Posts Tagged ‘Northern Harrier’

Busy Week

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

All of the quilts are put away from the last trip. What a job! I have too many quilts and need to sell some!!

Today I must ship two contest quilts; “Harrier Hunting” to Asheville, NC


and “Eagles Soar” to PA National.


If you are in the vicinity of either of those shows, enjoy!¬† Yesterday being a holiday set me back a bit, but I think I can still make it.¬† Tomorrow “Bignonia”,”Majesty”and “Colorado Kids” should arrive home from Aullwood and “Bignonia” and “Snow Buddies” will go out next week to two different locations. This is all very time consuming, but I¬† keep track of it all on a spreadsheet, and even so, I miss deadlines occasionally!

Yesterday afternoon I un-sewed the problem areas on the Yorkie and hopefully today I will find a minute to fix them, but it’s looking like a busy day as I will have to go to town to ship and shop for ingredients for a dinner that I am hosting later in the week.



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

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.


Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

“Eagles Soar” has been accepted to the Denver National show which will be May 1-4 in Denver. I’m shipping it out today.


My entries to the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild show both received Viewer’s choice awards in the wall quilts category. A First for “Snow Buddies”


and a Second for “Harrier Hunting”.


Thanks, everyone who voted, and thanks, MeaBernina for the $25.00 gift certificate!!

I’m hoping to finish the quilting on the new dogs quilt today or tomorrow, it seems to be taking forever, but as usual I am putting in a LOT of stitches! I have been spending quite a bit of time outside weeding and planting and am paying for it with spring allergy problems, which sap my energy.

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”……

Another Win!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The winning weekend continues!¬† At the Award Ceremony Sunday afternoon I found out that “Harrier Hunting” was given Second Place in the judging. This came with another cash award!


This is the annual Kansas Artist’s Show at the Topeka Art Guild featuring Kansas themed art.¬† I am always especially pleased when an art quilt wins in a predominantly “fine art” show of mainly painted works.¬† I wasn’t sure if it would even be recognized that the Northern Harrier is a year around resident in Kansas, but it was well received.¬† This annual show is open to any Kansas artist, not just members of TAG.

Material Conversations

Friday, August 16th, 2013

I was so happy with the Sabatini Gallery‘s display of the current exhibit of works by the EDGE exhibiting group from the former Kansas Art Quilters organization, that I went back yesterday to get some pictures. It is my understanding that they will be posting the show to their website, so I am only concentrating on my three entries. Here is a long shot showing Bignonia and Spring Encounter.


The work is not crowded and the lighting is superb.


This photo does not really capture the vivid yellowness of the walls that perfectly compliments the yellow within the work. The lighting throughout enhances the quilting amazingly well.


By comparison. the white walls appear rather bland, but the lighting couldn’t be better! Bignonia stands out dark, vivid colors against the light wall.


My work is pieced in the old fashioned way, many little pieces of commercially printed or hand dyed fabrics sewn together with quarter inch seam allowances.  In the case of Bignonia, I chose to use curved seams to enhance the sinuous qualities of this tropical vining plant but the other two on display here use straight seams, which is easier.  This is such a fun process and not as hard as you might think.  I will be teaching a five day workshop on designing and piecing your own, in February at Empty Spools Seminars in Ca. Sounds like a great place to be in February, especially if, like me, you live where the snow flies!


Harrier Hunting is enhanced by the yellow walls as well. Again, the camera is not giving me the true strong yellow and playing around with the settings did not help. These were taken without flash.


The yellow in the grassy foreground really pops with that background. The quilting looks wonderful under these lights. Peeking around from the back is a “slice” of Watermelon Summer by Judith Trager and a display of Marcia Derse fabrics in the case.


One forgets how important lighting can be as it is usually sadly lacking at most venues, but here, attention to details is important.  At 5:30 on a Thursday afternoon there were only a few people in the gallery but the First Friday turnout was good. Hope YOU can make it!.

This exhibit continues at the Sabatini Gallery, Topeka Public and Shawnee Library, Topeka , KS through Sept 22.

EDGE Exhibit

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Friday evening I went to the opening reception for the EDGE Material Conversations exhibit at the Sabatini Gallery in the Topeka Library. The exhibit looked great. I loved how my pieces looked, especially “Harrier Hunting” and “Spring Encounter”. Each was hung alone on a different yellow painted wall that really made the colors pop and brought out the yellows within the artwork. “Bignonia” which features yellow flowers was hung on a white wall. The lighting really enhanced the quilting highlighting wonderful texture. I did not bring my camera, thinking that photos would probably not be allowed, but I may go back and see if they will let me get some photos later, as they are just too good to pass up! The remainder of the exhibit was more abstract and it is always fun to see what everyone is doing and how the works play together.

If you are in the vicinity between now and the middle of Aug, I hope you will try to see it!

Getting Better!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

I finally went to the Dr and got antibiotics and a serious cough medication and am happy to report that I am feeling much better. I have not done much of anything though so there has been little of interest to discuss here.

There have been a few quilts shipped including two to the MidAtlantic Quilt Fest ( “In The Bleak Midwinter” and “Longhorn Splashdown”) and next week¬† ‘The Merchant’s House” goes off to AQS in Lancaster. “Harrier Hunting” has been juried in to IQF’s Celebrate Spring and will debut in Cincinnati and travel for a year. I had an email nibble about purchasing it this morning but am not sure how serious it was!

My sewing machine is back from it’s checkup and I haven’t even plugged it in yet, but I get more behind everyday so I have to get back in the groove. Next up is probably quilting the Seasonal Palette piece but then there is also the SAQA 12 x 12 to do…..

In the meantime about all I seem to have the energy to do when I am not sleeping, is reading, TV, occasional bookwork and jigsaw puzzles! Here’s the third one since Christmas:


Photographer Comment

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

As requested I sent the finished photo of “Harrier Hunting” to the the photographer, Ashok Kohsia who graciously permitted me to use one of his wonderful photos for reference for this piece. His response was:

Fabulous, fabulous!!!!! A.

FIVE exclamation points! He is a man of few words, but I think he likes it.