Took a train, subway, taxi and our own feet for an amazing day in NYC. Our first stop was 9/11. We stood in awe of the construction and much contemplation around the North and South pools.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Yes, as a teacher I have bragging rights for my JC Campbell fall class this year. It was all about the 60 degree angle with quite an array of designs emerging. Using the equilateral Grid Grip as a design element they drew on the gridded freezer paper, coded the paper and then used it as a template, adding the quarter inch seam allowance, for each of their projects.
Waynette decided on a full quilt top working with a 9" diamond that evolved into four patches and nine patches taking advantage of that perfect obtuse, open angle for the mountain range. Stars with personality accent the sky. Wonder if she will put a border on this? Great job!
Thursday, November 08, 2012
A busy quilt fall started in August with a grand celebration of the 30th anniversary of
The Western North Carolina Quilt Guild, celebrating quilting and friendship.
I was very proud to be the founding President and more proud to be here to witness it's growth.
What a pleasure to drive south on that country road, highway 68, to view many blocks on barns. It is not easy to get a picture, but a U turn and parking just off the road got me this shot. Yes, that is tobacco
hanging below the hexagons. BTW, I am reading Barn Quilts by Suzi Parron. I highly recommend it for a stimulating explanation of this exciting growth.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Outside our front door summers blooms are starting to fade, but the roses, lavender and anemone's
remain vital. The most fun this year has been the prolific hyacinth bean vine. It has covered the picket fence and is full of the brilliant seed pods. If you must try for next year, send me a SASE and I will mail it your way!
There is nothing like a monthly "group" meeting to get stimulated and leave with admiration for your fellow quilters. Here, Mary Stori, shows off her wonderful quilt that will go to a library in honor of her brother. Yes, those are books hanging from a tree. Check this out in person at the Asheville Quilt Show, Sept. 28030 at the Agricultural Center across from the airport.
"Quilts are not just for remembering, but for reliving their making." Not sure who said it but it certainly speaks to many of our vintage quilts. I have owned this red/green quilt for years and always wanted to recreate it in some form. A wedding seemed like the perfect solution. It is a variation of an Irish Chain but I re directed the hearts and replaced many squares with print navy fabric. It will be on it's way to Portland, Oregon soon.
Yes, they have a dog so I found the perfect doggie paw print for the backing. The white strips were signed and collected at the wedding and at a shower for the couple.
Once again, Montana is the chosen spot for our annual fall retreat. Celebrating 100 years of the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in the Gallatin Gateway of Montana meant a special project. So, Charlotte Warr Andersen and I combined forces for our design. The center picture credits go to Kelly Kelsey, owner of the ranch along with Kim, her husband. She had her digital picture printed on the most lovely cotton.
We used so many techniques for this wallhanging that the ladies were really kept busy. The exciting news is that you all will get a glimpse into this week since Ricky and Alex from The Quilt Show (the popular internet show,http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/5063) came and paid us a filming visit. Look for that sometime next year.
Class in progress in the sewing lodge room. Charlotte staying interested, hopefully. These photos
compliments of Charlotte, by the way, since I lost my camera somewhere in Montana! Like loosing your right arm. Never again.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Meet Goldie and Comet, our new hen coop addition. They are Golden Comets, about 5 months old and giving us two brown pullet eggs every day. They are part Anglophile with their UK flags waving in the breeze to ward off hawks and owls. Very gentle and so much fun to watch. The previous hens are happy at their foster home.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Our Professional Textile Artist group gets to "brag a bit" at the Interlude Showhouse,
at least until August the 5th. Come see our working studio just full of color and fiber opportunities.
Each room has a decorator who has created an eyeful of delight and ideas.
Click on www.historicflatrockinc.org for more info
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
I was so impressed by the Show and Tell of Joyce Fong. Another wonderful Log Cabin quilt with feather quilting done on her home machine. Very impressive.
The guest speaker was Barbara Webster with a fine presentation of the Quilt Trails. Please plan on visiting the Burnsville area and take the drives into the country. www.quilttrailswnc.org You will get caught up in the history, beauty and color of all the blocks on barns. What I especially like is how the designs are based on traditional blocks yet the introduction of new lines tie into a business or a families story to make each design so distinctive. Oh and do not miss the coconut cream pie at the Bakery!