Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Yes I have been remiss in blogging but I have tons of reasons why. Chicago, Chicago, Chicago was probably the main one. I do have some very exciting news about one of my travel mates, Judie. About a month or two ago, she began a class at the Patch on a Jacket. Susan was her teacher and her's was the brightest by far with Kaffe, Amy Butler, Batiks to name a few of the fabrics. The ultimate topper was the three different colored buttons on the front of the jacket. She, of course, brought it with her and as it always happens Chicago obliged her with COLD weather. (That is another tale.) We proceeded to any early breakfast on Sunday morning at the hotel's restaurant. As luck would have it, we were placed next to Liza Prior Lucy and Kaffe Fassett. We were not your usual groupies as we didn't speak (or stare, or ask for an aurtograph or hug a complete stranger.) But lo and behold before breakfast was over, they spoke to US!!!!!! Okay, to Judie!!!!! (Thus as we now refer to him as Kaffe and Liza.) Her jacket was a hit. They spoke of her wonderful quilting and color choices. They especially liked the three different buttons. Judie is quoted as saying, "Color works, oh ye of little faith." Later that day in downtown Chicago a mannerly gentleman in the elavator admired the color and buttons. He wasn't even a quilter. The jacket has been a hit. Kathy and I are merely the jacket tag-alongs. Judie has promised to hang the jacket at the store....with small donations accepted to touch the fabric that Kaffe touched. Okay, so did Lucy. Here is a picture of Judie wrapped in it on the Architectural Tour of Chicago. (Did I mention in 30 degree weather we were boating around Chicago on the top deck. It was glorious, but a bit chilled.)
1. Always good to go to a Quilt Show for the inspiration it gives you.
2. Beautifully hand-dyed wool was sprinkled through out the show.
3. We all agreed on our favorite of the show being a beautiful path through the woods in a mind boogling array of green. It is called "Blazing his Own Trail" by Ann Crowl Mewer and is pictured here. We felt like this is what we had seen on our way north. The most beautiful shades of green. We kept returning to the place to view it and photog it.
4. New fabric lines from different sources and patterns to thrill our quilting minds.
5. The unusual use of stretcher-barred quilts placed together to make a beautiful wall hanging from our friends to the north.
6. Hyper quilting is still the rage. Look at this beauty.
8. Frieda Anderson of the Chicago School of Fusing made me want to DYE fabric.
We particiapted in two luncheons with two wonderfully charming presenters in David Taylor and Pam Holland. David is exceptionally talented artist who now uses fabric as his canvas. You might remember the beautiful Chickadee with the Christmnas Light on a fir branch, the Goat with a sunflower in his mouth, the girl at the window and this year's Pig.
Pam Holland is an Aussie to a Tee. She is exuberant in her love of quilting and quilts. She does quilts of extreme detail and without notice she will leap into whimsy at the drop of a hat for the next quilt. Her current project is a quilt of the Bayreuth Tapestry that is housed in Ireland. She is also while traveling doing a quilt-a-week. As she states a quilt can be any size, big or small. She suggested we live outside our boxes and try new techniques to keep our loving of quilting a continuous growing experience. Her growth will never stop as she will never let it stop. Her prize winning quilt is The American Gothic. Judie was asked to be a quilt assistance and her response was "Then do I get to take it home", the room roared but she helped anyway.
The Sunday Shuffle consisted of an African Food Protector, beaded; Shadow appliquing; a Paper Purse and painting on fabric. We have two begun projects and two not yet opened projects so we are fifty-fifty in UFOs.
The next three days were spent in beautiful, welcoming Chicago at a fabulous hotel thanks to Sam, Judie's daughter. We were in the heart of everything. The city was gorgeous as the cool or should say COLD crisp air made in even prettier. Goosebumps were the size of mangos and Kathy firsts (of many like first time in Kentucky, Illinois, sun-rise, etc.) was she travel the very stylish city of Chicago in two jackets at the same time. Judie, the native Chicagoan, was still in flip-flops but long pants. Joey had to buy socks at Target to make it through the cold as well as two blouses and a leather jacket. As Kathy said, donning her knee highs, now only our thighs are cold.
We all are returning with a new appreciation for a strange neck adornment, SCARF. We almost bought some but got a grip on it. I believe cocktails were needed to bring us to reality...scarfs and Florida do not mix. Unless silk and flimsy. But do you know, there were no gloves to be found for purchase. Afterall this is Spring in Chicago. Our days were spent on tours admiring the fabulous architecture that so many have left us in Chicago, hours in the Art Museum, visits to the original Crate and Barrel (5 stories), etc. We feel both the Boat Architectural Tour and the Mini Bus Tour of the Chicago environs were equally great and we would recommend it to all. We froze on the boat but our fingers were still able to snap approximately 300 pictures among us. There was some discussion of the fact that Joey should pet a Canada Goose but thanks to Margy, I was spare a bitten finger. Just a week before she told me they are nasty birds even though they look so pretty. We have pictures to prove how close they were. Now what do you think we have left out but believe me we didn't leave it out in our visit.....the FOOD OF CHICAGO. WOW! the pizza, the Chicago dogs and Harry Carrey, flourless chocolate cake. We ate well!!!!! Uno you still number one in our books.
We are traveling today to Springfield and Judie's daughter.....then it is PADUCAH here we come!!!!!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This is all in silks and done in the 1890s. The shimmer was fantastic. It is courtyard steps, a log cabin variation. I took many pictures of log cabins I saw as this is our Martin County Challenge.
Here is one from the 1930s. No this not reproduction fabric.
I am sorry I don't have all the info on any of these but I do know we like pictures.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Upon leaving the quilt museum I walked the grounds and then across the parking lot and looked at the river and all the beautiful murals that the city of Paducah is doing along the levee. Hope you enjoy them.
My traveling companions thought I had gone to the fabulous but not tried Pie shop on Main Street in Paducah. But it was CLOSED and I wasn’t hungry. They are upset that I have not told you of the little mishap that happened to me….I lost the camera. Left it at the restaurant we had lunched in and when we got across the street at Hancock‘s…no camera. Judie bolted out the car to get into the store and left Kathy and I to find the camera. It was located. I thought what a nice thing for Kathy to do, until I heard her say she should have just let me take the car so she could go into Hancock’s. It is hard to separate addicts from their addiction….FABRIC. Here is the picture I took with the almost lost camera.
I believe, I forgot to talk about the fantastic display of Hollis Chatelaine and famous photographers. She does the most unbelievable pictorial quilts of people and places. The exhibit is called "Imagine Hope"AND THE PICTURES DO NOT DO THE WORK JUSTICE.
You sit in the room and feel her work, see her work and since the main emphasis was the value of water in the world you felt parched. She is able to capture in her work the feeling of the people and subjects she selects. Kathy has taken quite a few classes with her and telling me that she quilts in some instances using bright, neon thread from Superior was amazing. I think my favorite one was the forest of 4 or 5 trees which in some areas of the world is the FOREST. It made me appreciate the beauty we saw of this country from the car window. But enough about Paducah, we shall return.
The next morning we headed to Judie’s daughter, Kim and family. She lives in Springfield. Her daughter and Judie’s granddaughter, Sydney, who many of you have met (She attended a Guild Meeting and played BINGO.) was so excited to have us come that it made us feel quite special. Kim has a lovely house where we stayed for the night. She served a fabulous meal and we got to meet her boyfriend, Mike. Lance and Amy, Judie’s newlywed grandson and his wife, were there as well. They are White Sox and Cardinal Fans. Games were on but the conversation was lively. But before we got there, we had Antique Shops to visit. We got off for a bit more coffee at a McDonald’s in Perry, IL and saw a sign antique mall. It was ten or twelve miles away certainly not around the corner. The finds were wonderful and we are glad we went. The plains of Illinois were out our windows with farm after farm. The fields appear to be ready to plant or perhaps they are planted. It was 85 that day. In fact we have been in warmer weather than you have had in Florida.
Judie got her spaceship,
The next morning it was early rising…we had to leave Springfield by 6am. Chicago here we finally come….Kathy saw a sun rise. She wasn’t quite sure what it was but Judie and I assured her…this
happens every day.
It was uneventful except for another lesson learned. Garman’s do not necessarily change time zones when you do. We thought us not going to arrive because the Garman said arrival was 11:10am and our class was 12noon. But low and behold the Garman was wrong and we arrived at 10am. Oh, that is because we are on Central Time and it is on Eastern Time.
Hotel checks in was good and easy. Car checks in was not. Apparently parking is a valuable commodity here in Rosemont. We decided to park at the convention center for $13.00 versus the hotel at $27.00. We decided to ask the man taking your money if it was okay to park over night. Well, it wasn’t the car had to moved and without some quick talking at the front desk, we would have paid $40.00 for that day of parking. The Front Desk Clerk helped us….we will know for sure when we get our bill. Our first lecture/lunch was fantastic with David Taylor. His work is unbelievable but that is minor compared to how he does it. The next posts will be pictures of quilts. Forgive me, if these are unaligned. The systems are not working correctly and WI-FI area are hard to find.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Where do I begin. I guess as with all good things at the beginning. Myself and two good friend Judie and Kathy, decided to do the Spring Quilt Show in Chicago and Paducah, KY. Now you say to yourself how do you do this...well, by car, of course. We decided to leave on Monday and head to our first stop in Chattanooga, TN for the night. So you would think this would be easy, well, there were a few humorous if not hysterical deviations from this plan. It began quite simply, we pulled away from my house at 6:20am. We proceed to the Florida Turnpike and we sped down the highway. As we left the house I said, gee, all we need to have is our wallet, credit cards and money and we are set. This would become prophetic as the morning continued. My cell phone rang and it was Mom, alias Betty, asking if any of us were carrying a gold-yellow handbag as it was here on the kitchen table. Immediately, I said, Judie your purse is at my house. Of course, we had already passed the Ft Pierce exit, next place to turn around was Yeehaw Junction (always wanted to blog that one) a mere 40 or 50 miles up the road. Quick thinking Judie called Earl, her hubby who earned big thank yous from us to meet us at the Ft Drum rest stop and bring her purse. He graciously agreed. To say we laughed would be putting it mildly. The tears were blurring our vision. It got even funnier when Earl went to FT Pierce first, of course, with his cell phone left at their house, no way to verify where we were. On the word of a rest stop worker, Earl headed to Ft Drum and the purse was given to the owner. Now, of course, poor Judie has to tell us her purse location at every stop.
Okay so with breakfast eaten at the Ft Drum rest stop. No stopping at Ocee and the Perkins as planned, we were on the road again. Florida became a dream as we crossed the Georgia border. Gas was procured, thinking it would be less expensive in GA, that 5 cent saving was worth waiting for. We exit I-75 and based on a now proven faulty premise we chose the Shell, thinking nice Bathroom. Kathy can attest to that being a false hope. The store and bathroom left lots to be desired. Outside of Atlanta, we believed again and were led down the primrose path. A word to the wise, bathrooms at gas stations are worse than exoected. Lunch at Popeye's and their cold slaw with pickles in it was a goodie. More on that later in the trip
Two stops in the greater Atlanta area, made out arrival at the hotel at 10pm or so. The stops were well worth it. A lovely Quilt Shop and yes we found things to buy. We stopped based on a billboard. Ran into a sales rep but we were not there as a shop owner but rather a quilter. He was surprised of our quest to hit Chicago and Paducah. But the best stop was to visit Kristy. Big hugs abounded and Kathy and Kristy had a much needed hug. We got to see her work place. Quite impressive printing equipment and her boss, Sterling, was so gracious in making us feel welcome. We went to downtown Roswell and had drinks and chips (also, known as dinner.) New drinks have been tested and are a find - Mango Mojitios. Thiis stop could not go without a bit of driving with a Garman fun. A word to the wise, "Never believe that when someone has on her blinker that it means she is turning. You need to yell, turn." But have no fear, we did a Stuart U-turn in front of all the gracious Atlanta drivers and laughed until we cried again. When the crew wakes up, we are headed to Paducah, to see the Museum sans crowds, then to Springfield to visit Judie's daughter and Thursday eta CHICAGO. Bye for now...pictures tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This is the company that always make us stop and stare. It is Bigfork Bay Cotton Company with their exquisite realistic looking wall hangings. We have carried them in the store for going on to three years and each year we think how can they out do last year and they do. Well, this year is no exception. we are lucky enough to have Tracey get us another wonderful Trunk Show and so they are here LIVE. Here are some of the pieces that we have in the store for you to see the actual work.
His ears and trunks are separate from the background which makes him look more alive. His ears feel so cool being seperate from the backgrounds.
Everyone loves this one. What Mother doesn’t understand this look. On this piece the leaves are lifted off the background. This technique adds such a unique look to the piece.
Now I feel like I should say lions, tigers and bears, oh my. Except I should be saying and zebras.
His colors are so beautiful and the look in his eyes are like “dinner is being served.”