Art

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

So true!
Creating a bit of art each day allows me to escape and feel free.
I hope all of you are being safe and doing well.
Thanks to all who offered suggestions for me to make something out of the Halloween fat quarters that I had in my stash. Mary, (Zippy Quilts) suggested a Turning Twenty quilt like the one she made for her grandson. Since I only had 9 fat quarters, I had to find a variation of the Turning Twenty quilt. I was able to find one that allowed me to have enough fabric to make three 9″ blocks out of each fat quarter. This will make a smaller quilt that could be used as a lap quilt. I plan to make the blocks and then see how I can build around what I have.
My box of daily art products is growing. On Monday, I made a fabric art piece using a scrap of owl fabric. I fussy cut the owl and used it as an applique. I cut and used scraps to make a moon and tree branch. Embroidery thread was used for stitching.
This morning, I saw a Ladder-backed woodpecker in our front tree. I was able to watch him for quite some time before he flew away. I referred to my bird book to help me draw a picture of the bird on paper. I then used the drawing as a pattern to cut the body out of muslin. Choosing from my scrap bin, I covered the bird body with different fabrics that I cut to shape. For the background, I had a fabric with clouds. Then, I built a tree from three brown scraps. Embroidery stitching added texture.
I am looking forward to tomorrow’s art project.
Reminder: Tonight is the Pink Moon…the largest full moon.

Embroidery Art

Since I am in my last week of being home bound, I have been trying to pass the time by trying out embroidery. My Tia Isidra used to embroider beautiful pieces. I especially liked the table cloths she embroidered for my mother. Her embroidery stitches were perfect, both on the front and the back of the piece. My mom also created some beautiful embroidery pieces.
I am thinking of embroidering and thread sketching small pieces and maybe eventually stitching them into a wall hanging or small art quilt. One of the pieces I stitched was inspired by a card that my daughter-in-law sent me. The card had a vase with dainty flowers. I used fabric to make the vase, and then embroidered the flowers.
The other piece I embroidered was that of a Lesser Goldfinch. My friends and I keep a list of birds that we see on our walks or birding trips. I am thinking of drawing and embroidering the different new birds that I see this year.
The third piece I embroidered was inspired by my mom. This week marks the fourth year of her passing.  My siblings and I shared some special memories that day. I drew a Robin and embroidered it. Mom used to sing the song, When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin’, so I thought it would be fun to try to make one. I used some of the buttons from mom’s button jar for the flowers.

One of the Meemaws shared a free scrappy rectangle pattern. We are planning to pool our scraps and make one for ourselves. I cut quite a few scraps from my bin, and we will start working on this in the spring. In the meantime, I started working on one of the suggestions provided in the pattern. Instead of using random scraps,this scrappy quilt can be made from 18 different fabrics of at least a half yard of each. I have a bin that has some half yard and fat quarter pieces leftover from other projects. I started cutting (1620 pieces) and piecing a quilt for one of my nephews. The color palette for these pieces is mainly blue, orange, brown, beige, and green. I thought it would be perfect for my nephew. I’ve pieced 8 out of 90 blocks, so I have some work to do.