A4 Challenge Play Group

You are probably wondering what does A4 mean?  I certainly did the first time I heard about that paper size.  As you know, outside of the USA they measure things in the metric system.  Here are the true A4 sizes:  A4 paper size is 210mm x 297mm, or 8.267 inches x 11.692 inches.   Letter paper size is 215.9mm x 279.4mm, or 8.5 inches x 11 inches.

I decided to become a member of this new challenge group that was formed on Quiltart.  I have belonged to this online internet group for many years.  It is the largest mailing list for innovative, contemporary art quilters.

The first challenge topic was called “Off To The Races”.  What do YOU think of when you hear that phrase?

My quilt is called GO, CLOWN. GO!

Life is a marathon and you are in it, so “OFF TO THE RACES.”   I immediately thought of something whimsical such as clowns, in clown cars, racing around a track.  My quilt started out as a paper collage which I scanned onto fabric.  It was machine quilted and hand beaded.  I used real balloons, used to made balloon animals, for fringe on the bottom of the quilt.

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Up close view:

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The letter “Z” is for Zieben!

The last letter of the alphabet is Z.  Since my last name starts with the letter Z, I decided to post my newest quilt block that I made for the ASTRONOMICAL QUILT BLOCK CHALLENGE.  I found this challenge to be fascinating when I first heard about it.  Astronaut Karen Nyberg, while on board the International Space Station, created a star-themed quilt block that she brought back to earth with her.  That block will be combined with other blocks that are submitted by International Quilt Festival attendees.  You can watch her sewing in space by following the link below:

My quilt block is called “Across The World & Into Space”.

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The Quilt Block challenge is a variation on “stars”.  I decided to use stamps that showcased stars.  Since stamps go all around the world, I thought that would be my interpretation on the astronomical part of the theme. If you look closely at the stamps, many have stars on them, but a few are whimsical and have special meaning to me.   My block will be one of over 1,500 that will be pieced together to make a quilt and hung at this years International Quilt Festival.  Look for it if you go!  This year is the 40th-anniversary show and will take place the end of October.

The letter “Y” is for Youth.

Youth is something that is wasted on the young!  How many times have you heard someone over the age of 50 say that?  The time between childhood and maturity is somewhat ambiguous, don’t you think?  I feel that it is really a “mindset” of attitude.  My mind certainly doesn’t feel OLD, so I must be somewhere in between that quality of imagination, curiosity and maturity.  Perhaps being an artist gives me the privilege to fool myself. 

Enjoy some of my “youthful” photos.

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The letter “X” is for TEXAS.

I know, I am stretching to use the letter “X” this time.  But TEXAS is like a whole other country to some people!  TEXAS is the second most populous state and the second largest of all the 50 U.S. states in the United States of America.  Houston is the largest city in TEXAS and the fourth largest in the United States.  We are also nicknamed  the LONE STAR STATE…

Since I am an art quilter, I designed and made this TEXAS quilt for a show that is currently traveling around the United States.  It is called “THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU”.

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The letter “W” is for WOMB.

You are probably wondering WHAT IS SHE THINKING about today…  Right????  But I recently read an article that caught my eye, with a title that read, “ALL MEN ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL”. 

As George Orwell quoted, “No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has EVER brought human equality a millimeter nearer.”

So I started thinking about the heart of democratic values so cherished by American sensibilities.  If all people are created equal, then why would any one person have authority over another?  Why should one person have access to power, wealth, or prestige in a way that another person does not?  ‘Did not the GOD that made me in the womb also make him?  And did not the ONE fashion us both in the womb?’ (Job 31:15)

I believe that all people are equal in the eyes of GOD who created us, but that does not mean we are all the same.  To be equal in worth does not mean we all have the same GOD given abilities.

Not all of us are leaders, or olympic athletes, (that was always my dream), singers in a rock band, lawyers, teachers, rabbis, famous artists, or photographers!  Our goal in life should be to contribute our talents to the world, each of us to live the values and practices that make for a better society.  Some work harder than others and make more of an impact.   And for me, I have a wonderful family and I am so proud of my children because they are making a difference in this world.

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The letter “V” is for vacation.

Vacations are wonderful for recharging your batteries.  It is always nice to “get out of town” and explore new places, dream about living somewhere else, and experience new challenges that are usually out of your “comfort” level.  Last summer we visited Aspen, Colorado.  Not only was it great to get away from the Texas heat, but spend a few days in the mountains.  Totally different from living in a suburban area in Houston.  I love the mountain air and taking hikes to no where just because you can!

Here are a few of the photos I took while we were there:

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