I worked on Zach's book in Blurb's BookSmart program. Here's one of his original pages.
On the In Him quilt, I played with adding and substracting shapes and buttons. Not working. I realized the problem. I needed to crop the quilt. At the end of the day I was taking the binding off all 4 sides before I crop.
Today I worked on Zach's latest book, The Kitty Food machine. I already scanned the pages. Today I rotated the pictures and cropped excess.(a page) Zach made his book in the summer when we were visiting.(in art room) This book will be more complicated. We'll need to use cartoon balloons for Kittykee's words.
Pinned the gold back on. Just tacking it down here and there. Will see how that goes. Doubled up blue machine stitches across the quilt. Looked at button and beads for adding later. The process continues.
I am pondering how to say what I want to say, what I am compelled to say in this quilt. It is rather risky letting you see that this is not easy for me. Also-it is not completed. In the mixing bowl of process is the brown-I have some plans for making that work. It does not work here, yet I want to use it. The emptiness is bothering me at the top. So - in the process there is indecision, missteps and quandaries that I'm going through. But that is the creative process.
I think I want to use a filmy golden organza. I may take the 'trailing gold' off. Process.
I love my walking foot for machine quilting. It has 'feet' that walk on top of the three-layers of fabric & batting, so the layers do not bunch up. Today, with the walking foot, I machine quilted along the edge of each floating shape. Photo: reverse side of quilt, where all threads are brought to the back and knotted.
Yesterday I was out of the studio. Nelson and I drove over to New Bedford, Massachusetts to see our friend Pastor Paul Emmanuel Ntap Ekoue, visiting from Yaounde, Cameroon. Pastor Paul is married to Wabi Pearl, a wonderfully gifted artist. We spent a Sunday with them in Cameroon at their Presbyterian church - where Nelson preached, in their home - meeting Wabi and seeing her jewelry-making and out to a delicious relaxing dinner. A perfectly refreshing day! Our time together yesterday was a great blessing, catching up on family and friends back in Cameroon. I wore the necklace and earrings Wabi created. Nelson and I are abundantly blessed with friends and friendships around the world - like with Pastor Paul and Wabi. Really, what is more important than relationships? Nothing!!! When all is said and done, relationships-people, grounded in faith in Jesus, are all we take to heaven. In the photo below Marcia and I are with Wabi in her home, wearing her jewelry. Click here to see a post I wrote about our experience meeting Wabi Pearl, the artist, in Cameroon.
So little time to work today. When I made it up to my studio, the good lightng was long gone. It was raining again. My work room was dark. After putting the track lighting on, I made the decision to move ahead and start sewing the scrap pieces to the sky background. So here we go... Looking forward to working on it tomorrow. Photo: uneven lighting but this is how the piece looked when I left to make dinner.
"For in Him we live and move and have our being."words of Paul from Acts 17:28
What fun working on something so free - no set direction - just loose ideas - fabric scraps floating on sky fabric. Some might call this approach intuitive, I call it Spirit led. Last week I began with a different sky background. Next day it changed to what you see above. This afternoon I took the fabric off the wall and worked flat. Easier to see how buttons, sequins and metallic threads might look floating along with the fabric scraps.` Yes, moving with the Spirit.
Sometimes a Bible verse pops into my head - I'm not mentally going through verses I might apply to a situation - no it's not like that - it just comes. I was thinking about my little grandson, when this verse came to me. "For in Him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28. He took a bad fall recently, resulting in a concussion.I was so thankful to God that he was not seriously hurt. As the words of that verse played over and over in my head, inspiration for a new quilt series came rather un-expectantly a week later. Again I was not mentally going through some ideas to picture the verse. A very loose picture simply came into my mind's eye - shapes floating on a sky background. Inspiriation took root and out came hand-painted sky fabric and boxes of scraps. I began trying out an idea on the work-wall - sky fabrics up first and fabric scraps floating on top. I'm excited about the possibilities. A quilt series had just been birthed.