Jon, Feather and the Light, at Blue Star Equiculture

February 7th, 2016
Jon and Feather

Jon and Feather

I always come back from our visits to Blue Star Equiculture  feeling better than when I got there. Even if I’m feeling really good to begin with.   I know Pamela would say it’s because of  the horses.  Just being in their presence, she says, will make us feel better.

Jon and I were walking to the far pasture to watch the horses and people practice for next weekend’s Sleigh Rally and Feather, one of the older horses on the other side of the fence, started following us.  We would stop and spend some time with her then when we started walking again she would follow us.  It was as if she was demanding our attention.  At one point I took a couple of photos of her and Jon.   They were talking  silently to each other as horses and humans often do.

It was a bright and sunny day, warm with blue skies so it’s very possible that the cloudy streak  going diagonally through Jon and Feather is the sun.  But I’ve never captured the sun in a photo that looks like this before.  And  of all the pictures I took today, it only occurred in these two.

Years ago, when I was working in an old Grange I took some photos with my digital camera.  I was just trying to get an overall picture of the interior of the building but when I looked at the photo I saw what looked like a white cloud hovering in the space.  I kept snapping photos and in each one, caught the cloud moving towards the wall and through it, till it was gone.

Later I showed the pictures to a writer who collected and documented ghost stories from the North East.   He told me it was ectoplasm, as casually as if he saw it everyday.  I was stunned, to him it was expected.

I don’t know what’s going on in these photos, but I know when I looked at them I got the same feeling as when I was in the old Grange.

Perhaps the communication between Jon and Feather is made visible.    But I also know that Jon was thinking about his friend Paul, Pamela’s husband who died last year.  On the way to Blue Star, he told me he wanted to go to the tree when Paul hanged himself.  To visit the tree and think of Paul.

Even if it is the sun light somehow reflected by my camera, it still seems  unusual that it appeared just at this moment.  Jon writes about and photographs the light all the time.  What better way to communicate with him whether you’re a person or a horse.

Jon and Feather

Jon and Feather

 

 

 

 

Some of Grandma’s Fabric Becomes Potholders

February 7th, 2016

Old Quilt Potholders

In between making quilts and wall hangings I’ve been putting together some potholders.  Not one batch made from the same fabric, like I usually do.  While I’m working I’ll see odd pieces of fabric that go together,  that won’t be ignored.

I used pieces of fabric from a quilt that Carol gave me for most of them.  It’s a quilt her grandmother made for  her and there’s also some fabric from Claudia’s grandmother’s fabric.  These were my inspiration, my starting point.  The rest of the fabric comes from my collection.

So now I have a small collection of  Grandma  Fabric Potholders for sale.

They are $15 each + $5 shipping for 1-2 and $7 shipping for 3 or more.  You can email me at  maria@fullmoonfiberart.com if you see one or more you would like.  I take checks and paypal.

 

Vintage Fabric Potholders

To Begin With

February 5th, 2016

snake goddess lace tree

Today was a day of interruptions.  It took me a long time to get a very little done.

But I have the seed of a new piece.

There will be a lace tree, the Snake Goddess will be inside of it and it will be on the piece of fabric it took me all day to choose.   It’s all I need to know to begin.

Taming The Confusion, My Quilt For Sale

February 4th, 2016
Taming the Confusion

Taming the Confusion

Taming the Confusion, those were the words that came to me when I first wrote about this quilt and it really is what it’s all about.  Gathering the pieces and making sense of them.   My idea of  “making sense”.

And I think subconsciously I was  illustrating those two words with the wildness of the Zebra fabric and the very proper and controlled  looking riders on the horses.

 The back of "Taming the Confusion"

The back of “Taming the Confusion”

By the time I got to work on the back of the quilt my body and  head was in a different place.  With the freedom that comes with it being the back of the quilt, I was able to experiment while having the front of the quilt as a guide for my colors and patterns.

I tacked it all with orange yarn.  The orange ties on that pink and maroon flowered fabric making it even warmer and creamier.

Taming the Confusion is for sale.   It’s measures 65″x 79″ and is $400 + $20 shipping.  If you’re interested in my quilt you can email me here at maria@fullmoonfiberart.com.  I take checks and paypal.

I tack my quilts with yarn.  Here’s a short video of me tying the orange yarn on the back of the quilt.

Taming

Taming

Confusion

Confusion

Some Things I Noticed Today

February 4th, 2016

lichen

We see new things everyday. We also see many of the same things. Sometimes they catch our attention and we really see them for the first time. Or we see them differently than ever before. The may not be big and dramatic events, but these things too, help to make  our lives what they are. Here’s some things I saw today….

When walking in the woods this morning I saw, for the first time, the “twin” lichen on this tree.  I’ve passed this tree many times, I know I have because it’s on a path I walk a lot, but this is the first time I saw the lichen.  Not quite a mirror image,  but unlike most of nature, it has a  symmetry that made  me notice and look at it  and wonder why  the lichen would grow so close together and be two different colors.

lines

I was tacking my quilt and  reached over to cut another piece of yarn to thread my needle with I noticed all the lines that the yarn and electrical cords created.  I stuck my threaded needle in the ironing board padding creating an unintentional  line then noticed the diagonals of the ironing board legs.  With that,  all the other lines in front of me were brought to my attention.  It’s as if they created an environment, a three-dimensional drawing.  The lines then creating shapes in the negative space which became  forms or the illusion of forms to my eyes.

kitchen

The rust is coming through the  now three-year old  paint job I did on  the kitchen cabinets when we moved into the house.  And that’s probably the last time I noticed the Youngstown Kitchens by Mullins logo below the sink.   Is she some 1050’s Amazon woman, with her 1950’s waist and skirt and bow an arrow?   A kitchen Goddess?  I fell for her.  I bet she’s lonely, going unnoticed for so long.  I’ll have to pay her more attention.

egg

Every day I look for eggs.  Our hens are laying.  Sometimes in the barn (there are three nests where they lay in the barn)  always in the coop.  This perfect egg (they’re all perfect) was in the coop, in a round nest of hay and leaves. The sun of its universe.  Still warm in my hand, I thanked the chickens for tomorrows breakfast.

Zebra Stripes and Pumpkin, Front and Back of my new quilt

February 3rd, 2016
Front and Back of my new quilt

Front and Back of my new quilt

Picking up on the idea of the Zebra stripes, I used a pair of black and white striped  pants that Lisa Carrino (Owner with her husband Scott of the Round House Cafe) gave me.  But before that I laid down the pink fabric with maroon flower print that Fran gave me.  Although that color isn’t in the front of the quilt, it seemed to me to  work with the overall colors.

That’s how I began working on the back of the quilt this morning.

One of the things I try to do when I’m making a quilt is to put pieces of fabric together that don’t traditionally go together.  And to make it work.  Of course, “making it work” is subjective and that’s where me, trusting my aesthetics and creative intuition comes in.

When I decided to use the very formal horse and rider fabrics along with the Zebra’s I knew I was going to need something to take them out of the realm they occupy.  I did this by juxtaposing them with some orange and yellow flowered fabric that looks like it’s from the 1970’s (I’m not sure if this fabric is vintage or a reproduction).

Today I used the fabric with the pumpkin on  the back of the quilt (which is laying on the floor) to push  the rest of the design out of its comfort zone and make another connection to the front of the quilt.

So this is how my mind works.  I wanted something orange and when I pulled out that piece of fabric from my shelf I liked that it had one image depicted on it (a pumpkin), just like the horse and rider pieces from the front of the quilt each have a single image.

But just because my mind thinks it should work doesn’t mean it does.  I didn’t know I like the way it looked till I laid the pumpkin down next to the rest of the quilt.

It’s a bit of a stretch for me and just enough to, maybe,  make someone question what it’s doing there.

I don’t have a name for this quilt yet, but I’m tacking it now and thinking about just that, what it name it.  I expect to have it done tomorrow and have a name for it by then too.

I hang the quilt from my ceiling when I'm tacking it. I'm using orange yarn.

I hang the quilt from my ceiling when I’m tacking it. I’m using orange yarn.

I'm tying the yarn in the back.

I’m tying the yarn in the back.

 

Minnie and Flo Share My Chair

February 3rd, 2016
Flo and Minnie

Flo and Minnie

Minnie and Flo are getting quite snuggly lately.  Last night they took over my reading chair. Usually I just move Minnie aside and we share the chair, but with both of them on it together, I didn’t want to bother them.  I might feel different if they do it all the time.  At some point I will want my chair back.

Goddess in the Doorway

February 2nd, 2016

goddess in doorway

I wasn’t sure exactly what she would look like, but last week I was meditating and saw what I would put in the doorway of the quilt with the lace tree and Flower Breathing Dragon that I’ve been working on.  During meditation I saw a goddess dancing on a small  sailing boat in the moon light.  There were  people on the shore waving good-bye to her.

In this doorway, she’s already out at sea, sailing into her life.   It took me most of the morning to get her just right.  She’s a tiny thing, about an inch tall, and because of that each little line and dot made a big difference in how she looked.   I got the idea for the boat she’s on from my  Language of the Goddess book.  It has some line drawings in it of boats which symbolize renewal.  That seemed right for her.   I also drew some of the boats from the book in the squares around the sail boat.   Simple line drawings with a marker.

I only stitched my goddess onto the quilt when I knew she was the right one.  Then I  hung it on my wall to look at it.  Just at that moment  the sun coming through the window landed right on her.  It only lasted a minute or so, but I got a picture of it.   I took it as a good sign.

light in doorway

I added the open window to the right of the archway then  took care of a few details before sewing a backing on the piece.

It’s finished now and I believe it’s sold.  I decided to call it “Goddess In The Doorway” .   I hope it asks as many questions as it answers.

Goddess In The Doorway

Goddess In The Doorway

Maria And Jon, The Calves

February 1st, 2016
Ed feeding the calf Maria

Ed feeding  Maria the calf

Carol Gulley texted me on my birthday and told me they had a calf born on the farm that morning and named her after me.  I couldn’t have been more thrilled.  I texted and emails photos of her to everyone I knew.

Today we went to the Gulley’s Bejosh Farm to see her and her twin brother.  Ed Gulley, who is an artist and storyteller (Ed showed his Found Art Sculpture at the last Bedlam Farm Open House)  as well as a farmer told us they named her twin after Jon.

Now it seems we’ll be taking both Maria and Jon (the calves) to our farm for the summer.  They’ll go back to Bejosh Farm in the fall to do what cows do.

Maria is a pretty  little reddish, brown girl.  When I squatted down next to her she got close to me and twitched her nose. Carol told me she was taking it all in, getting a sense of me.  Today when I saw her for the second time  I held out my hands to her and she slobbered all over them.  I think she ready to eat.  Then Ed came out with the bottle and fed her.

Jon, Jon the Calf and Ed

Jon, Jon the Calf and Ed

We saw Jon the calf for the first time today.  Jon looks more like his father, a Swiss Steer and Maria more like her mother.  (Ed told me what kind of cow she is, but I’ll have to ask him again.  I was too caught up in the moment to remember) Jon is bigger, with thick legs and a boisterous personality.

I don’t think twice about bringing the females to the farm, but I’m always a bit weary of the males.  I don’t mean to be sexist, but I have noticed they tend to cause more trouble.

I haven’t spent a lot of time around cows, so I’m looking forward to getting to know the calves.   And  I don’t have to worry about having to part with them in the fall.  I know they’ll be going back to  a good place with Carol and Ed.

 

Jackie’s Scrubs, I feel a quilt coming on…

February 1st, 2016
Jackie and her scrubs

Jackie and her scrubs

A while back, when I was making my Longest Night quilt  (which has Scrubs in it) I mentioned that my friend Jackie who is a nurse (as well as a writer, photographer and painter, you can see and read her work on her blog Creative Journey Woman)  had a bunch of Scrubs to give me.  Well, today in the parking lot behind the Round House Cafe, Jackie pulled out a big plastic bag from her truck, filled with old Scrubs.

She held up one of her favorites and suddenly quilts and potholders flashed before my eyes.   I was thinking hospital green when she told me about her Scrubs stash, but Jackie’s been a nurse for a while and has a varied selection of Scrubs fashions.

I feel  a Scrubs Quilt coming on.  Plenty of sold colors with just the right mix of colorful prints.