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Long Beach Lecture: Trusting Your Creative Process...

I'll be giving a lecture Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the Long Beach International Quilt Show. 


Good news today... 

Two of my quilts, "Life in the City" and "A View from Above" were juried into the 2011 IQA Show in Houston. This is my first time entering, so needless to say, I'm excited. I also have a third quilt that was juried into the "Good for You" contest, and it will debut at the show. So I'll have three quilts in the show this year, wow. I'm pretty jazzed. 




My holiday weekend

I do plan on peeling myself away from the sewing machine at some point today, and I did take the day off yesterday, but I'm nearly done with my next piece and I just want to keep going... :)  I'll take some time and hit the pool and enjoy some BBQ later. 



Nancy Crow Workshop: My review

I'm on my way from KY to OH, and I'm in tornado lookout mode. I had never been to this part of the country and my visit happened to coincide with the historic weather conditions, so I was a little nervous at times.

Nancy and her family have created a pretty amazing environment for students. This was the first day, and I only had a little idea of what I'd be in for.  :)

Margaret Wolf is one of the very best reasons to take a class at the Crow Timber Frame Barn. Amazing chef, artist and so much more...

Nancy Crow is probably one of the most driven artists I've met. She really knows how to pull everything you've got out. It was an incredible experience. 

Step one of my composition: This was a challenge for me because I usually piece as I go. In this case, we had to draw with the fabric, and then figure out how to put it together. It was a really good stretch for me. 

My end result. I do not normally use these dark colors, but you start off with a limited palette in the early exercises. I actually like this piece and was relieved that I was able to finish at least one exercise in class. Figuring out how to put it together is always fun.  :)



Paducah 2011

This was my first visit to Paducah and first time in the show. I was so impressed with how they shuffled things around given the challenges with the weather and flooding. Everything was very organized and there was a fun time to be had by all. 


I enjoyed spending time with the amazing, generous artist, Caryl Bryer Fallert and her friends while in Paducah. She has created a dreamy home/studio/classroom space, in the Lower Downtown Arts District. Her shop is packed with visitors during the show. 


From the left: Bobbin, Jena Moreno (creator of the movie "Stitched") Caryl, and Quiltman.


Quiltman and Bobbin taking a break to enjoy some ice cream. 


National Quilt Museum


And here are just a few of the quilts that caught my eye...