Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Janet's Quilts

Janet's Harmony

Janet decided, after we invited to join our group, that she would love to go back and make quilts for all of the past themes!  Of course, I was delighted.  She asked me recently if I would mind posting her photos and her brief explanations of the quilts, since she is just learning the ins and outs of posting and blogging.  I told her I would be happy to do this.  You are going to love not only seeing her wonderfully creative and beautifully constructed quilts, but her sense of humor comes through loud and clear!

So above is Jane't Harmony.  Since her "narratives" are so brief, I will be posting all the quilts and all the explanations of them in this one post.  Here is what Janet has to say about her Harmony quilt:

While researching pain control I came upon a site for cancer patients who color mandalas while receiving chemo.    I had never heard of a mandala so I went into research mode more than a little skeptical.   Mandalas have been around for centuries and show up in nearly every culture.  I downloaded a few from a free site and on an especially bad pain day I gave it a try.   When I finished coloring it I was surprised to see how many hours had gone by.  Not only had I not felt any pain but a sense of calm and peace came over me.  For the Harmony quilt I chose my favorite mandala to color and then had to figure out how to convert that to fabric.  I had to do it in layers with heat and bond, making it too difficult to sew through so I placed tulle over the front.

Janet's South

South did not make me think of a direction or region but what it was like growing up in the south.  I made notes for weeks and edited and re-edited.  Some things cannot be explained unless you grew up deep in the Bible belt in the fifties.  My husband is from Texas and considers me a Yankee and I'm from Oklahoma.  This is only my second time to quilt something and first time to color with pigment pens.  I lightly glued the pattern onto the quilt to sew the flowers and forgot about the lettering done with transparency paper.  I ironed it so set the glue and ruined the print which I did not know till I went to pull off the paper.  So it is patched here and there.  This quilt was many new lessons learned, the hard way.

Janet' Daydream

This one was especially hard for me.  I really don't have daydreams, I have to live with the reality of my situation and to sit and dream of something different would be futile.  So this quilt is a representation of what I wish my life was like.  Bright, orderly, structured, balanced. Ok, so I do daydream just a little about George Clooney and chocolate.  Geroge Clooney in chocolate, me with George Clooney in the chocolate......sigh.

Janet's Mystery

the back of Janet's Mystery quilt

This one was easy.  I have loved all the reincarnations of Sherlock Holmes over the past 112 years but my all time absolute favorite was Basil Rathbone.  We did not have a television in our home growing up for religious reasons so I loved going to slumber parties so I could watch the late night movies.  While the rest of them were making prank calls (Is your refrigerator running? Do you have Prince Albert in a can?) and rolling each others hair  I just wanted to watch movies. On the back you can read a listing of all of  his movies and the year they were released.

Janet's Elements

Several years ago on a trip to Austin to take our son to the airport we stopped behind a man driving a Honda Element.  I said, “Look, there's a man in his element.”  From the front seat I get silence.  So I said it louder just in case they did not hear me.  Nothing.  We have levels of puns in our family, good ones, groaners, and not worth acknowledging.   So this quilt is for my husband David and my son Justin who I have been torturing for years with this pun.  Until they at least acknowledge it I will not surrender even though they have both asked me to give the car pun a brake.

Below, one I almost left off, Janet's Surprise quilt.  

Janet's Surprise

For a long time all I could think of for surprise was Gomer Pyle, surprise, surprise, surprise.  I did not want to look at that on my wall every day.  On a trip to Tyler to see husband David's family, his sister gave him some baby clothes and items she had found in their mother's cedar chest.  Among the items were two shirts for her baby shower, hand embroidered with names of her friends.  One was baby blue and the other was pink.  I started thinking about what, if anything, is a surprise anymore.  With the technology we now have and the ability to tell everyone everything, the moment you hear it, this surprise no longer exists.  I think my son's generation is the last one where parents didn't know what you were going to have.  I know everyone wants to have their color-coordinated baby "suites", as they now call them, ready, but there is nothing like the joy of the doctor telling you it's a boy or it's a girl.  I was asleep at the time and so groggy afterward, when I did see our son, it didn't sink in.  Everyone who came by the first day said I asked them over and over what I had.  They could have stuck me with someone else's baby.  No, I know he is mine, because we laugh at the same time in movies when nobody else laughs!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lois Schlowsky - New Member from Atlanta

 My name is Lois Romei Schlowsky and I am so thrilled to be the new member of Material Mavens. Just love your name!!! I am intrigued by your bi-monthly challenge to create marvelous fabric works of art.

I look forward to many fun projects together

I have been sewing since home economics class in the 7th grade.
In high school, I made and designed most of my clothes. Then I went to Art School (majoring in printmaking and painting) at RIT where I met Tricia Deck, who is a dear friend.  (So happy you put a good word in for me Tricia.)

Professionally, I had a career as an illustrator, doing corporate illustration and children’s  textbook book illustration for 25 plus years.

My husband and I moved to Aruba for 5 years, where I resumed gallery painting , and got reintroduced to sewing by a Quilting Group I joined on Aruba.   I had seen some of Tricia’s quilts- found the island quilting group and decided at her urging to give it a go.
The group was about 25 strong, which is amazing for such a tiny island.  I could not have been with a more supportive, diverse group of women, from age 23 to 82.
I have included a couple of quilts I made on Aruba for you to see.

I now live in Atlanta Georgia, and after several years of caring for my mother with Alzheimer’s, now have the time to get back to quilting.  I have a painter’s mindset with my fabric, and create with fabric on the fly.  I so admire the patience and skill it takes to do precise piecing.My work tends to be more fluid as  I’ve never been able to color within the lines!!!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Newest Kid on the Block

My name is Carol Babineau and I am the newest member of the Material Mavens! YES! I am looking forward to having a fun and challenging time creating with all of you.

I have been working with fabric and making “things” all my life. I started quilting about 32 years ago, took a seven year break and then came back to it and found the whole world of quilting had changed!

I proceeded to do what most of us do – buy things to make things- and went straight into art quilting. I have enjoyed every minute of it too.

I have a couple of pieces of my work here:  

 This is/was for my son and his new wife as a wedding gift. I combined two different photos that her Dad sent to me and I finished it in time to pack it and take it personally. They really loved it and it was one of the favorite pieces when I went to jury for my fiber at the League of NH Craftsmen. (I did get in for that category, by the way)

This one is one of my favorites - why - no clue, I just like it, so I kept it :)

I already have my challenge piece planned out - now to just make it!