• 10 Aug 2009 /  Art Quilts

    About a year ago, a friend and co-worker and her husband adopted two male orange tabby kittens – one a classic tabby, the other a mackerel tabby. They named them Jake and Ellwood, after the Blues Brothers. For my friend’s birthday, I made her a wallhanging of Jake and Ellwood. You can tell who’s who by the initials on their tags.TheBluesBrothers

  • 10 Aug 2009 /  Art Quilts

    Here’s a close-up of Jake………………….and EllwoodJakeEllwood

  • 10 Aug 2009 /  Art Quilts

    The real Jake and EllwoodJake & Elwood 12-11-2008 002

  • 23 Jun 2009 /  Art Quilts

    I work with a wonderful person named Anna. I call her Anna Banana, and she calls me Claire Pear (a name I resemble far more than I’d like to). I decided to make Anna a little banana quilt for her birthday. It’s 4″ by 6.5″.Banana for Anna

  • 31 Mar 2009 /  Art Quilts

    In June 2004 I was fortunate to take a class from Phil Beaver. Phil, who lives in Indiana, took up quilting after he retired from a long career as a high-school art teacher. Within a very short period of time, his quilts were winning Best of Show!

    Although I started this quilt in 2004, I didn’t finish it until last night! All the fabrics used for the sunflowers themselves I hand-painted in Phil’s class.

  • 31 Mar 2009 /  Art Quilts

    This past weekend, after months of on-again, off-again stitching, I finished the smaller of two wall hangings inspired by the ceramics of William De Morgan. De Morgan was the foremost ceramic artist of the Arts & Crafts Movement, and a close friend of William Morris. I am especially enamored of his animal designs, which are reminiscent of those in Medieval illuminated manuscripts, another area of great interest for me.

    This wall hanging is modeled on a two-tile design that De Morgan called a dragon. To me, it’s clearly a gryphon. You can see the original tiles at the De Morgan Centre website: http://www.demorgan.org.uk/. On the right side of the home page, scroll down to the last thumbnail image and click to see the tiles.

  • 24 Nov 2008 /  Art Quilts

    DH snapped this picture of me hard at work in my (messy but colorful) studio. Hey, it’s a creative mess, anyway!

  • 20 Oct 2008 /  Art Quilts

    Last Thursday and Friday, I had FUN! Thursday afternoon after work I drove down to San Jose and met a friend from my high school days. We had a lot of laughs recounting our infamous trip across Europe in 1972 with the California Girls Choir. Let me just say that I think we took about 20 years off the choir director’s life. Ah, youth!

    Anyway, my friend put me up for the night, and early Friday morning (there are not too many things I will happily do “early” for – they call it the Crap of Dawn for a good reason, you know) I drove over to the Santa Clara Convention Center for the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

    This is a BIG show held once a year. Not as big as Houston, but big enough. It was truly amazing to see so much incredible color, texture, and creativity in one place. The show never fails to both inspire and humble me. I also attended a great workshop taught by Laura Wasilowski called “Tiny Homes and Gardens.” We made wacky little quilts using her hand-dyed fabrics and fusible web. There were no real rules and observing the laws of physics was completely optional.

    I had seen Laura on an episode of The Quilt Show, the web show that Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson do together. It costs to view the episodes, but let me tell you, it is money very well spent! Anyway, Laura was such a delight on the show, that I knew I wanted to take a workshop from her.

    Now I’m back to the salt mines, but refreshed! More pictures soon, I hope.

    Claire

  • 30 Sep 2008 /  Art Quilts

    My second “Summer Where I Live” was about 12″ x 15″ inches – but I didn’t like it. My solution for that was to cut it up into pieces, bind those, insert eyelets into the corners and connect the sections with copper chain. I still need to decide how to hang it. Maybe on a small branch? Commercial and hand-dyed fabrics, Shiva paintsticks, pigment ink, metallic ink, machine quilted with cotton, polyester, and rayon threads.

  • 30 Sep 2008 /  Art Quilts

    The first week of June I had the privilege of attending an Art Quilt Retreat at Ricky Tims’ Studio in La Veta, Colorado. What a blast! There were nine of us attending that week, and we really bonded. Ricky and his partner Justin are the warmest, most down-to-earth people you would ever want to meet, and they treated us grandly. Our group named ourselves the “Nine Hoz Quilting” (long story and not what it sounds like) and are planning to meet again in La Veta next July. Meanwhile, we’re having our first challenge – a mini-quilt entitled, “Summer Where I Live.” I ended up with two.

    Here is the first – commercial and hand-dyed fabrics, machine pieced, hand appliqued, machine and hand quilted. Approximately 8″ x 10″: