More Little Quilts and Snow?

Well, as I wrote yesterday, I have more little quilts to show. The little art quilts in this post are 5"x7" in size.

These little quilts are made using the same photos I used in "Ecinacea Collage". I printed a number of the photos in different sizes to use in various pieces. I used the same fused crazy patch fabric I made for my Journal Quilt this year.
The flower in the bottom photo of the left quilt and the flower in the lower quilt has a bee and butterfly visiting it.

A fourth piece in the group that I did is available at my Etsy Store, It has a couple pieces of a green fabric accenting the photos. They all are quilted using a white thread for the free motion vines.

These two little quilts began with sunprints of ferns. The left also has butterflies printed using a mylar confetti. The left piece is done with a pastel rainbow of colors and pastel variegated thread for the quilted vines. The right one is made using a piece of a peach commeeercial fabric along with an ivory and another section of the sunprinted panel. It's quilting is done with clear thread. Another mini art quilt in similar colors with a Maple and fern sunprint is at my Etsy Store, in addition to a couple larger pieces in the previous post.

This piece is constructed similarly to the above Pastel Rainbow Fern. It has a sunprint of a Polemonium, or Jacob's Ladder leaf, and a Nicotiana flower on a medium colored rainbow. It is set off by ivory fabric with metallic gold flecks in it, and variegated free motion quilted vines.

One of my favorite perennial flowers are the hardy Geraniums. This is a print of leaves and flowers that were dried last summer, and used this year. The flowers turn out very papery, so the flower images are not very sharp. The sunprint is balanced out by a corner of a deep purple mottled fabric.

This green piece is constructed the same way as the lavender Geranium one. It is a print of a fern with individual Garden Phlox florets. The corner of this piece is a deep green fabric.

Another piece that uses a dark colored corner block. This one on the left quilt is a cobalt blue, to go with the sunprint of Maple leaves on the left over a very pastel rainbow of blue to pink to green. Another piece of fabric in a brighter rainbow with salt patterning also adds to the piece.

The right piece is another green one with a sunprint of ferns and viola flowers with a butterfly. The side panel in this piece is a "scrunched" and salted fabric in seafoam green with pale blue. The vine quilting can also be seen in the white and blue-green sections.

And now for the snow. Last winter, we did not have any measurable snow until way into the new year. Last night we had our first measurable snow for this season. I had to take a few photos, and here they are:

Looking out the door last night, I had to capture these two planters. The spikes in them are still green and covered in the snow, making them look like frosty sea creatures or something. I took the photo after dark with the light on outside, and with the flash on the camera. The flash reflected off the large snowflakes that were falling.

This was the view out the front door this morning. The photos all came out quite blue. The snow stuck to all the trees. We were lucky that we did not loose power, especially since many trees still have leaves on them.

This was the view from the deck. The mountains and Towanda are hidden in the snow still falling. The branches of the Walnut tree make a neat frame for this photo.

This photo shows more Walnut than view. Things really felt secluded here, with everything else hiding in the snowy air.

The best thing about the snow will be that our well should now be getting some more water back. We have had a couple of rains, but the snow melting should soak into the ground very well.

This is the main reason I hope that our well will have water again…. This is my little greenhouse/wet studio. It will be cluttered up soon with a barrel wood stove, and now also has our "plastic well". We were using water pumped from a large water tank outside, but with freezing temps that wouldn't work any more. We had to purchase another tank that would fit into the greenhouse (through the wall- good thing it's just plastic). Now the water is pumped by hose from here, under the trailer, to the water tank. We emptied the tank yesterday, and are on the well. If we are lucky the tank can go outdoors, and I will have a bit more space to work in- I plan to use the wood heat for some winter printing and painting. Oh, and Cuddles loves to snuggle in the hose on my table, and doesn't this look like just the place for the toilet?? (I didn't notice it until I saw it in the photo- observant- me?) Our main bathroom is a bit torn up right now. Ken found a water leak under it, and decided it was time to remove the desintigrated floor so he could do the repair, and someday we will be able to use everything without watching carefully where you step, to keep from falling through the floor. (we still take showers by tiptoe-ing around the big hole to get to our only shower in the torn up room) Did I mention my husband, Ken is a remodelling contractor??
More quilts will be posted in a day or two. I am also adding to my Etsy Store, so keep checking back there.

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I am a former textile artist and new pattern designer with a degree in horticulture, wishing to share my love of nature, flowers and gardens with everyone through my photos, sunprinted fabrics, and now pattern designs. Chronic Lyme Disease has caused major changes to the direction my life. I have to limit the amount of time spent digging in my gardens, and quilting has become more difficult. I discovered pattern design as a way to get art back into my life. I now use my gardens and photos to inspire designs that can be used on fabrics and print on demand items.

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