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Friday, October 24, 2014

Quarry Books, 1000 Quilt Inspirations

Exciting news, A new book coming out and I have some fiber art pieces in it.. I don't like to say which ones yet.  I just received a letter that the book comes out in  February 2015.

It is so much fun to be accepted in a book and many of my email /blog friends are in this one also.

One of the benefits of being a SAQA member is receiving notification of entry dates and wondering which piece goes with the theme.. Or even rushing to make something that might be considered.

Sometimes the author has strict guide lines. For me it means choosing or making something special, having it professionally photographed and following the exact wording of what they want on the entry.

However in saying all this, it also means that I could misinterpret what the author or juror is saying . I might think something fits and it doesn't.  I have learned to send in extra photos unless a specified amount is listed.

I sent in an entry the other day for a book, and I was really stretching my thoughts on the theme,, Now I am having second thoughts would something else I have fit the idea better.

Authors have a vision and the artist might have another idea of what is being said.. Does not mean the art is not good, it just is not fitting with the general theme of the book.

So I feel really blessed to be in many beautiful books, it is a thrill for me to be included with so many amazing artists.

Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, with my little gourd necklace "Heart and Hand"
1000 Artisan Textiles "Shine to Land and Sky"
500 Traditional Quilts- "Variable Toile Stars"

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tee Shirts, transfigured

It is the time of year that we start to think about changing out the closet for winter clothes.  That means to move T Shirts from one place to another.   And I am getting sick of some of the T-shirts with wording and pictures on them. Also I have a collection of Sierra Art Trails T Shirts. Ok.. so I hate to throw out a good shirt, but they are taking up space in my closet.

California has a new law that will go into affect in Jan... no plastic grocery bags.. I save mine for other uses, so not sure how I will replace them, but I now have a use for all those Colorful T- Shirts.. Make them into bags.. and here is how I am doing it.

Yes, I am putting the good ideas that I Googled together,, lay the shirt flat and cut around the sleeve leaving the seam for strength. Can use the sleeve for dust cloth later.

Use a dinner plate and lay it over the neck area. Size is your choice, marking with pencil the out line, and cut the neck out. 

That is easy so far.  Next for the bottom.

Turning the shirt inside out, I pinned the bottom together. I left the seam on at the bottom for strength, and rolled it up and machine stitched  both sides together, then rolled it up again, or you could double stitch for strength.

Now I have 3 bags that I can put anything in.. groceries, or what ever. Thinking I might fill one with my yarn project and sketching projects to take with me on retreat. Also one for the paper towels, and paper goods to take along..  These fold up nice, or just stuff in the back seat.. Off to check out my husbands closet.. his T- shirts are bigger!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Life Goes On

Some days we forget to look around us, and then something really important pops into our lives.
A hungry buck, yes, he munched on my petunias, what is left of them, as I hid by the kitchen window to take photos.  He wandered around a bit, then decided to wander off again.  We leave dishes of water around, because the Fresno River is and has been dry for many months.

I feel both tired and stimulated from the week-end of Sierra Art Trails. Delighted that many pieces of art went to new homes. It was busy chatting with wonderful art lovers that stopped to share their experiences as well as ask about the art.

Today, I am trying to catch up with life, clean the house, and settle my art back into their places. Yesterday I brought items up to Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst for the changing of the gallery. 
Jacqueline and I will continue to show in the Solo Room until the end of the month.
Stop in to say hello. 

I will be sitting the gallery on Oct. 15th.  from 10-4.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sierra Art Trails over for 2014

Judy Andes and I want to thank everyone for stopping in at the Coarsegold Historic Museum. For many it was a first time and we hope you stop in periodically to see the new exhibits.  We are delighted that so many of you choose to take home an art piece and share our love of the arts. 

Judy's pastels are amazing, she delights in painting the local areas. I am sure you connect with these beautiful green locations and views of running water.  We look forward to our landscapes turning green and the sounds of water in the river this winter.

The weather was very hot, but better than rain. Especially for the artists that were at locations where they set up under trees. Now, we are doing rain dances.

I also want to thank the Museum Docents that share their enthusiasm every year by keeping the museum open long hours all 3 days. Our guests enjoy seeing objects from the Old West and hearing about the history of Coarsegold.

 We had several couples enjoy the shade and breeze under the trees.  They had packed their lunches, drinks and even a table cloth.  Something that Judy and I had forgotten, a table cloth. On the list for next year. We also sat under the oak trees and relaxed with cool drinks. We want to thank our special "hubby's" for their patience and luncheon deliveries. Not to say anything about the heavy lifting and sign placement.

Most of the time we were inside chatting with visitors, sharing our art and how it is made.

I have additional art at Timberline Gallery, in Oakhurst and a special exhibit with Jacqueline Kurtt is in the Solo Room for the rest of  October. I will be attending to the Gallery on Oct. 15th.
Stop in and say hello.  We are on winter hours now, 10-4.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Prayer Flag for a dear Friend.

The other day in the middle of getting ready for Sierra Art Trails, I received notice that my Dear  Friend Ruth is very ill and going to need treatment. 

A group of ladies are making Prayer Flags for her hospital stay and treatment.

I dropped what I was doing and thought about the life and friendship for awhile.   Then on to the Prayer Flag. Yes, we were given instructions and I know how to make Prayer Flags, after all, I have taught classes.  But...... I looked through photos I had taken at the retreat that Ruth and Odette had started me on in 1999.

That year they introduced me to Point Bonita Quilt Retreat near San Francisco.  It has been an amazing voyage, with fantastic ladies since then.  This is my first year not to go...But attended  every session since then.

I met Odette many years before that at a Leisure World Emeritus group. I was a new quilter. Ruth is Odette's best friend.  I thought I had a photo of the 3 of us with all our quilting goodies, including sleeping bags, sewing machines etc. but I don't. That was the year we flew up!

But I found a photo of the "roomies" at Point Bonita. Enlarged it, used my hand dyed fabric, paints, stencils and ironed it to wool felt, and of course, stitched it.. so that it would not wrinkle when it is hung on a string.  Also slipping straws around the string helps to keep them straight.

Usually I follow the directions but this time I couldn't. I will be sending this off to Judy to organize and deliver with the other Prayer Flags.

As we all wish when a dear friend is ill, all the blessings for a speedy recovery, love, hugs, blessings, love, more love and hugs, go with Prayer Flags.  Get well soon, Ruth. 

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