Coming attractions–

Short, short post to show you the gorgeous fabrics I got in the mail.

I’m working on a couple of projects with these and I’ll give you all the details as soon as they are ready.

Soooooo pretty!

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Burning leaves

Nope–not fireing up piles of autumn leaves yet. I’m making leaves with organza and a soldering iron.

I’ve only done this once before, so I wasn’t sure if I remembered it correctly. Went to Youtube and there is surprisingly little on the technique, or else my search terms were waaay off.

Glass on the table, item to trace under the glass, soldering iron warmed up and ready!

Only have one tip for this borrowed iron, but I know they make them like a pencil point and that would have made it easier. Maybe I’ll go get one for next time…this is too easy and I love the result!

The next question, though, is whether or not it is accomplishing what I want for my forest floor piece.

I want them ghostly and floaty but they don’t show up quite enough. Maybe I just need more…which means a trip to the fabric store.

And, yes, I tried a peach colored organza and it absolutely did not work. But there may be some organza autumn leaves in the near future! Fun technique!

Getting back to normal

It’s finally starting to feel as though I’m back to my normal routines again. I was able to start clearing up the absolute chaos in my studio and find a bit of room to work. It feels as though I have been away from home for months, but it’s really because I have been learning and teaching and not focusing on playing with my toys.

It started with my class at Quilt National and learning how to do infused newsprint cloth from Margarita Korioth. Then a wonderful three days with Susan Purney Mark exploring all kinds of surface design on fabric. Immediately following was two weeks of concentration on Blue Lake projects and students. AQS-Grand Rapids…glad I didn’t sign up for any classes! I met a vendor and we are talking about pattern writing and samples, but not sure if that’s a direction I wish to travel. Whew!

Playing normal, then! I chose a backing and decided on a finishing method for my You Go, Girl! picture.

There is a lot of stitching on it already from the collage construction, but adding batting and backing allowed for more stitching and texture.

This girl stared at me for 2 weeks at Blue Lake and home, insisting on a finish. I made both of us happy today!

One of the things I cleared off my table was my recent fabric indulgence. I love Marcia Derse fabric and could not resist adding these to my stash.

I believe I still have the last fabric I bought of hers, too…it’s almost enough just to pet it!

And I never visit the Toledo Museum of Art without finding something inspirational. This time is was a beautiful chair……..and I did not even LOOK at the creator’s name!

Because as wonderful as the chair itself was, I fell in love with the shadow of the chair.

I don’t know how or when, but that will appear in my work in some form!

Settling in to the home routine really feels great. Next adventure isn’t for a few weeks and I hope to get enough done to feel caught up and on top of my studio life by then. I didn’t even mind having to mow the lawn yesterday, since that’s a part of the regular routine that I happen to like!

And I still have great hopes for a day with a nap…THAT is a totally indulgent day!

Museum day

This was not a week for sewing at all. Monday and Tuesday were spent doing laundry, sorting all the stuff I took to Blue Lake with me, hanging with the grandson and being home again. Wednesday was an ‘organize myself’ day, with a little work on this,

and Thursday I went to the AQS show in Grand Rapids. That was fun but I took no photos–I find that I don’t go back and look at the work of others, so I am just enjoying it in the moment. Wonderful work, for sure.

It was also a day for connections. I met two of my social media friends for real, Jenny Lyon and Robin Koehler and we chatted as though we had seen each other every day! Great to meet them both.

And there was this vendor…………….a connection was made and there is the possibility of writing patterns using their fabrics. It’s got my brain spinning, but what is there to lose? Sounds interesting.

Friday was so much fun with the grandson. We try to take him to the Toledo Museum of Art occasionally and we always have a great time. The good time started right inside the door with an interactive art and music exhibit. The outdoor exhibits get a visit also and when I took this photo

I remembered that we had done the same photo before…in 2016, it turns out. Mr. AJ has grown a bit since then!

My plans for this week were to catch up on all my neglected garden projects, but that may be changed now. My brain is absolutely spinning with pattern ideas and that must be resolved so I can concentrate on day to day obligations a little bit, too!

I WILL get that lawn mown today, though. As well as being a necessity, it’s a great time for planning out a pattern as I work!

Lake report–final show

This post will be almost all pictures of the wonderful art show that our Blue Lake art department puts on at the end of each session. Our students always produce amazing art…and they are mostly trying new media for which they are totally untrained!

We were soooo happy with our Tell A Story face project!

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And then they had to make a house! We wanted to get the fabric art up off the flat surface and into a 3D project. Imaginations unleashed!

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And were they done? Oh, no–many of them made squash/explosion books and the art minors went to town with needle felting and fabric postcards and 3D fabric treasure boxes. Tons of work produced in this session.

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So far, that’s just what the fibers department produced. Every other department had amazing work from creative kids, too. Drawing, painting, sculpture, metals, printmaking, ceramics………I’ll give you a glimpse of a few other things from the show, because there were aisles of art to enjoy.

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The rewards for faculty are great. We work with creative young minds and get to share our knowledge with them as they begin on their art journey.

And nothing beats the treasure of camp friends for life–both for the kids and for the faculty!

Raku–I love it!

Here’s a quick little look at the magic of the raku firing…

AJ made a house of clay while he was here. This is what it looked like as it was loaded into the kiln.

And now look at how it changed.

Even the inside is shiny and sparkly!

This hasn’t even had the soot scrubbed off and it is soooo beautiful! Of course, since AJ called it a house of destruction, he may not ever want to scrub the soot off of it.

Today is art show set-up. A long and tiring day, but the reward is so worth it. It’s the ‘why’ of teaching…seeing what the creativity of young minds brings to the experience of mature teachers. I shall be taking lots of pictures on Sunday!

Lake Report 2

Things have been very busy at Blue Lake this week. We ask a lot of our students and they (for the most part!) respond with a great output of work. I am always surprised and pleased with their freedom and imagination in design. I’ll show you a quick slideshow of works in progress…

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Can’t wait until we hang the show and can see these wonderful pieces on display. I WILL take lots of pictures and show you one last post after Sunday, when my time at Blue Lake will end with a big smile. Love this, but I’m always glad to get home, too!

One of the highlights for me is raku day in the ceramics studio. The raku kiln is directly outside my studio door so I get to see the whole process and enjoy the results immediately. I loooooove raku. Here are a few shots of the first batch of the day.

So, so beautiful.

In fact, I think the word of the day IS beautiful!