Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt -- Our Song

Our Song, 16.5" x 16.5"
© 2014 Fannie Narte

This fabric panel was made from my art quilt titled "She Remembered Me When She Heard Our Song," which was donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and sold to help raise funds for Alzheimer's research.

"Music is powerful. It can open hard hearts. It can soften broken hearts. It can heal pain. It can heighten the emotions of celebrations. It can open a pathway to the secret place where memories live. Music can enter a locked heart when words or other keys cannot."~Fannie Narte
Friendship Tea Quilt
All six blocks are made.  Now it's time to sew the blocks together and make decisions about the borders.  I may add some bird and pansy appliques . . . or not. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt -- Hope

Hope, 16.5" x 16.5"
© 2014 Fannie Narte


Hope . . . everyone needs hope just as much as everyone needs love.

Isn't it fun when we gather with friends or family? We may meet at someone's home or at our favorite luncheon or dinner spot. When we first meet, we exchange hugs and maybe a few tears. Then we get life updates, and in between the updates, there's laughter and playing around, and lovingly woven throughout each sentence are words of hope.

Love . . . hope . . . makes life magical.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt -- My Mother, My Daughter

 My Mother, My Daughter, 16.5" x 16.5"
© 2014 Fannie Narte
The fabric panel in this quilt block was produced from my original mixed media painting.


A mother nurtures hearts and develops wings.

A daughter speaks.  A mother listens, quietly. 
A daughter cries.  A mother opens her arms, willingly.
A daughter hungers.  A mother feeds, nutritiously.
A daughter explores.  A mother watches, safely.
A daughter dreams.  A mother dances.
A daughter sings.  A mother celebrates.
They dance.
They sing.
They elevate one another.
They give love.
They share love.
They are love.
~Fannie Narte~

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt -- Violet Eyes

Violet Eyes, 16.5" x 16.5"
© 2014 Fannie Narte

Quilt Block #3 of 6.  Half way there!


The inspiration for this piece came from the title of a song by Jewel, "Violet Eyes." The lyrics to her song did not provide inspiration to the message of my painting.

The message of this painting was inspired by ideas of hope, courage, truth, love, and friendship. It is also my response to overcoming life's challenges and the effects of losses such as the tragic events reported in the news.


She lost her footing in the rain
and slipped
into a pool of mud and jagged rocks.

She could not see
the color of truth
because she was blinded
by the curtain of rain,
lost in the darkness of life.

She could not feel the color of love
because she was shattered; she was broken.

She sang her songs of agony and
danced her way through despair.

The night winds came as friends and brought hope.
The night winds came as friends and brought courage.

Nature’s tears had cleansed her soul.

In the silence of a new day,
she saw
the blessings of

In the silence of a new day,
she felt
the blessings of

In the morning of her new day,
she sang songs of truth.

In the morning of her new day,
she sang songs of love.

She could trust again. She could love again.

It was a new day. She called herself “blessed.”

In her new day,
she saw the color of truth, and
she felt the color of love.

She was Violet Eyes.

I'm grateful for my eyes. I hope to always see through violet eyes.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt -- Friendship

Friendship, 16.5" x 16.5"
© 2014 Fannie Narte
 Quilt Block #2 of 6.  Four more to go.


A friend is someone we can trust with our heart and someone who will tell us the truth.

This painting is a tribute to friends and friendships. I am reminded of the richness of my life each day. Not a day goes by without a friendly visit: a phone call, a note, a package or an e-mail from a friend.

Friends make life's journey more exciting.
Friends listen without judgment.
Friends guide gently.
Friends speak the truth.
Friends hold your heart.

Friends are one of life's happy blessings.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Friendship Tea Quilt--Grace

Grace, 16.5" x 16.5" quilt block
© 2014 Fannie Narte


That's how you define "play."  F - U - N !!!


In the summer of 2009, I created my first fabric panel, "Kindred Spirits," from my mixed media painting of the same name.  It was a time of self-discovery and exploration, and my blog was titled "Imagine, Create, Inspire."  Five years later, I have a potpourri of 39 different fabric panels, which are available in my Etsy shop, many panels made from images in my Friendship Series of mixed media paintings.

Why Did I?

It may be that I produced fabric panels from my artwork because I wanted to make my images available to everyone at a reasonable price.  During that time, I was offering my images as prints.

It could also be that I wanted to use them in my own work making art quilts, journals, fabric postcards, purses, all of which would make unique gifts at a reasonable price. Who knows for sure.

Reasonable . . .

"Reasonable price" seems to be a recurring theme . . .


Fast forward to 2014, I finally carved out time to design quilt blocks to make fun and easy quilts out of my fabric panels, an idea that was dancing in my head for the past . . . oh, five years or so.  A different 6-inch square fabric panel is featured in every block ("approximately" 6-inch square).

Friendship Tea Quilt

"Friendship Tea" is the name of my first quilt featuring six different fabric panels in quilt blocks I titled "Friendship Tea."  For the quilt block police out there whose job it is to accurately document its history--thank you for your service, and, yes, this block design is also known as "cups and saucers."  I love "freedom."

Easy -- Peasy

Since this is my first try, this Friendship Tea quilt will be easy to construct with only six blocks.  Yes, I will probably add borders all around and more than likely consult with Fibonacci for help with that--or not.  We'll see.

Oh, and it would be nice if a nice local quilter would show up and nicely say, "I'll quilt that beauty for you for a 'reasonable price'!"

How do you define "Happy"?

J - O - Y

Thanks for reading.  I wish you love, light and joyfulness.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Creating Art is Like Meeting Someone New--Art Quilt

Upside Down, Right Side Up, Art Quilt, 15"x17"
© 2014 Fannie Narte
Playing with Batiks . . . exploring, cutting, flipping, writing, new thoughts, new designs, ever evolving, never ending.

Pieces of My Heart
Creating art is like meeting someone new and finding out your connection is not only timely, but magical. 
Allow My Art to Flow
You share your ideas with each other and creativity flows bringing more ideas, bringing new ideas, innovative ideas, and your conversation takes you to a creative space where you're surrounded with endless inspiration, one new word is connected to that word that she said, and one new idea appeared because she felt safe to share her dreams with you.  
Magical Creation
You both know this was a set up because you both feel the ease and magic that comes from your special connection.  Things are happening fast and you don't care because you are enjoying the ride, and the journey and possibilities of a bright future erase the clocks of your mind, and time stands still.

Take a Hike, Fear!

Then something unexpected happens that disrupt the flow you had, which you thought was unbreakable.  The connection is on "pause."  How long will the pause last before you reconnect with your friend, you wonder?  Should I reach out and let her know I'm excited to continue with our project, or do I patiently wait until she shows up when she's ready?

Reconnect With Self

"Just be yourself," I say to myself.  But my mind is cloudy with the "shoulds" of proper etiquette and the "shouldn't's" of impatience and disrespect.  "Just be yourself," I tell myself again.

Re-Evaluate the Design

So I choose to be patient and wait until she lets me know she's ready to proceed, and while I try to be patient, I default to entertaining the negative noises in my head that threaten to take me down a path that I shouldn't go because I really do know better than to entertain negativity--right?

Re-Think the Composition

The noises keep showing up and makes me feel like someone is slowly and steadily trying to break down my foundation, chipping away a bit at a time until the contrast of the "shoulds" and "shouldn't's" finally show me (again) what "being myself" looks like.

 I See My Friend

I stand up.  I show up.  I take action, and I wait, and I see, and I see more clearly, and the colors are now moving around into their rightful places, and I allow the design to guide my hands, and I know I'm on the right path because I feel happy.

Peace Within My Heart

Gold text, flip strips, stitches, quilting . . . binding, signing, label . . . finished.  Another beautiful journey has come to an end, a creative process that brought me gifts of conquering fears, indecision, noises, clarifying my vision with each happy step I take towards another beautiful creation infused with everything that is good.  Friends reconnect.  I see.

Thankful.  Joyful.