November 22nd, 2013
Progress is slow on the new dog portrait. I think I will need to simplify the background which seems too busy right now. I have been pretty busy lately with other things and have had trouble finding blocks of time to really get on a roll with this quilt.
Yesterday I went to the Sewing & Quilting Expo in Overland Park, KS because I had committed to work at the SAQA booth there. The day turned out to be rainy, turning colder with the threat of icy conditions in the evening so, had I not signed up to work I would probably have opted out of the hour and a half drive and stayed home. I enjoyed the two SAQA exhibits, Deux and Georgialina ( a SAQA Regional exhibit from Georgia & S Carolina. Saw some gorgeous work. met some new people and reconnected with some old friends. We also had a meeting of regional SAQA members and did some brainstorming about future plans. It was a good day. By the time I made it safely home, just before 6, there was ice on the gate and some patches on the bridges. Today everything is coated in ice – it’s pretty but not to my liking. The birds are attacking the feeders and I am ready to go attack the work in progress!
November 10th, 2013
Sorry to have been so out of touch! I have been having computer problems again. Problems getting on-line and problems loading photos.
Things have been pretty busy around here since last I posted. I finished the Alaska pieces (I made two)
and started the next big project, which will be another dog portrait featuring four dogs this time.
The weather has been lovely most days with beautiful blue skies and moderate temperatures enticing me to spend some time outside. Still there is so much to do before winter sets in and that is about to happen next week I think! We have also enjoyed a few rainy spells which are indeed welcome as we are so behind on moisture. A very windy day took most of the leaves from the trees so yesterday we were able to remove the cover from the pond, put that away and clean the filters. We are in the process of having a tornado shelter installed and right now things are a muddy mess but hopefully that will be taken care of soon. It should look OK once I can landscape around it.
October 27th, 2013
Quilt Market is currently in progress in Houston and I sort of miss the hustle and bustle, but not enough to consider going back! The morning weather report confirms that I am glad to be safely dry and at home, having experienced Houston’s torrential rain and flooded roads on a previous trip!
The Northcott Fabrics booth will be displaying this sample from my POPPY! pattern featuring their new Shimmer line of fabric.
Also on display in the exhibits area and staying through Festival next week are “Who, Me?” in “Celebrate Spring”, “Snow Buddies” in a special exhibit of pet quilts and “In The Bleak Midwinter” in “World of Beauty”. I do wish I could pop in to see those exhibits and Festival, but for this year, it is not to be.
Here at home I have been working on a small wall hanging commission. Each year in an attempt to entice folks to invest in art, the Topeka Art Guild Gallery asks for smaller less expensive works for sale during the month of December and January. A couple of years ago I entered a small landscape of a photo that I took on our Alaska trip and it was purchased by a lady who had lived in Alaska for a while. Ever since she has been after me to make her another, and last month she loaned me one of her photographs to render in fabric for her.
The next step is to quilt and bind it for delivery in a week or so.
October 10th, 2013
Recently the Northcott Fabric Company contacted me about using one of my patterns. POPPY!, to feature one of their new fabric lines, SHIMMER. Of course they need it before Quilt Market in Houston the end of October, so it can hang in their¬† booth there. They plan to market the pattern to stores along with the fabrics for kitting, so hopefully we will both see the benefit.
I already use a lot of Northcott, especially their Stonehenge line which works wonderfully well in my nature themed work. Shimmer has gold added.¬† The fabric has a nice silky hand and is a pleasure to work with.
Whenever you work with a fabric company before market, it’s always rush, rush. The fabric didn’t even come in to them til last week, they cut it and express shipped some to me and I finished the top Monday. Started the quilting yesterday and hope to finish it today.
Better go get busy!!
October 7th, 2013
The winning weekend continues!¬† At the Award Ceremony Sunday afternoon I found out that “Harrier Hunting” was given Second Place in the judging. This came with another cash award!
This is the annual Kansas Artist’s Show at the Topeka Art Guild featuring Kansas themed art.¬† I am always especially pleased when an art quilt wins in a predominantly “fine art” show of mainly painted works.¬† I wasn’t sure if it would even be recognized that the Northern Harrier is a year around resident in Kansas, but it was well received.¬† This annual show is open to any Kansas artist, not just members of TAG.
October 5th, 2013
The American Quilter’s Society in Des Moines is this weekend and “Colorado Kids” has won second place and $1000.00 in one of the wall hanging categories!
Further away, at the LaConner Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival in La Conner, WA. “Foxglove Fairy” received an Honorable Mention.
Pretty good weekend, so far!!
October 4th, 2013
Last evening we attended the opening of the EDGE 4.0 exhibit of art quilts at the Tim Murphy Gallery in Merriam, KS. on the outskirts of Kansas City. It was a very nice show of art quilts and some lovely wooden pieced boxes and plaques. I have two pieces there, “Longhorn Splashdown” and “Majesty”.
The lighting can not compare to that of the Sabatini Gallery in Topeka where we last showed!
Before we went inside, we saw this owl on the roof.
His head was moving so I decided to get his picture.¬† When I pulled him in to focus I realized he was a security camera.¬† Pretty cool idea!
September 27th, 2013
This week I finished my 3 pet postcards to send off to Houston IQA for the Pet Postcard Project, so I am cross posting this to Nina Marie’s Off The Wall Friday. These will be for sale at Festival for $20.00 each. Last year if I remember correctly they earned about $20,000.00 for a no kill shelter in Houston and should surpass that this year. I hope lots of people will participate for this worthy cause.
These cards were super easy as all I did was to machine quilt the printed fabric and bind them, but i think they came out good.
I got word this morning that my entry to the LaConner Quilt Museum show in WA., “Foxglove Fairy” has won an award! They won’t say what til after the Award Ceremony, so we’ll just have to wait and see!
Exciting news on the teaching horizon as well – I have a five day retreat workshop scheduled for 2015 at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in New York!! I’m looking forward to this new direction in my workshops as I will be doing one this coming February at Empty Spools in CA., as well! If you would like to learn to design and piece your own original work of art, just choose your coast and join me!
September 14th, 2013
“Eagles Soar” , 22 x 32″ is finished! Normally I work on a piece start to finish before starting another, but for some reason this one got set aside, probably because it’s deadline was not until late September! I finished the quilting on Thursday, blocked it and then did the binding on Friday. This will be one of my entries for “Inspirations” this year.
I’ve said it before, quilting skies is hard for me. I think it is because I have a tendency to quilt heavily which seems counter intuitive, skies being so airy and light, it’s hard to keep that look with heavy quilting.
For his piece, I decided to give a nod to traditional quilting patterns by using a lot of feather designs to compliment the unusual sky treatment. I used two different varigated threads in the sky, a darker one in shades of blue and a lighter one that had a lot of yellow with some pink and blue. I am happy with how it turned out!
For some time I have wanted to participate in NinaMarie’s “Off The Wall Friday” and today is the day for me to give it a try. Clicking on the above link should take to a page where you can see LOTS of wonderful works! Enjoy!!
September 11th, 2013
In July, I traveled to Colorado to do a guild program and workshop on Picture Piecing the Coneflowers pattern. This morning I received the first finished project photo from participant Sharon Signorelli!
I love it when I get photos and permission to show them!! Sharon did a great job. I especially liked how she varied the colors of the flowers and she got really nice contrast against the background with both her flowers, stem and leaf.