Sunday, January 16, 2011

2010 Revisited

2010 haunted me today....well, not in a bad sense, actually in a great sense!  Let me tell you a story.  Last year, after the doll swap was over in about March or April and I had nothing else pressing to do, I decided to try my hand at art quilts.  Now, usually those are rather small, stiff so they can be hung or framed, and tend to contain hand embroidery of some sort.  I ordered a bunch of Kona solids and went to town and finished some in this order:

Mini Art Quilt #1

Mini Art Quilt #2 or "Knots on Green"

Buttons & Blooms - Mini Art Quilt #4

Art Mini #3

Mini Art Quilt #5 or "Curvy Squares"

"No Name" Mini Art Quilt # 6

Did you notice all those curved pieces in there and all the french knots?  I'm surprised I still had skin on my fingers after all those knots since I hate thimbles.  LOL  Well, anyway, on with the story.  There was one more block that I never finished.  I pieced it and I loved it, but it was too big and I was a "chicken" to cut it apart 'cause I really liked its look so I hid it under my template rulers.  Well, today when I was searching for my 2 1/2 inch template square I ran across it and "wa-la", the light bulb went off immediately and I got to work!  I was in my glory!!!  Check out what I did:

"Dreamin"

Isn't he cute?????  I adore him!  I had a time of it with the bird though.  I think I made three in all different colors, but when I made one in black, I knew it was right.   Here's a close-up:

"Dreamin"

Sorry about twisting your neck there!!  I try to be artsy-fartsy, you know!  So now, my original art quilt  is now a doll quilt and measures 15 x 18 inches.  Perfect!  Too bad it's not exactly my partners tastes though.  Oh well, I guess I'll just have to make some more...................I'm sure I'll find one that'll be just right for her!

30 comments:

Carol said...

The cat quilt is so darned cute!! I just love your work SO MUCH!!

Terrie Sandelin said...

All the quilts are great, but the cat one is really something special. Perhaps it's a good thing you think your partner wouldn't like it -- that means you get to keep it!

Shelley said...

I want them all...The cat is just so darling! You have done it again! LOVE,LOVE!!

Susan said...

Love the cat one - love them all!!

Poppyprint said...

What a naughty kitty! You have the most wonderful imagination, Carol.

Merete said...

They are gorgeous!

gill said...

They are all gorgeous! I love your use of colours - you have such a good eye!

Kate said...

Your art quilts look amazing. You make me want to try one!

Madame Samm said...

A partner does not like your work..and they tell you that??? WHAT? these are like museum pieces..I would thing anyone would be over the top excited to have any of them...I mean that...love the kitty...love the tiny weeny pink sashing or piping..details....love them

Ann said...

I don't remember seeing some of these awesome little art works. Other than your newest addition, that cat with the look of satisfaction because he's about to swallow that unsuspecting birdie, my favorite would have to be the black and white and orange (or is it red) with the green buttons. I've seen it in your flickr photostream and it just calls to me. As now does the cat and bird. Your work always makes me smile!

María Cristina said...

Hermosos trabajos!!!
Todos con originales detalles y simpático el gato!!
Un día intentaré este arte...
Saludos!!

Beautiful work!
All with original details and nice cat!
One day I will try this art ...
Greetings!

Mama Spark said...

I love your cat. It reminds me of my cat Mosen! Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts with all of us!

Linda Sue Johnson said...

As usual, it made me smile and gave me inspiration!! Thanks.

Linda Sue Johnson
bj.lj@live.com

Amy said...

I love the cat quilt. Art quilt #3 is a top favorite of mine too. You don't sew in those colors too often. I am sure you will come up with something perfect for your partner! Have fun!

2MuchFun said...

Your cat quilt put a huge smile on my face.
You are so talented, thanks for the inspiration.

Ursula said...

They're all so nice. I love the cat and bird one. Makes me smile.

Brenda said...

well if she doesn't want it, I do! these are all great. I find your work very inspiring. And I want you to know that after our email exchange last fall about sewing machines, I went out and bought a new one. I'm learning to free motion quilt. still shaky, but improving.

Marie said...

I love your work - you are so creative. These are especially good because they are out of the norm for you.

Hugs - Marie

Staci said...

That cat quilt is just darling!

West Michigan Quilter said...

I love all your pieces, but that cat is just too darn cute!

BahamaDawn said...

i am the proud owner of two of those wonderful art quilts you posted!! and i am in love with the new one with the cat and the bird!! i love how your imagination works!

Needled Mom said...

What wonderful small art quilts! The cat and bird are sooo cute.

Vivian said...

O.k. the last one is just too cute (although the prior ones are too)!! Just goes to show what a little play and exploraton can net. Thanks for sharing.

Beverly said...

These are just wonderful! Besides the cat, which I adore(!), I really like the first and third one. I just love the blues and greens and browns. You've made me want to try one.

Sue said...

I think we all have creative ideas wanting to be born on fabric. You got yours out! Must feel good, not to mention wonderful to look at.

Nancy said...

This is absolutely adorable...and I'm not even a cat lover! Awesome!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Totally amazing work - so jealous of your color sense! blessings, marlene

Dianne said...

I'm with Brenda if it doesn't suit your partners colour preferences or style I would be willing to throw myself on the sword and accept your kind gift of this delightful cat quilt...or any of the quilts displayed for that matter. No, really, it is quite alright, I am willing to make the sacrifice :0)

Rettabug said...

How fun to look back over all your amazing projects, Carol! You are SEW creative. I know I've told you many time, you amaze & inspire me so much.

LOVE those cat's eyes! LOL

Cossett said...

I love your work, I find myself going over and over all the things you have made. Your art work is so fascinatlng and beyond wonderful.
Thank you for always making my days brighter.