Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I got calls from near and far. All the lovely people in my life called to wish me happy birthday. Then all the rest of the people I know shouted out on facebook. The cap was having a crowded reception. It was so to open the exhibition with so much family and so many friends.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The "Award Winning" Quilt Exhibition opens tonight at 6:30pm. It will be a great cocktail reception. Help me tell everyone you know in the Atlanta area. We plan an entire weekend of fun and quilt art. Bring the whole family. We have children workshops and activities, quilt workshops, door prizes and more.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Paper of foundation pieces are used to create an accuracy in piecing that is often difficult to achieve with free hand sewing. Foundation piecing is usually used when piecing very small pieces or when stitching a complicated pieced unit. Even basic designs can be pieced using this foundation technique.
Students will learn to make the house block in this quilt. For more information: www.ebonystitchersquiltguild.com If you are in Georgia or will be traveling to Georgia and want to take your skills to a new level, sign up to take this class.
This quilt is called "Inside An Architect's Mind". It took about 8 months to complete and gave me great pleasure in the process. It is a tedious undertaking which needs your full attention but promises gratification when finished.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
We buy fabric anyway, and lots of it! So this is an opportunity to support two very worthwhile businesses. You can support the Ebony Stitchers Quilt Guild exhibition in DeKalb County and you can also support Intown Quilters. When we reach the $4,000 mark, this opportunity will close. Hurry to www.ebonystitchersquiltguild.org and press donate.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Opening day of the show will also feature a silent auction and a lecture by Carolyn Mazloomi. Also, included in the show will be a special collection of quilts that will be donated to children in the Carrie Steele Pitts Home and a collection of first quilts from a girl scout troop.
The show opens August 1 and runs through August 7 (closed Sunday). Admission is free. The location of the show is South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. See you there!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This exhibit features seven African American award winning men in motion pictures: Jamie Foxx for the movie Ray, Cuba Gooding for the movie Jerry McGuire, Morgan Freeman for the movie Million Dollar Baby, Sidney Portier for the movie Lilies of the Field, Forest Whitaker for the movie The Last King of Scotland, Louis Gosset, Jr. for the movie An Officier and A Gentleman and Denzel Washington for the movie Training Day. More info at www.obaquilts.com and www.ebonystitchersquiltguild.org
This quilt is called Predictable. It is a traditional pattern callled Square in a Square.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is one of the premier national and international
celebrations of the art, music and culture of people of African descent. The mission of the NBAF is to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression. http://www.nbaf.org/
Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners through the Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Zeist Foundation, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Georgia Tourism Foundation, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Nonprofit Finance Fund/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Woodruff Arts Center.
Calendar of Events
July 23, 2009
Opening Night Reception
Porter Sanford Art Center
Rainbow Drive, Decatur, Ga.
Porter Sanford Art Center
Rainbow Drive, Decatur, Ga.
July 29—August 1
Woodruff Arts Center
Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Ga.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: Ebony Stitchers Quilt Guild
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thanks for asking about the quilt on the last blog entry. Sometimes I search my old quilt magazines for inspiration, or to see what kinds of names others use on their quilts. That quilt with the circles was one I found in a magazine. I forget what exactly drew me to that one but it seemed like something I wanted to do. Maybe it was one of those times when I was experimenting with curves. I added the circles around the border because I felt it helped pull all the colors together and added a little flair to a traditional quilt. I can't remember what I named it and the label didn't turn out right so I took it off. I was sure I would remember that name. I have it written down on my inventory list just need to look it up. But glad you enjoyed it.
This one is called Starburst. It is from a pattern as well. So many people liked this one that I have made three of them. I think I fell in love with star patterns early in my quilting career. I started a blue one just like this one about 3 or 4 years ago. Don't know when I'll get back to it.
I like the repetition of making a traditional pattern because it allows me to slip into a slight state of meditation while I am repeating the same task. Life gives me plenty enough excitement, so I take it slow whenever I can. It's like giving my brain a rest.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Some days I wake up so incredibly overwhelmed that it makes me almost inactive. Then other days I wake up ready to go and take on all quilt projects. Today I seem slightly overwhelmed by all the deadlines I have coming up for events in July.
The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild is having a Quilt Show the weekend of August 1st. I am almost ready for that.
Vending at the Artist's Walk at Midtown Saturday, July 18th. Just half ready for this one.
I also have an exhibit at the Birmingham Public Library July 23 to August 1. I have those quilts ready.
Lastly, I plan to enter a quilt in the East Cobb Quilt show. That image is due to be mailed by June 30. Not quite finished quilting that one.
I'll make it though and post the pictures here for all to see.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The exhibit opened Friday June 5 and runs through June 26.
The call for artists had been out for 4 months and 43 works were accepted. At first I was just excited to be accepted, but when I got the notice that I received Honorable Mention excitement turned to ecstacy. Wow! I was in the top 5.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
But the trip was spectacular. Haven't uploaded pictures yet but I will. Not only did we have the pleasure of going to two graduations, we also visited with other family members and lots of friends while there. And we took one whole day and acted like tourists. I have been to DC many many times but never had the time to explore. We didn't make by to see the Obamas' :-), but we did do many other things. Maybe we'll pencil them in on the next visit :-).
We visited the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial. Big excitement for me. We posed and took pictures by the monument. We photographed my Great Grandfather's name listed on the wall. From there our daughters whisked us off to quilt exhibit 44 quilts for the 44th President. How fascinating! Mr. Roland Freeman said that many of the quilts in the original exhibit had gone home and been replaced. Replaced or not, I was totally in awe. I love exploring what other quilters do and how their minds work to come up with the fascinating outcome. This exhibit certainly has fascinating outcomes.
Let me just say something about the whisking our daughters were doing. The parking situation in DC is atrocious. They knew it all too well. So we were constantly whipping into some tight little spot with a quick flip of the wrist and parallel parked we were. We were proud of their driving skills. My husband and I both taking credit for who taught who to drive.
Then we dashed off to the Sticky Fingers Bakery. A must for Vegans and Vegetarians looking for dairy free soft serve ice cream and cake with no eggs or milk. Did I forget that we did quite a bit of eating-out on this trip. The Graduation dinner was at the Vegetable Garden, another DC area delight for the vegetarian in you. Then dinner at our friends house who have delightful children and made us exquisite food.
A whirlwind trip, about 10 added pounds and then back to the sewing machine. I kind of missed the machine while I was away but of course I was armed with plenty of hand sewing projects.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I have also found that the challenge doesn't feel the same the second or third time around. Maybe that's it. I have made this pattern before so there is nothing for me to figure out. I know! I'll figure exciting ways to embellish the wings and the antenna.
It needs to be trimmed before I can put it together and I've decided to add a squared border to the edges. But at least it is taking wings.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The process of creating that wonderful butterfly quilt continues. I cut all the wedges this weekend, but still have not felt that excitement that makes you want to hurry and finish so you can see the end result.
I'm ususally really impetuous. This time I am purposely taking this slowly so I can see how that feels. Lol. Quilting always takes a long time but I rush around the room to make myself feel super busy. Then when I am thoroughly exhausted and have no choice, I sit down and sew by hand. That seems to help me unwind.
I did start on quilt #6 for the 2010 calendar. I'm hand quilting #1 and staring at #2, #3, and #4. I plan to machine quilt #2 myself and send #3 out to be machine quilted. #4 is surely going to be a hand quilted one but that's a ways away.
I had to walk away from #5. You know sometimes a project can get to you and you need to step away. It may take me about a week to get back to it but that is okay. My mind had to rest from the intense project and that heavy imagery made me a little crazy.
I plan to layout #6 and #7 this week. I'll let you know if that happens. #7 definitely warrants a trip to the fabric store. Of course, I am behind schedule (self-imposed of course) but behind none-the-less. if I can keep going at this rate I may be able to make up some of the lost time.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I've decided to do this one. I went shopping yesterday in my stash and found some wonderful greens, purple and lavendar. At first I though I needed to go to the fabric store, but I remembered that I had done that a LOT already. I should have what I need here. The beautiful thing about being in love with fabric is that you always have something you can use.
But sometimes the lure of the fabric store attacks and you can't resist. You have to go there, walk down the isles and rub your hands across the fabric, while all the time your eyes are peeled to the color you are searching for.
I step back at the beginning of the isle and squint my eyes. Then I see it, the fabric that I must have. Sometimes it is just what I need for the current project and then other times I know it will be great for something-I don't know what yet. Those "great for something" fabrics come in handy in times like this.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
"Do as I say, not as I do." That was a saying I heard often as a child. It didn't make any sense to me but that didn't stop adults from saying it. When my aunt was teaching me to sew, she would say that. She would tell me to work on one thing at a time. Then I would look around her studio which was overwhelmed with half finished projects and wonder what she meant.
I think she was trying to save me from the fate she had fallen victim to. Only to no avail, I followed her footsteps exactly. I learned from what she did and felt bad for years that I couldn't follow her words.
Then I realized that no one who sews works on one project at a time. I also realized that I liked working on several projects at one time. It helps take the monotony out of it. Sometimes I get frustrated with a project and need to step away from it for a while. I work on a second project until I'm ready to go back to the first one. Most times I limit it just three projects going at once. But sometimes I slip pretty badly and find that I have started over ten things, then I have a finishing day. I work hard to get it back down to three.
I'm up to five right now, so I guess tomorrow will be a finishing day.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
My main sewing machine got sick the other day. I figured that wasn't too bad because I had a back-up. So I pulled out my back-up which is a wonderful old sewiing machine that belonged to my mother-in-law when she was a young woman. I have had it serviced a couple of times. I knew it was delicate so I set out to work on a really small project. Just eyes on the face of my new project. Just eyes! how much harm could that do.
It was sewing beautifully. Then the paddle started to stall. The motor felt hot, so I guessed it was running hot. Stepped away to another project for a while, let it cool off and back to the eyes I went. Then I smelled smoke. The foot paddle was fully engulfed in smoke. I unplugged and could see a full day of sewing gone. Oh well, there's always hand quilting.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
$0.99 Calendar SALE!
I am glad to say that I am down to just a few calendars left. I am sad to say that I am down to just a few calendars left. Talking about mixed emotions. On one hand it is good that I have almost sold out and on the other hand I may not have enough for you if you don't hurry.
So for all of the people that meant to get a calendar but forgot and all of the people that couldn't afford the $15.00 original price and for all the people who just heard of my calendar and all the rest-they are now $.99 plus shipping and handling at www.obaquilts.com/calendar.html