Saturday, January 31, 2009

Three weird green dolls

Update: I sold all three dolls at Empire.

I just finished these three weird green dolls to sell at the boutique for the Empire quilters guild show in Manhattan this March (3/21-22/2009). The main construction consists of fabric scraps wrapped around sections of drinking straws. I also knitted tubes, using a wheel loom, to fit over some of their limbs. Lengths range between 9 and 12 inches. Why green dolls? I was working on a quilt challenge with the following rule: Make a 3-D study in green where the focal point must rise at least one inch off the surface of the quilt. I thought some small green dolls would work. But, after making these three, I decided to let them hang on their own. I'll figure out something else for the challenge later.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

One-Foot-Square Art Quilts

Last year (2008) I entered a quilt in the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) online auction of one-foot-square quilts. It was titled "Forbidden Love" and it featured my fabric bead snakes. I'm happy to say that it sold, so I was encouraged to submit another one for this year. I call it "Itsy Bitsy." This one was the result of a challenge with several quilting friends: Make a 12-inch quilt where the viewer can guess the name of a nursery rhyme. Well, not too many people could guess what my quilt depicted, that is if I didn't tell them the title!

Fiber Bead Dolls

Lately, I've taken a break from traditional & art quilts to make fabric bead dolls. The beads are made by wrapping drinking straws with fabric strips and gluing them into place. The fabric beads are then joined by threading them onto buttons/beads to create the doll body. The fun part begins when it's time to dress them and give them a personality. Here are several examples.