Saturday, January 3, 2015

Rainy Day

My daughters bed quilt in progress.
Yesterday I got the last 2 rows on now to add the
 6 inch border. I hope to finish this top today than start 
 on the flower one. Queen size in chocolate brown tones.
I have one more leftover project from 2014
than I can start on my show pieces for 2015.
I need to do a 30 x 40 screened printed and quilted
art quilt for a friend. Tones of pale blue and silver.
Should be fun to use some of the skills I learned 
from Jane Dunnewold.  Paint is always fun.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The year in Review

Thinking I did not accomplish much this year I went
back through the photos from 2014.
Even with 4 months out for knee replacement I find
my year was awesome and jam packed regardless.
My big project was the big quilt.
5 panels  a total of 18 feet wide and 6 foot tall.
I mentioned it to Kit from Machine Quilting Unlimited
and ended up writing an  4 page article for the magazine
that was published in September. 
 Barb Lucas and I did a joint show in Lafayette at
TAF. Her wildlife photography and my big quilt
plus another one called Minnesota Hills.
 We enjoyed many beautiful sunsets at Cedar Ridge during an extremely
snowy winter which was perfect for keeping me in the studio.
 I tried my hand at a modern quilt called
Colors of Winter.
Minnesota Hills ended up being quite large and
had 2 weeks of hand stitching on it. 
 The finished 5 panel quilt that took 5 months to make.
I entered 3  of the panels in the Salon Show in Munster
and received best of show. I was amazed.
 I made the Sunflower quilt (43 hours of stitching)
for In Full Bloom it was rejected but Kathy loved
it so it will be hers when it is done with shows. 
I thought if her when making it.
 I created several smaller quilts during the year and
sold a few at the Holiday show in November. 
This beauty went off to Montana and found a good home.
I need to repeat this one it was nice.
 Sumac Ridge finished off nicely and will be good
for shows. The evergreens looked good.
 Did I say there was lots of snow.
 I made 2 bed quilts one for Liz and one for Jordan.

 A donation quilt for SAQA,
I took time for class in April with Jane Dunnewold on
altering fabrics and surface design  held in St Charles
Illinois. 5 days of fun. Learned a lot. Jane is a really
special teacher, So kind and intelligent.
So 2014 was a very good year with many enriching
experiences, I met many great artist. I am so blessed
to be able to spend time creating art influenced by the
world of nature I see around me.
2015 is going to be a year of creating summer and
flowers. I look forward sharing  the new year with you.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Yesterdays Progress

 Love the colors in my daughters new bed quilt.
Batiks are always good. like the soft blues and browns.
 I hope to finish this top by Wednesday.
Then on to the fun one with flowers.
I also worked on my Donation for the 100's.
A fund raiser by Virginia Spiegel coming up in February.
Busy day today so  few words.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter's Contrast.

 Winter gives us such opportunities for looking at the
outlines of trees. The skies are clear and a perfect
background for all the trees.
 Whether it is sunrise or sunset the color of each highlights
the trees. Each one begs to be a quilt.
Sunday was a nice sunny day to enjoy winter's
landscape. I enjoyed a day home with my husband.
 I am working on my daughters king size quilt.
I had her come over and give me some input as
to how she wants it. Good thing-our ideas were different.
So hopefully I finish it today and move on to the
flower inspired quilt in browns and greens.
 I hope you enjoyed the tour of winter inspired photos
and I will remember to take the camera to the studio
today and show you what is going on in there.
Have a great Monday I know I will.