10/1/17

SEPTEMBER 2017

Started the month off right by catching up with a former Blue Cross co-worker...Jerrie and I hadn't seen each other for 30 years!  It was wonderful to see her again!

Then, of course, on the first Thursday, I joined my friends at Quilt Guild to hear Frieda Anderson - she was entertaining and so talented! Click on her name to go to her website, it's worth the time.

The following weekend we went with friends to see Shiloh Rules, a play about Civil War reenactors - amateur, but relevant to today's current issues regarding the conflict...

The 13th was Dave's birthday - we started out at IHop and then went home and watched whatever movies he wanted to see for the rest of the day - no working on projects!

On the 15th, I went with Reid to the Stitches Texas show - fiber and accessories - the budget took a hit at this one! We had a great time shopping and talking to the vendors.
The next week, Dave built me more shelves in my studio - I realized I had boxes of fat quarters that hadn't seen the light of day in months (maybe years), so I needed to get them out and in front of my face...there's a bench in my studio that can't come out because it encloses duct work and there are doors there into the crawl space over the bedroom, so we couldn't block them...so he built the shelves around the doors and on the bench:
Cool, huh?
And as you can see, I NEEDED them...
I love them! and the top shelf holds a small collection of stuff (not looking to have more, so this is sufficient).

Toward the end of the month we were lucky to get Norm over to help Dave replace 1/2 the fence - it took two days and looks so good, the rest of the fence looks downright dowdy...but replacing the other half will have to wait a while!

Art for the month:
Finished up three more flower bags from the Omiyage book:





Looking forward to October!

9/1/17

AUGUST 2017

It was an art-filled month for me!

On the 3rd, the Dallas Quilt Guild hosted Gyleen Fitzgerald (her website here) - she now presents as a Modern Quilter, but, to me, she's a Traditional-With-A-Twist kind of quilter. Her stuff is marvelous, of course, and her presentation had us in stitches (as it were - did you see what I did there? get it? stitches...).  The phone pics are a little pixilated but you get an idea of the quilt...the two more-solid pics were taken after the presentation with several of her quilts on a table...

Dave's had fun with glasses this month:
his new half-glasses for working at the computer
Just the facts, ma'am.
 On the 12th was the Plano Quilt Show, where I ran into Denise, Carol, and Carolyn.  It was nice seeing the show with friends!

Afterwards, we went to Carolyn's house and celebrated Denise's birthday.

Dave has still been taking pictures from his office window - I found this FB post very funny and true!
On the 19th, I joined a group of SAQA members at the Dallas Museum of Art for the Iris Van Herpen  Transforming Fashion exhibit (her website).  It was more sculpture than fashion (to me) because in these originals no one could even sit down! I have noticed on the internet, however, that commercial versions of some of them have been produced (in cottons and polyesters, no less). These are only three pieces (of 46) from the exhibit (we are talking plastic, 3D printing and metal, people!)
We then went to Lark in the Park for brunch - honestly - best Eggs Benedict I have ever had!
Toasted English Muffin, Avocado, Tomato, Eggs
served with potatoes
On the 21st, the eclipse was fun (we only got about 85% coverage) - the leaves on our Oak tree acted like pinhole cameras!

On the 24th I went to Arlington for the Sew Expo which was combined with a Quilt Show from 6 guilds - My favorite quilt was the Dear Jane by Susan Alotto - it only took her 13 years to make it!

My Art for the month (I was very productive!):

I felt like doing more handwork this month, so I selected this book from my shelf:
It is fun working my way through, and while I'm not sure what to do with them yet (except the shell pincushion), I look forward to making more projects from the book.
small gift bag
small gift bag
small bag (fish is a small pocket)
small gift bag
temari ball
front and back of seashell pincushion:

front and back of small (might hold a bracelet) gift bag:
Also made a little bag out of some scrap lace that my friend Jules dyed:
and notecards for CC Young to use (DAFA community project) - made a lot more than this, but took these pictures so I would have a ready reference if I wanted to do more...

8/1/17

JULY 2017

After having friends over for a Movie Day on the 1st, I spent the rest of the weekend moving stuff from my studio to the living room so I could get some work done - it's just too hot up there during July and August!  


My goal was to use up and empty the Ziploc storage bag (done) - and by the end of that first week, I had put together enough scraps to cut 65 8.5-inch squares)...with more to cut!

And there are still more scraps to sew together or use up in other projects!

Ventured out on the 8th for the Texas Assoc. of Quilt Guilds (TAQG) Rally Day - only volunteered for a few hours at one of the entrances  - others from the Dallas Guild worked all day. The speaker was Cynthia LeBlanc Regone (website: www.cajunclassicsquilts.comand it was a wonderful time.
Judy from the Dallas Guild worked hard all day...
me, not so much - I was able to hand out goodie bags at one of the entrances
we had a nice crowd from all over- at least 500 people...
what caught my eye was the church's slide behind the speaker -
it's the Hatteras lighthouse - what a Texas church is doing using
a N.C. lighthouse is beyond me...made me homesick for MY coastline!











On the 11th we found out the answer to "What would happen if Raider actually caught a squirrel?" - both survived, but with damages - Mr. R ended up with wounds on his neck, his face, near his eye and near his ear. Not sure about the squirrel; since he wasn't where we left him while we took Mr. R to the vet, we have to assume he was still mobile...
the worse wound - healed in a few days - rest were just small punctures

On the 18th and 21st, Dave had cataract surgery and seems to have come out fairly unscathed and able to see much better -
left eye - day of - cleared up in a couple of days and
he could read across the room with it
right eye done - the dark spot over the eye is the X they put on
so they would do the correct eye -
are they in such a hurry they wouldn't be able to tell??
So the fun part of it was that we got to go shopping for reading glasses and normal sunglasses...these are NOT the ones he purchased because, he said, "Well, these are just stupid."




The DAFA meeting on the 24th was just plain FUN!  We "exchanged" handmade birthday cards and then did an Art Swap.

The card I made for the exchange, and the piece I "swapped"::
note card

In the Garden (8x10)













What I received, a card by JoAnn May and a beautiful silk scarf by Suzanne Morgan:













We wore wonderful "hats" and ate cake (we were celebrating EVERYONE's birthday at one time):
Art for the month, all of it 5x7 or smaller - kept it small and it made for a very productive month!
all 4x5, mounted on canvas
both 5x7
notecards
notecards
all 4x6
all 4x6
all 4x6 or maybe 5x7 (would have to remeasure)