-acto knife, and sewed it on to the sides of the quilt then attached the binding over the sides. This was a fun challenge to do...now on to the next one which is titled "Out of This World". Go to the AQATW  blog to see how the other members from around the world depicted this topic, and to see more detail of how I created mine from the beginning.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Our Beautiful World..."What Light...."

     This week, the blog "Our Beautiful World" has chosen the theme "What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks?" from Romeo and Juliet.  For me, my first instinct when seeing the theme, was pictures taken through windows! So here are a few of mine. While traveling with my husband, I became quite adept at taking pictures through moving car windows!  Thanks to digital cameras, I would entertain myself while we traveled many miles by clicking away...being able to immediately delete those too fuzzy to keep!

Columbia River 
Looking through the window of the solarium on an Alaskan Ferry

Driving through Jasper Park in Canada
Visitor's Center-Denali
Denali National Park from our tour bus
Sunset through the Alaskan Ferry window

Golden Gate Bridge-Californa
From the train-Silverton, Colorado 
Silverton Train 
Mackinaw Bridge, Michigan
I have billions more but best stop now before whoever reads this zones out!!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My "100"...Cardinal in the Snow

     The 100 Fiber Artists for the Cure ended last week.  A very successful donation!  The "auction" started at 10:00AM on Wednesday, February 4; Virginia Spiegel, the fiber artist who coordinated the Fundraiser had donors  go to her website and donate $100.00 per fiber art work from 100 Artists', of which I was one.  In 2 1/2 hours she had all 100 works of art taken!!
    Within the day, I had an email address for the person who had randomly be selected to get my art.  My person is Cathy Ortelle who lives North of San Francisco and is herself a fiber artist!  So after contacting her and getting her mailing address, I sent my little cardinal (with whom I had really gotten attached!) off to a new home!
     I made a label for the art and put a sleeve on it so Cathy wouldn't have to mess with doing that.

Close up

"Cardinal in the Snow" 

This is picture of my label. I wanted to be sure and have the legend of the Cardinal on it! I love Cardinals and have decided to finish up the wall hanging I started before this one...beading and all!  I hope Cathy likes my little guy as much as I do!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Our Beautiful World...Colorful!

    This is the link to the Our Beautiful  World website.  I don't always post there...it is a weekly photography challenge, but this week, I really love the subject which is "Colorful" so feel compelled to join in!!  All the challenges are wonderful...I just don't always have time to participate.

The four above pictures are fiber arts/quilts I have made...full of color.
Chihuly glass at Dallas Arboretum 
Chihuly Glass at the Clinton Library-Little Rock, Arkansas
Colorful houses at Lunenberg, Nova Scotia

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Art Quilts' Around the World-Structure

       The Art Quilts' Around the World theme for this month is  "Structure". Last fall my daughter Andrea and I took a trip to Ohio to a Susan Shie workshop. After a terrific week there, we did some touristy stuff...Niagara Falls, Mackinac Island, and one of our closer to home spots was the Gateway Arch at St. Louis, Missouri. We rode the cable car to the top and peered out the little slits of windows! Fabulous trip!

"Structure"-The Gateway Arch

The Mighty Mississippi looking over at Illinois 
St. Louis, Missouri
My inspiration photo!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My 100 for the Fiber Artists for a Cause

    I have finally finished!  The Auction for the Fiber Artists for the a Cause donation wall hangings, etc begins February 4 on line.  I had planned to have mine ready for several weeks, but as most of my plans go...it took me a lot longer than I thought it would.
"Cardinal in the Snow"
   While I was thinking about  what to do, there were many pictures of Cardinals in the snow posted on the Internet....I am a big fan of the cardinal so seeing all of these, I was inspired to create a work of art on this theme.  I had put a teaser out there a couple months ago.
My teaser
The fabrics I planned to use and the beads to embellish.

       I began with the white on white fabrics I had been collecting, then added the branches and began quilting. I started with the little circles on the piece which was about 30" x 22"; then did some straight line quilting. I just wasn't very happy with the results so I decided to rip the quilting out and start over. So that evening I sat in front of the TV with my little steam ripper and, in two hours I had torn out about an inch and a half! Consequently, I decided it would be smarter to just start over!!! And, after seeing many of the other artist' works, I realized mine was quite a bit larger. So when I made my second one, I downsized it to a more manageable 12"x16"!
      I still started with the white on white, then did the quilting which I was much happier with, then added the limbs, did the beading (which took quite a bit longer than I thought it would), and put on my little Cardinal.  Here are a couple of close ups:

And a couple of the pictures that inspired me!

     And I discovered there are several legends surrounding the cardinal, one of which is when you see a cardinal you are receiving a visit from someone you have lost! I like that thought!!! So please go to the link given in my first paragraph to see even more fabulous art and to participate in the Cause. It is such an honor to be with this prestigious group and to help out with the Cause of finding a cure for cancer!