Sherry Shine was the speaker at the Empire Quilter's Guild yesterday -- I had gone to NYC especially to be able to attend the meeting, partly to hear the speaker but also for a members' flea market and to see friends and just plain to be in NYC again for about 40 hours. Sherry paints whole cloth and then quilts it, or has it quilted by a long arm quilter. Sometimes she also appliques on part of the design but she didn't show any examples of that work. She showed several of her works, although many, as she explained, have sold and are in private collections.
The group was very interested in many aspects of her technique and I was glad to hear her practical, basically no nonsense approach because so much in the magazines sounds complex. Lately, she told us, she has been experimenting with using bubble wrap to give the surface a new texture. This has fascinated me and I was curious to see how it worked. The two pictures show how it worked for her. She seems to have used the large size "bubble" although the stuff comes in different sizes. But I thought it was interesting to have this layer of color imposed on the original picture. It make me think of experimenting with it some day. Just as an FYI, the largest company that makes what we all call "bubble wrap" calls it "encased air packing product." Well, la-de-dah.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!