Posts Tagged ‘Exhibits’


Monday, September 1st, 2014

Progress on the Yorkie piece,

Yorkie2halfYorkieTopIt wasn’t until I got things all sewn together that I saw some places that I need to change. Perhaps today I will do that. But I DO like the new background better.. Once it is layered with white batting, and quilted, those seam lines will not be so obvious.

I’ve been dragging my feet since arriving back home! Don’t EVEN have the quilts all unpacked yet. I spent the afternoon yesterday outside reading the newest Stephen King book, Mr Mercedes. It was hot out but with a nice breeze, not bad in the shade. I was also trying to make contact with the stray dog. He seems to sort of enjoy being talked to now. At least he doesn’t run away.

We got a really nice rain last night, several inches and no run off. It all soaked in and not a moment too soon. Everything was withering away.

This weekend SAQA’s “Seasonal Palette” including my “December Dawn” is showing in BRAZIL!! What a milestone; this is the first time my work has been shown in South America.¬† Hope they enjoy it!DecDawn450

Accepted to Houston!

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

With cooler weather, I have been working outside more, but still, quilting at least a little most days on the current work. It is maybe half finished at this time. The Daylily club had their show and contest and I usually go to admire the flowers and get some of the free plants they hand out.¬† This year I chose “Cinnamon Circle” and was given two – my husband right behind me also got two, so I planted then on the bank next to the storm shelter.¬† They should bloom yellow with a lime green throat and cinnamon edges with a bit of a ruffle. Should look nice next to the gray concrete.

News came this week that my entry to IQF in Houston was juried in to the contest “World of Beauty” in the category for “people”. It is a relief to have the acceptance letter!


I had already heard earlier that “Fur Family Portrait” will be there in the “Raining Cats and Dogs” contest, so this means I will have two pieces there this year – maybe I should think about going!


Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

This morning I got word that “Fur Family Portrait” was accepted and will be a part of the “Raining Cats and Dogs” exhibit premiering in Houston this fall! YEA!! Still can’t show it til the show opens……

Also had a very nice note from the folks at the Brigham City, Utah museum where “Harrier Hunting” and “Who, Me?” are on display, saying how well received the current show is and how much they love my two pieces. If you find yourselves in that area between now and August 23 be sure and stop in.¬† They are saying it’s their best quilt show ever!HarrierHunting

Sewing and Gardening

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

I’m excited to be sewing again! Lots of progress yesterday, but I am considering this one for another exhibit that does not allow showing of the work prior to the exhibit. I enjoy showing the step by step, and I know you enjoy seeing that, so I am sorry that this seems to be a trend these days. I am taking pictures and can show them later.

I have a weakness for blue flowers, here are some campanella and I think that is some kind of a sage. Everything is lush and lovely right now.


The Clematis Rugguchii grew so big and heavy this year that it toppled its support and sprawled on top of its neighbors. There is a lot of that going on in my garden this year, I think some thinning out is in my future.

ClematisRuguI thought this was dead last summer after it was attacked and stripped by the blister beetles, but it has come back better than ever!

This coneflower was purchased last year, cheap and unmarked.


I got only one thinking it was just your basic purple coneflower, but I wish I had gotten more; this is quite nice! I have had bad luck with coneflowers in the past, it seems they like a well drained spot so I put this one at the top of a bank where it seems to be very content.

Catching Up

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The weather Sat was perfect for my meeting here of the SAQA regional group. We were a small gathering, but had a great time visiting, sharing, eating and showing off our work. Plans were made to meet again in September.

It rained 6″ on Monday and into Tuesday. Our farm pond which has been dry for several years now is full and overflowing. Today it is raining again.¬† The gardens are so happy but I know that the hot dry weather to come will stress them badly after this excess.

I packed 5 quilts for shipping on Monday.¬† Two, “Harrier Hunting” and “Who, Me?” to go to the Brigham City Museum in Utah for an exhibit lasting from July 1 to August 23,



and three, “Bignonia”, “Majesty” and “Colorado Kids” to the Aullwood AudubonCenter in Dayton, Ohio for their show “Wild Lands, Wild Life” from June 28 to August 24. Check them out if you are in the areas.





Locally “Raven Brings Light To The World”, Baltimore Oriole” and “What’s Up At The 4-H Fair?” are showing at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery¬† in the “Fur, Fins and Feathers” exhibit.

Yesterday I cut the first pieces for the next project and put them on the wall. This has been in the planning stages for some time, but one thing or the other has kept me from it. It feels good to be creating again.

Exciting News! Not So Much.

Friday, May 30th, 2014

It has just been announced that SAQA‚Äôs ‚ÄúSeasonal Palette‚ÄĚ Exhibit of which my ‚ÄúDecember Dawn‚ÄĚ is a part has been extended to include new venues. After showing in Brazil this summer, it will carry on to:

September 16-19, 2015 Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, Alsace, France,

October 2015 Vicenza Festival, Vicenza, Italy,

April 30-May 29, 2016 Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2016, National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan City, Taiwan,

The first SAQA exhibit to travel to four continents!!


I was invited to enter “Fine Art Quilt Masters” at the International show in Birmingham, England this summer. I overcame my worries about shipping overseas and made the entry with “Snow Buddies”. Got the word earlier this week that it did not make the cut and I declined their offer to show it in a different category.¬† This week also brought news that ALL of my three entries to the KS Art Quilters “EDGE” group show were rejected by the juror.¬† First time my work will not be part of an EDGE show.

Lost Time

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

I am woefully behind, can’t believe it has been so long since I have posted, but I have been busy!

I did manage to get a photo of “Jesse At The Lake”, on display at the art guild.¬† This guy was impressed that¬† I had even included the pulley mechanism!


With the sewing machine off to the shop getting cleaned I was able to spend some time working outside and drawing some new projects for later.¬† After I got the sewing machine back, I made 25 more matted 4X6’s to donate to the Topeka Art Guild’s fundraiser, last time I checked there were only 7 left.¬† 30 @ $7.50 = $225.00 for them- nothing for me!

I also made my annual 12 x 12 for the SAQA auction, which needs to be there by the 1st of June.  It went into the mail this morning.  I had a challenge to use the hand dyed material


that I made at an art quilting group that I belong to, so I used those fabrics in the flower and leaves plus another hand dye by Judy Robertson for the background.


The little quilts will be auctioned off online this fall.

While the dogs quilt was hanging on the design wall, finished, I saw something that bothered me, so after I got my machine back I fixed that; time was becoming an issue as it needed to be entered soon.

Actually there were quite a few entries that needed to be made, entries that were due from May 29 РJune 6, so for the last two days I have entered IQA World of Beauty and Raining Cats and Dogs, AQS, DesMoines, Aullwood and the SAQA auction.  It sounds easy, but involves getting and preparing photos with differing requirements for each one and generally jumping through a lot of hoops.

A Busy Week

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

It was cold and rainy, a good week to stay inside, though my husband ventured out and found some of the best morel mushrooms ever. Big and plentiful, we enjoyed as many as we could handle and froze the rest for later. The asparagus as well. To further mark the arrival of spring the hummingbirds and orioles have begun to arrive. Alas, I have seen no bluebirds yet. Still planting new stuff that loves this kind of weather in which to get established.

I finished the dogs quilt and named it “Fur Family Portrait”.¬† No photos til after the entry as requested by the venue, sorry. It is bound and only needs to be taken outside in the bright light to be scrutinized for stray threads. I plan to do that tomorrow when the temps return to the sunny 70’s. It’s time to get the deck furniture out!

Yesterday I took my sewing machine in for a past due cleaning and tuneup since I thought I had a small window of time when I could part with it. Sadly it is going to be three weeks before they can get to it. I have a spare if I get desperate.

Today is First Friday at the Topeka Art Guild Gallery and I will be there from 2-8. “Jesse At The Lake” is still there on display. The members were challenged to do a small artwork to fit in 4×6 mats to donate as a fundraiser for the gallery. They are to be sold for $7.50 each to benefit the gallery.


Mine of course are quilted. I showed these plus one more last night at my small quilting group and one, a landscape was snapped up early!

Trying Again

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The last two times I tried to post here, it didn’t work.¬† I’m trying again.¬† So……I’ll try to update what’s been happening and see if it works this time.

First Friday at the Topeka Art Guild revealed that “Jesse At The Lake” was awarded¬† an Honorable Mention in the judging.¬† This must be my month for HMs.¬† I’m always happy to get any recognition in an exhibit intended predominately for fine art!¬† I forgot to take my camera to get a photo of it hanging there but it has a good location and looks nice. Stop in if you are in the area ( Fairlawn Mall ) to see the show, “Journey Through Topeka” which will be up til the end of May.

Last weekend was the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild show in Lawrence which was good as always.¬† I entered “Snow Buddies” and “Harrier Hunting” and worked there Sunday afternoon, receiving many compliments. Judging there is by Viewer’s Choice and the results will be announced at the next guild meeting.

I’m still quilting on the dogs quilt, it came to a halt when I ran out of two necessary threads and had to go to town yesterday to look for more; fortunately I found exactly what I needed and will be able to carry on.¬† I have been spending quite a bit of time this past week outside pruning and weeding, planting and fertilizing and generally cleaning things up.¬† Keep hoping for predicted rain to materialize but so far it’s bypassing us and I have had to water things.

OK–crossing my fingers, and hitting “Publish”……

Leaving For CA

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

My bags are packed, I’m ready to go, the weather is beautiful and I’m looking forward to sunny (?) California for a week. Asilomar, here I come! Can’t wait to meet my students and see all of the wonderful things they have planned!

Topeka Art Guild has opened their new show “Awesome America” showing til the end of March, and I have two pieces there – if you are in the vacinity be sure and stop in to see “Eagles Soar” and “Grasslands”.