HANGING WITH DOGS

The bond between humans and dogs is something so special!  Their company is so comforting and the love that we receive from them carries with us throughout the day.   We can be out of their presence for thirty seconds or three hours and they rush back to lick our faces and wag their bodies.  Dogs never lie about love!

Recently I was visiting my daughter out in California.  People take their dogs everywhere with them and they are accepted in almost every restaurant and store.  Here are just a few of the photos I took.

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Sidewalk Chandelier

The earliest candle chandeliers were used by the wealthy in medieval times. They were generally wooden crosses, with spikes on which candles were secured. They were hoisted to a suitable height, hooked on a rope or chain.

From the 15th century, more complex forms of chandeliers, based on ring or crown designs, became popular decorative features in palaces and homes of nobility, clergy and merchants. Its high cost made the chandelier a symbol of luxury and status.

Fast forward today and you can find chandeliers outside on the streets of shopping areas!  WHAT FUN!  Just look up the next time you go shopping.

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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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