Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've finally updated my website!

I can't believe I've left it so long, but I finally updated my website! I'll be adding more client quilt pictures soon...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Texas SAQA exhibit

I've copied this post by Mary Ann Littlejohn from the SAQA Texas blog:

"All Texas members of SAQA are invited to exhibit one or more mini-quilts in an exhibit to hang behind the SAQA Booth at IQF-Houston. The booth is right outside the SAQA “Creative Force 2010” and “Sightlines” exhibits, which will draw a lot of visitors.

This is a showcase for Texas SAQA members. There is no specific theme. It is your choice. This is your chance to get your work seen by up to 50,000 visitors to the Houston show.

After Quilt Festival, the exhibit will circulate around TX to the SAQA Circle meetings, and other Fiber Artists groups.

If you are able to send more than one, the merrier. Should we not be able to hang all at one time, they will be rotated in and out through the days of Quilt Festival.

Entry Fee: $5 to cover return shipping

Size: 9 x 12 – Portrait
A hanging sleeve is not required, but if you already have one on your work, that is okay.

Important Dates:
September 15 Email your intent
October 15 Deadline for receipt of quilts
November 3 Preview night for IQF
November 4-7 Houston Show

NOTIFY: To get an idea of how many quilts to expect, please email your intent to Mary Ann Littlejohn by September 15."

SAQA North Texas Circle meeting

The North Texas Circle of SAQA met on Saturday for the first time in nearly a year. We had 8 members attend, and we had a fabulous time sharing our work and exploring the SAQA and SAQA-U websites. I hate to show other people's original work on my blog, so I chose this picture of Kathy (my Texas co-rep) showing just a sliver of her quilt. It's being held up by Penny and Julie.

Kathy and I became Texas co-reps in June, and are really excited about getting a group going here in the Northern part of Texas. San Antonio, Austin and Houston have active circles. We have just sent out a survey to area members to ascertain what they want out of a group. We'll let you know when we get the results.

You can see what is happening SAQA-wise in Texas by reading our blog. We'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Charlie's Doppelganger

Which one is the real Charlie?:

Note that each is missing his right front leg, though the second turtle has a wooden replacement. Perhaps Charlie #1 needs one as well!

Charlie #2 was made by my friend Jay, and his front leg was carved by her husband, Dick. Isn't he wonderful?!

Reworked Work

I mentioned recently (either here or on my SAQA-U wiki) that I was very unhappy with several of the Sticks series tops. With the help of my friend Susie Monday, I think I have improved them.

I went to Susie's one weekend in July for a UFO workshop. Everyone brought projects that they were stuck on, and Susie helped us get unstuck. My pieces were already pieced, so I mainly was interested in using surface design techniques to "fix" them.

Susie agreed that Sticks 5 was too in your face bright. So we overdyed it in golden brown. Much improved:

I felt that Sticks 12 just needed a little more detail. Susie suggested stamping over sections of the top and adding a silk screened petroglyph motif:

I also brought some fabrics and stamps to play with. This is a fish rubbing (I had a rubber flounder about 12 inches from nose to tail) on a piece that I had batiked with a fish tjap:

Susie is great. I heartily recommend her classes. Take one if you can -- you'll come away refreshed and inspired!


Brian and I are just back from visiting our best friends at their summer house in Northern Wisconsin. It was blissfully cool! And beautiful.

The girls (Elena, Carolyn and Emily) enjoyed tubing:

The adults enjoyed the sunsets from the deck:

Which is perched high above the lake:

And we also enjoyed boat rides:

And the floating dock down at lake level:

Brian and I took a day and visited Marquette, MI, on the shores of Lake Superior:

And I especially enjoyed revisiting the Negaunee Fire Department. During my senior year in college, on the annual geology department spring break field trip, I visited several mines in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Bad weather (cold and a very nasty thunderstorm) forced our group to seek shelter in the Negaunee Fire Department. They were kind enough to let us sleep on the floor of their garage. I'll never forget it:

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