Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Weekend in Pipe Creek

I spent last weekend in Pipe Creek, Texas, just west of San Antonio at a workshop taught by Susie Monday. As always, I had a fabulous time and learned a great deal.

Susie's house is perched on a hill. The view from her deck is amazing:

The workshop focused on adding text to our work. Here, Laurie and Pat are batiking with soy wax and procion mx dyes:

The weather was fabulous, so we managed to do some sun printing:

One wall in Susie's studio was hung with some amazing pieces incorporating text into the design:

Gloria shows her nearly finished collage piece. We used text cut from magazines as well as stamped text:

I made many sample pieces during the workshop, but my favorite by far is this silk scarf batiked using Susie's incredible arsenal of kitchen implements to transfer the wax:

All in all, an inspiring weekend. I came home refreshed and eager to get started on some new pieces. But first, I have to get caught up on my client quilting.

Although, I did take one day this week to dye 11 yards of cotton. I am ready to start piecing again!

Daylily Parade!

Late May and early June are the height of the daylily season in my Texas garden. Brian and I are wild about daylilies and have planted a few varieties in every sunny garden bed. We plant them all -- singles, doubles, ruffled, spiders. I don't know what it is about them, but I love the exotic looking spider flowers the best.

This is a new one, planted this spring, called "Web Browser":

We transplanted this one from our Houston garden:

This is also a new addition:

This a new one, planted outside our bedroom window along with an aster and agastache "Heather Queen":

Another spider, with huge banana shaped buds. We call it "Banana Girl", but that isn't it's real name:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New Work

Since I returned from Carol Soderlund's dye class, I've been busy dyeing fabric (of course!). The first quilt top was made with my new hand dyes (and one Moda marble):

It's not as wavy as it looks in the picture -- the uneven edges made it very difficult to pin up (as did my injured hand). It will look much better quilted.

The next top contains my new hand dyes, with the addition of a Moda marble and 4 commercially dyed batiks:

I started piecing this top with P & B black and my own hand dyed and batiked fabric. However, it was looking very "Halloween-ish", so I added some commercial prints:

I have 9 client quilts in the queue, so I'm not sure when I'll be able to quilt these....

I've been feeling very inspired since my trip to the Crow Barn. Even though I didn't take a class from Nancy herself, the place was crammed full of inspiring colors, patterns and designs. This weekend I'm off to San Antonio (actually Pipe Creek, west of SA), for a class with Susie Monday. And another great big dose of inspiration!

Client Quilt

I just finished quilting this quilt by Eleanor:

What a great graduation present!

I've been busy, busy, busy!

May is a wonderful month in North Texas. Everything is very green and fresh, and my roses and perennials are covered with blooms. I spend a little time each morning walking around the garden, sipping coffee and pulling up the occasional weed. It's a lovely time of year!

Of course, I often have my camera with me as well. Here are a few pictures from this morning.

A pale yellow lily:

A fuchsia lily:

Two lilies, a pot and my metal saguaro (which I love and my husband tolerates):

My favorite echinacea, sunset:

A standing cypress:

Our oakleaf acanthus:

It's hard to believe that in two months, things will be less lush and green. In fact, quite the opposite -- brown and dry. At least I'll have these pictures to remember my garden by!

Friday, May 15, 2009

I haven't really abandoned my blog...

It just seems that way.

We've had company for the past week. Brian's brother, Bruce, has been in Fort Worth for a series of meetings, so he has been staying with us. He arrived last Saturday and he's had lots of time between his work obligations, so we've had lots of time together. Here he is at the Fort Worth Water Gardens:

Before he got here, I was busily longarm quilting, dyeing 11 yards of fabric and working on two new fiber art pieces. And working in the garden. Here's one of my favorite roses:

Since Bruce went home to Maryland, I've been mostly in pain. Yesterday morning, while slicing fruit, I cut off the tip of my right index finger. 3 stitches later, I'm having trouble doing mundane things like sew and, especially, type. So please forgive any typos here, and I'll report back when I have the use of all 10 fingers again!

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