Archive for November, 2010

Comfort Quilt

November 17, 2010

Last week was GVQC’s meeting – my local quilt guild.  As usual, show and tell was great, and our guest lecturer was Chris Wickert.  She has an amazing trunk show, and was also a terrific speaker.

I brought a comfort quilt to donate:

Members make and donate quilts to distribute  in the community as needed.  It was my version of Jeanne Simpson’s quilt.  She taught it at a local retreat, and it’s made from a 4 patch, cut up, and reassembled.  The two colors I chose gave a blended look.  Here is another picture of my practice block:


The pattern is much more visible in this block as I used 2 fabrics with very different values.

On the way home from celebrating my Aunt’s 90th birthday – with my 91 year young Dad – my husband and I saw the neighborhood farmer harvesting some field corn.   Alas, my camera was at home.  The gold corn was pouring out of the harvester in a stream that looked like liquid gold, twisting and turning with the wind.  I really wanted to remember that image, so got my camera, and drove back down the street.  Drat, the harvester had finished and was way back in the field busily gathering row after row of corn. 

I really, really, really wanted pictures of that golden corn, so pulled off the road, and waited for the harvester to come back up to the truck.  Yes, I was laying in wait for a harvester.  LOL  The sun was shining, it was an unseasonably 61 in Upstate New York – in November!  and before I knew it, the harvester was back. 

Knowing no shame, I got out of my Jeep, and started taking pictures.   The farmer climbed out of the harvester to come and talk to me.  I introduced myself, asked permission to continue taking pictures, and he happily agreed.   I said it was an awfully pretty sight.  To my surprise, he agreed with me.  Usually when a person is working hard, they can’t see the beauty in their labor.  I was very happy that this man liked his job.  So few do.  We chatted a few more minutes, he went back to work, and I took a few more pictures, then went back home to show my husband the pictures:

 

What do you think? 

Hugs…

RAFA November Meeting

November 13, 2010

November has been a fun month for me so far.  It started with our monthly RAFA meeting.  Show and tell is always good and Pat brought her African photo quilt again.  This time my camera behaved, and I got a photo of it:

Pat also gave a mini workshop after the meeting on finger weaving:


And this is the small piece I started:

 

It’s not a good idea to use a chenille yarn with little bumps every inch.  A nice smooth, tightly twisted wool or cotton would have shown the pattern much better.  On the plus side, this little bit of finger weaving is soft as can be.  Dare I say it has a sensual vibe going on???  LOL  I just did say it, so guess I dared.  more LOL

Anne purchased a great felted vest in Toronto:


I’m waiting for her to pass on the url.  The artist has a business and website so we can all have the opportunity to purchase one of his gorgeous creations.   Never mind, we don’t have to wait.  I googled for the designer and found him: http://www.gaudetfashionhouse.com/   You can even see the vest that Anne purchased  on the catwalk for the 2010 fashion show.  Enjoy!!!

Another member brought a felted purse she made:


And yet another member displayed her felted piece:

And last, but not least, Val showed her felted piece:


And a finished quilt:


Do you see a trend here?  Some of the members had attended a felted wool workshop and we all got to enjoy the gorgeous colors and textures. 

Sarah had her art quilt completed for the 2011 exhibit the RAFA members are producing:


It’s hard to see in the photo, but there are layers of Angelina, embroidery and beading in the center.  A lot of time and creativity went into making this piece. 

And one of our newest members attended a Nancy Crow workshop.  This is her first effort from the class:


Now she had a brand new sewing machine, had to learn how to use it at the workshop, and has been focusing on the art of making jewelry.   Don’t you think this is an impressive start for a beginning quilter?

Hugs…