It's a blustery Fall day here in Alaska, & it has inspired me to post some of my older autumn pictures, so I apologize if you're familiar with these things & don't want to look at them again, but autumn is my favorite season, & has inspired me to make several pieces.
This 1st one is made from hand-dyed wools, using natural dyes. My friend Kathy Jolman & I dyed all the wools over a span of 2 summers when we were living in Michigan, for my DH to go to school. After we moved back to Alaska, Kathy & her DH John, came in the early Fall here to visit, & while we spent 3 weeks traveling around Alaska together, I hand appliqued & hand quilted this little wool quilt.
The next one, is one I did, my last summer in Michigan. I made it in memory of my Mom & Michigan, & the neighborhood I grew up in. The brown fabrics are sun prints made from trees & bushes around the yard & neighborhood & yard where my Dad still lives. I hand quilted this with a sparkely thread, to look like frost. It's name is "First Frost", & the name of the street is Frost Street.
The next quilt started ou as a challenge quilt for Keepsake Quilting, but the rule was it had to be 30 x 30, & as I worked on it, I felt I had done so much work I didn't want to enter it, & I wanted to frame it differently from the 30 x 30 requirement for the contest. It's all hand applique, & hand quilted.
The next piece is "For Autumn Antie". It's all done by machine, when I first switched over to primarily all machine work, & I started this piece in a Caryl Bryer Fallert workshop in 1997. We were supposed to find a picture from a book or magazine for inspiration, & I knew the picture I wanted to use, but couldn't find the book as we had just moved back to Alaska, & the book was still packed away. My inspiration was a painting by Robert Batemen, & I'm glad I couldn't look at it, because my quilt looks nothing like the painting, & it may have looked a lot like it, if I hadn't been relying on my faulty memory for the inspiration piece.
Here are a couple of pictures for inspiring anybody who needs it. I love fall leaves. Both of these were taken here in Anchorage. The red is something we don't have a lot of, mostly we have golds.
These last 2 are my vest. I made it to use & highlight my Threadpainting, which is a class I love to teach.