Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Birthday Party and Quilt

This year  I celebrated a milestone birthday. All I can say is I am growing older and feeling younger. Everyone attending my party was asked to sign a quilt block for a quilt I made to remember this amazing and fun evening. The food was great and the customer service exceptional. Hey don't you like this , the restaurant was a New Orleans themed place called "Cayenne Moon". Boo hoo, the restaurant has since closed but I will always remember Polly the manager for the exceptional customer service she provided.

 It is worth mentioning that I had relatives to come all the way from Calif and Chicago, in addition to
classmaates, collegues, and other relatives. Those who could not attend were mailed a quilt block to sign and return. The center panel of the quilt will have a photo collage of a few party scenes. I received so many lovely gifts, took lots of pictures, went shopping the next day, and had lunch at Corky's barbecue.

Peace, Love, and Art

Friday, November 16, 2007

Journal Quilt 2007

Follow this link to see my journal quilt that was on display at the International
Quilt Festival in Houston.   http://www.quiltart.com/2007journals/JQ07_07.html
Look for my quilt on page 6. Gosh I can see things that I could have done better. Don't
you just hate it when you finish a project and then find flaws. That's a part of growing
I guess!

Artist Statement

Angela F. Moore

Memphis, Tennessee

USA: Moonlight Over Mount Baobab

Creative techniques used: discharging (p266); shiva paintsticks (90); threadpaint (p71)

Seeing the California Mountains for the first time was breathtaking! For this quilt I wanted to capture the synergy of a beautiful mountain with the moon shinning. I began my journal quilt by selecting a piece of blue green African inspired fabric for the quilt background. Then I began playing around with different fabrics to support the focus fabric and I came up with using different shades of orange.

Using gold iridescent Shiva Paintsticks I added texture to the background using corrugated cardboard as a rubbing plate. I knew I wanted to experiment wihth discharging black fabric for creating the moon. My second attempt was better than the first. I think the beaded leaf vines using bugle and seed beads add dimension to the composition. To make the mountain I drew a simple shape and centered it over the moon and zigzagged it in place. Then I sewed gold sequins and seed beads on the mountain for added texture. The free motion quilting on the mountain with rayon thread and the wavy quilted lines on the blue green background with metallic thread complement each other.

In the early stages of making the quilt I came upon my horoscope that described me as a "Baobab tree blooming under moonlight when I do my best collaboration work". The Baobab tree is native to Africa and Australia, hence the name Moonlight Over Mount Baobab. After reading this I added the tree. The tree was sketched on two sheets of Sulky Solvy and threadpainted. Adding the tree was another way to set the tone for the quilt. The discovery I made was I like the ease of sewing, weight, and look of using unbleached muslin for the middle layer of the quilt. For sometime I have wanted to collaborate with this group. I am glad I did and learned a lot in the process.

Peace, Love, and Art

Friday, November 02, 2007

Way To Women Wellness Art Bra Challenge

The Way to Women's Wellness Art Bra challenge was created by Victoria Brown at  http://www.ribbonsmyth.com/ in 2003. The foundation promotes women's health. The 2006
theme was breast cancer. For information contact info@artbra.com   I just really really enjoyed
doing this and think my bra is so cool.
My Art Bra

Journal Page
Title: What Color is Your Heart

Techniques: Thread Lace, Beading, Applique, Stamping, Painting
Construction: Handstitched, Embellished Lining
Materials: Fabric Paints, Bows, Buttons, Ribbon, Thread, Fabric, Beads, Yarns
The word heart is the most poetic organ of the body. It is considered the symbolic seat of affection and symbolizes courage. In the Wizard of Oz the tin woodsman is seeking a heart in both senses. Metaphorically you can take to heart, eat your heart out, win the heart, break the heart, wear your heart on your sleeve and warm the cockles of your heart. You can be faint hearted, cold hearted as "Hannah", or young at heart. You can sing Peg O" My Heart, Two Hearts, With Every Beat of My Heart or Heartbreak Hotel. Physicians do not speak metaphorically when they say, "I am going to listen to your heart". Here any poetic meaning in our thoughts, actions, or feelings become remote. Because if you do not take care of your heart, exercise it and protect it from disease, your heart might ATTACK you.

Peace, Love, and Art

Monday, October 22, 2007

Collaboration Quilt

It's All In the Game

Juanita, Sandi, Laronia and I are making art quilts. We started with the originating quilter making a center with a border.  We sent fabric we wanted included in the quilt. We also created  a journal page.
I made two quilts. "1776"  is number 2 in a series of  "United We Stand Quilts". "It's All In The Game" is a casino themed quilt. The center is cut from a blackjack layout that was used on a live game.  Oh my gosh, life happens and the collaboration was squashed. Another two bites the dust.

Peace, Love, and Art

Monday, September 03, 2007

Wearing White After Labor Day

 I can remember my Mama's rule of not wearing my white clothes and shoes after Labor Day.  Memorial Day was always the time I bought out the white clothes and shoes and Labor Day was the time I packed them away.

Things have changed and I wear whatever I feel comfortable in. The tired fashion rule of not wearing white after Labor Day is outdated. If I wear an all white suit in the middle of winter does that mean I flunked fashion 101? I think not.

Peace, Love, and Art

Monday, August 06, 2007

Hamidi's Tee

Hamidi wanted his picture on a tee shirt riding his motorcycle.
I took a photo of him,  scanned the picture and used photo transfer sheets to print and heat press the image on a white cotton tee. Hamidi love it .

Peace, Love, and Art

Monday, July 30, 2007

Happy Hour Patchwork

About 7 different cotton fabrics and crown royal  bags were used to make this jacket. I think it is lovely.

Peace, Love, and Art

Monday, June 18, 2007

The 50 Million Pound Challenge

Anyone can join the 50 million pound challenge.  Dr. Ian Smith physician, journalist, and author is traveling across the country to promote the challenge. You can learn more about the event here http://www.50millionpounds.com/

This is what I am doing to stay healthy since I do not need to drop pounds.
Start my day with breakfast
Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
Drink water, water, water
Take a multi vitamin
Maintain blood pressure and cholesterol
It is never to late to maintain a healthier lifestyle

Peace, Love, and Art

Monday, June 04, 2007

Playing The Symmetry Game

Playing the Symmetry Game is a class I took at Quilt University
http://www.quiltuniversity.com/.  Raymond Huston invented this
system of designing quilt blocks and shared his method.  I learned that symmetry brings a sense of harmony to design. The class relies heavily on drawing skill. I thought big mistake, I cannot  draw.  But EQ (electric quilt) makes it so easy. Students did their drawing using graph paper, windows, and other drawing programs. This is the quilt I designed, I call it  "wonky star".

Peace, Love, and Art

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Low and Slow "Food Feature"

A Memphis barebecue recipe you may want to try.

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking contest is help in Memphis in May. It was inspired
by Memphis appetite for Barbecue. The contest has been called "the superbowl of swine",  college of pig knowledge", grandaddy of grills" , and the largest barbecue cooking contest in the world".

Peace, Love, and Art


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