Monday, January 5, 2015

Sawtooth "Deck the Halls" 2014

I was so honored to be invited to participate in the annual "Deck the Halls" Christmas show and sale at the Sawtooth School of Visual Art again this year, and what a great show it was! I am always in awe of the  incredible talent on display there, and this year was no different:
 Played around with lots of yummy colors and textiles for the fascinators this year!
 I love birds, and thought this wool bead and cardinal fascinator would be cute for winter.
I loved this fascinator so much I made one for myself and wore it the day I worked my shift at Sawtooth...the other one sold while I was there!
 Ran into my friend Julie when I went to the open house, looking glam as usual!
handmade jewelry, pottery, dolls, paintings, mixed-media, scarves, and of course my own fascinator hats, felted flowers and scarves, and wool bead earrings. I always like to try new things, and so I experimented with a few new spins on my fascinators and used some silks and tapestries along with edging the flowers with metallic golds for the holidays. I also made some new wool bead earrings in the shape of tomato pincushions just for fun! Here are a few of my things I had there, lots of ideas for my 25-year Anniversary Contest in these fascinators!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Houston Quilt Festival Classes

Can't forget my fun classes in Houston! We had a full class for my "Heavenly Felted Hibiscus", and every flower turned out absolutely gorgeous! So proud of these gals and all their hard work...each one a very unique work of art. Wish we'd had time to get close-ups of all of them they were just spectacular.
And our Fascinator Fun class was just that - so much fun! A small cozy class on Halloween night, I was thrilled to have my friend Patty there. We had such a good time, a very relaxed laid-back class, and everyone's hat turned out absolutely beautiful! Each one was so different and the girls did an amazing job, so proud of each one of them.

Houston Quilt Shows

Well after a whirlwind fall and wonderfully busy holiday season, I'm finally getting around to sharing some photos from Houston Quilt Market and Festival! This year I was fortunate enough to have a booth right in the middle of the show, handy to folks I wanted to touch base with and a corner space too. I even got to demo my twisted fabric flowers from the "Downstairs Fascinator" pattern on a Bernina sewing machine, which was so much fun! I also discovered that these easy flowers not only make up cute in cotton fabrics, but also in bamboo felt and even silk dupioni. I ran into some great old friends and made a few new ones, here are a few pics from the show...couldn't have done it without my good friends Patty and Michelle to help me out too, they were awesome!
 Here's Patty and Michelle sporting their gorgeous "Downton Abbey" attire which Patty made, love!
 Had a great dinner with Deb and Sharon one night, so good catching up with them.
And it was great to see Madeline, had been way too long!
 Having fun modeling whimsical fascinators.
 Jill all decked out for Halloween, love her costume!
 Thrilled to win a Judge's Choice ribbon at the Stitch in Time fashion show luncheon!

This was the sweetest group of ladies from Japan, the young lady at left taught some classes during Festival, and I met them at my Saturday demos. I was headed to see my daughter in Austin right after I saw them, and they were sweet enough to let me have a few of these beautiful silk cocoon blooms to take her.
This was the Christmas ornament I demo'd at Festival, several different versions of my flower, all easy to make!

 Beautiful quilting here.

 Special display of the "Ruby Red" quilts for the Quilts Inc. anniversary.

 Proud maker of this beautiful quilt, as she should be, stunning work!
 Buttons, buttons, whose got the buttons?

Can't forget the wearables, 1st and 2nd place winners!

What a wonderful, memorable show...already looking forward to going back next year!