Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Andy and I in 1965:
Andy and I now:
Monday, December 22, 2008
But not today. I think today will be spent on the couch with a few old movies.
A few Christmassy pictures. First, an early Christmas present from Janet. Love the red nose. Do you think people will notice?
The antlers are hard to see in the picture, but I'm afraid they show up well in real life.
Secondly, Boomer warming up a box of Christmas presents:How did he know that there were presents for him inside the box?
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This blue and white bowtie is made of mattress ticking and cotton shirtings. It was very well pieced and a dream to quilt:
Pat wanted them all quilted very simply, so I used a medium meander:
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The exhibit was fabulous. Many well known Texas fiber artists were represented: Jane Dunnewold, Connie Scheele, Lix Axford, Susie Monday. I particulary enjoyed the works of Jack Brockette, beautiful pieces consisting of filmy layers of silk organza joined with 1/8" french seams. I am very intrigued by the thought of a loose layer of organza over a more traditionally pieced quilt, as well as the transperency of a quilt pieced entirely of organza. Techniques that I may need to explore.
One of Jack's quilts:
And there were three amazing quilts by my friend Susie Monday. I'll have to ask her if I can post photos of one or two of them here.
All in all, a very stimulating afternoon.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
During the "show and tell" portion of the meeting (which is the best part!), Bethany showed a Christmas quilt that I had designed during my past life as a part of Itza Beach:
During the meeting I demonstrated soy wax batik. This piece was plain white pfd muslin stamped with a water glass and dyed dark orange:
The next piece was a yard of yellow I'd dyed several months ago. Everyone joined in, stamping it with slotted spoons, sprigs of rosemary from my garden, wine corks and bottle caps (and whatever else we could think of!) and drawing on it with the tjanting. If you click on the picture, you can see the drawings a little better:I overdyed this piece with rust and chinese red. A closeup of the rosemary bits:
And a red and green star quilt by Billye:
A closeup of the straight lines in the white areas. Cindy had the brilliant idea of radiating lines:
While working on this quilt I clunked the needle bar on my ruler and caused some major damage to my machine. Which put me two weeks behind. I'm repaired now and Cindy's quilt is finished. And it's truly a lovely quilt!
Doesn't that kind of thing always happen when you've got a pile of work waiting for your attention?
Cindy also had me quilt a flannel star using the "heartstrings" pantograph. A closeup:
We visit the Stoneheart every time we're in Evergeen. Last year we bought this spirit by Greg Wasil. We love to have this little guy watching over our garden
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
We took a mini-trip last week to Austin and Fredericksburg. In Austin, we toured the state capital and the LBJ presidential library. The library had a wonderful exhibit on the space race, from the beginning to the walk on the moon. It was absolutely fascinating. And we had dinner at Chuy's, always a fun place to go. We also drove to Johnson City and Stonewall and toured the LBJ ranch, also known as the "Texas White House."
In Fredericksburg we spent an entire day in the Museum of the Pacific War and the Nimitz museum. Admiral Chester Nimitz grew up in Fredericksburg. His family owned the hotel that now houses the museum, a large structure that looks a great deal like a steamboat. The museum has an exhibit detailing the Admiral's life and career, and a huge exhibit about the WWII Pacific war, from the bombing at Pearl Harbor to Japan's surrender. It was amazingly interesting. The exhibit interspersed information about the various battles with information about life in the US during the war. Very well done and, like I said, surprisingly engaging.
Outside the museum is a Peace Garden, a gift from the people of Japan. It was a beautiful place to sit and reflect about the horror of war and the resilience of nature. Pop, who was in the Army Air Force in WWII, enjoyed it immensely:
We also managed to do some shopping, eat German food and drink some local beer.
Back home, we enjoyed our time together and the beautiful weather. Brian took this shot of the pineapple sage in bloom:Pop and Brian also share an interest in trains. We visited Temple train station, climbing through some of the rail stock they have on show. Here's Pop driving a train:
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I used a combination of Cherrywood fat quarters (which I bought in Houston) and my own hand-dyed fabric in an analogous palette. I'm looking forward to quilting it. Not sure whether I'll use straight line quilting or a something curvy or swirly. Any suggestions?
Monday, November 3, 2008
By the time we left, though, the leaves were mostly down. Maybe it was the blizzard we had midway through our visit....howling winds and several inches of snow. Our last hike was very snowy.
A few pictures. Me and an aspen tree:
Carolyn in a tree:
Carolyn and Elena throwing snowballs at Brian: