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Vista

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Here’s my latest, Vista, made especially for the Topeka Art Guild’s holiday show where nothing can be over $100.00. It is small and simple, but it is all hand dyed material with lots of quilting.¬† I forgot to measure it, but I’d guess in the 10 x 20 range.

I have been working on a sketch for a new piece, I think I am about ready to start pulling out fabrics!

Emu wins at Houston!

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

“Emu, I See You” has been awarded second place in the miniature category in Houston! How I wish I could be there to celebrate!!

EMU, I SEE YOU!  12 X 12

However, my husband had some pretty serious heart surgery around the first part of September and he is only just now getting well enough to even consider traveling so I am at home.

I have been hand quilting on the “Oak and Acorn” quilt and doing a few small pieces for the Christmas Mini show at Topeka’s SouthWind Gallery. Thinking about getting back to making something larger, now, as the weather seems to be seriously considering winter, having sent us our first snow already!

If you are near Topeka, check out SouthWind’s Mini show and sale; for the first time ever, I was not able to get an entry in to the Topeka Art Guild Gallery’s ” Kansas” show this year.

Word just in from a friend at Houston– “Emu” is sold. I have not heard anything official yet though!

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.