Monday, January 30, 2012

A Diversion

Sometimes you just need a break from the business of making art. It's work. Sometimes you just want to play with fabric and sew. I was presented with the perfect reason to take such a break - a new great niece was born three weeks ago. Time to make a baby quilt. At a sewing retreat I attended earlier this month someone showed some blocks she had made using a pattern that wasn't very difficult in itself, but when tiled with other similar blocks made a very cool design. I dusted off my template making skills, and they needed some serious dusting, along with several attempts to make them come out the way they were supposed to come out. And this is the result.

I really like how this came out, and almost want to make a bigger version. Almost, but not quite. It started out at 40"x40" but I have washed it and it has shrunk up a bit. I like that because it makes the quilting show up better. Click on the image for a larger view.


 I quilted the white sections with a heart and feather type design and I tried to photograph it so the quilting showed up. Not very successful, so I upped the contrast and downed the brightness in Photoshop Elements and this shows a bit of the quilting.

Tomorrow I'm headed down to Bethesda, outside of Washington, D.C. to install my portion of this show. There will be seven of us exhibiting (there are eight names on the card, but one has dropped out due to family issues). The location is at the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum on Old Georgetown Road, just outside of the Capital Beltway. The show runs February 1 through the 27th, and the artists' reception is Sunday, February 5 from 1:30 to 3:30. Super Bowl Sunday - might be a bit of a conflict.... For more information, visit the website.

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