Saturday, September 12, 2009

Weekly Textile Construction #17

Well I am a bit behind in posting my weekly experiments but I will get caught up in time.

I love this little piece. Once again I returned to a piece of the original fabric I salvaged from the scrap bag and then discharged and painted. I like the shapes and the variety of shades and tones from just two colors of dye and I like the thread work.

I used the dense quilting I have been exploring and tried a more random type of line that looks something like brambles. I often use variegated thread for this type of quilting but I decided to use solid colors this time to keep things simple and strong. I used yellow/green, white, beige and dark brown.

My intention is to try this type of patterning and composition on a larger scale but my first attempt at that was a mess. I had massive undissolved dye resulting in speckles everywhere. OOPS

Me and my Mom - 92 and going strong

I don't usually put anything on my blog except studio things but I decided to share something special. Last Monday was my mother's 92nd Birthday. She lives nearby and is doing exceptionally well. She was born in 1917 and weighed around 2 pounds. Shortly after her birth, the doctor put her in a shoebox and sort of put her aside to take care of my Grandmother because he did not expect mother to live. Well she fooled everyone and for weeks afterward, people from the little neighborhood where she lived came over to see this tiny little person. I have a cap her grandmother made for her to keep her head warm and you can't even put it on an average sized orange! She has lived a good life and is as much herself today as ever. Happy Birthday Mom.

On Monday I will be posting a new version of the project from Compositional Conversation as presented by Judi Hurwitt. Hope you will join me then:)


  1. I love this weekly construction, Terry, and Happy Birthday to your sweet Mom!

  2. I love this picture of you and your Mom. Glad she is doing so well.

  3. What a sweet woman and a great story of her birth.

  4. i really like this piece, the composition the color and all that quilting. Question--is that intense quilting done on a long arm? If on a regular sewing machine is it free motion or walking foot?
    Happy birthday to your Mom. She looks wonderful and what a great story about her birth.

  5. Terry,
    You know I love that dense quilting! I'm very much enjoying your experimental compositions. You've done a lot with that one piece of fabric.

    Happy Birthday to your Mom! What a wonderful story - I'm so glad you shared it with us.

  6. This is a beautiful piece, and so earthy looking. Love seeing what you've done.
    I think the "off topic" entry about your mom is also terrific. What a start she had! THanks for sharing.

  7. Hi Terry,
    I love seeing your weekly constructions and this one is a beauty. The colors combine in a lovely way that reminds me of nature as does your thread work. Very nice!

    Happy birthday to your mother! What a long life she has had for someone who wasn't expected to make it. My mother was also born in 1917 and will soon turn 93. Perhaps by the time you and I get there, we'll make it to 100!

  8. Thanks to everyone for your comments about my work and for your Birthday Wishes for my mother. She is thrilled. Terry