Saturday, April 18, 2015

I LOVE These Products/Excuses

I have a new product I just love. It is an Ott light that I hadn't seen before. I was attending a retreat where the lighting was terrible. A group of us made a trip into town to the Joanne's store. Ott lights were on sale, so I thought I'd check them out. I found this one and love it so much I promptly bought another one.

This little light is portable, not heavy (but heavy enough to be stable), and VERY flexible. I could bend it to the EXACT position I needed. I used it both for sewing with my Featherweight 221 (which doesn't have a Bendable Bright Light--I reviewed here) and for hand sewing. After I got home from the retreat, I went to my nearest Joanne's store (where they were still on sale) and purchased another. I am using one here at the house and keeping one packed with my retreat supplies. I paid about $25 for each of them--well worth the money.

Another product I like is this machine needle threader that I purchased from a Bernina booth at a quilt show.

View from the top and view from the side.

I paid $5 for it. My eyes are terrible, and I need all the help I can get threading needles of any kind. My Bernina is a 1260 (before attached needle threaders) and my Featherweight 221 (of course) doesn't have a needle threader. My Bernina came with a needle threader like this, but I promptly lost it. I bought two--one for my Bernina and one to use with my Featherweight. It is small, it makes threading a machine needle very easy, and it is inexpensive--win, win, win!

FYI--I have no affiliation and am not being compensated by either of these companies.

I haven't been working on any art projects for a couple of reasons. The best one is that I got to spend some quality time with June Beth and Cade. I traveled to Arkansas and got to spend three days babysitting for June Beth.

June Beth LOVES Mexican food (as you can see in her picture).

And I got to spend an afternoon with Cade. We took him out for a milk shake and spent the rest of the afternoon reading his new "Chapter Book" called "Bad Kitty." He wanted me to see that he could read a "Chapter Book." He was VERY proud (and so was I).
I'll fill you in on the biggest reason for my lack of productivity in my next post.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Say Ahhhhhhhh...

In January I spoke to the Lake County Quilters Guild in Florida. The members were SO welcoming and friendly; I had such a good time. While I was there, I gave a talk about my journey from traditional quilter to art quilter. I brought LOTS of quilts to show examples of each quilting "stage" I had gone through. I recently received an email from a friend telling me that one of the guild members had made a piece that was inspired by one of the quilts I had shown. I knew I wanted to do a blog post about the quilt as soon as she sent me a picture.

Lately, there has been a big discussion of derivative work, work "inspired by" the work of others, and copying work. I wanted to do a blog post showing you a great example of a piece INSPIRED by but not COPIED from another. This is Kelly Woodworth's piece called "Open wide and say Ahhhh. Okay, I see it. You have a frog in your throat."

Kelly explained to me that she made the quilt for a guild challenge based on a saying and said she almost went with a quilt based on "drinks on the house" until she saw my piece. The size of her quilt was dictated by the rules of the challenge and is 10" X 17". Kelly says, "When I saw Spike's black and white top, I knew it could be my hair or hat. It just talked to me. I took a picture (with permission of course) and then went home to start my challenge. It was the perfect inspiration! I got a blue ribbon with my little quilt and at the end of the show I also won Viewers' Choice! Thanks Beth!!" Well, I have to say I was REALLY thrilled to have been the inspiration for such a wonderful piece.

So that you can see what she saw and used for inspiration, here is a picture of me with "Spike" when I gave my talk to the quilt guild. (The real name of my piece is "Brain Freeze," but I have always referred to her as "Spike.")

(I didn't realize, till I saw this picture, that I wore an outfit that matched "Spike!")

As you can see, Kelly did a great job of using "Spike" as inspiration--not a copy--for her piece. Congratulations on your well-deserved awards Kelly!

If you would like to see other quilts from the Lake County Quilters 2015 show, click here.