Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I have a deadline approaching. My small group inchies need to be mailed out. From a larger group of postcard exchangers a smaller group emerged to take on the fun of making inchies and exchanging them. I don't believe any of us had ever made them. Tiny art, big hands. A bit of a problem but you begin to feel the piece and after practice get better at making them. I love it when others give you suggestions because they have been there before. They know the drawbacks and pitfalls and can offer helpful hints.
That is where my middle son is also. Today is the day his career as a police officer begins, officially. Swearing in, graduation - it's just the beginning to a bigger and longer race. The duration will be long, frustrating at times but most of the time filled with gratitude for an opportunity he has been given to serve the public. I know - I watched his father do it well. The oath he took said it all - to protect and to serve.
I'm not always good at serving others. Sometimes I just want to be left alone. But my son thrives on serving others. He is a gentle soul, a happy person with a great heart. Yesterday I had a flat tire and not only did he change the tire; he felt my car needed a good washing. He goes the extra mile. That is what I want to do in my art work. Fannie taught me to look at my art as an extension of myself and to go the extra mile in making the inchies. There is a verse I am reminded of that goes like this: if they want you to walk a mile, go another mile; if he wants your garment give him your cloak also. This is my paraphrase but you get the jest of it. Going the extra mile is where the blessing becomes yours.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Here is my project for QA PSI's. This is a postcard with inchies going to Barbara at Quilting Arts magazine for all her hard work. Thank you, Barbara. They are black-eyed Susan's from my flower garden.
I have a friend named Susan. She was very dear to me and moved away. But we still try to stay in touch. I may send this to her along with another wall hanging I did for her.
Here is my big project of PSI's an 8x10 wall hanging. It is a computer-generated pic of my black-eyed Susan's from the garden. I cut the pic apart and made inchies. I placed them how I wanted on the fabric, added beads and steam-a-seamed them down. I added gros-grain ribbon at the bottom with beaded letters spelling out "Black Eyed Susan". I cut out another larger flower and appliqued it on. When I get it back from QA I am going to add a zillion black/brown seed beads on the button in the center. In Quilting Arts Oct/Nov 2007 magazine Julie Hirota had a wonderful article on Fiber Tiles. That is where I got this idea from. Hope she does not mind my using the idea. "It's in the mail", "It's on the way" so the sayings go. I hope it makes MA in time.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Today I am working on a PSI project to mail to QA magazine for Houston IQF. I have photographed many flowers from my yard. This project made me realize I have so many I need to go through them and delete the photos I will never use.
While walking my dog this morning I did not find my usual penny but a nickel. Coins from heaven. I want to see more clearly what is really around me. I need to go deeper.
This beautiful flower is from a bouquet my DH bought for me just because. I love the "just becauses". Don't you?
Sunday, October 21, 2007
There are days you are in the learning curve. This is one of those days for me. This is not originally what I wanted to post. I wanted to upload an amateur video I did showing one of my FAT tags. Needless to say that did not happen.
So I am posting Day 2 of "Walk By Faith, Not By Sight". Day 1 was the beginning of my created blog. I never did explain what Walk By Faith is. One day as I was preparing to walk my dog I decided I wanted some rusty, old, beat up, metal bottle caps. I thought as I walked I would look for some. Like in the OT when God and Adam visited in the garden in the cool of the day, God and I have these little conversations when I walk. He and I have this "thing" about me finding pennies. It reminds me of a promise He gave to me about my life.
Anyway, looking for rusty metal bottle caps expanded on the first day into "Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" and a quilt I may make from this 8-day pickup of "man droppings". You're familiar with doggie droppings, well, man droppings is the name I call the stuff I found on my walk.
It is amazing the unusual droppings one person can find while walking! But The Creator offered a challenge to me in this pickup. I could only pickup droppings that would fit into one of my pants pockets. That proved to be even more interesting. What this little challenge made me do was to become more observant of my surroundings And of course, as I walked the angels continued to drop pennies from Heaven for me to collect and to remind me of my promise. That's what a friend tells me because everyday when I walk I call her and laugh and tell her how many coins I have found for the day. She says it encourages her in her daily walk to trust God. The metals I have found prove to be interesting pieces that draw me to do something with them. And of course, I found the old, rusty, beaten up metal bottle caps I was looking for.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
My grandmother passed away and when she did I inherited some of her fabric. She was artsy and quilted too. The cloth angels were made from grandma's fabrics. What joy and pleasure working with fabric my grandmother had touched and used herself. But one of the greatest works I ever produced is holding his doggie statue. And beside him is a doll he made when he was very young. Those days are passed and he has grown into a fine young man of 21 years young. Soon he will be a third generation police officer and married beginning a career of his own. I always thought he would be a vet; he loves animals so much. How time does fly!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
I joined an Art Quilt Study Group at the beginning of the year. Everyone has an assigned topic each month to focus on. We can make a small 8 1/2 x 11" quilt related to the topic. This was the first one I did on the topic "Trumpets". I began by using a photo of my face, manipulating it in a scrapbook program, putting it on fabric base, adding flag fabric and specialty black fabric to try to produce what looked like the ends of trumpets. No matter how one feels about the war it brings pain and tears and bugle taps for the soldiers brought home to their final resting place.
The trumpet covers the mouth: there is life or death in the power of the tongue. You can choose to use your words to edify and build up another or you can tear down and destroy by the words you speak. Which do you choose today?
I'm here waiting by the fence to chat. I captured on camera this beautiful bird perched on my fence and it never moved; just looked at me with its soft, gentle eyes. What do you see? are you really looking? When you look at me does it feel like I am moving, ready to fly away or just watching over you?
"bridge" using the words
reflections from the water.
It will go to a member in my Postcard Xchg #37.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
go to ladies in Postcard Xchg #37. The sunset is a pic from my camera on the Colonial Parkway
at Jamestown. The middle is an abstract of a bridge in Maymont Park, Richmond. And the
beautiful purple clematis is from my own yard. I am trying to branch out in different works