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Thursday, August 3, 2017

THE VIEW FROM OUTSIDE THE COMFORT ZONE

Well - I decided to venture out of the COMFORT ZONE........ and play in the Cherrywood Fabric Van Gogh Challenge.

Was it fun ?  Well..............
Was it challenging?   yes........
Was it easy and quick?   no.........

So - I thought it was only 20 by 20, it would be easy and fairly quick.

NOT.

Every step seemed to challenge me.

First step:  finding inspiration.  I chose Van Gogh's paintings of almond blossoms.  Simple, easy peasy.

Step Two:  Making a background.  I decided to try a woven background in blues and blacks, trying to get the feel of Van Gogh's heavy brush strokes.  I didn't want it to look like a plaid, so many of the strips needed to change color.... oh i wasn't sure about this - looks so choppy... but I kept going.



This weaving took FOREVER !!!  I was amazed.

I covered it with black tulle, and it calmed down..... NOW it is starting to look like Van Gogh's brush strokes.  See how much better it is?  And, it has a branch and some lovely almond blossoms.  They are made of white felt, since Cherrywood doesn't make white fabric.  The branch is brown Cherrywood with black thread scribbles on it.





And here is the final version, cropped to 20 by 20, with a black "frame".


so, that's my Van Gogh.

throughout this whole process, I must tell you I felt like a fifth grader, with my scissors and my glue.  It was fun.  Maybe I'll try improvisation again..... or maybe not...

don't think Van Gogh has to worry too much about me taking over his place in art history !!

Kate








Thursday, July 13, 2017

Here, There, and Everywhere

Oh me, I haven't posted in such a long time !

I just checked and I am both alive and well.

Many frequent flyer miles have been logged in the past two months - some for fun, some for business.

Let's see...........

A business trip to Hawaii...... yes, truly ..... honestly...

A family trip to the East Coast for a funeral.  Difficult time, but an opportunity to see distant family not seen in many years.  Goodness, how did all my cousins turn into carbon copies of their parents ?

A business trip to Washington, DC...  I always love DC - the monuments, the Supreme Court, the taxi drivers !
And - lest I forget - an unbelievable quilting retreat..........  But I shall save more on that for the next post, because it really does deserve some words and some photos all for itself.

BUT - TODAY - NEWS FLASH - I found out my quilt "Annabelle's Wedding Feast" is a finalist in the IQS Houston show - - wow, Houston - I can't believe it.  Pinch me.

Has there been quilting going on?  Oh yes.  Soon I will gather up photos of that, too.

So - here I am -  Alive --  Well - -  Quilting...and with lots of frequent flyer miles and hotel points to use at another date.

Details to follow.

Kate


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hands2Help

Hello everyone , and Happy Mother's Day...

I'm in a 'finishing fit'  today... how fun is that?  

Two quilts , both twin sized, for the Hands2Help Initiative :

 Both classic "scrap" quilts - the first one of leftover strings from lots of other projects - and the second made from crumb blocks, using the tiniest of small bits leftover...  and don't you love how turquoise blends it all together?
These just went through the washer, and will get boxed up in the next few days. 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend, a nice Sunday, and some great sewing .

Kate





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It Was a Rescue

WELL -  this post is not about quilts

It's about Kittens !!!

Last Tuesday, 4 kittens showed up outside my office door, happily playing.

(not good)...............

That afternoon,  they climbed up some vines on the side of the building - up to the Second Floor level

(REALLY not good)

They didn't come down.

Wednesday - they are crying - sad little mews... 
Thursday - still crying - oh me what can we do?

Call in the troops !  Ladders, grabbers,  cat food.............they were afraid, and climbed higher...

(no, kitty, not good, not good)

Then - serious help arrived...  a cherry picker !!!

They climbed lower, but not low enough...........

But two fell, and were caught !    oh good, 2 down, 2 up

But, look, we can still see 4 ....

(NOT GOOD - oh my there are SIX of them)

Ladders - kitties, don't run away... bribing with food............. and
2 more caught !!

Day 5 - one more caught - but one very hungry kitty still in the vine !!

Day 6 - a woman showed up and said "I can talk that kitten down"...

For an hour she stood under the cat, met its gaze, and mewed at the cat, the cat mewed back, and moved lower, and then lower, and lower,  and

RESCUED !!!!




This one, the little grey Tabby, is the Leader of the Pack - I just know it was his idea to go up that Wisteria vine - somehow you can just tell !!!


Thank goodness for a wonderful rescue organization who will take these babies and get them adopted.   Hooray for the rescue organization. 
 
Who could resist these eyes?
 
 
 
 
More about quilts later...............
 
Kate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Projects !!

Hello and Welcome to April..............

Spring is a really really busy time in the Professor business,  but time has been found for a bit of quilting here and there. 

My quilt, Annabelle's Wedding Feast, has been busily touring the AQS Spring shows - first to Daytona, then Lancaster.  Later this month it will go to Paducah, and then come home.

So - I have started two new projects...  here are some peeks...  they are not far enough along to show fullsize photos yet...  just closeups...............  lots more work to do...  but oh how fun it is to be working on a new project !





and, something in a different direction:




(the white lines are just marking pencil, don't worry.

Stay tuned, and we'll see how these turn out !


Kate

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Why Was February So Short ?

Goodness, what is happening...  February is over ? 

Let's see what I have been doing..................

TWO QUILTS ARE TRAVELING:
               Marie Laveau's Garden Gate was hanging at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival !
and Annabelle's Wedding Feast was a finalist in the AQS Daytona show !

Way to go, Ladies !

Meanwhile, I've been doing some fun quilting with scraps and strings - power sewing:

 Used some neutral leftover strips to make a neutral kids-size donation quilt -  I like !


Crumbs and more crumbs !  And turquoise - now got to get this quilted.



Fostered a darling little kitten named Garrison - he was a stray, living on the street, so needed lots of socializing... he is now ADOPTED - hooray !  Tomorrow he goes to his forever home.  Good luck, Garrison !


I'm also working on two show quilts - and have a new experiment on my design wall... fun, fun !  Stay tuned for pictures of those sometime soon.

Quilting Away,

Kate










Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February ???? Really????

OH my goodness................ how can it be February ???

Wow - what a fabulous month it has been... let's see...............

My quilt "Annabelle's Wedding Feast", was exhibited at Road to California !!!!
And I want to take a moment to say HOORAY to the people who run that show...  they are just fabulous...............  the show is just gorgeous, and they are so prompt and good to the quilters who enter quilts - they always keep us informed of when our quilts are shipped, and pack them up beautifully......... I really appreciate it !!! 





Now Annabelle has been shipped off again - she is collecting her own Frequent Flyer Miles........ cause she wants to go to Hawaii next summer.  For now, she is a finalist in the AQS Daytona Show, and then the AQS Lancaster Show.  She is also entered in AQS Paducah, but I haven't gotten word yet whether she will make finalist in that show.......  I won't see her again for a long, long time...

DH and I had quite a lovely trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles to the show.  We stopped at a Western-themed area in Kettleman City, and found this:

 and a vast assignment of tacky signs:
 and an example of really bad spelling !


Do you see the misspelled word?  I think they meant to paint SUPERSTITIOUS !!!

oh well...  can't get it right every time !

I got to go sew something fast - February is a short month  !!!

Kate

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