As you may know I spend a lot of time online visiting blogs and websites of our followers as well as new friends. I find a lot of interesting people and learn a lot of new things when I go “visiting.”
Recently I happened onto an online “trunk show” called Trunk Full of Quilts 2016 at Whims and Fancies. It looked interesting so I decided to see what I could come up with.
I’m calling this “Trunk Full of Life” because that’s where my art comes from — life. Much of my work has recognizable spiritual themes, but I consider all my work to be spiritual because we can’t separate Spirit from the rest of life.
Let’s begin with The World’s Gone Crazy but I’m Okay. This had special meaning for me when I created it several years ago, but is even more meaningful. Surrounded by chaos and the world unraveling, I am in the center enveloped by the White Light of God with the words to the Prayer of Protection around the edge.
Rocky Mountain Skyline — the city is Denver. Driving toward Denver from the east you can see the city rising above the prairie.
Rocky Mountain Skyline, Copyright 1999 by R.A. Robbins
Sunrise at the Lake 1 and 2 are postcards inspired by the first sunrise I saw and photographed after moving to the lake. The first is done “plain” the second is more impressionist in style.
Sunrise at the Lake #1 Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Sunrise at the Lake # 2 Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Please don’t anyone faint over this one. It’s called Quilter’s Burnout and yes, I did burn it. I was extremely frustrated — what more can I say?
At the Gates of Heaven is the first time I actually manipulated a photo on the computer before printing it to fabric. Did not get the results I expected but I like it.
I saved the next two for last because they always make me cry so I have a box of tissues handy. Sometimes I like to interpret music into art. This is called Carousel of Time inspired by the Joni Mitchell song Circle Game. The photos you can’t see very well are of my late mother.
Carousel of Time
Copyright 2006 by R.A. Robbins
I don’t make bed quilts very often and when I do it’s a labor of love. My mother asked me if I would make a quilt for her out of handkerchiefs from both of my grandmothers and said she would send the hankies to me. Shortly after that conversation she fell ill and died. When we went home for her funeral my dad gave me the box of hankies that she never got to send to me. It took me a long time to even start this, but now I have this reminder of my grandmas and my mom.
Okay, so now it’s time to put away the tissues and get back to work. New inspiration is always just around the corner.
Please take minute to visit Whims and Fancies to see the beautiful quilts.