After seeing David Walker’s Squirrely Get Together line, I could not resist buying some. I especially love the pink squirrels!
However when it came to actually sewing this quilt, I struggled. I rearranged and sewed pieces together and tore them apart several times. (Several other combinations not pictured. Neither are the piles of thread that covered my couch.)
I finally decided on this and here is what I ended up with. This quilt is also for sale in my shop.
I used a pretty puffy batting so it’s fluffy and soft and wonderful. I kept the quilting simple and just stitched squares within each square of fabric.
I’m getting so excited for Art Squared and the Fountain Square Art Fair, I can barely contain myself! I went last year and had such a great time. They have something called Masterpiece in a Day and tons of people are just out in the streets, creating artwork. At the end of the day, everyone takes their piece to the Murphy building and everything is displayed. There is also a parade put on by local groups and companies and all the galleries and restaurants are open. It is a ton of fun. You don’t even have to spend any money if you don’t want to, but there are plenty of opportunities if you do want to shop (wink wink).
Recently, I discovered my work will allow us up to $1000 for professional development. Because I am in a creative field, my boss decided art classes could be considered professional development. I immediately signed up for a printmaking class at the local art center. I have missed printmaking so much and can barely stand to wait for my class to begin June 9th. I did a lot of printmaking in college, but that’s not to difficult when you have fantastic facilities. Now that I work a regular job and own a house (with lots of chores built in) it’s hard to find the time or the energy to actually do any printmaking, or any making of any kind.
On Fridays during my lunch I go to a pilates lesson. The woman I go to is just down the street from work and has two machines in her home. I meet my mom there and we get a workout and get to catch up too. Recently, she suggested we make a floor cloth for her studio to protect the wood floors in exchange for pilates lessons. I wasn’t entirely on board until I realized we could use silkscreen to make it.
I made the screens at home which was a first for me. At school, I had a fancy-schmancy room with a safe light to coat the screens as well as a scoop that was actually large enough to coat them in one swipe. I also had access to a vacuum sealed exposure table. Not at home. This caused a lot of stress and anxiety as I went through this learning process. Not to mention I was using my hose to clean out the screens and let’s just say, winter weather has stuck around a little late this year.
Fortunately, I did FINALLY get the screens figured out and the floor cloth turned out beautifully. I am completely hooked again on silkscreen and printmaking in general and cannot wait for my class!!
Double Merrick has some gorgeous prints. It’s the shop of Merrick Angle, an English designer and illustrator based in France. Here are the ones I would love to hang on my walls. To see more of Angle’s work, visit his portfolio.
All prints shown come in an A3 size (that’s 16.5 x 11.7 in for us non-metric people) and are €50 each.