8/1/16

Friday Quilt Show

Last Friday, Val and I went to the Fort Worth Quilt Guild Show - it was a small show, and just the right size for a morning outing.  I move slowly and Val is still in rehab for her knee surgeries, so it was a perfect fit!

I didn't take my camera, but did have my phone, so I took some pictures of things that caught my attention.  I forgot to note the names of the quilters, however, and can only identify a few of them from the program.  I need to remember to take pictures of the tags before I take pictures of the quilts!
The small bow ties made great use of scraps.
This one may have been My Scrapbook of American Quilts by Dollie Blevins.  It certainly looks like each block is a small version of a full-sized traditional-pattern quilt.
Happy by Rosemary Switzer and quilted by Neva Muirhead.  
What a great name for such a fun quilt! 
It made both Val and I smile.
This is Jacob's Dragon by Shelley Clauss.
I took this to remind me that not all pattern 
pieces need to be the same type of fabric.
Not only did this one make wonderful 
use of scraps, it looks like a basketweave 
(you may have to enlarge the photo)!
It was nice to see my friend Sara Miller there with her booth (SewInspired) - I have all of her templates...
 We didn't get to visit at last week's DAFA meeting, so it was nice to spend some time with her!
Farm Animals on Parade - another one by Dollie Blevins
This one was my personal favorite.
Still Crazy After All these Years by Patti Ford
What a wonderful collection!
I don't usually pay attention to cat quilts, but
this one made me think of my mother-in-law; I knew she would love it...
While Val isn't a quilter, she said she found lots of inspiration.  So I guess the show accomplished one of it's missions!
This one made me think of my mother - I had a quilt that had the embroidered flower basket on it (I have no idea what happened to it) - and the flower basket is one of the first patterns I ever embroidered when she was teaching me that skill
I thought it was also a wonderful use of vintage handkerchiefs!
This was even bolder in person than in the photograph.
I thought it a clever use of commercial panels,
but I'm not sure I could get to sleep with it in the room!

After a couple of hours at the show, we went over to Sushi Tao for a Japanese-style lunch.  It was delicious and I want to go there with Dave some time.

All in all, it was a good day!

7/28/16

Busy Busy...

While Dave has been kept busy with the yard, research and writing, I've actually gotten stuff done in the studio.

At the DAFA art swap (see 6/30 post), it was apparent that Lu was going to get her own piece back and before it actually happened, I said I would do a piece to trade (I've always wanted some of her artwork!).  

Since Lu's house is decorated in Asian motifs (and looks like something that just jumped off the pages of Architectural Digest), I wanted to be sure my piece was worthy to hang in her house! The Asian fabric sitting on top of the pile in my studio inspired me to fussy-cut two of the flat printed motifs and fuse them to commercial fake over-dyed fabric, adding the ribbon at the same time. I then hand-embroidered the details of the motifs, machine-quilted the background and added the pearl button from my stash.  The entire thing is mounted on a stretched canvas I had painted red.
"Lu's Barter", 5"x5" 2016 J. Appleton

Detail:

I'm proud of how the piece came out and I hope she enjoys it.

A few weeks ago, at TAQG Rally Day (see 7/9 post), we received goodie bags that, among other things, contained some pre-cut fabric (strips and squares). So I challenged myself to use them all.  First, I sewed all of the strips into a jelly roll and stacked the squares.
I made log cabin-style squares around each of the precut squares with the precut strips, then cut each of those squares in half and rejoined non-matching halves; Then rotated and cut those squares in half and rejoined non-matching halves.  Giving me a stack of nice, random-looking pieced squares.
I then picked up one of the squares, cut some felt for batting, and machine-quilted the entire square.
After that, since few of any of the materials had any real cohesiveness, I took some Setacolor yellow paint, watered it down and covered the square (there is no such thing as ugly fabric...).
still wet
dry
I think I'm going to quilt and paint a few more squares before deciding what to do with them and cutting them to size.

Also a few weeks ago, one of the elm trees in our side yard was hit by lightning and some of the branches had died.
 But, in hopes that the tree can be saved, we called Daniel to come cut off the dead parts.
He was, of course, heavily supervised by Mr. Raider (from the front window).
We'll know in a couple of months if the tree itself will survive.
At least we feel like we've given it a better chance.

And today I put together a couple of workshop "to go" kits.  At the DAFA meeting each month, we have a small workshop before the actual meeting and we usually need to bring scissors or some other "regular" supplies.  Using two travel mugs (the UT one is too heavy for me when it's full and the Vegas one was beginning to leak), I glued small pincushions to the underside of the lids and then included items I would keep in any sewing kit:
So now there is one for each car.  I even made nametags and put them in each one, so I don't have to remember to take one to the meetings.

And I'm almost finished with scrapbooks.  Down to the last three and all of them are virtual.  Hope to be done with all of them by the end of the year.  It's not easy sorting 1000s of pictures!

And at some point, I need to start cleaning my studio (again).   Guess I'll be busy for a while...

7/15/16

Korean Lunch

Earlier this week I met my friend Haidee for lunch. She's more adventurous regarding food than most of my other friends, so I asked to go to the Korean BBQ.
It was a flat-rate all-you-can-eat buffet (no takeaway leftovers) and the selection was nicely varied. You pick up the raw meat you want and cook it at the table (that's a grill you see in the middle of the table).
 I tried everything that wasn't marked spicy and liked most of it and actually loved a couple of dishes.
The Peanut Sweet Chicken and the pumpkin porridge was well worth returning for, and I even liked the seaweed salad.
Afterwards, Haidee came back to the house and we visited for awhile...
She's moving to Pennsylvania, so I'm glad we got to visit before she left!

Now - back to the studio...

7/12/16

June Workshop

Fortunately, I was able to take a workshop with Carolyn Skei in June - it was a lot of fun and I ended up with a piece that I really like.  Of course, I didn't finish it that day, but now that I have, I thought I'd share it.
we started out with a blank canvas
and an old Encyclopedia Britanica
and I was ready for action!
Carolyn demonstrated some things 
you could do with the techniques

and then demonstrated the steps to make our pieces
I was fortunate to find pages in the encyclopedia 
that contained heraldry for the back of the piece 
so Dave would know I was thinking about him!
It was fun sharing the table with Lu
I think it turned out really cute!
I really like the picture of us that I used
and I managed to preserve the heraldry on the back
On the way back to the car, I was able to enjoy the garden that was attached to the workshop site - it was beginning to fade, but there was still beauty to enjoy!
Another fun day with good friends!