Monday, March 25, 2019

SAQA - Two for One

The Mountain Art Quilters - a regional pod of SAQA recently met for a private showing of the SAQA traveling show. SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Association) sponsors many shows each year for members, many of which travel. This particular show, because of its large amount of entries,  is dividied into sections. We received section A which had 58 wonderful pieces to drool over.

After our regular meeting of business and show and tell, we had the opportunity to go around to different tables to see each piece.
Linda, our group leader who started the ball rolling...
We were trying to decide the best way to showcase each piece. Since each one is mounted on black foamcore and then inserted and sealed into a plastic bag, we felt it safe to lay them on a table.

This way people could go round, pick up each piece and read the information on the back without having to worry about harming the piece.  This is a lovely way to present a piece; the clear bags did not inhibit the beauty and uniqueness of each piece and viewers were able to get really up close and personal. I have to say, I had my favorites but enjoyed seeing every one and the creativity behind each. We even had a few critique groups going on.
We also had a refreshment table which is always fun and a place for people to gather.
Some yummy homemade and purchased food items.
This is not a good picture of one of the pieces but thought I would try it. The plastic reflects too much but you can go to their website - to see them all....OR you can come downtown Asheville on March 29 to see them in person (info below)
Our group which grew from 3 members to many, many today. A great group of very talented, sharing and lovely ladies. They are fun and inspiring to be with.
Here is some information on the SAQA trunk show coming to Asheville on this Friday, March 29.

It is so worth seeing...and if that wasn't enough, our group has a show going on upstairs in the Church Street Gallery, you don't even have to leave the building - a two for one.
After you see the SAQA show, wander upstairs to see our "Seasons of Green" show...Another plus, refreshments will be served...So hope to see you there. Our whole group will be going and staying and making sure you're having fun!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

PTA Retreat Pt. 2

 Some more wonderful things going on at our retreat...Leigh Anne brought a wall hanging made for her home in Florida (where she lives full time). How perfect the colors are. She wanted to add beads and Mary helped her out, giving her a lesson and also doing some beading on the piece. It added so much.

Here's the piece Barbara is working on...further along.
The black and white prints make such a wonderful background.
Kate finished her quilt #1 for the NC Hurricane Quilt project. Marene started another very colorful quilt to challenge herself in working with bright colors.

She had the blocks made already; she had to put them together and do the border.....
Mighty pretty....
And Leigh Anne's quilt even further along. I love the addition of gold fabric and maroon strips...sometimes the colors you think will never work together are dynamite.!
Barbara had also been working on a wonky log cabin. The fun thing about this quilt is that all size strips are going to work as long as the outside measurement of each block is the same. What a great scrap quilt.
Mary is also making a quilt for the NC Hurricane Quilt project. The blues are beautiful and will make a stunning quilt.
Georgia has started another Trip Around the World. I'm always intrigued in the way she plans her fabrics and then lays them out and stitches them in the order they will be used. It will be fun to see the finished piece...In closing, I must say, it was a great 3 days as always. These gals add so much to my life; I value their friendship and just enjoy being with them.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

PTA Annual Retreat # 11

I cannot believe we are in our eleventh year of retreat...and it's already come and gone. We all look forward to it each year and like creatures of habit, we take our same place in the community work room as the year before - maybe a comfort zone for us.
Janice and Leigh Anne ready to get to playing.
We have a big table down the middle of the room which serves as a great place to share techniques or work on larger things.
As each year passes, the dynamics of the group change....still the same people loving the same thing but we are 11 years older so not quite as peppy as we used to be....but still loving every minute.
Leigh always brings several things to work on. These are old blocks she came upon, finished up and changed some and putting together in a really pretty arrangement....You'll see more finished tomorrow.
This is a quilt Lynne is working on using greens...somewhat of a modern quilt feel to it - very nice.
Here's my mess of strips which I'm still working on to make a quilt for the NC Hurricane Quilt Project. I will have more on that later as it's a great cause and one every quilter can get involved in as there are so many options.
Georgia teaches at a retreat every year at a Dude ranch in Montana. She and Charlotte Warr Anderson are the only 2 instructors and have been doing this for over 30 years. Enthusiastic quilters love to take the workshop but they also have access to horseback riding and other outdoor activities. This is the project for this years workshop. It's darling and very do-able in the time frame allowed.

Barbara is working on a piece from Ruth McDowell's book (on left). The most intriguing part of this is the wonderful background of black and white prints. Linda likes to bring her knitting and visit and chit chat...Her socks are always amazing.
Marene has several projects in the works including blocks for Georgia who is making quilts for the Quilts of Valor project.
I love this block.
Georgia just came out with a new book - Scrap Happy Quilts. It has wonderful new patterns and quilts but also some wonderful, heart warming stories. She read us the passage she wrote regarding our PTA group. It was heartfelt and lovely. She also received a nice bottle of wine from her publisher which she brought to share with us.
At our retreat each year, we eat in the dining hall. In order to do this, there has to be 10 people present or more that one group that will add up to 10. This year, we were the only group and 9 of us, so for the first time, we did our own meals...
So after our traditional happy hour....
We had a feast...which was delicious.
A wonderful spinach and zucchini salad and Mexican chicken roll up with yummy sauce.
We all had our assigned meals or dessert (mary is always the dessert person) and it worked out beautifully.
Some great conversation, games and
door prizes. Lynne won this adorable tape measure earrings...More fun to come so ....Stay tuned for pt. 2

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Top of the Mornin' to Ya

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy St. Patricks Day...I met my husband on this day many, many years ago so it's always a special day for me. In honor of the day I'm making corned beef and cabbage and boiled potatoes with butter and salt.  The potatoes are in honor of my Irish grandpa whom I adored and who loved potatoes fixed this way. He was from Ireland, county Cork and his last name was Corkey.

While we were in Ireland, we visited the place (and gate) he left from to come to the United States...same place as the Titanic left from.

While there we also bought a snap brim cap for my son who loves it...and while in Target of all places, they had them for cats. I couldn't here are Mike and Fraggle with their hats!
Have a fun day.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Celebration Continues....

We started our party first the past we have started our project for the day, sneaked back into the kitchen to set up and then surprise...... but not today....The minute Gen walked in the door, we had the crepe paper ready, the crown and a regalia which said 90 & Marvelous. 
 So of course we get the "Queen's Wave"
 The table was set with festive party goods as well as flowers and a birthday balloon.
 All of us enjoying lunch and bubbly!
And the birthday girl... I can't say enough wonderful things about this lady....Look at her....She's 90 - she's beautiful!! both inside and out. Since day 1, she has served as an inspiration to us all with her creativeness, her energy and positive outlook on life. We love being with her.
 We had a beautiful Chantilly Cake with fruit for filling and on top...making it very healthy ( - :
 9 Candles topped the cake, 1 for each decade....
 And some lovely presents....
 A handmade book...
 some beautiful handmade papers...
 A gel pen set, a puzzle which I regret not getting a picture of and a gift certificate to her favorite online store - Joggles.
It was a glorious day which we all enjoyed. Happy Birthday to Gen, our dear, dear friend and we wish you many, many more! We love you to pieces!