Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I had an adventure!

I've just returned from New Braunfels, Texas, after a wonderful class at Quilting Adventures, at the TbarM resort. I had a great time! If you haven't heard of it, check out Quilting Adventures. Barbara and Alice offer several weeks of classes each spring, with fabulous teachers and delicious food in a beautiful location -- the hill country of Texas. There is not a better place to be in the spring! And they offer more than just fiber art courses -- they also offer courses that will interest traditional quilters. It's a great program!

I was there to take a course with Carol Taylor. Carol is a very talented woman. Her quilts are amazing! She utilizes color, texture and shape beautifully. She led us through 20 improvisational piecing/applique exercises, along with a little bit of machine quilting. And we spent the last two days working on a composition.

Carol is not only talented, she also has a lovely smile and an infectious laugh:

Evidence of spring was everywhere! This palm outside our classroom will soon be very spiky, but the new fronds were soft and fuzzy:

But slightly menacing, too, don't you think?

My design wall was way too small for the units I pieced using Carol's techniques. Here it is in the midst of the piecing exercises:

Wendy and I were both able to complete two small quilt tops. Wendy's palette was very cool and tranquil. And amazingly enough, she dressed to match it:

Not really amazing, if you know Wendy. She loves blue.

Mine was pretty hot! Also not surprising. I used a piece I had dyed several years ago as my focus fabric. It had an olive background with large splashes of lime, red-violet and orange. Right in my comfort zone! I threw in some yellow and some black and white prints for fun.

This is the second top I pieced. I was playing with lines again....I do love lines...

The first top I pieced was very circular. I love Carol's method for piecing circles, both large and small! So easy, so wonky, so very very cool!

I will definitely be integrating some of the improvisational methods Carol taught us into my work! Now, if I only had time to sew....

Spring!

After a cold, wet winter, it seems to finally be spring. Hooray!

Time to put the tropical plants back outside. And to buy a few fresh plants to replace the ones that died this winter. Brian has been trying to persuade me to buy a plant stand for the front entry for ages, and I finally found one I like. Looks pretty smart, I think:

The narcissus are blooming! Brian has been planting Southern heirloom bulbs, and they are multiplying nicely:


Ah, Spring! I love it!

Client quilts

I can't believe it's been 6 weeks since I've posted. I've been busy, of course, but that's no excuse. So it's time to catch up.

First, a quilt by Syd. A detail of the front:

The entire quilt (more of less):

A detail of the back:

I quilted 3 quilts for Billye. First, a sunbonnet sue for her niece:


An "I spy" for her grandchildren:

A Twisted Sister:

I also quilted 3 for Cindy. First, a batik panel that she asked me to outline and enhance:

I had a lot of fun with this one! This is a shot of the back:

A Christmas quilt:

And finally, a lovely spring quilt:


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