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15 December 2010

Onions & Garlic – finished?

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The quilting is done on “Onions & Garlic”. At least it is for now. I’m not completely convinced this is the best it can be. After a few disastrous experiments with organza and embroidery thread, I decided to use Angelina fibers for the onions’ stringy roots. Hmmmm… just not sure. I’ll let it sit a few days and come back to it.

Otherwise, I enjoyed doing the quilting on this one. I used several colors of thread, scribbling and meandering on top of other colors. I still may go back and add more quilting & add more detail later.

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Stay tuned… Next up: Calla Lilies!

11 December 2010

Kate Themel Featured in Arts Section of “Cheshire Patch”

I had a lovely conversation with Leslie Hutchinson, the editor of Cheshire Patch online newspaper.   We talked about art, quilting and my upcoming class at Cheshire’s “ArtsPlace”. 

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Excerpted from article:

“Her exquisite works of quilt art are masterpieces that use hand-dyed cotton as canvas and thread as the drawing tool.”

Click here to Read the Full Article

Art Quilter Kate Themel of Cheshire is nationally recognized for her unusual technique.

By Leslie Hutchison | December 9, 2010

08 December 2010

Work in Progress: Garlic & Onions

The common beginning to all great meals!

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Work in progress: “Garlic & Onions”, estimated size: 14” x 60” when finished.  Here is a photo of the top, not quilted.   It is the first in a planned series of “Slices”. 

The composition is based on a narrow slice of one of my photos of an open air market in Croatia.  And, no they don’t have purple garlic and bright orange & pink onions over there.  I guess I’m in some kind of phase where I make things way more colorful than they need to be.   This one borders on the abstract, but I have enough reference points in reality to keep me happy.

For me it captures the “flavor” (pardon the pun) of our times in Croatia – I don’t know why things always taste better when you’re on vacation.  Or maybe there’s something in the soil over there that makes the food so incredible.

Olive oil, onions and garlic are really the foundation of almost every meal we ate there.   But to really get an idea of our favorite Croatian food experiences, I will have to do a quilt along the lines of “Love Letter to Perfect Bread”.  

I’m getting hungry now!