The purpose of this blog is share with others the processes involved in my favorite form of creativity- silk art quilts. The creative process itself is a fascinating thing. I am constantly amazed by it- both its simplicity and its complexity.

I feel strongly that I am a better person since I truly started following my dream. Because of collectors--those who actually buy original art-- I am able to live my dream. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You can see more of my work at my website http://www.rebelquilter.com/.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Yikes Stripes finished!

Here I am pinning the three layers together before quilting. I use large safety pins .

Here's the full of Yikes Stripes fully quilted and the edges finished

Here's the detail shot showing some of the quilting. I mostly used metallics for the insides of my balls and an invisible smoke thread for the spaces in between the balls. The balls had mostly stippling and the spaces had mostly jagged box shapes.

Finally I remembered to photograph the back of this one. I almost always forget to get a shot of the back. The thread in my bobbin- which is what you see here- is a variegated black to white. That's why the stitching seems to come and go. All in all I am very tickled with this piece.

I wonder what I'm going to do next. As I was lying awake last night, after too many cups of coffee, I kept getting partial images of a concept. One of my first circle quilts was called "Holy Guacamole." I used various fabrics to represent the various ingredients in guacamole. I'm thinking of a similar idea but with different foods. I'm thinking "Pico de Gallo", "Orange Marmelade" and "Peach-Mango Salsa." Are you hungry yet? It seems to me that if I added the fabrics in somewhat similar percentages to what they are in the actual foods then the look should be about right. Guess we'll just have to see. I think I'll wait until tomorrow to dig through my fabric stash.

During the period while my kids were growing up my creative efforts were pretty restricted to cooking- which I love! Hah! I even got a 4 forks review for the food I provided for the Visual Arts Alliance of Nashville's Art Show. That was well before I had figured out my medium. I was keeping those creative juices alive until I could focus later.

Pico de Gallo

tomatoes- ripe and lots of them

onions- red and white

garlic- yum!



lemon juice

salt and pepper

Peach/ Mango Salsa

peaches- with that darker red toward the center

mangoes- oranges to green

onion- plum colored red onion


garlic- of course!

Lemon juice


That ought to get things started. Tomorrow I'll show you my existing fabric stash. Together we'll decide whether I need to dye more fabrics or perhaps paint some yardage for those peaches and mangoes.

Or maybe between now and then I'll get another bright idea and go off on it!


glennis said...

ok. i've only looked at two of your posts and i'm already hooked. sign me up!
(do you go to houston QM?)

Susie Monday said...

I think your work is striking and original. Good luck in the blogosphere!