Friday, March 25, 2016

I am A-Mused

Do you think that you have a muse?  Is there sometimes a creative urge that you just have to chase?  I think I have a muse since I am sometimes suddenly "struck" with an idea that I just have to follow through.
Yesterday was one such incident.  In my house there are books.  You would not be surprised that many of them are sewing or quilting or weaving books.   I also love a good mystery or a fantastical tale.  Currently I am almost finished with one fantasical (and irreverent)  tale of fine art and a muse.  But I digress!  The quilting, sewing, weaving books have a home - but I frequently take a few off the shelf and lay them where I can pick them up in spare minutes.  One that is handy this week has been "15 Minutes of Play" by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.   In it, she talks about 'made fabric" or fabric made from small pieces sewn together.  This is a concept I have played with for a while.  Sometimes I have cut up two perfectly nice pieces of fabric and sewn them back together.  Such was the case when I took a class with the Gee's Bend quilters.  I made this piece of fabric:
The classmate sitting next to me, Julie, dubbed it "Pickles and Peanut Butter."  She said they just don't go together!  Now mind you, this piece has been "maturing" in my stash since spring of 2013. I think it has aged like a fine wine.

So today in Gene's Bake Shop, the menu was -yep - Pickles and Peanut Butter.   I took the pieced fabric and cut two Squares out of it.  Then I pieced together another "almost" square.  Laying it out on a black background to really pop the colors and adding some slash-pieced borders, I got this:
I like it a lot.  For the time being the working title is "Pickles and Peanut Butter: A light in the dark" 
Alternate name suggestions will be appreciated.  If this finishes well (quilting, binding  and mounting) I plan to add it to my gallery show in July. 
Now, a question: Should this be a properly mounted wall art hanging? OR Should this be a table mat?  The size is roughly 19 by 25 inches. 

Now here is something cool!  Did you know that today, Craftsy's "ALL Classes $19.99" sale begins? 
Yes, that is right!  Any class that strikes your fancy can be had for only $19.99 - So if you have been wanting to take a class, but the price was above your limit, this could be your lucky day.  And remember, you can watch anytime you have an internet connection (or if you have an iPad you can even download classes for a road trip!) And The class is yours forever. 

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kathyinozarks said...

Yes I know I have a muse-especially when I just all of a sudden have to create something that I was not intending-My muse keeps me motivated and inspired

kathyinozarks said...

I think you mount this piece as art

Barbara said...

I get so excited when a new idea comes to me! Probably too excited because I plunge in all the way by setting up a dedicated space and outfitting it to do this thing, even thinking I will do it for the rest of my life. Then, after trying some of my idea, I realize it isn't for me. So I dismantle everything, sometimes even returning unused things to the store. I think I have a "Muse Gone Wild"!

I like your piece Gene, and what you did with it. My muse wants to call it "Pickles and Peanut Butter Gone Wild". Can't wait to see it completed!

Rhonda said...

Sometimes a piece just needs to marinate for awhile before it's ready to cook and your new work is really cooking in my book!!!! Well done. I think is should be a wall-hanging & I like the name Pickles and Peanut Butter in the Light"

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

LOVE IT!! - Looks like Pickles and Peanut Butter on a bed of REALLY Dark Chocolate - YUM!! - And I think my muse must be a "Squirrel" - ;))

MarthaVA said...

I must have a muse....something is driving me lately. Or maybe it's my brother, being my angel. I don't know. I like it though.

"Poppin Pickles and Peanut Butter."

That's my vote for a title. The black does make all those colors pop and even though I'd never think of putting those fabrics together to make another fabric, I LOVE it. You go Gene!