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