Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fri Resonans

My quilt was used as the background for a music festival in Norway!

Several months ago, I got an e-mail from a woman in Berlin asking permission to use my quilt on the poster.  Isn't it great!

I'm getting all caught up!

We spent our Thanksgiving in Colorado with friends.  The week involved a little hiking, a lot of good food and wine, the Packers and Badgers football games, a visit to the Denver Aquarium, and shopping in Littleton and Breckenridge.  

We took a hike above Dillon Reservoir:

We also conducted our traditional day after Thanksgiving Christmas tree hunt in the National Forest.  This year Janet purchased two permits, so we cut down a 17 foot tree for our friends:

And a 5 footer for us:

I love our little tree!  It'll make us think of our friends this Christmas...

New Work

Between customer quilting and the approaching holidays, I haven't gotten much work done since I got back from Ohio.  I've mostly been trying to finish some projects.

The first is a quilt using fabrics I dyed using two different shibori techniques, arashi (pole wrapping) and nui (stitching):

The next two are pieces I started this year in Ohio:

The second quilt is huge -- much larger than my design wall.

I will be busy in January -- I won't be doing any client quilting, but I have a huge pile of my own tops to quilt.  Looking forward to it!

International Quilt Festival 2011

SAQA Texas once again had an exhibit of small quilts hanging in the SAQA booth at Houston IQF.  I entered three quilts:

The SAQA Texas Region members put on another wonderful show.  We had 48 quilts, many of which were for sale.  Two of my small quilts sold during the show.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A few more pictures from the Barn

Fabric "sketch"

Quilt made from the "sketch"

Black and white improvisational piece

Final quilt -- still in progress

Home from the Crow Timber Frame Barn

Whew!  I've just gotten back from two weeks with Nancy Crow.  It was inspiring, illuminating, eye-opening, exhilirating and exhausting.   A wonderful two weeks!

I spent the weekend before the classes and the weekend in between the two with my brother and sister-in-law.  Can you tell that Andrew is a Brown's fan?

The first class was "Lines, Curves, Circles and Figure/Ground."  We first made linear units, and then curved and circular units, and then put them together into a composition.  A couple of shots of work in progress:

Not a finished piece, but I hope to complete it this week.

The Barn is a beautiful place to be in the fall.  And we always got a very early start.

I need to photograph my quilts from the 2nd week, "Improvisations."  We made a total of 6 pieces, mostly small.  This is one of them:

It's good to be home, and time to get back to work!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New work -- just in time for the Trinity Valley Quilt Show!

I've been working hard, trying to get my entries for the Trinity Valley Quilt Show ready before I head to Ohio for a couple of classes with Nancy Crow.

Strip Study #1

Closeup of Strip Study #4

Strip Study #4 -- the whole quilt

Strip Study #2

Strip Study #3

Tuning Fork #4

TF #4 closeup

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Client Quilts

A couple of pretty client quilts that I have recently finished. First, Cindy's friendship teapot quilt:

And secondly, a Christmas quilt for Karen:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Vacation to Maryland and Washington DC

Brian and I are just home from a wonderful trip to visit his brother, Bruce, in southern Maryland. We not only spent some wonderful time at Bruce's home, we also stayed two nights, including our anniversary, in Washington. We were at a wonderful B & B, the Swann House, near Dupont Circle:

We spent one day on the Mall, admiring the capital and visiting several Smithsonian museums, and spent the evening at a Nationals' game.

Brian ran into President Jefferson on the concourse of the Nationals' stadium:

On our anniversary we visited the Phillips Collection, which happened to be having a mixer. We enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail while admiring the paintings by Kadinsky, Stella, Kley and Rothko (among many others). And followed it with dinner at a Japanese restaurant. It was a heavenly evening!

We drove through Virginia, visiting Spottsylvania Courthouse, The Wilderness and Fredricksburg battlefields, on our way back to Bruce's house. Brian and I of course had to have our picture taken by a cannon at Spottsylvania:

The visit to Spottsylvania brought back memories for Brian and I, who had visited the battlefield during a geology field trip in college. Thirty-four years ago or so.

Back home, Bruce, who loves Japanese food and culture, made onigiri (rice balls). Yum!

While in Maryland, we visited Annamarie Garden (near Solomons Island):

And Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood:

It was a shock to come back to the unrelenting heat of North Texas. Our garden is getting a little brown, and my potato plants died while we were gone. But it's still good to be home!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A visit from guess HOO?

We had an unexpected visitor in the yard this morning. While we were out on the patio with our coffee and the Sunday papers, we heard a giant ruckus. The bluejays were screeching and the squirrels were squawking. Brian went over to investigate under the holly bushes below the big magnolia tree, which is where the ruckus seemed to be centered, thinking it must be a cat. Nothing. The ruckus continued, however. No cat, possum, or fierce wolverine. Finally, a fourth time, Brian spotted, not 5 feet away, a little gray screech owl, trying to take it's daytime nap. It is now 7:00 pm, and it is still there. It has been mobbed by squirrels, blue jays, mockingbirds,...even cardinals and chickadees. It doesn't seem fazed, however. It just sits there snoozing. And letting me take pictures! I have never seen one in the wild before. If you can count suburban Fort Worth as the wild.

He really upset our other backyard residents:

But he didn't let it faze him. He napped the day away:

Texas Reps meeting

The four Texas SAQA representatives got together over the weekend at the home of Lynn Allen in Austin, Texas. Not only did we have a chance to get to know each other a little better, but we also made some plans for SAQA Texas. It was a delightful day, and a very productive meeting!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Workshop in Pipe Creek

I just got back from another one of Susie Monday's wonderful workshops! This one was on markmaking, and involved two days of deconstructed screen printing, monoprinting, gelatin printing, stamping and screen printing. On Sunday afternoon, we showed off our newly printed fabrics:

I loved some of the fabrics I created. The pieces below were all created with deconstructed screen printing, and the one on the right has been overdyed in blue:

Susie has a great studio, with wonderful facilities for dyeing and painting. We had dyes, paints and screens spread all over both the studio and her driveway:

The weekend also involved lots of great food, good music, swimming and just hanging out, enjoying the fabulous view from Susie's deck:

I left San Antonio on Sunday, and spent the rest of the week with Kyra in Austin. We always have a great time together, and I got a few strips sets pieced as well.

It's always good to come home, though. I missed Brian and Boomer. And my garden:

Check out Susie's workshops! They are great!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More flower pics

A few more pictures of our garden. Everything is green and lush right now, but it won't last. The heat of summer is starting.

The daylilies have been fabulous this year. Best show ever:

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