Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sawtooth's "Deck the Halls"

I was so honored to be among those selected to have their works of art in the "Deck the Halls" festivities at the Sawtooth School of Visual Art in Winston-Salem! I helped with the set-up a couple of weeks ago, there is so much beautiful art available during this Christmas special sale, patrons are fortunate to have so much talent offering their wares at this venue. I have taken an assortment of wool geode pins, wool bead earrings and rings, felted flower and necklace, and a bevy of my Fascinator hats, as they were hugely popular at the shows this fall! Sawtooth is having a Preview Party the evening of Nov. 29, I'm looking forward to being there to meet some of the other artists and local folks in my hometown.

Houston Quilt Market

One never knows what adventure awaits in Houston, TX during the Fall Quilt Market and Festival every year. It is like the land of milk and honey, and we make the annual trip with elated anticipation of finding inspiration and all sorts of sewing goodies to feed our creative soul. This year was no exception, as Georgiana and I made the scenic drive to the big ol' state of Texas, boy were we glad to see that sLone Star just across the state line! We stayed in a hotel near a hospital, and had a gorgeous view from the 9th floor, you could just see for miles. The weather there was gorgeous, sunny warm days for the most part, sadly while Sandy marched relentlessly across the upper east coast wreaking havoc on that area. One of my girls Rosie who had planned to come and help had to change her plans when her flight was cancelled, we sure missed having her smiling face there! But Georgiana was a wonderful roommate and right-hand lady, and we had a great time meeting folks, shopping, and seeing the awesome quilts. Here are a few of my faves, I only had an hour to look but they were just breathtaking.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Durham Quilt Show

This was my first year at the Durham Quilt Show, what a wonderful venue this guild had for their awesome show! The Tobacco Warehouse was a massive historic building with beautiful wood floors and layout, the perfect setting for a quilt show. Most of the vendors were upstairs, and we could look out over the quilt show floor through an opening in the center. The quilts were wonderful, a nice variety of styles and so much talent on display there. I was able to take a few pictures of some of my favorites, and I especially liked the wool penny table runner one of the guild members had made with beautiful stitchery. I also enjoyed the company of having a wonderful roommate Dawn, as well as having a booth between my friends Madeline and Judy, and we all went out for some authentic Cuban food across the street one night, yummy! Here are a few of my favorite quilts.

Cabarrus Quilt Show

I sure enjoyed seeing everyone at the Cabarrus Quilt Show this year, it was a fun show and I got to visit with so many friends there! I did the show by myself, and didn't get a chance to take many pictures, but I was really struck by this wooly "Pennies from Heaven" quilt that won 2 ribbons. Imagine my surprise when upon taking a closer look, it was created by my friend Martha and her girlfriend from a Woolfelt kit I'd put together for them! Congratulations on your ribbons girls, you did a wonderful job on this piece. There were lots of other fine quilts there too, wish I could've captured more on film. It was also great to see my friend Michelle and her awesome collection of Dusty's Vintage Buttons and textiles, her '40's hankies provided the perfect punch for my new apron pattern pocket. I also found some great fabrics for my mom in her friend Jan's area of the booth, I know my mom's gonna love 'em!

PA National Quilt Extravaganza 2012

This has been such a busy fall, it seems ages ago when I was at The Oaks in PA at their awesome quilt show, so glad I had a chance to go and take pictures of some of the beautiful quilts and my wonderful students! The workmanship displayed was truly amazing, in both areas, I really enjoyed seeing the innovative techniques shown in the quilts, so inspiring! And I cannot say enough about my students, they did such a great job in felting their fruits and veggies, here are some of my needle-felt students showing off their perfect pumpkins and gourds, so proud of them! I also have to add, I had some much-appreciated help from a couple of lovely ladies there, Georgiana and also Rosie, thanks so much girls! Couldn't have done it without you. It was also great to see old friends from the last year or 2, looking forward to seeing you again next year!

and the winner is...

A big congratulations to Jane, winner of the free fabric giveaway hostted by Quilters Newsletter! I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this blog-hop, thank you so much to all who participated, you are all winners in my book and I wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday season!