Sunshine Doodle

SAQA put out a call for art for the next traveling trunk show, with no jury or acceptance process.  The only requirement was the piece must measure 10″h x 7″w, no more, no less.  I thought it would be fun and quick to work on a small piece, one that would travel with the show for up to three years (what a great opportunity to get my work out there!).  While I was correct about the fun part, I was incorrect about the quick part.  Turns out, when one is working small, more detail (i.e. quilting) is needed to really make the piece pop, or at least that’s how it worked out for me.

When I was pondering design ideas, through both brainstorming and doodling, I kept coming back to a doodle I’ve been doodling since I was in about 2nd grade.  I’ve always called it my sunshine doodle.  The only thing different between the very first sunshine doodle and a more current version is the current version doesn’t include eyes and a smile on the sunshine.  Seriously, people, I’ve been drawing this thing for over 40 years.  You’d think I would have come up with a new idea in that time, but apparently not.

Sunshine Doodle - The Doodle
The doodle

So there really was no contest when deciding on my trunk show art piece.  After all these years, it was time for the doodle to become art.

Sunshine Doodle (link to poem)

Sunshine Doodle - Full
The art

Next up: Back to my cross series with Crisscross (Hot Cross Five).

Lead with Love

In February, Yvonne Porcella, a pioneer in the art quilt world, passed away after a long battle against cancer.  Throughout that fight, she maintained a zest and energy and positive attitude that was inspiring to all who knew her.  I’m sure she had bad days and down days and days when she just wanted to give up, but from all accounts, she got up each morning, put a smile on her face, and conquered the day.

Yvonne had lots of friends in the art world and beyond.  One of those friends, Pokey Bolton, is hosting an art quilt tribute show in September and put out a call for entry this past Spring.  The call for entry to “Living Your Brightest Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella” encouraged those who wanted to participate to share what it means to live a bright life, conveyed in fabric and thread.

This art quilt represents what living a bright life means to me.  The piece may not be accepted to the tribute show, but I certainly enjoyed making it.

As always, constructive critiques are welcome.

Lead with Love (link to poem)

Lead with Love - Detail
Simple quilting as rays of sunlight and around the hearts
Lead with Love - Full
If one leads with love, it bursts from the heart with the brightness of the sun and spills out into the universe
Lead with Love - Poetry Label
Every quilt needs a poem

Next up: An experiment in layering

Mariner’s Compass, Part 4 (Finished!)

Whew!  This art piece is finished!

It was a near thing, getting it completed before the end of the year.  I had several thoughts urging me on before the calendar rolled to 2015:

  1. I had established a SAQA Visioning Project goal of 4 new art pieces in 2014 (this is the 4th).  No way was I going to miss achieving the goal by mere days.  Not that there’s a gold star or a smiley face or a trophy for the goal meeting.  Instead, there is satisfaction in accomplishing something I set out to do in the time I set to do it.
  2. I refuse to let the busyness of a new job stop me from creating my art, and….
  3. I needed the dining room table cleared of sewing machine, cutting mats, fabric, thread, scissors, Ott lites, and art to make room for Christmas cookies, Christmas cake, and Christmas Eve dinner.  Food, drink, and fabric don’t mix.

Somewhere through the process of creating this piece, I realized its name had changed to Sunburst.  The bright, bright points of color in the compass explode across the  pale, pale yellow of a dawn sky.

What do you think?

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Sunburst (link to poem)

Compass - Finished 01
Both the art and the duvet it is laying on have some warp. I’d love to know what I am doing that prevents the finished piece from laying flat
Compass - Finished 02
Straight(er) shot. See the sun exploding in the sky?
Compass - Poem Label
The poem label

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Next up: “Any color’s all right as long as it’s red” –  My Grandpa Clark used to say that.  I always thought the statement would make an excellent art quilt name.  Check back in January for a progress report.