Of Beautiful Things

Of Beautiful Things

There’s a lot of life out there, if you look for it. This is what I had been telling myself pretty consistently a couple of summers back. Why the need for reminders of this fact, you ask? Well, 2013 had not been that fantastic of a summer. My husband lost his job, among other things. But the worst day by far was August 7th, when I said goodbye to my beautiful Maine Coon Cat, Scooby… friend, quilting partner, conversationalist, moth-hunter…

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Welcome to ColorWheel ArtQuilts

Welcome to ColorWheel ArtQuilts

Hello!ย  My name is Sharyn Raiche. I am a fiber artist and an elementary educator. I began ColorWheel ArtQuilts about 5 years ago, after challenging myself to work with fiber every day during my summer vacation. For nine weeks in 2011, I documented my journey with words and pictures on Facebook. At the end of 66 days, I discovered two very important truths about myself: the artist part of me was not content to be regulated to the sidelines anymore;…

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Summer Quilts —-> ColorWheel ArtQuilts

Summer Quilts —-> ColorWheel ArtQuilts

It’s a warm night for May…. overhead gorgeous sky teems with color, Mother Nature’s artistry I only dream of reproducing. I’ve been outside all afternoon, since finishing work on this 145th day of school. My second graders are wrapping up the year, thinking first of the weekend with its baseball games ย and First Holy Communions, and further then, to summer’s dreamy days. ย  In the garden Hyacinths pop with bubble gum color, vying for space between creamy daffodils and lacy…

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I am remiss but very busy

I am remiss but very busy

Hello readers, I apologize! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything…. this time of year tends to get away from me as I move through the last weeks of summer and gear up for another school year. This year I am teaching a new grade level. In addition to that fun preparation I am also sending my first-born off to college. As you can imagine, there have been many, many items on my to-do list. I want you to…

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New Ideas

New Ideas

New Ideas

Yesterday I visited a great little fabric store, here in North Conway. It’s called Vac-N-Sew, and if you can’t guess by the name they sell vacuum cleaners as well as sewing machines and fabric. It’s a stop I try to make every year when we are in the area, and if you are ever up this way I recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I had a wonderful time browsing. I came away with a stack of fabric in some very interesting colors and patterns…. we’ll see how this works together once I get home.

Today is a travel day. Most of my supplies are packed and ready for the trip home!

Thread Painting

Thread Painting

Thread Painting

This is a thread painting I began working last summer. The subject matter is derived from sketches and photos I took of Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. To begin the process I made a template and then cut and affixed the fabrics to a heavy weight linen canvas, the kind painters use. I sewed a “base” of thread in colors that mirrored the drawing. I am adding additional thread and layering it, paying attention to the direction I sew to help create movement in the piece.

Patience…. and Perseverance

Patience…. and Perseverance

Good morning ๐Ÿ™‚ What happened to yesterday’s post is anyone’s guess. But once again let me explain: here I am, on the beautiful Saco River in Northern NH for my favorite camping trip of the year. Yes, I’ve brought along everything I need – my family, a good book, sunscreen – and of course… my quilting supplies. Yesterday I was writing about my frustration level, and how the idea of something is sometimes better in your head than the reality….

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Beads, Beads and more…

Beads, Beads and more…

Beads, Beads and more...

Hello readers ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, I’ll admit it, as much as I love my machine and everything it does, there is something very relaxing about hand sewing. What is represented here is about 6 hours of beadwork… and I know, it’s almost impossible to see. I apologize – I believe I need a better camera. I’ll work on that, but in the meantime this one is sandwiched and ready for finishing. Time to switch gears a bit. What will be next from the pile? :=)