Friday, July 18, 2014

Stitched and Quilted

Here is an old project that I finished quilting yesterday!  It is raw-edge appliqué stitched down with embroidery   floss.  I quilted the flowers and foliage with gold cotton thread,  and used a metallic light green for all the background.  I added some large beads to the ends of the stamens.  I'll take some detail pictures for another post.

I will finish the binding, sleeve, and label next week,  and hopefully enter this piece into the PAQA-South Members' Show which will be at Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, NC this fall.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gammill Assembly Complete!

Here she is in her new home!  We were able to park the trailer at the French doors to the basement.  That made moving everything easy.  The only thing I could not help lift was the 12-foot table,  so we got our excellent friend and mountain neighbor to help set it on the legs.  Charlie and I did the rest of it ourselves in about two hours this morning.

We made a few errors that had to be redone,  but that's life!

Now we just have to work around it while putting in wiring, ceilings, floors...not ideal but it's doable.

Friday, July 11, 2014

My Gammill's Next Adventure

When we were trying to sell our house in Wake Forest,  we dismantled my Gammill quilting machine and took it to stay with a foster mother.  We set it up at her house, and we both were able to use it.  

Last night we went back and took it down again.  We are taking it to its new home in our mountain cabin.

It is not an easy process, but my husband and son managed to disassemble it in about two hours.  

I have a great space for it in the basement of the cabin,  which unfortunately is not yet finished.  We are going to set it up and roll it out of the way as needed.

Meanwhile,  look what happened last weekend!

We had a deck-building party!  Lots of family and friends worked together to put up this large outdoor space.

We even had time for some creek-sitting and Gator rides.

Life is good!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nice Surprise in the Mail

The mail brought a nice surprise...the return of three of my silk journals that were used as samples by C&T Publishing Company.

I really did not know if they would be returned.  Now I have three pretty journals to use or give as gifts.

You can see more about these handmade journals on my blog here.

Tomorrow we leave for the mountains for the long Fourth of July weekend.  We will be joined by our whole family.  Plans are in the works for a new sun deck in the back yard.  Photos to come!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Why Didn't I Think of That?

Some one should invent a quilt block with a little girl in a big bonnet!

Sunbonnet Sue goes to the pool

If you ever wondered how "Sunbonnet Sue" got started, here is a little history of Sue and some of her first creators.

The little sunbonnet girl above is my granddaughter, Charlotte, who spent the weekend with us at our Raleigh home.  What a joy!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Last Look at Art Quilt Whimsy! Exhibit

The Art Quilt Whimsy! exhibit at the Page-Walker Art and History Center in Cary, NC, will be taken down after this weekend.  There are still a few quilts that I liked but have not yet featured on my blog.

Whimsical Bayou, by Joan Raciti, appealed to me quite a bit.  I love the colors, the imaginative foliage, and the somewhat abstract "critters" she created.

The circular landscape quilt, Land or Sea?, looks lovely on the wall, and calls to mind my visit to Hawaii a few years ago.

Dreams of Flying was one of two quilts by Denny Webster in which she pictures herself seeing the earth from above.

Line Dancing, by Gerrie Congdon, was one of my favorites, with its glowing colors.

 The next quilt really meets the definition of Whimsy, in my opinion, and reminds me a bit of the colorful art of fabric designer Laurel Burch.

As someone who has attempted to paint realistic portraits, I appreciated the next quilt which has a portrait on fabric.

The next quilt featuring snow falling on the village  includes lots of interesting techniques.  I'm not too crazy about the face and arms on the sun, but do like this one quite a lot.

 The next few pictures are of a city scape done in red and black.

 I love the next one, which would be so fun to create.  It is almost a great big journal quilt recording events in the maker's life.

And, finally, I had to include Pamela's Chix, which refers to my online teacher Pamela Allen.  She jokingly calls her students her chickies.  One of her students made a Pamela-styled quilt in her honor

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Quilty Visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art

Paintings, textiles, quilting friends, and delicious food made for a perfect day today!  Nine of us went to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, which is only about five minutes from my house.  One of the ladies in my art quilt bee arranged for a docent tour of the Impressionist paintings, and of other items in the collection that might be of interest to quilters.

I enjoyed the chance to revisit the Impressionist-style work in the museum collection.  My favorite is this Monet, The Seine at Giverny, Morning Mists.

After brief introductions to the paintings, we visited the Rodin sculpture gallery, a few of the contemporary paintings, and then the African gallery.  We were all gob-smacked by this costume from Africa.

Egungun Masquerade Costume front

Apparently the costume is worn by dancers, who must peer out from between the beads located near the headdress.  At each event, a new panel is added, so this costume is extremely heavy, with many layers of heavy beaded, sequined and stitched fabric.

Egungun Masquerade Costume, detail

I would love to see someone dancing in this get-up, with the ornate panels swirling and moving.

There is another piece in the museum that we all admired, an immense assemblage of labels and parts of everyday items like aluminum cans by El Anatsui titled Lines That Link Humanity.  You can see that it extends from floor to ceiling.

Dimensions: (irregular) 18 x 25 ft. (5.49 x 7.62 m)
Medium: Discarded aluminum and copper wire
One of the last pieces we viewed was Bride, an amazing display of hand-blown glass staged to look like a tiered wedding cake.  Many of the glass objects recall familiar items from famous paintings, especially still lives.

BrideBeth Lipman, 2010

Admission to the NCMA is free except for occasional special exhibits.  The docent tour was also free.        

What a great way to spend a morning with friends!