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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


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Now it's REALLY finished !

Well - I probably showed you this one before - but now it's REALLY finished - and ready to be entered into a juried show.


I named it "Marie Laveau's Garden Gate", because it reminds me of the fabulous ironwork on the houses and yards in New Orleans. 


Here's a closeup - the black 'stuff' is black quilt binding, sewn to a piece of organza, then the excess cut away, and quilted on top of a traditional three-layer quilt.  The creative possibilities are nearly endless - I will be doing more in this technique... 


"Marie" is entered in a couple of quilt shows for January - my fingers are crossed!  She wants to travel. 

Everyone enjoy Veteran's Day tomorrow !

Kate










Monday, October 17, 2016

Teasers

Hi - here are just a few teasers of the new piece I am working on............ 

This is a pillowcase - quilted and  partly beaded.


can you see the small spot I forgot to quilt?  just to the right of the beads...  amazing how it shows up in a photo - I'll get right on that !

This piece has incredible lacework - so I'm not sewing it down, just holding it in place with one gazillion beads !
 And just to make sure this takes as long as possible, I decided to hand-embroider all the stitch lines on the flower trim - to make it show more.............  oh heavens, this is going to take forever !
 
 
Next week I will be traveling - and this is going with me - planes, trains, surely I can put some beads on and do some embroidery during those hours !!
 
Kate

Saturday, October 15, 2016

wow, mid-October !!!

I don't know how the fall can be flying by so fast !!!!

I apologize for not blogging much recently, but there's just a lot of "stuff" going on.  You know - a busy job, a busy life - and some extended family illnesses that have demanded trips to the east coast to try to work through care issues and legal issues.......... 

But - let's focus on quilts - that is much more fun !!!!

I have been making a Christmas quilt for my neice, Kelly, who has a lovely new house.  I want it finished by December 1, so she can use it as part of her holiday decorating.......


 (sorry for the glimpse into my messy sewing area - I need a bigger design wall - and a bigger room !!!)



This is kind of a kit - I just needed a design and fabric FAST - so ordered a kit from Missouri Star, and then did some swapping out to suit my own taste - added a few solids to calm down all the prints, and to make some areas for nice quilting......  I'm hoping to get the center all sewn together this weekend, or close - then just some nice borders... it's a good size for a couch quilt... near the Christmas tree, don't you think?

I've also got TWO new linen quilts in progress - I'll be back soon with photos... they are going to be gorgeous, gorgeous !

happy weekend,

Kate





 
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