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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

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Brand New Year, All Ready for Living


Oh I am as excited as a kid in a candy store;  

Today, on the Eve of a brand new year (2017 Oh My Gosh), I have brought out an old friend to play:


Aged Beauty (2014)
She is a lovely girl, isn't she?  This is one of the first wholecloth quilts I made using vintage linen, and I love her very much.  But she is , well, as they say, "distressed".  She has some wrinkled, some love handles, some frayed edges, just like the rest of us.  She doesn't go out much, to shows or other events.  But she is just a lovely lovely lady.  Would you like to see a couple of closeups?  Well, here you go..




 
 
I have had the most marvelous year in quilting that I have ever had, without a doubt.  My two loves, linen quilting and charity quilting, kept me more than busy.  I was so pleased to send over 30 quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders;  and to make a special Christmas quilt for my nice, Kelly.  My quilt 'Annabelle's Wedding Feast" won a big prize at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza and is already scheduled to be judged at the Road to California, and the Daytona AQS Show.  And a newbie piece, in shadow trapunto, is , I hope, going to a national show for the first time... 
 
I joined the board of the Northern California Quilt Council, a great group - I look forward to working with them. And I joined SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Association, or something similar to that title -  a fabulous organization that is going to open new doors. 
 
But most of all, I will create.  I have several very nice linen quilts in progress;  and I have ideas for moving linen into some more contemporary artistic treatments.
 
 
So - a GREAT year -  and 2017 is only going to be more fun...
 
 
I will close with what has become an annual NYE tradition:  a photo of the Empty Spools from the past year:
Empty Spools, 2016

 


Happy New Year to You all.  I'll be ordering more thread tomorrow.

Kate





Monday, December 12, 2016

New Experiences


Hello everyone -  I've had two really fun new experiences lately...

On Saturday last week I went to Featherweight maintenance class.....  fun, fun.  A whole room full of adorable little cuties - mostly black, one white, and one painted red.....

We learned a little bit of history, a little bit of maintenance, learned where to grease and where to oil -  and then I got a NEW foot pedal - no more little button to push with your toe or the side of your foot - a regular, "clamshell" pedal...... hooray.

And I meant to get an LED light, and then forgot - boohoo, another day.

My Featherweight came to me about 6 years ago, and has sat ever since, so it was very happy to have some attention !  


then today - I had some of my quilts appraised... four of my show quilts, that travel so much.  It was time and overdue to get them appraised.

My appraiser was Nancy Bavor, of quiltworth.com.  She was terrific - did a fabulous, professional appraisal, and then gave me a printed form for each quilt.

I was very humbled at the values she put on my quilts - I told DH to drive home very carefully !

Seriously, it reminded me to value the artistry in my quilts - and not to sell myself short...

THAT IS A LESSON FOR US ALL !!!

Go , right now, and look at one of your quilts, and repeat after me:  THIS IS A VALUABLE PIECE OF ART AND QUILTING !   Then do it again.  Then pat yourself on the back !

hooray for us quilters..........

Kate

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Apres

After -  we didn't even eat turkey today, and I still think the tryptophan mellowed me out............

Kitty Bit is having her Thanksgiving Day nap, too.  She does wish her human holder would put his feet up and make a proper lap for her to sleep on - good grief....
 
A bit of quilting got done today, too, as this top was pin-basted


 
I hope it is finished in time to be a Christmas present  for my niece, Kelly!
 
And, last week, a BIG box of quilts from me and some friends went to the "Quilts Beyond Borders" organization... they will go to the Bennett Freeze Navajo...  a deeply poverty-stricken group of individuals in Arizona. 
 
 
:So now I have three more days that are all mine..........  before going back to work on Monday - wonder how much I can get done before then?  

ready, set, go ....

Kate


 


Friday, November 11, 2016

"My" Veterans

Greetings - 

Recently I have been doing some work on my geneology, and this had led me to reflect on the men in my family, and how often their lives were marked by war...  and their service in military during these great times of conflict becomes a singular identifying moment in their lives............. 

My husband fought in the Vietnam War, in a war he did not believe in;

My father fought in WW II,  and took part in the liberation of one of the concentration camps, a moment he said he would always be haunted by;

My mother's father, my grandfather, also fought in WW II;

My 2nd great-grandfather was a Civil War soldier;

My 4th great grandfather fought in the War of 1812;

and My 5tth great-grandfather fought in the US Revolutionary War.


It humbles me to see so many of my ancestors called into battle;  I am proud of their bravery and fortitude, but simultaneously am deeply saddened by the relentless use of physical conflict to solve problems in our world. 

I watched President Obama lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier today, and I prayed that our incoming president will not lead us into a situation that will result in another great conflict.
Please, let us no more send our sons and daughters into battle. 


Kate


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