Sunday, April 30, 2017

A visit to marc chagall museum in nice

A week ago I flew to Italy to spend time with my son.  Jes lives in Germany (military).  We try to meet up a few times a year and visit new places.  He had discovered the Chagall Museum in Nice, France and knew I would love to go.  After a few days in Milan, we boarded the train and found a hotel in Cannes. Awesome, right!?!
The museum was just perfect.  Amazing art:

What will today's adventures bring....

Z is for Zig Zag Zipper

Recently I saw a quick video that the artist sewed on top of rick rack.  Rick rack reminds me of zig zag...  That is my story and I am sticking to it!

Z is also for Zipper...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for yellow cottage in the woods

My dear darling husband built this darling cottage in the woods for summer painting, reading, and get away from it all...  We call it the Fairy Cottage...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

W is for Women of the Bible

In 2016 I was part of a Bible Study. We learned about Women of the Bible and each made a quilt with blocks representing 40 women.  I pushed mine into an art quilt and didn't always follow the directions, but my friends kept me in the group and welcomed my creativity!

I won't bore you with 40 blocks, but will share a few of my favorites.  

For Delilah I used a lock of my daughter's hair and an old pair of scissors I had kept from childhood:

Rachel and Leah features my Barbie Doll wedding dress from 50 years ago. My mom made the dress and accessories.

The Eve block is made from a hand towel a friend gave me.  It came from Germany.

One of my favorites is the Joanna block.  I like to think that she had her dog at her side as she followed Jesus,  and just what is in that picnic basket?

My husband likes Esther's block.  I think he likes the colors, although he is colorblind and I am not really sure what he sees!

Women of the Bible is currently hanging on the wall in our dining room.  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

V... Very Slow Stitch...

A "slow stitch" project is one that you take your time and enjoy the process.  In my case, this little quilt has become a VERY slow stitch quilt.  It got tucked away over a year ago and just came out of the box for today.  Maybe with butterfly season upon us, it will get worked on again.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U is for Umbrella

A fun experiment layering very thin strips.  This quilt went to Ireland to the Irish International Quilt Festival in 2013!

Monday, April 24, 2017

T is for Tea Bag

When I first starting saving all of my tea bags, my husband just rolled his eyes and put up with it.  We now have a system of saving and drying that includes adding the tea to our compost bucket.  This little quilt also has some tissue papers, stamping and stenciling.  This was the perfect project for the girl who has trouble throwing anything away!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

S is for snowflake quilt

Each snowflake was cut from freezer paper and ironed to the fabric before applying dye:

Friday, April 21, 2017

R is for Rust

"Crane Lake" quilt used a combination of rusted fabric and stamped fish (paint).  The down side of rusting fabric is that it will continue to decay the fabric and at some point will begin to fall apart.  Not a big deal, I'm enjoying it for the present...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Q is for Quilt

I have a few old quilts that were made by my grandmother and great grandmother.  My grandma Helen helped me make my first quilt back in 1972.  It was a 4H project.  It is still in my collection and every now and then, I bring it out for a trunk show to show just how far I've come...

Some oldies in my quilt collection:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017