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Colorado

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Since returning from our recent trip to Colorado, I haven’t done a whole lot, due to a summer cold.

Some weeding in the mornings when it is cool and some hand quilting in the afternoons.  I’m determined to finish the “Oak and Acorn” quilt  and am out to the borders now.  One long side is done and one short side, almost, so the end is in sight!

“On The Verge”

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

The opening of the EDGE group’s “On The Verge” exhibit last night was lovely! As usual the Sabatini Gallery in Topeka outdid itself and mounted a beautiful show that spotlighted the diverse works of the membership.

My entry, “Layers Of The Flinthills” had a wall all to itself – a purple wall!

My camera had a hard time capturing the exact color, on my screen this shot is closest and gives a more accurate depiction of the sky, as well..

A few other random shots of the show–I’m sorry I didn’t get names for all of them, but artists represented in the show are Dora Agbas, Kansas City; Sharon Bass, Kansas; Linda Beach, Louisiana; Jette Clover, Belgium; Shawn Delker, Kansas; Eileen Doughty, Virginia; Linda Filby-Fisher, Kansas City; Carla Fisher, Pennsylvania; Mary Kay Fosnacht, Kansas City; Karen Anne Glick, Pennsylvania; Karen Goetzinger, Ontario, CA; Karen Hansen, Kansas City; Linda Jurkiewicz, Kansas City; Mary B. Pal, Ontario, CA; Ruth Powers, Kansas, Virginia Spiegel, Illinois; Karen Stiehl Osborn, Nebraska; and, Charlotte Ziebarth, Colorado. .

Linda Beach- In A Different Light

Mary Pal – The Drifter

Shawn Delker – Hope Of Spring

New Exhibits

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

It’s been so long since I have posted here, I’ve kind of forgotten how to do it! But I wanted to let you all know that the EDGE group’s new show “On The Verge”opens tomorrow evening with a reception from 5:30 to 8:00 at the Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka Public Library, Topeka, KS. My entry, “Layers Of The Flint Hills” will be there, and so will I!

I can’t wait to see what this group of art quilters from all around the world has created. If you are in the Topeka area, I hope you will stop in and see these wonderful art works which will be on display through
Oct 22 .

Also on display currently in Topeka are “Colorado Kids” at the Topeka Art Guild’s Gallery at Fairlawn Mall,and “Spring Encounter” and “Grasslands” at Leaping LLamas Gallery.

 

 

“Memories of Home”

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

I love it when folks use my patterns as a base for their own ideas! Here Lois Kelly has taken my New Leaves pattern and created a wall hanging for her Canadian son and his Vermont girlfriend.

Perfect! It’s called “Memories of Home”

I’ve always though some of my patterns would adapt well to the “Modern” style. Check them out over in the Patterns section.

Tucker

Monday, April 24th, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I started this little 12 x 12″ piece of a friend’s dog. The first step, after making the pattern, is to pull all the fabric that even looks like it might work.

Then it’s time to choose which ones to actually use. I will audition different fabrics and sometimes a piece needs to be cut from several different fabrics before the right one surfaces.  After a couple of days the first half was finished, and looking pretty good!

When the second half was done and sewn together, I was not real happy with how dark the shadow was on the left side, even though it really was that dark on the photo that was my reference.  I decided to just live with it a few days and see if I could like it. But it still bothered me, so on Saturday I removed the offending fabric and replaced it with something lighter.

I believe it is better, so I went ahead and layered it for quilting and by Sunday evening it was quilted, had whiskers and eye sparkles and a signature.  Ready to trim to size and block for the binding.

Today I finished the binding – it is DONE!!

 

Grandpa’s Barn

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

A small local art quilt group that I belong to recently issued a challenge to make a 12 x 12″ barn quilt in the style that we like to use. So of course mine had to be machine pieced and machine quilted using commercial prints in my signature style.

It was indeed a lucky find – that piece with the hound dog on it in compatible colors and scale!

More New Work

Friday, April 21st, 2017

It’s been so long since I was here that my blog doesn’t seem to even recognize me – or maybe it is that I didn’t remember how to get in!

Anyway. I have completed a few projects in the meantime. Here is the little 12 x 12″ of the emu made for the bird challenge that I alluded to in the last post way back in Jan. She had run away from home and traveled cross country to show up on our property where I photographed her for possible future inspiration. This is “Emu, I See You!”

Then with the deadline looming, I made “Beneficial Burn ll” for the upcoming SAQA Regional show “Changing Landscapes” and it was accepted to show at the Leedy Volkous Gallery in Kansas city in June and July. This one is 36 x 36″.

Also accepted to show at the Sabatini Gallery in Topeka with the EDGE exhibit is my “Layers Of The Flint Hills”, 59.5 x 30″.  That will open August 11 and runs through to Oct 22.

The annual judged Spring Show at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery is now up til the end of May and my entry “Tranquil Dawn”, 40 x 52.5″ has won First Place!! It’s always nice when judges recognize art in what I do when it is not primarily a quilt show!

Tomorrow I hope to show you a couple more!

Progress

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Some progress to report in spite of having a lot of US Nationals Figure Skating to watch on TV.  I usually have the TV on when I sew, just for company, I guess, not to really watch.  But certain shows require actual watching, and skating is one, so it does cut into the productivity!

A lot of the time when I sew these pieced pictorial pieces, I use straight line seams, it is easier;  but these fire scenes seem to require curved seam piecing which is definitely more time consuming! What takes the most time though, is choosing which fabric goes next.  Then the cutting and auditioning and sometimes even sewing before deciding perhaps something else might be better!

Here, I thought I might extend the fire’s glow a little higher,

Or perhaps a darker fabric would be more dramatic!

Dilemmas.

New work

Friday, January 20th, 2017

In spite of good intentions, there continues to be too much time between postings.  That’s not to say things don’t happen, but perhaps not so much happens that you would be interested in!

Like, do you care that I finally got the sales tax filed?  I didn’t think so, but still, it took a lot of time to get the info together and sent.

I completed two small pieces, one a 12 x 12″ bird challenge piece for my local art group that I won’t reveal until after our next meeting on Thursday, and a 6 x 8″ for the auction at the SAQA Convention in the spring.

 

These little pieces will be matted so the edges are only zigzagged.

I started a new fire piece since I needed a new landscape and all of these fabrics were still out on the cutting table from the last ones.

This is after the first working day and so far, I’m liking it.  I intend to post progress shots as I go, we’ll see how that goes!

It’s Been A Long Time

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Much has happened since last I posted here. Our daughter Karen died on Oct 26, very unexpectedly. Plans to go to Houston were cancelled. Our other daughter arrived from AZ for the funeral and to stay through her father’s scheduled surgery three days later. That went well, but a few days after she left to go home, he developed a bad reaction to the pain medication and I had a couple of scary days until the effects wore of and he regained normalcy.

In the meantime we were sorting through Karen’s things, donating most of it to various agencies. This is a very sad and time consuming process and I can’t express enough, the need for everyone to get a jump start and sort your own things while you can. Thank you, Cindy, for all your help! After the furniture, books, clothing and other personal stuff there are still boxes of papers that haven’t been gone through yet.

I had no desire to create, but somewhere along the line, I forced myself to get into the studio one Saturday morning and make two little 6 x 6” pieces for a local gallery’s annual Christmas Mini show and sale. It was something that I had been wanting to do, but was unsure if they would be accepted, since they were textile pieces. Everything gets uniformly framed in a wide black frame with a gold accent, very classy. They were accepted and they sold quickly! I was asked to make more, so I did two more and those also quickly sold. At that point the owner asked if I would make a large prairie fire piece for him to show and sell in the gallery. This finally gave me a focus and got me back into design and create mode. It has been fun to have a goal again and yesterday I delivered the finished piece which is 56.5 x 27” to the SouthWind Gallery here in Topeka in time for this month’s First Friday opening.