Wednesday, July 29, 2009
isn't it time for a post?
The best part of Long Beach was the class I took, taught by Karen Eckmeier. It was based on her book "Happy Villages", which I bought at last year's show. I decided it would be a good project to do with others since it's easier to not get obsessive about how things are arranged when you're with 40 other people! So-- above is my (unfinished) village. I still need to add a few more stairs and windows, and then stitch around every little piece... see you in a couple of weeks!
Most of the fabrics are commercial hand-dyes from Starr, but the blue sky is one that Joyce sent as trade for some Japanese fabrics. Isn't it perfect?
My friend and I stayed at the Hyatt right next door to the convention center. Much better than last year, when we were at a somewhat tacky place about 2 miles away on a slow tram! The Hyatt managed to overbook and mess up our reservation, but they compensated by cutting the room rate in half and giving us free rein at the breakfast buffet for two days. More shopping!
There are quite a few photos available at the Quilts.com website -- and a lot of the exhibits were marked "no photography" anyway -- but here are four of my favorite quilts:
First up is probably my absolute favorite. It's "Chickadee Spring" by Cynthia St. Charles. She photographed the birds and printed them on fabric, and then pieced the quilt.
Here's a detail:
Next up is "Three Guinea Fowl" by Pamela Allen. I love the whimsicality of this!
There's a bird theme going on here... this is "Red Owls" by Karin Pierce. It reminds me of Inuit art,
Finally -- no more birds -- this is "Summer Rain" by Ludmila Aristova. The rain effect is done with stitching and it is lovely in person.
Tonight I started a "two at a time" socks class and I have lots of homework (about 8"!) to do for next week, so I think I'll go park in front of the tv for the news and see if I can get another inch done.