Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Speaking and Teaching at Surfside

In July, I spoke at the Surfside Quilters guild in San Clemente. Such a wonderful, friendly group! It was Nancy Ota's suggestion to invite me. What an honor. I did a trunk show - 46 quilts! I have spoken to guilds and groups before, but it has been a few years. I was relieved that there were lots of friendly faces in the crowd. I also sold my Jukebox patterns and gift cards.

The next morning, I taught a workshop for a very nice group of women. I taught them how to make my halibut, "Just for the Halibut." My teaching experience is limited. I had only taught English paper piecing before. But it went pretty well. I took them step by step in the construction, and everyone ended up with a mostly done fish! I was so proud of everyone - they did great.

Nancy Ota took this photo, better than the ones I took, of all the fish made in class. Most of them still need their eyes.

Debby Myers sent me a photo of her finished halibut. Who knew halibut went with Spam?

Nancy Ota added beads to hers. She used some slippery fabric that I had doubts if it would work, but it turned out great!

Nancy's friend Candy made three beautiful batik halibuts! She has a school of them.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Green Dog With Orange Ball

Forgive me for being so neglectful of my blog. The past few months have been a whirlwind of deadlines for multiple projects, plus preparation for speaking and teaching at Surfside Guild, and then travel for 15 days. I am still under one more deadline, but things have simmered down a bit, so I will try very hard to get up to date here.

First of all, I made a quilt for the latest Dinner @ Eight challenge: Personal Iconography: Graffiti on cloth. It felt like a more complex theme than usual - I wasn't sure I was on the right track - but I am happy to say my quilt did get accepted. Yay!

I was inspired by a photo of my sister-in-law Marti's dog, Gaia. She had such a soulful gaze and graceful pose.  The title is "Green Dog with Orange Ball." Look for it at Houston Quilt Festival!