Saturday, March 29, 2014

Busy Week

Before I get into describing my week, I want to toot my horn a little. "Spirit of the Kiva" won a third place at the Smokey mountain Quilt Fest in Pigeon Forge, TN this past week. Totally stoked.

The past three weeks have been very busy in my studio. I have lots to share but I'm traveling this week, so details will have to wait until I have more time. I want to get the photos and words organized in my mind first.

I've made several sample for upcoming workshops. One of these is way out of my comfort zone, but I'm excited about how it turned out. I am also putting the finishing touches on two major pieces, hope to have at least one of those ready to show next week.

I am on my way to the Mancuso Show in Savannah, GA. The SC/GA, Region of SAQA exhibit, "Southern Exposure" is having it's premiere showing this weekend.
I am also delivering a car full of my quilts to a representative of The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum. They are headed to Carrollton GA for my solo exhibit titled, Wall Art; a Retrospective. Lots happening in my life right now. Lots more to come.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


I don't usually post about my family life but I am going to make an exception today.

Memories 31" X 27"
Fifty four years ago on March 20, 1960 my husband Kermit and I were married. We were just kids but it was not uncommon in the South, at that time, to be married young.

Kermit went to college while I worked and during his junior year our first daughter, Lisa was born. At times we literally did not have two cents two rub together. However, we were happy, worked hard and still had time for fun. Kermit earned his degree in engineering. We moved to Pennsylvania when he accepted a job with Talon Zipper Co.

Three more children, moves to NC, back to PA and then a job change. Moves to SC, Alabama twice, France twice, Nova Scotia and back to SC. Four successful children, four wedding, six grandchildren.

The back of Memories

We've had ups and downs but worked them out. I could not have asked for a better man, husband, father to my children, friend and help-mate than the one I have spent the last fifty-four years with.

These past few weeks have been very busy ones for me. I have an exhibit coming up next month. I also have a teaching job in MD during the same time. Both, while trying to finish two major art projects. Kermit has been my rock my support, my fix-it man, my computer support, and as he likes to call himself, my beast of burden. For that and all the other things he has given for the past fifty-four years I am thankful. Life is good!

I made a little piece of fiber art commemorating our years together. I chose a photo of us as the young couple the year we were married. A photo of us the year we celebrates Fifty years and a photo of our family during a camping trip in Cooks Forrest, our favorite place to camp. Each grouping gets smaller and lighter as it recedes into the past. This signifies that some memories may fade but the most important ones stays with us a lifetime.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

A Sneak Preview

I've been very busy in the studio this week working on three different project. One of these projects has been preparing notes for a class that I have coming up later this year. Necessary but not satisfying work. One of the projects is a thread painting that I'm struggling with, a section of that is show below. 

The other is finishing up the background for a thread painting I've been working, off and on, for quite some time.

Gail Sexton and I are collaborating on this piece. This is the second piece that we have worked on together. Gail is a fabulous quilter and my pieces are so much better with her as my partner. I am finishing up the image with beads and then adding the facing. The real challenge comes when adding the thread painting of my grandson. Hopefully that will happen this week and I will publish the finished project. Lots happening here come back soon.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

I'm Back in my Studio

I'm back in my studio after spending a month in CA. We had a wonderful time, great weather, fun soccer games, visiting with our CA kids, fresh fruit and veggies, having time to take a few knitting lessons. What's not to like about Southern CA?

I guess the worse part was not having my studio there. So it felt really good today to get back to work.

I was working on the piece above before we left and had done some quilting on the petals. It was good to have something I could pick up today and start working on. I finished quilting the petals today but the hardest part is next. I always hit a block when it comes to the background design. Hopefully I won't let that happen this time. Perhaps I'll dream about some wonderful design tonight. Wouldn't that be nice?

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