art quilting

Peach flower

On being photogenic and other things. Is this what I really look like?

I’ve been a busy little bee working on the two garden quilts mentioned in an earlier post. My main

focus at this point has been to finish the first one and save the other crazy wild garden for last. It

promises to be fun. The thread painting  on this first garden has taken quite a while, there is so much

detail I’ve logged in a lot of hours already, but I’m liking the way it’s going so far.I

have completed a lot of that, the end is in sight. Just a few more details to wrap up, Oh,there’s the sky

to do, I forgot. That’s more than a little detail I suppose. Well anywho, then I  can get down to quilting

it. So here’s a few updated photos. It’s starting to take shape.

Blue and Orange garden

The color is off, but you get an idea of where I’m going. The stalks haven’t not been added yet,

leaving several flowers sort of hanging in the air, but they will have stocks soon, give em an anchor to

the ground.

flower detail

This is a closer look at some not finished peach flowers on the bottom right and left sides. The color

looks horrendous in this photo, it is really quite pretty in person, but that’s the thing with photos. I’ve

had several absolutely gorgeous quilts that were not photogenic. They looked so different in photos

than in person.

One recent example is a new quilt I just listed on Etsy,” Rain Forest Canopy”. It’s an abstract.

After I had finished the fabric painting and it had dried, I could take a look at it closely, the-big 

unveiling, it exceeded my expectations, it came out super good. There is always an element of surprise

with fabric painting. At a certain point in the process you lose some control and it effects the

outcome, you can surprise yourself. Sometimes there are pieces that turn out especially good, they

exceed your expectationsthis was one of those. I loved it!

When you have those special ones come out, you don’t want to squander this art fabric.

You want to use it in the best possible way that highlights it. If you plan applique,  you have to be

careful that you don’t cover too much of the design, it can’t shine through. The way you quilt it too,

you don’t want to quilt in a way that clashes with it or obscures what makes it special. 

So I gave this a lot of thought, long before I ever began to make an art quilt with it. When I had

finished the quilt, I was really happy with the result. I thought the quilting and design fit it. It works

with the fabric rather than against. And the abstract quilting? Just the coolest ever. I did my

abstract thread painting, using thread that has deep rich colors and metal threads add shimmer.

Great, I’m all happy woo who! This is a really good one. Then I took the photos of it. It looked flat, you

couldn’t sense how cool it was from any of the photos.The fabric colors which I loved, don’t show well.

Sometimes quilts just don’t photograph well. Me either, take 100 photos, you won’t get a good one I

guarantee.I’ve had maybe 5 photos taken in my entire life that came out decent.

I’m beginning to wonder is this what I really look like?

 I just recycle the few decent ones. So if you see a photo of a cute 4 year ol

on my avatar that’s me!It’s One of the few. BTW My current avatar is a few years old 5 maybe, it’s not

from 30 years ago.

My husband needed a photo avatar for my phone number on his phone. He took 3 or 4, awful. I’m

thinking I don’t want his work mates to see that,”well that’s some ugly wife ya got there”. No way,

He’s going to have a decent pic of his wife in his phone. I took the phone, reversed the camera for self

shoot. I tried about 30 photos, I’m not exaggerating not a one. Not photogenic.

peach flower


Peach flower orange and blue

orange and blueNo pictures thanks…


Raining Pink

Cherry Blossoms, It’s Raining Pink!

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Am I addicted to stress, 3 at once?

I began  work on 3 different quilts around the same time, don’t ask me why I would do such a thing. I am well aware of how obsessive I can become about finishing the projects that I start. I made this rule for myself long ago. That I must finish the projects that I start.

The rule expanded when I began quilting. It now became “I am not allowed to start a new quilt until I have finished my current one”. That’s was the rule and that’s that!” I had heard the legendary UFO s that quilters  so often bemoaned. Well, that was not going to be me, no siree, my rule would see to that. It certainly sounded easy enough, logical.

I think many of us thought that, when we were naïve quilt newbies, our eyes filled with stars. We would always finish our quilts. We would never dream of letting quilts pile up everywhere,unfinished, oh no we certainly would never let that happen. HA ha ha.

Then reality set in, this is not always easy to do. there are so many new wonderful fabrics to be had and endless beautiful quilts to be made. We get over stimulated just as small children are prone to do, running from one toy to the next, til they have emptied their entire toy box, toys scattered everywhere covering their play room floor. Now, they must all be picked up, “whaaaa I don’t want to Mom!!”.

Naturally I often ignore my rule, who wouldn’t? But oh the guilt and stress this creates. So why would I start 3 quilts, with full knowledge of “the” rule and the price to be paid for disobedience? Why would I start not just two, but three quilts? I cannot give a coherent answer to that question that I just asked myself.

So I have now meandered back to the beginning of this post, ” I began  work on 3 different quilts around the same time”. There they are hanging over my head, taunting me. But there it is, I have to finish them, I don’t handle that kind of stress well. So…

Of the three, [ here is the worst of it]  the quilt I am most driven to finish is a bed quilt for one of my granddaughters. I am in full all out guilt mode, I have to finish this and quickly!

My sweet darling teenaged granddaughter loves art deco and is revamping her bedroom in a art deco style. I was so excited that I could make a new quilt to fit the new art deco themed bedroom and surprise her. Well I spilled it, couldn’t keep my own secret. She has waited for the upcoming surprise quilt sooo long, without a single complaint.

I am finally making progress on getting this baby done. I am looking forward to giving it to her and seeing her happy happy reaction, well I am hoping for that reaction.

It is pictured below, almost done. I’m bouncing around ideas for  shams and throw pillows. Here’s one idea I have, I could try out on of the new fangled inkjet fabric printing products  that I keep hearing about. I thought I could make a copy of one of Alphonse Mucha‘s pictures on the fabric and make a throw pillow from this. What do you think? I don’t know what the fabric is actually like, so this is an experimental idea. If any one has had experience working with these products and would care to share any thoughts, suggestions or ideas I would appreciate the input.


Unfinished quilt number two, next in on my list  is pictured below.

The silk background painting is completed and the silk art painting completed, I’ve begun the thread work, as you  can

see I’ve barely started.  I added lots of pearl to my paint colors as I mixed them.  So to to continue the sparkle, shine theme I’m using quite a lot of metallic threads. I am feeling good  how this is looking thus far.

IMG_7322BarbaraHarms Fiber Art IMG_7319 IMG_7325BarbaraHarmsFiberArt

That’s a few photos of this one. All in all I’m feeling good, forward motion feels much better than stalling out.