Posts Tagged ‘Deadlines’

Catching Up

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

I’m not doing so well, am I?  With classes ended for this semester you’d think I’d have more time, but it’s not happening. It seems like there are so many things vying for the available minutes; meetings and appointments, shopping, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, plus all of those daily tasks that are never really done. Same for you, I’m sure!

I grab minutes when I can to try and finish the heron quilt. It’s deadline is in January and I have the next project bouncing around in my head. I laid it out after yesterday’s session to examine it from the back and found a few spots needing more quilting, plus the majority of the sky left to do, but the end is within sight finally!

I thought Focus Friday might help me focus more on this blog, and it has to some extent but I don’t want it to dominate and turn my blog into a sales venue, as it has been doing. I will try to do better. I did meet last week’s deadline on Facebook, but it didn’t make it over here to blog land. This week’s Focus Friday quilt is “Strip Trip”. I love this quilt. Not only is it pretty, it is so easy. There are only six different fabrics and they are cut into large units of color that get sewn together into a large block and then sliced into strips to be re-arranged and sewn together for the top. A great way to use the bright large contemporary prints, or even in solids for a more “modern” look.

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Strip Trip – INNOVATIONS #06447 approximately 56 X 71” Pattern: $9.00
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The Cover Sample quilt is for sale, machine quilted, $1500.00. Email me for details.

This and That

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Browsing some blogs this morning I was startled to see my “Snow Buddies” pictured on the Mancuso’s Nov 18 blog at http://www.quiltfest.com/blog/
Just a promo for the Atlantic Quilt Fest where it won an Honorable Mention, I believe, last year.

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Other show news – “Jesse At The Lake” was not accepted to go to “Road To California”. Second year in a row they have rejected that one; I guess they really don’t like it!’

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Once again the heron quilt has been set aside for a closer deadline. I realized the entry day for the Topeka Art Guild’s nothing over $100 Christmas sale is the end of the month! So I have to concentrate on getting a couple of simple 12 x 12s ready and mounted on 16 x 16 stretched canvases for that. So that is what I will be doing today!

New Leaves Sample Sold

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

One of the pattern sample quilts sold recently and I received this photo of it hanging in it’s new home. It’s always fun to see where they end up. I think quilts add a warmth to a space that traditional framed art can’t quite do. Now that I am not traveling to do quilt talks, most of the sample quilts are for sale in the patterns section of my website at discounted prices.

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I have quite a lot of quilting done on the Heron but have set it aside to work on Figure Drawing homework. One long term drawing of a nude reclining woman is due Nov 17; it is worked from a photo in black and white charcoal on gray drawing paper. We each chose a different photo so it will be fun to see what everyone did when they are revealed.

 

After The Storm

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

On Friday, I finished the quilting on this new piece and blocked it. On Saturday, I trimmed it to size and prepared the sleeve and the documentation tag, which meant I had to come up with a name. “After The Storm” won out.  The finished size is 39.5 x 24″.

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I love to see this fleeting vision when after the storm everything is clean and sparkling, the sky is still dark but the sunlight comes in and lights the foreground against the dark storm clouds. It was a lovely fall day here, so I sat out on the deck to do the hand work and listened to my Art History lectures on the tape recorder. Perfect! I met the deadline and will enter it into the next Topeka Art Guild show with the Kansas theme later today.

August

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

August has been  busy month! My last multiple day engagement for Guild programs/workshop in Oklahoma happened and it was a fun trip with lovely ladies.  Even fitted in some fabric shopping, though we did not find the one I was looking for.  One more trip – next week to Kansas City, then I will be officially retired!!

We went to Wichita over the weekend for the Opening Reception of the Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibit where “Snow Buddies” is being exhibited. It has a great spot , well lighted where you see it as you enter the gallery; looks good!

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While we were in Wichita we visited the Botanic Gardens, The Indian Museum and the Zoo.  The weather was near perfect and I was exhausted by the time we got back home! But it was fun!

Since coming back I have finished the Heron top using some of the fabrics that I found that looked like they might have possibilities.  I un-sewed some of the previous work to insert the new fabrics and I think it is going to be OK. HeronTop

Yesterday I squared it up and selected a backing fabric but have not yet layered it for quilting.  I think another deadline has squeezed in that will need my attention first!

News came that all four of my entries to the Visions of the Flint Hills Art Benefit and Sale at the Buttonwood Gallery in Kansas City were accepted.  “Harrier Hunting”, “Prairie Power”, “Drifted”, and “Grasslands” will be there.  This is an art exhibit so it is always gratifying when my quilts are recognized as art! The opening reception is on Oct 2 and the show runs through Nov 27.  Sales benefit the Friends of Konza Prairie.  Be sure and check it out if you are nearby.

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Quilting Finished

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The quilting is finished! This one has taken longer than usual, due I think to the lack of deadline. It is very heavily quilted, and is a result of a few hours at a time, here and there rather than concentrated “git ‘er done” work. This photo shows it on the design wall after blocking, but before the trimming for binding.

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Here is a close up of the quilting:

PFfinalQuiltingYesterday I trimmed it and prepared and applied the binding and sleeve, readying it for the hand work.

Sunday was entry day for the spring Topeka Art Guild’s show and it needed to be something that had not been shown there before which narrowed the field considerably. Except for a few older things and the newest ones that are committed somewhere else (like “Splash” which was sent off to AQS Paducah yesterday), I had little available. I decided since there was no age limit, to see if they had room for “Seahorses” which had never been there before. The new show opens tomorrow, with First Friday this week from 5-8.

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Going To The Dogs

Friday, February 6th, 2015

I guess it’s been about a week since I’ve posted progress, and there has been quite a bit even though I have not had much time to work. I have finished the fire, worked in some of that grass and added to the tree. Also sewed together a lot of pieces that have been up on the design wall long enough to feel comfortable. It is so important to live with the choices for a while, before sewing them, to avoid having to un-sew them!

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Because my bits of available grass fabrics are small, it was necessary to add a rock to fill in a void. I tried four different fabrics before settling on this one; too dark and it didn’t show, too gray and it didn’t blend. There will be more on the other side so this one will not be “lonely” Rocks are common jutting out of the ground here on the prairie. It was not in the original plan, but I work intuitively and add or take away as needed. That grass behind the tree is only laid in there right now because the dark spot on the tree blended into the background too much. I will probably sew it in.

I was working to a deadline at the end of February for this piece, but on re-reading the call for entry I discovered that it will be too big. I can’t cut it down without ruining it so I will have to find something else for that call, darn it. I might be on information overload.

News came yesterday that “Snow Buddies” has been juried in and will be going to the MidAtlantic Quilt Festival in VA. Feb 26-Mar 1.SnowBuddies

 

“Who Me?” is currently showing at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery.

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I will be there tonight for the First Friday opening of this new show. Looks like Feb is going to the dogs!

Another Entry

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

It’s a little after 8 in the morning and I have already met the deadline and entered another show ,  “Snow Buddies” to Mancuso’s Mid Atlantic Quilt Fest.

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After yesterday’s marathon at the computer, this feels good! Today I will have plenty of time to sew!

Busy Week

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

It’s been a theatrical kind of week; I have seen the Topeka Civic Theater’s musical, “Mary Poppins” and the Auburn Community Theater’s “Old Time Radio Show” — both good! Also had an evening out for dinner and meeting of my small quilting group which is always fun! So, it has been a busy week.

On the quilting front, yesterday I prepared and applied the facing strips to the newest wall hanging. That still needs the hand work to finish it, then the hanging sleeve and documentation, but the end is in sight.

I have been invited to participate in the Silent Auction at the Houston Quilt Festival so that must be my next focus as it has to be there by mid September!

In The Studio and In The Garden

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I’m a little over two weeks into the new work and a little over half finished with the top. I am taking my time and not pushing to finish as there is no rush this time. It is fun to work with no pressure for a change!

Outside things are looking good; lots of things blooming right now and the work I did last fall, thinning and moving and transplanting is paying off with happy plants. Look at this daylily – Oklahoma Kicking Bird! It’s never been this huge for me before!! This was yesterday and today there are three blooms just like it.

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This pink lily has multiplied nicely from the one original potted plant. Luscious color!

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These rocks are held in place only by weight and balance. If you are good at doing this, you can balance that top one on it’s point, but I am not that good. It stays through storms and snow, but a squirrel can take it out in a moment, much to his surprise!

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