Archive for September, 2011

SAQA Auction Purchase

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I am so happy that my Klee’s Castle was purchased for the Teri D. Springer Quilt Collection for $350.

I finished attaching Twelve X Twelve quilts to the felt panels today. I had to use safety pins for the last few. Quilt basting guns and I don’t get along very well!!

Tomorrow, Terry and I will package them up and send them off to Houston and then celebrate.

Tacky, Tacky

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Today, Terry and I worked on attaching the Twelve by Twelve quilts to felt panels for our exhibition at IQF in Houston. It was hot; we are not that young; we got back aches but managed to finish half of the quilts.

We are using a quilt basting gun to attach them to the felt.

We measured and placed four quilts to a panel by pinning on the right side, then flipped the panel over and used the tacking gun to attach through the back of the quilt.

Here is the fruits of our labor, packaged by theme in plastic bags.

We had some trouble with our basting guns. The first one I bought jammed and the needle broke after one test shot. I bought another which stopped working. It seemed as if something had come unhinged inside so I took it apart to see if I could fix it. Ha, ha!

So, while I kept pinning, Mr C, our hero, went to Michaels and bought another one. So far so good. The pink thing is the plastic tags that get shot into the fabric.

We are going to finish the other 12 color play quilts at our respective homes and then meet on Friday to pack them up and send them off to Houston.

Picking Up Where I Left Off

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011


This is my Alternate Universe piece. I discharged this to represent how I feel some days — that I have awakened in an alternate universe that is upside down and in reverse. I was doing seed stitching on the moons and planets when my winter/spring malaise hit.

I am on a quest to pick up work that I had started and finish them. I am almost finished with the hand-stitching so that I can soon start the machine quilting which will probably be tedious. Here is a detail:

So that is what I have been up to for the last couple of days. Tomorrow, Terry is coming over so that we can get the Twelve by Twelve quilts attached to the felt panels and package them up to ship to Houston – woo hoo – it is coming up in about 6 weeks!!

Yesterday, I saw one of the eye docs and she proclaimed my eye beautifully healthy. She said she could tell that I have been using my eye drops correctly.

SAQA Benefit Auction

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Tomorrow the second group of quilts is available for $750 each. The price goes down each day, ending with $75 on Saturday. This is my offering – Klee’s Castles – which is unlike most of my work. I have always done something out of the box for the auction. I have always been honored to have my work purchased early in the bidding process. One year, I had a piece purchased on the first day. It is always nerve wracking for me.

Terri Stegmiller, who is one of the Twelves, has a cute bird that I love. The colors are so soothing.

There are a few luminaries of the fiber world in this group.

Judith Content:

Sue Benner:

Virginia Spiegel:

Jamie Fingal:

To see all of the quilts and make a bid, HERE is the link.

Allegro Redux

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

This is the new Allegro. I changed the size of the little pockets and the composition. Not sure it is an earthshaking piece of art, but it is much improved. Here is a detail:

Jayme, our daughter-in-law, is here visiting. She has been part of a research study that is looking at the life stresses of low income women during pregnancy and post pregnancy and the effect on the health of the child. There is a conference here in Portland with the theme of prenatal development. She is here to present during the poster section of the conference. We had a fun dinner with the whole Portland contingent of the family tonight.