The Art of the Barter

This winter, my daughter started art lesson’s after school.  She’s a lot like her mama – she loves to create.  Her art teacher lives in a beautifully maintained log home located in this perfect little valley.  The first day of her class it had snowed and driving up her winding lane I start imagining her home in a quilt.

I have known her teacher for years as she was the elementary school’s art teacher until retiring last year.  She is familiar with my work, as well.  When I asked permission to take pictures of the exterior of her home for possible future work, she suggested we barter for the art lessons.  What a fantastic idea!

I took many photos of her property and found an angle that I liked.  We discussed which season she would like depicted and it was left up to me.  I started thinking of winter as I could still picture my first visit to this beautiful home,  but soon lamented the loss of depth in the background with an all white landscape.  So I settled on spring so I could also showcase the gardening skills of this wonderful lady.

This quilt came together pretty fast, probably because I loved the subject matter so much.  For those of you who don’t know, we also live in a log home. When we first moved out here, we were so thrilled with our 1700’s log cabin.  But it turns out a lot of people from the area live in one, grew up in one, or have one on their property.  So not as unique as we thought, but we are still in love with our home!  By the way, please ignore the date stamp on the above photo.  I may be good with a sewing machine, but I am really inept when it comes to anything else electronic 🙂

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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3 comments on “The Art of the Barter
  1. SDJ says:

    Honestly, your work is absolutely beautiful .

  2. MaidenAuntie says:

    You have such a wealth of possible subjects, I can’t imagine you EVER not having something to quilt. I so wish I had a scintilla of your talent! Bubbie’s teacher must be over the moon about your quilt!!
    Love, Missy

  3. Mary says:

    Your daughter is gorgeous! She looks so much like you!

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