Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Yesterday when my entry to the Quilting Arts Magazine's reader challenge, Let out Your Inner Animal, wasn't selected I was disappointed. Then I reminded myself there were probably over a hundred entries and only 20 were selected. That helped some. Then this morning I read a digest from the Quilt Art list and looked at several other entries that were not selected and realized the 20 that were selected must be amazing if the ones I looked at weren't!
I had intended to make a bear as my inner animal, have him sit beside a stream and maybe Alaskan mountains in the background. When I gathered materials and started putting things together the stream morphed into the ocean. Then the motif from a piece of blue paisley I have been saving popped out and I saw an awesome Nymph! I thought water nymph! But they are fresh water creatures. I looked up Nymph and recalled it is also a stage in some insects development, like a dragonfly. I speculated that like a developing dragonfly I am still developing, growing, changing, both as an individual and as an artist. That set the stage! I added small elements cut from a great water fabric with waves to depict the surf. Another paisley became the tide pool bordered by a rocky outcropping.
I fused the different elements to the green paisley as a foundation. Backed it with freezer paper and free motion quilted the elements. Working on the surf I decided to use a variegated thread and attempt thread painting. I was pleased with this, my first real attempt at thread painting! Once the freezer paper was removed I layered with batting & backing, did a few additional machine quilted lines, then embellished the Nymphs with seed beads and added a few 'rocks' to the beach.
I decided to enter this challenge for sure only the weekend before it was due, so I spent the evenings focused on its completion. I learned I can push myself to create and actually have a result I am pleased with in a very short time frame. The 8.5 X 11 inch format probably helped!
I will be listing this little quiltlet in my Etsy shop. I have not listed anything new for awhile, I anticipate this as the beginning of my next wave of creativity! Working small is interesting!
I have been piecing the 2 challenges due in the next 2 weeks. I am working on the design possibilities for the Quilt art 15 year challenge as well... it is good to be busy!
Posted by PeggySue at 6:05 AM
Saturday, January 23, 2010
So, I have a new again OS back to Windows XP, easier for me to navigate. I have been trying to learn photo editing with a new program and making some progress. The above image is less than optimum! However, I was able to edit and crop the entry for Quilting Arts Magazine Inner Animal Challenge and send the email entry by the deadline- yesterday! I will post an image after I know if my entry was selected, being announced next Tuesday, 1/26!
I'm busy working on Etsy challenges again after taking a week off to do the Quilting Arts Challenge! The Autumn Greenman is taking a back seat. I have designed a different option to represent The Turning of the Wheel. I am looking forward to seeing if I can make it a mobius strip out of a representation of the seasons that is continuous. That's the plan for now.
Will see if I can get back to regular short posts... always a good goal!
Posted by PeggySue at 7:36 AM