Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Out with the old, in with the new


.... well not quite. I finished a piece that I have been working on and started a new one. I have been working on a still life that is a challenge from my art quilters guild. It had to be 24"sq and at least 50% black fabric. I wasn't a real happy camper when I signed up for this (actually, I signed up for it before I knew it had to be black) since I had just finished working on the black and white piece that was driving me nuts. It has no name..... I can't think of one so I am just calling it Still Life 2. The background fabrics are my shibori pieces and one I dyed black. The 2 vases on the left are African fabrics and the squat vase is one of my hand dyes that has been painted over. The flowers are silk from the craft store. I lost my marbles and hand beaded the left side. I would like to enter this somewhere but I am not sure where. This is the old.

The new is more of my shibori and hand dyes that is going to be the background for something oriental in flavor. I think I got carried away and made it larger than I wanted.... Oh well... this is what the fabric was telling me to do.


I had a frightening experience this afternoon. All of a sudden my mouse stopped working as did all 4 of my USB ports. I forced shut down my laptop and opened it up expecting to find it filled with cat hair (occupational hazard in this house). Surprisingly, it was clean ( I clean it out fairly regularly or the fans shut down and overheat. The cat hair gets caught behind the fans). Now I have no idea what might have caused this but I turned the computer back on and everything is working fine.... gremlins.

I had ordered some silk scraps by Jane Steinberg through Artistic Artifacts and my package arrived yesterday....... they are gorgeous and I plan on using them in the piece I am working on.

My poor hubby is on a business trip in Pennsylvania and Ohio and freezing his buns off... it has been a balmy 72 here. I do not miss the northeast one bit. This is what I call winter!

6 comments:

norma said...

I have a friend who moved to AZ and she is in your guild because she told me about the 50% black challenge. I thought that it sounded very difficult, but you've done a good job. I like the way you've incorporated you shibori.
My small quilt group is doing "Gray Plus One" I have some ideas, but haven't started anything.

pcoxdesign said...

I like your black and white but I LOVE the second one! Great start and colors. I too am burned out on black and white. This year is seeing black, white and blue though. Ha-ha. Can't wait to see what you do with this!

Judy Alexander said...

Love that black and white piece. The orange really gives it a pop!

Diane Beckley said...

I really like the brown one, it isn't a background, it IS an art quilt. Beautiful composition! Maybe just some hand quilting in like colors. To listen to me...
one might think I was an expert, I am not. I just REALLY like it. Your work often appeals to me.

Diane Beckley

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

They're really great Cheryl.
K

Vivien said...

The shibori pieces look stunning together like that. And wow, a second black and white piece. I would think that's tough, too, but you've done a nice job.