Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On my way to International Quilt Festival!

I leave today for Houston, to work at the SAQA booth and to enjoy all of the delights of International Quilt Festival.  I have a quilt in the show, Tuning Fork #13, and I have this small quilt in the IQF Silent Auction.  
Bad picture, taken with my iPad right before I sent it to Houston, but it is a nice little piece.  If you're in Houston, come by and see it.  The auction is for a good cause!

Yesterday, Wendy and I led a workshop for studioQ.  We're starting a new motif challenge.
I'm looking forward to reconnecting with some old friends in Houston, and to making some new ones.  It's always a wonderful experience!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tuning Fork #13 is in the new issue of "International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene"!

It's on page 22!

TF 13 is currently in Houston, at the International Quilt Market and then International Quilt Festival. You can see it in the "Art: Abstract - Large" category.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuning Fork #24 is finished!

I've decided I like the vertical orientation.  
Tuning Fork #24, 41" x 53"
And a close-up.  So you can see it is actually quilted.
Tuning Fork #24, detail
Rhonda, Kay and I drove to Dallas yesterday to see an exhibition by a fellow DAFA member, Brenda McKinney.  First, we went to lunch a "LUCK" (which stands for Local Urban Craft Kitchen) in Trinity Groves.  Within sight of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge, just west of downtown Dallas.
 In Texas, we do things BIG.  Here I am, being the "I" in Big:
 Brenda's work was on display at Gallery 422 at the Workroom, a lovely gallery and shop across the street from Trinity Groves.  The show as called "What's Your Mantra," and the mixed media/paper pieces were very interesting.  If you live near Dallas, it is well worth seeing.  But get there quickly -- it closes this weekend.
This morning, I finally got back into the studio.  I'm making a start on Tuning Fork #25.  I've always liked the number 25....

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

My work is in "1000 Quilt Inspirations"

Several of my quilts will be in the new book, 1000 Quilt Inspirations, by Sandra Sider.  The book won't be published until February, but you can pre-order it here! 

I've already pre-ordered several copies.........

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quilt Visions 2014: the Sky's the Limit Opening

Brian and I just got home from San Diego, where we attended the opening of Quilt Visions 2014.  What a fabulous show!
Neither of us had been to San Diego before, so were excited to see the city and, of course, see my quilt in the exhibit.  Our first stop was the beach on Point Loma:
And then we were off to the Visions Art Museum:
Brian took this photo of the artists.  Getting us to all look in the same direction proved impossible.
It was great to see some old friends, and to make some new ones.  And it was very exciting to receive the Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award (the "CREAM" award").  I feel greatly honored to have received this award, which is sponsored by SAQA and honors the organization's first executive director.

After the opening reception on Saturday and the artists' breakfast and gallery walk on Sunday, Brian and I decided to see some of the local sights.  We started on the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier that is now a museum.  It was really cool!
On Monday, we went to Balboa Park.  We had a great time touring the Japanese garden, the Botanical building, the San Diego Museum of Art.  The SDMA had a really wonderful exhibit, "Gauguin to Warhol," which featured paintings from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.  Paintings by some of our favorite artists.
 We stayed in downtown San Diego in the Gaslamp District, at the Keating Hotel.  We were in a suite, 3rd story with the corner turret windows.
We loved our rooms.  This is the living room, with the couch tucked under the turret windows.  The bedroom was even bigger.
I've linked this post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday" and "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?" Go see all the beautiful work posted there!

Spun Opens October 17th!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Visions 2014: The Sky's the Limit

See you there this weekend!

Tuning Fork #24

Tuning Fork #24 is finished -- at least the top is sewn together.  Although I'm still flip-flopping about the orientation.  I rather like it this way:
But it also looks good this way:
I guess I'll have to wait until I quilt it and see.

On a sadder note, TF #22 was not selected for Quilt National.  The bright side of that is that I can now post a picture:
TF #22, 45" x 63"
On a really positive note, Tuning Fork #19 was juried into SPUN., at Etui Fiber Arts in Larchmont, New York.  The exhibit will open October 17.
Tuning Fork #19
I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday, Richard and Tanya's Quilts Link a Finish FridayFriday Fabric FrenzyConfessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Terry Jarrard-Dimond Class Report

I've been in Ohio these last two weeks, first to take a class with Terry Jarrard-Dimond, and then to visit my brother and his family.  I had a wonderful time, and learned a lot, but I am glad to be home!

The class with Terry was "Design Boot Camp."  It was fabulous!  We spent a day reviewing the principles and elements of design, and then used the rest of the time to explore ways to jump-start our creative side. We started with random designs in ink and thread:
  And then made collages that we reproduced in fabric:
By the end of the week my design wall was filled with small sketches, both in fabric and paper:
For my last exercise, I started an appliqué piece using an aboriginal print for inspiration:
This is my inspiration piece.  The challenge was to distill what attracted us to the print and to make it our own:
I would heartily recommend Terry's class.  She is an excellent teacher, patient and thorough, and very inspiring.

After the class ended, I headed to my brother's home on the north side of Columbus.  It is so nice to be in Ohio during the fall, even if it the leaves were just starting to change color.  The weather was perfect, warm days and cool nights, and we took several long walks along the Olengtangy river.
It was beautiful!  And Andrew's new dog, Sandy, enjoyed frisking on the riverbank.  And stopping occasionally to be petted:
 I'm lucky to have such a wonderful brother and sister-in-law!

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