Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tuning Fork #12

Back in the studio this week after a wonderful vacation!  I sent in my entries for the Trinity Valley Quilt Guild (TVQG) show right before we left for Wisconsin.  Four of the six quilts I entered were still tops. Time to do some intensive quilting!

I decided to start with Tuning Fork #12.  I finished quilting it yesterday.  
Tuning Fork #12, 47" x 67"
Some detail shots:

The quilting is spaced 1/4" and less apart.  I love the look of dense quilting, but it did take forever to quilt. Two very long days.  

On Monday, I worked on piecing a quilt for the TVQG small quilt auction.  
Auction Quilt,  15" x 20"
Three more pieces to quilt for the show (including the auction quilt) and then I'll have a lot of binding to finish.  But I have until September, and I find a deadline really gets me motivated.

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I'm a Finalist!

Brian and I got home from Wisconsin last night.  After a wonderful week filled with sunshine, swimming, beautiful sunsets and good friends, we had a terrible trip home.  Thunderstorms in Dallas forced us to divert to Tyler, Texas.  We sat in the Tyler airport for several hours and then flew to Dallas, arriving 3 hours late.  We dragged ourselves home, arriving about 11 pm.  

I had known, of course, that the notification date for IQF Houston was during our vacation.  And that our friends' vacation cottage is without internet access.  So the first thing I did upon arriving home was cross my fingers, check my e-mail, and look for the acceptance or rejection notices.

I had entered two quilts into the annual International Quilt Festival fall Judged Show in Houston, "Quilts: A World of Beauty" and both are finalists!  I am so excited.  I have entered (and shown) quilts in the special exhibits before (non-judged exhibits) but I had never before entered a quilt into the judged show.  

What wonderful news to come home to!   

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another Figure Study

No more excuses.  Back into the studio for me!  The air conditioning unit in the studio works much better than the old one ever did.  I always had to abandon ship in the late afternoon on hot days.  With the sewing machine (Bernina and/or Gammill), iron and lights, the temperature would creep up into the mid-eighties.  We knew we needed a bigger a/c, but it took a breakdown to force us to actually get it.

So I crept back into the studio this week.  I say crept, because I've lost my drive to work since the whole a/c debacle started.  Before the forced inactivity (studio-wise) I had a terrific work ethic -- up after  breakfast, short break for lunch, back until B got home from his office.  But now, anything else sounds like much more fun.  Even housework.  As a result, I have a very clean house, a well-weeded garden and some newly organized closets.

Perhaps I needed a break.  

I decided to start small.  This piece is about 40" x 40".  I drew a small figure sketch, pulled a few fabrics and got to work.
Very southwestern palette, isn't it?  Not my usual.  One disclaimer:  I pinned it up over the beginnings of another piece, one that was not sewn together.  So it looks lumpy.  It really isn't.

I'm not sure what I think of this piece.  I may need to crop it down a bit.  What do you think?

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Art Quilts 2013

Infinity Art Gallery's on-line annual art quilt show opens today. It's a stunning show, and I am honored to be one of the finalists.
The exhibit runs from July 4 through October 12.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hottest week of the summer (so far)...

And the air conditioning unit that cools the second floor couldn't take it.  It ceased to function on June 22.

We do have another unit that cools the first floor of our house, so we didn't suffer too much.  We can eat, sleep and generally hang out downstairs without a great deal of inconvenience.  So as temperatures soared up over 100 degrees, we managed to stay comfortable.

But as far as I was concerned, it was a horrible week.  My studio, you see, is on the second floor.  I ventured up several times, just to see if it was possible to work in the early mornings or late evenings.  It was not.  One evening the temperature in my studio was actually 98 degrees.  So I spent my days on the first floor, cleaning out cupboards and closets, and generally feeling totally uncreative.

How did people live in Texas before air conditioning?

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