Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Spring Day in NYC

Today was a beautiful spring day in NY. I never thought it would warm up, but today people were walking around carrying their jackets. The sun was shining and the sky was blue.

I managed to set aside a bit of time to see a quilt exhibit celebrating the 100th birthday of Grand Central Station. The City Quilter designed special fabric to be used for the challenge and it is hanging at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Station. It's there until July 6th, if you're passing through.

Grand Prize winner. Amy Krasnansky

 

Pamelia Paddock

Lisa Jenni

Laura Laslett

Charlotte Noll, who I met during a workshop in Coral Springs, Florida.

Nancy Gary

Margaret Caldwell

I made a pit stop at The City Quilter. It's a wonderful quilt shop and it is truly amazing that it has survived and thrived with what must be crazy rents. To celebrate the Grand Central Quilts, I picked up 1 yard of one of the fabrics that could be used for the challenge. It is exclusive to The City Quilter.

I want to share that fabric with one of my readers that resides in the United States. Leave me a comment, making sure that there is a way for me to email you. I'll pick the winner on Friday at noon EST, so make sure you come back to see if you are the winner.

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Milestone

Not many people make it to their 90th birthday. This weekend we celebrated the 90th birthday of my father-in-law, Donald Lynch, somewhere in the middle of the state of Pennsylvania.

He is a wonderful guy who has treated me like a daughter from the day I met him. My favorite story that shows his kindness to me was way back right after I married his son. We were in school in Boston and went to Acadia National Park in Maine to spend a weekend camping with my in-laws. It was blueberry season, so I thought it would be fun to make blueberry pancakes for breakfast. I wasn't the greatest cook and cooking on a camp stove did not help to improve my skills in any way. The pancakes tuned out pretty badly. They were partially burnt and partially raw. I was quite mortified but my wonderful FIL told me they were the best pancakes he ever had.

We spent Saturday celebrating his birthday and Sunday was Easter dinner. I am from a teeny family, so to be together with my husband and his 5 siblings, spouses and their kids was a wonderful time. There were 35 of us who traveled from Pittsburgh, Philly, Florida, Charleston, Chicago and Tennesee. There were kids everywhere. I loved the Easter egg hunt.

Henry met tons of his cousins and he was passed around like a football. He's the youngest and they just loved him and he loved them. I am so thankful to my SIL, Annette, who hosted and fed us all until we burst.

During the car ride I finished a couple of mug rugs for our guild's swap next week. I can't wait to see everyone else's creations.

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Calico Cutters, You Rock!

Today was the monthly meeting of my quilt guild, Calico Cutters. Have I told you lately how important it is if you are a quilter to join a guild? It is a place for friendship and growth and inspiration. I wouldn't be doing what I am doing without the love and support of the ladies of my guild.

I was blown away today. 71soldiers quilts were donated to be delivered to the Chester County VA Hospital. 71quilts! That is going to be a happy day when they are delivered.

Then Joyce Hughes gave a wonderful presentation that was about her growth as a fiber artist, starting with her first quilt - a T-shirt quilt. It was inspiring from both an artistic point of view as well as from a human one. If you have the opportunity to hear her talk, don't miss it.

 

 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Art Quilt Elements

A visit to the Wayne Art Center to see some wonderful quilts that you would never put on your bed. It's a local art center located in a suburb of Philadelphia and has become the centerpiece of FiberPhilly. The quilts are beautifully displayed in 2 galleries.
I apologize for not knowing all of the artists' names.
Kathy York
This really caught my eye. I couldn't take my eyes off of it.
 
Close Up
 

 

Diane Savona

Hollis Chatelaine. Made from jeans. For those of us that know her art, it was a bit of a shock.

Kristin La Flamme
There was a direct view if this quilt from the doorway as you entered the room. It was eye catching. It grew on me and it became one of my favorites.
Betty Busby. "Dendrites"

Close up.

 

 

 

 

Close Up

Marianne Burr

Close Up.

One of the overall trends was the amount of hand stitching. It was not the hand quilting of the past. It was bold and big and had a purpose other than to hold the 3 layers together. I love hand stitching and I really think it connects the quilter with the art.

 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Curvalicious, The Big Unveiling


Yesterday was the day.  It was the day the I have been working towards for the last 2 months. 
 It was the day that I unveiled this:
What is it, you ask?  It's my tool that I designed.  It's made out of acrylic and it is a very cool fluorescent green making it difficult to lose.  It was a journey to get here.
 
I designed it to make this skinny quilt out of silk dupioni:
 
Yesterday was it's debut at The Red Rose Quilt Guild in Lancaster, PA.  They were my guinea pigs and wow! did we have a good time. Many of the quilters chose to use one of my silk kits, but a few of them chose to use cotton.  It was so exciting to see how the quilts turned out. I made sure to remember to take lots of photos.
 






 





 

Thank you ladies.
You have made me so happy.
And the best part is I had a bunch of the Curvalicious tools made and I am selling them along with my kits in my etsy shop. I have also created a blog page just for Curvalicious with a video about how to use the tool.  Come visit by clicking HERE and please, if you like it, give me a thumbs up.
 
Come and be a part of the Curvalicious Crew!
 
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