Yes, I know that the summer solstice is NOT in July! I’m assigning my own meaning to those words, though. For almost all of my adult years the end of July has been vacation time…off the grid, away from everything, total relaxation time. The physical location has changed over the last several years, but I believe my mental state is definitely on vacation now.
No new projects and lots of relaxation time for the next couple of weeks. Rest and renewal. Solstice is the highest or lowest point the sun reaches in the year. This is my high point and I need to pause and enjoy it!
However, that DOES include lots of thinking about quilting!
My first ever fabric-of-the-month-club has been ongoing this year. (Color Inspiration Club from Pink Castle Fabrics) I’ve been quite pleased with the fabrics I’ve received, but this month’s selection is my favorite. It’s the essence of summer to me, so perfect for July.
I believe this means that the blog will be on vacation for a week or so also. I will be back by Aug. 10, with a totally relaxed smile on my face!
Oh, my…we unloaded the last of the quilt show materials in a driving rain! So glad most of the stuff was in plastic storage containers!
But our show was beautiful and successful–we couldn’t ask for anything more.
Lots of big, gorgeous quilts, but my quilts were hanging with the little art quilts! Far right…
and right again, with one by Mary Bajcz.
Things always look better when they are hanging in a show or in a gallery. I absolutely loved this one by Sharon Ray.
These are both by Erika Keith and the one on the right was started in a class with me! She really knows what she’s doing, doesn’t she?
These art quilts were only a small sampling of the many wonderful quilts shown.
And vendors, of course…I did not remain unscathed from that part of the show. But the most fun thing was winning a piece in the silent auction. June Guthrie does beautiful work and now I own one of her pieces! Wooo-hooo!
Great show–lots of hard work setting up and taking down–totally worth it! Think very seriously about getting involved with your local show! You won’t regret it.
This weekend is the annual home tour. It started out as Promenade the Past, with only historical homes, but over the years many unique homes have been shown.
The last couple of years, I have been the “entertainment” at one of the houses during the tour. I never thought of quilting as entertainment before! Many houses have singers or musicians, so I guess the category of entertainment just encompasses everyone that isn’t actually giving the tour.
So I sit and stitch and people watch and have a great time. I’m always willing to talk about what I’m doing and try to push a little for the value of the art quilt. I’m not really very “entertaining” but I manage to keep myself entertained!
Looking forward to a day spent stitching and people watching…who could ask for anything better?
Found a few minutes in the studio today and got started on another little piece. Remember that green and white stone?
It was totally not working, so I decided that it might look better on a white background. But plain white? C’mon–you know that would never work for me! I grabbed some white scraps–few and far between here!–and tore strips to make a little woven mat. Deliberately crooked and rough because white on white needs the texture!
Soooo hard to see! I’m adding hand stitching–with white. It’s giving me the white textured background I want and I’m quite happy to have some handwork to do again.
Fabric and thread–nothing better!
Linking up to Off the Wall Friday.
The Knot Even Quilters met this week…you may know that my family and I call the group the Whacky Quilters. Our play time was devoted to soy wax resist.
We assembled our wax pots–two small skillets–and piles of stuff with which to apply the wax.
Over the years of playtime meetings, we have learned to bring more fabric than we think we’ll ever use, because we show each other things and then we all want to try them. Here are a couple shots of how the wax was applied.
We had decided in advance that we were waxing only–no painting or dyeing, so we’ll have to wait until next time to see the results. But we got some ideas from our venue!
We meet in the classroom of a cross stitch and yarn shop and the owner had just met with a yarn rep who sold hand painted yarns. They were piled in a chair right next to me…oh, the temptation! The color inspiration! Yummmmmm!
Just as I became determined to eliminate my yarn stash, she does THIS to me! Do I want it in order to actually knit something from it? Oh, no–I just want it to look at and fondle! I WILL resist!
Spring is such a longed for event after a long winter, especially after a winter such as this one.
Taking a vacation in Florida is a great break from snow and ice, but it spoils you a bit for going back. The dogwoods and redbuds are just starting to bud out here so I know that spring is coming. Hooray!
But I have to leave and go back to the snow and ice…good-bye spring! We have occasionally had spring all the way home and continuing on through after we get there. This time, there’s not a chance!
Too much snow, too much ice, too much cold. Brrrr! At least I have warm quilts to snuggle up with!
The doors that are set back from the street…that lead to apartments or an individual office or a private studio…these doorways caught my attention today…
Since my last wool project is still on the naughty pile, I decided to tackle the final project that I brought on vacation with me.
I showed you my beginnings with the yarn
and now I’m starting to add beads. The ‘plan’ is to bead this heavily along the established yarn lines, sort of like a dark river.
Started with this
and want to use this beautiful raku cabachon.
Well, I immediately realized that I should have brought all the other beads that I had laid out by this piece. I left all the burgundy and purple beads at home because I thought there was too much contrast. And now, here I am wishing I had every one of those beads!
Fortunately, there is a great bead store here in Deland called Kathryn’s Beads and Baubles.
Unfortunately for my pocketbook, there is a great bead store here…
Oh, I need to go shopping now!
Linking to Off the Wall Friday…lots to see there as people link up!
When I picked up my little wool projects to get started, I just felt that the wool was soft and needed a bit more support before I could stitch and bead. My normal Sew Lazy Stiff Stuff was just too heavy. I went to my drawer of interfacing ‘stuff’ and found a big hunk of Decor Bond—perfect! Lightweight and fusible. One of the 3 little projects is very thick, recycled woolen sweater, so it won’t need any stabilizing, but the others do.
This is the beginning…
The topmost squares are purchased wool squares that are supposed to be felted, but the weave is still very loose on them. I attempted to felt them into the background. It worked, but not very well. Enough to keep them in place for sewing, but I’m not sure I’m sold on those raw edges. Fusing them to the background might have been a better solution, but that’s an experiment yet to come.
I’m trying to re-learn all the embroidery stitches I knew a century ago…glad there is a lot of info available ’cause I’m pretty rough!
Got a few beads thrown on, so it’s a good start to the day.
And it’s so good to get out and walk without the hat and mittens and scarf and boots. Here’s what caught my eye–azaleas started to bloom and some unknown to me plant that’s really beautiful.
My friend Kat proposed a Pay It Forward challenge and I’m going to play along. Here’s what the deal is…
Pay It Forward 2014
I will send a small artwork, sometime in 2014, to the first 10 people who comment on this, saying they are in. In return you must post this on your FB page or blog, and send an artwork to 10 people. You don’t send to me, unless I comment on your post as you have done on mine.
It may be something quite small, like a postcard or trading card size. Or you may send a piece as large as you like. The only rules are, you must post a Pay it Forward on your own page, you must send an artwork during this year, to the first 10 people who say they are in. And you must send me a link to your post.
Remember, you must tell me you are in! Any other comment doesn’t count. I will need your address, so send by message, so it’s private.
Are you in????
I think I’ve seen a couple of other people I know through the internet working on this type of challenge also. It just sounds like fun to me and I’m really happy to think about giving away some of my art. Fun!
Linking to Off the Wall Friday.