Saturday, June 16, 2007

Exemplar

When I was in the midst of getting the three projects done for the Quilting with Beads books to be published by Lark Books, I needed to do something quick and fresh so I fused up this sweet little garden.
I just love how it turned out. Sometimes the best work is the stuff that just flows -- no planning, no second guessing. I going to send it to Somerset Studio to consider for the "exemplar" they publish in each issue. And exemplar is a creative exploration of the alphabet. You can see I stamped a letter on each blossom. (I inked over the A which got a bit lost under the surface design.) And the green background on the lower half is also the alphabet, handwritten over and over.
The dots are painted on the top after everything else was done using sequin waste as a stencil. Looking at it again here I am wondering if the little red flowers need some kind of stems. Hmmm.
I'm sitting here reading blogs and enjoying a cappachino while Jeff is at McDonalds with the kids for pancakes. Sacred Saturday. Now I'm off to the studio to work on the latest Frayed Edges project.

10 comments:

mathea said...

I love this piece! I have a thing for textile pieces with lettering, and this was just so fresh and cheerful. I would not have added stems to the flowers - I like them floating around the way they are. If you were to add stems, the lower part of the picture might be a bit "crowded", I think.
But that's just my humble opinion :-)

kristin L said...

It is so sweet. I hope that you are keeping a file (or bookshelf) of all your published work. I'm sure Somerset will print this piece.

Gerrie said...

I love it and it just has your artistic dna all over it.

Vicki W said...

It's lovely! You put so much thought into ever design detail of your work and it really shows!

dee said...

so sweet and, as always, I just love the writing. It adds something so wonderful to the design-kind of mysterious. I want to get up close and find out what it says-love it!

Carrie said...

What a great quilt - I love it!
Great blog you have here, I'll be back again!
God bless :)

Rhonda said...

Great job! It is true that sometimes projects just seem to flow out and great things happen.
Way to go.

Karoda said...

love love love it! i want it!!!!

Heather said...

There is so much "crafty goodness" going on in this piece! It's like a breath of fresh air. I love the painted dots. You must have used some sort of stamp?

Mrs. Mel said...

I can't believe I missed this day on your blog. I love this piece too and especially love the surface work you did. So great an idea to use sequin waste as a resist for paint. Must try that...