Category: My Second Life

I guess I’m by nature not a natural blogger

For all but I hope to accomplish I guess I’m by nature not a natural blogger. I admire the bloggers who have the ability to constantly get content out on the Internet consistently and hopefully someday I’ll be able to do achieve the same level of output that they have achieved, but right now like to apologize to those who do look at my site to see what I’m up to and my site hasn’t been updated for a while.
My excuse this time is because or the move to Nevada and at the same time being busy on a quilt commission. I just never stopped or gave time to for get the information out.
I guess that I keep falling into the trap of feeling that if I stop to blog I wont meet the deadlines that I’ve set for myself even though this may be one of the best ways to be seen. Well I’m back and hopefully things will calm down enough that I’ll start blogging again on more consistent basis.
Some of you may have read I’ve been relocating from the New Jersey to Nevada and I’m still in a state of flux we’ve moved everything out to our new home but I’m back in New Jersey at lease for the few months (when my wife retires) and at that can permanently relocate once and for all out to Henderson Nevada.
But as many of us realize, everything is subject to change, I may be out in Henderson soon than later. If that’s the case my wife as already told me to go for it.
Family first, the past and the future
In the past, most of our family came out of South Carolina and eventually as most families do, grew and expended with people moving north to PA, NJ, NY & CT while others went to NV & CA. We are fortunate that as a family that the various branches stayed in touch and now over the years some of scattered branches are coming back together with Las Vegas as the focal point.

Our daughter, Samantha and her husband Fidel, right after saying their ‘I Do’s’ at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas, NV

It seems like only yesterday

I’ve been a little slow in putting up new post since things have gotten a little busy around here, between working on my quilt designs, trying it put in time to do long-arm quilting and also preparing for moved out west, I didn’t have much time to work on the blog but it’s Tuesday morning day after Labor Day and I said to myself “it’s a good time to put up a post to let everyone know I’m still here.”

So going through some my photo library I decided to start looking at my photos I’ve taken on trips out to Arizona and Nevada and Utah and found this picture that took around 3 years ago, it seems like yesterday.
I took the photos the week the Grand Canyon Skywalk opened out at “Grand Canyon West” on the on the lands of the Hualapai people. The photo here is a panoramic picture taken about a week after the Skywalk opened to the public and I was standing on the edge of the canyon at the “bottom” of a bend where, as you can see on the left side, the Skywalk as it looked at that time just opening and on the opposite side, a group of spectators on the right side taking a pictures of it.
The photo is another moment in time that I thought might be interesting to put up and will give people an idea of what the canyon looks in that area and what the new Skywalk looked like when it first opened.

These are a couple of photos taken by my wife of the newly opened Skywalk while I went for a walk on it. We are planning a trip back out to the Skywalk at the end of October (2012). It will be interesting to see what changes where made.

A view from the west rim of the  Grand Canyon.

For more information on the Grand Canyon Skywalk:

 

The ‘Courtyard’ at Olde City Quilts

These are  photos taken by Rob at Olde City Quilts when I brought it in to show the guys at the quilt shop the completed quilted earlier this week.


A close-up of the quilting detail done on the ‘Courtyard’.  I did the quilting on a Gammall Long Arm at the shop known as ‘Miss Kitty’.

Contact Olde City Quilts about renting the long arm quilting machines or using taking lessons on using them at their website:  http://www.OldeCityQuilts.com or on Facebook at: OldeCityQuilts

For more information about my family photo quilts (Mosaic Photo Quilts) or my quilted photo art (True Image Art Quilts), checkout my blog at: lewfuller.wordpress.com or my website: http://www.mosaicphotoquilts.com

Back To The Beginning …

Did you ever have a flashback and remember the beginning of something or the start point of something that had a impact on your life. Well I had of sorts yesterday morning while cleaning out the basement in preparation for our move to Nevada.

The size of the two sections together is 96″w x 80″h and the rugs need cleaning after being stored away for over 15 years.

I came across one of my very first projects, I did this back in 1985, back in (the b.c. period)  before children, when I was able to dye my own yarn, design my own tufting tools and never thought of doing the Quilted Photo Art that I do now.

The ‘Shell’ left side 48″w x 80h

My wife, Eva had gotten married a few years earlier and she was a flight attendant working international flights out of JFK airport in New York City at that time. We just bought my parents house, my mother just died a couple years earlier and my father wanted to move to a smaller place, so he sold us the house and  and Eva gave me a Hook Rug kit to make a rug for our rocking chair and decor for our new house. Those kits were the rage at that time as well as a great way past the time while she was away on her trips and I really enjoyed putting together. I got so involved in doing the rugs that I actually develop my own electric tufting tool. So what you’re looking at here is actually my second rug project that I did using that device.

The ‘Shell’ right side 48″w x 80h

I call the rugs the “Shell”, and it was made in two parts, and they could shown separately or hung together, placed in corners or basically anywhere your imagination allows. I originally hung them it in my oldest daughter’s bedroom when she was an an infant and I finished them after she was born. They stayed in her room until we moved from that house to the house were presently preparing to leave. So for at least 15+ years they were placed in the basement rolled up and really never moved, so today cleaning out the basement I rolled them out and except for some dirt they are in very good shape and I’m definitely taking the rugs would like to sell them at some point.

All the materials used in the ‘Shell’ were hand-dyed by me and I really enjoyed doing it. But you know about those little things, like a young family and work that came first and making rugs was a lot of work and a lot of involvement and then I discovered photography, computers and then quilting. So I hope you know let me know if you like what I did back in 1985.

A detail view of the contouring of the wool yarn in the rugs.

Heavens Light Quilted Photo Art

 

The most viewed photo in my blog is ‘Nature’s Art III’, this photo along with ‘Nature’s Art II’ has been viewed at a ratio of 4 to 1 over the over photos that I have posted. So with this in mind, I have created a version of it which will be use as quilted photo art which I will call ‘Heavens Light’. At this time, I have prepared an pen & paint image of the photograph that and be made to any size you want. Other styles can be made including using the original image, just let me know what your needs are.
The primary colors in this piece are various blues, purples, grays, ocher and various whites.

Refer to item #: MPAQ20120804
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The photographs & images displayed on this site are protected under US copyright by the
artist/photographer, ©Lewis Fuller.

If you interested in or have any questions
about my ‘True Image Art Quilts‘ or ‘Mosaic Photo Quilts’
or if you have a photo or photographs that you would like to have
made into a ‘Mosaic Photo or True Image Art Quilts‘ check out my
website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com
Email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
Phone: 866.233.4191
and ask for me: Lew Fuller

 

Contemporary Quilted Art Concept

The ‘Quilt Arts’ quilted art

Please let me know if you like it or not

This is a design that kind of grew in my mind while studying what other people outside the world of quilting were doing in graphic arts. This image of a contemporary quilt is unlike any other modern quilt art that I have seen and is created from a word cloud I made and added an image to one from one of my photographs in this case I created a word cloud based on the word ‘art’ and use the image of a flower from a Mexican Bird of Paradise plant from the southwest.

Before I the actually create this I just went to put it out on the blog and ask that those of you that see it let me know if you like it or dislike it and that if you have a comment, please let me know what your thoughts are and I would appreciate. Thank you very much for your help.

The photographs & quilted art displayed on this site are protected under US copyright by the
artist/photographer, ©Lewis Fuller

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If you interested in or have any questions
about my photographs, ‘Mosaic Photo Quilts’ or ‘True Image Art Quilts’  or if you have a photo or photographs that you would like to have made into a ‘Mosaic Photo or True Image Art Quilts‘ check out my website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com or contact me:
Lew Fuller
Email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
Phone: 866.233.4191

Just Completed ‘Courtyard’ Quilted Art – First photos

Finished size: 36″w x46″lImage Style: Pen & Paint

Original Digital Photo

 

 

 

 

Water Lily II (no.2 in a series)

If you are interested in having this True Image Art Quilt made, contact me
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The image is prepared with a Pen & Paint effect to give the image a impressionist style.

Item #: MPAQ20120802
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If you interested in or have any questions
about my ‘True Image Art Quilts’ or ‘Mosaic Photo Quilts’
or if you have a photo or photographs that you would like to have
made into a ‘Mosaic Photo or True Image Art Quilts’ check out my
website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com
Email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
Phone: 866.233.4191
and ask for me: Lew Fuller

A Brief Introduction To My Unique Form Of Art

Lew with my first Mosaic Photo Quilt

This morning I received an email asking what mosaic photo quilts actually were or what made my quilts different. So this is a good time to give a brief description of what make my quilt unique, and I’ll start off with the original question.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 – Posted on the Quilting Board (The Quilter’s Message Board)
Mosiac Photo Quilts
Has any one made them and can give me any advice on level of difficulty, success and working with the program

Please tell us what a mosaic photo quilt is, or looks like, or reference to a link. Sounds interesting & fun, but need more information!!! Thank you. Harriet, Kansas
Source: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/mosiac-photo-quilts-t196151.html

Hello to all of you, and thank you for your inquiry. After looking at the Quilter’s Message Board, I see that most of you are thinking in terms of the mosaic photo picture programs that out the better being used out there that take very small pictures and create a larger image out of them. In any case, the images used and the final image might be hard the see, depending on a number of factors. But this what a true mosaic is and I not making this this type of quilt. I am using the the term ‘Mosaic’ as a description, in my case, meaning the use of many photos used to create the quilt, not used to create an image. My concept of quilting a little different since I started out as a photographer and over time I started looking for a different and unique way of showing see my photographs.

I guess I can honestly say that it was quilting that found me. It was about 12 or 13 years go while working at an architectural firm that a fellow employee who happen be a dedicated quilter came in with some of her quilting books planning to look at them while having lunch. Well at lunch time, I didn’t anything better to do so started looking through the books myself and while doing so I started to envision photographs in place of the traditional quilting blocks in the patterns that I was looking at. Over time I came up with what think is a simple concept, my mosaic quilt would created from a collage of individual photos that when printed onto high quality fabric allows you made a quilt or wall hanging what would allow you to show off a few or a lot of photographs. You could then hang it  on your wall, display it draped across a chair or sofa or show it on a quilt stand where other people could see them and the quilt could pass down as a family heirloom.

Over the past few months, my ‘vision’ and my techniques have allowed me to explore working with photos in new ways and now I have created a line of quilted photo images made from single photos. Unlike the traditional ‘art quilts’ where the image is created from various fabrics then quilted, my ‘True Image’ photo quilts are actual quilted photographs that have been printed onto fabric. As long as the photograph is sharp enough and the definition is there I can make the photograph as large as is needed.
This is one of my True Image photo art quilts

This is a form of art that combines the old tradition of quilting, the art of photography, family history with the high technology of the computer. Bringing to mind ‘What was old becomes new again’.

I’ve started giving workshops at the at my local quilt shop in Burlington, New Jersey, at Olde City Quilts and I plan will to do more workshops at different locations in time. If you go to  Olde City Quilts website (www.oldecityquilts.com) and look at their class schedule, if mot now you will see my workshops. If you live in south or central New Jersey, Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania or Philadelphia, check out Olde City Quilts or their website or my blog (lewfuller.wordpress.com/) for upcoming classes.

If you have any questions about what I’m doing or about prices, contact me, Lew Fuller at:
Email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
Phone (toll free): 866.233.4191
website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com


This is an example of a regular photo quilt that I made for my wife. It’s called ‘Eva’s Bouquet’

Bright Lights And A Great View

This is a nighttime photo of the Las Vegas Strip (to the left) and down town Las Vegas (to the right). This is a composite photo taken from the the McDonald Ranch area of Henderson, NV, near my house there. So as you look at the picture, you are looking north toward the city with the strip being toward the west.

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If you interested in or have any questions
about my photographs, ‘Mosaic Photo Quilts’ or ‘True Image Art Quilts’  or if you have a photo or photographs that you would like to have made into a ‘Mosaic Photo or True Image Art Quilts‘ check out my website: www.MosaicPhotoQuilt.com or contact me:
Lew Fuller
Email: lew.photofiberart@gmail.com
Phone: 866.233.4191