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13 May 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival: "Wrapped in The Kiss" wedding quilt

My entry for this spring's Blogger's Quilt Festival is a Blooming Nine-patch quilt called "Wrapped in The Kiss."

My former yoga teacher Sean traded Andy and me surfing lessons for a king-sized quilt he could give to his sister on her wedding day. I based it on colors from Gustav Klimt's famous painting, "The Kiss."
"Wrapped in The Kiss," by Tina Rathbone, June 2004
Somehow, this very large quilt looks more vibrant in this view on my living room floor:
Floor view gives a more realistic sense of the color play.
I used a combination of gold and white African fabric, an Asian crane print, and some shiny spandex/lycra fancy stuff for the center:
Center of this Blooming Nine-Patch quilt, "Wrapped in The Kiss"
Here's the label, which I printed with an Art-Nouveau typeface:
Label to commerate the wedding quilt
And last, but not least, two detail shots give a better view of the rather eclectic fabric combinations:
Detail, from center pinks out to greys

Detail 2, from florals, greys, golds and greens to binding, R
Thank you, Amy, for hosting yet another fabulous "Blogger's Quilt Festival," and thanks to all the participants for providing another round of endless entertainment, friendship and inspiration.

11 May 2011

Sketching, with Resist

The May Sketchbook Challenge theme is "Can't Resist This." I've already done a pile of garlic heads, something I can't resist adding Way More than a given recipe calls for. Rick Moore, my boss when I worked as a grad student in the Communications Office at San Diego State University, once called my pesto "Liquid Garlic."

Yesterday's sketch used a more literal interpretation of the theme: a physical resist applied to the sketchpad, and then painted over.
I used an empty sheet of Visions Art Museum stickers to create a resist. Fast and fun!
I volunteer at Visions Art Museum from time to time, working the desk and enjoying the visitors. We charge a $5 dollar admission fee to non-members, and when members show up or  visitors pay the fee, we give them a round Visions sticker to wear. During my last desk duty, I noticed what a great resist the empty sticker sheet would make, and asked Sheila, the board member on duty, for permission to take it home. Major score! I'm going to try painting on fabric through it next.

I'm grateful for encouragement from websites like The Sketchbook Challenge; I'd forgotten how much fun it is to lose yourself in the moment of seeing. Whatever your particular art form, enjoy yourself during the creative process. And please, tell me all about your creations in your comments.

10 May 2011

I'm a Featured Quilter on Amy's Creative Side website

A few months ago, Amy of Amy's Creative Side, host of the Blogger's Quilt Festival, sent me some interview questions. I filled them in, and promptly forgot all about it.
Click here to see more of my quilts and get to know me a little better.
Thanks, Amy!!!

Oh, and get ready to photograph your latest or most favorite quilt: A new Blogger's Quilt Festival starts May 13th.