Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mayan Families Quilts

Here are the latest finished quilts for Mayan Families.  Above is a quilt, Grass, by Pat S. of Anchorage.  She started with the leftovers from a top by Marta of Palm Desert, and created this strip-pieced marvel inspired by a sculpture in Anchorage.  The bright and cheery top below is by Pat B. of Idaho.  I'm sure the kids will enjoy snuggling up in these!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Images from the Desert, Palm Springs

Cathedral City Town Square

The new BIG statue of Marilyn in downtown Palm Springs

Shopping on Palm Canyon Drive

Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, California

Last Saturday my sister Linda and I visited Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage, California.  This was the winter estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg.  Walter Annenberg's company, Triangle Publications, published Seventeen Magazine and the TV Guide.  It also broadcast American Bandstand.  The Annenbergs donated many Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  You can take a tour of the house, although when we were there the tour tickets were sold out.  But you can walk around the gardens, enjoy the cafe, gift shop, and visitor's center any time free of charge.  Here are some photos of the beautiful desert gardens.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Visitor from Anchorage

My friend Pat came from Anchorage to visit last week.  We did a lot of sewing and visiting fabric stores. This is the top we put together for the Guatemala Bound project. The week before last the Vancouver group got together for a Guatemala work day.  The assignment was blue, green or yellow solids or one color prints.  Put any number of lines through a block, in any direction.  Five of us made the 80 blocks in about 5 hours.  Pretty quick.  Pat and I spent a couple of days laying out some of the blocks and adding strips to piece them together.  Pat thought the blocks looked like hieroglyphics, so the quilt has a message.  Can you read it?

I put together the top below.  I started with the triangular forms which were leftovers from cutting my Z-front travel purses.  I added strips to those.  I ended up with just the correct number of blocks.  This will make a bright quilt for Mayan Families.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Busy With Bags


I've been busy making bags.  Several have sold before they made it to the blog.  Here are the most recent.  You'll find details on the Purses for Sale page.








Latest Quilts for Mayan Families

Here are the latest quilts completed for the Mayan Families Orphan Program.  The quilt above and the first one below are by the Vancouver group.

Pat from Anchorage made this quilt she calls Surfline.

And Pat and I put this quilt together on her last visit here.  We started with some triangle blocks sewn by Deb H. of Puyallup.  Pat named this one Dog Park.

Good Bye to 2012

I sat down to summarize the year and ended up with this list of numbers.  I had a busy and exciting year.  I'm looking forward to a very creative and adventure-filled 2013.

Completed Art Pieces - 2 + 3 quilted and ready to complete

Completed Guatemala Bound Quilts
Made 6
Quilted 16
Shipped or delivered 30

NW Vibes - Bush Barn Arts Center, Salem, Oregon
The Elements - Woodburn Art Center, Woodburn, Oregon; Grapevine Gallery, Oregon City, Oregon
Rhythm and Hues - Latimer Quilt and Textile Museum, Tillamook, Oregon
Journeys - SeaTac Airport
The Next Fifty - Seattle Center
Color Improvisations - Warffum, Netherlands; Munich, Germany; London, England; Dublin, Ireland; Neumunster, Germany
Quilts=Art=Quilts - Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, New York
Quilt National 2011 - Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California
Quilting Expo, Portland, Oregon
Patchwork Design - Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sticks and Stones, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Clark County Quilters, Vancouver, Washington

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Iguazu, Argentina
Lots of trips to Seattle
Reunionette of 12 high school friends in Seattle, Washington

Education and Workshops
Nancy Crow - 2 weeks at Indianola
Elizabeth Barton
Aqueous Media - Susan Cowan
Deconstructed Screen Printing - Kerr Grabowski

Art Quilts - Fracture
Purses - Many
Fabric - Some
Handbound Books - A few
Merchandise - Guatemalan huipiles and purses

Group Participation
SAQA Oregon (blogmaster)
High Fiber Diet (meeting coordinator)
Columbia FiberArts Guild (museum liaison)
Clark County Quilters
Contemporary QuiltArt Assoc
SDA Portland