Wednesday, November 26, 2008

somethings fishy

After going to Houston I had a few weeks home and then I was lucky enough to go to Hyannis (Cape Cod) MA for three days with my quilt guild. We stayed at the Cape Codder and it was awesome. I roomed with Gail, Annie and June and we had a blast. There were 51 woman in the ballroom, all working on various quilting projects. Most of those projects were being made for other people. Quilters are such generous people. The weekend is filled with laughter! One reason for this was the serendipity of finding a joke shop in downtown Hyannis where we bought a remote controlled fart machine. I know it sounds immature....but seriously it was the best money I ever spent (the four of us chipped in $5 each). We hid it in scrap boxes and peoples project boxes and let the magic happen! We laughed all weekend. It really was the funniest thing. It's still funny...
Below is the quilt that I finished while at the cape. I bought the pattern in 1995 and my husband made the blocks in 1996. He wanted to try quilting so he came down to my sewing room a few times and worked on this. He traced every piece of the pattern (12 blocks total) and cut them out. He chose all the fabric - he did an excellent job considering the choices I had for fabrics then ! He was able to get 5 blocks ready for applique. I don't know what happened but we never went back to finish the blocks. I felt a little guilty leaving again so soon after Houston and it was his birthday on Sunday (the day I was due home from the cape) so I snuck the blocks out of the house and finished it for him! I was a little worried that he would be disappointed that I finished it for him. He was thrilled! He said it was the nicest quilt I had ever made. I really felt rushed to finish it because I hadn't planned on working on this during the get a way weekend. I had plans to finish my brown and jade bed quilt and to start my next art quilt.

This is it's new home. I thought he would want to hang it in his office by he wanted to enjoy it (and he can show it off when someone comes over). I hung it in the front hall. I also hung my Slice House Quilt in a new spot. When I took it down from over the mantel I filled the open spot with art work and more plates. I like the new spot because it isn't in sunlight but it seems a little cramped.

I am really looking forward to this weekend ~ it's my 25 class reunion. I have only been in touch with a few people from high school so this will be really fun to see everyone. I have been in touch with a few friends recently on facebook. That has been fun and if you don't have a facebook I suggest you get one. You are never too old to reconnect with friends and family.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Home from Houston

Group quilt: blocks made by Jane Lowell, Carol Middleton, June Peckingham, Gail Niland, Linda Ramrath, Suzanne Thibeault, Louise Redding and Kathleen Murphy (front door). Borders and quilting by Kathleen Murphy

Well, I had the best time in Houston. Many, many thanks to Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant (founders of the International Quilt Association) and their staff. It was all just so incredible! I would like to say hi to all of the great people I met last week. Meeting you all was the best part of this trip!

I had two awesome roommates. One from NE PA named Cathy Neri - she is an expert dyer and made me a gorgeous silk scarf. She made all the arraignments and she has been going to Houston for many years. The other roommate was Margarete Steinhauer. She is from Scituate MA. She won first place in the small art abstract category. You can see her quilt and all the other winners here~ click on the Quilts: A World of Beauty button on the left side of the page. You can see the quilt she won first place in the same category in 2006 on the front page of her web site Her quilt sold on Saturday...It was really beautiful. Below is a picture of Margarete with the winning Tiara for the QuiltArt Reception hosted by Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant. The ladies at stickball fashioned this one of a kind Tiara and loaned it to Margarete for the night. It was worth about $200.00! She won a beautiful and coveted Tiara pin from Karey's collection. The food was deliciuos too. I made a Tiara for the parade using my hand dyed fabrics and crystals but it fell out of the bag in the taxi on the way to the reception. I wore it the next day to lunch...and plan to wear it now and again at home:)

I enjoyed everything about the show: The award ceremony - sitting in front of Sharon Schamber (you can see her quilt at the top of the page of the winning quilts) It was the most beautiful quilt in the show, Preview Night - seeing the quilts in person, QuiltArt Reception - meeting online friends,The Silver Star Salute Dinner honoring Alex Anderson~ she gave a lovely speech (the winners speeches were wonderul too, including one from Japan who gave her speech in English), the vendors - I bought some crystals from Cheri's at, some paints and goodies from again for the help Judy), a quilting frame from Bernina, I bought some magazines and goodies at the Quilting Arts Magazine booth - those ladies had great Halloween costumes, and last but not least lots of fabric from many vendors. I shipped home a big box with purchases and I can't wait for it to get here, I almost forgot what I bought!
I encourage any quilter out there to join the IQA ~ they are a wonderful organization doing tremendous things for woman and
I can't wait to go back and bring some friends from home so they can experience it all.