Monday, May 1, 2017

Four in Art: Light in the Darkness

The second quarter seems to have come around far too fast and it was certainly a scramble to get this done.

There were so many possibilities for directions with this one and this idea centred on the way light both reflects off glass in a city building and is lit from within at night.

You can read more about this on my blog

The Greatest Show on Earth...

My interpretation of Light in the Darkness, for May's reveal can be found on my blog. Apologies for slightly late posting, owing to computer issues this morning, Janine :)

Light in the Darkness

I loved thinking about the theme for this quarter.  It suggested lots of different ideas both about the physical nature of light, and about light - and the contrast between light and dark - as a metaphor.   You can read more about it on my blog today.

Shattered Moon by Simone Bradford

Detail of Shattered Moon in glow in the dark thread. 

Detail of Shattered Moon in boring non-glowing thread. 

Backyard Camping

With a sub-theme "light in the darkness", I realize my title, "Backyard Camping", could be misleading.  However, when considering all the  possibilities for this theme, I kept coming back to one of my favorite memories:  camping, whether in the backyard or the Girl Scout Camp or a state park.  I should note that my eyesight is terrible and has been since I was very little.  Because of this, I think, being in the darkness is something I adapt to pretty well -- and with a tiny bit of direct light (even the LED displays around the house) I'm good to go!  A flashlight, for me, is a beacon.
So, let me introduce "Backyard Camping":

In this piece I tried to focus on fabrics which helped tell the story -- that wonderful Marcia Derse piece for the tree, the many shades of green for the lawn by way of Paintbrush Studio Paint Chips, a wonderfully aged tan from Cherrywood Fabrics for the tent.  And although it is hard to see, there is a shimmery tea bag over the girl in the tent (my better half puts all coffee and tea grinds in our small garden and held onto the tea bag casings, thinking I might be able to use them for Four-in-Art - so totally thoughtful!).

I took this piece to the cemetery for her "filming" and if nothing else, it adds great filtered light.
The tree, the tent and the girl are all hand appliques;  the rest, machine pieced.  There is echo quilting around the tree and tent and while I had considered metallic work in the sky, it felt darker to leave it alone.

I read, a lot, and have since childhood.  And yep, Nancy Drew was my favorite for years (along with Trixie Belden, Donna Parker, Cherry Ames).  So, that girl, in the tent reading:  me, always!  And with a flashlight (which did not make the cut in this piece).

For the backing I hit my stash for a wonderful little "camping" scenario - how perfect!

Usually I love getting to the label.  This time I so enjoyed putting together this story that the end was somewhat bittersweet.  But summer is almost here and we live away from the city lights so spending time outside at night, on a porch or walking around at dusk,  brings back the feel of "backyard camping".

Halfway There

I write about Halfway There, an illustration of a sleepless night while recovering from recent surgery, on my blog,  Many thanks to Camilla for such a great quarterly challenge.

Four-In-Art: Light In The Darkness: Triquetra

This quilt is my Quarter 2 contribution to Four-In-Art: Light in the Darkness.

The Gospel is presented as the Light to the People and Jesus as the Light of the World.

This quilt represents the Trinity in a Celtic Knot. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with the ring of eternity.

The gold lame represents the light.

I was directly inspired by the film The Secret of Kells

You can visit my personal blog *here* for a longer explanation of my inspiration.

Light in the Darkness

The photo below is the design I created as interpretation on this quarter's reveal sub-theme "light in the darkness."
Please visit my blog (Patchwork Breeze) for more details about this small quilt.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Shimmery Tunnel of Memories

Shimmery Tunnel of Memories, Quilt #177
Four-in-Art, Series Four: Light
10 1/2″ wide 16″ high

I had fun trying to recreate a rainbow-hued interpretation of Multiverse, a work of art in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.  Please visit my blog at Occasionalpiece-Quilt ( to see more of the story.

This is the first quilt in our fourth year of making quilts together. Our little group is so talented at interpreting all aspects of our changing yearly themes, with four quarterly challenges.  

I also have a deconstruction post coming up on my blog where I talk about how this is the completely wrong title, but it will have to stay because I'm not making a different label.  It will post later this week with the intended title.

Shimmering Ponds

My reveal of Shimmering Ponds was paper pieced using batiks and shiny silver lame. 
I pieced the fabrics in different ways to show that the ripples of water can move in different ways depending upon conditions. The lame shows the shimmering and glimmering of the movement.

I was pleased that the sun was brightly shining on the snow today so my photo enhanced the silver lame in the paper piecing. 

I will have my blog post up (a day late) on February 2, 2017


Here is my Shimmer reveal for February. More about the making of this quilt can be found at Rainbow Hare, Janine :)

Light: Shimmer: Lips!

This 12"x12" quilt is my Art Quilt for Quarter One.
For more details you can visit my personal blog: The Life of Riley

Light: Shimmer

For this theme I took inspiration from way the light bounced around in the facets of my cut glass doorknob and cut into blocks and used gold fabrics to reflect the patterns I saw there.  You can read more on my blog

Light Shimmer

This theme inspired me to notice again the patterns that light makes on calm water; which I'm fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe from my kayak, whether on the sea, lakes or river.

Here is what I came up with and if you'd like to read more you can do that here on my blog.

Sun Shimmer, Filtered

Light:  Shimmer:  Sun Shimmer- filtered

When our theme for this year, Light/Illumination, was announced, it scared me a bit.  My fear was not what subject matter to choose, rather that there were so many possibilities and how to pare down the choices into something I could translate with fabric (always a challenge).  And while sunlight in the tree tops surrounding our "house in the woods" was my first choice, that idea fell by the way when I realized it could easily end up being more a study in shadows.

I then turned to my favorite place for shimmer:  sunlight on water (specifically my beach, Emerald Isle, NC).  In all its sweetness, I give you the sun AND

 Sun Shimmer - filtered.

My large selection of yellows gave me plenty of choices for sun colors.  The water interpretation proved more difficult until I remembered some wonderful hand-dyed pieces in my stash from (she presented at our guild and I've used her pieces in many things).  I wanted something which appeared more reflective than just water.

The next challenge was identifying the actual sun with some "shimmer".  This became trial and error:  an overlay proved unsuccessful and the glitter cooperated only slightly better.  In the end I left the "cooperative glitter" and added beading.

What I enjoyed most about making this piece was the chance to work with random curves.  Like many quilters, curves unnerve me, but these were gentle and they cooperated and it was just fun!

I quilted this piece in silver metallic thread and used the same thread for a raw-edge binding.  Traditional binding would have drawn the eye to the outer edges and taken away from my desired view.

Folks often chide me for the size of my stash, but when I don't have to leave home to shop for the perfect fabric - like this backing - I'm happy!  In this piece I see fractured light.    And clearly Mr. Sun approves.

Each time I affix the label to my piece, I marvel at the number we have done.  AND I wonder if, some day down the road, I may want to make one large quilt out of them.  But for now I simply enjoy placing them around the house and rotating them from time to time.

Another Four-in-Art in the books!  And now I'll look forward to our May 1, 2017 reveal.