Wednesday, December 07, 2005

My Journal Quilts

I have been meaning to get my Journal Quilts up since the Beginning of November! I keep forgetting to upload them when I'm in the studio. Here they are hanging (near Pamela Allen's) in Houston - thanks for sending me the photo Pamela! Detail shots follow for all but my self portrait - it's somewhere on my blog if you are really interested Ok - I have totally screwed up the layout - but the photos are here - mixed up but here. I started out doing my journals in an abstract style - but after a few months I decided that I really wanted them to be reflections of what I was doing during each of the months. February - Gates Snow and gray trees are dull backdrops for the Saffron Gates of Christo. The Bethesda Fountain wears her mantle of white while the brilliant orange sparkles through the trees. June – Face of Pandora The Spirits swirling around Pandora deceives us into thinking that they are benevolent. Too late we find that what appears innocent can be deadly.

July – Hope Glimmering golden in her hands, surely a little peek could not harm anyone. True Evil slinks towards the earth, about to destroy anything, which it comes into contact with. Would you consider Hope an Evil or a Gift? August – Self Portrait (not here) Sept – Cosmic Egg Deep in space is The Cosmic Egg. If you could see inside I think you would find a world of woman hurriedly making adjustments, planting, building and getting ready for the Big Bang!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

A view of the Moon

I promised a friend I would make a few quilt blocks for a swap she is hosting. Theme was a block having to do with the Moon. I knew pretty much what I wanted to do for my blocks. When I was in Chicago at the Quilt Festival in 2003, I picked up a beautiful silver pin of Diana - it was a really nice signed piece of jewelry and I'm not sure what it was doing in with the broken watch parts. The vendor offered me a great price and I was THRILLED! I knew that this was a good piece. I found out that my pin is the work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and was originally made as an 18' tall weathervane for the top of Madison Square Garden. There are several smaller pieces and this photograph of Diana was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So I wanted to use this image of Diana against a full moon and I found a wonderful image on the NASA site. All in all I am very happy with these blocks! Now my 2nd block is a pretty typical Moon over the Mountain block. I used a sparkly white with silver flecked fabric for the moon and the same background as I used in the first block.
The background fabric is one that I bought to test - it was called something like Almost Solid - It was awful for all the other projects I tried to use it for - but I auditioned it for the night sky and it looked great - now the problem is that I would love to use this for other night skies and I don't have much left. SIGH... I hope that everyone likes the blocks they get!