The sixteen small (12″ X 12″) quilted illustrations of my Mother’s life growing up in a Kansas Mennnonite community in the early 1900s will be on display at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Mennonite Church from Feb. 14th through April 10, 2016.
The one shown here pictures the aftermath of a tornado that came through Buhler, Kansas while my Mother was teaching in the one room Lakeside School. The tornado moved the school off its foundation but no one was hurt. On the blog pull down the Tillie’s Story menu to see the entire story on PDF or PowerPoint.
The exact address of the Church where the quilts will be on exhibit is:
Albuquerque Mennonite Church
1300 Girard Blvd. NE
Albuquerque , NM 87106
Exhibit to be shown in the Higher Ground /Art Cafe
I saw this image on the news during the December 2015 climate talks in France — McDonald’s ubiquitous arches shining through the smog in Beijing. What a comment on our civilization today… not sure what the comment is…but it’s definitely saying something not very positive, I imagine.
QuiltToon is 16″ X 11.5″. It’s hand and machine embroidered. Machine pieced and quilted. Completed Jan. 2016.
PS: I love McDs. That says something about me, doesn’t it!
This QuiltToon is just one that shows my sense of humor. I came up with this idea trying to figure out how to use the piece of woven material that you see here as the tongue. About a yard or two of the woven piece was given to each of the members of the Art Quilt Group, that I attend monthly, with the challenge to see what we would do with it. I also wanted to go back to what I originally made when I started about 10 years ago, that being a pieced border. I used fusible webbing, raw edge applique, buttons and beads for eyes and a multi-colored voile over the background to create a shiny watery look.
The QuiltTooon is 22″ X 16″. Completed Oct. 20, 201
This is the fourth QuiltToon I have made with autumn as the theme using the confetti technique. (The confetti technique involves using snippets of fabric to portray, in this case, the leaves. The snippets are held in place with netting and free motion stitching.) I delineated the tree trunks with fabric markers and deepened the sky color with a blue fabric marker. It is 12″ X 12″ and was made in response to a challenge by the Art Quilt Group I attend to make a quilt with “fall” as the theme.
Completed Oct. 9, 2015.
I hate to be such a cynic; but geez, there’s hardly a serious subject discussed by candidates for our president. Maybe it’s just the “silly season” as some pundits say — and, by the way, hot air is also coming from the media as well — in my humble opinion. Anyway, this QuiltToon was a great excercise in hand appliqueing curves. I did pretty well on some, not so much on others. It’s 29″ X 23,” hand appliqued, machine pieced, quilted and embroidered.
Completed Sept. 2015.
I bought some Alpaca fleece at Natural Fiber and Yarn Company in Grand Rapids, Ohio (it’s right on Main St.) the other day. They had photos of their Alpacas in the shop and I couldn’t resist making this cute little face using the fleece. I plan on giving it to my great-nephew, James, on his 17th birthday next week in Denver. He loves farms and animals.
It is 9.5″ X 10.5 “. All machine-made, except for hand-embroidered nose and mouth. Fleece is glued on — I ended up with a lot of fleece glued to my fingers!
Completed June 2015.
Traveling down Michigan’s Rte. 23 from Ann Arbor, I saw, what looked like to me, “a little piece of paradise.” It’s machine pieced, appliqued and quilted. Thread sketching was used. Clouds were painted with fabric paint. Shadows painted with dye-sticks.
QuiltToon is 21″ X 18″. Completed May 18, 2015.
This “QuiltToon” shows all the seasons of the year as I see them through my bedroom window. The branches of our big willow tree and the window box tell the story — the pointsettia is, of course, inside the window, and the window box filled with snow.
I made this QuiltToon to satisfy two “challenges” — one for the local PRIZM show which is currently showing at the Fifth Third Building until June 3, 2015, and the other titled, ” Through the Seasons” for the Kaleidoscope of Quilts Show 2015, which is July 24 and 25, 2015 in Sylvania, Ohio.
It is made with fabric, thread, beads and painted with fabric paint. Machine quilted and had embroidered. The QuiltToon is approximately 30″ X 15.” Completed April 2015.
My 15 year old grandson, Danny, is a great artist. When he was about 14 he created a self-portrait on this computer. It looks just like him! I wanted to enterpret his work in a QuiltToon and did so. The self-portrait is included in the QuiltToon.
Both are 8″ X 10.” My QuiltToon is hand and machine appliqued. The words are hand embroidered. My QuiltToon will be framed in a shadow box.
Completed in Feb. 2015.