Nellie"s Needles

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Blocks For Thursday Bee Exchange

Today is the due date for J.C.'s wonky house themed blocks from those of us in the SMQ Guild who are participating in this exchange. I created a village of Hudertwasser style houses for her.

11"x 13"
This is the fourth piece in my "Hundertwasser Happy Houses" series. It is made in my "ortwork" collage technique. However, the ground, sky, and house fabrics are not cut from scraps (orts), but the rest were rummaged from the three big bags sitting in my studio. To read about the other three H.H.H. quilts go here.

And here's another block I had made in November for this group exchange. Sandy's request was for cowboys.
10"x 10"
The cowboys and some hats from the heads of others were cut from fabric I had found in an antique store in Colorado last summer. I don't believe the fabric is old, but it's the only place I've ever seen it. I fused the cutouts onto a background fabric that looked like swirling ropes or lassos to me. The black outline around the shapes is satin stitching.

Next month Sheila gets her "floral fantasy" blocks. Hmmmmm... wonder how I'm going to interpret that one.

PS: Several of you have expressed concern for me in the terrible storms that hit Tennessee. The tornadoes didn't get to the east side of the state were I live. We just experienced strong winds and torrential downpours. My prayers are with those who lost loved ones and homes.

13 comments:

Vicki W said...

Your village is awesome!

Kay said...

I like the satin stitching around the cowboys. I wouldn't have had the nerve to do that, fearing that it would overpower the images, but it's perfect.

jude said...

glad to hear you are ok. lots of happy stuff here, love the houses.

kay susan said...

Love those blocks! Especially that sky and the satin stitching around the cowboys. Glad to hear you escaped the storms.

Caron said...

WHat an awesome village!

Mulberry Tart said...

I just stopped by to say hello. I will definitely be back to take a better look around. Love the Lake Series.

jenclair said...

Glad to hear that you and your family missed the worst of those terrible storms, Nellie. Amazing destruction and tragedy.

Love the "Hundertwasser Happy Houses"
because I love Hundertwasser's fantasy architecture! And the cowboys -- what fun!

Jan said...

Nellie, I've missed "visiting" your blog and again am truly inspired. I am unaware of Hundertwasser so I'm following one of the items on a recent "create daily" list by clicking my way to learn more.

Cindra said...

I think I like this house the best. Must be the colors. Wonderful!

ACey said...

Am also glad you are fine. The cowboy block is quite inspired. Also the houses make me itch for just one more project in progress but I must resist for now.

Mechelle said...

Love the village!! If we could only paint our REAL houses like that....hmmmmm wonder what the neighbors would say...hahaha!

Clevelandgirlie said...

Nelli - I love your houses - particularly this village. Full of life, color and texture and the quilting is amazing.

self taught artist said...

love the cowboys, everything about that is just wild and very cool.