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Wednesday
Jan082014

I'm a happy camper right now!

This is a historical event. I'm actually doing a blog post right when something happens, and not one or two months later! 

Anyway, I can't show the whole quilt (because we were asked not to), but I've been working on my piece to celebrate SAQA's 25th Anniversary, and I just finished the quilting a little while ago. The exhibit is called "Celebrate Silver" and it will debut in Houston this November. Now I'm in the process of blocking it and that will go on for a few days. It is due at the end of this month, but since I'm leaving for the "Soul of the Quilter Cruise" on the 24th, the pressure was on. 

I have one or two more small pieces to quilt by the 16th so wish me luck...  :)

Another big piece of news is that I'm having a gallery show in the South of France in May. That's the main reason I've been putting in so many hours. I've literally been working 12-14 hour days in the studio for a while now. All of my creative (tops) is done, and now I'll be quilting until late April. 

The show will be in a small village in Provence and I'm very excited to have a reason go there. Seriously. 

For more info click here

Tuesday
Dec172013

IQA Show Houston 2013 

This is an extremely late post, but I've been sooooooo busy! I'm working 12-14 hours a day in my studio right now preparing for a show in France in May. (More on that to come) 

My husband and I had a blast in Houston, as always. Every year it gets better. This year I was more focused on the people than the quilts. I was fortunate enough to have three quilts on display at the show, and a some of my friends won awards and I was so happy! 

Me with "Venus in the Garden."

The awards ceremony is quite awesome. All of the first prize and big prize winners are behind a curtain and it raises when the winner is announced. 

 

Jane Sassaman is an artist I greatly admire, and she's a lovely person! She won one of the big awards this year.

 

Another big winner!

Wind
by MASANOBU MIYAMA 
of CHOFU-CITY, TOKYO, JAPAN


Another big winner...

Photographer Darling 
by NORIKO NOZAWA 
of CHIBA CITY, JAPAN


I really loved Heather Pregger's pieces, really beautiful! This won first place in Art Abstract. 

Tuning Fork #11 
by HEATHER PREGGER
of FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Heather Pregger 


Paulette Landers


Jenny Bowker


My sweet friend, Hollis Chatelain... "Parched"

 

My lovely friend Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry had an amazing display of her work. All the work was new but referenced her evolution as a quilt artist for 30 years. 

Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry

 

Gul Laporte, Philippa Naylor, me, David Taylor.

 

My buddy Jerry Granata

 

Libby Lehman's sisters, Cathy and Ellen. There was an wonderful display of Libby's work in Houston. 

 

The amazing artist Pam Holland.

 

With the lovely Gail Thomas...  

 

With Carol Moellers and Alex Anderson.

 

I was seriously diggin' Ricky Tims' beard! 

 

One of the very best parts of going to Houston is seeing friends you never see anywhere else. However, Carol and I will be hanging out in January on the cruise "Soul of the Quilter" to benefit Libby's medical fund. 

 

Sophie Rubin, Luana Rubin, me, and Bonnie McCaffery.

 

My friend Sherry Kleinman with her award winning quilt Alone/Together.

 

I met these sweet ladies (daughter and mother) on my first trip to Houston in 2011.

The ladies that make this all possible, Karey Bresenhen and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes. 

 

It was so warm and nice in Houston - this year I brought my bathing suit! I was in the pool nearly every night (except when it was raining). 

 

 Here's a video by Bonnie McCaffery with wonderful interviews and a highlight of the quilts in the show. I'm at 1:30 talking about two of my pieces. Bonnie is so sweet and I look forward to seeing her every year in Houston.  :) 

Friday
Nov152013

Schweinfurth Art Center: Quilts=Art=Quilts Exhibit in Auburn NY

It was so honor to be part of this wonderful exhibit at a beautiful Schweinfurth in Auburn NY. The opening was October 27th, 2013.

"Red Dragon" 2012

 There was some really awesome work in this show. Here are just a few of my fav's...

Kate Stiassni

 

Betty Busby

 

Pat Pauly

 

Judy Kirpich - Best of Show

 

Diane Siebels

 

Kit Vincent

 

Karen Shulz

 

 

Connie Carrington

 

I also spent some time being a tourist and visiting the Harriet Tubman Museum and the William Seward Museum. 

Harriet Tubman's home

Seward Home

 

And I bought a piece of art at the Seward Museum! The artist is Blake Chamberlain.

 

 

 

Saturday
Oct122013

New Work - The Ray, the Roses and the Portal

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis was my favorite book as a child. The title of this quilt is inspired by that book. A ray of sun kisses the rosebuds and I'm transported to another dimension via the effortless beauty of nature. Improvisational design can take you on a trip into a secret world and I always enjoy going along for the ride.

32 L x 30 W 

This was pieced using my hand dyed fabrics, and free motion quilted.

See me on Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday's"

 

Friday
Oct042013

My Family Quilt Blog Hop

This week I'm participating in my first Blog Hop. It was organized by Cheryl Sleboda so we can share our quilts made by other members of our family. We were supposed to share one but I actually have three that are very special to me. 

The first two were made by my mother, Rochelle. 

My mom gave this to me for Christmas a few years ago, and I was in tears. I had long wished for a quilt like this because my sister received one for her wedding and I was so jealous. It features fabrics from my childhood and includes scraps from clothing my mom made for my sister, brother and myself. There are fabrics from childhood bedroom curtains and from my grandmothers clothing; it's an incredibly special quilt. My mom is a pretty traditional quilter and she typically doesn't use bright colors, but she knows what I love so I was so blown away by her color choices!  :)


There was one block in particular that really got me! The plaid one in the center. I remembered that fabric.


My mom used that fabric to make my dress for picture day when I was 5 years old. I could not believe she saved it.


This was an earlier quilt my mom made for me. It's all hand quilted, and to be honest, I really didn't appreciate that when I first received this. Of course, I was totally clueless. I will admit to being a challenging child with a strong will, and even though my parents probably wanted to pull their hair out quite often, they loved me for me and supported my love for painting.


I love the label! 

 

And last but not least, this was made by my amazing husband Matt and his mother Gayle. (Who is the best mother-in-law one could hope for)

All of the blocks were drawn by my husband when he was 5 years old. His mom gave him squares of paper and crayons and asked him to draw whatever he wanted. She then traced his drawings and painted them on fabric. This quilt won a ribbon at the Los Angeles Country fair!

 

Matt has named this quilt "The Cloak of Solitude". Up until recently, I mean really recently, my husband was using this quilt! It actually looks like an antique from the 1800's. My mom has already repaired it once and I suggested that it be given a rest for a while. ;)  Not to mention, I've made him several quilts which he stacks on top of himself at night. They are literally folded and only on his side. It's not uncommon for him to have two additional quilts on top of our queen sized quilt that I also made. It's quite hilarious. 

 

Please make sure you check out the other quilt artists participating this week: 

The "My Family Quilt" Blog Hop!

Oct 1. - Sylvia Lewis 
Oct 2. - Judi Hurwitt 
Oct 3. - Deborah Massie Boschert 
Oct 5. - Pokey Bolton 
Oct 6. - Frieda Anderson 
Oct 7. - Lisa Chin 
Oct 8. - Cheryl Sleboda