Monday, May 31, 2010

"From Rags to Riches"

describes the quilt pictured here.  Back in October 2009 I found this piece of fabric with some of my hand drawn sketches and almost threw it away.  I started for the trash bin when a light went on.   I said to myself " You did a lot of sketching on this piece even though it was only stapled to a table as a cover for pressing other fine art pieces".   I'm a born doodler and just was tempted to sketch on it one day, and continued as time went by to add more and more drawings.
Well, as shown in my October 7, 2009 post it's come a long way baby.  I've done a lot of hand embroidery, some painting and some couching of ribbons along with some crystals in other places.  My almost trash has become a treasure.


Monday, May 24, 2010


In my old studio after discovering color and before moving into my new space.  The picture is not a good one at all.  I think I scanned it from a photo before I got my digital camera.


Some people have "something to say ", and some people just have to say "something".  Well, today I have something to say.  Isn't it wonderful to design, and create anything you want, any way you want.  I find great freedom in my art world, whether its painting, sewing, designing, creating something from nothing or whatever.  Isn't it wonderful to be able to have freedom to make whatever you want without any restrictions.  If it's too long, cut it off.  If it's too short, add some more to it.  If is just plain ugly, spruce it up by adding something beautiful to it.  If it's the wrong color, you can paint it, dye it, or bleach it.  I'm talking about "FREEDOM".  I love freedom that's why I like being my own designer.  I do not like patterns that tell you how long, or how much or what color .  I just like to start with the fabric and cut right into it and start making just what I have in mind.  If it comes out ok, that's ok, but if it does not come out alright that's ok too.  Isn't it wonderful to have this freedom.  Liberation is wonderful.  I remember when I first started making quilts.  It was calicoes, pinks , greens and baby blues.  I never thought at the time that there was more to quilt making than nine patches, triangles, 1/4 inches, lights and darks, squaring up and matching.   WOW!! How good I  felt the day that I realized that there were other colors in the world and that I was not being myself as long as I played that silly copy-cat quilt making game that everyone seemed so excited about.  When I realized that I could not follow someone elses pattern without totally changing almost everything about it I came to realize that I was not a regular quilt maker who follows someone elses patterns but that I was actually a designer.  The pattern game was so restricting to me, besides I realize that I cannot follow instructions.  LOL
One day years ago I saw colors in a whole new way. I had a rude awakening that day.  Color, color, color.   More and more colors.  I'm excited today about color and the freedom to make whatever I want, however I want, and whatever color I want.   WOW!!!