Saturday, December 15, 2007

Just a few lines!!!!

The computer saga goes on, but think I finally have it straightened out, with the help of my son.

Just after getting broadband I got a serious virus, and it just locked everything up. So, in the end he had to reformate my hard drive, and I now have plenty of protection as well as something called Ghost. I can't really explain it, but I should not have any more problems.

I sent JUMBO off to the Road to California show yesterday. We will see, what kind of reaction it gets. I don't ever expect to place, but that quilt shows well, so I'm glad to be able to show it. If anybody goes to see the show, write and tell me if it was hung in a good place.

Haven't worked on my new quilt much the past few weeks. Just too much going on this time of year. I'm having an Open House tomorrow, but after that things will calm down and I can get some serious work done. If I am not able to post anything new until after Christmas, I would like to tell all of you who visit me how much I enjoy the Artful Quilters and wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, and hope the New Year brings you many Blue Ribbons.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

NEW QUILT##################

I feel like I am just coming back after a long dry spell!
Computer problems, and I just didn't have the patience to wait 10-15 minutes to down load one picture. So, today I went to broadband and it is so great.
I just couldn't wait to post a picture of the quilt I just finished. These were done from a photograph of two Cavalier King Charles spanials. When I last was looking for a new dog I so wanted this kind, but they were so expensive and so I opted for a Beagle. (you can see him on an earlier blog) Bagel the beagle, and I just love him to death. However, I still love this breed also, so now I have two of them to look at any time I want.
By the way I have some good news to share, as my quilt Jumbo got accepted in the Road to California show. (That quilt is also shown on an earlier post) Jumbo is the first quilt I made with this new technique and it has shown a number of places as well as in Nashville, and looks like it might be in the AQS engagement calander for o9. They ask me to send it and they photographed it, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Anyway, it feels good to be back and I promise to be more diligent now that it will be easier to post things.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Remembering Barbaro

Here is a picture of my latest quilt. It is in honor of Barbaro, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby, but then broke his leg during his next race. He and his owners fought such a valiant battle, but in the end they had to put him down. Sad story but he will be well remembered!
This is hanging in Berea, Ky., amoung many other wonderful quilts at the State Extravaganza that we hold each year. I wish it didn't take such a long time for me to publish a picture on my blog, I would like to show some of the others.


It took me 10 minutes for google to download this one picture! I just wanted all of you to see how the French display their veggies. Very creative!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Paris, France

I just got back from a trip to Paris France. What a treat, and although I have been there perhaps 6-7 times I never tire of spending time there. This time I tried to go to places I had not seen before. For instance, I went to the Museum of Decorative Arts. One section was housed in the Louvre, and featured costumes from famous designers of the 60ies. I will try and download a couple of the items.

Then I went to another museum and they featured designers of the 50ies and it was a challange. So, each person did a dress or coat using unusual fabrics. I spent one day at the Flea market. For a fiber person it was a feast, only everything was so expensive, because the $ was about l.47. Needless to say I didn't buy very much, but enjoyed looking at all the old jewelry, buttons and many laces and ribbons.

Of course the food was out of this world, but in that vein, lunch, with just a salad and a glass of wine could cost anywhere from $25 to $30.

Since my return I have been very busy working on a couple of new ideas as well as finishing up several quilts that I had in the works before my trip. I am so enjoying this new technique and plan to teach it at the local quilt shop as well as at Get Away next year.

The picture above is a little dessert. Inside it is rasberry moose with pistachios. The French do such beautiful deserts and the way they display their vegatables is really unique.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Drove down on Thursday with two quilting friend. My friend Cindy has a house on the lake where we spent the night. It was so quiet and serene with lots of birds that I have never seen before. Then the next morning bright and early we headed into Paducah to see the show.

I have attended Paducah now for at least 5-6 years and I am always excited to see the winners. This year somehow the show was not very exciting. The lady that won best of show last year also won this year. There were several pieces that caught my attention but in general I didn't see anything with new techniques, or new quilting patterns. Cassandra Williams had two pieces in the show that I really liked but other than that nothing really stands out in my memory. As the trip goes the three of us really had a good time, and of course we spent time in the Hancock fabric store and Hobby Lobby, but didn't really buy very much.

I recently took a class with Hollis Chatlain, and learned to paint with dyes. So, I was anxious to buy some more dyes and also the thickening agent she uses. SORRY, she wouldn't allow us to take any pictures!

I want to thank you for all the latest comments, especially concerning the new Jumbo quilt. It was so much fun to do!

Now here is another using the same technique but it came out so different. This was done from a picture of my male Beagle by the name of Bagel. Hope you enjoy seeing it.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Takes Blogger forever to download anything but finally was able to show my new quilt.

I was given a small ceramic elephant as a child, and have had it with me all these years. When I came up with this new technique, I was so excited and so decided to make this quilt in honor of my little elephant that has followed me around the world several times.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

New Quilts

I posted a sneak preview earlier, now here is the whole quilt. I took quite some time to do but I am pleased with it.

Friday, February 09, 2007


I can hardly believe after a couple of weeks of trying to publish a picture, it finally happened! Perhaps I just wasn't patient enough, or perhaps the new Google account has some glitches!
Anyway, here is a peek of my new quilt. It is a landscape within a landscape and if it gets into Paducah I will publish the whole quilt.
In the meantime, I have started a new quilt. After completing such a large quilt I was just Quilted Out for a while. So, I just worked on paper projects and contemplated what direction I want to go next. It all depends on how the next quilt turns out. I always have a distinct idea but very often it changes along the way. So, now with all the cold weathe upon us, it is a good time stay in and be creative!

Saturday, January 20, 2007


Anybody else having problems with Blogger? I signed onto the new Google site and everytime I try to get to my blog it just says try again in 30 seconds!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

No Pictures@@@@@@@@@@

Woe is me!! Now that my computer is finally fixed I am having problems figuring out how to down my pictures again. Just wanted to post a sneak preview of my new quilt, but guess I will have to wait until I can find the file where the pictures are downloaded.

In the mean time I have not done any quilting since before Christmas. Strange thing for me as I almost have another quilt in the works or at least in the head before I finish one. This time I started making Christmas cards and just like quilts one thing led to another and I am still working in paper. Actually there isn't too much difference. I make fabric and I also make paper. Not from scratch but I take white card stock and spray it with paint, and from there either stencil or stamp them to make them unique. I will take some pictures and try and post them tomorrow.

OK here is what I have really been up to for the last few weeks. Has anyone heard of Zumba classes. It is a type of Latin American aerobics. Well, I have been doing Yoga now for about a year and thought I was in pretty good shape, but let me tell you Zumba is quite a workout. The best part is that it is so much fun, and you really get to turn loose and shake the hips and boobs. So, ask around and see if you can find a class in your neighborhood.