I was in Atlanta last week visiting my daughter Jill. She wanted me to come to the doctor with her to see if she was having a boy or girl - YES - she is expecting her first child and we're all so excited. Well the results are in and it's a girl; We're on Cloud 9!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Yesterday, was our Fiber Junkies meeting at my house where we continued to explore ways to color fabric. Last month was markers, this time was paints. It was great fun to see and try all the wonderful products available for painting and also to be able to rule out those we could live without. We made samples of each paint - some we used with an extender, some were used on wet fabric, some were used with a wet brush and some a dry brush - all gave different effects.
Dee Dee brought a piece of felted fabric we all went wild over. She used Alpaca as a base and felted wonderful fabrics on top of it.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, March 16, 2012
I really like doing small pieces; I can try new ideas and products without a large investment of time or materials. My latest piece - "Dear Alice" features many fabrics I made myself - my favorite part.
So "Dear Alice" was born out of one of my favorite pages in my mother - Alice's autograph book.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Our 4th annual PTA retreat happened last week and if possible, it was even better than the year before. We had 3 wonderful days at Lake Logan with a huge community room for sewing, a dining hall that fixes all our meals, a house that holds all of us and 11 of the nicest ladies I know. It's non-stop laughing, sharing, snacking, sipping, sewing etc. Our first night, we have a little contest, this year was our Bucket List. We were to write on 3 separate pieces of paper, 3 things on our Bucket List. The group then has to guess who wrote it. I recommend this activity with a glass of wine or champagne.
We were very careful to "recycle" (-:
Monday, March 5, 2012
In my last post, I showed pictures of some of the wonderful pieces from the "Inspired By" exhibit at Mid Atlantic last week. There were 13 of us who made a piece for the exhibit; here are the rest of them. My piece - Hummingbird Magic (since renamed "Sweet Nectar") was inspired by Martin Johnson Heade who is known for his swampy settings, flowers and vines - right up my ally.
Tomorrow I'm off to my annual PTA retreat. This will be our 4th one - they just keep getting better and better. There are 10 of us going, when I return, I'll have lots to share along with lots of pictures including photos of "empty" wine bottles, finished or close to finished quilts, bags under our eyes from lack of sleep and LOTS and LOTS of new laugh lines!
Til then, have fun creating and just enjoying the coming of spring.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival invited our PTA Fiber group to do an exhibit for their show last week. It hung for the duration of the show and was viewed by thousands of people. I know I've talked about some of the pieces and showed their progress on my blog, but to see it finished and hung with such beautiful signage was just plain wonderful. Every member chose an artist that inspired them and then did a piece to reflect something in that artist's work. Linda Cantrell chose Picasso.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
I had a wonderful week teaching at Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival last week. I drove up with friend and fellow teacher - Linda Cantrell, on Tuesday. Wednesday, I helped hang the "Inspired By" exhibit by our PTA group. It was a wonderful experience to be invited to exhibit at such a top notch national show. Many members from PTA drove up to see it. I also had some extra time and helped hang the Alzheimer's exhibit but more on that later. One of the workshops I taught was Shaded Florals - a new workshop I developed as a result of creating my piece for the Inspired By exhibit. Students had their choice of 3 different patterns and using commercial fabric, fused and stitched a beautiful flower. Using Shiva paintstiks, the piece was then shaded to give more dimension. The gals were wonderful, worked hard and created such beautiful work. It was a cold, blustery day outside but in my classroom, it felt like spring with all the beautiful color and flowers.