New Work in a Gallery

BesonnenheitHey everyone!  I have a new piece, called Besonnenheit (Prudence) in the Naperville Art League!

The name comes from a lyric in a song:
Wer wartet mit Besonnenheit
Der wird belohnt zur rechten Zeit

It translates to:
The one who waits with prudence
Will be rewarded at the right time.

Here’s a flier and a sneak peek of the show:

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I hope you can come out and see the show!

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Geschwindigkeit

For the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I thought I’d show you the making of my quilt entry for An Exquisite Moment, called Geschwindigkeit (Speed). Spring-2013-BQF-buttonHere is the quilt, called Geschwindigkeit (German for Speed).

  • Quilt Measurements – 60″ h x 24 ” w
  • Special Techniques used, if any – Fused, threadpainted, and some hand painting.
  • Quilted by ME! (Cheryl Sleboda!)

geschwindigkeitHere is the photo of my hand that I worked from.  It took it about a week after I bought the car.
SAMSUNGI drew outlines of the design and then blew that up to the size the quilt needed to be.  I made some design choices, like removing the plastic wrapper on the keytag, and giving my wrist a “tummy tuck”.  I also made my fingernail red instead of pink (red being the color of the car).
SAMSUNGI worked on a sunny window and used the lines to create patterns that I traced onto the pre-fused fabric and then stuck the finished cutout pieces right back onto the original pattern.  You can see the photographs taped to the window to ensure I was using the right colors.

SAMSUNGAfter I had it all cut out, I fused the entire thing to a white fabric background.  I used white instead of black because the black fabric would have showed through the hand fabrics.
SAMSUNGSAMSUNGI then made my quilt sandwich and auditioned the threads.  I did not have enough “shades of grey” so I had to go shopping for lots of grey thread.
SAMSUNGThen it was on to quilting and thread painting!
SAMSUNGI quilted it on my domestic machine.

SAMSUNGI worked late into the night to get the binding on so it was ready for photographs.  I bound it in red because the car itself is red and it would be hanging on black drapes, and it’s a dark quilt.

Here’s a detail of the quilting after it was done.


Hope you enjoyed my little “making of” this quilt!

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New Work – Geschwindigkeit

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I’m happy to announce that one of my secret projects (Codename BAMF) can now be revealed!  It’s been accepted to the Dinner @ 8 Artists’ Group Show that will be travelling to IQF Long Beach and IQF Houston!

My family loves Mustangs, and I recently joined the ranks with a vintage 1973 Mach 1 of my own.  As a daughter of a car enthusiast, even I knew the “moment” is in turning that key.

Geschwindigkeit means Speed in German, and though I named it for the car and how much I love to drive it and to go fast, it also means the hectic pace which drove me to finish it, and the frenetic velocity at which my life is going by.  A running joke is that the car is my “mid-life crisis car, now I just need the crisis”.  While I don’t anticipate having a crisis at 40, my life is very full, and I have many positives that I need to remind myself of, especially when I turn the key and start that beast of an engine.

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I know it’s been forever since I posted any work to the blog, so here’s a new beauty.  This quilt is called “Misunderstood”.  It’s got a giant QR code in the center, which you can scan with your smartphone.  I’ll let you figure out what it says, but it’s a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche.  I don’t know why his quotes seem to fit my work so well. I bet there’s some underlying psychological thing to that.  

Anyway, this quilt was made specifically for the “Art and Science: Stitched Together” show by my local SAQA chapter.  I wanted to depict Computer science, since that’s the field I technically work in for the comic book industry.  I also work with bar codes, so using a QR code was also important to me.  I printed the QR code onto fabric, and then hand beaded the circuit board traces. 

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