Monday, September 28, 2009

studioQ Meeting

I feel like I've been spending lots of time with my fellow fiber artists lately. And that's a good thing!

studioQ met today at Jay's. I am very fortunate to be a part of this group -- everyone is amazingly talented and we all have our original points of view. And we have a fabulous show and tell at every meeting! Here's Wendy (on the right -- that is Sue on the left) showing her contemporary log cabin:

Nancy (in the center of the picture) showed us a really cool technique to add texture to our work:

What a great group! They provide tons of inspiration, encouragement, critique....what would I do without them?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

SAQA North Texas Circle

Yesterday the premiere meeting of the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) North Texas Circle was held at the home of Barbara Oliver Hartman. 10 quilt artists were in attendance. Laurie Brainerd, one of the two SAQA Texas reps, drove up from San Antonio to provide structure and guidance for our first meeting.

It was decided that we would meet 6 times per year in members' homes. The group will focus on critique and technical and business information.

I have a great deal to learn from my fellow artists, and I am excited about being a member of the circle. And I hope to be able to contribute as well.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Orchids in Bloom!

I blogged last week that two of our orchids were developing flower spikes. They opened over the weekend! The first is Eplc. Rainbow Sherbet. It's a miniature, very petite, with spotty orange-yellow petals and a lovely deep pink lip that grades to maroon toward the end:

This is Blc. Dan Hawley. I love the fuchsia and lime color combination:

TVQG Show Report

Well, the 2009 quilt show is behind us! It was a lot of work, but thoroughly wonderful. We had a great variety of quilts hanging in the show, and people seemed to enjoy the display. And, of course, the vendors. I certainly enjoyed the vendors.

I entered 11 quilts, most of which were hanging in the art category. Some of them were finished right before the show, and although I've posted pictures of the tops, I haven't posted pictures of the completed pieces. My personal favorite (of my own quilts, that is) is Sticks #1. The judges liked it, too:

Block Study #6 got an Honorable Mention:

Fishy Wishes got a Third Place ribbon:

Sticks #2 was finished days (ok, maybe hours) before it was due at the show:

My Wonky Log Cabin hung in the special exhibits section. Looked a little odd hanging with all of the traditional log cabins around it:

I had seven quilts entered in the art category, and ended up with six of them in the same area. My own personal cubbyhole:

The studioQ round robin quilts looked fabulous hanging together:

All in all, a great show!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Trinity Valley Quilt Show this weekend

The Trinity Valley Quilters' Guild 27th Annual Quilt Show is almost here!

September 18th, 19th and 20th

At the Will Rogers Memorial Complex- Amon Carter Exhibit Hall, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. Fort Worth, TX.

Hours are 10 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

We have over 400 quilts entered in the show. I have entered 11 (and need to get into the studio to finish quilting my final one!).

I will be working at the Admissions table for most of the show. Come see me, and come see a fabulous quilt show!

Hello from soggy Fort Worth!

You know, I love rain. It seems to be a somewhat unusual characteristic of mine. Most people seem to feel their spirits lifted by a brilliantly sunny day. I, however, love gray skies and drizzle. And thunderstorms make me very happy. Strange, I know.

But even I have had enough rain for one week. Since Friday morning, our rain gauge has measured 6.63 inches of rain. For North Texas, that's several months worth of rain in one go. And it is still raining.

At least it has been, for the most part, a lovely gentle rain. I spent most of the weekend very contentedly curled up with a book, a cup of tea by my side. Heaven! But this morning the newspapers are full of stories of people evacuating their homes and being caught in floodwaters. Enough is enough!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Orchids!

We're having a good summer as far as the orchids go. They seem to be very happy, and we've had some beautiful blooms. Two are currently blooming, and Brian took some pictures with his new phone (which has more megapixels than my old camera) for me.

The is Ept Lakeview Red. I love the fringes:

This is Cattlianthe (Lc.) Loog Tone = Ctt. (Lc.) Netrasiri Doll x C. Thospol Spot*. Love the fiery colors, and the blooms have a faint vanilla scent:

We have two more in spike right now. More pictures when they bloom.

* 1/15/10: Thank you Dwight Langius of the Lincoln Orchid Society for the corrected plant name. I appreciate your help!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Poor neglected blog!

I have been camera-less for the last few weeks, so I have neglected my poor blog. It just doesn't seem right to post without pictures. But that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy. Oh no, on the contrary, I have been frantically busy. Trying to fit in personal work among the client machine quilting. Trying to work in the garden. Spending time with friends. Working on quilt guild projects. Playing bridge. Something had to give, and it seems to have been my blog.

I have asked Brian for a new camera for my birthday later this month, so stay tuned. I have finished several fiber art pieces and I have been dyeing silk. I can't wait to post pictures of everything that I have done!

I have also signed up to take a shibori class from Jan Meyer Newberry at the Crow Barn next month. I certainly need to have a camera for that! I can't wait until I am back in the dye rooms at Nancy Crow's wonderful facility. Her "wet studio" is fabulous! The class, "Depth of Field Shibori," involves layered dyeing as well as piecing. I am very excited!

This week the Fort Worth Bridge Studio is hosting the Regional ACBL tournament at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. Ann and I have played twice, and came in second one evening and first the other. In our stratified class, of course. We're still pretty low on the Master Points toten pole. But we played well, and it was certainly a lot of fun! We play again at the wrap up team game on Monday.

Let's see, what else have I been up to. studioQ met at my house on Monday. We had a great time as always and all showed our latest works in progress. I get a great deal of inspiration from those wonderful ladies, and the meetings are always a delight.

Brian's birthday was Wednesday, and we had a lovely evening. We went out for Indian food (his favorite) and then came home and opened his presents. Happy Birthday, Brian! I love you!

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