Wednesday, March 23, 2016

GETTING THE CALL



IT'S GETTING THE CALL TIME AGAIN.  EACH YEAR WHEN THE TIME FOR THE AQG QUILT SHOW ROLLS AROUND, WE IN THE ARIZONA QUILTERS GUILD GET ALL EXCITED ABOUT GETTING THE CALL.  " THE CALL" IS THE
TELEPHONE CALL THAT ANNOUNCES THAT OUR QUILT HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO WIN AN AWARD AT THE STATE SHOW AND LETS US KNOW THAT WE ARE INVITED TO THE AWARD CEREMONY ON PREVIEW NITE.

THE CALL DOES NOT TELL YOU WHICH AWARD (RIBBON), WHICH QUILT, OR HOW MANY RIBBONS YOU HAVE WON.  iT JUST TELLS YOU THAT YOU ARE A
                                   "WINNER" 
AND THAT IS ENOUGH FOR US.  THE US I AM TALKING ABOUT IS THREE VERY GOOD QUILTING FRIENDS...BETTY HAHN, FRANCES MURPHY, AND ME.  WE ARE THREE VERY COMPETITIVE ART QUILTERS AND WE ARE ENTERED IN THE SAME CATEGORIES IN THE SHOW.  IT SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING DRIVE TO THE SHOW TOMORROW...YES, WE ALL RIDE TOGETHER.

HOW DO I MAKE A SHADOW DANCE?  
THIS QUILT IS MY FIRST ENTRY INTO THE DIGITAL CATEGORY.  I REALLY ENJOYED MAKING IT.  I FIRST CREATED PAPER COLLAGES AND THEN PRINTED THEM ONTO FABRIC ON MY INKJET PRINTER. WHEN I HAD THE FRONT PIECED TOGETHER I HAND STAMPED THE QUOTE.  SINCE I WAS USING PAINT, IT HAD TO BE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.    KEEPS ME ON MY TOES!

I FORGOT TO TELL YOU THE SCARY PART.  THIS QUILT IS UP AGAINST BETTY ...PRETTY SCARY!

DETAIL 1                                                   

I USED SCRAPBOOK PAPER FOR THE BACKGROUND AND BECAUSE THE QUILT WAS PRETTY BUSY I ONLY DID STRAIGHT LINE QUILTING.
 
DETAIL 2    









THE ONLY QUILT LINES THAT STAND OUT ARE THE THREE RED LINES THAT BISECT THE QUILT.  AS YOU CAN SEE, I DID THE STAMPING AFTER THE QUILT WAS QUILTED.  








DUELING WITH BETTY...PRETTY SCARY

THE MURDER ARTIST   
  THIS QUILT READS (PUN INTENDED) AS ONE OF MY ALTERED BOOKS.  I PRINTED THE BOOK PAGES ONTO THE FABRIC AFTER THEY WERE STAMPED.  I USED THE FABRIC SHEETS TO CREATE THE BOOK SPREADS BY FOLDING AND GLUEING, JUST AS I DO WHEN I MAKE A BOOK.  THE INTERACTIVE CARDS ARE SEWN PAPER AND ARE HELD IN PLACE WITH METAL PURSE MAGNETS.  

THIS QUILT WAS SO MUCH FUN TO MAKE AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IF IT IS A WINNER.  THIS QUILT IS IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS FRANCES.  SORRY FRANCES, BUT I WANT TO WIN.  BETTY TAUGHT FRANCES TO QUILT AND I WISH SHE (FRANCES) HADN'T TAKEN THOSE LESSONS SO SERIOUSLY.  IT IS TWO AGAINST ONE


DETAIL...

"BUT DID YOU DO IT?"
UH UH, NOT 
QUILTY."



OK BETTY! I
DID IT ON PURPOSE.


QUILTY-
GUILTY 

CHECK OUT
THE BLING... A
LEGO WITH
CRYSTALS.

  


WELL I GUESS I JUST HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW TO SEE WHO THE WINNERS ARE.  THOSE ARE THE RULES.  JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME, I HOPE IT'S ME.
DOES THAT BREAK THE RULES?


WOMEN HAVE THE FEELING THAT BECAUSE THEY DON'T MAKE THE RULES, THE RULES HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM."

I DIDN'T WRITE IT, BUT I SHOULD HAVE...REDFOX 

PS...I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE RIDE HOME TOMORROW NITE.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

TIMES A CHANGING



I know, I know...it has been a really long time since I've posted.  Life happens.  But tonite, sitting here just a little before midnight, I feel a really big urge to write.  So here goes.

It is almost a new year and things are a changing.  I am always way behind the times on change.  It is time for me to embrace more of the digital world.  My works in the last year have changed and more and more I am printing my collages onto fabric.


HOW DO I MAKE A SHADOW DANCE?
 This is one of my favorite quilts.  I based this quilt on a poem written by Susan Wooldridge.  Susan wrote a wonderful book called Poem Crazy and I love to use her poetry as inspiration.

DETAIL  
 In this quilt I used all the characters that I have used in my books and other quilts.  I collaged and then printed on fabric run through my inkjet printer.  I then pieced the printed pages and stamped with different letter stamps and red paint.  I quilted the piece with simple lines so as not to distract from the pictures.

When I say that I am doing digital, I am kinda bluffing.  The only digital part is the printed fabric.  The collages are all cut and paste the old fashion way...
            WITH SCISSORS AND GLUE.

This quilt has been accepted into the AQS Phoenix Quilt Week
show.


HOW DO I MAKE A SHADOW DANCE 2 
 This is the second quilt I made and actually I like this one better.  I did it the same way, but used stencils and rust paint to make the border look like it was discharged.  I used scrapbook paper for the backgrounds.  Again it was all printed except for the lettering and the painted hair on my he-shes.

DETAIL
 The mustaches were appliqued on the he-she.  He-She...I think maybe that is not politically correct.  But then neither am I.

So do you think this is enough change to consider myself in the digital age?...         
                                PROBABLY NOT
                                   ...REDFOX
 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

ORIGINAL SIN...How Original!



Most of you know that I have been working, this past year, on a series of quilts portraying Adam and Eve and the serpent.  What you didn't know is that I have been doing altered books that match the quilts.  I have been removing the pages of the book, sewing and sometimes binding the edges of the pages, and then returning them to the book.  These books have been getting into art shows and museums along with their counterpart quilts.

This book, ORIGINAL SIN, is the first sewn book that I have sent to the SavArt Gallery.  I'll let you know how it is recieved when it
isn't a quilt show audience.  It has been really fun to see how far I can push the serpent angle.

ORIGINAL SIN

 When I started this book  I had the tv on and heard the background song from the BIG BANG THEORY, and I knew I had my hook.  

                  BIG BANG VS ADAM AND EVE

I used the lyrics from the song on my tabs and the beat pounded through the whole book.

  
 How do I fit evolution and  Adam and Eve in the same book?  It's easy..... I DON'T FOLLOW THE RULES.

"I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things.  The glass is always half empty, and cracked.  And I just cut my lip on it.  And chipped a tooth." 

I can't remember off-hand who wrote that, so you have to read the book to find out.

          I DON'T FOLLOW THE RULES
                                            ...Redfox 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ZOOLICIOUS

I am not quite sure that the spelling is right, but that's what my new altered book is, ZOOLICIOUS.  Syns: delicious, delectable, lusious, scrumptious, yummy.

Zoolicious is not it's real title, ZOO is.  It is one of the two books I sent off to Sav-Art Gallery last week .  The other book is ORIGINAL SIN and it is delicious too.  But today's blog is about ZOO.

I loved the book Zoo by Patterson and I watched all of the series on tv while doing the altered book.  "How ugly is the ape, and so like man." This quote by Cicero sums up my book.  It is a fast paced story about animals, evolution, and thrown in is a little creation with Adam and Eve.


Someone once said that it's man's ability to use language that makes him the dominant species on the planet.  That may be.  But I think there's one other thing that separates us from the animals.  We aren't afraid of the vacuum cleaner.  Well, I borrowed that quote from Jeff Stilson and I have to admit, I'm a little afraid of the vacuum.  I CERTAINLY DON'T LIKE IT!


I don't know if I should show you this next spread, after all I don't want to give the whole plot away...YOU WON'T BUY THE BOOK!  I can't help it...I need to show you...THINK PENCILS.


Throw in a little sex, well LOTS OF SEX, and you have got a BEST SELLER.  Just ask Patterson.

That is all I am going to say on the subject.  Well not quite. Here is a quote that sums up all my writing...almost.

THERE IS AN EAGLE IN ME THAT WANTS TO SOAR, AND THERE IS A HIPPOPOTAMUS IN ME THAT WANTS TO WALLOW IN THE MUD...CARL SANDBURG


                                    HAPPY WALLOWING
                                   ...REDFOX 








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Saturday, April 11, 2015

JAM...NEVER SWEETER



Raspberry, strawberry, which shall I have?  I think I'll have SAQA.

Let's go back to last Thursday.  That's the day that I got the notice that I had been accepted as a JAM, Juried Artist Member, of SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates. A jury of my peers had voted to accept me into the fold.  And, that is not the best part, my bestie Betty Hahn also got juried in.  We are two happy girls.

Getting to be a JAM was not an easy feat.  It took me three days just to get my work together to fill out the registration.  You have to document all your awards, shows, and publications.  Mine went back to 2008, when I started art quilting.  I sat at the computer surrounded with paper files, ribbons, and magazines I had been in.  It turned out I had done much more than I thought I had...

    BUT WOULD IT BE ENOUGH?

Laying out your work, your soul, before a panel of excellent art quilters was quite daunting.  How to pick which quilts would best show your creative voice...not easy.  And then I had heard the horror stories from excellent quilters who did not get in the first time around.

     NERVOUS MUCH?

RINGTAILED PUSSYCAT  
   Like this quilt, all the parts came togetherAfter examining my work, they proclaimed "you'll live".  Not only live, but prosper.  I took my first breath in two weeks.

        I DANCED.  I BOWED.

      NOW I WANT TO THANK THE ACADEMY...REDFOX

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

KICKED TO THE CURB




Hello to everyone.  It has been so long since I have posted.  What shall I write...

Remember when I showed you pictures of the chairs from GW? Remember , ( Goodwill )?  Well I will show you them again and then tell you a little story.

 
These are the chairs that I recovered.  Now I like those chairs, but I also like a home that is not cluttered and I have moved those zebra chairs around and tried about every room in the house and I just have too much stuff.  I have to make them go away.

I couldn't bear to take them back to GW and see them with a $4.98 price tag on them, so I decided to set them on my front curb with a sign on them...

                                 FREE.

It wasn't ten minutes later that my husband Jerry,  ( WHO BY THE WAY HATED THEM ), came in the house and told me a neighbor from up the street had scooped both of them up and hurried home.

I hope they have a nice home, and I hope that neighbor thinks I must have really great STUFF if I kicked those babies to the curb.

            Always keep them wondering
                                           ... Redfox   



















Saturday, October 25, 2014

OLDIE BUT GOODIE



OLDIE BUT GOODIE...REMEMBER THAT PHRASE?   TODAY I JUST ENTERED THE NEW SHOW AT THE HQ GALLERY IN SURPRISE, AZ. I DECIDED TO ENTER A QUILT THAT HAS NEVER SEEN THE LIGHT OF DAY BEFORE.  THIS IS THE FIRST QUILT THAT I EVER DID FREE MOTION QUILTING ON.  I CAN NOW DO BETTER, BUT THOUGHT THAT THIS QUILT SHOULD GET ITS DAY IN THE SUN.

CLARITY,  I THINK I AM COMING CLOSER

This is a quilt that I created when I first learned how to discharge.  Discharging is when you remove the color from the fabric.  You can buy a chemical retail or you can use bleach.  Any product containing bleach can be used.  I used dishwasher gel.  The figures were all made using a sponge stamp that was dipped in the gel and then stamped onto black fabric.  This fabric discharged and turned a rust color.   I sprayed a deluted bleach liquid onto the fabric to make the streaks.

The half circles on the quilt was made by placing a wet used coffee filter on the fabric, and letting it dry in place.  When removed it left the stain.  Rolled up dictionary pages complete the quilt. 


WHEN I QUILTED THE COFFEE FILTER STAINS I ADDED SOME BROWN PAINT AND STONE BEADS.




I WAS JUST PLAYING WHEN I STAMPED THESE FIGURES, BUT REALIZED THAT 

      CLARITY,

IS HARD TO ACHIEVE IN LEARNING A NEW TECHNIQUE...


 IN QUILTING, AND ESPECIALLY

                                   IN LIFE... REDFOX