In February 2020 our guild invited Andrea Brokenshire to teach her painting botanicals on silk. What a treat! The lecture and classes were wonderful. I have admired her work for years and her teaching and organizational skills were thorough and precise. I plan on painting more of my art quilts. Check out her work.
Quite often I wake up in the middle of the night thinking quilts! I just don’t know why… Maybe it’s part of my ADD. About 5 years ago I decided to make a family tree quilt since I have my ancestry back to the 1600s when my ancestors came from England.
In Photoshop elements I made the tree background and had the fabric printed at Spoonflower. I put a timeline of history down the middle of the tree which is impossible to see (some thing I would change if I ever did one again). I scanned the different leaf shapes in my scanner/computer and typed family names on the different shapes. On the left side is my dad‘s family and on the right my moms. After Quilting the background, I attached the leaves with gold thread and viola, my family tree quilt was done. It was a labor of love that took approximately three months to make.
Who would have thought our world would be in such a dilemma?. Sharing ideas and our quilts has been the mainstay of many of us who love the creative spirit. Now we get the opportunity to share them through blogs and Facebook groups in the comfort of our own homes. While most of us now have the time to stay home, three weeks ago while taking my dog for a walk I fell and broke my right wrist in 2 places. For a woman my age that can be quite a handicap. I’m unable to use my hand and wrist and because of a cast, I’m learning to do many things with my left hand. My frustration level is high!
Just before the virus hit, my granddaughter from Washington state came to visit. At 11 she’s quite a creative soul and her parents encourage that quality. For years she has taken sewing lessons and is very meticulous. After six days she made a beautiful pillow as well as a small wall quilt. Grandma is very proud as her wall quilt, created totally by her, is absolutely stunning. After she returned to Washington, her mother bought her an iPad Pro downloaded some apps and she is now creating a book to publish and making quilts as the illustrations. I’ve attached a copy of her picture as well as the story she composed about her quilt.
So… All is not totally lost. In fact I might even keep track of the events in the next few weeks, something I have wanted to do forever in the form of a diary on this blog. Let’s see if I can figure out how to publish it now.￼