Friday, August 21, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
I am participating in the national "Water Row by Row" challenge, participating quilt shops have a free pattern, that you ask for when you GO into the shops. Since I was traveling to NY and IL this summer, that gave me the opportunity to get extra patterns I would not normally get.
Monday, August 3, 2015
At our last Fyber Cafe meeting, Pat G. & Lorraine were doing a National Row by Row Challenge. It is themed "water" and each participating shop has designed a free pattern. I checked their website click here and also some of the state Facebook pages. Created to get business into the shops, you must go to each and request a pattern. We are fortunate to have 8 shops with in an easy driving distance, and even more on the Oregon coast. The theme is very open and diverse, patterns range from scenic rivers, lighthouse, sailboats, to frogs,turtles, dolphins, whales, fish and rubber ducks. The Universety of Oregon football team's mascot is the duck, so a lot of local patterns have this cute rubber creature. I was quiet jazzed about this, since I was going to be traveling out of state. On my way to the Eugene airport, I hit 4 shops, and I printed out shops in NY, WIS, and Illinois. My sister-in-law was more than happy to search out shops around Utica NY. We found three, at Rome, New Hartford, and Utica. The Utica pattern is koi and water lilies! Score! We had planned on going to the 3 stores in Syracuse also, but my niece chose that day to have her baby! Onward, to Northern Illinois, stops at Batavia, and Geneva. We helped my nephew move into Chicago one day, and found the aptly named Second City Quilt Co. very close to his new place, and open on Sunday. Their pattern was a curve topped fire hydrant, that is distinctly Chicago. The search continues, as I head home, with a heavy fabric addition to my luggage. It has been lots of fun seeing the different shops, each has their own style and fabric choices. I can't wait to get home and start sewing these patterns up.
In my trip to NY for my nephew's wedding, I was fortunate to realize the AQS Show was going to be in Syracuse, only an hour from my brother's in Utica. I took my sister-in-law Sue and we had a wonderful time. The show was awesome! I could not believe the extreme quality of all the workmanship. The intensely dense machine quilting, the thread painting with colored thread on plain background areas. All the details added to each art work. Every quilt was worthy of a ribbon. Seeing quilting on a National level was quiet an eye opener. Others always tell me I should enter my quilts into big shows, and my response is that I am not a perfectionist. I can see that I really need to up my game to compete at this level. But I am too concerned with the "art" of quilting, color, pattern, texture, design, embellishments. I could care less if all my points match, if the edge is straight, I make them crooked on purpose half the time. I do care if the tension is correct on my machine, but if I change thread, it may change the tension, and I often forget to recheck. Blocking a quilt, I don't have floor room for that. So I don't think I'll be entering a National show anytime soon. Maybe "Visions" show is more my art quilting style. Anyway, I digress, I loved the show, I'm not going to post any photos due to copy right considerations. There was a beautiful whole cloth painted tiger, with intricate thread painting. A "Dear Jane" quilt to inspire me to finish mine. Several photos printed in a large format, and the thread painting brought them to life. The applique florals, Baltimore and pictorial quilts had great deal of intracacy and must have taken hours and hours to complete. They had the SAQA show "Wide Horizons" which was diverse but rather drab. Also the Cherrywood Fabrics challenge "Wicked" based on the Broadway show. It was hard to vote on a favorite, among the many lime green & black art pieces. All in all it was exceptional, and I'm so glad I was able to go.