Archive for May, 2016

More Chicago

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Some other paintings I enjoyed at the Art Institute of Chicago last week were Claude Monet’s “Wheatstacks(End of Summer)”

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Camille Pissarro’s ” Haymaking at Eragny”

 

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I couldn’t get photos of everything I liked at the Art Institute, there were SO many!  The paintings, the antiquities, the furnishings, the sculpture!!
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Too much to fit into one visit, if I lived there I would be a member for sure, and spend a day or more at a time in each exhibit!

Chicago

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

We spent last week in Chicago and I only had my phone so didn’t even try to post. I decided that it would be a good time to put my laptop in for a tuneup while we were gone, and it does seem to be running faster.

One day we went to the Art Institute of Chicago. There were no quilts, but I found an appliqued Samuri vest

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and a weaving which could inspire a half-square triangle quilt.

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It was fun to see the original paintings of some of the works we studied in Art History, such as Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette”. It’s huge! 7×10′;

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one of Vincent van Gogh’s “Self Portrait”s (wonderful brushwork),

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Paul Gauguin’s Mahana Aucun Atua Finland”.

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I’ll show you more later!

Focus Friday – Blooming Trellis

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Today for Focus Friday, I am featuring “Blooming Trellis”, just because it’s spring and everything is blooming like crazy!

This pattern makes a bed quilt, approximately 72 X 84″. It is made up of a combination of two different 12″ blocks that come together to form the lovely trellis design. Simple piecing makes a striking quilt for your bed!

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Blooming Trellis -INNOVATIONS# 05946             $9.00
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The Sample quilt is for sale. Machine pieced and machine quilted, it is $2000.00. Email for details.

Busy Week

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

It’s been a busy week. Classes finished except for one last critique session next Tuesday.  I hope I continue to paint and do my Yoga through the summer.

I found a little time to machine quilt on the Kansas landscape and it it coming along nicely. The bird feeders are just outside the studio window by my sewing machine, so I have been enjoying the many different birds that come. A couple of very special ones this week was a Rose Breasted Grosbeak and an Orchard Oriole.

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He has been here before. He stops in for a break on his way to wherever his nesting ground must be.  I wish he would stay here with us, he is gorgeous!

I didn’t know what I was seeing with the Orchard Oriole. I knew it was an oriole because it was on the Hummingbird feeder and was marked like an Oriole, but it was smaller and very dark. Black and a deep, almost black russet.  I friend identified it for me and I looked it up in the bird books. I was afraid, like the Grosbeak, that it was just passing through, but the next day it was still here and I also saw the female, a pretty green bird, so, fingers crossed, I hope they will stay and nest here!

The Seasonal Palette exhibit with my December Dawn

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is showing now in Taiwan and Betty Busby posted this photo that she took of it.

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It’s fun to see how they have displayed it. Starting on the left with the wintertime quilts you progress through the seasons. Mine is way over on the far left. The exhibit has one more showing here in the states then December Dawn will go on to it’s new home!