Archive for March, 2011

Thanks to Ethne, who lives in Scotland, I got lured into a Charley Harper quilt-along. I have no idea how I stumbled upon this one day (or evening) by surfing the net, but I was immediately captivated. A little Charley Harper wall calendar hung on the wall in my sewing room all last year, and I have purchased several cards with his bird images on them, so I was already a big fan of his artistry.

It didn’t take much to convince me to join the quilt along, since all the elements were spread before me like a feast on a picnic blanket: birds and other critters portrayed with whimsical abandon by this prolific artist. His colour palette and his imagery begs to be interpreted by quilters!

The flickr group photo pool was a great inspiration, too. What a great community of creative textile artists we are!

choosing fabrics

I love an excuse to explore my fabric stash for just the right fabrics. The image I chose is Charley Harper’s Gray-crowned Rosy Finch.

fused to the background fabric

I selected a background fabric that was a similar tone and shade of grey that appears in the image. Then I cut out and fused the elements of the bird onto the background fabric.

Here’s the finished piece!

Gray-crowned Rosy Finch

16" wide x 11" high

I think I may add some seed beads to this, to represent seeds on the ground, because this finch looks as though s/he is looking for something to eat!

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The quilting world has lost a treasure – Jean Ray Laury – at the age of 82. I never met her, but I know her talent as an artist and a teacher,

through her books and quilts. Her legacy in textile artistry and innovation will live on in the creations of my generation and, I am sure, future generations.

There’s a lovely tribute to Jean by Lesley Riley.

Please comment below if you want to share stories about how Jean influenced your work.

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Quilts animated

I came across this great little animated video (about 5 minutes) on the National Film Board blog site and had to share! I suggest you watch it in full screen mode. Kaleidoscope-like effects show traditional quilting motifs transforming into blocks, all choreographed to music. Sit back and enjoy!

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