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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lost then Found, Mountain Picnic

Before I went to camp in Jan. I started laying out what I would take to work on/ complete.  At this camp we set up a mini one day store.

 My plan was to bring the patterns ( Kathy and I created )for Mountain Picnic, also some of my jewelry etc.
When we arrived, my husband helped unload, boxes with quilting stuff, knitting, books, sleeping bags, bedding, clothes, sewing machines, etc.

When the day came to set up our wares.. I could not find this quilt, no more thought given, but when I got home, I could not find it.. I thought I had put it in a clear plastic bag.. Guess my memory of intentions were greater then my doing..

I searched for it, and thought about the embarrassment if I posted a " please, have you seen etc" , if I found it after.. So putting it off, hoping the "Spirits" that find things would help, I left it up to fate.

But in the back of my mind I thought it was lost.. and questioned did I have a signature block on the back?  I could not remember, would it find it's way home?.. Did it drop out at the In and Out hamburger place?  Where was it?

Well, I have a happy surprise, when I was unrolling quilts for a talk I am giving in a couple of weeks.
There rolled up neatly with another quilt, was my Mountain Picnic.

Thank you "Spirits" for directing me on where to find it.  With time and patience, what is lost will be found.
Now, could you help me find the ball of yarn with the crochet hook in it, that I took to another retreat?
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blue Heron, Amazing Sky

I was looking out my kitchen window toward the river and suddenly a dark shadow came over the house. My thoughts were a Red Tailed Hawk, but no it was bigger. The wing span was enormous.
I  grabbed my camera and quietly opened the door, which really can not be that quiet for an animals ears. From the way it flew I knew it had to have landed on a small hill by the house.

I crept toward the top and a Blue Heron flew up above the trees and into the sky.  I have a digital as all must have now and I sort of aimed and clicked. I love my old Cannon and miss it.  I could not see what I was shooting at, but at least it does not cost me in film, just delete. Out of about 10 shots, I got one, as he rose above the trees and into a fantastic sky filled with amazing clouds..

Blue Herons are some times down by the river, strutting around with their heads down looking for gophers in the grass or sandy areas. Wish they would come closer to the house,, we have lots of gophers and I am sure the cats would share.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Judy's fabric Challenge, Karen Musgrave

I completed the last challenge with Karen Musgrave and she delighted me with challenging us again.
There were 2 colorways, and by chance I got just the piece I wanted.. We each received a nice size section.
I was in the shower and an idea came to me.... Yeah...  I love it when this happens.. will show the progress, but first to get another piece off the design wall, and back to the UFO Bin...

I am always amazed at how differently one see's fabric..

What do you see in this piece?  Water, fish, flowers?
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award

I have been awarded the Liebster Blog Award by Karen Musgrave, a wonderful fiber artist, author and Super Lady.  You can check Karen out on her Blog, and visit her new book. I have read it and highly recommend "Quilts in the Attic" .

 The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers who inspire you and have less than 200 followers. The Liebster Award takes it’s name from the German word meaning Beloved, Dearest or Favorite. I’m so honored to receive this award. Karen described me as "someone she would like to know better", and I am getting to know Karen better also.

As part of the tradition it is passed along to 5 bloggers that have motivated and inspired.
To accept the award you must:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.
And now for my 5:

1. Sinta Boland,  Pink Pincushion, a super quilter, who produces more quilts then I would guess. and has a great blog.

2. Pixie Ladies, Kris Sazaki, and Deb Cashatt, who generously share quilting advice. 

3. Rose Hughes, who keeps so busy she is hard for me to catch my breath around her. Fantastic person.

4.Jane Ville, who amazes me with her beautiful enthusiasm.

5. Allison Aller, a dear friend, with the craziest talent and artistry. You will be inspired.

And you might have noticed that I "might" have fudged a bit on the 200, but I am sure you will enjoy visiting all these ladies.  Their quilting is unique, very individual and inspiring.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Flowers of the Moment, Color

Just returned home from 4 days of quilting.  I was looking at some of  last months photos and this one popped up of the beautiful bouquet my son sent for Valentines day..  These are amazing flowers, but the color specifically is what I love.
There was a discussion at camp regarding colors in our stash. Do they change with the whims of the out side world?  In a quiet moment I was sorting a bag of scraps to use in a project, will show photo later. Many of us have quilted since the 80's and before, and we chatted about the colors we started to collect, and the colors of quilts we made when we started quilting.
I see peach and blue as a significant color combination for me at that time, and it still reverberates  into quilts now.
Maybe the Peach is a little stronger, and not really a "Peach" any more, but an Orange, with a bit of screaming, " I am here" attitude.. Does that reflect where I am at the moment?

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Timberline Gallery, Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is the theme for March and April.  Joyce Wycoff, Lura and Kerby Smith, Davis Caris and my pieces are in this photo.

The large painting in the center is by Kathleen Mattox, a weaving by Jacqueline Kurtt, and a small framed piece by me.

Julie Michell creates the wonderful figures that you find in the gallery. David Caris makes the colorful masks as well as the ceramic bowls.

We have an amazing Card Rack.  Cards make thoughtful gifts for special occasions and they can easily be framed later for hanging or setting on a table.
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Friday, March 16, 2012

SMQA's Spring Quilt Retreat 2012

Sierra Mountain Quilters have a Spring retreat at ECCO Conference Center every year.  I think I have been to all but the one when they had snow causing a big scattering of the ladies that had come up from the Valley.  This year the weather was in it's splendor, bordering on the feeling of Spring. Cold evenings and warm sunny days.

However, when I went to leave and was all packed up to go, my car decided it's battery was not up for the job.  I must say I am grateful, it was warm, I had a cozy place to wait, it is close to town, and my hubby was handy.  It could have happened in a scary place, like the freeway or in the pouring rain.
So blessing to my car for choosing a relaxed easy place to be towed from and close to town.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mike MacNamara Quilts

It is always inspirational to see what quilters in other parts of the country are doing. That is why I strongly believe in Quilt retreats.  Besides, the amazing experiences, lively discussions, the learning of new techniques, and lots of sharing.

Mike  ( can be reached for guild talks, mmac009@yahoo.com,) always brings the newest quilts he is working on.  Sometimes, we believe that our ideas are crazy, or this block does not fit with that one,, Maybe the Quilt Police will see an error in the stitching.

These thoughts are crazy, Quilting is for your enjoyment and sometimes as gifts.  Look at the quilts by Mike and Joe.  They are fun, they have fun, quilting is about having fun and sharing.

Now, this quilt is something I would never start, or worse, never finish.  It is amazing and lively.

Here is a close up,,, Do you have lots of scraps left from a project? Start sewing them together... Have a grand time with it... Thank you Joe and Mac for always showing your quilts, inspiring us and reminding us to have fun and laugh. 

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Joe Cunningham and Mac McNamara

Each year I attend a quilt camp with about 60 women. Have been going here about 15 or more years.  Each year Joe Cunningham and his friend Mac come to visit and show what they have been working on during the year..
Joe came to the mountains and SMQA Quilters, and gave one of his delightfully funny presentations about Joe the Quilter.
If you have not seen this you should book him for your guild meeting.

As usual Joe and Mac, kept us laughing the whole time, and showing their amazing quilts.

The squiggles you see on this one is with Bias tape... am going to try that some time,, have tons of it from eons ago in my mothers sewing box.
You can find Joe on the net, and check out his busy schedule.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ning Yeh, Chinese Brush Painting.

Ning Yeh is a well known Chinese Brush Painter. In the 80's I was fortunate to have taken some Brush Painting classes with him..He lives in Huntington Beach, and you can read about him on the net, so I will not go into detail. 
We have been having a discussion regarding Chops in our Postmarkd'art group.  I have been on the search for mine, but sadly have not found it. I have only the one painting left with my chop on it, and am checking with friends that have Asian connections, because I don't even remember what my chop says.
I wanted to share with you his amazing horse painting! You can  see the beauty and movement in each brush stroke.. I have the book he wrote when we took the class, it sits in a place of honor.  Isn't it wonderful to have beautiful memories,,, be sure to enjoy the special moments  in your day.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Neighborhood

This is not a great photo,, but in my rush I framed it and had to take the photo through the glass.. I believe I did show this before and most of you know that I show at Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst.. The discussion has been frame or unframed for fiber.. That discussion aside, and an opportunity came up...

The Alliance of California Artists had a call out for their Major open annual show, theme this year is "Cityscape" and the venue is the Visalia Arts, in Visalia Calif. My friend Kathleen Mattox was going to enter also... and she volunteered to take my piece in.

We are both delighted that our art won ribbons. Mine in Mixed Media, there was no fiber category, Kathleen's in two other categories.  So stretch ladies, the artwork is in the gallery at Visalia Arts till the end of the month.. If you are in the "Neighborhood" do stop in...
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Metamorphsis 2

I had so much fun with the Karen's challenge, referencing Rayna's book, that I went a step further and finished this block and mounted it on a painted gallery canvas.. Am delighted with how it turned out.

Thank you both for inspiring me to push the envelope again.. Both pieces will be hanging in Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, Opening March 6th..   If you get a chance, take a look on Karen's blog and you will see a the completed quilts and how varied they turned out..
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

English Paper Piecing

My dear friend Ann Kimble gave me this beautiful English Paper Pieced top. This was in exchange for the knitted hat I made for her.. I kept looking at it all year, and decided to take it to camp  for suggestions on how to quilt it.. As much as I love hand quilting, lots of time is involved in that, so I knew I had to do machine quilting.

After chatting about the variable ways of completing the task.. I sat down at my sewing machine and just started hoping that ideas would come, and fast.. Echo quilting was what first came to mind,, then I thought I should add some leaf shapes. I could stuff some green yarn and really make them trupunto, how ever.. Isn't it fun to have something finished.. You can't see it, but I used variegated threads on the sides and in the lower block areas.. This was fun and it even has the binding and sleeve! Now, I can hang it and really enjoy! Done is so wonderful!
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