Monday, March 30, 2009

What a Difference a Weekend Can Make

I tempted fate with my back still not feeling 100% and decided that I had not sewn in my studio for far too long. I got to spend the whole weekend, or the majority of it, in studio at the sewing machine. It was really great.

These are the weekly quilts for March. The theme is "Historic Lady Collage". I had envisioned these being more "crusty" for collage, but I lose courage to continue to alter them, so the paint and stamping ideas went by the wayside. Part of the reason to leave that be was that I used some hand-dyed damask napkins I thrifted. There were only 3 napkins, and they were stained, so dyeing them last year was a fun project.
The quotes are what the ladies actually said, usually attributed through letters. I had envisioned Marie Antoinette saying "Let them eat cake", but that has been since not been attributed to her. So the even more fun "Don't Worry, I'll be fine" is somehow better. Prophetic.

I also made these cute Vintage Romance ATCs for a swap I'm in at I made one extra for me, and one extra to swap later. I used some hand made vintage French lace on these that I almost couldn't cut into. They turned out so sweet.

I'm excited to get more sewing done this week, and next weekend should make progress on "The Road to Home". I hope to show it in May.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This 'n That

I'm glad to be back home, and there's a lot to be done. My back finally feels better, so I have a "back"log of work to do. The house needs to be cleaned, laundry needs to be done, and the yard work is about to start.

My Fiber Art Divas group is going to have a show at the Naperville Art League in May, which I am very excited about! It means I can finally finish "The Road to Home", the "big" quilt I am working on. With a goal in mind, maybe it will get finished.

I bought new slippers, which were desperately needed since if my feet are cold I am cold. I found them in the clearance section for $5! I've wondered how I can salvage the old slipper parts to make new ones or recycled ones, but it's more work than it's worth. It's why I don't make my own clothes.

My Yo Yo Flower class went really well, and I hope to teach it elsewhere if I can.

IQA Chicago is coming up and I'm getting excited. Should be a lot of fun!!!

I plan to finish up my March theme this weekend, and work on some ATCs. I am going to an ATC retreat in Indiana in June, so I have to get a bunch of stuff done before then to have "stock" to trade with.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Walking in Memphis

By the time you read this, I'll be in Memphis TN for the comic book industry job I have. Be there through Sunday. Missing my brother's birthday and my sister's candle party...

My back is not fully recovered so no sewing has happened in the studio. Lots of reading and crocheting, but little sewing. The ideas are building up, and the big IQA show in Chicago is looming with all kinds of ideas and classes to take and money to spend there...

I am teaching my Fiber Art Divas group how to make the Yo Yo Flowers (sorry for those of you still waiting on the pattern). I'll let you know how it goes. This is just coming off of teaching it as a half hour demo at the Riverwalk Quilt Guild's Gathering show.

I have a project to take with me on the plane, but we'll see how much gets done. I may just nap instead.

In the meantime, I submitted one of my sad February quilts for a "ghost for a ghost" project over on Astulabee's Blog and Flickr page. Go check it out!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

An important message

(Me and Ami)
I have recently hurt my back and can't do much sewing, so I have little to show you today, but my quilt guild's "show" was this past weekend and out guest speaker was Ami Simms.

Ami spoke to us about her Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and the touching story of her mother Beebe. My grandmother passed away March 10th 2006 from Alzheimer's Disease and it's been a tough week thinking of her. I made a Priority Quilt for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, and when it is posted for auction, I will let you know. Below is a picture of it.

("Remember when?")

Grandma was ornery to begin with, and we had a rough relationship, but right when I was interested to know more about her, she had lost the ability to tell me anything. Eventually, she had to live in a nursing home, and she was sure ornery there too. Below is my virtual "Purple Patch" in her honor. If you know someone touched by this horrible disease, I encourage you to bid on my quilt, donate money, time or otherwise, and hopefully we can find a cure for the next generations.
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative: Raising Awareness & Funding Research

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Happy Hina Matsuri Day!

In keeping with researching Japanese culture and themes, happy Hina Matsuri day, other wise known as Doll Festival or Girls' Day!

I made this Hina quilt last year as part of my Japanese Doll theme. It's still so Kawaii! Also, I purchased some Hina Matsuri display dolls from, which I am very happy about. Here is my little display!

I have this cute bowl of Konpeito to celebrate with, and DH and I are going out for Japanese cuisine tonight. We're also going to try plum wine, and we may float a little origami doll out on the pond. We don't have kids, but we can still send our misfortunes out on the water to be washed away with the doll instead of us.

I hope you have a happy Hina Matsuri day too!

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Someone's masterpiece

Of all of the items in the bag of "cutter" quilts scraps I got, none were as sad as this one.
This is one half of two hand pieced applique bows and flowers bouquets that remained. I imagine this quilt was a bed sized piece with lots of this motif repeated throughout.
What's even more shocking is the tiny tiny crosshatch quilting around the bow.
This was someone's masterpiece. Hand appliqued and quilted. Now it's all cut up.
This turned out to be a good theme for this month, as the trip to NYC and a horrible horrible head cold sidelined a lot of quilting for me this month.
March also looks full, with another work trip, my guild's quilt show, and much more. Exciting!

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