Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sorry I hit the wrong key. Jaunita's class was called Quilters Collage. I just got to busy in the class I forgot to take any pictures. This picture is of Pat in the Blue shirt.  Posted by Picasa
I took a class from a friend by the name of Pat Jennings. She taught Adventures in Portraiture. Such fun and I loved learning a new technique. The possibilities are endless. I also took a class from Jaunita Yeager called Quilters Posted by Picasa
This is my friend Cindy Vough who is our Vice President, and she was in charge of putting together Get- Away this year and next. She did a great job! Posted by Picasa
This quilt was made a couple of years ago and won Best Use of Color at our State Get-Away in 2005. It as well as the other entries traveled all over Kentucky, and was shown at guilds and schools and other venues for one year. I was very happy to see it again. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Quilters Are Jack of all Trades!!!

One of my quilts is being considered to use on a post card, as advertisement for an upcoming show. Of course I am very excited to be considered, and as I was taking pictures yesterday, it occured to me how many skills one has to master in order to be competative in the world of quilting today.

Not only does one have to think up an idea for a quilt, then design it in paper or whatever works for you. Then she must chose fabric and make the top. From there she must choose a backing and sandwich it together. It doesn't stop there as the next step is to decide how she is going to quilt it. Practically no one hand quilts anymore, so then there is the question of FREE MOTION QUILTING. This scares some people to death, and I must confess it takes a lot of hours of practice to become proficient. SO, now it is quilted and bound------------- but that doesn't end the process.

It took me some time and money (I must confess) to figure out a working program to photograph my quilts. I started out borrowing a friends 35mm camera, and spent hours trying to find slide film and a place that would develop the film. So I finally purchased a 3 mega digital camera. Then the shows decided you could send in digital cd, but they wanted at least 4 mega. So, I bouhgt the bullett and purchased a 6 mega. Of course I had to learn the new technology also and how to download the pictures and THEN somehow get them into a program that would allow then to go to my blog. ( I can't tell you how many hours I spent figuring out that one.

All in all, QUILTERS are amazing. Especially those who like to compete! It will be a cold day in hell when this profession really makes one a lot of money, so the love of the craft keeps us going. I know it is for the ART that makes it all worth it, and for the glory of being selected as standing out of the crowd. So, I guess I will do it in some stages as long as I can sit at my machine and see what I am working on.

My hat is off to those of you who continue the tradition!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Monkey's looking at monkeys!! This is Linda and we both had the same idea at the same time.  Posted by Picasa
Here is another. Painted red and stenciled with dark purple. Looks like snakeskin. Posted by Picasa
I have been making fabric to use in purses. The following are just samples. Painted with a basecoat and then stenciled. Could be cool. Posted by Picasa
Beautiful Irisis Posted by Picasa
Could be turned into and interesting quilt! Posted by Picasa
Our Art Quilt group met at the Arboretum on the campus of the Univeristy of Kentucky to take pictures. Mainly ones we think might be turned into quilts. I loved this one with the reflection of the tree from the other side of the pond. Posted by Picasa