This and That
January 26th, 2017 by Wendy

Korben Dec.2016LR

 

 

 

 

 

Must start with an adorable photo of Korben, my “grand puppy”. He’s a cutie!

 

critter patternLR

cat doll 1LRcat doll 2LR

 

 

 

 

 

Years ago, I bought the Zipper Critters pattern (Indigo Junction, A Paula Heyek Design) because— well who could resist such a cute pattern? I found resistance was futile, but then, I have a zipper obsession. I decided to adapt the pattern into a skinny doll for Evelyn, the grand daughter of my friend Pat. (And you know what Korben would do with this, right?)

 

cat doll 3LRcat doll 5LR

 

 

 

 

 

It’s about 11″ tall, with flat arms and legs. Perfect for a baby to grab…

 

Evelyn & Cat DollLREvelyn & Cat Doll2LR

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, maybe Evelyn and the Kitty didn’t get along at first….but then, Evelyn gave Kitty a big hug (and a chomp!).

 

Studio Art Quilt Associates holds a “Spotlight Auction” every year at their National Conference. These little quilts are 6″ by 8″, with a mat and opening of 4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″, vertical or horizontal. It’s fun to walk around the room to check out all the quilts, presented on little easels (matted and safely inserted into a plastic bag). Sadly, although I made several bids at the Fiberlandia conference in Portland in 2015, I walked away empty handed . These quilts will be included in the Spotlight Auction at the 2017, the National Conference will be in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the end of April.

Topsy-Turvy: My original interlocked “E” pattern.

Topsy-Turvy_Wendy_HillLRTT, MattedLR

 

 

 

 

 

You can tell I designed the composition with the smaller opening in mind. I just used blue paper for the photograph- the folks at SAQA will choose the right mat for each quilt.

 

Reverberations: Maybe 10 years ago now, I and my mother-in-law started a collaboration with 16 “cradle boards” with 2″ sides and a surface ready to paint or collage (8 each). For my surface design, I traced around bowls and plates from my kitchen- all without thinking too much. I cut up the paper into 9 squares, each 8″ by 8″. We had an interactive installation in mind, where viewers could move the cradle boards around. I did one cradle board with paint and collage and then the project languished. I still have the 9 squares, each one with a different “random” pattern. I used one of the squares to create this little quilt.

Reverberation_Wendy_HillLR

Reverb, MattedLR

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mother-in-law took back the project and finished it on her own. Improv has been in many shows and won at least one award. She used acrylic paint, yarn, paper and other materials.

improv lowrez

 

 

 

 

 

As with our original idea, Improv can be rearranged in a variety of configurations. The 2″ side of the cradle board hangs on a nail, so each block can be rotated There are a LOT of ways the composition can be arranged — however, it’s never been an interactive installation so that viewers could do the rearranging (galleries and art shows frowned on the idea).

 

I’m still working on the interactive braid scrappy big quilt project- photographs to come next. I’ve made 3 units of 6 rectangles and I’m guessing I need 70 or 80 or more units to go…. I’m hoping to use each fabric only once, so now, I’m trading and collecting with 1 or 2 other people. Let’s call it a “Friendship Braid”- anyone want to join in?

 

I like the way Reverberations turned out- I might continue this idea with the 9 squares. I included Challenges for 21 of the people on my annual card list- if people do the challenge, I will have photos to show off. I’ve received one so far. What else? I’m still living in a snow cave. We’ve not gotten any more snow, but it’s not melting a whole heck of a lot either. Lots of time to sew, right?


One Response  
  • Tierney Hogan writes:
    January 28th, 201712:11 amat

    That is a might adorable grandpuppy and that is a lovely zipper cat for Pat’s adorable grand baby! Congrats in being in the 2017 Spotlight auction. What a cool collaboration with your mother in law!


Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

»  Substance:WordPress   »  Style:Ahren Ahimsa