Romance in the Barn

The barn is a great place for romance for all sorts of animals including humans. This QuiltToon was made to enter in the Kaleidoscope of Quilts Show 2017 Invitational Challenge “Barn Quilts.” The show is July 21 and 22 at the Sylvania Exhibition Center in Sylvania Ohio and is sponsored by the Glass City Quilt […]

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Romance in The Barn

Barn 2017 Final

The barn is a great place for romance for all sorts of animals including humans.  This QuiltToon was made to enter in the Kaleidoscope of Quilts Show 2017 Invitational Challenge “Barn Quilts.”  The show is July 21 and 22 at the Sylvania Exhibition Center in Sylvania Ohio and is sponsored by the Glass City Quilt Commission.  To enter your own quilt or other details, go to http://www.gcqc.org.  This QuiltToon is machine pieced, quilted and machine and hand appliqued.  The quilt is 16″ X 16″.  Completed May 15, 2017.

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Washington Tangled Web

Washington Tangled WebIt’s pretty bad when you can’t believe anything coming out of our country’s leaders’ mouths.   The morning brings one statement, the night the opposite.  One higher up contradicts what another VIP says.  And it seems deliberate from where I sit.  A tangled web of lies.  This leaves the promise of our beautiful country and democracy, which our flag represents, in tatters.

18″ X 15″ – machine pieced and appliqued.  Hand embroidery on verbiage. A small amount of beading. Completed April 28, 2017.

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A Little Sarcasm Never Hurts

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This Syrian refugee I have depicted here says:  “Oh yes, we are very happy to be living in this tent instead of our family home in Syria.  I was happy to see the bombs fall.  And then what good exercise we had, walking 20 miles…the kids loved it.  I’m looking forward to having the new baby in the tent during the rainy season… it will be great!”

If I had been bombed out of my home, shot at while fleeing, and/or gassed in some way, I would take my family and run as fast as I could.  I would go to where there was help.  BUT I would rather be in my own country, eating the food I’m used to, speaking the language I learned as a child, living in the neighborhoods where my family lived.  In my short experience as a volunteer in Toledo, Ohio, the Syrian refugees who came here had been investigated for 18-24 months; they were teachers, construction workers, and had owned businesses in Syria.   They had to leave or be killed.  We need to welcome them and help as much as possible.

QuiltToon is 20″ X 13,” machine pieced and machine and  hand appliqued.   Completed March 24, 2017.

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Trump’s Been Checked

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The checks and balances of the three branches of our government will hopefully stop Trump in his march toward being, as Steven Miller of the inner Whitehouse circle said,  a ” President that will not be questioned.” What an astonishing statement!  The Courts have started doing their part at being a check on the overreach of power and perhaps Republicans will follow Senator John McCain’s’ lead in supporting a free press and checking and balancing the power of the executive branch.

Personally, I think Trump is looney tunes and very vulnerable to being led by people who praise him and tell him he knows better than everyone in the world.  Heaven help us.

This QuiltToon is 22″ X 12″ … machine and hand sewn.  Finished 2/22/2017.

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Go Rest High on That Mountain

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This QuiltToon was inspired by photographs (see below) taken on a trip by Perrysburg, Ohio’s  St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church’s outreach to people who live in the Barnes Mountain area of Kentucky.  As told to me by Joan VanGunten, the cemetaries are focal points of the communities and are kept by families who have been burying ancestors there for more than 100 years.   The QuiltToon will be given to the outreach initiative to do with as they wish.

The piece is machine pieced and minimally quilted.  The embroidery and beading are hand done.  The sign is hand painted in acrylic. The QuiltToon is 18″ X 14″.  Completed Dec. 2016.

Photographs by Joan VanGunten

 

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“Are they done yet?”


Are they done yet 2 2016

This QuiltToon, “Are they done yet?” will be shown at the Hudson Gallery in Sylvania, Ohio, starting with the opening night on Sept. 2, 2016 and will run until Sept. 24, 2016.  The theme of the Hudson’s Invitational Exhibition is “The Artist’s Kitchen.”

This piece is framed in a 12″ X 12″ shadow box.  It is made of fabric, thread and buttons.  Machine pieced and quilted and hand appliqued.

Completed June 14, 2016.

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Wedding for Bill and Jim

Jim and Bill

After more than 30 years, they are tying the knot.  Our good friends Bill and Jim are getting married April 2, 2016.

This QuiltToon is made from fabric and thread and a small amount of beading.  It’s about 9″ X 11,” completed in March 2016.

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Sunday Afternoon Drive

On a Sunday afternoon drive, I took this photo in late fall in lower rural Michigan.  I loved the old FARMALL tractor, the barns and, I beleive, the field of kale.  It is printed on fabric and enhanced with thread.  I also added the American flag on the barn.  This piece is 8″ X 12.”  Completed March 2016.Rural Michigan 2016

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“Jubilee” to Honor Jacob Lawrence

Jubilee

This piece was made to enter in Prizm Creative Community’s Art-A-Fair challenge called “Jubilee Journey” in Toledo, Ohio.  This quilt is 24″ by 32″ and is inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)who was raised in Harlem and began painting in the 1930s.  Lawrence was the first American artist of African descent to be represented by a major commercial gallery.   Lawrence’s work can be found on the internet.

The Prizm exhibit will be April 9th through June 18, 2016 at the Fifth Third center at One Seagate.  The opening reception is April 9, 3 to 6 p.m.  This is the 10th Art-A-Fair where several hundred works of art in all mediums, including literature, are shown — works do not have to be on the challenge theme of “Jubilee Journey.”   Entries close March 19, 2016.  Go to http://www.MyPrizm.com to enter.

This quilt is is machine pieced and quilted.  Machine thread painted and appliqued. Hand embroidered.  A small amount of  beading is used.  Completed March 2016.

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