Friday, March 13, 2015

Journeys Thru Art - Famous Female Faces

The 2015 theme for my art group, Journeys Thru Art, was Famous Female Faces.  You might remember a few of my previous posts about Lucy (if not just type Lucy in the blog search bar).  Well, today was our deadline.  We met for photos and our celebration lunch.  The projects were all so awesome, I just had to share them here:

Lucy (43x53) - Karen Marchetti

Diana (39x38) - Pam Post

Carmen Miranda (31x36) - Marian McCoin

Lady Liberty (38x46) - Natalie Carlton

Mary (36x48) - Nancy Parsons

Pebbles (39x47) Kathy Rentz

Georgia's Pride 949x35) - Nancy Smith

Tina Simply the Best (33x42) - Barbara Lacey
Aren't they just the greatest!! And here is the awesome group of ladies creating these beauties:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MQX - My Quilts and ME!

The other day I received this awesome email from MQX. Nice!

Lucy, my project for this years Journeys Thru Art challenge, was accepted. Awesome! I had been wanting to do a Lucy quilt for a while now, and when Journeys decided on Famous Female Faces I knew I'd be making a Lucy quilt.  I went back and forth between different techniques and kept coming back to using purple. I ordered a yardage bundle of Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabrics in the eggplant gradation colorway. My friend asked why I chose purple, and I just blurted out "it was Lucy's favorite color" - I had no idea of this, I was joking. Then my curiosity got the best of me and after a little google research I found out that purple was one of her favorite colors so it turned out pretty cool!
So here's Lucy (I still need to square and put the binding on):

It's a Jungle was also accepted. More awesomeness! It's a Jungle was started eons ago as a bed quilt for my son. I pulled it out and made a serious attempt to finish it for Christmas. Well, that didn't happen, and I guess it's good, because now it gets to go to MQX! It is truly a bed quilt, the pattern is Bound to the Prairie by Moda University. Of course I didn't follow directions and went my own way with colors, or should I say my reduced number of colors. And just wait until you see the backing for this quilt! It's an ice-dye by Sondra Millard/She's Got Mojo. I had sent her pics of my fabrics and she created magic (like she always does). This quilt is still being quilted so these are the only pictures I can share right now:

And do you know who else is going to MQX New England?... ME!  I'll be teaching!!  A couple of my hands-on classes have sold out, and space is limited in my others, so go check it out soon!!  Will I see you there?

Monday, February 2, 2015

East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference!

I just returned home from the East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference -- what an incredible event! I couldn't have asked for a better venue to start my teaching journey. Lori & Steve Clayton from Threads Run Thru It were excellent hosts and really pulled off a spectacular event. Lots of thanks also go out to Gammill Quilting for their hand in the event - I am honored to be a Gammill Quilting Artist!

Introduction of the educators at the Meet & Greet:
photo courtesy of Jennifer Smith/Gammill Quilting
A view of my classroom -- it wasn't quiet for long!

I was so nervous about teaching. For those that know me, I have anxiety issues -- lol, I should just say I have issues, I'm still not at total ease with the lecture part of teaching, as I often struggle to find words. I am so much better at the let-me-show-you part. But I do think I found a good balance point to start from.

Here are some pictures from my Spontaneous Art Quilt class - this class was a blast! So much creativity happening I just had to snap some pics:

and here's a picture of the group:

I don't have pictures from my other classes (insert frowny face), but Jen from Gammill snapped this one while I was speaking (and I managed to keep my hands still):
photo courtesy of Jennifer Smith/Gammill Quilting
And, of course, a few candids with some of my favorite people:

I didn't get a chance to snap a pic with our wonderful hosts, Steve and Lori.  This weekend was a wonderful experience. I met so many fabulous people and was thrilled that I was able to share my knowledge with them. I can only hope to be asked back next year, and you can make sure I'll get that picture with Steve and Lori!

Monday, January 12, 2015

World Quilt Show - Florida VI

This past weekend was the World Quilt Show - Florida VI. I managed to attend on both Thursday and Saturday. Astonishingly, True Colors (aka White Lines) won Second Place. What? Yes, Second Place. Wow, I was amazed. I know how hard I worked on that quilt, and I also know the issues and problems in finally getting it finished. It just goes to show you sometimes things even with their little complications and blemishes still work out okay! For anyone that doesn't know about the problems behind this quilt, you can click here to the finally finished post, which includes multiple links to the horror stories).

Here are a few of my favorites from the show, hopefully you can read the info cards (if you click on the photo it should enlarge):

Click here to see the entire Winners list.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

Today is the first Monday of 2015. I am in denial... it can't possibly be 2015 already.

December is a massive blur:
client schedule - still way far behind
family life - hubby had shoulder surgery causing more downtime
class samples - ummm, not yet
class handouts - they look amazing in my head
competition quilt - looks like neatly folded fabric
wholecloth - waiting for transfer to fabric
art group quilt - traced and waiting
and so much more...

My word for 2014 was reevaluation. I did reevaluate... time management, friendships, life goals. Lots of things. As you can tell by December, the time management didn't work as well as planned. Friendships have changed - some dissolved, some stronger, some remain the same. Life goals, well, I've taken the giant step of travel teaching.  For those that don't know, I suffer from severe attention issues as well as anxiety with public speaking (anxiety in general, but extreme with public speaking). So, travel teaching is a very big step for me. Hopefully my teaching style will work, it'll be more of come check this out than just do this type of thing. So in a nut shell, I am truly scared-to-death in this endeavor.  I have so much to share and hoping it comes out as well as I want it to... I'm sure there will be loads of arm and hand flapping and lots of babbling. Those that know me are giggling. This is me.

I don't yet have a word for 2015. Maybe change. Maybe adjust would be better. I'm adjusting not changing. Either way, once I know my word for the year, I'll be sure to let you all know.

Wishing you all the best that 2015 has to offer!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Feels like Forever...

I just realized it has been over a month since my last post. I never shared my favorite quilts from Houston, perhaps one day, but lately there just hasn't been any time. I know we all struggle with time and balance -- it is so difficult for me lately.  I thought maybe I'd try and catch everyone up on my little goings on over here. So here goes...

My one machine went away for service for over a month. That really put a giant dent in my client work schedule. I usually have one machine for the standard schedule and the other machine is for rush jobs as well as my own work. So you can see how losing one really messes things up. I managed... barely, and very far behind schedule. Since then, the machine is back, things running smoothly -- well, as smooth as possible. When you are behind schedule every little thing turns into the dreaded snowball effect.

Wonderlust will be at her final competition during AQS Quilt Week - Albuquerque in January 2015.  She is truly one of my favorite quilts and has had a wonderful journey.  She has appeared in several Gammill Quilting ads, as well as being on the cover and background of their All Product Brochure - an extreme honor!!

Originally all those rings and arcs were supposed to intertwine and weave through the large applique shape. I just couldn't get it to work, and after multiple tries gave up and conceded to just the applique shape over the intersections. To this day it still bothers me and I (one day) might have to tackle that idea again on another quilt. Hmm... not sure I ever shared that before?!!

So, if you've never had the chance to see Wonderlust in person, and you might be in the Albuquerque area, this would be you chance!

I wrote a cool article about saving a botched fabric painting on behalf of Gammill for the AQS Quiltviews blog.  Click the photo to check it out!!

I tried to finish piecing a quilt before Christmas... and I'm really stressing the word tried. Needless to say, it will not be finished for Christmas, but hopefully soon!  I really can't wait to quilt this one - but must finish piecing it first! Here's a peek at the fabrics:

Did I tell you guys that we got a puppy? Yes, we got a puppy... Yes, we are nuts... Yes, she is bad (also known as being a puppy)... Yes, she is growing like a weed! 

Oh... if you're going to be at Road to California in January 2015, make sure you look for Outta the Loop and also Down the Rabbit Hole -- they were both accepted!  If you're there please send me some pics!

On another competition note, True Colors (aka White Lines) was accepted to the World Quilt Show - FL Competition, yet another show in January!  I'll be at that one!

And I'm sure you all know by now that I have started teaching!  You can always find my teaching and travel schedule on my website, here's the link!  Here's what we have so far:

January 2015 - East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference - Richmond, VA
April 2015 - MQX Quilt Festivals-New England, Manchester, NH
May 2015 - Machine Quilters Showcase (MQS), Cedar Rapids, IA

There's some more dates coming, I'll add them as soon as they are finalized!  Hope to see you at one ore more of the events!!

I managed to attend two out of three Christmas parties - not too bad.  Three would have been better, but we'll take what we can get!

My Journeys Thru Art project deadline is quickly approaching and I have yet to truly start on the project. Unless you count picking up the fabrics and moving them across the room starting then I am really behind!  Hoping to get started on this (as well as finishing) in the next few weeks!

I think that catches everyone up... now, if only I could catch up!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Home from Houston

This year's Houston trip is over. It was not nearly long enough. Our plan of a full two and a half days was quickly shortened due to the delay of our connecting flight. And it wasn't a waiting in the comfort of the airport delay, it was a we're all in our seats sitting on the runway waiting for takeoff delay... with no A/C. So instead of arriving at lunch time, we didn't get to the convention center until later afternoon. But it's all good, we still managed to squeeze in a couple of very short hours on Friday.

This post will be the fun pics, I'll save the quilts for another post, once I've narrowed it down to my favorites.

The view from our room:

Oh look!  There's Elphie hanging in the Cherrywood Fabrics booth!  

The view at the Gammill booth:

And look at all the camo color options available from Gammill!!! They have a gazillion colors -- something for everyone.

And some more Gammill booth fun:

Nancy's first porthole pic:

So glad Nancy got a scooter... that was way too much walking for her!

The view from the 24th floor at the Hilton -- I can't miss a sunset now can I?!!

And of course, what would a trip be without a margarita pic!

Funny pic of the day... what you don't know is Nancy just poked herself in the eye with her glasses and was using the heat from the coffee lid for some relief.  I quoted it as "she's a little lid headed"...

And my favorite, rice krispy treats!

Some doodle quilting on Ole Glory!

Here I am with Judi Cogliati, my buddy from Queensland, Australia:

And two of my most favorite people and very dear friends - Sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies:

And my name twin and very good friend, Karen Farnsworth. Hoping to collaborate with her on some stuff real soon!!

And really, a pink camo Gammill... OMG! I want one!!!
Why yes, that is a Statler, but watch what happens when you drop the belts:

Love this pic - me, the hand guided quilter with Paul Statler, the computerized quilting genius:

Look at the amazing hand-guide capabillities while stitching with a Statler!

And Nancy waving goodbye for this post!

More pictures soon, once I can organize the quilts and info cards into something post worthy.