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2 In Animals/ Works in Progress

The next stages of my landscape or should I say, cat-scape…

Did I mention I plan to enter this miniature quilt into a challenge? It’s due next week. Quilting Arts Magazine is running the “Greatest Pet Peeve” Reader Challenge”. I thought it would be fun, since I live in a “cat house” and there are more than a few feline antics to choose from. I debated whether a cat in the fridge would be more amusing than a cat drinking from a coffee mug. My faithful audience, aka my family, told me that the cat in the fridge was clearly the choice!
Cat in fridge (prequilted)
So, here are the next stages I’ve worked up of my cat-scape. The first is before quilting. I’ve made real strides to show the depth into the fridge.

Cat in fridge (quilted)
The second shot is after quilting. I chose not to do an enormous amount of thread painting, because I wanted the items in the fridge to be recognizable. They are not artistic images; they are bottles of juice, containers of milk and pots.
I’d be glad to hear what you think! Do you see the three-dimensional quality of this work? Our fridge really looks this way. You can’t see the back!

0 In Contests & Exhibits/ Israel / Holyland/ Landscapes/ Quilting Guilds

“100 Years of Kibbutz” Quilt exhibit in Israel

The Israel Quilters Association recently held a quilt exhibit featuring the theme “100 Years of Kibbutz”. Each quilt had to be 1.3 m x .9m  (51″ x 35″) and had to touch on some aspect of kibbutz life. The quilts were judged and there were several winners. Although not all the submissions were shown, 56 quilts were shown for the month of May at Beit Gavriel, a lovely hall on the south shore of the Kinneret.

Fields of Kibbutz Shluhot

Kibbutz Shluhot and Mt. Gilboa

I submitted a quilt for this exhibit and my work was exhibited. I based the quilt on a view of the fields of Kibbutz Shluhot, showing Mt. Gilboa in the background in Emek Beit Shean. I think the view from Kibbutz Shluhot is beautiful and it reminded me of almost 30 years ago when I volunteered on the carrot factory on Kibbutz Shluhot and lived on Kibbutz Maaleh Gilboa. I tried to convey the quiet and serenity of the scene in my quilt.The quilt has a three-dimensional quality, that makes you feel you are entering the scene.

A journalist visited the exhibit and did a short video about some of the quilts that were exhibited and won prizes. The video also discusses the Israel Quilters Association. It’s very nicely done.
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWghctfSqig&feature=share

The exhibit may be shown again in another locality in Israel. I will keep you posted!

0 In Art Techniques/ Quilting Techniques

How do you make a field lie down?

This is a real question: How do you make a field lie down? I am working on a project right now that has a field of flowers followed by a green field. Oh, and the fields are created in fabric. Somehow they look as if they are standing up rather than lying down. Even though there are mountains in the far-away background, the front portion doesn’t appear flat.
Do you plant something in the field, like a vehicle, so the eye understands? I thought about a watering system, but the fields are sort of narrow.
So what do I do to fix that?
All thoughts and suggestions are welcome!

3 In Contests & Exhibits

Quilt contest

I am going to enter into a contest. I need to make a 12″ x 12″ quilt of a pet or animal in the wild.

I thought I narrowed it down, but I just don’t know. I am now adding a duck and a crab to the list. The crab is amazing! Maybe that’s the one? I already had a bird, a turtle and a cat in a bowl.

So far I have heard from two people. They say the cat and the bird are good choices. Thanks for responding, Amy and Lynn!

What do you think??? It should be endearing and catch the eye. And, I should still be able to create it in fabric. More comments, anyone?

2 In Housewares/ Judaica/ Landscapes/ Plants

More on landscapes

I needed a break from the landscape project, so I worked with fall-color maple leaves and made a mini-wall hanging.

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves. 14" x 12.5" 2009


I also made a watercolor challah cover in the meantime.
Watercolor challah cover / table centerpiece

Watercolor by Candle Light. 14.5" x 18" 2012

I went back to the landscape with new energy and ideas and here is a photo showing what it looks like after some thread painting has been applied. Keep in mind that this the sixth version of this landscape. Sometimes it requires a lot of stick-to-it-iveness to get the job done! Continue Reading →