The Nature Art Gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Sciences is exhibiting the Mountain to Sea Quilt panels through January 27. Last night the Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail hosted the artists with a reception at the gallery. We cannot publish pictures of the panels yet as we have applied to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA in February, and must keep the quilts under wraps a bit until after the judging. Here are some photos of the reception last night which was well attended, even though the first snowfall of the season was on its way. Luckily the snow held off until after the reception, giving most attendees enough time to get home and snuggle in.
I completed the Corded Patchy Clutch yesterday, and I still hope to make a bit larger size by Saturday. It is 9″ x 10″ – perfect for that iPad or Kindle, and it has a pocket for your iPhone or any phone. The straps tuck down into it if you don’t want to carry it on your shoulder. I will have the pattern up in my ETSY shop by Saturday too. I don’t have to complete the larger one totally by Saturday because I need one tote or clutch that is still in its parts for demonstration purposes. 3PM – Saturday – A Thread Runs Through It! – Durham Orange Quilter’s Guild Show (biennial) – American Tobacco Trail, Bay 7 – October 19, 20, 21. See you there! At least, you won’t have to watch anymore campaign ads for three days if you come spend the three days with us!
For all of the “Off the Wall Friday” folks, I am on a family business trip to Minnesota for a few days, and was greeted by 21 degree temperatures this morning. Since my rented car didn’t have an ice scraper, I used my credit card to get the ice off the windshield at 8AM! It all just adds to the adventure. When I return home to North Carolina on Sunday, the adventure “A Thread Runs Through It!” – our Durham Orange Quilt Show at the American Tobacco Campus begins. I’m volunteering to help with the set up and the hanging of the quilts. I have never attended it, since I am new here, but I have 4 quilts/items entered and will be giving a demonstration on Saturday at 3PM. The demo will show how I assemble my corded purses. Before I left home, I quickly made one little sample for the demo called Corded Patchy Clutch (12″ square), so that is my “Off the Wall Friday” contribution today. When I get home, I will quickly add the handles/straps which will fold down into the clutch to make it easy to carry either way. These purses truly are quilts because there is wool batting (of a sort =-) wrapped in each fold. Making totes and purses with my corded method is my way to relax…. like some have mentioned they enjoy traditional quilting for the same purpose. As I fly back and forth to MN, I have been writing up the pattern on my trusty iBook laptop, crunched into the center seat on a Southwest Jet. Life’s good! Click here if you want to see some of my other Purses and Totes from over the years. Now I will muster up the courage to venture forth again…. the sun is out, so it has probably warmed up …. all the way into the 30s!
When I lived in MN, a friend and I were the founding members of a small Art Quilt Bee. We named ourselves the DIVAS: Designing, Innovative, Visual Arts Sisterhood. As our first group project, we created a wall hanging which would help to introduce each of us to each other and to our audiences at various shows in which we hoped to participate. It was called DIVAS Defined. My signature piece was my likeness with a DIVA “crown” holding pins from various organizations and accomplishments over the years. The entire wall hanging shows similar designs from seven other members. It won “Best of Show” at the Minnesota Quilt Show in 2007 – our first entry as a group was a winner! We were thrilled.
Saturday, February 25 was a very long day. We boarded the bus outside of Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill at 6AM and were on our way to Hampton, Virginia for the MAQF. This was my first trip to the MAQF, so I mostly wanted to see what was there and enjoy the company of 60 members of the Durham Orange Quilters on the 4 hour ride each way. I had a wonderful seat mate who contributed interesting conversation for part of the trip, when we weren’t reading or sleeping. The show was all and more than I expected. The quilts were beautiful and plentiful, and the vendors had all the interesting products covered. Here are a couple of quilts that I especially enjoyed (pictures taken by Jean F – thanks, Jean, for letting me share them here.)
“Morning Has Broken” won as Best Wall Quilt by Donna Clauer Stufft of Temperanceville, VA. It demonstrated a new technique called Russian Needle Punching which I hope to explore further. The needle punching gives the work a 3-dimensional quality.
This large star is all hand pieced and quilted. It is made from 12,000 hexagons, each smaller than a square inch. On the back, a quarter inch needle turned applique strip covers all of the quilting lines.
I think that requires as much dedication as there could possibly be available. That ends it for today.