Friday, November 9, 2012

Ice Crystals & Empty Nest

After playing around in Photoshop Elements, this pic taken with a Blackberry two years ago while walking cross country lines at work, turned into a work of art! Apparently I didn't save the original, but it looked very similar to this one...
I didn't know why I needed to own Mary Lee's ice dyed fabric so badly at the time of our silent auction at the quilt show last month, but I realized how perfect the colors are for working with this piece. I had Julie Brandon, of Red-Dog Enterprises print in 30" x 40" for me on cotton. Under $20.00! Such a deal. (Look at her site to order your own manipulated or not photos!)(Julie was wearing a vest yesterday made from her printed fabric. New idea's!)
So I started working 1/2" hexi's up from the dyed fabric. I have 400 now. I started to see what they would look like on the piece.
See the little bunch I have set out at top edge? Looks so good! Of course I have no idea where or how I am going to get them onto the piece. I need to do some quilting first, then figure that out, but I am excited about it. It will be called Ice Crystals for a show with RAFA group; theme Winter's End.

I realized I never posted a pic of "Empty Nest". It was the quilt that was to have been for a challenge that involved using a picture of a falling down old small home. I thread sketched the house and found a poem online by Stephen Spender, called the Empty House. The poem is really about the empty nest, very pertinent at this time. I didn't make the deadline for the challenge because stamping the poem took hours. I used acrylic paint and I could only kneel so long, let it dry, then back for some more. I used invisible thread to quilt lines across horizontally. This is one of my favorite pieces I have done. It will hang in my living room.

I am almost finished with a small piece for a Nature Behind Bars show. I will get pictures and post soon.
Working on my literature challenge from guild. It's the annual challenge due in January. Even though it is announced in March, we all put it off until now, or later! I know what I am doing.....almost.

I have learned:

  1. After my heal release surgery in June, I developed a large lump in my arch. After the MRI, I now have Plantar Fibromatosis. Now I have two lumps. Got the special Verapamil cream to apply 3 times daily. It, in theory, will penetrate to break down the matter. Still troublesome walking and standing. 
  2. Getting a good amount of contact from Michael via FB messaging and phone calls. Makes for a more sane mother.
  3. My sister has a 13 yr old girl and 15 yr old boy, who are in the throes of teenage attitude and inconsideration. Noni has to work 3 jobs (nurse) to pay for their private education. (not great public school system). Her phone call this morning brought back memories of Melissa! I got it all with her. I yelled, grounded, physically altercated and cried through those years. But it all comes around many years later. I am so glad I am over that. Was oh so hard.
  4. My little art quilt group has a show at GoART! this month. Free.Nice. Go. See. 
  5. I am in love with my newly reupholstered, old, heavy, solid wood, French Provincial couch and chair. Upholstery Unlimited did a truly wonderful job.
  6. Blood tests show I am menopausal. Right on schedule. Yay:(
  7. Bruce Springsteen is 63 years, 1 month and 17 days old. He still rocks. 


tisme said...

Love your piece that you started, can`t wait to see the end result.
Your empty nest quilt is awesome! Love how you added the poem.

aaaaahhhhhhhh menopause, what can I say, it sucks, but the light is at the end of the tunnel. weeeelllll, it does get better is all I can say on that.

NickiLee said...

Hi Girlfriend! Although I haven't left a comment ina ges I do check in on you everytime your post. You absolutely amaze me with your talent!!! I love your "Empty Nest" it is truly a work of art and certainly belongs hanging in your home. I don't know how you find the energy or time to make all the creative wonders you do!
Love you!

Martha Lorshbaugh said...

Don't trust that blood test. Mine showed I was "in menopause" and two weeks later I got a period.
LOVE the ice crystal project!!!

Colleen Anderson said...

Hi Kath! Love your wonderful style. You have been a busy girl with your projects. I think of you often and know it is difficult with Michael overseas. I am proud of are handling it with grace. And Melissa's move must have been an adjustment for you. I must say, the first couple of years of empty nesting was difficult for me but now I am so glad the kids are all busy in their lives, working and we Skype often. I am greatly enjoying my home time to get into my own projects.

Take care dear one. Love you and seeing what you are doing. I will update my blog one of these days...much has gone on! axel

Thearica said...

I missed this one! Love what you did with the photo challenge!

I wish we lived closer so we could have sew ins. :)