Saturday, May 28, 2011

Making a Bit of Progress

FYI--I'm still having some issues with getting signed into my blog on my laptop. I can get in to view my blog, but I can't sign in to post. That makes it much more difficult for me to get an entry posted since I'm on the run most of the time. Hmmmmm.

I hope you got in on the big give-away at "And Then We Set It On Fire." Good luck to those of you who did. Also be sure to check out the technique for this month--screen printing. Check it out here--

I have committed to doing ten (or more) exercises in Jane Dunnewold's "Finding Your Own Visual Language" book. These exercises will be used in my independent study class I'm taking with her. I have to have something to bring for a critique session in September. Since I don't have a "body of work," this is what I will be bringing. We'll see how that goes; I'll keep you updated. You could even do the exercises with me--I'd LOVE company.

I am currently working on a piece I've had for a long time. It is a happy piece--something I need right now. It is large, though, so it will take quite some time. Here it is on my design wall.
This is a close up of the part I have done. I have a little beading to finish on it yet. The little pieces are fused, the big pieces are machine appliqued, and there is a little embroidery on it.
I also am doing some hand work on a gift...shhhhh, it is a secret. I can't show a picture until after it is given. What are you all working on these days?

I'm thinking of having a give-away (or two) myself. I am not doing much traditional work any more; so for my traditional quilter friends, I'm thinking of giving away a couple of patterns. What do you think?

Bird Update

The mourning dove finally moved off the nest so I could get a picture of the eggs!
We'll be expecting two babies before too long. I'll keep you updated.

...and before I could get this posted, the two babies grew up and flew away (and I accidentally deleted pictures of them :-( while I was on vacation)!

On a sad four robin's eggs never hatched. The mother robin left and never returned. I fear she met her end at the hands of a chicken hawk we have in our big pine trees. Why oh why did he have to get her? It made me very sad, but I have hope I'll have another robin build a nest on my window ledge sometime soon.

Monday, May 16, 2011

On Vacation

Just thought I'd write a quick note to let you all know that I'm on vacation in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I did bring some hand sewing with me, but I haven't touched it. I have been busy reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo," along with spending time with my son and husband, and sightseeing. This is a beautiful place. We are staying in a condo overlooking a gorgeous lake. I'm hoping that I will be totally focused and rejuvenated when I get back home. I have a lot of work to get done for my independent study class with Jane Dunnewold!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Paducah 2011

The AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, very nearly didn't take place this year due to the tremendous rains and the high water levels in the days leading up to the show...but the show DID go on. Without the convention center as a venue, last minute plans had to be made for vendors and quilt displays. All in all, everyone worked together to make for a successful show.

I have a few pictures. I just want to say right up front that it is difficult to take good pictures of the quilts because of the way they are hung. For that reason, some of the pictures are not taken "square on." I apologize.

This was my favorite quilt. I tend to really like quilts that draw me in. There was SO much going on in this quilt that I just couldn't get enough of it.
This is the full picture--you can see here what I mean about getting a "square-on" picture. It is really awkward having to take the pictures from the side. As you can see, this quilt won 2nd place in its category. It is called "In Love with Dots and Dolls" by Megumi Mizuno from Shiki, Saitama, Japan. 
This close up (again from the side) shows tiny stuffed appliqued circles, beading, yoyos, embroidery, etc. (Remember, you can click on any picture to get a larger version. If you click twice, you get a really detailed picture. Please do that on this picture. You won't believe the detail work.)

"Psychedelic Big Bang" by Susan K. Cleveland placed 2nd in its category. I liked the bright colors and playfulness of this quilt.
This next quilt caught my eye because of its use of color and the quilting. Sashiko quilting is what makes this quilt really unique. The white feathery look in the background is made with Sashiko stitching. I like the glow of the color from the center of the quilt too. "Pandora's Box" by Barbara Swinea from Fairview, NC, earned an honorable mention. (You can really see the beautiful Sashiko stitching if you double click on this picture.)
I must have been attracted to "fire," because the next three quilts all have fire in their titles. I didn't realize that until I was home and typing up this blog entry. This first quilt is called "Fire and Ice." It was made by Claudia Pfeil from Germany. I loved the contrast of the cool blues and the hot reds.
Sue Krause from Princeville, IL, gives a contemporary spin to a traditional design. "Firestorm" uses the contrasting colors of blue and orange to give this quilt real spark.
"Fireworks in the Midnight Sky" was made by Joan C. Wilson from Plano, TX. She used curved piecing to make this beauty.
I had the opportunity, at the quilt show, to work in the Quilting Books Unlimited booth run by Cathy Neri. I had such a good time working in the booth. Cathy is a great "boss" and her customers are the best. One lady was funny when she told me at checkout that her husband had gotten a call from their credit card company informing him that someone was spending a lot of money in Paducah, KY. Thankfully, he said he wasn't worried; he knew who was spending all that money. I'm all for diligence on the part of the credit card company, but "tattling" on quilters at quilt shows may be going too far!