Tuesday, September 27, 2011
This quilt demonstrates components of the brain involved in Lewy Body Dementia. It often is related to Parkinson's and hallucinations. The person affected often realizes they are having hallucinations which occur in most cases of Lewy Body Dementia. The abstract picture was printed on cotton and then metallic thread and glass beads were added. A frame of was constructed using Peltex to give the quilt depth.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
These are my latest quilts for Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
Esp'erer (hope) is a map of Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake I was looking at the map and thought where Haiti attaches to the Dominican Republic looked like a young girl of African descent. I put the map through a digital filter, made her face a warm brown and then printed the photo on cotton fabric. I then used oil pastels and thread to highlight the picture.
A Girl Justs Gotta Have Fun was a picture from Lizzie who resides in Australia and allowed me to use the picture. The Indian elephant had her foot forward and since my g-daughter is into nail polish, I put nail polish and a large brush on this adorable elephant. Not sure why since I usually don't do whimsy.
Laura let me use a picture of Avonlea in Queen Cavalier. I painted the printed cotton photo with oil pastels, acryllic paint and thread. I also used a little clear nail polish on the eyes and nose to make them glossy.
These quilts are numbers #7969, 7970 and 7971 at Alzquilts.org.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I was misdiagnosed that I had AMD (see Amsler grid which is used to determine Macular Degeneration of the Retina (AMD). If AMD is present the lines appeared wavy or absent, the center appears blurry. When I stared at it the lines they were double or triple and it appeared almost like a plaid where some lines were more prominent. See a retinal specialist if you get a diagnosis of AMD. If you suddenly lose your central vision see an opthamoloist right away. My vision problems are cataracts. Who thought I would be happy to have cataracts. For your eyes- keep a healthy weight, don't eat a lot of fatty foods, take a one a day vitamin, wear sunglasses and avoid smoking and drinking. At least - do as many as you can which I will do. Take the time to enjoy the view.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I am sorry I don't usually have set plans when I build but hopefully I can help you somewhat. I used double walled PVC for the cabana but I think I would try 1 inch single walled. You can get the corner pieces on-line (they were not available locally). I made it the uprights 6 foot high, wide and deep. I put 45 degree corner pieces to prevent scissoring. I just had to do trial and error since I didn't remember solid geometry.
The corner pieces are three-way, a right angle and and one going up at the corner. These are used for the base.
These are used for the top along with a 45 degree connector (turn so straight portion is vertical).
Putting these at the corners prevented it from scissoring and collapsing i.e. scissoring is when the square collapses and becomes more like a diamond.
I have seen cabana's online at WalMart and they were about $100. By the time you get all the supplies this ends up about the same.
The chairs are easy. I just copied a picture from the internet. Just remember to keep the parallel sides the same length. It helps to clean the pipe and then glue them. We glued the left side together and the right side together and the cross pieces. We then put the sewed seat on and screwed the left and right sides together by placing a tiny screw underneath the bars. The seat is a heavy cotton that I doubled. I prewashed it to make it shrink. That way we could wash it again. They lasted through a year with kindergarten class and we still have them.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
$994.69. One more quilt and I will reach $1000.
My sister Kay's dog Mysti. A lovable cockapoo. I made this quilt using several layers of trapunto. I mounted the quilt using a flexible binding system over an artists canvas. I learned that photo's that are shiny will print shiny on fabric. The next thing is to learn how to create this on flat pictures. The photo shows the original picture I took, the alterred picture and the finished quilt.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I found a replica of a firemen's bugle online which was a dark copper color. I used rub n buff paint and changed it to silver. I purchased a silver lamp kit with a weighted base from Lampstuff.com. I used family fire fighter pictures (his dad is a fireman) and printed them on my Epson 1900 at the Ultra Premium Matte Presentation Paper setting. The fabric was from C J Jenkins and treated with Bubble Jet. It was then ironed on freezer paper and cut to 11 x 14 inches. Each picture wedge was about 4 x 9.5 x 11.5. The wedges were sewed together and then the top and bottom edge was rolled and sealed using modge podge on the lampshade. I was happy to find the printer setting because it makes all the difference on how clear the pictures turn out.