Monday, June 14, 2010

Detroit River Cruise

Enjoyed a Detroit River Cruise with my mom, her friends and the Gujarati Samaj on a picture perfect day. Loved seeing the wonderful Deroit and Windsor skylines, Belle Isle, and even Boblo..brought back memories of the amusement park.

Seeing the skyline also brought back memories of working with my daughter, Lisa on the Detroit skyline quilt, Detroit Motown Sundown when she was sixteen. She created it as a summer project, working on a new building every day.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Celebrate Bollywood Concert with the Plymouth Symphony

Attended a Bollywood Concert at the at The Village Theater that included Nan Washburn conducting the Plymouth Canton Symphony orchestra and Indian percussionists and outstanding vocalists including Rujuta Joshi and Amol Khanapurkar. Narendra Sheth, the Indian Radio Show Host of Geetmala gave a talk prior to the concert and played the harmonium and harmonica as well.

The concept of playback singers is one of the ideas in the Bollywood Music quilt I made a few years ago where the actors lip sync to the playback singers. Lata Mangeshkar has sung over 35,000 songs in her career.

The melodious Hindi music was just outstanding. The Symphony and the Indian musicians sounded so good together!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Infectious Smiles

The quilt is a result of two different for Flower Children for the Fast Friday Online group and the other for My Favorite Things for the Creative Seasons Art Quilt group.

My girls bring me Crazy Daisies, and say these are “I am glad you are not dead flowers” each girls has a bouquet of flowers in her hands.

My Favorite Things are my daughters’ infectious smiles. The figures can be dolls and separated from the quilt and are of my daughters, Lisa and Amy. Lisa’s heart is her new cat, Athena. Lisa’s portrait says I Love Chocolate when you press her body! One of her hands says she was Born to Shop...sales and prices are not that important to her.

Amy’s new home is in Washington DC and her arms are made from a tote bag. The illegal money her firm tracks is her skirt border. Her skirt fabric is from a tie ...Las Vegas is her favorite destination . She is a musician. Her guitar, cut from the Cricut, is right next to her. She thinks she should have as many guitars as I do sewing machines. The back of the doll portraits have huge smiley faces. When my girls spread their infectious smiles, they are so much fun.


Danielle’s Kaleidoscope Pillow

Danielle’s Kaleidoscope Pillow

Life is Good and music notes were cut with the Cricut Expression and fused to the base.

Faces were individually cropped from a family photograph in Photoshop. Single images in Kaleidoscope Kreator 2 created various Kaleisocopes. They were then printed on fabric and machine quilted.