Monday, November 7, 2011

Quilt Bees and My Last Mountain Weekend

I have a lot to catch up on with this post!  On Thursday night, The Whacky Ladies got together for our November meeting at Jean's house.  Jean's senior citizen kitty cat must have been used to sitting in my chair.  She sat in my lap most of the night.

That's okay, she's twenty years old.  She can sit where she pleases!

Our hostess is making a beautiful applique quilt top for a friend.  This is going to be stunning.  This is just the center panel.

I brought Jean's Cowboy Boots quilt with me to the meeting to deliver it.  Jean had made a pillow to go with it using a smaller size pattern for the boots.

Mary had a couple of holiday quilts that featured sparkly embellishments like beading and ribbon.  This one is lap quilt size.

This ornament-inspired wall hanging is also by Mary, being held up for the picture by Jean.

Lori designed and was working on an original Christmas quilt top.  The circle near the top is the embroidery hoop she was using as she stitched down some rickrack trim on the white border.

One of my other quilt groups, the Anything Art Bee, met today at Kathy Hefner's home.  Kathy is an excellent bead artist, and took on the task of trying to teach six women how to do the peyote stitch.  She prepared some excellent hand-outs and examples.

Our task was to try to form a Grandmother's Flower Garden bead-weaving using several colors of seed beads.  Kathy taught us to line the beads up in order on our beading trays before trying to string them.

Some of the ladies did pretty well. I decided this was probably not going to be my favorite beading technique. Here was the product of my hours of effort!

A little twisty and turny, yes?

Roberta Morgan brought two of the pieces for which she won awards at the North Carolina State Fair.   This one with the colorful funky houses got a second place and a special award.

She also showed us one that just came home from traveling with the Hoffman Challenge.

We are all excited because most of us are participating in Art of the Carolinas next weekend.  Last year Roberta and I took the Zentangle and Watercolors class with Suzanne McNeill.  I also took a full-day class with Karlyn Holman which started me off on my journey to become a watercolor artist.  This year I am taking two more watercolor classes from different artists.  But several of the others are taking classes with Karlyn.  Stay tuned for results next week!

We went to the mountains on Friday.  It was gloomy and rainy all day, but just as we arrived at the cabin, the sun came out and STAYED OUT all weekend!  It was beautiful, and I soaked up as much inspiration as I could since I won't be back up until after Christmas.  It is getting into serious hunting season, so I am bowing out and letting my son and Charlie's brothers stay at our place for "deer camp."

I probably have enough mountain photographs to last me a couple of months!  Here's one Charlie took of me on our last ride over the top of the mountain.

And here is Kasey's last dip in the sparkling creek.

I started a couple of art projects in the cabin last weekend which I finished at home.  I will show those next time.


Unknown said...

your last mnt trip for the season, right?

Cathie said...

Such an inspiration! Now you are beading. What"s next for you Jeanne? Enjoy Art of the Carolinas. Sabrina and I worked at it last year. It was so much fun.