Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Another Completed Quilt

This quilt, another by the Vancouver group, was just finished last night.

Monday, December 19, 2011

We've Been Busy Around Here

We've accomplished quite alot around here lately.  Six tops have been completed in the past few days.  There are just two more to finish before I leave for Guatemala in January.  The quilt above was done by the Vancouver group.  Those below are mine, with hand binding completed by several friends. I will have 8 quilts to deliver to the Santa Apolonia orphanage, bringing that total to 100.  Then, I'll be taking 6 quilts for the family of the student that I sponsor through Mayan Families.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the quilts on the beds at Santa Apolonia!  And I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful Guatemalan people and their wonderful textiles!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Quilts Have Arrived at Santa Apolonia!

I just received word that the quilts arrived at the orphanage yesterday!  Whew!  I'm hoping that they are able to take some photos as the quilts are handed out to the kids.  I'll post as soon as I receive anything.  What a milestone!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Good News! Quilts have arrived in Guatemala City

I just received confirmation that the 78 quilts have been delivered to the warehouse in Guatemala City.  Yippeee!  I was beginning to think that the boxes weren't going to make it, but they are all accounted for.  With luck they will make it to the orphanage in Santa Apolonia in a few days.

I have 7 more quilts to take with me when I go to Guatemala in January.  That will make 100 to the orphanage!  Thanks again to all who contributed.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Autumn in the Japanese Garden, Portland

I made an impromptu visit to the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon, yesterday.  The rain finally had stopped for a few hours, and I decided to take advantage of the sunny skies.  Although most of the leaves had fallen as a result of the recent storm, the garden was still beautiful, with raindrops clinging to the branches and a bit of color left behind.

In the pavillion is the Mottainai: The Fabric of Life exhibition.  "Mottainai" is Japanese for "waste nothing."  These utilitarian garments were stitched, patched and restitched into incredibly beautiful works of art.  The show closes on Sunday, so you only have today and tomorrow to get there.  It's worth the trip.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Earth & Fire On View at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland

Works by members of Columbia FiberArts Guild
Photo by Hilde Morin

Works by members of Columbia FiberArts Guild are on display November 3, 2011 - January 7, 2012, in the Community Showcase at the Museum of Contempory Craft, in Portland, Oregon.  The exhibit, Earth & Fire, includes one of my Geology Series quilts (the long skinny brown one in the photo).  There are demonstrations by guild members most Saturdays from 1 - 4pm (check the museum for schedule).  I will be demonstrating bookbinding on December 19.  Hope to see you there!

Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Juror's Choice Award at Quilts = Art = Quilts

Photo by Mark Frey

I'm honored to have won a Juror's Choice Award at Quilts = Art = Quilts, at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York. The exhibit is on view at the Schweinfurth through January 12, 2012.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Another Vancouver Work Day

This past Thursday, the group got together for another Guatemala Bound work day.  Here's the top we completed. 

After the top was done, we decided to try our hands at making wine gift bags instead of starting another top.  This design was base on a purse pattern, but we sort of made the it work for wine as we went along.  This is my bag.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Newest Completions for Guatemala Bound

Here are the latest quilts completed for the Guatemala Bound project.  One hundred quilts have been finished for the kids at the Santa Apolonia orphanage.  Now we're moving on to make 40 quilts for the orphans sponsored by the Mayan Families group.  Mayan Families sponsors families in need in the Lake Atitlan area.  They provide sponsors for education, help in obtaining medical care and housing, installation of economical stoves, and  specialized services on a case-by-case basis.  Take a look at their website.

These next two quilts were made by Pat and her friends in Anchorage.

 I put this one together with center blocks that Pat sent to me.

My sister Linda in Palm Desert made this flower basket quilt.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Vancouver Work Day

The Vancouver group got together last Saturday for a workday. We completed one top for the Guatemala Bound project and had a great day visiting and eating good treats. After cleanup around 4pm, we ventured over to Portland to see the vendor mall at the Art and Soul symposium. There was a wonderful mix of supplies and finished items from the mixed media crowd. It was a great ending to a fun day! Thanks to all who contributed!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

78 Quilts Are On Their Way To Guatemala!

Wow!  I just returned from UPS.  Seventy-eight quilts have begun their journey to Guatemala.  It's a milestone day.  With help from the School Sisters of St. Francis and the Salvatorian Mission, both in Wisconsin, the quilts will be delivered to Guatemala City, and from there, picked up by the orphanage staff.  I sure hope the trip is quick and all the merchandise arrives safely.  Again, thanks to all of those who have contributed their time and skills, fabric, and monetary support. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

American Art Company Opening

Here are some photos from the American Art Company.  The gallery looks beautiful!  Stop by if you're in Tacoma.  The gallery is just 2 blocks from the Tacoma Convention Center, so don't miss this show if you're in town for APWQ!

Quilts by Pat Hedwall, Janet Steadman, Maria Groat, and Bonny Brewer

Quilts by Margaret Liston and Toot Reid

Quilts by Janet Kurjen, Colleen Wise, Donna Pritchard, Bonnie Bucknam, and Ellin Larimer

Quilts by Bonnie Bucknam and Mary Arnold

Quilts by Bonnie Bucknam and Mary Arnold

Quilts by Janet Steadman, Louise Harris, Janet Kurjan, and Gale Whitney

Quilts by Mary Arnold, Janet Kurjan, Colleen Wise, and Donna Pritchard

Nature's design, Tacoma, August 13, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Northwest Contemporary Quilt Invitational Opens in Tacoma August 13

American Art Company’s 11th Northwest Contemporary Art Quilt Invitational
August 13th – October 1st, 2011
Artist Reception – August 13th, 1 - 4 pm
1126 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
I have two quilts in the show, and many well-known quilters from the Pacific Northwest will be represented.  Hope you can make it to the opening, or take a look at the show during the APWQ convention in Tacoma.
View Toward Indio
Photo by Mark Frey