Sunday, September 20, 2009

Other People's Good Work!

And the best work by Sharon! I wonder how many people know someone that would actually make a Whoopie Cushion Cover for thier friends?! When my Art Quilt Group last met, recently retired editor of town newspaper, had a wonderfully entertaining present for each of us. 5 very grown women laughing-to-tears at local community college in plain view of younger generation at each flatulent release! Priceless.

Dahlia Pink. So pretty. The frosty nights are wreaking havoc on them though. I actually turned the thermostat up yesterday morning. Too cold to get into the shower!

Oh yeah! That is Bruce's butt and I will be seeing it in person, again, November 22nd in Buffalo! I LOVE him! Have seen him before so I know what I am in for, but this should be really special since it is the last concert on his current tour. Thanks to Jim (and Todd I believe was his assistant) for manning 3 computers when tickets went on sale!

MaryLee, a newer member of my quilt guild, showed us this treasured portrait quilt. She reproduced it from a picture of her and her brothers and gifted it to her mom. I would love to try this technique on some of the old pictures of my mom & dad. I just love this piece. Notice the bow-tie!

I have recently realized what a "1 Block Wonder" quilt is. I think I thought it was more traditional so I didn't look at any links on them until I saw some at my retreat in April. I LOVE them! They are all so different and so exciting. The fact that you choose 1 fabric and cut it into various little blocks, then lay them all out until you have the perfect presentation is endlessly intriguing. I want to make one of these.

Martha made this top, I believe, with some online friends as a kind of cyber space sewing session. She may call it "Millefiori" after the art form. I wish I had taken a picture of the original fabric.

Martha's finished Black Eyed Susan! She even has the binding on hers! I loved hers from the beginning.

Connie's Black Eyed Susan thread painting from Caren Betlinski's class. Connie had a little mishap in the class...she went to fuse her composition down in class and she grabbed fuse backed release paper instead of her already released paper....thus she ironed the fusible all over her piece. Lesson: check the release paper, both sides, before using it! Connie went home and started all over and produced this really wonderful art quilt. Nice job!

This is a community service quilt Kathy Sherman, a member of my guild, made from some really cool fabric that I may not have looked twice at. I love this quilt! I want those fabrics! I love my cats.

I was so busy all weekend that I didn't get much done on any pending projects. I thought about them alot. No progress to report though. Hope to have something to show for my thoughts soon!

I have learned:

1. Blood on my Bernina....YEP! I was moving right along, zig-zagging the edges of the inchies and punched right into my finger with the needle....ouch needless to say.

2. Down 5.6 lbs at this weeks WW meeting!

3. Sandy is out of induced coma. Making progress daily.

4. Rob Lowe turned down Greys Anatomy. I'm glad.

5. A remote control, catnip loaded mouse. Chester & Clifford love it.

Great weekend, but any time not working is alway GREAT!

Quilt guild meeting was awesome yesterday. As soon as I get approval from Pat Pauly to post her lecture pics I will do that. We actually crossed over to the 21st Century and Pat presented our 1st Powerpoint presentation! It was so inspiring. I can't wait to share it all with you.

Pat shibori dyes gorgeous fabric. I bought 2 beautiful pieces!

BUT she uses commercial fabrics too. I am so inspired by that since not all of us dye fabric or have access or funds to use hand dyes exclusively. Makes you want to get into your stash and start getting down to serious sewing.

Another bit Pat touches on is......USE your fabrics...why save them for that "perfect" project? I know I have things that seem too special to USE but I will be taking her advice.

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