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Thursday, July 24, 2014

500 Traditional Quilts Book- "Variable Toile Stars"

It is always exciting to have a quilt recognized and to receive notification that a quilt will be honored in a book. It seems like eons ago, that  "Variable Toile Stars" was accepted to Lark's new book 500 Traditional Quilts. Debut in Sept.

The blocks were started at Point Bonita Quilt Retreat with a group of ladies headed by Barbara Brackman. Barbara is a known author of many books on the history of quilt blocks and quilts.
Check out her books on Amazon.

Each year we would return home to make a quilt from a theme fabric or a particular design and bring it the following year for show and tell.

I worked on my design wall, trying to figure out just how I would set them.. If you will notice each block is the same, it just depends on the way you set the colors.  This was also a study in lights and darks, in other words values, not just color.

Shirley Greenhoe did the beautiful quilting on her longarm.quilting machine. This was much to large for me to handle. Photography done by our local  photographic artist: David Hoffman

In this close up, you can see the variety of toile fabrics that was used for each block.
There is even a fabric design showing a group of ladies sitting around a quilting frame, lower right hand corner of the block.

Yesterday, I was notified that the quilts are going to be shown at Houston's International Quilt Festival this fall. It is the Ruby Jubilee, ( for those of you that don't quilt, this is one of the largest quilt shows in the U.S.A. more than 60,000 quilters gather), later the Texas Quilt Museum in Central Texas, also plans for Festival in Chicago 2015 and several other venues.

I am sure the 500 Traditional Quilts book will be available at all the venues, and later from Amazon.

Wow, this quilt is going to do more traveling then I have lately.

I feel honored to share this quilt with such a large audience.  My thanks go to all the people it takes to put a book together, the hours they worked and for the gift of sharing.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Over board with projects. Experiment

 This is my calm down flower moment.

There has been so very much going on that I am over the top with my brain running in circles.
Trying to get ideas for Timberline Gallery's Art Quilt Mural, contacts about advertising, emailing Kelly-Moore paint,  please see their Facebook and scroll down.. They are so kind to post our project on their Facebook.

And then my hubby drove me to a NCQC ( Northern Calif. Quilt Council)meeting yesterday, 3.5 hours away. In case you are not familiar, they are a speakers bureau for Quilt Guilds.  I have a great power point, and trunk show to schedule with guilds.  We did have fun there and saw some friends, connected with others and left my flyers.

We made the rest of the fun day, by stopping at Pea Soup Andersen's, and I must say by the time we got home at 5 PM a nap was in order and we are not nappers, but it was a long day.

Leaving at 5:30 in the AM.  is not great fun, but less traffic. So there is a plus.

I bought an Ipad for the Power Point, so much to learn before the end of Aug and my presentation and Trunk show at Madera Quilt Guild.. looking forward to that.

If any of you ladies work with the IPad, I am open to suggestions and would love to hear from you!

I am experimenting with the Photo Booth app on the IPad.

This is the Kaleidoscope design of the top photo of flowers. Wouldn't that make great printed fabric.
I went a bit crazy after that and walked around the garden before it got too hot.

Lunch break and then to the studio..  A little cooler today. Hope you are having a great creative Day!!!  Comments and ideas are appreciated!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Art Quilt Block Mural

 This turned out to be a bigger project than anticipated.. Each painting is on a 4'x4' board.  This building is 70 long and 2 stories high.

Photo of Jacqueline and Michael hanging the pieces.. carefully.  I thought when it was complete, so would my "job".  But now we have all sorts of ideas, and people are wanting posters and cards.
So each day is bringing lots of surprises, distractions and a learning process.  I am not getting to my studio as much as I would like..

It is such fun to see peoples faces when they see it.. Many are stopping and taking photos to share with friends. If you are up this way, please stop in and say hi and let us know how you like it.

We are hoping that it catches on in the town and we have other businesses that would like art on the outside of their building, home, barn, Tuff shed or gate.. Lets have art beautify with nature.

This is on the North side of Timberline Gallery, Hwy 41, Oakhurst Calif. Gallery Row.  Be sure to stop in and say HI.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Exceptional Art Gathering Saturday July 12th.

We are having a wonderful collection of events this coming Saturday at Timberline Gallery. A celebration for our Art Quilt Block Mural, perhaps this name will be shortened once people understand what it is and where it is.
Can't believe it till you see it.
In addition we have the opening of our special showing "Wild and Wonderful Show" and Carolyn Hartling is opening her Solo Showing of "Echoes". 
In addition we have some Children's Activities, of weaving, painting, and bubble printing.
I might try my hand at that also,,, not just for the Children!

Yes, some munchies will be available also, come and enjoy an afternoon at Timberline Gallery
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