Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas Open House

 Another use for a cutting mat.
I put out a puzzle for a ice breaker for my open
house, I know my friends are bird lovers.
It was addictive to say the least.
 I love Geninne's Art who makes these birds possible.
Check her out on face book.
I did some more work on the new art quilt
I am really liking this one.
We had a delightful time today just enough
friends stopped in to visit with and I
sent some art home with them for Christmas.
Some one will bet a nice gift this year.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Start of a new quilt

 Nancy brought this lovely photo with yesterday,
she let me use it for my inspiration.
We had a nice time.  Looking around the studio
than lunch with the yummy pear tarts from Bit of
Swiss a bakery in Michigan. My faves. Than after
lunch we settled down to create.
 I got a fair start on this one. I promised that I would
work on an art quilt during my open house Saturday.
So I have my project. I am looking forward to visiting
with everyone. It is nice to let people wander around
the studio and ask me questions . Maybe they will find a
gift for that special person for Christmas too.
I think this will be a nice piece of art.
I may want to keep this one for myself.
Well I had better finish getting ready for
Saturday. I need to hang the garland around
the front door. I also need to vacuum the
studio. I tend to make a mess.
Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More art quilts for Saturday

I finished two more mini quilts.
These will make good gifts for someone.
I decorated half the house for Christmas too.
I am in the mood.
Thursday Nancy from Michigan will come to do
a play date. We tried 7 weeks ago but I took a
nose dive on the drive way and was not in any shape
to play 7 weeks ago.
Saturday will be 8 weeks and I still have some
bruising. I will make another small landscape
quilt tomorrow. Than Friday I will finish decorating
 for Christmas and put price tags on my art.
I made a batch of pie crust cookies for lunch.
I will make grilled turkey and ham sandwiches
on rye for lunch. I like to use provolone cheese
and put grilled onions on mine. Yum.
The weather is supppose to turn cold and
stay that way for the next 10 days.
Winter is here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New mini qiuilts

 I finished 4 new mini quilts.
The flower one is my favorite.
I wanted  some new pieces for the Holiday
open house for Saturday.
I am busy decorating for Christmas, doing
some new things and starting my Christmas
cards. Getting ready for my open house.
 Just a few things to do.
Need to make some cookies too for Saturday.
I am seriously looking forward to Thanksgiving.
Everyone in the family are great cooks.
So it is something to look forward to.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Studio Tour take 2

 Yesterday I showed you the artists who came to the
Studio Open House but I did not show you the studio.
Below is the main part of the studio with 2 sewing
stations. Lots if windows for natural light.
 The other side of the studio.
Fabric storage, cutting table, and ironing board. 
Comfortable chairs for long times sewing. 
Everything is within easy reach.
 The wet studio where I paint, dye fabric and
work with clay. A deep sink for clean up perfect
for those dye sessions. I am so fortunate to have
such a large space with plenty of storage.
 Last but not least is my collage room which
houses mattes, cards and all things paper.
plus a roll of batting. you can see why I spend
the first 4 months of each year in the studio.
Everything I need to create.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

SAQA Studio Tour.

Saturday we had a great  time at my SAQA Studio open
house. We enjoyed a great lunch and spent 3 hours
sharing ideas and techniques. Everyone is so talented.
I think it would be fun to have a play date with
these artist and share even more. Everyone has
so much to offer. It was a delightful day I am
sharing lots of pics so you can see too.
 Anita Krug and Mary Bunte
 Rosie and her dog quilt I just loved it.

 Barbara Triscari's quilt that recently appeared in
Quilting Arts along with an article.
 Joan Fulton's wind mill art quilt.
She has spent a lot of time in Africa and share
many of her experiences with us.
 Pat and Nan two great fabric artist.
Nan makes the most beautiful clothes and jewelry.
Pat just have an encaustic show open Friday night.
Pat has the beautiful white hair.
 Judy Ireland  showed us her great collage work.
She has many great experiences to share with the
quilt art world.
Nancy Elder's quilts from Sue Benners class. 
I was delighted to find another fiber artist that lives
close to me we will meet again.
 Barbara Triscari was published in the latest Quilting
Arts magazine. She is a very talented artist.
She uses lots of rust dyeing.
We had a great time and I hated to see it end.
Usually I get all uptight about hosting these things.
but this time it was all gals who share a common
thread so it was a no brainer. I was relaxed and
enjoyed my guests. They all had so much to share.