My dragon quilt is coming slow. I started the project with no real experience in piecing curves and was terrified at the thought. Accordingly, I cobbled together some home-did paper piecing patterns which I have come to realize only made it more difficult. For example, see this small piece on the right?
If I had it to do over again, I would definitely not be so afraid of the curves. Moreover, I wouldn’t cut the sections into such small pieces where I’d have to match up so many seams. For heaven’s sake, it is dragon. It is not like someone is going to say that it isn’t accurate unless they are spending way too much time in their parents’ basement playing fantasy video games.
The art quilt class that I was scheduled to take on April 15th has been rescheduled for June. I’d hoped to have that under my belt before I got much further into this project but it might be better to just flounder a bit so that when I actually learn how to do it, properly, I will have a few “ahah!” moments and know what she is talking about. So it is all good.
For a number a years, I have toyed with the notion of using tarot card paintings as inspiration for either painting or quilting. I picked up a couple of new decks because the pictures are so beautiful and will be scheming on what I want to do with them in the future. At times, I wish I was still thirty years old so I would have time to get some of these things done. At times like these, I feel as if I have wasted my life getting educated, working and raising a family… And eating has been a complete waste of time that could have been spent quilting. I am enjoying having such ridiculous notions while I can because if (notice that is "if" not "when?") I go back to work, the party is over.
My best friend and I spent the day at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, yesterday.
The following is one of my favorite pieces, which only goes to show that I have low brow tastes:
I think it is darling when I can keep from thinking it reminds of of the movie, Alien.
I had a great time. I didn’t take many pictures of the artwork out of respect for the artists but certainly saw pretty things. One painter in particular had some work that I plan to study for inspiration – she works in watercolors and her work is just beautiful. I think it looks like quilting.
As we looked at the art, from time to time we would see something sort of delightful on a particular piece that drew our eyes. The more I look into artful things, the more I suspect that many of those interesting little additions probably began as a mistake that the artist turned into something creative. I will keep that in mind when I am struggling with my art quilts.
Part of the fun of going was strolling through the Myriad Gardens – things were very peaceful.
See this little guy that looks so harmless?
Be warned, those nasty Canada Geese are the filthy birds that brought down the plane into the Hudson!! It is probably dreaming of more wicked schemes.
Okay, I thought the following sculpture made of farming implements was a little creepy looking:
Mimi seemed intrigued and immediately started naming off all the implements she recognized (did I mention she is a rancher?). To me, it looks like something out of an Iraqi prison.
I took a few closeups of the flowers because I thought I might be able to use them on an art quilt - sometime after I finish all my dragons and tarot cards and barn art quilts.
And if you have noticed, instead of actually working on an art quilt, I am blogging...
Mimi was enjoying the ponds and I had to mention that when they first opened the gardens, a number of bums drowned in them. I probably should have just kept that observation to myself. Then and now.
I have always loved the Oklahoma City downtown Skyline.
When we left the Arts Festival, we wandered down to the Stockyards (where we’d parked one of our cars) because Mimi needed to pick up some panel of some sort. We had a few minutes to kill so we did some window shopping in Little Joe’s Boots and at a couple of tack shops.
The lasso on the above longhorn seems overkill, given that it has already been beheaded.
I was thinking I might like to make a basket like the following in my spare time.
It is probably still creepy, though.
The barn siding is coming along, nicely. I set up the birdcam to capture photos of the guys working and will retrieve that when it is done. If the battery doesn’t run out, I should have a pretty good record of the progress.
I’m off to get ready to head up to the hospital. Please keep my father-in-law in your prayers.
Penny, Evelyn and Pearl