Wandering the Oak Forest
Hello from Northern California. Where the oak trees dot the golden hills. This blog is a portal for me to share with you what is going on in my little part of the world. I love to garden, craft and use my imagination in every way possible. Please visit me often and stay tuned for tutorials of different crafts you can do at home. I hope to inspire creativity in others.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I wanted to show you what became of the quilt I was working on two years ago.
I was very inspired by the colors, the graphics and Alfonse Mucha. I had lots of feedback about adding the swath of color and bubbles.. My mom was not for it. But in my mind it was exactly what I wanted to do. So I cut the center right out of my quilt and inserted color, lots of bright color.
I broke my camera somewhere along the way, so this is a overly bright photo, but you get the idea.
Here is detail of my quilting.
I entered into the 2012 Pacific International Quilt Show, New California Quilters and got it in! That was so cool and such an honor. Better yet, I went to the show and was blown away and completely inspired by what people are capable of. I felt my quilt was made by a novice and it was like a personal challenge for me to try to do better.
I miss my Blog, I have lots of fun project to show, I hope you can find lots of inspiration here for your muse.
These are few of the things I have made in the last few months. Soon I will post new photos of projects in the works.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
This design has been popping up in my head all through the holidays. I’m still in the planning stages. The smaller sets of squares are sewn but not attached. I have many many more to cut and make. I still need to make 16 more large square sections before this would be large enough for a bed. I had not thought to use batiks for the background, I was planning to use solid colors as I usually do, but the teal called to me. I love it.
In person it is luxurious with metallic flashes , glitter of gold, shimmer of silver velvet. Thank you Gustav Klimt for your amazing art… without it I don’t know that this WIP would be coming into being.
Friday, January 6, 2012
I have had precious little time to sit and submerge myself into online surfing for inspirations. The holidays just passed, I felt like I was a Christmas elf making gifts and treats. Amid all the raucous there was no time to write any blogs or update Facebook. Heck this year I did not even mail Christmas cards. How taboo, that is not like me heck last year I made each one. But know this family and friends I love you all. You know how life gets… Busy, busy busy.
Now that it’s over and I have healed from ringing in the new year, I am back to my eclectic ponderings. Steve bought by a fabulous book about the art of Gustav Klimt and it is so wonderful. The colors and gilt. I love it. I am planning my next quilt based on Klimt.
I was pushed in this direction when I ran across Wendy Ryan Folk Art Blog, in her painting I saw soft silver velvet, shimmering gold and flat black.
I have been gathering fabrics, I have the perfect silver rayon velvet, it is a blouse from the GAP … goodbye blouse.
This evening I been painting fabrics to achieve the metallic tones like I envision in my piece. I have found some gorgeous teal, green and blue green batiks to become the background.
Last night I went to Sew night up at Sew Katie Jean and after I gossiped and chatted with everyone I knew I did a bit of sketching, trying to flesh out ideas. I also found out I was the winner of the shops stocking challenge!!! For a prize I got $50 to spend, which I promptly did. I won’t go into details but that fabric is for another awesome quilt AFTER I finish this one.
If only I had good lighting, these fabrics shimmer with life in person.
I’m off to create, peace be with you.