Sunday, September 11, 2011
This time, I decreased the concentration of the red and added 2 cc increments (yes, using a syringe) to each bag. As you can see the first and last colors are very different, but the in-betweens are a gentle gradation. Exactly what I wanted.
Last weekend, I had an A-HA moment. Most weekends, I have dinner with my best friend, and we watch Netflix. But I had become intrigued with a story I read on line about the Nangchen Nuns of Tibet. These Buddhist women have an incredible story, now a feature-length documentary entitled Blessings. As I watched this incredibly beautiful story, I realized that the colors I was seeking are the colors of their robes, which made the project all the more special. And the next day, I dyed them.
Now to complete the saffron to blue run. The first one was a bit too yellow, so back to the dye pots today. Stay tuned!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
The gradation was supposed to be more yellow based but the red and blue overran the yellow in a big way! The photo shows 20 gradations, but no yellow to be found, even though it was the base of each mix.
Back to the dye pots today.... more yellow, less red and blue. Actually the colors are great, but not what I intended ... oh, yeah, they will get used....
Saturday, July 2, 2011
In 1998, on his way to London, Darryl came thru the US and we got to meet face to face for the first time! On his visit to AZ, we played tourist and one of our stops was Sedona, nestled in the beautiful red rock country, and one of our stops there was the Chapel of the Holy Cross. There in front of a statue of St. Francis, Darryl began to hear the call to religious life, even though neither of us realized it at the time.
Throughout his time working in England and the Middle East, the call became stronger and when he returned to Oz, he began to pursue his calling. In 2002, he joined the Society of St. Francis and became Br. Nathan James. Now he is completing seminary and will be ordained as a deacon in December, 2011.
One of the magical things about our friendship has been thru quilts. At several crossroads in his journey, I've had a psychic hit about a quilt for him.... and several quilts have crossed the ocean to his hands, and often answered questions that he was holding. As he nears ordination, I truly wanted to make him a very special gift and in correspondence with a mutual friend, decided to make his ordination stole as a surprise.
Lo and behold, he soon emailed me and asked if I would make his stole! He had no idea that I was already thinking about it. Our minds were as one as we discussed the designs. One of my sorority sisters from college had been making stoles, and she graciously sent me her pattern. It all came together.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
I did do one small piece this spring. It's called "Jonah's Mountain" and was a birthday gift to my yoga teacher. He had posted some fabulous pix on his Facebook page and one was of this mountain-scape. My brain, doing its thing, immediately said "That's a quilt!" I dyed the fabric with gradations of true navy and fire red to get the purples. The oranges were golden yellow mixed with some fire red. Pretty true to the photo, and yes he loved it.
The big news of spring is that I had an article in the May issue of The American Quilter (you have to be a member of AQS to view the issue on line)... my four labyrinths were featured and since the feedback was so good, AQ has contracted with me to produce a pattern of St. Omer's Labyrinth (shown in the background of this post).... I'll get another pix up soon. I'm working with one of my computer buddies to create the graphics and the instructions are done for the most part.... stay tuned!