Monday, October 31, 2011

Fiber Frenzy Color Challenge

Now that the October meeting is well past, I guess that it is time to blog about it!!!

Two months ago we issued a color challenge where we each picked a color from a hat.  The original idea was that there could be no trading, but that didn’t work out quite as planned.  There were a few trades (including myself and Deb), but the results were wonderful….


We started the show with Sue’s grey piece.  You will need to enlarge it to see it well, but the wood nymph is great!!DSC01047

Cleo presented this pink quilt with fabric beads that were made in a previous FF meeting…….


We all felt that Madeline’s offering was one of the best…….DSC01049 She said that a Burkha was the first thing that came into her mind when she saw that she had picked Black.  It is a really stunning piece!!

Faye channeled her Yellow inner child with “Sponge  Bob”….. DSC01050

Jodie picked White and is making a snow scene inspired by a tree photo…DSC01051 Pat’s green and cheery pink was a great addition to our color wall…..DSC01052

Nancy had this great red fabric and jus started cutting out shapes until she came up with this rose bush…..DSC01053 Francyne is a self-professed “non-purple” person, but she did a great job with this quilt…..DSC01054 

This is Deb’s brown offering that was inspired by the leaf fabric on the left.   She has used wonderful textured fabrics and 2 fabric beads…..a great start!!!  DSC01056

And this is my orange offering….DSC01055

I wanted to try doing a piece with only thread, and it looked great….from 2 feet away.  Unfortunately, if you got any further way, the quilting just disappeared into the fabric!!   I decided to use a pen to accent the design and went to Hobby Lobby to buy one.  As I looked at the $7.00 pens, I noticed an orange Sharpie for $1.99 and decided that it would work fine….and it did!!!!

I hope to finish the piece with some additional quilting patterns as a border!!

You may notice that many of the pieces were not finished and that is one thing that I love about our group.  We are all busy people and have agreed that there is NO pressure to finish any of the challenges.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


As a present for my Son and Daughter-In-Law’s first anniversary, they adopted a cute, cute kitten named Wheatley. A couple of months later Amber sent this photo of little Wheatley looking at himself in a mirror……


I immediately fell in love with this photo and decided to play with it and a bit of thread painting!!!

After blowing the photo up to the needed size, I drew a line drawing , cut out the basic kitty fabrics and let the fun begin…..

DSC00524 I was SO encouraged with how the reflection kitty looked!!! It amazes me that I have never been able to draw anything, but I found it amazingly easy to “draw” with my needle!!

I love the expression on the reflection kitty….



I am very pleased with the final result and cant wait to give the finished product to the happy couple!!!

This is my entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2011. Click here to view all of the entries.

A trip to Texas

This past week, I flew to Texas to spend a few days with my Mother.  We spent our time working on a crossword puzzle, talking, getting together with other family members and enjoying each other’s company.

I didn’t take many photos, except for the food……

When I arrive in Abilene, there are a few places that just MUST be visited….




Fried Chicken……



Mexican Food……


“Jack and Jill” Donuts……


and, lastly, BBQ Brisket……


Now for the diet to begin!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Smoky Mountain National Park

On the final day of my week in Gatlinburg, I enjoyed a slow drive thru the Smoky Mountain National Park, punctuated with multiple stops for photo opportunities.  I entered the park about 8:00am and it was gorgeous as the sun was coming up.

The trees were just starting to turn beautiful colors…..

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And the views across the mountains were wonderful…..

_A085689 As my husband says…."They call them the smoky mountains for a reason!!!”


It was the PERFECT ending for a perfect retreat!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

More about Arrowmont

As you have seen, I have enjoyed a wonderful week at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, but thought you might like to know a bit more about it.

The school was opened in 1912 and was initially funded by the Pi Beta Phi Sorority as a “Settlement School”.  I have since learned that one of the purposes of the school was to give the local women a place where they could express their creativity.

It currently has classes all through out the year and bring in teachers and students from all over the world.

In my session, there were wood-turners……

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….jewelry makers…..

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….and painters/drawers…..

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The studio’s were huge and well supplied.  This is our fiber studio after we had cleaned up.  I wish that I had climbed up here and taken a photo during the workshop…..


My room was in the “Teacher’s Cottage”….


which I shared with two of my friends, and 7 lovely women from Louisiana who were there for the pottery workshop.

The campus is gorgeous, with views of the local mountains seen everywhere….


There were pieces of art distributed around the property, including two totem poles…..

_A075609 _A075610 ….and temple bells……


I walked thru an exciting art gallery each morning to get to class.  There had recently been an “Enamel Conference” there and the pieces were so inspiring.…..

_A085662 _A085644 _A085646 _A085657 …but my favorite were these miniature bathroom fixtures…..


It was a fantastic environment that encouraged creativity of all kinds….

Friday, October 14, 2011

Arrowmont – Days 4 and 5

Well, I am finally getting around to posting about the last two days of my week at Arrowmont.

I spent most of the days working on my archway piece, slowly auditioning the fabrics for my design. DSC00895 The biggest problem that I found was that I had LOTS of medium and light values but not many darks.  I mentioned this to Elizabeth and she advised that either I had not been using enough dye or I didn’t have the water hot enough.

The first step was picking fabric for the archway.  I had several fabrics but couldn’t see which one to use.  I finally cut out a “window” to look thru and decided that I really liked this design……


One great tip from Elizabeth was to use string (she uses torn off selvedges) to mark off the expected size of the finished quilt.  It really does help you to better visualize the design that you are preparing……DSC00901

I pieced the first few bits and then decided to lay out all of the fabrics before I continued with the piecing.  This was my final mock-up at the end of Friday…..


At the end of the last day, we each walked around and critiqued our designs.  There were some wonderful pieces.

Elaine wanted to work with a simple shape and was so pleased with the way that the delicate shibori fabrics added to the design…..


Linda wanted to get the feel of the show covered fields from home (Maine) and used a faintly lined shibori to achieve the look.  She dyed this piece by picking up a piece of cord that someone else had used previously in a dye bath.  She simply wound the cord around the fabric and dunked it into a vat of water….. DSC00968 

Pat is using this as the background for a potential three-dimensional piece…..DSC00969

Cleo is working from a photo of a tree stump.  Don’t you love the way that the shibori fabric gives depth to the limbs….DSC00970

Finally, this is Rosie’s piece……DSC00971 She has spent the last six weeks at Arrowmont as an intern and was desiring to combine several of the things that she accomplished while there.  She has done a remarkable job of including weaving, shibori and possibly some some jewelry pieces as well.

Two of our number left early so I didn’t get a photo of their work.

It was so wonderful to be in a workshop where everyone was happily working on their own projects, with the instructor simply offering suggestions….and not being at all concerned if you chose not to do it her way!!

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