When I began quilting erm……. many years ago, Libby Lehman was one of my heroes. I loved her ribbon quilts and even went so far as to experiment with her technique in my April Journal Page. Not nearly as clever as her artwork but an interesting concept I wanted to try.
As the Quilt Museum remarks – her quilts are based on spatial illusions which I am very fond of and am trying out in my Anamorphic quilts. Mine are more trick the eye illusions whereas Libby’s work is 3-dimensional. But we both love fooling the viewers perceptions.
Sadly, Libby suffered a devastating aneurysm and stroke which she is still recovering from and I am delighted the Quilt Museum are honouring her work with this lovely exhibition entitled ‘Joy’. The exhibition is on until October 17th, 2017.
Escapade by Libby Lehman
National Quilt Museum TV
For those of you who enjoy watching quilt videos (in between quilting…..), then the National Quilt Museum now has a monthly video which covers exhibitions at the museum, and discussions about the work and the artists. It’s not a substitute for actually standing in the museum and looking at the work yourself but it does give you a better idea of how the shows look in each gallery.
Might be worth checking out….?
Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon
This is a colour variation of the Pebble Bracelet pattern. Made by Teresa Sheldon in very cool jet picasso seed beads and red picasso finish fire polished crystals. Love the look.
Open Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon
Here it is laid out – the bracelet is made with separate beaded components woven together with a snap closure.
Close up of Pebble Bracelet components made by Teresa Sheldon
After a few years of NOT having a specialised art quilt competition (I think there was a lot of grumbling at the first competition) The Festival of Quilts in the UK has another art quilt competition. Have a look at the finalists.
I particularly enjoy the story telling in this piece by Laura Kemshall – In and Out of Love.
In and Out of Love by Laura Kemshall
It’s weird – I’m known for not liking realistic or photo transfer quilts but this absolutely draws me in. I think the content is so meaningful, the imagery so beautifully presented and somehow one feels the push, pull of a relationship in the way the portraits are layered, they are looking forward, away and towards each other. This image will probably stay with me for a long time.
For those of you in the know, I look after the Portland Bead Society website. As I am not a driver I try to volunteer for things which don’t involve the ubiquitous car. I’m a Brit, doncha know – and we avoid cars at all costs, probably because they DO cost. A lot.
Slight detour there (get it? Oh please, cars, detours? Never mind, forget I wrote it…). The point is, we had a committee meeting and disrupted everything. Well, we changed a few fings. So now we have a new SquareSpace theme and lots of lurvely white space for pictures.
The HomePage banner is a selection of beads from my stash. You can imagine how long it took to put all those puppies back in their kennels. But it did give me a nice colour selection to work with at some future time.
And here it is – ta dah!
Portland Bead Society website
Have a wander around the site. We have plans………
Fishing by Barbara Watler
Isn’t this lovely. I could definitely have it in my house. And seriously folks, this IS a quilt.
Have a look at the rest of the pieces on the Studio Art Quilt Associates webpage.
The exhibition is all about water – duh. Can’t imagine why an exhibition called H20h! would have anything to do with water….
Past is Present by Linda Colsh
Another lovely piece.
Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke
Even I find this extraordinary – this is a quilt?
Pebble Bracelet in Gold by Rose Rushbrooke
I always make several versions of my bead patterns. This is a shiny gold option made from the Pebble Bracelet pattern. This one is made with gold coloured seed beads, and amethyst and gold coloured fire polished crystals.
If you would like to make this bracelet – in whatever colours you chose – go buy the pattern.
YLI Prime Piecing 70wt cotton thread 6000 yard cone in Natural
YLI Prime Piecing 70wt cotton thread 6000 yard cone in Light Grey
Very light weight cotton thread for piecing – means less bulk in corners. The colours shown here are a good neutral Natural and Light Grey.
Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke
When I lived in Florida I was part of a beading group which met every Thursday. It was my first experience working with beads – and being with others who beaded and shared their talent.
Jerri Heer, along with all the other amazing work she produces, teaches how to make gemstone trees. I bought one of her smaller kits to try my hand.
I chose gold wire and amethyst gemstones. The package was a brilliant surprise – it contained just about everything I needed to make the gemstone tree, including a twisting tool, toothpicks, wire, gemstones and a lovely stone base. The only thing I had to supply was patience, and glue!
Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke
This encourages me to continue on and make a larger gemstone tree for a complicated piece I am working on…….
If you would like to make your own tree, Jerri Heer not only has the kit but she has an excellent tutorial video available for free on her Etsy site Nature’s Arts.
Video about SAQA
The professional group I’ve belonged to for 20 years or so has produced a video about the association. This film includes member interviews PLUS beautiful artwork. Find out more about SAQA’s history and how the members get inspired to create.
You can view it on Vimeo – Stitching Together a Global Community