Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Few Hours in the Studio

If you follow my blog you will know that I haven't been posting a lot recently.  That's because I haven't had time to work in my studio.

We have been on the road a lot and sometimes there are things that need done more than studio time. 

I did have a few minutes this week and decided that I would spend that time making a sample for a new class that I'm putting together. 

Fabricating Faces with Thread  is the title of the class.  It's difficult to give an accurate supply list when it comes to thread needs.  Because of that I am trying to put together a sample with different colors and types of thread. 

The above is about all I had time for this week but have a grip on what I need to do.  Wish me luck.

My next post will be from Arizona.  YEA!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Well. I finally have time to sit down and do a little blogging about the Lake and Mountain Quilt Show.  Time has been at a premium for me recently, but when I talk to my friends about how the time just flies by they have the same problem.

If you didn't get to the show you really missed one of the best.
My good friend Marge Edie won Best of Show, not once but twice. The general public had a vote and members of the guild had a vote.  She won both.

A well deserved win for Marge.  I followed this quilt which took about a year and a half to finish.

Marge and I are in a Focus group together.  She first brought her design to our meeting and little bits as she put them together.  This is an enormous quilt.  Well deserved Marge.
Husband and wife team Gil and Pat Huggins won a blue ribbon for this piece.  Gil told me it started out as a comfort quilt but they liked it so much they kept it.  Congratulations.

 Haley Kelley won for the miniature category.  It is the one with the white boarder.  I have great respect for the artist who attacks a piece this small.  Great work.

Mary Dusenberry won, I think, a second place for this delightful, warm looking quilt.  Mary's sister who is in a wheel chair helped her place the panels to make this very appealing design.

Sun Hunston, is and extraordinary long arm quilter.  She's also a wonderful piercer and her quilts always win an award at out show.  Beautiful work.

Well since I had to be somewhere else at 5:00 on Saturday this is all the photos I was able to get.  Wish I had more detail but I just didn't have the time to do so.  If you missed this show we will be doing it again in two years.  Barbara, Mary and Donna are you ready yet?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Preview LMQG Show

Visitors to the LMQG Show, Celebrating Silver will be met at the door with a view of this car quilt created by member Virginia Grobusky.

As always members came up with a wonderful table of refreshments.  Susan Wright and her team did a wonderful job.

The theme of the show is Celebrating Silver, this year is the 25th year of the guild.   The quilts shown here are part of the challenge for the 25th. year celebration.

A few of my favorites, the black and white piece was created by Margaret Barre.  My apologies to the maker of the red quilt, I didn't get the name of the maker.

This beautiful piece was created by Marilyn Ingalls.   Marilyn's machine quilting is incredible.

A closeup of Marilyn's quilting.

Ronette Askew's piece sent cold chills over my body.  Her daughter is in the Army and serves as a PA in Afghanistan.
A silent auction of pieces donated by guild members will be held during the show.  A great time to buy a beautiful piece. 

There is a boutique with wonderful handmade items on sale .  I did my share of buying there yesterday. 

And as always great vendors.  No more preview you have to come and see for yourself the great work made by the Lake and Mountain Quilt Guild.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Month of Quilts and Lake and Mountain Quilt Show

A month of quilts in Oconee County, SC began with a reception at the Lunney House Museum.

A lovely set up in the back yard. \

 Quilts that are being used for the Oconee County Heritage Quilt Trail are displayed throughout the house.

There will be displays of quilts at the Blue Ridge Art Center in Seneca, the Chamber of Commerce on Ram Cat Alley The Train Station Museum in Westminster and many more places in the county.  There are over 100 quilt designs on the Heritage Trail.

The Lake and Mountain Quilt Guild show begins Friday Morning 9:30-6:00 at the Shaver Rec. Center, 698 W. South 4th. St., Seneca, SC.    There will be a silent auction, a boutique, venders, and lots of beautiful quilts.  Come join us!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Please Hang in there with Me

About the only creative time I've had recently has been to take a few photographs and play with them at night when I have just run out of steam to do anything else.

I still have a few hydrangeas blooming.  So I took a little time yesterday to go out and take some photos with my new iPad.  I downloaded a free photo app titled Mobile Monet.

The app is easy to follow and fun to play with.  I thought this was a cool image.
I spent yesterday creating word documents and getting information out to three inquiries for classes.  Not exactly fun but necessary if you like to teach, and I do.
This is an interesting cactus, common name, Skunk or Stink Cactus.  There is a good reason for for that name.  If you look close you can see flies in the cactus.  These blooms are enormous as are the buds.  Love to see it unroll.

I am on the way to NC this weekend and then back to work on our local Lake and Mountain Quilt Guild Show the weekend of Sept. 21-22.  Hope to have a post on it soon.  You won't want to miss this one.