I've been working on a variety of hearts. This one is similar to the white sampler and is comprised of fabric, paper, beads, buttons and lace. It's a rustic piece with raw edges and I did enjoy making it.
Earlier today I came across this quote by poet Louise Driscoll: "Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may grow."
This is another view. It is extremely cold here today.
Knowing how much I enjoy this particular mountain, my husband surprised me with a Christmas present of this piece of art by Margaret DuBois. This is an enamel. One of my planned projects is to do my version in fiber.
This is a photo I took from the car last fall as we were in sight of Tinker Mountain.
Last week we drove to Massachusetts and this window was inside our hotel room. Although the picture looks dark, the room was actually very bright. The bridge was in New York. The hearts were the sewing project I packed but only one has been appliqued onto a background square. Later we spent a couple of days in the mountains in Pennsylvania where I found these keys in an antique shop.
For January's full wolf moon, I've used a quilted and embellished circle and a transparent cylinder for the body that includes images of wolf eyes. Also inside are rocks collected from a long ago vacation in Maine and bits of shimmery fabric. Embellishments include beads, found objects, hardware store findings, and crocheted wire with beads.
Coiled wire, a curved glass piece and some beads. A beaded yo-yo. I don't know what the curved glass piece is for, probably a glass marble for flower arranging. I found a bag of them in the dollar store. About postcard-sized and not yet titled.
Last fall I started a project that I left "simmering" while I thought about what to do about the center applique. I had decided that my original choice was too jarring so I put it aside and now I'm happy with my selection of a more subdued fabric. I'm wondering why I made 17 of them. Maybe the intent was to use 16 squares (4 x 4) and I made a spare? Now I'm actually thinking of using 9 of them and experimenting with the stitching so the end result will probably not be as traditional as it now appears. By the way, the blocks are all different.
Mostly vintage, I think I originally copied this pattern from a magazine I checked out of the library, long before I ever worked there. I returned the magazine before I quilted this small top so now I have no memory of my original intention. But that might be fun! I'll make something up, reckless embellishment maybe?
Something about this fabric inspired me to try something totally different. Since it isn't yet finished I'm not sure how it's going to work out. This is really kind of like using cheater fabric for me because in most of my work, the sections I'm working with are actually handpieced or appliqued in tiny increments.
My husband took this photo of me working on one of the first quilts I made. I think this was actually the second quilt I made and it is a wall hanging size log cabin. We still have it because I gave it to him for a Christmas present that year.