Saturday, June 25, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
I shared my new lecture last night with The Village Quilters of Catonsville, MD. It was their end of the year meeting and the tables were beautifully decorated. It was a potluck lunch that had 2 long tables of savory and 2 long tables of sweets. Yes, SWEETS!!! I began to salivate.
There was one tiny issue. It was warm and the air conditioning units were stolen the night before. Everyone had makeshift fans and thankfully there was some air flow. I was so glad I wore deodorant.
The title of my new talk is "Turn Travel Into Treasures ". It was the perfect talk for their end of the year meeting and the beginning of many summer vacations. Lots of my quilts were inspired by my travels, both near and far. It was a walk down memory lane, looking through my quilts and photos, while preparing this lecture.
My quilts fell into two categories. There are realistic quilts - those that look the inspiration and the other are quilts that are more abstract. Photos of lots of wrought iron from a trip to Barcelona
were the inspiration for "Filigree Fantasy".
The ladies loved my travel books. This one I made after our trip to Israel.
That's the cover. This is a peek at the inside.I use Pelltex to make it stiff so that it stands.
This is a travel book I created after a bike n barge trip in Holland.
I like using an interesting shape for the cover. For this book it was inspired by the amazing buildings in Amsterdam.
This is a peek at the inside.
I like including some type of map in each book to document the places that were visited. Here's the map from Holland.
Each location we visited is named and can you see the bicycles that I printed on organza? I also used the blue and white fabric that I bought at the market in Amsterdam.
When I create these books after a trip, it helps me to revisit the vacation and cement the memories. Instead of all the photos stored on my camera or in the cloud, they are a visible reminder.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The second Wednesday of the month is the day of the monthly meeting of my quilt guild, Calico Cutters. We meet in West Chester, PA. It's an awesome group of women who have supported me through this wonderful journey, becoming an author, designer, instructor and now ruler designer. They have a very special place in my heart.
I am Program Chair. I feel it's important to volunteer when you belong to an organization, even tho my free time is limited. Most months we have a nationally known speaker. Today our speaker was Jane Davila from CT. She's a surface designer.
Yesterday we held a workshop focused on stamp making. It was so much fun, although my carving skills left a bit to be desired. I did end up making a stamp that I loved. I stamped it in 2 different directions on silk.
Here are some of Janes samples. They are gorgeous.
Today was our regular meeting and Jane gave an excellent and informative talk about elements of design. Here are some of her little quilts. (You can read more about her at ( www.JaneDavila.com)
Sometimes I get a surprise bonus at the meetings. During Show &Tell, I see items that were created with one of my patterns or my techniques. It is so rewarding.
I love the fussy cut butterfly circles, Lee.
The next photos were created in my Mini Mosaic Workshop.
I'm heading to the mountains for another Mosai Pet Retreat. I can't wait to meet my new students.