Thursday, August 20, 2015

Frida Kahlo, Art - Garden - Life

The exhibition, Frida Kahlo, Art - Garden - Life is underway at the New York Botanical Garden. Of course, I like to visit the Garden whenever I can and this was a great excuse. 
Located in Mexico City, Casa Azul was the home and studio where Frida Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera lived and worked. The show’s curators and horticulturalists transformed a section of the Haupt Conservatory to a resemblance of Casa Azul. Frida’s long time home served as a connection to the beauty of the landscape as well as a source of inspiration.

 This is a re-creation of how a portion of her studio may have appeared.

The Mertz Library has a number of her drawings and paintings on display. Photography was prohibited, sorry…

As you would expect the gift shop had a beautiful homage to Frida, overflowing with fun items for sale.

The event runs through November 1st but if you are not in the area, you may want to see the slide show at the New York Botanical Garden’s website.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Sultan's Pillow

One thing the Sultans had were plenty of pillows! 

I love working with The Sultan's Garden fabrics. This is a quilted pillow cover I just finished using the apricot color range.   
It would have been practical to simply use a wedge shaped ruler but I used Marti Michell’s Tumbler Template. This template is nice because it gives one the option to easily create eight different size tumblers. My finished shapes are 4” high, and did not take long to create.
I decided to keep the quilting simple by echoing the seams...

...and bind the cover as if it were a quilt.
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