've had a lovely day experimenting with ink and color at a friends house.... there were some inspirational things to photograph... our fabric painting, a metal magpie, old Bakelite buttons, wonderful china, the underside of her spinach plant and the family dog in purple.
It's early morning. All is silent. From my vantage point, I look out across the tree tops towards the ancient hills that are now dressed in summer tan. The sun has lit the top of the clouds turning them from dawn ~ grey to orange ~ pink. Everything changes as I sit and watch.
Within a short time, there is an explosion of color second to none.
The birds are celebrating a new day with an amazing chorus.
Those who are still sleeping have missed a miracle.
When I'm on the plane, traveling to interesting places. Or in an airport club... On a bus. In a line, waiting for a ticket or something else compulsory.
I'm always exploring subjects with a view to placing them into fabric or following a concept of re-creation in other materials. Everything is interesting, the way the light falls through a church window, Stone walls, the color of a door, shadows on a wall. It's not deliberate, I've always done that, even when I was a child. Of course, it wasn't until I was a quilter that I was able to express myself in the medium of fabric.
It's frustrating at times not having the time to do all the things that I create in my mind, but in another way it's like living in a documentary. Fabulous scenery, great images and interesting stories. I take photos in my mind and those images remain there until i need them.....
For many years, I felt inferior to other quilters because I couldn't use fabric in a more relaxed way in an art-fiber genre. I have the need to put in every detail, to do the finest quilting and to follow elementary elements of design....
However, now my reputation is established on those very details and I get a positive response to my work which I capitalize on.
One of the most common questions I am asked by students or quilting acquaintances is "how did you find your direction in quilting" ?
Well, it was a long road... I never imagined I would teach quilting, I never imagined I would travel and be asked to give presentations... I never imagined people would ask my opinion.... but it just happened.... i figure that I'm pretty darn lucky.
I was really taken with the tiles in Mexico.... so I figured that if you can paint a tile pattern on ceramic, you can do the same on fabric....
This tile is a traditional Mexican tile... I like the inconsistencies in the lines... it makes it more realistic... I've left fabric for the seam allowance and I will add sashing to look like grout.....
It's summer, it's hot and it's Christmas Day... but we miss our boy Jamie.
Jamie is our hero, he, along with many others are protecting the whales in our Australian waters in the Antarctic. They've had some rather heart stopping experiences and to say that they are risking their lives is not an exaggeration.
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Just click on the word 'Welcome.' and you will be transported to the web page.
You will learn about classes, view wonderful images and be privy to new information.
Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.