Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Long Beach Quilt Festival

Here are some random photos from the Long Beach Quilt Festival. I took several at the 60's Challenge - it was so colorful and fun. I was just an observer, not a participant. Jamie was one of the organizer-helpers, busy as a bee. Peggy was having so much fun on the sidelines that Pokey invited her to help sing one of the 60's songs. You rock, Peggy!

Here I am with Terry in a more sedate moment. We were at the luncheon where Pokey divulged secrets about Quilting Arts (my lips are sealed).
I have no photos of it, but Bonnie McCaffrey interviewed me on camera about my "Detours" quilt. Woohoo, I got to put those rusty Toastmaster skills in action. ;-)
I also had fun at the SAQA reception and my class from Yvonne Porcella. Will I finish my class quilt? Haven't decided.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

another blouse

I got ambitious and sewed this blouse earlier this week. As with the previous blouse, I used a combination of dyed/screenprinted and purchased fabrics, all unified with my original stamps.

It was fun! I'm getting better at it. Ancient brain synapses are reawakening.... I sewed much of my clothes in high school, college, and young newlywed days. And I used to love sewing dresses for my daughter and a few Hawaiian shirts and shorts for my son. I think that stopped when designer clothing became popular. (Jordache, Esprit, Quiksilver, etc.)

I finished this blouse just in time to wear it at the Quilt Festival in Long Beach! If you go, you might see me at the SAQA booth, the table for Quilts on the Wall, and the SAQA reception. And I'm taking a class taught by Yvonne Porcella on Saturday.

I'm packed and ready to go!

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Edges" at Long Beach

Pacific Coast Fiber Artists and Friends present "Edges," a 21-piece collection of art quilts, curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Jenison and sponsored by Quilting Arts/Interweave. This special exhibit will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA July 23-26th at the Long Beach Convention Center.

As I have mentioned before, my "Fifteen Selvedges" quilt will be part of this exhibit. Here's a detail image.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Detours Postcard

I just found out that my "Go With the Flow" quilt is featured on the Detours postcard! They did a great job, and I'm thrilled.

Detours is the special exhibit put on by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists, and it will be at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival later this month.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

moo, meow and Gramps

My Moo Cards arrived! Now I have some nice cards to give out/trade at the Long Beach Quilt Festival and beyond. I've been making do with cards printed out on my computer, a page at a time.

In other news, the "Edges" exhibit has been accepted into the Houston Quilt Festival. Woohoo!

I'm racking my brain for an idea for a "summer" quilt. I am currently leaning towards my desert tortoise, Gramps. Summer is his time (heck, he hibernates for five months a year in the colder months). Or I could make a summertime quilt about my fluffy cat, Olive. She doesn't have much to do with summer, but she's prettier than Gramps.

fun with fabric

I've been experimenting with some of the dyed fabrics I made in Rayna Gillman's class. I made some more stamps with fun foam and stamped away. Even the dyed fabrics that I had been disappointed with seemed to benefit from the extra layers.
Once again, Matilda has to be in the photo.
Notice the two baby hummingbirds on one of my stamps!
It occurred to me that these fabrics might look great in clothing. So I made a blouse, mixing in some other fabric that I also stamped on. What do you think?
My dressmaking skills are still rusty. I'm still figuring out current-day pattern sizing versus current-day me sizing!