Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Endeavourer's Challenge Reveal

RAIN DROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD is the theme for the May 1st reveal.

Before I started this piece, I re-read the mission statement for the group.  We aspire to share enthusiasm and inspiration, challenge ourselves, develop our own style and encourage each other.

Looking back on the pieces I have done for this group, this IS my style. I do challenge myself to try something I have never done in each piece. In this piece it's the Leaf Umbrella.  I wanted it to be 3D.  It stands away from the fabric. I found the leaves on fabric in my stash.  I cut them out and sandwiched them with batting and hand stitched the spines.  There is wire along the edges of the leaves to enable them to stand away from the fabric.

I'm not happy with the stitching on the piece.  I should have stitched them in a hoop before I added the fabric to the piece.  There are other things I might have done a bit differently, but I'm not going to pick the piece apart with criticism. I'm an optimistic person and I just couldn't think about depicting a piece about rain falling on me which usually denotes pessimism.  My interpretation comes from deep in my thoughts and from my heart. The rain is falling all around this frog with the drops plunking in the water all around him and he is happily enjoying his day.  But the frogs in my pond in the back yard HIDE when it rains. Go figure.

I have a history with frogs that started back in the 9th grade when my Biology teacher gave us the assignment to bring a frog to class to be dissected.  Since I always got As or Bs, his threat of a failing grade if I didn't show up with a frog sent me to a local creek to get one. Off I went to the creek that I crossed every day on my way to school.  I had seen frogs there and sure enough, sitting on a rock at the edge of the bank was a big old frog.  He didn't hop away when I arrived.  Brave frog that KNEW I wasn't going to net him, lol. I talked to him for a while, probably saying silly things that a 14 year old girl might say.  When I bid him goodbye, I wished him a long and healthy life. I remember that.   I didn't catch a frog, or buy the frog one of my classmates offered.  Right now I can see that teacher in my mind, but cannot for the life of me remember his name, as I told him that I would NOT be dissecting a frog.  I could not bring myself to kill an animal or any reptile.  He saw my resolution and offered the alternative of dissecting a CLAM.  If you have never seen the inside of a clam, if they have organs they all look alike. Why is that a memory that my mind chooses to remember?

That started my love for frogs.  I have quite a collection of frog figurines and will use this piece in a display I will put on my wall.

If you have been a long time reader here, you know that I often talk about the frogs in my pond and that they are one of my Spirit Animals.    They never jump in when I approach.  I'm pretty sure they like to hear me tell them how happy I am that they found a home in my pond and how pretty they are.

Grateful:   Today I am grateful for being a member of the Endeavourer Group.  It is a great group of fabric artists that are far more talented than I am, but accept and encourage me.





















18 comments:

Pamela said...

Great interpretation and finished piece! I remember the dissection sessions in freshman biology. Our class had some kind of dead preserved frogs, so we didn't bring our own. I prefer the ones that are in the pond and alive and not being cut up!

piecefulwendy said...

I like the 3D effect of the leaf. Fun story about the frog dissection. I do recall those biology classes; the dissections were never fun.

Jan said...

Very cute, you did a good job on making the leaf stand out away from the surface. Glad you are still enjoying the group challenges. And your frogs!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Carol, I tried to comment on this delightful, optimistic little quilt over on The Endeavourers blog, but your post is listed as a Draft so no comments can be left. I love the thought you put into this piece and your detailed explanations. Very cool.
Smiles, Maureen

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Congrats on making this is a wonderful quilt, Carol. The leaf umbrella is very clever and effective. We can always think we should have done something a bit different (like using an embroidery frame) but I think this is perfect just as it is. And I loved hearing your frog stories. I'm so glad you didn't dissect that one for school and that frogs have had a happy place in your life ever since :) xx

Your post on the Endeavourers blog is showing as a draft on the dashboard but it has not published. The scheduling is weird and a few people have had issues with it. Please can you publish it and we'll try to put some instructions about scheduling for next time.

Mary Ann Tate said...

I LOVE your interpretation of "raindrops keep falling on my head" :)

Momma Bear said...

The leaf looks good! I too like a challenge, i do this to myself all the time, not just in my stitching. sometimes with spectacular results, sometimes not so much but its always an interesting time!

Linda in Calif. said...

That's why I didn't take biology. There is no way I could do that to another living creature. Maybe I could do a clam. However, that was not an option. It was frog, pass or fail test.

Robbie said...

I remember biology class and having to dissect a frog too....we didn't have to bring them in...they were already in formaldehyde! But it was so sad to see those frogs laying on their backs! Geezzzz Wonder if they still do that today!!!! Your Endeavourer Challenge is great...you gave great thought and work to the little piece!!! Nicely done!

Rose said...

I was just thinking today that you had probably posted and I should check...but didn't till now. I love the piece you did That is just so creative with the leaf. And love that you refused to kill a frog...I don't know if I would have told my teacher I wasn't going to kill one...but if I had had to I would have had a brother do it. But our school provided the frog! Oh, and a night crawler....and at least one other thing but I don't remember what.

Jennifer Gail said...

That's cute. I like the unreal kind of frogs the best but I do love hearing pond frogs in the Spring.

Barbara said...

So clever, Carol! I’m with Mary Ann who mentioned “ Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head”. The 3D effect is great!

Susan said...

I like the whimsy of your piece, and so clever to use the wire on the edge. The whole piece made me smile a spring-rain kind of smile. =)

DVArtist said...

I too love frogs. Your art is so lovely and quite imaginative. I love it!!!

FlashinScissors said...

I’m glad you didn’t dissect the frog. I was going to say it’s a bit like cutting up a little buddy, but that didn’t sound quite right ..... oh oh, I suppose I’ve said it now anyway!
We had to dissect rats at school, but we didn’t kill them ..... the school provided them, already dead! Yuk!
I can’t see why we had to cut them up ..... aren’t there enough diagrams without slicing things open?!!
Your little quilt is wonderful, Carol! Really cute, and so adventurous of you to make it 3D. We are all learning every time we stitch.
Yep, a great interpretation for “Rain”, and I love that you used wire too .... whatever is necessary, use it!
Hugs,
Barbara xx

Ruth said...

Our biology class was dissecting a cows heart - they could be ordered from the local butcher. Still not something I would never want to do. Having to capture a live frog and kill it - awful thing to be asked. Fair play to you for how your younger self handled it. I love the leaf and the efforts you went to to make it stand out 90 degrees.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Lovely work.
Just so you know, I've never dissected a frog. My lab partner had to do it.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I wouldn't have done any dissecting either. I know we dissected something but it must have been dead already because otherwise I know I would have been traumatized and definitely would remember. I love your dimensional leaf!