Sonja here this time. I've been pondering Mom's questions about the website and blog. The idea of revisiting some of our previous work intrigued me. I started to get excited about this question:
Mom and I made a trip to Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia to get it. We visited a bit with July Gula, the owner, and splurged on fabric, thread, and books in addition to getting the beautiful new sewing machine. The machine has amazing technology called the "Bernina Stitch Regulator" to make free-motion stitching more precise. It allows you to draw with the machine while the stitch regulator controls the stitch length.
I've been practicing free-motion stitching by making a robots lap quilt for my son Tyler who loves robots. It's ok if my stitching isn't perfect because Tyler will most likely use the quilt for making forts and drag it around on the floor. I found the robot fabric on the Spoonflower website.
I also spoiled myself with new stained glass materials and tools. My first project with the new supplies is below. I have some other circular drawings that I plan to make stained glass pieces with as well.
Circular drawings without mandala-type symmetry have been a recurring theme for me lately. Flowers are a great inspiration. I've been photographing some stunning flowers that have popped up in our garden. such as the vibrant tulip photograph below. When we got our house in Williamsburg, Virginia, it already had a well-established cottage style garden. I'm learning slowly how to take care of it and work around the hot summers here. I have no interest in weeding when it is 90 degrees outside.
Most of my projects are still in progress, but I finally finished up the art quilt below made with really elegant kimono fabric. The background fabric has silver threads woven through it. I've lost track of exactly when I started this piece. I got the background kimono fabric at the 2009 Surface Design Association Conference so it has taken me over 10 years to decide what to do with the fabric and then finish an artwork with it.
Other bits and bobs that I have started range from more small free-motion stitching practice pieces to quilting with fabric with artwork by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee to a small piece reminiscent of a kid's camp God's Eye project to a mandala-type beading project. Hopefully these won't all take over 10 years to complete, but there's no rush.
Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.