Patricia A. Powers, MD

Art Quilts & Fiber Arts

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rainbow Flowers in a Garden of Purple

Here is the other quilt I just finished. I couched yarns on a cotton background (started in a class with Carol Taylor), but didn't want to finish this as she had. I just bought a Pfaff needle felting machine and was playing around with it. I needle-felted some organza, more yarns, and roving in spirals on a stabilizer, cut the "flower heads" out, and sewed them onto the background. What fun!


Always a great feeling to finish another quilt, and this week I finished two! "Continuity" is the result of skinny inset blocks I started in a class with Carol Taylor. As I was playing with the layout, I realized I had several with the orange or the green in the center, and if I added a few pieces here and there, could make the lines continue through the length of the quilt. I turned one block sideways for a focal point. This is the first time I have tried facing such an irregular edge, and I am very pleased with how well it worked.

"Continuity" represents people in our lives, and how some are there from start to finish, and others come and go. Both groups are necessary and important to us. This will be a wedding gift for my niece.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Post Expressions" Exhibit

I am sending 3 postcards off to Robin Willow Art Studio for the "Post Expressions" exhibit Aug 6-Sept 17, 2010, at LeFevre Hall, Ohio State University - Newark Campus. All entries are to be postcard-sized, 4x6". "Baa" is a photo transfer on Lutradur, "Dream Flower" is needle-felted organza and yarns, and "Golden Apple" started life as a paper napkin with a few embellishments. I like to use Fast2fuse as the stabilizer, it's fusible and firm, gives me a good feel for these small pieces.