In preperation for next week's radio interview, I've been asked to put together a disc/thumbdrive with songs to play alongside my blathering on about my art. Which is why I've grabbed my driving tunes. And yes, I do use CDs.
Knowing I would need to unpack from the weeks at QBL, as well as put away my work from this July's show, I avoided both duties with mowing, weeding, and, well, admiring the garden. Here is August's bloom from a Rose of Sharon. I'll get to chores later.
I often complain that seeing works hung in a gym or pipe and drape show doesn't do it justice. So, I was surprised when I documented the current state of my living room, and noticed the work I hung behind the couch I had featured a couple of days ago in this blog. Check it out, end of discussion.
Friday night I hadn't looked up to see the supermoon / the blood moon /the lunar eclipse. This shot is Thursday night, when I thought I might have time / have a chance / have a moment. Friday, I was sitting with friends, not looking up, but straight ahead.
A friend asked for a signature block for a group's raffle quilt. So, with the instructions as simple as "make it pink and white, 9 1/2 inches square, signed" I made this. I had some minutes at QBL, and was happy to help. Hope they like it, it's in the mail.
Today was the last day for me to sell fabrics and be part of QBL 2018. Hanging to my booth's back was my Lotus Pods (on the left) and next to Julia Graziano's work on the right. I've had a chance to hang with old friends as well as find new ones. A lovely two weeks.
Tuesday night was a special gathering for people at Quilting by the Lake's retreat to see other special fabrics, crafts, and offerings. Rosalie Dace, from South Africa, is on the left discussing an African textile collected by Donna Lamb, the director of the Schweinfurth and organizer of this retreat.
As the day slowed down its pace, this couple walked in a family quilt, looking for clues to what it is. What a wonderful break -- to go back in time, think about how it was made, when and for whom. It's an Oak Leaf and Reel pattern, and we figured about late 1800s made. What a treat.
Some people stumble upon my booth full of fabric, and their eyes open wide. I think they've never seen this much color. But some enter my booth with direct aim at the tables full of fabric, knowing they will pick some to take away. Either way, I'm amused.
I wanted to show the installation of my works to my daughter who was passing through town. So, we got a look, noted out favorites, and got back home to rest up for tomorrow. The show is up till Friday night, this July 27 at the Little Theater Cafe in Rochester, NY.
Today was a break from my booth at QBL, and time to reflect on the past week there. This work "Trail Blazers" by Sherri Lynn Wood was new to me. I'm happy to meet new works, new ideas, new artists. Perks of the job.
Running a quilt retreat like Quilting by the Lake takes hard, sustained work. And the people involved from staff to interns to volunteers do an inordinate amount to keep it functioning. Here two working at QBL take a break, and are happy to pick out one of my pillows to take home.
Quilts from next year's faculty at Quilting by the Lake are on view, and a few steps from where I am hanging out this week and next. So, I got to be up close and familiar with Paul Kovarik's work Pathways. Her quilted stitch is drawing, and so different from any other technique I've seen.
One fun part of hanging out in the same space as the quilt show is seeing works you admire by friends you admire. Like this Jane Sassaman piece. She's here teaching this week at Quilting by the Lake, but I've not had a chance to sit and chat. So much for working girls!
Today's show and tell was with Donna Grifka, a modern quilter who brought with her many examples of work. Line was the most memorable design element, and her tulips in a vase used her made bias tape method of hand applique to attach.
Ariane Zurcher and I sat in the audience for the Quilting by the Lake show and tell today. Big, small, intricate, loose -- all the works had a story and were as different as their makers. Ariane made a tote bag with wool and wonderful embroidery. There was beauty everywhere.
Joe Cunningham stopped in to visit my fabrics at the Quilting By the Lake retreat today. Lots of discussion about the pieces, and his view is that many are finished (by design) already. I'm a cut-it-up kinda girl, so it's up to who owns it, I imagine.
I'm climbing out of the dye studio, putting on some respectable clothes, and showing off my printed fabrics the next two weeks at Quilting by the Lake's quilt retreat south of Syracuse, New York. The grass cutting will wait.
These don't fit in the suitcase when I travel about, so you can find them only when I'm selling stuff near home. And that'll be the next two weeks at Quilting by the Lake. They have a splendid quilt show, which is where I'll be hanging. Check it out. http://www.schweinfurthartcenter.org/qbl.cfm
I've not got wealth, but I still want to give. So, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of my work last weekend was earmarked for Planned Parenthood. Today I sent in the donation and feel I've helped in a small way. Couldn't have done this alone. Here's a detail of Mummies Merged.
Next week and the next after I'll be selling fabric I made in the last year at Quilting by the Lake at the quilt show held at the Onondaga Community College. These silk lengths will be hemmed and ready, maybe, made into scarves, in time for that show.
Reality check here. My dye studio is in my basement, which means I can drip, drop, and leave a mess. But does it need to be this hot? I'm just about finished printing work that I'll bring to QBL this weekend. Enough is enough.
With time getting close, I'll be selling fabrics and stuff at Quilting by the Lake starting Sunday. So, it's time to finish silk scarves, pillows, and yardage to take with me to QBL. Anytime the quilt show at the Onondaga Community College is open, you'll find me there.
At my opening of my work at the Little Theater Cafe, this work (behind me and the great friends who helped me today) found a new and caring home. I dedicated a portion of the sale price to Planned Parenthood. I'm happy to give when I'm able, and this made it possible.
A look at the action a couple of nights ago had the place packed and the band in full swing. My reception for my show (on the walls) is here tomorrow afternoon, 2-4, and though there won't be a band in the corner, I'll have ME and some nibbles. Drinks are around, too. But they're on you.
With a quilt finished over a year ago, you'd think that I'd have cleaned up the threads and have it ready for show. But, no matter what, there's one or two I find. And I've had it hanging in my house and no bother. But, showing it to other quilters, well, gotta snip and tuck.
I've spent the better part of last week in the dye studio printing cloth to sell at Quilting By the Lake (July 15-26). The week was oppressively hot, so today's rain signaled a break. Tomorrow is more dyeing, just cooler, and with less need to water the garden.
Balled up and rung out, these will wait till tomorrow. Where there are flags flying for the fourth, my hanging will be on the clothesline. These yards of soda soaked cotton will definitely get colors, maybe red, white and blue.
A sneak peek at my installation for the Little Theater has this large Mummies Merged work at the entrance to the theater. At my house it takes up the wall, here is seems normal sized. It's all about the relationship, I guess. On view till the last Friday in July.
With silkscreened images printed straight to the white plastic on the table, I can pull lines through the image, and after a bit of other additions of dye paste, I'll be ready to pull a monoprint directly to the fabric. What I did today to not think about the heat wave.