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A Tough Decision

Monday, August 31st, 2009


This year the International Quilt Festival is having an exhibition of photographs titled “Eye of the Quilter.” If you read my blog, you know I love taking photographs. The deadline for submissions is tomorrow. I have spent the last 2 or 3 days poring over my stored photos. I finally decided on three. The above photo was taken in Seattle. I did some Photoshop manipulation. Click on it to see a larger version.

Here are the other two



Claudine Itner, who coordinates Art Now for Autism, selected this piece so Cindy will get the other one, which I think was her favorite. I am putting bamboo hangers on all of them.


I am so ready to move on to some other work, but I am also busy sprucing up the house for all of our guests who will be coming in September. Today, Mr C and I worked on the kitchen cabinets. I rearranged the interiors and he polished up the exterior. I am trying to do a bit of housework in the morning and work in the studio in the afternoon.

Yesterday, I took Steph out to lunch and to see Julie and Julia. We loved, loved it. I couldn’t get enough of Meryl Streep. I want to see it again. I think Mr C would enjoy it.

We Have Winners!

Saturday, August 29th, 2009


I had 80 commenters who would like to be in the running for some gericon art. I used the random number generator and here are the winners:

First pick: Cindy Strine, who said that she has been reading my blog since the very first post so I think that is fitting that she won this. Cindy will receive the Spooner Lake Aspen quilt that I do not send to Art for Autism. I haven’t decided yet.

Here is a detail of the piece above:


This is the second piece:


Here is a detail:


The second place person is Pippa Moore, a textile artist from Vancouver Island, Canada. She was my roommate one year at Art Quilt Tahoe. She gets her choice of the smaller Spooner Lake Aspens study or one of my indigo dyed scarfs.



And, tada, the third place person, who receives what Pippa does not choose is another great Canadian friend, Dale Ann Potter.

Here is the original photo that I took at Spooner Lake in the Tahoe area of Northern California.


I have been riveted by the Ted Kennedy events so I have been a little slow getting this all together. So if the three of you will e-mail me your adresses and choices, I will get all of these in the post next week.

Don’t forget to send a bundle for the Iraqui Bundle of Love project, the brain child of my friend, Kristin’s, hubby. Click on the logo to find out more information.


Thursday This and That

Thursday, August 27th, 2009


Wow!! Thank you every one for stopping by to comment on my 1000th post. If you haven’t checked in, you still have tomorrow I probably won’t get around to do a drawing until late in the day.

Looky! My Moo mini cards and business cards arrived. They are so cool. I don’t know what I will do with them, but at least I hope I will not be caught without a card when needed. In the background is the second Spooner Lake Aspen background, all quilted. I thought I would get to the trees today, but M & M have been here. I also had to do some mundane things like laundry and neatening up the house.


Here is my bounty from the garden today. Beautiful colors, don’t you think? Tastes pretty good, too.

That is all for today. I am a tired Grandma.

My 1000th Blog Post

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009


Woo hoo! I thought I wasn’t going to be able to post tonight, but my site is back on line so here we go with blog post 1000. There will be prizes!!

I thought it would be fun to go back and look at my first post. Here is what it said:

This is my first blog so please be kind. I enjoy reading the blogs of family, friends and perfect strangers so I thought I would jump into the fray. As my Blog title says, I am crazy for fiber. I make fiber art and I’ve been knitting forever. I hope to share my works in progress – both blunders and successes. Once I figure this out, I’ll add some photos. I like blogs with photos and few words.

I received 3 comments; one from my daughter, Lisa, telling me she would teach me to post photos; one from  my good friend, Diane, who welcomed me to the neighborhood. But this was the funniest. It was from Mr Tasty Cake and said:

Crazy For Fiber-I must admit I was a little disappointed; I was hoping this would be a blog about shredded mini wheat addiction, nevertheless it was a joy to visit. Cheers and nice fiber!

So here is the deal, I have the older Spooner Lake Aspens which I showed a few blogs ago.


I am now constructing two new Aspen pieces. One is going to the Art for Autism auction. The other plus the older one will be give aways to two people who comment on my blog.  I will do a random drawing on Friday.

Up at the top, you see the new trees that I made. I fused some of the new painted organza (silk for the person who asked – I never use synthetic) to plain organza and some to more of the painted fabric. This gives a more opaque tree with more dimension. I like it on that landscape, better than the other trees from the dye painted organza.

Many of you commented on the color of the sky in the new landscape I created.


So I got out my trusty Sherrill Kahn travel paint studio which is cute little bottles of Jacquard Dynaflow paints.


I used a couple of blues and painted the sky darker.


I like the original trees with this landscape which I have not quilted as yet.


Thank you all so much for helping with my design dilemma. It was fun to hear from so many of you. Tomorrow, I have to get back to stitching.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to win some Gericon art.

Design Dilemma/ Blog #999

Monday, August 24th, 2009


Did you see that? This is my 999th blog post. What am I going to do for #1000?

Here is my design dilemma. I was so excited about using this dye-painted organza for my aspens, but I just don’t like how it looks with this background. Here is how it looked quilted with no trees.



I decided that I needed to do a simpler background which I worked on yesterday and finished today. It is not quilted, yet.


Here it is with the aspens.


I like this better, but I am not sure that the aspens are working as well as I would like so I painted some new aspen organza fabric tonight.


Tomorrow, I will slice this up and audition it.

This morning, we let Scooter out in the front yard for a bit and he ran off to the neighbor’s. Mr C put him on a lead. Here he is peering into the window wanting us to pay attention to him. Isn’t he so cute?


Stay tuned for #1000. Not sure if it will be tomorrow or not.