Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Yes, it was an icy, cold winter for a couple of weeks, but thankfully that is history. The hard part of opening and closing the coop every day was the 2" of ice. Son, Paul, came up with the solution which I must share with you below. My jazzy golf shoes with sharp plastic cleats did the trick and saved me from sliding out to the electric fence.
The raffle quilt for the fall Asheville Quilt Show was unfurled with great acceptance. I am proud to be in the Bee group. Professional Textile Artists, that made this quilt from all of our blue and white scraps. The long arm quilter was Rachel Reese. It is just beautiful and worthy of a ticket to win.
The date has changed this year to October 2, 3 4th so mark your calendar. www.ashevillequiltguild.org
Stitching away every day in my Quilt Built studio getting ready to teach a workshop and lecture at the April Asheville Guild meeting. I am very excited to be invited to this prestigious guild. The lecture is April 21st, an evening meeting with the workshop the next day. We will be making mountains using the interrupted rectangle method.
Monday, October 06, 2014
A glimpse of the "twirls" from the backside. This is what happens when you run out of room on all of the walls. Thank heavens for the blue tape as it aided in supporting our sections as they were completed. Fun to see the reflection of the palm trees, too.
Cedar Key, Florida now has its own quilt shop: The Salty Needle owned and managed by Beth Davis with her side kick, Bunny, who is also the best assistant in class. We spent a couple of jam packed days touring the area and appreciating a new way of life on an island. Beth has a fine selection of fabric where she hopes to specialize in nautical/seashell fabrics. Another fine feature is the restaurant which is part of the same building--Fabric and Food, how good does it get?
The Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild celebrated their 12th Annual Fair with all sorts of opportunities: Shoppes, Boutique; Bed Turning; Silent Auction: Awards. This guild has really grown since I visited them in 2003. What a beautiful drive; think rolling mountains, fields of Christmas trees and many blocks on barns. It was an honor to lecture twice and view beautiful quilts.
A winner of a quilt with many ribbons!
Note the happy quilters that are the welcoming crew for the guild. Let the fun begin!
Friday, August 22, 2014
Our Flat Rock Playhouse Block, the first for the Henderson County Quilt Trail, is finally hung. Designed by yours truly and Martin Webster it sure sparks up the gardens. It was donated by the NC State Garden Club and the Western North Carolina Quilt Guild. Trust you decipher the tragedy and comedy aspects of the design.
www.westernncquilters.org By the Way, come a day early and take in a play at the Playhouse, right next door to Bonclarken.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Just where does time go? Sorry, oh, great blog for my neglect, but between gardens and stitching away blogging just did not get done. I promise to do better. A student recently asked about my wonderful studio so thought I would update my now "Double Duty" room with two BERNINA'S going at full speed. Now I have a BERNINA 750 QE along with my Artista 170. Every day I am discovering new wonders on the 750. The www.weallsew.com will keep you further updated.
near Dupont Circle.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
This Blairsville, GA quilt guild, Misty Mountain, deserves four stars for their attendance and organizational skills on a snowy spring day. How clever to run their own power point program, more than once, as members congregate, eat a lovely buffet and get settled. It included their financial report, recent quilt gatherings, upcoming events, challenges and deadlines. It was a pleasure to present my "Live and Learn" lecture and show off many quilts never seen on TV or books.
The Hendersonville Mall comes alive with quilts every March for one Saturday. This year the challenge was to create a wall hanging using a yellow fabric with the theme of your initials.
For further explanation of the Western North Carolina Quilt Guild day also check out:
Everyone at our Lake Logan quilt retreat comes with a plan--scraps cut, bobbins filled and we stitch, give mini demos, knit more, chit chat, music and it takes two blogs to brag on the results.
My rendition is a Cowboy, western theme to be my Nine Circle Ranch project next August in Gallatin Gateway, Montana. Check it out www.ninequartercircle.com Bring your husband, the fishing, hiking and riding are wonderful.
Our Professional Textile Artists group turns out the quilt tops in just two days. In between some knitting stitches, Rummikub, good eats and drinks here is just a sample.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Do not miss the fabulous Hunter Quilt Collection. This is just a sneak preview of Janice Maddox's quilt, Simple Melodies. See more of her artistic work in the Focus Gallery. Many of the quilts you have seen in pictures but to be up, close and personal is the best way to appreciate the work. So special to see our friends, like Barbara Swinea, in this outstanding collection.
Take time to visit the Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC right on the Parkway this winter. I am so proud to brag on Janice Maddox and her featured collection as part of the quilt exhibit in the Focus Gallery. She is member of the Asheville Quilt Guild, Southern Highland Craft Guild and our PTA, Professional Textile Artists.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Continued... More of Nancy Pederson's wonderful quilts. Never underestimate the simplicity of the half square triangle. Look how Nancy uses it in this asymmetrical setting.
It was quite a reunion again with the highlight always being the Show and Tell.
Here we have a chance to show off what we have been working on all year and brag about finishing projects. No way can I show all 35 quilts so I have just selected a few. This post will continue with more, especially from Nancy Pederson
Thursday, January 23, 2014
A cold January has found me taking advantage of being inside. Finally I was able to complete my quilt inventory with my excel program. It gave me a chance to measure, document, date and begin labeling all of my quilts. They even thanked me for refolding and relocating some of them. Yes, it is soon time to move some out making room for more!
Then, I have started to finish those works in progress. The scrappy one below must have been made about 1982, but finally hand quilted in 2013 so there will be two dates for the next quilt show. It must have been the first time I thought of isolating print fabrics with similar shades.
Now, a touch of the modern with a new wall hanging not yet bordered called, Comedy and Tragedy.
You will have to wait until Spring to see the final outcome of this design (created by Yours Truly and Barbara and Martin Webster, www.quilttrailswnc.org )
Next Week--gives me a chance to be with those wonderful Freedom Escape ladies as they celebrate 30 years of retreats. Yes, it takes many hands and create minds to makes beautiful quilts. Stay tuned as I am bound to come home with a wealth of projects.