Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pink Madonna--Round 2

I was able to add my part to the Pink Madonna this week. As luck would have it, I had some pieced blocks and embroidery that I had already done. They worked marvelously for what I was trying to show. In my mind, Our Lady of Guadalupe is a folk art madonna; resplendid in her patchwork clothes so I wanted to further emphasis the bright colors Barbara started with in my round. There will be much hand embroidery and embellishments added so I tried to be sensitive to that when embroidering the ribbon. I have really started to enjoy the word ribbons and feel like this is one piece where I could use them effectively.

So, now it is into the mail to Barbara so she can add her part, the final borders. Then, the handwork begins!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Pink Madonna

Barbara and I are going to do some Madonna pieces this year where we pass the piece back and forth between us so each can add her own touch to the artwork. The first piece is this one, Pink Madonna.
The central Madonna is a printed fabric that Barbara had. I had given her the embroidered blocks when we met at PIQF 2008 and she added them to the Madonna to sew this arrangement. Now it is my turn to add a few rows of what I want before returning it to Barbara for her next ideas--a bit of a 2 person round robin, I guess. I thought you might like to see our Madonna piece develop as we stitch.

Now, for my part!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Tepeyac (Barbara's quilt)

20 x 27

I named this piece "Tepeyac" after the hill where the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 in what is now Mexico City. Tepeyac was the site of the temple of the goddess Tonanzin and it is the current location of the Basilica of the Virgin.

I finished my Madonna quilt today in what must be record time for me. I'm usually a dawdler, but I was inspired by Debra's dedication in completing "Continue" in such a short period of time.

I scrapped the bottom of the bead bowl for this one.
I embroidered over the skull motifs in this fabric, and put sequins over the eyes

Some of the skeleton limbs were beaded. I did a bit of seam embellishment.

A student gave me this beaded lizard bracelet. I knew I wanted to use it in a quilt from the beginning.

This has been a very gratifying project. I found myself thinking about it and planning it even when I wasn't working on it.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


50 x 40 inches
cotton fabrics, lace, trims, charms, transfer
machine pieced and embroidered
Entry in the art gallery show: Perspectives: Any way you look at it
Dedicated to my son, William Hurter

Now it is time to wait & see if it is chosen for the show! It's been a whirlwind experience, to say the least.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Floral Spray (Barbara)

I have attached my quilt top to two thin layers of flannel for stability, and I'm adding embellishments through all layers. I may add some leaves to distinguish it more clearly from the background, but this is the basic design of the floral spray at the feet of the Virgin.
The little skull beads were on a bracelet I bought in Mexico. I'm slowly incorporating them into little quilts. I really wish I'd bought more. The yellow and blue yo-yos in the picture have been stitched to form petals with a few overcast stitches.
The little angel button is reminiscent of the angel who is often depicted at the Virgin's feet. It, and most of the rose buttons, were in a bag with some cross-stitch pieces I recently got at the thrift store. The ivory satin roses were also a thrift store item. I think they came with some embroidery floss. The pearl buttons are vintage and have been in my stash awhile.

I'm making progress on the embellishment. I'm beading the Virgin's robe and aura. This is the most fun part.

Almost done! (Debra)

Yesterday's sewing frenzy put my piece well into the "almost finished" category! I am not quilting this piece. It has been heavily interfaced with either machine embroidery stabilizer under the CQ blocks or with Decor Bond in the other areas. It will be firm when it is totally done. I may do a little tack stitch in a few places but it should be ready to go without it.
I did the broderie perse last night. I had not tried any machine applique on my Janome. Boy, what a dream! I can see more of that technique showing up in future work. The floral print was a Tracy Porter print. I used invisible thread for the overcasting. Today I will add a few machine embroidered monarch butterflies in amongst the leaves and flowers.
The bottom corners will be red/orange 4" CQ blocks; unless I find they are too time-consuming to make. The 5" ones in the main section of the piece were about 20 minutes per block.
I am not quite sure what to do at the top. Wes even got into the spirit of pulling fabrics last night as candidates! What do you think should happen at the top? I have until 3:00 tomorrow afternoon to get my CD with the image to the post office for my Aug 1st postmark.
Any suggestions for a name? The theme of the show is Perspectives: Any way you look at it

Monday, July 30, 2007

Sunday's Work (Debra)

Sunday found me hard at work in the Studio. I foresee another long day of work today. August 1st looms around the corner. I would hate to miss the deadline; especially since I have gotten so "into" this piece. It has been a delight from the very beginning and although, there is plenty to do, it is not a strain doing it. You know how some projects just will never end? This doesn't feel like that kind of project.

I had to laugh at Allie's comment! Yes, Will would love this piece. He was quite fond of skeletons.

My plan is for the little madonna and Will's panels to be loose. Today I will finish embellishing them and close the back. Then, I can sew the sections of the top half together. I started playing with the idea of a table last night. I pulled out all my old doilies (and yes, I auditioned the yellow ones, Barbara, but they were too bright) and actually like the effect. It shows nicer in person. Then, I started playing with adding the lace to the broderie perse panel(s). We'll see how that plays out.