Thursday, December 12, 2013

43rd Annual Mid-States Crafts Exhibition

The opening reception for the 43rd Annual Mid-States Crafts Exhibition is this Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 6:30-8:30 Eastern time at the Evansville Musuem of Art, History, and Science. I'm mentioning this because I have a piece juried into this show, and I'm really excited about it. The dates for the exhibition itself are December 15, 2013-January 12, 2014. The following information comes from the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science's website:

The 43rd MID-STATES CRAFT EXHIBITION will be featured in the Main Gallery. Open to artists residing in the six states of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Missouri, the competition will feature ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, wood, and mixed media.

The juror for this year’s competition was Julie Farr, executive director of the Houston (Texas) Center for Contemporary Craft. A non-profit arts organization founded in 2001 to advance education about the process, product and history of craft, HCCC has emerged as an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest – one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level.

Take a look at the website for the museum if you'd like more information; and if you get a chance to see the exhibition, let me know what you think of it.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Thread!

I mentioned in my last post that I had ordered some hand-quilting thread. I don't think I mentioned that I ordered it from Superior Threads. My hope is that the green will match the green on my latest art quilt, but (of course) I ordered more than just the green thread. I decided since I was going to have to pay shipping anyway, I would order a "Treasure Try Me Special." This special consists of five 300-yard spools of the Treasure hand quilting thread for $5 per spool. I also ordered the TREASURE Color Card for future reference.

I was VERY pleased with the variegated colors; they are REALLY beautiful. I have never hand-quilted with variegated thread, so I'm not sure if it is what I need for my art quilt. I'll let you know how it turns out when I have a chance to do some quilting. I'll also write a little review of this thread. Personally, I like an all-cotton, waxed, hand-quilting thread. I like the way it glides through the fabric with little tangling. Check back to see if this thread fits the bill.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

More Hexies

We had a lot of snow yesterday (around eight inches). Being snowed in gave me time to work on some more hexies.

I know it doesn't look like much, but it took quite some time to cut out and baste these 127 LITTLE hexagons.

It is supposed to be cold for the next few days, so the snow isn't going anywhere. Maybe I'll have the time to get some of these sewn together since it is too nasty to go anywhere.

I also have an art quilt I'd like to be working on. It is basted and ready to quilt, but I'm having to wait on some thread. I ordered a green hand quilting thread that I hope will be the color I need so I can begin quilting. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will arrive in the next couple of days.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Guild Show & Tell Continued

I said in my last post that I'd post the rest of the pictures the next day...okay, I didn't get this post up the next day, but better late than never! The following pictures are of quilts made by members of the Patoka Valley Quilt Guild in southern Indiana. If I know the name of the maker, I'll post it.

I know it is hard to tell (maybe because the logs are VERY small), but this quilt is a log cabin quilt. This quilt was made by Mary Alice Zink, who is a master of log cabin quilts. Zoom in on this one.

I didn't get the name of the maker of the following quilts--my apologies to the quiltmakers.

I am not a big fan of sampler quilts in general. I think it is because a lot of the time, the blocks are just set next to each other or have a plain sashing in between them--I guess I find them boring. This quilt, however, is an interesting setting for sampler blocks; I'm a big fan of this setting.

This quilt reminds me of the quilts my grandmother made. Grandma Helen hand pieced and hand appliqued many a quilt in her day. I hardly ever saw her without some handwork.

Kathy Weyer made this quick quilt using a jelly roll. She showed three of these, but this one was my favorite.

Mary Lou Luebbehusen made this quilt. I love the bright colors and the movement in this one.

This next quilt belongs to Mary Lou's son Shane. He was the lucky winner of this quilt a few years ago. It was made by the Patoka Valley Quilt Guild and was the raffle quilt that year. The applique is done by hand.

This is an original design by Marge Hevron. She quilted this one on her domestic machine.

Geri Lueken paper pieced this log cabin star. The intricate piecing on this one is stunning.

Donna Vieke showed this quilt top. Those of you that know me know that I'm a big fan of red, orange, and yellow. I am really drawn to those "fire" colors--maybe because I'm a Leo. Anyway, I guess you can figure out why I really like this quilt!

This next quilt top was made by Vicky Bogan. She said this isn't her usual style, but she enjoyed making it anyway.

All in all, we had a really good Show & Tell program. There was a wide variety of quilts, tops, wall hangings, placemats, table runners, etc.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Guild Show & Tell 2013

Last night was the Christmas dinner and Show & Tell program at my quilt guild (Patoka Valley Quilt Guild). I took some pictures at the show and tell, but I'll warn you up front that the picture quality is not the best. I was a little too far away, and I was at a weird angle from the show. I still thought it was worthwhile to let you see what types of quilts the guild members have been working on this year.

I caught some of the names as the quilts were shown, and I'll share the ones I know. I apologize to the people whose names I didn't catch.

I thought I'd share Christmas quilts first (since we're barreling toward Christmas Day). Actually, there were three quilts shown in this first picture; I could only fit two in the picture I took. Darlene McNelis, Jane Horney, and Nancy Schmitt worked together and made matching Christmas quilts.

I didn't catch who made this quilt top, but I thought this Santa was awfully cute.
Darlene McNeiless made this quilt.

This hand-appliqued quilt was made by Becky Fuller. She had four quilts in this series, but this was the only "decent" picture I got.

Donna Scherle made this "Big and Bold" quilt. She loves to make quick quilts (and she makes LOTS of them).

I didn't catch who made these next three quilts.

Pamela Catt made this quilt. The instructions for it came from The Quilt Show.

Ann Jordan made this Halloween quilt for a Christmas gift!

I will show some more pictures of the show tomorrow. Stay tuned!