Cakes update for themed parties, more entertaining, part two

I’m a self taught amatuer and it takes me literally a whole day to do one, not including the baking. At the end of the day’s work. my entire self, kitchen, floor and sink are covered with colored icing & powdered sugar. There’s so many discolored bowls, dishcloth’s and fingers tinted by the cake decorating colors that it looks like an unsupervised 2 year old was let loose, having the best unsupervised time of his life.

Cherry Blossoms, It’s Raining Pink!

“It’s Raining Pink”. This art quilt is from the perspective of looking up the trunk of an old twisted cherry tree. It carries the scars gained from many years. As you look up you see a cloud of pink above. Your eyes follow the slow drift of a pink petal as it finally reaches the ground below your feet, that is covered with pink. Is it raining pink?

Summer Colors in a Silk Art Quilt

Here’s my newest art quilt. I have had a lot of interesting results with combining the colored acrylic inks and silk paints.  This is a good example. The abstract back drop inspired the theme. I love the orange, yellow and gold colors The flowers were painted and appliqued, and finally finished with thread painting. I didContinue reading “Summer Colors in a Silk Art Quilt”

Art Quilting Beyond Arts and Crafts

Art quilting, fiber art or whatever you choose to call it, has had its share of controversy. That statement might surprise many people.  Let me give some background.   For many traditional quilters, art quilts and the techniques involved didn’t seem to fit in with traditional quilting. Which was true, there were some elements of traditionalContinue reading “Art Quilting Beyond Arts and Crafts”

I got a nice mention on Interior Design Style Guide’s Blog

A silk painting wall hanging. This art quilt has a natural theme, birds and the moon.It has been featured in nterior Design Style Gu

Tracy McCabe Stewart Update

Here’s an update from Tracy McCabe Stewart. Material Ways I am thrilled my piece, “Cave Series VII” is included in the Material Ways Show!  Information below: Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will host “Material Ways,” an exhibit of art quilts created by our Illinois and Wisconsin regional members of SAQA, the Studio Art QuiltersContinue reading “Tracy McCabe Stewart Update”

Do you have to be Daddy Warbucks to collect art?

Many people would think that statement was the absolute truth. Nay Nay this is not the case. Need some convincing? This article from ARTINFO  has some interesting insights on that topic. http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/32129/tips-for-novice-collectors/ They present some strong points, here are a few: They make the point that in economic downturns there are fewer buyers resulting  lower prices and more affordableContinue reading “Do you have to be Daddy Warbucks to collect art?”

Lisa Call -Investigating Boundaries in Abstract Contemporary Textile Art

Lisa has described her work in this way,“I design and create vivid geometric abstract contemporary quilts. Some people call these things art quilts, or studio quilts, or fiber art, or studio art quilts or any number of other terms. I prefer the term “quilts” but it conjures up images of our grandmother’s quilts.

And while traditional quilts are beautiful, they aren’t what I make, so I’ve added the term contemporary to better define my choice of art media. Whatever you want to call them, quilts are my passion. My goal is to become the very best artist possible and so I spend most of my free time making art..”

Denise Tallon Havlan quilts of Unbridled Passion

Denise Tallon Havlan’s award winning art quilts have been described with words like innovative, imagination , excellence in workmanship. In her creative approach she has indeed marched to the beat of her own drummer and the results are stunning.  The name she has given to one of her out standing quilts, ” Unbridled Passion” is a good descriptionContinue reading “Denise Tallon Havlan quilts of Unbridled Passion”

Way To Go Betty Busby!

A few updates on the amazing Betty Busby! Opposites Attract” has been selected to be a part of the 2011 Quilt National Show. “Push”, in Quilt Visions in Oceanside, Ca, has been sold from the show to a private collector. “Sandia Mountain Spring” was an award winner at IQA’s “Wonders of the World” special exhibitionContinue reading “Way To Go Betty Busby!”

Adventures in silk painting or how to make a BIG mess in your kitchen!

I’ve been having so much fun with silk painting lately, as I’ve repeatedly mentioned. There are some very cool  techniques and I’m an  artist from way back, so this is  like it in many ways. I’m finding lots of applications, fabric for art quilts, silk paintings, hand painted scarfs and so on. One little problem though, I liveContinue reading “Adventures in silk painting or how to make a BIG mess in your kitchen!”

Master quilter Diane Gaudynski-“How does she do that?”

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I want to interview the quilters who I have the highest respect and admiration for. I am thrilled and elated to offer this interview with Diane Gaudynski. When looking at her work you can’t help asking yourself ; ” How is this quality of quilting perfection possible on a machine  quilted work?”. The nameContinue reading “Master quilter Diane Gaudynski-“How does she do that?””

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