Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010

I am going to start a new blog: http://brooksidefiberarts.blogspot.com
You'll be able to find me there, with more commitment to regular updates!

May 10, 2010

At last - an update! Just back from a medical meeting in Vancouver last weekend. What a great city, never enough time to sightsee and get all my continuing education credits, too. Sigh! I found the First Nation art to be very interesting, and did manage to find some lovely galleries around the convention center.

Of note: the Sedalia Spring Fiber Festival is May 15 (http://www.sedaliafiber.com/). I've been a couple of times, always a great selection of yarns, roving, etc.
Am posting a picture of a quilt from the past. I made this for my office, to show how bones change as kids grow. I cut the bony stencils myself and used puff paint to get the texture I wanted. I liked the bright colors with this, and the kids get a kick out of seeing the hands in a quilt after we have looked at an Xray of their own hands.

Friday, February 19, 2010

February 19, 2010

I am so pleased to report that this eveningI was awarded 2nd runner up at the Georgia Morgan Civic Art Show at the Lynchburg Art Club! My quilt, "Before the Battle: General Gilmer's Gettysburg Map" was selected from 149 entries, most of which were paintings. I am very honored and thrilled to pieces.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Feb 10, 2010 Another snow day!

We were very fortunate this week to avoid getting an additional 2-6" of snow on top of what's already here. It was quite beautiful, but the last storm included a lot of ice and has really weighed down the trees.

I am including a link to a talk by Dr Bob Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF, on sugar and fructose. He believes (and I agree) that fructose is bad for you, and is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.

Meanwhile, have been quilting on these snowy evenings. "Swirl" is my latest. In our Explorers group ( we meet monthly to explore surface design and mixed media), we used an idea by Anne Lullie on color exploration from the Oct/Nov issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. I started off small, then decided I needed more colors and values to make this work, then decided a larger project would work better.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December 12, 2009

Well! It's been a while! We had the opportunity to have a lovely Mediterranean cruise last month, had a great time and a lot of rainy days. Started in Istanbul, stopped in Izmir, Athens, Dubrovnik, several stops in Italy, and ended in Barcelona. Had never been to Barcelona before, it's a lovely city with great architecture. And we had a few sunny days there, which was great.

After we got back, I finished a quilt I started in a class with Judy Loope of Salem, VA. She does wonderful things with a soldering iron, and is a great teacher.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

My little helper

This is Daisy, one of our two cats. She is fascinated by the sewing machine, especially the up and down action of the needle. She is usually very busy, as compared to our other, Whitley, who is very mellow and likes best to sleep on a lap. Here, Daisy is helping me finish my newest quilt, based on coneflower hybrid colors.

Before my husband and I were adopted by Whitley, I had no idea how interesting, personable and lovable cats could be. We've both had dogs in the past, but no cats since we were kids ( and those were farm and ranch cats).

My quilting is a bit different when I'm hunched over Whitley, not very ergonomically correct!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

January 6, 2009: Art Club Exhibit

The quilt show at the Lynchburg Art Club (http://www.lynchburgartclub.org/) seems to be a great success. I think this is a great step for the inclusion of fiber arts and artists into the Art Club. I have had so many favorable comments, emails and notes, and have a whole new appreciation for how meaningful and rewarding these are. Thus far, several quilts have sold, much to my amazement! How wonderful a start to the new year.