Friday, May 27, 2022

My Life in Fabric

Music is a special way of getting through some of today's sadness and horror. Words are not enough. Music is not enough, but it helps. Getting to hear music by talented University of Southern Mississippi students is a special blessing, at their recitals as requirements for their degrees and at my church in our musicians in residency program.

An unexpected event resulted from one of these friendships. Franco Galetto, a cellist from Argentina, said he and two others (video major Jesse Johnson and drama major Makallen Kelley) needed to prepare a documentary for their class and asked if I would be their subject. I am humbled by this attention but really love to talk about and share my art, so I gladly share their production. They said their professor liked it. 

Makallen Kelley, Jesse Johnson, Franco Galetto

Here is the YouTube link to their documentary:

Monday, May 23, 2022

May is a Beautiful Month

May has been a whirlwind of activity with more meetings taking place in person rather than on Zoom. Flowers are blooming and the perfect weather has been replaced by some 90 degree afternoons. I managed to get my flowerbeds planted before the heat so I can enjoy the show every day. 

Amaryllis at University Baptist Church

It has been a treat to get to hear recitals and programs by my talented orchestra friends at my church and at USM. Thursday evenings are the highlight of my week, for rehearsals for the Brahms Requiem with the Meistersingers.

Cecilia Araujo

Alejandro Junco, Marlene Gentile, Cecilia Araujo, Franco Galetto

I'm so proud of my daughter, Linda Ginn. She designed and created a "temperature quilt" tracking the high/low temperatures each day of 2021. She chose favorite colors (rather than hot/cool) and assigned them to five-degree ranges. The large label on the back shows her method and source information.
"One Day at a Time: 2021 Temperatures in
Hattiesburg, Mississippi"

The back describes the method

An awesome project!

Monday, April 18, 2022

April and Springtime

Azaleas before heavy rains

I'm glad I took pictures of the blooming azaleas because these frequent and heavy rains have really beat them down and shortened their flowering season.

My croton is still alive but very straggly, so I bought a new plant and could not resist this hydrangea while waiting for my bed of them to bloom. The wisteria put on a brief but beautiful show.

New pots of croton and hydrangea

I'm pleased that all three slices of the Cinque Terre fabric collage got to be seen together at the Gulf States Quilting Association (GSQA) show April 8-9, where it won a second place ribbon in the Art-Landscape category. My section is on the left, then pieces by Rita Warnock and Cathy Reininger.
Cinque Terre at GSQA show
Working a 500-piece puzzle of the same scene was so much fun and not nearly the challenge of interpreting it in fabric. I also have a 1,000-piece puzzle that I might try after so much study of this famous photo.

Elizabeth helping 

Cinque Terre 500-piece puzzle
Music has filled my life with joy as we rehearsed and then sang a concert of 25 years of Meistersingers favorites this month. I'm looking forward to preparing the Brahms Requiem for a June 12 concert. More music enjoyment was provided by Marlene Gentile at her senior violin recital and the string quartets and quintets at USM's string honors competition. 
Marlene Gentile and Dario Martin

Alejandro Junco, Marlene Gentile, Ana Sofia Suarez, Franco Galetto
Sewing lately has consisted of making NICU isolette covers with the help of Linda Ginn, Barbara Hartley, and Linda Hudson. When I could not get either of my machines to remember how to make buttonholes to fit over the pegs, Jackie Watkins came to my rescue. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

March Catching Up

My first springtime in Mississippi (1972) I thought, "Everyone should see Mississippi in the spring," and this is still true. The azaleas are so spectacular that we begin to take them for granted--huge blobs of magenta, pink, and fuchsia and an occasional snow-white bush for contrast.

My amaryllis have started blooming, along with some iris, but the azaleas are still the main event. The Bradford Pear trees put on a show when they are covered in white flowers for about a week. These are not native trees and we are advised not to plant them, but they make such a beautiful scene! 

I finished the fourth quilted zinnia pictures; these finish at 19" and are stretched over foam core ready to drop in a frame. It's hard to pick a favorite from the lavender, rosy pink, yellow, and orange.

I made the first of this year's shared fiber art in our Southern Fiber Artists exchange for Michele Martin. This cardinal is shown against a wintery gray sky in aspen trees.

My exciting news is that two of my three pieces I submitted to SAQA's Prism Play Call for Entry were accepted and will be part of Prism Play: A Full Spectrum of Art Quilts, which will be touring from Spring 2022 through 2026. 

Chartreuse and Violet quilts juried into Prism Play
Elizabeth has claimed this large plastic bag as her sleeping spot lately and Rahrah especially likes to be with me on the front porch.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Busy February

 My plants are still having to stay in the garage because of occasional freezing nights, but the geraniums don't seem to mind. The white one is blooming now. My yard is still totally covered in pine straw and leaves, but until the frequent rains stop and it is time to think about spring flowers, it's no problem.

I celebrated Valentine's Day by enjoying some sweet red bell peppers, saying these were preferable to chocolate, which bought on several negative comments from friends. 

My unexpected scare over Valentine's Day was brought on when Rahrah was inadvertently left outside overnight. She was gone until about midnight the next night when she was on the front porch with no explanation about where she had been. I know she was curled up asleep somewhere all that day when I was worried and looking and calling for her. 

I finished the three pieces I was working on for a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) call for entry. These are 15" x 45" quilted pieces based on the colors from three of the color cards from Joen Wolfrom's 3-in-1 Color Tool. My cards were #2 Chartreuse, #21 Orange, and #10 Violet.

Chartreuse Springs Forth


Outrageous Orange


Violent Violet

I finished another large stitched picture, Yellow Zinnia. It is 19" sq. pinned to foam core before framing.
Yellow Zinnia, 19" x 19"
Here are the first two, a lavender zinnia and a rosy zinnia. I have an orange zinnia on the machine. 
Lavender Zinnia, 19"x 19"

Rosy Zinnia, 19" x 19"
My favorite bread store, a Breadsmith franchise, has closed and I'm not aware of any other whole wheat bread as delicious and healthy as what I had been getting there, so I'll be searching for a substitute. This seems like a good excuse to try a few new recipes.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Staying Warm Inside

Our South Mississippi winter isn't nearly as dramatic as what I see on TV on the East Coast. The yard has been covered in pine straw and leaves but several favorite plants have survived and even thrived on the porch or in the garage. This tall begonia will come back after I trim the frozen leaves. The red geranium right beside it just put on a beautiful bloom. The croton and maidenhair fern in the garage are fine, along with the blooming white geranium. The next two plants are loving the cool weather in the garage.

In the warm house I have been enjoying more stitched pictures with these large panels. After stitching I have the framer pin to foam core so they are ready to frame. They are about 19" square. Then I made one more of the 15" x 45" pieces for a color challenge. It is finished all but the facing, so pardon the ruffled edges.

Outrageous Orange, 15 x 45, ready for facing

Elizabeth and Rahrah stay very close to me when it's cold, even sometimes inadvertently sleeping touching each other. If I wonder why I am behind on some personal letter writing, here is my reminder.