Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Happenings and new quilts

A Winter's Night by Joyce R Becker 33" x 29"  
June, 2019

I know it's been awhile since I posted and I apologize....sometimes life gets in the way of art but hopefully I am geared up to begin creating more art in the future. The new quilt above took me forever to complete but I worked on when there was a minute or an hour to spare and finally got it done. I used a lovely Japanese print for the trees and an ombre Stonehenge fabric for the sky and water. The tree fabric took a lot of intense cutting and manipulation to make it appear as it does now but I knew I would love it once it was done. I also did some intense machine quilting with a Wonderfil Tutti thread which took a long long time. 
Believe it or not, I am still working on my series of three books with a series title of the Orcas Island Quilt Artist. It seems every time I send it to someone new to consider I have to rewrite the whole darn thing to comply with their particular writing guidelines. That's not a bad thing, however, as each time I rewrite, the book gets better. I also took another writing class for fiction that really helped me hone in on "showing vs. telling." Wish me luck, I am still not giving up. I have two more possibilities and if those don't work, perhaps it is on to self-publishing on Amazon.  
This next quilt is another addition using my Quick Little Landscape Quilts book format. I made it for my step-son and his wife, Mike and Charlene Simmons, and it has their new dog, Annie featured. I printed the dog from a photo on computer  ready fabric. It was so fun to make and they love it!

I have made another quilt too to match my bedroom tropical theme but the photo isn't too good - here's a sneak peak anyway. I painted all the background fabrics myself and just wanted a peaceful tropical scene.....I haven't named it yet...
I am trying to update my web site too but have to go back and review the notes from my web master to know how to upload photos, captions, and new text......

In the meantime, happy quilting ....Joyce
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