Friday, July 29, 2016

Weeping for Home

Weeping for Home

Psalm 137


In the course of human history, many people have faced exile or been forced to seek new lives far from the shores of home. These refugees carry in their hearts memories of family, friends, and familiar landscapes that shine like treasured jewels in the darkness of uncertain futures. Weeping for Home is the fourth in a series of willow trees. This piece depicts a scene from Psalm 137, in which the Israelite captives wept by the rivers of Babylon when they remembered Zion, their former home. Their captors demanded they play music and sing, but the despondent slaves hung their harps on willow trees that lined the river, unable to sing the Lord's song in a foreign land. The lattice background hints at the Israelite's confinement, while the blurred colors reflect the loss of their distinction as God's special and separate people, His treasure.

Weeping for Home was created using fused commercial cotton fabrics and quilted with Superior thread.

Creations by Nina-Marie 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Flying Geese

Life ...
I spotted these geese on the pond the other day. I wish they would stay!

Ashton is learning to use the sewing machine.

... as a Quilter
On my design wall -- I'm starting a new piece using "flying geese" blocks.

By using Electric Quilt to create my quilt I could print the blocks and now I'm paper piecing the colored fabric to each assigned section.

I used 8 of these blocks to create the star above.

Monday, July 18, 2016

"Cattails" and New SAQA Note Cards

Studio Art Quilt Associates just released a new set of note cards and included my piece "A Glimpse Through the Lattice -- Cattails."

You may purchase your set here.

New Art Quilt Notecards - now in stock!
This set of ten 4" x 6" notecards with envelopes, features the unique works of SAQA's Juried Artist Members. The Art Quilt Notecards offer collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to share a sampling of the many fine art quilts being created today.
Artists include: Deidre Adams, Julia Graber, Michele O’Neil Kincaid, Tracey Lawko, Hilary Rice, Lisa Flowers Ross, Sarah Ann Smith, Virginia Spiegel, Marianne Williamson, and Kathy York

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Another Willow

I'm in the process of making another "Willow" art piece. It looks like this and measures 25"X20."

If you look close, you can see harps dangling from the branches. I'm trying to depict a portion of Psalm 137, "we hanged our harps on the willows." What would be a good name for this piece?

And yes, it will be for sale. $350

Friday, July 08, 2016

Gallery Opening of A New Twist on Fiber Art

I enjoyed the gallery opening at the Rosenzweig Art Center last evening showing some of my work along with lace tatting by Sherry Pence.

The staff at the gallery did a great job hanging my work.

I was both honored and humbled by all the people that showed up to enjoy the show. It was so fun visiting with them.

And then to sell 4 pieces, just put the icing on the cake!

Sherry and me.

After I got home I made chocolate milk shakes and took them to the field to Paul and Ashton where they were disking up corn ground.

Creations by Nina-Marie   

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The Pine Series, Fractured Roosters, and Mother Goose

I'm packing my vehicle with my art quilts to take to the RAC in Columbus, MS.
We plan to hang my fiber art exhibit this afternoon.

I just recently finished this piece, "Winter Forest" that measures 56"X71". I had originally thought to make it a quick and easy throw but when I got to the quilting part, it turned into an art quilt. See the beginning stages of it HERE.


Inspiration for this piece came from my "Pine Tree" series.



Emerald Pine

I made this "Fractured Rooster" piece in a class with Marilyn Rose. You can read about it HERE.
 Then I decided to make a depiction of part of that quilt.
"Fractured Rooster II" measures 10"X8" and is mounted on black mat board.
 In honor of Mother Goose's 30th year at the library, the Friends of the Library has declared 2016 the "Year of the Goose," and the RAC wanted to celebrate, too!

Here is my piece to honor "Mother Goose." It measures 8"X10" and is mounted on black mat board.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Corn for Heritage Bible School

Life ...
Paul reads to Kirby, Stacy, and Ashton.

Our church put up corn for Heritage Bible School.
It didn't take long to husk 20 bushels.

Many people showed up to help clean and silk the corn.

Ready for the cooker.



Cutting it off the cob.

Scraping out tubs of cut corn to be ...

... bagged in gallon bags.

And then of course, we could eat all we wanted.
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