Archive for August, 2011

Masters Art Quilts Vol. 2

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

I love this book, and I am excited to be able to offer it to one of my blog readers. The collection is curated by Martha Sielman, SAQA executive director. All you have to do is leave a comment before Tuesday, September 6th PST. I will do a random draw and post the winner here on Tuesday. Your book will be sent from Lark, the publisher.

I love looking at all sorts of contemporary art. This book is chock full of beautiful images. I have discovered art quilters previously unknown to me. There are many old favorites, too.

Here are a couple of images to whet your appetite.

This is a work titled, E Tutto Ricomincia by Daniela Dancelli. She is inspired by graffiti.

These pieces are by Reiko Naganuma. These are Summer Days and Summer Sun. She uses bold colors and geometric shapes.

Be sure to leave a comment with a way to get in touch with you.

Come back tomorrow for the Orange Twelve X Twelve reveal!

Day Two in Tacoma

Monday, August 29th, 2011


I forgot to show this quilt yesterday. Perhaps it is the farm girl in me, but I was very taken with this quilt which uses an antique quilt from Iowa as the base. It is then embellished with corn stalks, oak leaves and other flora. The damage to the old quilt has been incorporated into the design. Be sure to click on to get a better look.

On Saturday, we decided that we had seen enough of the quilt show and set out for other venues. Terry, Beth, Jeri and I took the free trolley to the end and then enjoyed a nice walk to the American Art Company where they have the 11th Annual Art Quilt Invitational.

Tacoma is trying to reinvent itself into an arts community. I liked this outdoor sculpture.

The show at the American Art Company was very nice and hung very well, giving the pieces lots of space to breath. I have several friends who have work in the show. Here are the pieces that I was particularly drawn to.

This is Nest by Erica Carter. Click on the image to see a larger version.

I love the way Janet Kurjan arranged the blocks of color  for this piece titled, Light Ray.

This incredible piece by Toot Reid is titled, “September 28, 2010 – March 8, 2011″. Here is a detail:

After leaving this venue, we went down to the Tacoma Art Museum. Three of us perused the book store while Jeri went in to see Chihuly’s Pendleton Blanket collection. We had lunch at the museum cafe where I enjoyed looking up at the ceiling.

I had fun at the quilt show doing a little shopping.

I got thread, pre-wound bobbins, titanium needles and soluble stabilizer from Superior Threads.

My friend, Judy Bianchi from Sonoma County, creates gorgeous fabrics. I had to purchase some. This is a cotton/linen blend with a lovely color block print.

This is a gorgeous silk/cotton bend.

Judy has been doing a lot of soy wax batik. This is done with brush strokes. I see tree trunks!!

It was a fun trip. I want to give a shout out to my blog readers who recognized me and stopped to say hi at the show.  I am so happy to just be home, now. I only left the house to take Scooter for a walk. Tomorrow, I have my pre-op appointment for my cataract surgery. The right eye gets done on September 8th.

Be sure to check in here on Wednesday as I am giving away a copy of Masters of Art Quilts, Vol 2. It is a gorgeous book.

Technical Difficulties

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

My best laid plans went awry while in Tacoma for the APWQ quilt show. My brand new USB camera cord stopped working so I could not upload photos so I did no blogging. Truth be told, I was so sleep deprived and jet lagged, I am not sure I could have done it anyway.

It was a lot to ask of my aging body to get off a plane from the east coast, get reorganized and get on a train to another venue and not have some rebellion. I keep waking up on New York time even though I go to bed on West Coast time.

Anyway, we had a lovely train ride to Tacoma, all eight of us. Our first activity was to explore Tacoma a bit and so we walked around the Tacoma Glass Museum where you can see a beautiful icy looking installation,

We had drinks and dinner at a restaurant on the water — lots of fun.

We hit the quilt show the next morning. I have mixed feeling about it. I think the quality of the work that was entered and juried in to the show was not up to the quality of previous years. I had mixed feelings about pieces that were given ribbons — made me wonder what the jurors were looking at, especially in the art quilt categories.

This is a piece by my friend, Pippa, from Canada, who is a faithful blog reader. We were roommates at Art Quilt Tahoe one year. The title is  — there is an elephant in my garden. I love it.

I also liked thi quilt by Cynthia St. Charles which was drawn with gel glue resist and then painted.

Theere were many other quilts that I loved, but I was to blotto to remember to take photos.

In the downtown area, we found this word game in a plaza.

There were some pretty funny sentences put together. Here is one that Terry, Beth and I did.

Tacoma is a place of architectural delights — a place where old meets new and manmade meets natural as in this photo of the modern bridge with Mt. Rainier in the background.

I am happily tired tonight. I had fun putting together a grilled salmon dinner for two of the twelves and their spouses — Terry Grant and Karen Rips. And, of course, I forgot to take photos, just as I forgot to take photos of our meet up with Nikki at the quilt show.

Anyway, I am off to bed. I will post more tomorrow.

Good To Be Home

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

After a long flight from JFK to PDX, we arrived home around mid-night. We fell into bed and got a good west coast sleep in plus some napping on the plane. I need to get back to this time zone because I am heading to Tacoma on the train tomorrow. My STASH friends are going to the APWQ quilt show and will be there for two nights, coming home on Saturday afternoon.

Today, I sorted mail, paid bills, did laundry and shopped for food. Scooter came home. He seems exhausted! I am sure he had a great time running with all the big dogs at the canine resort.

I found a package from Aurifil threads. I played a little game on Face Book and received some free thread. Aren’t those colors gorgeous. I want to make a quilt to go with the thread.

This is the Cherrywood fabric that I bought at City Quilter in Chelsea. I think those blues will work nicely with my indigo fabrics. I also needed to fill in some nice dark colors. These will be fun to discharge, too.

I was also excited to get my new Sketchbook Project T-shirt.

I am particularly excited that the sketchbooks are coming to Portland next year.

I will be taking my camera and laptop to Tacoma and hope to get in some blogging. I am looking forward to catching up with some blogger friends, too.

Family Celebration

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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It was a beautiful day for a wedding on Saturday. We gathered on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful central New York landscape.

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The flower girls were adorable.

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And the ring bearer was charming.

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At the reception, we ate great food and danced and enjoyed seeing family and old friends.

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The bride and groom are Yankee fans and went to NYC to see a game for their honeymoon. She called today, all excited, because they met Dennis Leary and had their photo taken with him. The groom is a fireman, thus the presence of the fire truck for photos.

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We were happy to have our daughter, Lisa, come out for the festivities

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It has been a wonderful time. Yesterday, my sister hosted a brunch here at her home for a second chance to spend time with extended family. Tomorrow, we drive back to NY and turn in our car and fly home to Portland.