Saturday, March 28, 2009

Silkies On My Mind

Here is a commissioned quilt I designed and created for a couple who raise and show Silky Terriers. It measures 63" x 43" (horizontal orientation), and is intended to be framed and hung over the husband's office couch.

It includes digitally manipulated photographs, printed on cotton fabric, free-motion thread painting, traditional piecing and raw-edge applique, free-hand quilting, and a faux-tintype technique on aluminum can metal.
In my mind as I was making the different blocks, I gave them nicknames ... shown under their detail shots below.

"Smoking Jacket"

"Beau Peeking Thru the Leaves"

"Shy Girl"

"Escape Artist"


"The Girls"

"Lavender Shy Girl"

"Blue Silky"

"Zeke Warholized"
Two of my favorite blocks are of "Zeke" ... which is actually his real name ... Karen Stiehl Osborn knew I was making the Silky quilt and offered pictures of her puppy Zeke, who was "brand new" at the time. Thank you again, Karen! (See her blog for more pictures of him, as well as other goodies.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another One Sold!

I Beelieve, by Judy Coates Perez

Congratulations to Judy Coates Perez! Her wonderful artwork for the Reverse Auction was acquired at the Gold Donor level overnight. Ohmigosh, I was coveting that little piece myself, so I'm trying not to be jealous of the lucky winner ;^) That's another $450 for the fight against cancer ... Hooray, Judy! ... and remember, the minimum donation will drop at 10 a.m. CST today, Wednesday, March 25 by a whopping one-third. I have a feeling that today's the day that these fabulous fiber artworks will start flying out the door, so if you wait to late, your piece may be gone! Here's the link to the Reverse Auction:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Rusty Grove (detail)
My Rusty Grove was won in Virginia Spiegel's FiberArts For A Cause Reverse Auction this morning. I think I was a little bit in shock when told that it was taken at the Gold Donor level ($1,800) by an Anonymous Friend of FFAC. (As noted in an earlier post, 100% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.) I'm absolutely thrilled to have been able to contribute to the ASC's receipt of that sum, when there's no way I could have afforded that kind of cash myself. ART to the rescue! Thank you, Dear Anonymous Friend of FiberArts for a Cause, and thank you, Virginia and all her Helper Angels (you know who you are) who have made the over-$165,000 contributions (so far) possible.

FiberArts For A Cause - LAST Reverse Auction

Cricket in the Thorn Tree, by Leandra Spangler

The Fifth (and Final!) Reverse Auction opens today, March 24, at 10 a.m. CST with 100% of the proceeds donated directly to the American Cancer Society:

Virginia Spiegel is retiring her organization "FiberArts For A Cause" to return to her art studio full-time, after raising more than $165,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Way to go, Virginia, and Best Wishes for a well-deserved rest, followed by lots more of your wonderful fiber art for the rest of us to admire and enjoy.

This is only a 3-day auction, and the minimum donation will drop dramatically each day through Thursday, March 26. Wait too long, though, and your favorite piece of fiber art will be gone!

Click on each artist's name below, to be taken directly to their page on the FFAC Reverse Auction site.

Natalya Aikens
Gerrie Congdon
Marjorie DeQuincy
Rayna Gillman
Carol Larson
Linda Teddlie Minton
Susie Monday
Judy Coates Perez
Leandra Spangler
Roxane Stoner

Then you can return to the main page for instructions on how to bid on your favorite work of art. Happy Bidding!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Invitational Reverse Auction Opens TOMORROW!

Noshi Ribbons by Gerrie Congdon

The Invitational Reverse Auction of Fabulous Fiberart opens tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST. All the information about the artwork and how to participate is here. I'm copying Virginia Spiegel's post about it, to help spread the word.

A lineup of great artists have generously donated their artwork to benefit the American Cancer Society. Today’s featured artwork is by Gerrie Congdon. Noshi Ribbons is an art quilt created with vintage Japanese fabrics.

According to Gerrie,
I love collecting vintage Japanese fabrics. The colors, textures and patterns are inspirations for the collage. I was compelled to cut and fuse the small linear pieces, just because. A friend said they looked like Noshi Ribbons. I went off to Google and discovered with great delight that I had indeed created Noshi Ribbons. In Japan, Noshi is a cluster of ribbons representing a special gift.

Gerrie is a three-time breast cancer survivor and has supported Fiberart for a Cause from the very beginning. Her art quilts have been juried into several local and national textile art shows. She has done commissions for churches and private collections. Her work has been published in the book Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project, edited by Karey Bresenhan, and in several magazines. This past January, she had her first solo show based on a trip she took to Israel last year.

Read more about Gerrie’s artwork on her website and blog.