I participated in a color duo challenge organized by several illustrators. I wanted to make Log Cabin Pendants with my larger square bezels that had been languishing in the proverbial drawer since 2018. A list of color pairs was a way to start!The ones above are Pomegranate/Kelly Green, Lavender/Mulberry, Cerulean/Strawberry, Avocado/Pink Candy Floss and Carrot/Coffee.The whimsical color names were wonderful, once I got past wanting to know “official definitions.”
I also went to the 2021 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza on an afternoon when it was mostly empty and enjoyed the quilt brilliance. Fiery really caught my eye, pieced by Kathy Dunkle, quilted by Cindy Carey, Dragonfly pattern by Ann Shaw.
My Sunshine and Shadow Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic is on display at “Farm to Easel” at the Exhibit B Gallery Annual Winter Group Show. All work includes farm-related subjects from the Pennsylvania landscape to images of quilts, farm animals, the harvested bounty and beyond. 20+ artists and 30+ paintings from artists far and wide. The show continues thru 2/9/19.
Exhibit B Gallery: Gallery of art and fine craft in a lovingly restored former 1901 cigar factory.
Quilt patterns never cease to delight me! This is a variation on the Log Cabin quilt block, and I never grow tired of all the ways to express Log Cabin Quilt Love. The modular nature of quilts is very suited to mosaic. I used to think I liked sewing, but I actually liked pattern, fabric, color.
This is the second of a trio of Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt Block Trivets. The first two were wedding gifts from a sister to siblings, and the last was turnabout Gifting the Gifter from one of the recipients. Shades of eggplant purple and navy blue were some of the most challenging to find. These colors tend to either look black or have too much pastel tint. Some colors are elusive.
I have a fondness in my heart for creativity that bursts out in more than one way. Margaret Fabrizio came to my attention by her quilts, but she is also a well known harpsichord player who played with the Grateful Dead, and had one of her collages on one of their album covers. I also dig curiosity, and she followed her curiosity when she first saw a kawandi quilt exhibition, Soulful Stitching, at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Kawandi are created by the African Siddi women of Karnataka, India, and Margaret Fabrizio traveled to India in 2012 in order to learn more, and has a series of Kawandi videos on YouTube from her visit and the process of learning.
The Siddi’s are descendants of enslaved Africans brought by the Portuguese to Goa on the West Coast of India between the 16th-19th Century, and who eventually escaped to their own diaspora communities in the mountains of Northern Karnataka. Siddi women collect worn out clothing and when they have enough for a quilt, buy a cotton sari and use it as the backing for the patchwork that they sew with a continuous running stitch. The corners are finished with Phulas, meaning flowers, a multi-layered triangle. It reminds me of those old fashioned photo corners for affixing snapshots to albums, and also half of a Log Cabin quilt block.
One of the most rewarding aspects of creating art is having it become part of a family’s traditions. In November, Nutmeg Designs received a message requesting a thoughtful commission.
. . .I am writing to you because the gifting of your beautiful your Mosaic Trivets have become a sweet and meaningful tradition in our family! My sister Lauren found your site, and commissioned a Log Cabin Mosaic Trivet for my wedding in our wedding colors, and just a few months ago did the same for my brother when he got married! So now she and her husband are the only ones without a trivet of their own, and I would love to gift them with one of your trivets for Christmas if that is possible. . .
A very grateful recipient of a Nutmeg gift
The brother requested his sister’s wedding colors and sent photos of the shades of moss green, coral orange and sand. It was a delight to bring it full circle to Lauren, who ordered the first two trivets. The first is below, in oranges and reds.
Another pleasure at the Keystone Quilters 2015 Show was coming across a Rainbow Log Cabin made by Dorothy Fravel. For my kindred spirits in Log Cabin Love, I just finished a Rainbow version of my own the week before, and look forward to sharing it with you.
One of the pleasures of having an Open Studio is that people get to see an abundance of work on the walls, be surrounded by it, and have creative ideas percolating. A visitor saw my Log Cabin Quilt Panel(below) and asked if I could make a mirror with the same motif. With Stratoz’s trusty drafting skills, he drew a series of squares around the perimeter.
These glass tiles are from Italy, with swirled and mottled color. My work table was a mountain of glass as I sorted tiles by hue and intensity. These tiles teach me to look closely, to appreciate differences that at not discernible at first.