Month: January 2011

Film, Video and Quilting.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=19344546&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=ff9933&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0 Shirl's Pearl is my new camera… A Canon 5D Mark II. I've had it two months and still learning a lot about it. It's a whole new language. On this amazing camera, you can shoot High Definition Video and I only just went through the motion of shooting a film on it today. So here it is…. 45 seconds of my shed (my studio). In actual fact it looks more like still photos…because other than Ralf everything is inanimate. Then if you look at Ralf's tummy… you can see him breathe. This is a new step for me…. I have dabbled a little in documentary making, but I'm taking it a step further in a month or so by learning the technical things. Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to make documentaries… My son beat me to it.!!! Now is the time. We have the BAFF film festival here next month and I'm rearing to go. I have to view 10 top international documentaries in 5 days.!!! Now just what do documentaries have …

Street work

The quilt top is ready to prepare for quilting. It looks a little messy right now, but the quilting is planned and the shading of the various pieces of fabric will be quite subtle. It  will serve as the background for the quilting. I will use quite a few shades of grey.  50 weight Superior Masterpiece. Most of the quilt will be "Illustrative Quilting"I want it to look as if I'm scribbling with pencil… no feathers, no fans…. no "fill in" quilting… I'm going to use the fabulous freemotion foot on the 7700 Janome. In previous posts I've shared with you the illustrations that will be Ghost quilted into the piece. The back will be pieced with various shades and textures anf black and grey…. and probably one piece of red fabric…. This is my tag.. PKH… so if you see it anywhere, it's not necessarily me… but someone copying it…!!!!! It's going to be 42 degrees today….(108) I have the aircon cranked in the studio and the pool looks sooo inviting..  

My Milagros

My Milagros is completed. I've been away at a resort with the bambinos… In between walks, swimming, games, bumper cars and lots of chats and baby cuddling, I was able to sew on the metal images. So I decided to finish it when I got home…. Like the Milagros I saw in Mexico, the images are personal… they have more meaning for me as the maker than for the observer, but I had to make them interesting. They represent my exchange with the Mexican culture. When you go into a Church you see pieces of paper and photos pinned or taped to the image of the Madonna and you wonder what poignant messages they hold. I've used a variety of styles on the small dimensional images below. I printed some of my textural images onto fabric and added a variety of other fabrics. These consisted of preprinted fabric, dyed cheesecloth, couched tapestry wool  and then the background is an old pressed metal tile printed on paper. I liked the look of the metal tile, so …

Recognition, – we embrace it.

I think the most exciting time in my quilting career was winning the Jewell Pearce Patterson Award for International Quilt Teachers. I think I walked on air for a week or so… it was as good as winning the lottery. Each year, International Quilt Market honors a worthy quilting instructor with the scholarship, created in honor of the late Jewel Pearce Patterson. Patterson was a quilting teacher, one of the co-founders of the International Quilt Association, and mother of Quilts, Inc. president, Karey Patterson Bresenhan. The Scholarship has now ceased elevating the winners to a select group. The last recipient was Lisa Walton from Australia. (we had three Aussie winners over the years) I've just been made aware of an article in the Editorial of Quilters Newsletter.   Seven of us got together in Houston last year to share our individual experiences. There is a wonderful story there folks….. And in a different box….. Miss Tilly and Mr Kodi are very excited to see their Bamma in one of our prestigious magazines here at home…. …

My Milagros

Woow, it's been a busy day… We took a long walk with family and I've been working in the shed. First I'm working on designing my tag.!!!! you never know it could become another string to my bow. I finished the quilting on this quilt today. I began this project last year. I travel and I can't help but buy special  mementos. I was with a friend Martha in the town of Tonola in Mexico. It was an exciting place to be and I purchased this canvas of the Madonna of Guadalupe. It is a painted and printed canvas… and I wondered if I could use it in a quilt… So. I did. It's a little hard to sew through, but I like the look. I also purchased about 100 small "Milagros" The use of milagros is a folk custom in parts of North, Central, and South America, and it is claimed that the custom is traceable to ancient Iberians who inhabited the coastal regions of Spain. As part of a religious ritual or an …

Working on the project.

The quilt is really coming together now. All the applique is assembled and everything is set out on the quilt. I rather like these guys and I'm pleased that they balance the intensiveness of the graffiti. I've placed the quit illustration and I won't have as many images as I first thought… I need to look at perspective… so those images forward will be larger than those in the background. I'm going to blend the thread with the background. That means each thread illustration will be different. Many of you know that I like to quilt applique as if I am drawing… that means I draw around the image with a grey or black thread… but I really like these young men in the front.. I like their simple shapes…so I will applique them in smoke mono filament so you will see the image in it's entirety. Lets talk about balance. In the photo I took there were 4 young men on the fence. But three balances well. There are 3 graffiti panels and the …

Thinking a project through.

This is my creativity motto for today. Do you ever have a problem  with continuity of a project? I do at times. I can't shut the door and isolate myself.I still have to shop, clean, do business, feed the family and do all manner of Motherly things. But, when I start a project, I like to work through to the end…  interruptions cause stutters in my work….  my head needs to be in the right place. So after rushing about doing the "Other things" this morning I sat down to work and I just couldn't get started. I really had to push myself this afternoon…. but I'm sure I will get up in the morning with renewed vigor. This is what I've achieved so far. It's a little out of perspective because this image is about 3/4 of the quilt. I've begun with graduated grey fabric. Light in the middle and graduating darker to the top and bottom.   The bright colored graffiti images are printed onto artist canvas A4 size and will be quilted …