Saturday, June 30, 2012
This is a photo of Kathleen who lives close to Orofino now and took a class from me TEN years ago at Asilomar. She is really creative and fun and looks as young as she did ten years ago! She said I was blond back then...I forgot it had been that long!
Kathleen (who I thought we called katie though I may be wrong) made this darling sampler below with the help of friends who swapped blocks....I always want to do what everyone else does...would love to do this with little blocks that are appliqued with fairies or fall things for garden things...too many ideas
The quilt below is the quilt that Katheen made in my class about her pending wedding...and she has been married ten years so he must be a keeper. It still needs quilting and she is going to put a vineyard on the right under the house. The fireworks on the left is all beads and it quite stunning. Now she is ready to start some new story quilts since she took my class.
I am going to look up her website to share with you.
It was a delightful three days in the most beautiful place or close to it in Idaho. This is the area that Lewis and Clark went through and there are wonderful and beautiful historic signs everywhere. I hope to take my older Grandchildren there to learn more about this amazing journey that people had to make way back when.
I am home for the summer and am overwhelmed with the ideas and projects I plan to do...including my drawing book completion.
Life is good and nice things make us happy and negative things don't. Stay away from things that bring you down and give thanks for your many blessings.
check out Kathleen's blog for great fun!
Monday, June 25, 2012
I saw this Maxine and it made me laugh and I knew you would laugh too
Here I am explaining exactly how to do something important and why my lightgiver fabrics and other light givers are SO important!
Evelyn from TX just took a class with me this week for Quilting Adventures to make COWS. She made a cow called "Irish Coffee" (see my other blog for a photo. The photo above is of a quilt she made after she had to give back a fabulous opportunity quilt she was in charge of...you do get used to keeping those nice things you work on and then it is hard to let them go. Isn't this quilt cute???
I am showing some of my old quilts I did many years ago. This quilt was sold a long time ago but I always like a happy cat in a fun garden with lots of color...the border is all plaids.
One of my students named Carmen was getting ready to leave class and I happened upon her purse and I just loved it so got a quick photo of it. Isn't it cool?
I have been working on some new things and hoochy borders for them. As you can see by my piles I am getting alot done and I love those dots with all of the other fabrics...so much fun!
Freddy Moran and I made this quilt together. Freddy did the border and I did the woman and things inside..it is alot of fun and it is heavy because it is covered with dozens of heavy shell buttons...I usually do not take it on the road.... hope you enjoy it too. If you aren't using some fun colors, you might want to give them a try, they make you ever so happy!
Friday, June 15, 2012
I visit from time to time, always taking whatever time it takes to look at the wonders on your sidebar and today I found the cartoon with the man asking his wife if she's buying "all that fabric" and I knew I had to write you. My sweet mother said those exact words to me after I'd walked all thru a glorious quilt shop (sadly out of business) in the Richmond, VA area and had brought only 5 bolts of fabric to the cutting table. My reply was that those where the fabrics I was settling for but that I'd have liked to get yardage from each and every bolt in the shop. I forgot to mention that Mom stood by the shop door as I looked at everything in the wonderful store one or more times. Years later, my mother started showing signs of Alzheimers and I knew things were forever changed when I took her to another quilt shop. As I was at the cutting table, she twice drew my attention to multi-colored fabrics and asked if I didn't want some of this fabric, too. Of course I did! I still have those two fabrics but Mom has been gone since 2004.
I thought this was a wonderful letter and suggested it be a story quilt. It is so sentimental and so touching and any quilter can smile at this and daughters can too.
Father's Day is Sunday and we love those days for our family. This photo is my husband, my son and my Grand daughter taken at a family get together at my son's in-laws. I love this nice photo.
This made me laugh...so true
And Finally, here is a great you-tube on how they make batiks! LOTS of work for us!
Monday, June 11, 2012
I couldn't wait to see how she approached story quilts and this week she sent me the finished image of her wonderful Baltimore story quilt complete with rouched breasts- loved the crab cake, the flamingo the beautiful flowers and touches of Baltimore...isn't this a delightful quilt and think about passing this along and who wouldn't want to be known for this in a hundred years? It is beautiful, whimsical and lovely all at the same time. Mimi inspires me each time I look at her books I own and this piece will always be my favorite...hope you enjoy it too!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Remember "Mood is contagious-either way the mood goes" so I like it alot when the mood is happy and we don't have someone who twists the mood to the dark side.
Isn't it more fun to be happy and to use that happiness for invention and sharing? I think so!
I often do a cutting excercize to prove that many artists can cut better than they can draw...it is lots of fun and I make these ladies all believers on how talented they are and they didn't even know just how talented...I love this!
So I have been on the road a couple of weeks and I am tired but oh so happy with the wonderful women I have met, the stories I have heard and the invention, creativity and fun I have experienced with girls who now have new friends for life. One of the parts of our classes and certianly here at Asilomar is sharing stories and memories that pop into your head as we share each day and create. This year we spent a week in Scripops creating fun memory quilts and using colorful fabrics we learned how to make our stash better and the tips to getting color and scale to work better for you as you add light to your quilts like artists add light to the paintings they do. This is one of the secrets to making a better quilt.
Stay tuned for more quilts and things from Asilomar and go to my other blog for photos and a little bit about my retreat that just ended in Idaho...it was awesome! Mary Lou and Cherry Too- if it isn't it yet, it is because I am writing it tonight when I have a little more energy! Thank you girls from my class-didn't we have fun? And now we are forever friends!