Sunday, December 27, 2015

Merry Christmas, 2015

Family, tradition and quilted stockings hung on the fireplace. A special Christmas day spent in Asheville, NC with Paul and family. Forge ahead for 2016
Hope you get to watch The Quilt Show segment filmed here in Flat Rock. My, what a crew and they certainly work hard. We had to wait awhile to get inside the State Playhouse as they had to remove a bat before any performance!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Quilt Show with Ricky and Alex, 2015 and beyond!


Lots of excitement with the airing this Monday, December 21st on The Quilt Show. Anxious to view this with "you all". It is offered FREE from December 27th until January 3rd, 2016. Hope you enjoy!!
 

Holiday with Henny and Penny

How silly is this? But when you have two hens, Henny and Penny, and a years worth of eggs shells this is what you take as gifts for the NC State Playhouse Garden club. I simply pounded the shells into small pieces so they are ready to add calcium to the soil. Somewhat off beat from quilting but a great recycle thing.



Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Quilt Show & Kingsport, TN

Sure hope you can find time for a cup of tea and
http://thequiltshow.com/watch/show-list/video/latest/show-1711-art-that-honors-the-past?artist%20coupon=17111123

Two wonderful episodes with Alex and Ricky. It's a chance to learn new things and get to know one of our PTA members and see her paint stick techniques, Judy Simmons.
PTA ala Professional Textile Artists--no longer do we go to school and PTA!

I am just back from a great two days with the First Frontier Quilters of Kingsport, TN.
Show & Tell is always full of surprises. A member showed off her McAllister McPuff quilt from Easy Does It Quilts book. It sure brought back memories of two trips to the Isle of Arran in Scotland where I taught in the Piggery and ate the very best shortbread made by Judy McAllister, the originator of the Puff pattern. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Post Houston, 2015


A busy time in Houston teaching 4 classes and 2 lectures. The enthusiasm and excitement is contagious with eager students and beautiful quilts. It was fun to share the triaxial weaving class in the Saturday Sampler below.

 Here is a sample of a happy student along with her T shirt and finished quilt top in the Interlock class. Maybe I will change the name of my new book! which is called Scrap Happy. By the Way, you can check out the progress on my new Facebook page called Scrap Happy.

https://www.facebook.com/ScrapHappyQuilts/?ref=hl

 In another class I shared two versions of angled mountains using Grid Grip. Many had never tried using the printed freezer paper and could see the endless possibilities.
 Two of my class samples trying to decide on the accent ledges on the inside border. I ended up with 8 different colors. Will post once they are quilted.
 A three hour class touched on the Quilt Trails across the country, even making a simple machine appliquéd barn with hen fabric, of course.
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

More Fall Good Quilt News

 Our NC State Garden Club members are proud to put a Free Library on the trails. It is not exclusive to garden books, but to all kind. Take a book, return a book.
 Never under estimate group critiques. I had made a night mountain scene but something was not right. Showed it to my "Cover Lovers" group and Ann's comment was, take out the light mountain. Not any fun to unpick, but that did the trick along with some great batik and wild borders. Just one of my Houston classes.
 This is the before rendition, with the after above. This is designed and made with the equilateral Grid Grip and one of the two mountain designs in the Landscape class.
 The Teapot quilt made as a group quilt won a blue ribbon at the Asheville Quilt Show and sure made the Sparta group and myself proud. Made for the Teapot Museum it is still waiting for just the right home. I designed this for the group several years ago and it was long arm machine quilted by Dixie Stoltz with steam accents by yours truly.
Our Quilt Trails is growing with the addition of the Humane Society kitties and puppies block right on highway 225 in Hendersonville, NC.

Fall, 2015

 What a class! They proudly display their Nine Quarter Circle Ranch trophies. One in all polka dot was a winner. Then, for Kelly, I covered a deer head (named Bucky Deer Bust) completely in floral print. Check out:  www.cardboardsafari.com     I used Mod Podge--just took patience and time, like all great projects.

Wendy is full of joy as she shows off her accumulation of Ranch projects in one wonderful quilt. Her trophy is going in the lower empty panel on the right side. Congrats, Wendy, a great memory quilt.

 Downtown Bozeman is always full of surprises. This time all the electrical or whatever they are called, have become bedecked with vibrant wrapped designs. One more exciting than the next, especially with Charlotte standing next to the bronco.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer Time Stitches, 2015

Quilters Hall of Fame, July 2015
Another wonderful trip to Indiana to view and meet this years honoree, Mimi Dietrich. Seeing her appliqué quilts and getting to know Mimi was a delight. They really celebrated even dedicating some bunny topiaries at the newly installed quilt gardens at the city park. They were certainly not in a drought this year in Indiana. 

 Back at home in Flat Rock we celebrated the hanging of our Playhouse quilted playbills for this seasons shows. They hang in the theatre and brighten up the back wall. Kathy Willis, Marene Parsons, Melody Heltman and your truly made these as a benefit. Being part of the Playhouse Garden Club puts me in direct contact with the land, especially the weeds!
 Looking ahead, next May, 2016 I will be teaching at The John Campbell Folk School the awesome Lone Star quilt in several sizes. Sign up early to get your place in class.  www.FolkSchool.org
 This years project at the ranch in Montana is called "My Nine Quarter Circle Ranch Trophy". The Mule Deer takes on crazy patch with lots of flair. Hope we see some at Yellowstone!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Hall of Fame Exhibit

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It’s spring!  White flowering pear trees are blooming, redbud trees are turning glorious shades of deep pink, daffodils have popped their beautiful yellow faces to the sky, tulips of all colors are appearing, trees are leafing out,  hooray!  I’m ready for longer, warmer days, sunshine and some spring showers to undo the drought conditions we’re having here in Kansas.  We’ll be working on Marie Webster’s garden this spring with grant funds we received from Community Foundation of Grant County.

Oh, no—just saw the weather forecast for a severe, stormy cold front this week in the Plains states.  I know, I know, the Northeast has had it really bad this winter.  I’m sorry you northerners had to go through all that.  And, it looks like the southeast may also get severe thunderstorms too.

Okay, so you probably weren’t expecting a weather forecast in this column.  But I’m thinking, quilts are important whatever the forecast—they provide warmth in winter, picnic “table” in warmer months, comfort and security when the weather is at its worst, and presents and/or decorations for special occasions. 

No matter the weather, quilts have a place in our hearts!  Happy quilting!  Also, remember to save the dates for Celebration, July 16-18th!  Forecast for the event is beautiful and grand especially if you join us.

Deb Divine
President
TQHF Board
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Georgia Bonesteel: A Retrospective Journey of Quilts and Wearables is now open at The Quilters Hall of Fame! Please stop by and see Georgia's variety of quilting projects. She remembered to put a pinch of fun in every project too.


As creator and host of “Lap Quilting”, produced by The North Carolina Center for Public Television, Georgia Bonesteel has shared her enthusiasm and love of quilting through twelve series of the show. Since 1979 these series, comprised of 13 thirty-minute shows, have been aired over 200 networks throughout the country. Quilters throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have learned her modern approach to this age old craft in workshops, slide lectures, demonstrations and judging of quilt shows. Still another opportunity for Georgia has been week long retreats at Freedom Escape Lodge in Weaverville, North Carolina and the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Gallatin Gateway, Montana. “Teaching”, says Georgia, is her first love, since, “in this way I am able to do my small part to perpetuate the art of quiltmaking.”

This exhibit will be open Thursday- Saturday, 10am - 3pm April 2 though July 11, 2015 at The Quilters Hall of Fame.

Also on display at TQHF this spring is a rare version of Marie Webster's Iris in Baskets. This quilt was donated by Margery Albright "in honor of all grandmothers!
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Photos top to bottom: Georgia Bonesteel; You Had To Be There, Designed by Ed Larson, Pieced and quilted by Georgia BonesteelPandora’s Box and Purse, By Georgia BonesteelIris in Baskets designed by Marie Webster, maker unknown.
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Winter/Spring 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.

Finally, Spring is busting out all over with daffodils in bloom


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.