Friday, December 7, 2012

Catching up (once again!)

November was a month to remember.  It started at IQF in Houston, where I had a wonderful time.  But the day after I got home, I was in an automobile accident -- broadsided at an intersection.  My injuries were minor (sprains and bruises) but my car was very damaged.   I still haven't gotten it back.

We spent Thanksgiving week in Colorado, and as always it was wonderful.   Our friends have a beautiful house perched on a mountainside, and the sunsets are often spectacular.

The view from the deck
The day after Thanksgiving, we went on our annual hike through the National Forest to find the perfect tree.  Only 17 feet tall this year, a piece of cake to haul down the trail.  And the weather was cooperative for once -- sunny and mild.  Brian and I found a small tree to bring back to Texas (about 3 feet tall).

This last week I spent in Central Texas with my best friend, Kyra.  We had a great time -- did a little sewing, a lot of cooking (at least Kyra did -- she's a great cook) and spent hours just talking and catching up on each others' life.  
Chicken and leek pie
I was in Central Texas to meet the other Texas SAQA reps in LaGrange for a meeting with Karey Bresenham.  We are planning an all-Texas SAQA event at the Creativity Center.  And Karey opened the Texas Quilt Museum for us (it is normally only open Thursday through Sunday).  It was fabulous!

So now I'm home and trying to get my house ready for Christmas.  And gifts wrapped and in the mail. And Christmas cookies baked.  I guess I'll go put on some Christmas music to get me in the mood!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Home from Houston

I had a fabulous time in Houston at the International Quilt Festival!  Working in the SAQA booth is always fun, and it was very exciting to have a quilt in the show.

Lynne and Marianne at The Black Labrador.  We set up the booth on Tuesday so we
had some time to play before the opening on Wednesday night. 
One of the SAQA exhibits at IQF
Our booth, with the SAQA auction quilts on the wall behind us 
Tuning Fork #6 hanging in "Hands All Around," sponsored by Quilters' Newsletter
No matter how wonderful a trip is, though, it's always great to come home!

Monday, October 15, 2012

IQF Houston 2012

I've been spending the last week getting ready to go to International Quilt Festival in Houston, October 31 - November 4 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.  I have two compelling reasons to go this year:

1.  I'm one of the Texas SAQA Regional Reps.  A big part of our job each year is to work at the SAQA booth located on the Exhibits side of the convention center.  Two SAQA exhibitions are premiering at the International Quilt Festival in Houston: A Sense of Scale and Seasonal Palette, and our booth will be located right in front of them.  We'll also be hosting a 12" x 12" art quilt auction.

I have been spending a lot of time lately signing up volunteers to work in the booth with us.  The schedule is almost full!

2.  Tuning Fork #6 was accepted into "Hands All Around" at IQF this year.  Whoo hoo!

Tuning Fork #6, 2011

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Back from Ohio...

I'm just back from a week at the Crow Timber Frame Barn in Baltimore, Ohio, and a long weekend with my brother, Andrew, and his wife, Jennifer, in Columbus, Ohio.  I'm exhausted, exhilarated, inspired and up to my knees in dirty laundry.  What a week!

I was taking "Sets & Variables, Part III" from Nancy Crow.  We worked on two pieces, the first of which I will post a picture of later and the second, which I didn't get close to finishing, is here:

This is approximately 1/4 of the quilt I have planned.  It will be approximately 6' x 8' if all goes as planned.

After a wonderful week at the Barn, I spent 4 days with my baby brother and his wife.  We had a wonderful time playing bridge and watching the Cleveland Browns play.  Alas, donning our Browns shirts, hats and earrings didn't inspire the Browns to win the game.  But it was fun anyway.

It was a fabulous trip, but I'm glad to be home.  And ready to get to work -- after I finish the laundry.....

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Trinity Valley Quilt Guild Quilt Show... this weekend, September 28, 29, 30, at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.  It's a wonderful show, full of many beautiful quilts (about 250), including my quilt, Resonance, which took first place in the art quilt category.  Come and see it!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I'm (We're) in Quilting Arts!

In the latest issue of Quilting Arts (October/November 2012) Lynn Krawczyk has written an article called "Start Your Own Fiber Art Group."  My friend Jay sent Lynn the information about our fiber art group, studioQ, and we are included in the article!  We are featured on page 74.

Whooo hooo!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Work

Big Figure #9, 62" x 70"
I just finished quilting Big Figure #9, which my friend Kyra has subtitled "A Window on Mars."  The Big Figure series is evolving, becoming a little more complex.  The last two have featured a simple configuration laid on top of a pieced background.

I think I like the direction this series is taking me....

Cape Cod 2012

I love Cape Cod.  Every September we spend a week with my father-in-law at his summer home in Eastham.  And after we return to Texas, I wait impatiently to go back to the Cape again.

 Sunset at First Encounter Beach, on the bay side of the Cape.   

The lighthouse at Nauset Light Beach.  The closest ocean side beach to Pop's house.

The Coast Guard Station at Coast Guard Beach,  also ocean side.

The beach roses (rosa rugosa) were still blooming. 

Terns following a school of fish at a cove on the bay side.

Salt Pond.  Looking out towards Nauset Marsh.
It was a wonderful week.  Only 50 weeks until we go back.

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Work

I've been way behind on my fiber art group 12" square challenge.  Each month we've been given a theme and asked to create a small piece.  This last week I've been working hard to catch up.

5 months done!  Including July!  All trimmed to 12.5" x 12.5"

Theme:  I heard it through the grapevine.  Technique:  layered yarn and ribbon on a pieced background, covered with tulle, heavily quilted.

Theme:  The answer is chocolate.  Technique:  foiling and eating chocolate kisses.

Theme:  Flowers on the wall.  Technique:  manipulated photos of flowers and a stone wall printed on organza and them cut to smithereens.

Theme:  Walking on sunshine.  Technique:  Hard to see, but the hot stripey stripset is pleated.

Theme:  In the lawn of life, be the flamingo.  Technique:  pieces of hand dyed cocoons, attached by quilting, and then frayed 
 I finally finished Big Figure #8.  It's been on the wall for over a month:

Big Figure #8, 34" x 48"

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Catching up once again...

I realized this morning that it's been nearly six weeks since I've written a blog post.  So it's time to catch up.

We were in Spread Eagle, Wisconsin the last week in June, staying at our friends' lake house.  The weather was fairly cool -- a nice respite from summer in Fort Worth:

When we got back to Texas, the spider lilies (hymenocallis) were in full bloom.  For nearly mid July, our yard is still unusually green:

We went all out with the Independence Day decorations.  Our neighborhood parade (a procession of decorated cars, dogs in costumes and kids on bikes, complete with a non-marching band in a flatbed truck) starts in front of our house so we wanted to be in the spirit:

Inside as well as out:

As far as work goes, I was in the groove until we left for Wisconsin.  Working on my latest Big Figure quilt.   However,  I've been avoiding my studio since we got back from vacation,  spending my mornings puttering in the garden and my afternoon either reading, running errands or doing housework.  

On a sad note, my aunt and a good friend both died last week.  And a college friend the week before.  Part of my creative funk, I'm sure.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Work and a Visitor

We had a visitor over the Memorial Day weekend.  A red-bellied woodpecker (at least, I think it was a red-bellied woodpecker) and her baby spent most of Monday sitting on top of the telephone pole at the end of our driveway.  She seemed to be cracking seeds and feeding them to her offspring. 

Today, I finished Big Figure #7.  Finally.  I pieced this pretty quickly, but since I loaded it on the Gammill I have been in a funk.  I haven't felt like working at all.  Today, I forced myself to go up and quilt it.

Big Figure #7, 46" x 33"
I like it, really I do.  I think it is graphically interesting, and I'm still in love the Caribbean palette.  So hopefully, now that it is done, I'll feel the urge to create something else.  Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

I love Memorial Day!  Growing up in Ohio, I always looked forward to our town's parade, which marched down Main Street to the cemetery at Victory Park, followed by a short memorial service and a very loud and scary 21 gun salute.  In the afternoon we always had a picnic lunch and in the evening there was usually a band concert on the green and fireworks at dusk.  

We had a lovely weekend, although it didn't involve fireworks or parades.  We did have a picnic of sorts, but the hot, humid weather forced us to eat it inside.  Oh, well!  It's already summertime here in Texas.

We did manage spend a little time outside.  Our daylilies are at their peak, and we spent several mornings weeding, planting and deadheading.  We even ventured out to a nursery, and bought a few plants, as well as potting soil and fertilizer.  

Jersey Spider, my favorite!

On Sunday, we met some friends at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival.  I'd never been to a Ren Fair before, and I found it very entertaining.  My favorite part was the turtle races:

Introducing the competitors
The Victor!  Making his victory lap.
Actually, I enjoyed the fair quite a bit.  We saw a fabulous glassblowing demonstration, heard some great music and ate some really nice fish and chips.  

We also went to the Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Show.  We found several nice specimens, including a gorgeous piece of gemmy red Sphalerite.   

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Work

Big Figure #4, 51" x 42", 2012

I'm catching up on my personal quilting -- it is so much fun to see my pieced tops come to life.  Big Figure #7 is on the machine today.  Big Figure #4 was pieced before I went to the Caribbean and moved into a blue/green color palette.   Very earthy.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May in Texas

Just back...

...from a long weekend in New Orleans!

Jazz on Bourbon Street

Andrew Jackson and the Cathedral St. Louis

We had a fabulous dinner at Nola

A park near the French Market.  A nice place to shelter from the rain!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Boomer!

Boomer turned 10 yesterday, so we threw him a party.  Lots of presents and lots of treats.  The dog paper and dog bags are presents from his canine friends in Denver.  Happy Birthday, Boomer!

Friday, April 27, 2012

I'm on a roll!

I finished two more of my own quilts today.  I think I'm ready to get back to client quilting!

Big Figure #6,  47" x 34"

Big Figure #5, 40" x 51"
My longarm is once again stitching beautifully, so it's time to get back to work!

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