Wednesday, December 27, 2006


It's been a long time, nearly a month since I posted. Time has surely slipped away but everybody knows what December is like. Thank heavens Christmas is over and I can go back to my regularly scheduled life.

So in amongst the Christmas cards, the shopping, the traveling, the baking, the shopping, the wrapping, and the general all around chaos, I have also been doing art. This first piece is what went on top of the background with the flung paint (I think I posted it sometime back in November, or maybe October...) It's called Sun Dance and measures about 50x50.

I really liked the process of making the background on Sun Dance and so did it again with reds. But on this piece I tried quilting the entire background in a small grid before adding the foreground pieces. I didn't do that on the first one and it made the quilting a little tricky.

So on this one I quilted the grid then showed it to friends for input. They all thought it was finished at that point. I thought about that for a while and disagreed. So I painted silk organza, layered on top, then quilted it in a larger grid pattern, then cut out in between some of the grid. Then added some more yellow and orange silk squares for interest. Now it's finished. This is called Downtown and measures about 43x50.

Here are details of both pieces.

In other news I received my copy of the Journal Quilt Project edited by Karen Bresenhan. My journal July is on page 213. I was very excited to see that it was given a full page treatment. You can buy one for your very own from Amazon.

And my first New Year's Resolution: to not let so much time pass between postings.


Gerrie said...

I love the red piece with the layered organza. Very nice. Hope you have enjoyed your holidays.

Rayna said...

Welcome back, Cathy. I checked your blog t'other day to no avail.
Love the Downtown piece!!

Cathy Kleeman said...

Thanks, Gerrie and Rayna. I've been undecided about Downtown but I'm liking it more every day.

Julaine said...

Sun Dance - love it!

Sarah E. said...

EXCELLENT pieces! I love what you did with them, and the color combinations are fantastic!