Monday, April 30, 2018

The Endeavourers Challenge -Change/Transformation

I gave a lot of thought to how I would depict the Change/ Transformation Challenge.  I researched, drew a draft of the piece, and selected fabric.  Then stalled.  I just could not start.

Another idea popped in my head.  I made notes in my journal for this group but that's where I stalled.

If you are one of my followers, you know that my family has issues.  I call them the Crazy Train.  I came up with the design for this piece after that last time the Crazy Train stopped at my house.

You may remember that my grandson and his family moved from our home to their own home.  Well, the events that lead up to that move were not so peaceable.  Corey is Bi-Polar and refuses to take medication.  His mood swings can be difficult to deal with.

This piece depicts my transformation after realizing that I will not have to deal with his crazies anymore.  It started with the Blah-Blah-Blah which exploded into flames.  The flames broke off in every direction.  I was left feeling relieved, relaxed, and free.  I let my spirits float to the heavens toward the Sun which is my personal Icon for "Everything Will Be OK".

The pieces on this block are hand appliqued using the Freezer Paper Method.  I need a lot more practice on the technique, but I pretty much like it.  If you hand applique using a different method, I would love to hear what YOU like.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful to be living alone in the house with Terry and our two dogs.  Corey took Tyson (who is his dog) and left Harley here because Harley and Bosco are BFFs.

20 comments:

  1. Hi Carol ,oh i wasnt aware of this ,i can only imagine how hard it would've been to live with Corey,it makes it hard if he wont take his meds. I am glad you are feeling peace and comfort back into your home your safe place,and your block takes this on perfectly,enjoy your peace my friend xx

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  2. Very effective piece. I think your fabric choices are perfect for the emotion you are describing.

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  3. When I saw your quilt on the Endeavourers blog I felt it had very wide ranging meaning (which I still think it does for others viewing it) so it is interesting to learn that it arose from something very specific. I have to tell you, you really are an amazing person, Carol, and your family are so lucky to have you. I wish you could always be floating towards the sun :)
    I like wash away applique sheets. You use them exactly like freezer paper but leave them in and they are meant to disappear when the piece is washed, although I have never washed them and some purists say they leave the applique very slightly raised. I find they give nice smooth edges and are good for stabilising fabrics whilst you sew and they avoid you having to pull your shapes about whilst removing the freezer paper or getting little corners of paper sewn in, which I have done on occasion!

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  4. Your fiery piece will be a good reminder of this time in your life, it will help you to be careful about letting other people take over your world no matter how much you love them.

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  5. P.S. I like your new profile picture too, you look happy.

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  6. Wonderful, wonderful piece. And peace, for you.
    I love the blah fabric-it's so fitting. You've said what you've been feeling so well with this art-and I applaud you.

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  7. Phoenix rising above the BS? I wondered about that, seen as his mom is also, difficult. Poor baby. No one asks for that affliction But getting your own peace back is so precious, I'm happy for you!

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  8. Wow! This is an excellent visual depiction of transformation! I'm so happy to see your spirit feeling light and free, Carol.

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  9. Last try. I don't know what happened to my comment, but I love the transformation you've depicted in this piece. And I'm so happy to see your spirit feeling light and free, Carol!

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  10. What a great piece of art. I am also glad you have your house to yourself now.

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  11. Amazing, Carol, how incredibly helpful it can be to express troubles with art. Grateful for your peace as well. We all deserve some of that.

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  12. I love the bright and clean design! I can see this as a poster for a health clinic or other helpful place.

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  13. Great interpretation and wonderful quilt!

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  14. It looks fabulous, and has the connotation you talk about. When I first looked at it, it reminded me of the Phoenix who is reborn from his ashes. In a sense, that's you! Great job. I'm so glad you shared the story of it with us, too.

    I have done freezer appliquée both with the freezer paper on the back, and with it on the front. I've done other types, too, including a variety of machine appliqué, but my favorite is needle turn. People think it is so difficult, and it really isn't, but someone needs to sit and show you in person, I believe. There's a particular trick to the stitching so that the thread is completely, or almost completely invisible. Easy to learn, hard to describe!

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  15. A wonderful statement. Thank you for sharing the background of your piece. It helps the viewer understand the art. Very nicely done. I still haven't the knack of hand applique, even after so many years of trying, so I am envious.

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  16. I think this is wonderful. It's not just that it's a really wonderful striking image, it's all that it conveys about breaking free and soaring. You deserve to feel like that! :-)

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  17. How unfortunate that Corey won't take his meds - that has to make life difficult for everyone around him, to say nothing of himself. It's no wonder you are so relieved to have the house to yourself once again. I love the symbolism in your fabric piece - well done!

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  18. I knew you had made the comment calling your family the crazy train...I sure did not get the piece before you explained it, but now that you did...it is fantastic! Just perfect.

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  19. You made a great quilt there Carol! A nice interpretation of Change/Transformation.
    Sorry to read about Corey not taking his meds, I know that’s hard to cope with as we have a family member in a similar situation, and I know it’s hard to convince them they need to take the meds!
    I think you keep very cheerful and cope well with all that going on!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx
    P S I like your new favicon photo, it’s a great shot of you.

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  20. That is an amazing piece, Carol. The fabrics and symbolism are spot on! I’m glad you and Terry are back to quiet times (just like Bruce and I are!). Life is good. xo

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