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What’s New?

I’m working on a show for my friends and myself! We make art and we need to showcase what we make…sooooooooo, I’m having an Artisan Showcase.

Showcase Photo

I’m so looking forward to this even though it means I have to really buckle down and do some house cleaning! That’s the only drawback to this that I can think of, since I hate to clean!

This is something I have wanted to do for several years and just never pursued. It’s about time that it’s not just talk, talk, talk. I’m excited!

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Someone keeps count…

I imagine a darkened room with a group of pasty-skinned accountants keeping track of who publishes what…I know the reality is a bit of computer programming that can add, but I’ve been informed by WordPress that I have published 700 posts.

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Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But it’s really not much when you just think of it as posting little bits of what I am doing as I go along day to day.

It sounds like I should have a giveaway or something, though, doesn’t it?

Okay—who wants a fat quarter of hand-dyed fabric? My choice.

My Wall O' Color!

Stand up and be counted for a chance and I’ll share with you!

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I could be a geek…

I love geography and maps and looking at awesome scenery, but I don’t really study geographic information.

Tonight at the end of the nightly newscast, they showed a picture of Sioux Falls.

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I felt totally stupid when I realized that Sioux Falls HAS falls. Probably why it got it’s name. I just never saw a picture of that town before and it was a real DUH! moment.

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So, of course that led me to spend time looking up all the info I could on Sioux Falls, especially pictures.

There were a lot of cool pictures that made me think it might be a wonderful place to visit. Then I found this picture

icy Sioux Falls

and remembered where Sioux Falls actually IS.

Maybe sometime in the spring or fall, ’cause I hear summer can be blazing hot…but I don’t want to take a chance on getting there too close to winter. Brrrrr!

But it did make me realize once again what a beautiful and diverse country we live in. Always something new to see and learn!

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Cleaning House

Just in the studio, not the whole house! Over the past several months, I have found myself saying that I have more fabric than I could use if I lived to be 200 years old. I’ve said it quite a few times and that has finally registered in my consciousness.

Too much stuff! But…but…but…it’s stuff that I love and think I’m going to use someday. C’mon–really? It’s time to start doing something about it. Commercial fabrics–hand dyes–whatever! Things have to GO!

Over the next little while, I’m going to start offering up some of the items that I can live without. That means mostly fabric. I could give it to charity, but then someone is forced to use it that may not even like it. So, I think I’ll post pictures of fabrics that people may actually want to have. Pick up if you live close to me or pay postage if you are far away.

And, oh my gosh, if you know anyone who would like quilting magazines, please send them my way!

There are people who sell their fabric on ebay, but I think I’d rather just have it go to a good home, especially if it were to go to a beginning quilter. It comforts me, like “We took the dog out to a farm and it will live happily ever after there.”

I’ll miss it, but not that much.

Here’s the first of what I’d like someone to adopt.

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Two half yard pieces on the left and 6 fat quarters on the right, and you have to take it all!  Call, comment, email…whatever works for you. First come, first served!

 

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Playing a bit

Not doing anything sewing related for a few days has been very nice. I’ve read a few books and played in the garden a bit.

Took some time to visit a fellow quilt addict that I don’t get to see too often. We didn’t do any sewing, but we had a grand old show and tell time and talked up a storm!

She got a long arm quilt machine and we played with it a bit. It’s not really as easy as I thought it should be. I kept trying to move the handles at an angle! But I’m still sure that I don’t want one. I’ll happily pay the price of someone who has spent time on that learning curve when I need to.

My friend says she has a bad habit. She gets an idea for a quilt in her head and starts collecting fabrics for it. Then when she finishes it, somehow there is enough left over fabric to make another quilt…or two more…or even three!

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Sheldon 2

She really has made three quilts from the fabric she collected for just one! And she said she has another one in her head that she thinks she’s doing the same thing for! She thinks that is something unusual, but I’ve done that. Haven’t you?

I’m ready to sew something…anything…hand or machine! Vacation is over!

 

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Summer solstice

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.

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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!

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Quilt Show Finale

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…

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and right again, with one by Mary Bajcz.

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Things always look better when they are hanging in a show or in a gallery. I absolutely loved this one by Sharon Ray.

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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?

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These art quilts were only a small sampling of the many wonderful quilts shown.

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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!

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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.

 

 

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