Archive for February, 2018

Winter Meadow lo res

This is another product of the screen printing class I took. I made three passes with the screen: the translucent blue shadows and tracks, a tan color of the weeds, and a darker colors of some of the weeds, as an accent.  Then I heavily hand embroidered the piece. I am excited about this one.  The view of our meadow in the snow is special to me.

Martha Ressler

Winter Meadow

Art Quilt

9 x 12″

 

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red barn and spring house lo res

Red Barn and Spring House is a spot I know well, as it’s right next door on my sister and brother in law’s property. They don’t use the old spring house anymore, but I like to think about how it used to keep milk and cheese cool in the warm summer months. It’s pretty muddy there, but the cows don’t seem to mind.  They can always find water in the boggy parts.

My hubby likes to tell the tale of painting this barn when he was a teenager, especially the hex signs.  I do believe it must have been a harrowing experience.

I like the way the roof of the barn turned out.  Even though it was snow covered, you could still see some textures and even some color from the underlying roof and I wanted to capture that.

Martha Ressler

Red Barn and Spring House

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

trio 20 x 16 lo res

Day 26 takes us back to the Jazz theme. I woke up one morning with the composition of trio in my mind. Complementary colors Blue and orange/gold , with vertical background pieces, and horizontal blue pieces on top. Even the black couched thread on top was clear in my mind. Three jazzy musicians having a ball.

Martha Ressler

Trio

Art Quilt

20 x 16″

Lower meadow-september 20 x 30 lo res

I made this scene once before, but I felt that it needed a large quilt, so I did it again. My husband has been working on the lower meadow on our property for years, clearing out the invasive Autumn Olive, Tree of Heaven and Multiflora Rose which were choking out the native plants.  Now goldenrod, milkweed, Joe Pye, Boneset, and many other natives flourish there. This view shows an old apple tree, and the new young ones we’ve planted. They are doing well, alongside the Chestnut trees we planted a few years ago too.

Martha Ressler

The Lower Meadow, September

Art Quilt

20 x 30″

purple tweetie and flowers lo res

Tweetie is another product of my screen printing class which I am taking at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. Purple Tweetie is printed on a book page, and augmented by gel printed fabrics, which are also embroidered. There is a lot going on in this small piece.

Martha Ressler

Purple Tweetie with Flowers

Art Quilt

7 x 5″

from hills and valleys 20 x 30 lo res

I decided to work a little larger than usual for this piece. It is a scene in the Kempton Valley that I’ve done before, from a different angle. Either way, I love the place, near where my cousin lives. I tried a different edging on this one.  I do want some feedback on that.  Does it work, or not?

Martha Ressler

From Hills and Valleys

Art Quilt

20 x 30″

barn shadows 16 x 20 lo res

I spied this small old barn in an alley in Kutztown, PA. It made me think about the close ties between farm and town in my neck of the woods.  And how those ties were even closer whenever this barn was built.

I use vintage feed sacks for the barn. The shadow on the right side of the piece makes you wonder what is next door, out of the picture.

Martha Ressler

Barn Shadows

Art Quilt

16 x 20″