6 Degrees Art Quilts tm

An aspiring quilt artist’s chronicle of fiber adventures

March TIF Challenge

Sharon wrote:

Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger. That is it! I am going to keep it brief.

The colour scheme is taken from one of my blocks. This month I have it also on colour lovers you can download swatches to use is Photoshop, illustrator, or in a CSS file. It can only ever be a suggestion as computer screens display colours differently. So the aim of this challenge has always been to simply be as close as possible. Have fun with it!


March 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Caught Up In Groups

I have outdone myself by joining several online quilting groups. They are quite a bit of fun and extremely time consuming. I don’t dare list the groups I have joined as I have joined more than a sane quilter should. They are addictive. There are online chats, bingo, swaps, ideas, and moderating of quilt swaps. Yes I volunteered.

This extracirricular activity has taken me on a joyful tangent from TIF and my classes at C&G. In addition, I decided to organize my very organized mess of a sewing room. This was done in the name of a weekend retreat that started Friday the 15th and for me is continuing to…? I like retreats. When I am done, I will no longer have a sewing room, but a quilting studio. I like that, quilting studio.

Valentines Day wasn’t forgotten, it just came late this year for the recipients of my handcrafted post cards. Many firsts in these postcards. The first time I paper pieced correctly. The first time I tried silk ribbon embroidery. The first time I embellished a quilt square, and the first time I made quilted, silk ribbon embroidered post cards.

Valentine Post Card hrecdpc.jpg

I am humbled by the skill it takes to create these blocks and silk ribbon embroidery. I have much practice ahead of me. I am looking forward to every minute of it.

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

January and February

I am still working on a journal page in honor of my Dad for the January TIF Challenge. My February journal page will be in honor of my Mother. Looks like I am making a family quilt journal. Who would have thunk?

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Taking It Further Challenge, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What are my earliest memories?

I remember watching ‘I Love Lucy’ on tv. I was 4 years old and it was 1969. My parents discussed a man walking on the moon and I remember that was funny because I thought there was a man in the moon. We had a cherry tree I would climb and eat cherries from it. In the back of our house there was an orchard. I climbed the trees as high as I could go and then call for my Mom because I couldn’t get down. I must have scared the heck out of her. I had a dog named Ringo after Ringo Starr in the Beatles. Ringo was a hearding dog. My mom raised German Shepherds and I remember crawling into their sleeping boxes to hang out with them. We had an electric fence around our property and it took only two times of me grabbing the wire to realize it was painful and scary and I wasn’t going to do it again. I wanted a baby sister so bad. I did not have anyone to play with. I had a pony named Brownie. Brownie bucked me off numerous times. I liked riding the ‘Big’ horses better.


I was riding horses and learned to ski before I could walk. Seriously. My parents were ski bums.

I remember the TRS80 computer. We had it at home. I didn’t know anyone else who had a computer at home. I taught myself to program that computer. I would put it in a loop with snow flakes falling. My Dad would get mad because he had a chess game on it he wanted to play and couldn’t get to it because of the snowflakes.

I had an Atari and played Pong. I loved it when Ms. Pac Man came out. She is still my favorite arcade game. Yes, I too had a transistor radio. I took that thing with me every where. I remember when simple calculators were extremely expensive. I don’t know how much though.

I remember the recession of 1972 and how it affected our family and the city of Boise, Idaho. Jimmy Carter and peanuts. His brother Billy with the beer. His mom.

I remember Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner on tv. Glen Campbell was my favorite singer before I discovered rock and roll. LOL.

That first microwave oven was huge compared to today’s microwaves. Our first microwave scared me and I stayed away from it when anyone used it.

Now we have computers, cell phones, ipod’s, sophisticated software, the internet, online dating, ha, ha, and satelites in space, cable tv, digital tv, big screens with remotes, gps in our cars, oh my, I could go on how the world has changed in my lifetime. Just when you think it can’t change anymore something new and wonderful appears in the marketplace. We live in an interesting time.

The evolution of quilting has come a long way from traditional hand piecing to piecing on a machine, pins and scissors to rotary cutters with self healing mats, and now the sewing machines are programable. The treadle sewing machine is a fading memory. Not only do we have the traditional block patterns prior to 1980, now we have art-quilt patterns. We can paint with fabric, thread and embellishments. I am thrilled to be living in this period of quilting history. There are no limits. Quilting is coming in to its own as a recognized art form that collectors are willing to pay upwards from $30,000 for an art quilt. Amazing.

Yet QVC can sell a King Size, 100% cotton, hand sewn quilt for under $100. I can’t even buy the fabric, batting and backing fabric for a large quilt under $100. Since I worked in a fabric store in the early 80’s, the cost of quilting fabric has gone from $2.98 a yard to over $10.00 a yard. Embroidery floss has remained about the same price.

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Taking It Further Challenge | Leave a comment

February TIF Challenge Colors

The colors for the Feb. ’08 TIF Challenge


February 1, 2008 Posted by | Taking It Further Challenge | Leave a comment

February TIF Challenge

February 1, 2008
Take it Further challenge February
Posted by sharonb under Challenges, Take it Further challenge | Tags: challenge, Take it Further |

Since it is the first of the month it is challenge day! So without further fuss here it is. This month the Take it Further challenge concept is a question. What are old enough to remember?

How did I come up with the idea. As regular readers know I am hand stitching a charm quilt and the small fabric scraps have been triggering memories. As I stitch I am constantly aware of how the world has changed in my lifetime and I am not that old! (I turn 52 this month)

It occurred to me that some of these scraps are older than the invention of rotary cutters. As I write I realise that I learnt on to type a typewriter. Now I have WiFi and a laptop. I can remember when a portable transistor radio was a big thing. I was given one with its leather case for my 14th birthday and I took it to the beach every day. Of course I remeber vinyl records too. Now I walk, garden and do the housework plugged into an ipod! We used to write letters home but now it is email.

I can remember when ‘equal pay for equal work’ came in for women. My wage packet increased a third! I can remember the big things like man walking on the moon, John Lennon being shot, the fall of the Berlin wall but what about all the little things that changed our life so much? I can remember bread, vegetables and milk all being delivered to the door. I can remember the bottle man buying our bottles and scrap metal merchants buying metal. Who said recycling is a new idea!

Who else knows how to pack the wood on a wood stove that so that it will burn evenly long enough for a cake a rise? That’s right as a country girl I was taught to cook on a wood stove. Now I have a gas stove and a micro wave oven. In winter the warmest room in the house was the kitchen and we had hot water bottles to take bed now we have electric blankets, which to be honest I never turn on because I don’t like them – much to my husbands dismay.
I remember washing that involved a copper and hand wringers then in my teens I had a really modern invention – a twin tub washer! Automatic washing machines were the height of luxury. I also remember out door toilets and how in winter had to grab an umbrella to dash down the path to visit it.

So this month stop and think what are you old enough to remember. You do not have to declare your age – but simply what you are old enough to remember.

Here is this months palette should you choose to use it

I came up with it by using ColourLovers as I used the image below as an inspiration source. This is where the idea originally came from.

When you have worked the idea swing back to this page and leave a comment with blog or flickr address so that people can take a look at what you have been working on or done.

If you need to record the web address of this page click on the title and it will take you to this page as a seperate page on the blog and it has its own URL. For the new bloggers this is called a perma link. When blogs are published they produce entries in a few different places. Here while it is current and their own individual page, in the monthly archive which is in the sidebar, and under what category and tag I allocate. It also produces an RSS version for those who use readers. All this is run from a database.

The main thing for readers however is that when this entry is no longer current and slips to the bottom of the page and then eventually off it you can still find it because it has its own web address. Click the title and see what I mean. You will see the page and any comments left. The latest comment is at the bottom.

So when you have done something that relates to the challenge swing back to this page and leave a comment with your blog or flickr address so that people can take a look at what you have been working on or done.

There is a flickr group for the Take it Further Design Challenge and Debra Spincic has set up a webring for the challenge and another TIF blog. I am not running this ring or blog so if you have enquiries please contact Debra about it.

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Taking It Further Challenge | Leave a comment

January has come to an end…

January has come to an end and I have made a block using one of Carol Doak’s block patterns from the fabrics I selected. I did this to see if I liked the combination of fabrics. I do. I am going to work on a landscape that my father loved with these fabrics. That is my challenge to myself.


I enhanced the picture so that the colors were as close to the actual color of the fabrics in the block as possible.

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Taking It Further Challenge | Leave a comment

Take It Further Jan. 2008: Found Fabrics Using DMC Floss

Here are the best pictures I could get. I have at least one or more trips to the fabric stores to see if I can find fabrics that match better. My biggest problem is trying to be a perfectionist. Maybe I will resolve right here and now to stop that.

“I am going to stop being a perfectionist.”

There I did it.

The fabrics and the DMC floss do match in real life and in natural light. The first picture picked up a lot of red that is not in the fabrics or floss.

I have yet to decide on the person I admire. I am leaning toward my Dad who passed away in June of 2006. He was a lung transplant recipient. I was his primary caregiver. We had six years together of preparing for the tranplant, going through the transplant, and surviving after the transplant until he passed away. He was stoic and set an example for many people. He impressed and inspired many during this transplant journey. takeitfurther01jan2008.jpgtakeitfurther03jan2008.jpgtakeitfurther-fabricsfloss-jan-08.jpgtakeitfurther04jan2008.jpg
I am incredibly unsure of how to incorporate the colors and my admiration for my dad into a journal page or quilt.

January 16, 2008 Posted by | Taking It Further Challenge | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Taking It Further Challenge

Sharon’s Challenge:

“The key concept for January is a feeling we have all had, the feeling of admiration for another. Ask yourself who do you look up to and admire? Why? What is it you admire about them? This is a the first Take it Further challenge in 2008. Take the idea, develop it into a resolved design during that month and apply it to fiber or paper. As I explained on the Take it Further Challenge page every month there will be two options. The second option this month is a colour scheme. This means that if you don’t like the concept you can work the colour scheme or if you don’t like the colour scheme you can work with the concept. Or you can work with both.”

I am new to the challenge. I want to thank Sharon for allowing me to participate.

Sharon, Thank You!

This is an exciting and imaginative opportunity to stretch my creative ability. I look up to and admire many people. I am in the process of considering who I want to exemplify in my journal page or quilt. This alone boggles my mind. I would like to incorporate the two options in this challenge. Have I ever taken the easy road?

This is definitely a thought provoking challenge. I have 20 days to accomplish this task. I am off to think…

January 10, 2008 Posted by | Taking It Further Challenge | , , , | Leave a comment