Spring has finally found its way to my home in the Midwest! I have been eagerly anticipating the longer days, more sunshine, and the beginning of gardening season. Friends, I feel like I should do a happy dance! I might just share some nature inspired pieces with you instead.
Originally, I wanted to celebrate personal development with the first Growth composition. It was made from scraps of the dress that I made and wore to a very special event. The image of a plant had clearly come from a visible very small seed. The final image was a complex root system and colorful, beautiful leaves soaking up the sun. A firm foundation and personal strength were symbolized by those roots. I loved the final result and the emotions behind it so much that I turned Growth into a series!
I’ve been very busy in the studio, which is remarkable because of the dreary weather we’ve been having that absolutely gets me down! The past week or so I started a new series of children’s crown quilts, more on that later… In that time I also worked on three other small quilts.
I am excited to share another Balloon Fiesta quilt, this one is a mini, that will be matted and framed. I am on a framing kick, some clients of mine had requested that and it’s growing on me! There are one or two downsides to framing, like the time investment, cost of the actual frame (which raises the overall cost) and they are harder to photograph in a frame. But the quilts just look so darn professional framed, and that, friends, is hard to argue with!
Hands down, I have never seen any one event more beautiful and inspiring than the International Balloon Fiesta I was able to attend last year! I am sad to miss the 2014 festival, so I decided to go back through my pictures, remember good times, and make another hot air balloon quilt.
What to Anticipate
This year, the festivities go from October 4th-12th. My sweet mom-in-law sent us a flier so we know what is going on. The highlights include the Glowdeo, which is a balloon glow of only special shape balloons, like bees, a cow, dragons, and flowers. I also love the competitions when balloons launch over a mile away from Fiesta Field and fly in, trying to hit targets with rings or flags tossed from the moving pilot’s basket!
This weekend I had an awesome opportunity to be part of the Dutchtown Better Block Event! Imagine a giant block party with beautification projects up and down the street (including a really lovely mural.) There were grand openings of shops, a photo booth, pop-up stores, food and music.
Mom to the Rescue!
Without a doubt, I wouldn’t have been nearly as prepared without the help of my husband and my amazing mom. She flew in from California to see us and I ended up putting her to work! She helped me mat and frame newer pieces, helped me to pick up my lovely banner, wrapped most of my work in cellophane, and provided a TON of moral support. My step-mom also came out to support me at the event. The lady on the the left gave me my short height genes, and the lady on the right loves me just as much! I am blessed to have these two strong women in my life!
A Whole Lot of Work to Do!
My dear friend Adina helped me design my space in the Dutchtown Domestic Arts temporary pop-up store. It was an old vacant plumbing building that looked like … Continue reading →
Well, it’s only appropriate to start at the beginning, the place where I got my artistic and creative spirit. The real topic today is the woman who gave me those genes!
The beautiful lady standing next to me is my Grams. <3 My parents aren’t really the artsy types, but I can trace it back to her! She is an amazing artist, quilter, world traveler, mother, and definitely one of the most awesome people in my life!
When I was about 15, she taught me to quilt. I learned on her BEAUTIFUL mint green, vintage, built-in Singer sewing machine. Lovely.
She make fabulous award winning quilts, like this Lady Liberty:
But my favorite thing that she does is encourage me in my art and life! She travels halfway across the country to celebrate art shows, life happenings, and good times with me. Her presence is such a gift.
FUN FACT: Her first quilt was my baby quilt! How is that for Destiny?!