Saturday, July 26, 2008

More on Otto's back

More fun stuff! Val carried one of our rolling kitchen chairs downstairs to my sewing room, so I was able to slide around and gather fabrics and whatnot to finish up Otto's quilt. (I'm walking much, much better, but I don't want to overdo it.) I made two trees and attached them to the house, and placed them all on a foundation of leftover squares from the Trip Around the World on the front. This is the first piece I have ever made totally without a plan! It is, well, liberating.

And speaking of liberated quilting, last night I hopped through the Liberated Quilters webring. Wow! Fun blogs -- many I knew already, but some were new and very exciting. If you haven't taken the time to read through that ring, go to the icon in my sidebar and click 'next.' Each blog will have the Liberated Quilters logo to take you to the next blog in the ring. There aren't many blogs, so it won't take long. Have fun!

Other interesting stuff

"My mommy always tells me what to do, except when I make art." One of my husband's former students sent us a link to a video for the Granville Studio for the Visual Arts because his daughter True is one of the kids in it. It's a delightful film, but it's that quote that really got to me. I'm learning to be a liberated quilter, and that's my new motto.

Mr. W. YouTube has a 2-minute video of Mr. W that blew me away. Click here to watch it. Once you've seen the whole thing, you might want to watch it again to completely understand it. I don't want to say more because I want you to be as surprised as I was. Totally worth it!

Jeff's photos. I learned about the Mr. W video on my nephew-in-law's new blog, The Wide-Angle Lens. His blog is interesting for a lot of reasons, but I think quilters will especially enjoy his photos. He posts one every now and then, so just scroll through to see them (most posts are short). He also has a photography blog, Fleeting Glimpse Photography, which is great. (I have links to both of these in my sidebar.) If you read my blog last August you may remember seeing a couple photos I posted then -- click here to take a look now. One day I'd like to try translating one of his photos into a quilt.

13 comments:

Lisa said...

Great project. I love paper piecing and would like to take on more piecing projects.

This looks wonderful with your fun and bold colors.

jillytacy said...

I love the pieced trees with your house. Otto is very lucky!
Glad to hear you are recovering! I hope you get to relax and quilt while you recover!

Libby said...

Glad to know you're recovering well...my mom had a similar surgery a while ago and I didn't take nearly as good of care of her. The liberated piece looks like great fun...enjoy!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Otto's quilt is so much fun - wheee. I love that quote about mommy and art - I'll have to go look at the video. cheers.

Clare said...

Lovely - lots to look at. I like the quote - very apt!

Pattie said...

I think my favorite part of Otto’s quilt is the little dragon inside the house. How cute is that?!

I love your new motto, Cheri! I'm not quite at that point yet - I still need a pattern to feel safe. But I'm in the thinking stages of making something form my scarps, where I hope to "let go" and see what comes of it. You give me inspiration!

Karol-Ann said...

Wonderful! Love what you're doing with Otto's quilt!
This is a very linky post LOL. Mr W was very thought provoking and clever and your nephew's photos are just AMAZING. Such beauty, he's very talented!!!

Exuberant Color said...

I like the little wonky trees. Otto is probably going to like the back the best.

I had to watch Mr. W twice too. That was pretty clever.

Jacquie said...

i'm loving it! i need to do a circuit of the liberated quilters ring...i'm new in there and i haven't had time to get to it yet, or sewing either...i need a few more hours each day!

paula, the quilter said...

I have been wanting to be liberated too. Thanks for the link to Mr. W.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love the colors of your quilt.

cher said...

love how you are playing with Otto's quilt..very fun to design on the go.
the black squares really give it a pop.

The Quilting Pirate said...

I just love the dragon in the door way!