Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Many moons ago, about six years ago in fact, I entered a challenge for Keepsake Quilting. It was the type of challenge that they gave several fabrics that had to be used and then you could add another of your own choice. The overall theme had to be black, red and white. It was a challenge to say the least!
No one who participated in the challenge had any idea what the fabrics would be until they arrived in your mailbox.. There was a black and white floral, a black and white check, a black background with white and red splotches and then a red background with black dots. The rules stated that you could use the wrong sides of the fabric as well. (I actually did this with the black and white floral for the poodle skirt and windows of the car.)
When I think of black, red and white, I automatically think "50's" for some reason. At that time I was also doing a lot of machine embroidery so I purchased and incorporated several themed designs from Embroidery Library into the wall hanging.
When I finished the challenge, I sent in a picture of the quilt to the folks at Embroidery Library and at the time they said they would be happy to feature it in their Stitcher's Showcase at a later date. Well, that was so long ago, I figured it would never happen. Guess what? They notified me a couple of weeks ago that indeed they would be featuring it and it posted today! Here's the link.
So that was a long way around to say this: share your work with others! You never know what might happen! :)
This was a fun piece to work on! It is little, only 12" square, but I think it packs a punch. :) As a SAQA member and a resident of TX, I have the opportunity to participate in A Texas Experience, a traveling exhibit that will tour the state for 2014.
Back in July, my family and I toured the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco. I learned about the early history of the Rangers which was extremely interesting! What a brave bunch of men! One in particular, Captain W. J. McDonald was the inspiration for this piece.
As the story goes, in the early 1900s, the mayor of Dallas called on the help of the Rangers to dispel a riot that had broken out. On the set day of their arrival, the mayor was quite surprised to find only one Ranger stepping off the train...W. J. McDonald. When the mayor inquired about the other Rangers, W. J. replied something to the affect of: "Well, there's only one riot, so you only need one Ranger!"
To make the boots, I experimented with a new product called kraft*tex.. This stuff is awesome! It is actually paper, but looks like leather and can be sewn and washed like fabric! Cool huh? I used the natural color but it also comes in black and white. It is easy to stitch on and "ages" well with some crinkling and wrinkling. I've got some more ideas brewing for what I can do with it!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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