The June auction for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative includes two of my small quilts. This incredible volunteer organization has raised more than $916,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006! AAQI will stop its fundraising efforts at the end of this year, and has a goal of raising at least $1,000,000 before then, and this is one of the last auctions they’ll be having.
This week’s Spoonflower design contest is to create a Mod wallpaper design, using only 3 colors (plus black or white optional). When I was a teen, I had one wall of my bedroom papered with an op art design (much like this one by Alberto Biasi), and though I’m not sure it fits in the Modernist Subculture, I decided to go with an op art inspiration for my design.
Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics are sponsoring a fabric design contest with the theme being “Geek Chic”. As a chemical engineer in a previous life, I have a lot of practical experience with geeky things, so I had tons of design ideas to start with.
I thought I’d do something with chemical symbols, but I couldn’t come up with anything that seemed like an interesting design. I drew a number of geeky accoutrements, including the ties, test tube, sneaker and glasses below.
Last week I wrote about creating what is probably my last quilt for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. I included a picture of my favorite AAQI quilt Fading Memories. Several people asked how I made this quilt, so I thought I’d write about it, since I made it before I started blogging.
I started making small art quilts for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative in 2007 when I was a new quilter. Both of my parents suffered from Alzheimer’s, and I wrote a bit about why I make these quilts in this post.
This quilt, Fading Memories, is my favorite. Both my parents served in the Navy in World War II, so I started with photos of them in their uniforms. I overlaid these with photos from throughout their lives, including their children and grandchildren. Fortunately my brother won the auction for this quilt, so I still get to see it.
Last year Spoonflower.com had a contest to design a fabric based on a recipe. I chose to do a design based on one of my grandmother’s recipes, and I wrote about it in this earlier post. My grandmother, who we called “Gockoo”, did lots of cooking and baking, and kept a handwritten journal of all her favorite recipes.
The fabric was designed to be a repeating design, but I thought it would also be fun to make a version that I could turn into a small quilt. Continue reading
Daffodils mean the arrival of Spring, but they also always remind me of my father. Every year he would divide and replant the daffodils forming the border of our yard and the adjacent woods. Over time there were literally thousands of daffodils which would welcome us each Spring
We’ve had crazy weather in northern Illinois this winter–warm and no snow–and I’m almost surprised the daffodils aren’t already blooming. I took this photo this weekend (mid-January). These flowers (I don’t remember what they’re called) are usually one of the early bloomers in Spring. I’ve noticed that they’ve been trying to bloom since mid-December (which can’t be a good thing). After a particularly warm, wet few days, the weather turned back to normal for January and the poor flowers are coated in ice.