Sunday, September 2, 2018

"FRIEND, GOOD"...FRANKENSTEIN


There are all kinds of quotes about good friends, and one of my favorite quotes is "A GOOD FRIEND IS LIKE A GOOD BRA, CLOSE TO YOUR HEART AND SUPPORTIVE."  I don't know who wrote it, but it's mine now.

A few weeks ago Mom, Betty, and I were doing our weekly shopathron (is that even a word?) at Goodwill.  You know we dearly love Goodwill, almost as much as we love each other.  I happened to mention that there was a vase on the counter that I loved, but it was too much money.  Of coarse it went right in Betty's cart.  She said I had a birthday coming up...

Well we all have birthdays coming up.  Mine is coming up in May of 2019.

Just when we were ready to go home Betty spotted four bright orange pillows that would look wonderful on her sofa and she
literally ran over to them.  She looked them over and said they were too dirty and she didn't want to send them to the cleaners.

OK, she and Mom left. 

This story is beginning to get a little long, so to make a long story short, it went like this....





First thing I noticed was that they were a very good brand...NEWPORT.  After all they don't sell trash at the DUMP.
Second I noticed that they were filled with duck down and that the covers zipped off.
Third thing I noticed was the most important thing, THEY WERE
                               WASHABLE

I looked around to make sure that Betty was really gone and then...

       I BOUGHT ALL FOUR!



I TOOK THEM HOME AND THEY WASHED UP LIKE A DREAM.  HERE THEY ARE ON MY WHITE SOFA.  THEY LOOK SO GOOD ON MY WHITE SOFA.  AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM.  YOU SEE I BOUGHT THEM FOR BETTY.  SEE, I'M NOT AS BAD A BEST FRIEND AS YOU WERE BEGINNING TO THINK I WAS.

BUT THEY REALLY REALLY
 LOOK GOOD ON MY SOFA.  THEY REALLY DO.

TO MAKE THE LONG STORY SHORT, I'M TAKING THEM TO BETTY TOMORROW. REALLY!

I REALLY REALLY LOVE THAT VASE.

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME.                                             ...REDFOX

      












Saturday, August 18, 2018

WHERE MUSES DWELL



I JUST LOOKED AT MY BLOG AND REALIZED THAT I HADN'T WRITTEN SINCE EASTER 2017.  I GUESS IT IS TIME I GET WRITING.

I JUST FINISHED MY QUILT FOR THE CHANDLER ART QUILTS  CALL.  I'LL SHOW THE QUILT , "WHERE MUSES DWELL" AND THEN WE'LL TALK.


 
WHERE MUSES DWELL

THIS QUILT IS YET ANOTHER TAKE ON MY ALTERED BOOK QUILT.  BUT THE 18 LITTLE BINDED QUILTS ARE PRINTED BOOK SIGNATURES THAT ARE NOT INTERACTIVE, BUT ARE APPLIQUED ONTO A BACK QUILT IN A FIXED MANNER. ALSO SOMETHING ELSE IS DIFFERENT, BLACK AND WHITE
 AND RED ARE NOT MY ONLY COLORS... THERE IS BLUE.

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I ALWAYS THOUGHT BLUE WAS AN OLD PEOPLES COLOR.  MY MOTHER-IN-LAW LIKED BLUE.  BUT THIS SUMMER I AM HAVING A LOVE AFFAIR WITH BLUE.  I PAINTED ALL THE POTS IN THE FRONT OF MY HOUSE BLUE AND STARTED WEARING BLUE CLOTHES. (MOM SAID I LOOKED BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE.)  COULD IT BE?...

GOD HELP ME I'M OLD! 


THIS QUILT IS CREATED TO EXPRESS WHERE I FIND THE INSPIRATION FOR MY WORK.  MY INSPIRATION COMES FROM LIFE.


                       LIFE...THE BOOKS I READ, THE OBJECTS I LOVE,THE PICTURES AND THE QUOTES I COLLECT.  ALL
THE THINGS I HAVE IN MY HOME INSPIRE ME AND THE WAY I USE THESE THINGS GIVE THE VIEWER A LITTLE LOOK INTO MY SOUL AND SOME SAY MY CRAZY MIND.

                 I DON'T MIND BEING A LITTLE CRAZY...………………………………………









I WANT THE VIEWER TO LOOK AT MY PIECE  AND ONLY AFTER REALLY LOOKING WILL THEY SEE MY
HIDDEN MESSAGES...NOTE THE REDFOX COMING AND GOING.








I USED ZIPPERS TO TIE THESE TWO BLOCKS TOGETHER AND THEN USED ANOTHER ZIPPER IN THE THIRD BLOCK TO CARRY THE EYE OVER THE FACE OF THE QUILT.




          REAL LACE WAS USED IN THESE BLOCKS AND THEN A DOILY STENCIL AND BLACK PAINT WAS USED TO TIE ALL THE BLOCKS TOGETHER.








I JUST HAD TO GET A FEW OF THE NAUGHTY BITS IN.


THE QUOTE READS...MIND IS EVERYTHING.  MIND PULLS THE UNIVERSE OUT OF A TOP HAT, BOWS TO ITS OWN APPLAUSE AND WALKS OFF THE STAGE GRINNING.




THE BACK QUILT IS CLOSELY QUILTED , THEN PAINTED, HAND STAMPED AND STENCILED.






















BE YOUR OWN EXCLAMATION POINT!
                       ...REDFOX

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A BABY FOR EASTER



NO, REALLY!  IT'S NOT WHAT YOU ARE THINKING.
I AM DEFINATELY NOT PREGNANT.  BUT I AM CREATING A BEAUTIFUL BABY.  I DON'T KNOW YET IF IT IS A BOY OR A GIRL.  I'LL LET YOU HELP ME DECIDE THAT.  YOU CAN VOTE IN YOUR COMMENTS.

                              ...  INTRIGUED?


THIS IS
THE BABY.



I'LL
CALL
HER
A
GIRL.















BUT SHE COULD AS EASILY BE A BOY.
SHE HAS COFFEE COLORED SKIN THAT HAS A DEWY LOOK.  SHE IS WEARING
A LONG IVORY SATIN BAPTISMAL
GOWN WITH LOADS OF LACE AND RIBBON.  AND YES, I AM ENTERTAINING
MYSELF AND LIVING A SECOND CHILDHOOD.  IT'S ALL GOOD.

FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR I DRESSED TWO BEAUTIFUL DOLLS FOR MY GREAT
GRAND DAUGHTERS.  SINCE THEY HAD A NEW BABY BROTHER I DRESSED A
WHITE BEAR CUB IN A WHITE SATIN JACKET.  I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE BABIES BEFORE I SENT THEM OFF TO WISCONSIN.  SO FOR THIS ONE I'M TAKING PICTURES.



HERE ARE SUPPLIES I USED:

IVORY SATIN
FINE WHITE COTTON FOR SLIP AND BLOOMERS
IVORY RIBBBON AND LACE
LAMB BUTTONS
ELASTIC CORDING
DOLL CLOTHES PATTERN FOR LARGE DOLL
AND THE CUTEST LITTLE LAMB BUTTONS...AFTER
ALL IT IS EASTER.



I MUST SAY, IT IS A LOT EASIER HAVING
A BABY THIS TIME AROUND.  WHEN I WAS MUCH YOUNGER I HAD THREE
BABIES... BOBBY, BARBARA, AND
CHRISTOPHER.  THIS TIME THERE IS
NO TELLING HOW MANY I CAN HAVE.

THIS ALL STARTED WHEN MY FRIEND BETTY, MOM
AND I FOUND SOME WONDERFUL BABY DOLLS AT THE GOODWILL.  YOU KNOW HOW I AM ABOUT
THE GOODWILL.
                                  IT'S ALL GOOD!

BETTY BOUGHT SOME FOR HER GRANDKIDS TOO.  SHE ALSO BOUGHT SOME BABY CLOTHES THAT WOULD FIT THEM.  I BOUGHT THE DOLLS FOR MY
LITTLE ONES AND THEN WENT TO THE FABRIC STORE AND BOUGHT SATIN, RIBBONS, AND LACE. 
MOM DIDN'T BUY ANY, AND PROBABLY THOUGHT
WE WERE NUTS, BUT WHEN I SHOWED THE
CONFECTIONS THEY BECAME TO HER BEFORE I SENT THEM OFF FOR CHRISTMAS, SHE WAS DELIGHTED.
(I KNEW SHE LOVED THEM).

SO NOW, TWO NITES BEFORE EASTER
I'VE MADE THE TRIP TO THE CONFECTION (I MEAN FABRIC) STORE
AGAIN, AND YOU KNOW I'VE BEEN BACK TO THE BABY STORE.

I DECIDED TO QUILT A
PIECE OF THE SATIN BY MAKING A QUILT
SANDWICH OF THE SATIN AND THE WHITE COTTON SLIP FABRIC AND QUILTING IT CLOSELY.
 

I QUILTED IT ON THE SQUARE, AND THEN TURNED IT ON THE DIAGONAL FOR
A DIAMOND EFFECT.
THIS FABRIC CAN THEN BE CUT OUT FOR THE FRONT AND BACK.  IT WOULD BE CUTE AS A DIAPER TOO.



BUT MY BABY IS
A BIG GIRL AND SHE WEARS SATIN
BLOOMERS.
REALLY SHE WEARS SATIN BLOOMERS AND
I WEAR THE SATIN
ONES... I KNOW...TOO MUCH INFORMATION.


WELL I THINK YOU KNOW WHERE I
AM GOING.  THIS LITTLE BABY, NAME UNKNOWN, SEX UNKNOWN (ITHINK IT'S A GIRL), WHO WAS JUST FINISHED THIS
EASTER DAY, IS GOING TO MY MOM, ANNA MARIE PETERSON, WHO IS THE
SWEETEST 100+ BABYDOLL THAT I KNOW.

                  HAPPY EASTER MOM
P.S. She doesn't know about this yet, I want to surprise her, so
                   DON'T TELL...REDFOX

Thursday, April 13, 2017

HOW UNCANNY



UN.CAN.NY (un-kan'e) adj   1. Inexplicable; strange. 2. So keen and perceptive as to seem supernatural.

UNCANNY ROW

NOW YOU ARE GOING TO ASK JUST WHY I
THOUGHT TO NAME THIS QUILT UNCANNY ROW.
IT DOESN'T LOOK SUPERNATURAL TO YOU DOES
IT?  WELL JUST LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER AND
YOU WILL NOTICE THAT OVER HALF OF
THE CHARACTERS ARE HALF HUMAN, HALF
ANIMAL.  NOW THERE IS NOTHING NATURAL
ABOUT THAT.  MY ROW HOUSES ARE
IN A COMMUNITY WHERE ANIMALS AND
HUMANS ABIDE TOGETHER.  HOW FUN IS
THAT?  IT REALLY STARTED OFF AS A TAKE
OFF ON CANNERY ROW THAT
WENT ASTRAY....GET THAT? A STRAY?  
(maybe I better cut out the jokes or this will
be a long nite.)



ACTUALLY THE NIGHT MIGHT BE TOO LONG, THIS ROOM SPORTS A SHORT QUOTE " I JUST BOUGHT A BRAND NEW HOUSE. 

IT
HAS NO PLUMBING.
IT'S UNCANNY."
...Morey Amsterdam.






THE ANIMALS ALL HAVE THEIR EARS PIERCED
MY ROW HOUSES ARE CREATED BY SCANNING PAGE SPREADS FROM MY ALTERED BOOK AND THEN PRINTING THEM OUT ON FABRIC SHEETS.  I THEN FOLD THE SHEETS IN THE SAME CONFIGURATION AS IN MY BOOKS, BIND THE PAGE SPREADS AND THEN SLIP-STITCH THEM ONTO MY QUILTED BACKGROUND.



IN THE MIDDLE SPREAD THE QUOTE SAYS, "THE ONLY THING THAT SEPARATES US FROM THE ANIMALS IS OUR ABILITY TO ASSESSORIZE."

(If you ask why all those funny spaces
are in the above, I DON'T KNOW!)


WE HAD THE UPSTAIRS ON THE TOP OF THE BLUE ROW HOUSE AND THIS IS THE GARAGE BELOW.

ALL THE CARDS ARE INTERACTIVE AND
HAVE QUOTES ON THE FRONTS, BACKS, UNDER,
AND OVER,
I' LL SAVE WHAT THE BACK OF THIS CAR
SAYS
FOR THE END OF MY STORY.

YOU'VE SEEN THE GREEN HOUSE, THE BLUE
HOUSE, AND NOW THE ORANGE HOUSE. 
BY THE WAY THE FABRIC SHEETS WERE
PAINTED BEFORE I PRINTED ON THEM. 
THIS IS THE ONLY COLORED BOOK QUILT
I HAVE DONE.


THE BACK GROUND FOR MY
QUILT IS A WHOLECLOTH BLACK FABRIC AND IS QUILTED IN SCRIPT.  I USED THE LYRICS FROM ...

"IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE."   
Remember Monk?   









THE QUOTE FROM THE BACK?...........




"EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE FOUR PETS IN HER LIFE.

A MINK IN HER CLOSET,
A JAGUAR IN HER GARAGE,
A TIGER IN HER BED,
AND A JACKASS WHO PAYS FOR
EVERYTHING."      ...PARIS HILTON

THAT'S ME...KEEN AND PERCEPTIVE,
AMEN...REDFOX









     

Sunday, April 2, 2017

ONCE UPON A TIME



ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL CHILD NAMED SANDY.  SANDY WAS ONLY 7 YEARS OLD WHEN HER MOMMY WENT TO HEAVEN. THAT LITTLE GIRL WAS ME.  WHEN I WAS  IN MY SIXTIES I MET A WONDERFUL WOMAN NAMED ANNA MARIE PETERSON.  ANNA MARIE WAS A WONDERFUL WOMAN AND THE MOTHER OF MY NEW BEST FRIEND.  ALL OF THE GIRLS IN OUR ART GROUP CALLED HER MOM, SO DID I.  BUT I NEEDED MORE. I NEEDED A REAL MOTHER AND ASKED ANNA MARIE IF SHE WOULD ADOPT ME.  FROM THAT MOMENT ON I WAS PART OF A WONDERFUL NEW FAMILY.  I AGAIN HAD A MOTHER.  THIS DECEMBER MY WONDERFUL MOTHER TURNED 100 YEARS YOUNG.  THIS QUILT IS MY BIRTHDAY GIFT TO THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN.......  HER ONCE UPON A TIME.
ONCE UPON A TIME

ANNA MARIE WAS BORN AN ONLY CHILD.  SHE WAS BORN IN IOWA AND A BEAUTIFUL CHILD SHE WAS.


I LOVE THIS PICTURE OF MOM IN HER LITTLE MARY JANES.  I LOVED THEM SO MUCH THAT WHEN I MADE THE QUILT I CREATED MULTIPLES OF THE LITTLE SHOES.











THIS IS A PICTURE OF ME.  THIS PICTURES WAS TAKEN ON THE DAY OF MY MOTHERS FUNERAL.  THE LOOK ON THIS LITTLE FACE TOUCHES A SPOT DEEP WITHIN ME.  I NEEDED TO BE IN THE QUILT, LIKE I NEED TO BE IN MOM'S LIFE.




HERE ARE THE LITTLE MARY JANES AGAIN.  SO CUTE! I USED SCRAPBOOK PAPERS FOR THE BACKGROUNDS OF MY PICTURES AND SCANNED AND INKJET PRINTED THEM ON FABRIC SHEETS.  SOME OF THE BLACK LACE IS SCANNED AND SOME IS REAL ON THE FINISHED QUILT.



LIKE THE SHOES, ONE CUTE ANNA MARIE WAS NOT ENOUGH, SO I PLAYED WITH THE PICTURES AND THERE WERE THREE.



BUT LITTLE GIRLS GROW UP AND BECOME BIG GIRLS.

THIS PICTURE IS OF ANNA MARIE IN HER GRADUATION FORMAL. IN THIS PICTURE SHE HAD PLAYED THE ORGAN AT A WEDDING.
SHE STARTED PLAYING THE ORGAN IN CHURCH AND SHE WENT ON TO PLAY FOR 70 YEARS.

I THOUGHT SURELY I HAD HEARD THAT WRONG...WHO PLAYS THE ORGAN FOR 70 YEARS?
MOM DID!

PRINCE CHARMING CAME ALONG AND SO DID .... DON
          BETTY
          & RICH

MOM AND DAD WERE MARRIED FOR OVER 75 YEARS.  DAD PASSED AWAY A FEW YEARS BACK, BUT MOM LIVED ON AND JUST BECAME
MOM TO MORE AND MORE OF OUR FRIENDS.

I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM ON THE QUILT FOR ALL THE GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, BUT I MET MOST OF THEM AT THE BIRTHDAY PARTY.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE FAMILY.

MOM LOVES EVERYONE SHE MEETS, BUT I LIKE TO THINK I HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HER HEART AND I
KNOW SHE HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MINE...REDFOX

Monday, March 27, 2017

NEVER KISSED A FROG



THEY SAY YOU HAVE TO KISS A LOT OF FROGS BEFORE YOU FIND A PRINCE.  NOW, I NEVER FELT I HAD TO, AND I NEVER KNEW WHO THEY WERE.  NOW THAT ISN'T QUITE THE TRUTH.  I PROBABLY KISSED A FROG OR TWO IN MY TIME.  THE POINT IS THAT CINDERELLA DIDN'T HAVE TO.

SO STEP-SISTER I AND STEP-SISTER II EAT YOUR HEART OUT.  MY AWARD WINNING QUILT TELLS THE REAL STORY.

                              NEVER KISSED A FROG

I USED MY USUAL CAST OF CHARACTERS IN THIS QUILT, BUT USED THEM IN A NEW WAY.  I MADE 16 MOCK-UPS IN PAPER AND THEN PRINTED THEM ONTO FABRIC.  I ENLARGED MY CHARACTERS TO THE SIZE I WANTED AND THEN PLACED THEM ON BACKGROUNDS MADE OF SCRAPBOOK PAPER.  THE QUOTES WERE THEN ADDED AND THE WHOLE SHEET WAS SCANNED AND PRINTED.  SOME WERE SCANNED WITH LACE EDGES AND ON OTHERS I SEWED REAL LACE IN PLACE.  SOME OF THE FABRIC SHEETS WERE PRINTED IN DIFFERENT ORIENTATIONS FOR VISUAL IMPACT.

STEPSISTER #1

STEPSISTER # 1 IS RATHER A NASTY PIECE OF WORK...
SHE MAKES MARRIED MEN RUN AMUCK.


POOR CINDERELLA
MY CINDERELLA IS REALLY NOT ALL SUGAR AND SPICE EITHER. SHE IS RATHER PETULANT AND SCHEMING.

THE GIRL OFF TO THE SIDE IS STEPSISTER #2  SHE IS NOT EXACTLY EYE CANDY EITHER.
WINNER!  WINNER!  WINNER!

ALL SIXTEEN PAGES WERE THEN BUTTED
AND SEWN TOGETHER.  A BLACK BORDER
WAS ADDED AND I KNEW I HAD A WINNER.
AFTER QUILTING, I WENT IN AND HAND
STAMPED WITH RED PAINT...
NEVER KISSED A FROG,
NEVER HAD TO!


WHAT A PRINCE!

NICE TIES, PERHAPS THE TIES THAT BOND.

ENOUGH SAID...REDFOX




 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IT'S NEVER EASY!



YOU WOULD THINK THAT DOING THINGS ON THE COMPUTER WOULD GET EASIER AS TIME WENT BY. YES YOU WOULD THINK THAT, BUT IT JUST ISN'T SO.

I JUST GOT A NEW COMPUTER AND LOST ALL OF MY PICTURES WHEN I WAS TRANSFERRING THEM.  GONE!!! AND OF COURSE I HAD JUST HIT MOVE...NOT COPY...GONE, GONE, GONE.  THANK GOODNESS I HAD THE MAJORITY OF MY QUILTS IN DROPBOX.  NOW I AM AFRAID TO TRANSFER ANYTHING ELSE.  I'LL LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET...ACTUALLY IT WAS MY HUBBY THAT LOST THEM.  I CAN'T SAY TOO MUCH BECAUSE HE ALSO BOUGHT MY NEW COMPUTER.  GOT TO JUGGLE THINGS LIKE THAT.

ENOUGH ABOUT THAT.  IT'S TIME AGAIN TO ENTER THE
ARIZONA QUILTERS GUILD STATE SHOW.  I'LL SHARE WITH YOU MY ENTRIES IF I CAN FIND THEIR PICTURES.... CAN I COPY FROM FACEBOOK?

ZOO
 This quilt is not only fun to look at, it is fun to play with too.  It is interactive with many little nooks and crannies just waiting to be explored.  The quilt is one ride on the wild side where animals and humans merge.    Yes, this Gramma has a wild side.

I wanted to show you my other entry, it is titled NEVER KISSED A FROG and is a rather off the wall take on Cinderella.

NEVER KISSED A FROG


THIS QUILT IS CREATED FROM MY PAPER COLLAGES THAT I PRINT ON FABRIC AND PIECE.  AFTER IT IS SEWN TOGETHER I ADD THE WRITING BY HAND STAMPING...CAREFULLY!
                  CAREFULLY!
                  CAREFULLY!
                                              ...REDFOX

PS...THIS BLOG ONLY TOOK ME THREE HOURS TO WRITE...DONE!