Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Robins -- and my show

I've been doing a round robin project with my online group over the last few months -- this one was a little different because the coordinator sent out someone's center block and the same person did all the borders on it. There were rules for each border, too, such as "2 inches and all triangles" or "four inches with applique".

This is the robin that come home to me, made by my friend Lou Ann from Washington.  Her workmanship is exceptional...
 And this is the robin I created for Patty in Las Vegas -- I was happy to get to play with my stash of batiks!  It's a little hard to tell, but there's a yo-yo in the middle of each flower.
 In other news -- my town has a phenomenon called First Friday Art Murmur which stretches all through downtown and has thousands of people visiting galleries and shops and partying in the streets.  The Friends of the Library bookstore that I'm involved with decided to join in sort of unofficially (because we don't want to pay the fee) for a few months by hanging art in the store.  I am the guinea pig for the first month -- and here are a few photos of my "solo show"
 We had a little crowd for opening night (First Friday) and overall good feedback from the store's customers. I was hoping maybe I'd sell a quilt or two, but nothing so far! 
 Next week the quilts come down and a compilation of photographs, watercolor, and drawings by three store volunteers will go up.

do overs

For some reason this afternoon I found myself thinking about movies that I can watch over and over -- I know them so well that I can pop in for a few minutes if I run across them on TV and still enjoy them!

Many are blatant chick-flicks, but not all of them... here's a short list:
  • Moonstruck
  • Crossing Delancey
  • The Truth About Cats and Dogs
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Get Shorty
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • The Waitress
  • A Room With a View
What are your favorites?  I know I've left some out, and I might need some new ones to add to my list!

Sunday, August 05, 2012


  I keep thinking I'm just not in a sewing mood, even though I was away from the machine for nearly three weeks.  But -- I have managed to marshal some energy to finish up a top from last year.  It was part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I think the month was "Brown" or maybe "Neutral".  Anyway, I took all my brownish scraps and cut 2" strips and just stuck them up on the design board... and they stayed there for months, occasionally slipping to the floor if I walked by too briskly.  I added the orange to break up the monotony.  I finally started sewing them together a month ago, and today I finished up the border.

I think "Leftovers" is an appropriate name.

In knitty news, I also finished my Through-The-Loops summer mystery shawl. It's sort of too big for a scarf and too small (and thin) for much of a shawl-for-warmth, so I'm not really sure what it will be.  I love the yarn, though -- it's Lisa Souza sock yarn in "Bayberry".

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The Long Beach Report

At long last I've got my act together to tell you about the quilt show last weekend.  I've gone to every one of the Long Beach shows since they started -- I think this was the 5th one. (I remember them by the hotel rooms...)

Anyway, I digress.  I have to say I was disappointed this year.  There were lots and lots of quilts that left me cold, and not enough that excited or inspired me. Even the SAQA (no photography!) exhibit was sort of blah this year.

The real measure of my opinion is that aside from one exhibit, I only photographed 12 quilts. 12 quilts! Usually I come home with dozens of pictures!

The one exhibit that grabbed me was "Twelve by 12" -- you can find their website here.  Twelve art quilters, some of whom I know through their blogs, devised a project of creating a small quilt every other month based on particular themes or colors. They were pretty much the star(s) of the show for me. Here's one example, called "eggplant":

Just a few standouts from the rest of the show -- completely different styles:
This is "Pointless" by Laura Bisagna of California:

And here is "Funky Reef" by Anna Faustino of Pennsylvania:

And finally, "The Summer Sun II" by Reiko Naganuma of Japan:

Here's a detail of the embroidered trees -- I adore this:

Now, back to catch up on a little sewing...