What is this thing about birds? They appear in my artwork like a persistent meme. An like you, I admire them for their freedom and beauty. Also, don’t you envy their colorfulness and infinite variety of shape and size? Birds are fascinating creatures maybe because they are odd creatures and so different from us. That’s a pretty good reason for birds to show up in your art work. Go make a bird today!
Are you a slow learner like me? This thread has been a tangled mess for 2 years. How did it happen? Behind my back, it fell into the washer and was agitated in the water.
It’s dye week here in the studio and that means I’m getting my workout. After all the thread is dyed, the next step is the wash out. Damp. dripping threads are tied into bundles and then dipped into buckets of water for rinsing.
Filling, lifting, and emptying up to 20 buckets of water to wash out thread is heavy lifting. It is especially difficult to get excess red dye to rinse out of the threads. Hot water, Synthropol, and even color catchers are used to get the water to run clear in the buckets. No wonder I have the arms of a stevedore!
Do you have a yen to travel? Your yen should join my yen and go on a quilt cruise to Alaska in August.
I’m teaching several classes on this Quilt Seminar at Sea cruise and I’ll know you’ll enjoy the classes and the cruise too. Last year we saw whales, a bear, and a giant glacier all from the safety of a boat. The bear looked very hungry.
Have you ever made a piece of art work and come to a complete stop? Maybe the vision is lost, the enthusiasm wanes, or the design is just not working. When that happens, it may be time to give it up.
And that’s why so many of my recent small quilts have a piece of pie on the back. At one time (about 12 years ago!) I began an art quilt about a favorite topic, pie. But then I lost my desire to make pie and shelved the idea. Now you’ll find those slices of pie on the back of my current quilts. Rather than force your way to completion of stalled art work, maybe it’s time to put it to rest. Try a new idea. Put the pie away.