A Look Back Over My Shoulder, A glance At The Past

It felt good to have finished my Iris quilt.

It’s hanging in it’s new spot in it’s new home.

I did this commission for a friend, who commissioned it as a gift for one of her friends. It’s such a good feeling when you’re happy with the result of a work you started.

I think many artists are perfectionists, they often find it difficult to stop tweeking with their work. They’re looking for perfection & there’s always “something” think of adding which you feel would be a slight bInmo

find which you might would be a slight improvement, if you look long enough. Learning when to say “enough is enough” is hard to do

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Been out of touch, too much going on, my head is spinning. I’ve been working on 4 quilts, one of which is for a friend. That quilt is first in line. I’m having fun working on it. The other 3 can wait, they’re for my Etsy shop.They’ll get there.

Continue reading “Been out of touch, too much going on, my head is spinning. I’ve been working on 4 quilts, one of which is for a friend. That quilt is first in line. I’m having fun working on it. The other 3 can wait, they’re for my Etsy shop.They’ll get there.”

It’s Blue and Pink and Finshed!!!

Blue and Pink A cherry blossom art quilt, it is a big size and all those cherry blossoms took a long  Time to make. I took the inspiration photos last spring and I have finally finished my art quilt. That’s a while.

I’ve had a few progress reports along the way, so I’m  sure that you have seen this quilt already.

Here’s my video of the finished art quilt.

Blue and Pink

On a walk the other day, I passed under a group of cherry trees. I looked up. What I saw was a very blue sky that was filled with delicate pink blossoms. It made such a pretty sight, it needed to be photographedContinue reading “Blue and Pink”

Think Art, See Art, It Surrounds Us.

Don’t you agree that one of the things which have a great effect on our lives is, what we think, our attitudes & what we believe to be true?

When we are convinced something is true, it colors our perception. If what we happen to believe is  wrong, the conclusions we draw could be wrong.

Continue reading “Think Art, See Art, It Surrounds Us.”

You’re Never Without a Camera

  1.  On my walk one day last month looking up I saw delicate pink blossoms with sky blue behind them. Glorious cherry blossom time! Thanks to my smart phone I could snap off a few pictures. It is so easy to do with the smart phones most everyone carry.
  2. Another perk of always having a camera with you? Think of all the opportunities for selfies, we take them ever where we go. How fortunate we can chronicle every moment of our lives!
  3. I’m sure we have all found it convienentt.Thanks to my Smart phone I took a few pictures,  I started a new art quilt. Here are a few photos.
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The silk painted and ready tours.

1-I’ve finished painting all the silk, Some pink that I’ll use to make the blossoms. I eventually made zillions of blossoms ( a wee exaggeration [but it felt like a zillion). Also the blue sky and limb colors  I was ready. Let the appliqueing begin.  like  like

2-At this point I’ve finished appliqueing everything onto the background and have begun thread painting.

Here are photos of progress

It’s coming along..

Art available for sale. A sample of avilable work can be purchased on my Etsy shop, I have additional work shown there. Here is a link that takes you there.

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My other art quilt top, very red flowers
Impression of a Garden Barbara Harms

One of my quilts is at lower right
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A beautiful magazine filled with with insigtful

Art Quilting Studio magazine

  1. I am excited to tell you. Art Quilting Studio magazine is  publishing another one my art quilts in it’s latest summer issue.  This time it is my Red Egret At Waters Edge. I tried to capture the sparkling glimmer created by the suns rays reflected as it sinks  lower in sky. 

Here’s some pictures of of my “Egret” as published in the magazine. It is a beautiful magizane and the content addresses the kind of information that most art quilters would be interested to know; techniques, materi:als and jibrands used, etc.

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I’m  excited and appreciative to be included in this beautiful publication.

  • Art Quilt of Egret

Here it is. 

  1. Note: This quilt is available on my Etsy shop, https://BarbaraHarmsFiberArt.com as soon as it is returned from the magazine.

   

 

 

 

A Few Small Changes Can Go Far

In an earlier post I suggested that it is possible to give a room a spruce up on a limited budget. Here is a good.place to start.

Paint- It can make a huge difference for a small cost. Even if you’ve never painted a room, believe me anyone can do it. You can overcome the fear of what looks like an intimating job armed with some helpful instructions. Watch some “how to” videos on UTube, you’ll be shocked how easy it is.

  1. Before buying any paint, get some ideas from Pinterest. There are so many fun clever ways to use paint to add style & make a real design statement. Check out some of those boards and notice how many clever ideas there are.

A hint, if you’re trying to give a room a new feel and change it up,  I would advise against choosing white. It is a safe choice, but not likely to bring a noticeable change. Often it is more of a neutral, taming an extremely busy room, giving your eyes somewhere to rest.

When choosing paint, the biggest thing you can do to increase the likelihood  of success is to  fork out the small expense of purchasing one of the small sample cans of the color you think you’re going to choose. Go home and paint a very large swath of that color, a big one and then live with it for a few days. Look at it in  different lights , at different times of the day. Do you like the color in different lighting?

My kitchen is yellow and blue kitchen. I love the buttery yellow next to the country white of my old cupboards. The blue tile countertops ( not visible) have a country feel.

Pink living room walls, a little different perhaps,  but if it is the exact perfect shade of pink paired with the furnishings and style that harmonize it can be great. The look I was going for was English Country. 

  1. A few great books to read if that style interests you are inspiring, “Nina Campbell’s Decorating Secrets”, “Henrietta-Churchill’s  Classic Design Styles” and for classic English “Colefax and Fowler The Best In English Interior Design” by Chester Jones”. Color and fabric pattern are crucial to create that look. Paint plays a role as well .I’ve seen a lot of yellow walls as well as pink. The wall paints and colors like butter yellow and pink as well as others are integral.

Paint, it can define a room. Maybe it can work for you,

Art Quilting Studio magazine, look for my quilt.

One of my art quilts appears in Art Quilting Studio’s summer issue. It was released June 1st. I am appreciative and excited to be included. Art Quilting Studio magazine is visually stunning, containing beautiful photos of the quilts, often including closer views of the  details.The content is informative, the kind of information that would be of particular interest to other quilt artists.

Cover of the summer issue 2017                                             Cover of summer issue 2017

The artists selected for inculcation are encouraged to share information about the construction of their quilt. They often include  the techniques, materials and brands that they used, the kind of information that would be of particular interest to other quilt artists.

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Red Egret-late afternoon

Red Egret

As the sun sinks lower in the sky, its rays shimmer as they are reflected off the water. At the water’s edge stands a red Egret. 

I used silk as a backdrop for the initial painting. then thread painted the picture itself. I am especially proud of my egret. It’s plumage contains layers upon layers of different threads to create the depth of color.

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A detailed view of the depth of color in the plumage. Original fiber art  by Barbara Harms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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