Month: August 2008

Traveling again

Well, the bags are packed, camera batteries charged and on Wednesday I wing my way across the ocean again. I’m just working down the list of To Do’s… Tomorrow I get my stitches and out. I’ve attempted to take the ones on my leg out myself… I mean I’m a quilter… I have a quick unpick and tweezers. The stitches kept sticking to my trousers and pinching….I can’t do the back thing though… Tuesday, I have to see if the hairdresser can work miracles…!!!!! I’m excited to be going back to Mexico in November too…. so I’ve been working on tickets etc. over the past few days. It will be great to meet the students I worked with earlier in the year. This time I plan to take a little time off to film. I love everything about Mexico, the food, the people, the color and the exquisite art. I don’t think I should tell you that I stayed in my p.j.s all day. I don’t know somehow I’ve been much more productive. I’ve got …

Quilting Ideas.

It’s rained most of the day today and I have had the opportunity to spend time in the shed working on my major project. I usually begin quilting around 5.00 – 6.00 am.   I can generally get in a few hours of quilting before breakfast. I like to work on a warm machine, so it means maintaining  the heat in the studio all night and I leave a lamp on the machine in preparation. There are a lot of lamps on the market to sew by. I have a couple of Ott lights…a standard table light and a pedestal light. But my favorite light is the $19 light from Ikea…. !!! The globes are 11W energy savers and last for such a long time…. After trying 3 other brands of lights, I find this one the best. I like the coverage of light it gives me. It’s even and warm. By warm, I mean a mellow light rather than a harsh white light. We’re told that the white light is closer to daylight than anything …

Take a look at this.

I’d like to share the work of a friend of mine. Pauline McPharlin. Have a look at her drawings, no svelte figures here. I mean, take a look at this picture…. looks a bit like lunch at a quilt retreat to me… For my American friends, the birds in front of the ladies are magpies. They are very friendly comical birds… we have lots in our yard and they signify "Australia" to me.When I’m home, I wake every morning to the chorus of the maggies…!!!! The picture below is a classic….and another favorite of mine. Beach Girl with dogs. !!!! Australias’ top Model, eat your heart out.!!!! We’ve got 3 of Paulines, pictures in our office…. they do cause a little stir at times…. Now Pauline has ventured into the world of quilting and soon you will see one of her life size pictures in Quilt….. 2 Friends and I have been working on a project with her to produce a series… it’s taken us years, but the end is nigh……

Portrait 25 designing the wipil

I usually audition the applique for the border of my quilts… The appliqué needs to be detailed to look like a wipil – other wise it will look like another piece of appliqué…. After preparing the appliqué I lay an appliqué (teflon) mat over the pattern. These are post positioned on my ironing board. You can actually place a pin through the layers and into the ironing board to hold them in place. Using the pattern as a guide, you can place each individual piece down. Iron it down. The glue will remain on the back of the fabric, so you can pick up the appliqué piece and pop it on the background fabric. Iron it to the fabric and then I illustrated the detail with a .5 black pigma pen. Finished off the shading with a variety of pens. Whoops the photos won’t go in order… never mind…but you get the picture I guess. OK, the white I have illustrated on would in reality be thread or beads.

Portraits No 24

The wipil illustration is quite busy…..however, I don’t want to simplify it because the wipils are really quite detailed… However, i have a few tricks to make them easier to prepare. sketch No 1.   Sketch No 2. Color illustration .

Portrait 23

The portrait part of the quilt is completed….. (well of course it still needs to be appliquéd and quilted, but that is a little way down the track) Now where do I go from here? I began on the journey of making the quilt 10 months ago…. and a chance visit to an art gallery in San Antonio inspired me to make a portrait in this genre. One of the things that I became interested in were the embroidered garments called wipils and when I went to to Mexico in February I spent time researching and eventually purchasing one.Wipil is an embroidered garment worn by women in the southern areas of Mexico and Guatemala. After a considerable search I purchased an old one in the town of Oaxaca and I intend to use it in a portrait of my daughter Callie. Frida Khalo wore wipils a lot, and I think that I  would like to construct my own wipil design from the garment that I have purchased. The design will form the first border. However, …