Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

More quilts from the show

I was asked to post pictures of other quilts I had in the show.
Ruins #1


String Theory

My personal row at the show

The First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church quilt.  I quilted it.

"Pugcasso" by Annelle Smith.  One of my favorites!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Trinity Valley Quilt Guild 2013 Show

I've just returned from the awards ceremony at the TVQG annual quilt show.  

Tuning Fork #12 won first place!  And, to make my day complete, String Theory won second, Ruins #1 won third and ModLogs won an honorable mention.

There were some beautiful quilts in the art category -- honestly, I wasn't the only entrant.  I am totally overwhelmed by my awards.

And, honestly, feeling a little guilty.  I am currently taking a class on goal setting from Lisa Call, and during our first week we are examining our "be do have" list and our underlying core values.  I have no trouble with the "do" list and the "have" list, but the "be" list has me stumped.  What am I?  The other day someone asked me what I do and my answer was, "I'm kind of an artist."  Why did I say that?  I have sold quilts, exhibited in galleries, been in national quilts shows, even won awards in national quilt shows and I still say that I am kind of an artist.  Why do I feel like such a fraud when I say I am an artist?

Monday, September 16, 2013

3 Cities #1

I finally finished my quilt for the SAQA Texas exhibit, "A Texas Experience."   Here it is:

3 Cities #1, 12" x 12", 2013
No overtly Texan, is it?  As an abstract art quilter, I just couldn't do something realistic.  I tried, honestly, and it felt very false.  So instead, I thought about my life in Texas and came up with this.

The artist's statement to accompany the quilt:

I'm not a native Texan, but I've been here for 31 years.  The three squares in "3 Cities" represent my three Texas homes.  To the left is Midland, hard edged and very bright.  The southernmost city is Houston, softer, wetter and a very exciting place to live.  The square on the right is Fort Worth, my current home, a city I have fallen in love with.

If you live in Texas, are a SAQA member and are interested in submitting a quilt to the traveling exhibit, click here for the prospectus.  The postmark date on entries has been moved to September 30.

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, September 12, 2013

A Really Good Day

Yesterday was a really good day.  I went to the Cowtown Farmer's Market, ran a few errands and worked on the SAQA volunteer booth schedule for International Quilt Festival.  SAQA will have a booth near their exhibits, "People and Portraits" and "Text Messages," and I volunteered to solicit the volunteers to man it.  So if you are a SAQA member, will be attending the show in Houston and would like to volunteer, e-mail me and I'll give you a time slot.

When I sat down at my computer to sift through the volunteers' e-mails, I found one from IQA (International Quilt Association, who run the Houston show) that I had won a cash award for Tuning Fork #11.  I'm a winner!
Tuning Fork #11, 2013
I won't know which award it is until the official awards ceremony, but frankly, I don't care which one it is.  Being a winner at International Quilt Festival is a big deal whichever it is!

Brian and I celebrated both his birthday and my win last night.  It was a wonderful wonderful day!

Whoooo hoooo!

I'm linking this to Nina-Marie Sayer's blog.  Go look at all the cool stuff there!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cape Cod 2013

Brian and I are just home from our annual visit to Pop's home in Eastham on Cape Cod.  We had a wonderful time!

Our first day, we went to Chatham.  Brian and I spent our honeymoon there 34 years ago.
Pop and Brian at Chatham Beach

Chatham Light

The house we spent our honeymoon in.  Brian's great
aunt owned it at the time, and we stayed in the guest house.

Mill Pond, Chatham.  Brian's great aunt's house faced the pond.
I had always wanted to whale watch off Cape Cod.  The Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary is just north of Provincetown, and is a great place to see several types of whales.  So we decided to take a whale watching cruise out of Barnstable Harbor with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises.  It was a fabulous day!
Our whale watching boat

The young humpback rolled over to get a look at us.

Mother (blowing) and baby humpback
We saw several baby/mother humpback pairs, a finback and a number of minke whales.  It was amazing!  And the boat ride itself was fun, riding through Cape Cod bay.  We could make out the cliffs of Eastham and Wellfleet, the lighthouse and beach at Provincetown, and the beautiful harbor at Barnstable.

Sandy Neck, Barnstable Harbor
And we visited all of our favorite places.
Nauset Light

Salt Pond, Eastham.  One of my favorite places on the Cape
I am endlessly fascinated by the salt marshes.  There are several in Eastham.
The marsh near First Encounter Beach, Eastham
Eastham Windmill Weekend is the weekend after Labor Day.  One of my favorite activities is the sand sculpting competition on First Encounter Beach.
Loved the seal!

Lobster Bake took best in show

First Encounter Beach, Eastham, at low tide

Boomer was glad to see us home!

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