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.
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.
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.