Spruced up the blog a bit! Changed the header, changed the “About Me,” added this fun little nerd so you can troll me on Instagram:
and I added a new page tab up top. Modern Art Lessons has replaced the Costume Party, which I will make live again at the end of the summer. The Modern Art page has the introduction and a list with links for all the posts on the topic.
Hope everyone approves!
What do we mean when we say we are “Modern” quilters? Do we mean simply we are quilters who are making art that speaks to the “now”? That we’re of-the-moment, or trendy? Or are we identifying ourselves with the world of Modern Art? What is “Modern Art?”
In my series “Lessons in Modern Art for Modern Quilters” I want to look at the history of this historical artistic movement, and relate the paintings (and sculptures) created during this time to our quilting community’s aesthetic.
I am not an art historian, and I am not an academic. However, I felt a need to better understand Modern Art and am using this blog as a place where I can store my notes and analyze how “Modern Quilting” relates to Modernism as a whole.
My planned outline (subject to change) is to cover Impressionism (1870s) through Hard-Edge Painting (1960s) and the relevant styles that lie between. I hope you enjoy this series as I have had immense pleasure looking to the past and being inspired by our Modernist predecessors!
Are you a beginner garment sewer? Me too! If you are interested in learning more about sewing from patterns, keep an eye out for more of my Pattern Walkthrough posts and we can learn together!
I have a couple of sewing resolutions for 2013… One of the biggest being I want to make myself some outfits. I’m 6 feet tall with a LONG waist, so it’s difficult finding clothes that fit.
I saw this pattern on a model in JoAnn’s:
Read on for a full pattern walkthrough…
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks working on a wide-variety of sewing projects. Tango, Pa’s, Valentines, Stoles, oh my! And I have even more finished works to show, but they need to be “properly” photographed.
It is time for me to catch my breath and re-group. Fabric piles are consuming my office, sewing tools are thrown about, and I can’t possibly start another project until I get organized.
Time to make a cup of coffee and regroup.
My old boss from my Michigan Radio days now does a show called “Talk of Iowa.” Thhis summer Charity did a show featuring Barn Quilts. You can listen here, scrolling down to Tuesday June 7, 2011 “Restoring Iowa’s Historic Barns,” and I believe the barn quilt discussion starts at about the 30 minute mark.
I was really inspired by this conversation and enjoyed googling images of various country barns featuring quilt blocks.
Then just the other day my parents, fresh from a rural road trip, announced they were making one for the Sawmill they operate.
I have not been up to much sewing or crafting these days, let along blogging. I have the best excuse: a brand new baby boy! My son Henry was born on Saturday, March 26th at 3:57am. 8lbs 15oz, 20 inches, and totally awesome. If you like birth stories, you can read mine HERE.
Anyway – I was so happy to have my party time quilt to enjoy while at the hospital. It felt nice to have something warm and handmade around in that foreign environment.
And I was able to finish my mug rug for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. More on that soon! I wasn’t even able to snag a picture, but you can see what I created by heading over to Emily’s blog HERE.