Sunday, July 16, 2017

12" Art

You may remember about a month ago (or was it longer?) that I emptied my studio in an effort to condense, organize, and facilitate my quilting endeavors.  I've reached an impasse, with The Annex still full of quilting materials, and the Studio regaining its status of The Dump.  groan.  sigh.  sigh again.

Anyway, one of the things that I uncovered was a stack of quilts purchased from the 2016 SAQA Online Auction.  The quilts for the 2017 auction in September can be seen here.  Usually I make a contribution, but this year?  Quilting has been at a minimum.  I'm lucky if  I can pop out a birthday card every 3 months.

I hung the latest acquisitions, and thought that you might like to see the quilts bordering my Studio ceiling.  Here they are, in no particular order:

 This first quilt is "Sequoia Mini," by Teri McHale.

Next are a quilt by Phyllis Cullen, and "Joy Cometh in the Morning, Psalm 30:5 by Margaret Blank.

This is the view of the ceiling, as you first enter the Studio.  The other quilts on the wall are by Nancy Brown, (then Phyllis Cullen, Margaret Blank), Kristin Eilers, (Teri McHale), and Sara Kelly.
 Pivot 90 degrees, and you see this one.  

  "Ramble" by Marion Shimoda.  I had the privilege of meeting Marion in May 2016, when I was in Sisters, Oregon, taking a class.  Her detail work and teeny piecing are exquisite.

 Next are "Cloudburst" by Gwen Goepel, and "Found on Whangaumu" by Mathea Daunheimer of New Zealand.  I bought "Found" in Houston, in 2015.
 This is what that corner looks like.  I've actually added one more quilt.  I'd run out of hanging slats, and apparently have yet to take a picture of the last one.  Hang on a minute...

This is "Green Fields #3" by Christine Hager-Braun.

 This lusciously textured raspberry one does not have a label, so I cannot tell you its title or its maker.

This is the corner, to the left of my sewing space.  The quilt on the far right is by Charlotte Rogers.  The triptych on the far left is by Sharon L. Schlotzhauer.  The four crazy quilts in the corner were purchased from the Alzheimer's fundraiser, again in Houston, probably around 2013.

Above the door are "Abstract #3" by Shoshi Rimer (of Israel), "Trail Ride" by Jennifer Hammond Landau, and "Philodendron Phantasy" by Aileyn Renli Ecob.

Next come "Red Coleus" by Susan Brubaker Knapp, and "Spring Ginkgoes" by Franki Kohler.  I know both artists, and they are as lovely as their quilts.  (I've also met Aileyn Ecob.  She, too, is a delight.)
 Finally, I have "token (ART) quilt" by Deborah J. Bein, and "Croc" by Paula Benjaminson.
 This is what that wall looks like.  The bulletin board is crammed with as many postcards from my quilting friends as it can hold.
whew!  That's quite the tour, and quite the collection.  And I don't have room for any more, unless I seep into another room.  I prefer to have the quilts on display, as I find them to be quite inspiring.  They represent artists worldwide, using a myriad of techniques.  Each quilt spoke to me, and several are made by nationally recognized quilt artists.  I am thrilled to have them hang in my Studio.

And, just in case you think I've done nothing but sit back and admire other people's work, I have done a tad of quilting of my own.  I've pinned, 

I've made templates, 


and I've even made a (belated) birthday card for my daughter.
I keep setting goals, but family calls, and the goals get delayed, postponed, and then delayed once more.  Later this week, I'm off to help my sister deal with more stuff with my dad, so quilting remains stalled in the goal-setting stage.  No actually quilting will likely occur.  oh well.  Good thing Goals are good!!  :D

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Updated Chairs

I got my last chair back from the upholsterer.  They used the same foam, and fabric I bought from Joann's.  I'm pretty happy with the results.  What do you think?
 Fixing up all of these chairs inspired me to finish a chair that has been stripped and waiting for at least a year.  When in Oceanside, I bought some red (chalk?) paint.  I really like the results, though I got a couple of unwelcome drips on the top coat.  I'm not sure what to do about those.  Sand and coat again?  Like I said, I'm not sure.
 My son got a new puppy.  She was a stray, found on the other side of Tulare.  When he picked her up (no collar, no chip, no response to ads), she was covered with ticks.  After "helping" with the irrigating, she was covered with dirt.  She's yet to be named, but that's Roscoe in the background.  They are both sweethearts, and a lot of fun to watch.
 Here they are, cavorting with my youngest son's wife.  The two of them (son&wife) did the last round of irrigating.  Their newly purchased home (Sept) was just discovered to have serious water damage in the kitchen.  They need to pull out everything, including the subflooring.  The repairs will be pricey, so they're trying to build their savings to fund the repairs.  Welcome to Grownupland.  fun, fun, fun.  (And they're expecting in 2.5 months.  Lots to do, not a lot of time to get it done.)
Quiltwise, I don't have much to share.  Sacred Threads is open now through July 23.  If you are in or near Herndon, VA, I encourage you to see it.  (And then report back to me!  ;)  I do have a quilt hanging in the exhibit.  I had hoped to get there to see it, but life gets in the way.

And I guess that's it.  Until next time...stay cool!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bit o Stitchin'

Well.  It's not much, but it's something.  I pieced together the blocks of String Quilt #7 to make a top.
 yay!  One less pile of something on top of my sewing surface!
 I thought I ought to do more sorting and stashing, so I dumped a bin of bits.  uh oh.  Looks like I've become a bits hoarder.  I need to sew something out of this mess!
There weren't many purple pieces, so I pulled them out and made this:
The cow was an afterthought.  I'd cut her out for a different project, then set her aside.  I bought the little hand-crafted milk bottle button at...you've guessed it!  An estate sale, a few years ago.

That's all the sewing that happened over the weekend, but I've been thinking about it.  More to come, if I can turn goals into action.  Goals are good!

Friday, June 30, 2017

6" Cutie

Little bit of lace, a row of French knots & beads, and a few more beads for good measure.  I'm calling this one DONE. 

Too much fun!!  :D

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This n That

What a week!  SO nice!  Eight days in Oceanside were followed by a 2 day "40-ish SPHS reunion" event.  Yesterday was our 36th wedding anniversary.  Lots to keep us busy during the end of June, that's for sure!

One of the things we did in Oceanside was go thrifting.  My favorite place to visit is Estate Sale Liquidators.  Usually it is packed to the gills, but the owner was on vacation, and they'd just finished a big sale.  Still, I was able to find some treasures.  My favorite is the Bavarian roses bowl. It had two price stickers on it:  $50 and $5.  I paid $5
 When I asked about it, the gal said that they purchased six storage units from a 95 year old antique dealer.  This was part of the liquidation.  I paid $2 for each of the little creamers.  The gold-striped one also had an $18 price tag on it.
 This one cracks me up.  Look at the fish spout.  It has a lot of character!
When we got back, I retrieved two chairs from Quality Upholstery.  The first has been my studio chair for quite a while.  I neglected to take "before" pictures, but here is the after:
 The other is a bedroom chair.  As you might have noticed, neither the Studio nor The Annex has been straightened into submission.  yet.
I've been home for three days, and have spent the time changing lightbulbs, doing laundry, cleaning leaves from the yard (courtesy of the heatwave) and dreaming of the last week in Oceanside.  Yesterday, I paid a visit to my sewing machine.  Another 6" treat is in the works.  This is where I am so far:
If this is a sign of what's on my mind, there will be more ocean quilts in the not-too-distant future.

In other quilt news, I have shipped "By the Sea" to Sacred Threads for the upcoming exhibit.  If you live in the Washington D.C. area, you might want to stop by.  The exhibit runs from July 7-23, 2017.  I had hoped to make it out there this year, but life got in the way.  Maybe in 2019?  Goals are good!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Doing Nothing

There is something about doing nothing that is completely relaxing.  I truly enjoy having no set schedule.  Do what you want, when you want, if you want.  Plans are fluid, and sometimes, all one wants to do is watch the boats float by.
 We haven't seen the sun since Sunday, but that doesn't stop the call of the wind.
 I have no problem with grey days.  Especially when the alternative is hot and dry, with potential for flooding back at home.  Huge snow pack + triple digits + insufficient/inadequate water storage = recipe for disaster.  Some evacuations are already mandatory, from what I've heard.
In contrast, I've been working on project #2, and have made it about as far as I can, without access to my studio.
By this afternoon, I should be on to UFO #3.  Goals are good.  Stay cool!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Oh. My. Goodness.

Lots going on in my life, beginning with dumping a large mug of water into my laptop.  whoa.  Talk about a successful derailment of one's plans!!  Thank God the laptop brain is still intact.  It contains my everything.  The keyboard is a different story.  Some of the keys work, some do not.  I now have a USB keyboard attached to my laptop.  Next week, I will be looking for a new piece of equipment.  This one was limping along to begin with.  I have just hastened its retirement.

In the meantime, I escaped some brutal valley heat (110 for days) by heading to the coast.  I parked at the Blue Whale, in Oceanside.
 On the weekend, we took a 3 hour tour around Mission Bay with Xplore Offshore.  It's a business owned by a high school friend of my husband's.  This was my first time to do anything like this, and I highly recommend it.
 The Common Dolphins love to play around the boat.  I was sitting in the bow, the front of which you can see in the bottom of the above photo.  We also saw Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins, (below.)  We were this close.  Amazing!
But the (literally) BIG fun was the Blue Whale.  We watched him surface three times, and I snapped countless photos, most of which showed only sky or water.  It was hard to take pictures and watch him simultaneously.  But I tried!
 It truly was a spectacular day out there, buzzing around offshore.  woohoo!
But it hasn't been all outdoor fun and games.  I've been working, too.  Penny's Pinwheel has come out of storage and is back in process.
 I thought I would get everything stitched down, except the jacket bottom.  (I still have to put the skirt together.)  Unfortunately, I could not get the left arm to look right.  Fortunately, I realized that the problem is piece #139.  I have no idea where it is, though I know it was bouncing around my studio for months.  I have no idea where it ended up.  I will hunt for it in both the Studio and The Annex.
The best news is that I am once again enthused about this project.  Maybe 2017 will be the year that I really truly finish it.  Goals are good!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This n That

The Studio continues to be in disarray.  Or not.  I guess it depends upon one's point of view.  I've been gradually sorting through things, bringing them back into the Studio.  If I can't find a place for it, back it goes into The Annex.  I'll make a decision later.

But I've made enough progress that I've been able to sew a bit.  Last week (or was it the week before?) I made a little 6" quilt.  But I'm getting ahead of my story.

Months ago, I bought a quilt, from New Zealand quilter Lisa Call.  It was one of 100 6" quilts that she made in 100 days.  I can't find a picture of the installation, but here are the quilts, as offered for sale.  I bought "Stillness."  I love it.  It is mounted on stretched canvas, which has been painted black.
I showed it to my Art Group, Sew Eclectic, and we challenged ourselves to create a 6" quilt each month, until the end of the year.  It's a lot of fun, and it goes quickly, if one can only get started.

Last week, I finished my first and second 6" pieces.  I've yet to mount them on canvas.  I bought the canvas, I just can't seem to remember where I put the bag containing it.  yep.  It's been one of those weeks.

Here are Study in Green #1, and Study in Green #2:

Both were made from bits and snippets leftover from "The Early and The Late Rain."

I thought it would be boring if I continued to make green pieces...then again, that could be the title of the series:  Greenpiece.  hahaha.  I crack myself up. 

Anyway, I remembered stashes here and there, of leftovers from this project and that project.  I dug through a bin, and found pieces from Lesson#3, Abstract Still Life, from the Katie Pasquini Masopust class that I took last year.  I quickly pieced them together, appliqued leftover seaweed, and began embellishing.  It took a while, to remember where I'd stashed my fish buttons, but eventually I was successful in unearthing them.
I love this little quilt!!  Look at the goodies I stitched along the bottom.
This was great fun, and just what the doctor ordered.  It makes a mess, but not like the messes made from working on a large quilt.  Or is it?  Here is my workspace, upon completion of Study in Fish.
 (The mug rug by the machine was made by Jan Krentz.  The matching mug is in the dishwasher.)
So, the studio may be a mess, but it's a healthy, controlled mess.  Or so I tell myself.  I can still see carpet, so that's something!!

And I've been busy outside, as well.  My old patio chairs have been sandblasted and powder coated, and look amazing.

The result inspired me to spiff up my yard flamingos.

I suspect that what is really going on is that dealing with my dad and his home of 53 years is daunting.  I can't do much for him right now, but I can take care of the things right here.  These things are under my control, and it's up to me whether or not I control them, or allow entropy to reign. 
Down with entropy!
Up with organization!

Goals are good!