Thursday, March 20, 2014

Another Yippee!

Busy day today, full of quilt related activities but no actual sewing.  This week I needed to ship quilts to 3 shows -- 3 quilts to DAFA (which I hand delivered to Rhonda who will take them to Dallas), Tuning Fork #6 to Form Not Function and Tuning Fork #12 to AQS Paducah.  Every show has slightly different requirements for hanging and for shipping.  Being a bit scatterbrained at times, I have to be very careful and take extra time, checking and rechecking to make sure that I've followed each set of unique instructions.  I think I got it right, and all 5 quilts are on their way to their various venues.

One exciting thing happened, though.  I received a flier for the IQF Chicago show, and found a picture of Tuning Fork #11 on page 5.  Unexpected and very exciting!
I am almost finished piecing Tuning Fork #13, probably 7/8 of the way done.  I hope to post a picture tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I just received notice that "String Theory" has been accepted into Quilt Visions 2014: the Sky's the Limit.  I am beyond thrilled!
String Theory
 Last week I found out that "Tuning Fork #6" was accepted to Form Not Function at the Carnegie Center for the Arts.  Once again, I am beyond thrilled!
Tuning Fork #6
This has been a very very good month.  Personally and professionally.  And I am one very happy woman.

Checklist for the month:
  • Started a Master Class with Lisa Call.  Lisa is a wonderful artist and a terrific teacher, and I'm hoping that her guidance will help push me to the next level as a quilt artist.
  • Lost 7 pounds.  Feeling great, though I have a long way to go.
  • Won three ribbons at the Dallas Quilt Celebration.
  • Received notice that three of my quilts were accepted into the DAFA show, "The Fine Art of Fiber"
  • Played some really good bridge
  • Saw some friends I hadn't seen in a while, and spent time with some of my favorite people
  • Made significant progress on the "Monster" aka "Tuning Fork #13".  Fingers crossed, the top may be finished by Friday.  And I don't hate it anymore.
  • Had a FABULOUS St. Patrick's Day!
Not that February was any slouch of a month.  It was pretty darn good, ending with my acceptance letter from the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah.  Tuning Fork #12 will be heading to Kentucky next week!

Tuning Fork #12

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Friday Fabric Frenzy and Confessions of a Fiber Addict.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A picture taken from my front doorstep yesterday evening...

Rain!  And a rainbow!  It's been a cold, dry winter, so rain is very welcome.  And after a very good week, the rainbow seemed a perfect way to end it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The time of loathing...

This last two weeks, I have been focusing on finishing Tuning Fork #13.  Tuning Fork #13, you say, with the emphasis on the "13?"   Yes, that yellow and red monster is still on the design wall, despite the fact that I have finished Tuning Fork #s 14, 15, 16 and 17.  And I have started Tuning Fork #18.  14 through 18 are smaller, several of them very small indeed, and in my avoidance of TF 13, I have either worked on them at another venue (at a retreat and at Kyra's house) or I have pinned up a piece of flannel on the design wall over TF 13.  The piece of flannel technique has several advantages -- first, it gives me a nice clean wall to work on, and second it covers up TF 13.

That being said, now that I am working on it again, TF 13 isn't a terrible piece.  It feels a little clunky right now, but it is currently in hundreds and hundreds of pieces on the wall.  It's bound to look a little untidy.  I think the problem is this:  with every project I go through a "loathing" phase, and with TF 13 it has just lasted longer than normal. 

Why is this?  For one thing, it has been on the wall far too long.  International Quilt Festival, Thanksgiving, Christmas, family visits, volunteer commitments, travel -- it's all cut way too much into my sewing time.  And what little artistic energy I have had I have used to make smaller, easily finished pieces.  Finished pieces make me happy.  But while I make these smaller quilts, I stare at TF 13, which in my imagination glares back at me balefully.

Oh well, soon it will be finished.  For better or for worse.

Here it is as of Monday evening.  I've been working on the lefthand side.  I'll post an update when I get more of it together.
Monster! RUN!
So, my question is this:  Does every artist go through a "loathing phase" with each piece of work?  Is this normal?

OK, enough whining!  I did have good news today.  Tuning Fork #6 has been accepted to Form Not Function, Quilt Art at the Carnegie.  Whoo hoo!

I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

At the Dallas Quilt Celebration

I had a fabulous day yesterday at the Dallas Quilt Celebration, the annual show put on by the Quilter's Guild of Dallas.  I had entered three quilts this year, Tuning Fork #12, String Theory and Resonance.  Last year, because of my own silly error, I missed the entry deadline, so this year I sent my entries in early.   And I'm glad I did!

I had heard on Facebook that I had won a ribbon.  But when I walked into the "Master Art Quilt" section, I realized that all three of my quilts had beautiful new ribbons hanging on them!
Tuning Fork #12 won 2nd place
Resonance won an Honorable Mention 
String Theory also won an HM
I had gone with Rhonda to see the show.  And it was a great day.  Not only did I win the awards, I saw many friends -- not only from North Texas, but some good friends from Houston and Austin as well.  And I found some lovely black and gray muddly print batiks that will go very nicely in the next Tuning Fork quilt I am planning in my head.  I loved every minute of it!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Goodbye, February!

February is over.  When I lived in Cleveland, Ohio, my hometown, February was the longest month of the year.  Despite it's 28 day length, by the end of February, every northeastern Ohioan was sure that the cold, cloudy, snowy, grim month would never end.

February in Texas is a totally different proposition. We don't have endless gray skies and frigid temperatures, we have gray skies and frigid temperatures alternating with days of sunny, summerlike weather.  It can be very confusing.  For example, the high yesterday was 84.  84 degrees!  Brian and I worked in the yard, cutting back the roses and cleaning up the flower beds.  But this morning, it is 24 degrees and snowing.  As I said, very confusing.

I had a very busy last week of February.  Monday featured two fiber group meetings, one in the morning in Fort Worth and one in the evening in Dallas.  I did a quick facing tutorial at studioQ (Fort Worth).  At the DAFA (Dallas) meeting, Deborah Boschert taught us how to make fun, funky feathers.  Really wonderful!
Deborah teaching her feather class.
Rhonda's and my feathers -- cool!
At the meeting (after the workshop), Sue Benner gave an inspiring presentation.

On Tuesday morning I headed to Round Rock for a long overdue visit with Kyra.  We had a fabulous time catching up, and managed to get some sewing in.
Teeny yellow tuning forks for TF #13
 I also started a new tuning fork project.  Here's a glimpse:
TF #18
I'm home again, just in time for the snow.  It's good to be inside!

Oh -- and I received word that Tuning Fork #12 has been accepted to the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, Kentucky.  It's the first time I've entered a quilt in the Paducah show, and I'm very excited!

Three of my quilts were accepted into "The Art of Fiber," the annual DAFA show.  I'll have more details on that show later.

See, February isn't all that grim after all!

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