Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween (in the dark)

Be afraid who may use your talent! This pumpkin looks askance at the fixins for a pie. Dark humor, on a day that is still without power from Sandy. Minor blip, but missed a blog day. Sorry, folks.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Finding Your Way

Trying to get an address, there are at least 4 devices. Is this group think, mistrust of each other's word, or a game to see who can get the address first? As for me, I am recording it on my old fashioned camera.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tool Time

Fairport, New York, is the place to find great tools for practically nothing. I had a ball at the Tool Thrift Shop. My finds? A little pair of pliers, a tub of joint compound, and a piece of stone for stamping with thickened dyes. My total -- $3.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ready to Dye

My "underpainted" fabric is now rolled on a pvc pipe and scrunched down and held in place with rubber bands, waiting for the dye bath. I am making these yards for a class that will use the shibori dyed fabric. Perfect chore (in the basement) for storm avoidance.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thanks, Schweinfurth

Tonight was the opening of the Quilts=Art=Quilts show in Auburn, New York. My work "Strangers in Paradise" was given a juror's award. My thanks. It is great to be recognized, as well as to be seen among so many great artists.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Making the Scene

On the lookout for available men, I passed this guy on the street (not harm in looking). But I think his last date is an indication he might not be suitable.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chroma Overload

The scene today behind the house with my under painted fabric. Seems like a battle of the colors here. And, no, I did not put that leaf there. Nature did!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Dust is Flying

Well, actually, the floor finishers guarantee 99% dust free service. So, all I have to put up with (beside the 17 boxes of junk removed) is three days of smelling polyurethane. But, soon, a new office!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Post #500

Maybe we should see what happens when I get to #5000. Exceeding might not be such a good thing. But till then, sky's the limit. And welcome to follower number 29.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Slash and Burn For Real

Just north of New Haven, on interstate 91, traffic came to a standstill. Ahead was a tractor trailer full of cars, one which had ignited. My "Slash and Burn" class had come to an end. Literally.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

BarBer Cut

New one for me is this game I saw at a rest stop on the NY Thruway. Just get the blade to cut the string and you win an Ipad, or maybe a Kindle. I love how it says to "keep trying."

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Christmas at Ikea

A stop at the New Haven Ikea held these delights with ribbons of torn fabric. Very fiberesque. I love the stick trees. Alas, we could not find the trees for sale. Guess I will have to make them myself. But after I finish with fall raking. Geesh.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Northern Star Quilters Workshop

Meg, on the left, had a wonderful color palette from very graphic fabrics that made her design modern from the get-go. Jane, on the right, is running out of room on the design board. Jane graduated from the town where I now live; it was a nice time remembering.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This is Not a Quilt

Even though it looks quilted, Marcel Breuer may have intended it to look that way, it is not. Just a good bend of the concrete. And it is standing idle in the Ikea parking lot in New Haven. Boy, it sure would make good studio space.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Show and Tell

Cheryl showed up last night to my talk in Somers, NY. She brought the piece she did this summer in my class at the Vermont Quilt Festival. She made the piece zip together -- really cool! (Thanks, Cheryl, and now after checking this blog, good night.)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Smile. You're on Pat's Camera.

The Northern Star Quilter's Guild is ready to hear my talk this evening. The all seem pretty happy to be there, even though we missed the debate. My great thanks to all, they were a wonderful audience.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Summer's Joys

Now that the cold and dark is creeping near, and as autumn closes that open door, it is nice to remember back to the joys of past times. Right, Attie?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

True Bliss

Kathy, part of the Twin Cities Quilt Group, is a professional big-deal by day.  Passionate about dying and quilting, she says it is her therapy. Seems to be working just fine, here. That mound of fabric is her creation.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Too Much Fun in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities Quilt Guild, in Wheatfield, New York, was the greatest group of fun, fast, and flamboyant quilters today.  There were great blocks of "The Big Leaf." I had so much fun, and it was great to be "home."

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tea Time

Tonight's lecture was at the Twin Cities Quilt Guild in Wheatfield, New York. We had many laughs. Now it is time for my nightcap and some hotel-room type tea. Tomorrow is a big (leaf) day.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Different and the Same

When I teach my "Slash and Burn" class, I ask that people bring in two strip sets. One should be a bit wild with different fabrics, one a bit tame, with all of the same quality. I made these but will cut them up during the class. Then I will just have to do it again. Sigh.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Coming Out Party

A month or so ago I showed a detail shot of this on the longarm. I have kept it hidden until I knew that I could show it off. So, now, here is the latest of my work -- "What Lies (Within)" for you to decipher.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hot Bed of Craft

Shop One2 holds and displays talent came out of the RIT experience. The energy glows in the works you find there. I love the forms -- hey -- Mummy Bags! No, it is Leonard Urso's bowls.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Low Flying Aircraft

The other day, due (I am sure) to my bifocals, I did not see the cat on the floor and whacked into her. That is exactly what I was thinking when I saw this at RIT's Global Village --  I might just trip over him.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Mind Wanders

Thinking to take a break, went to reception, to relax and enjoy. Sunday, right? Cupcakes served, patterns presented. All I see is making this in a quilt block. And I don't even work in blocks. What's going on here?

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Schweinfurth, where the Quilts=Art=Quilts show will hang, looks for works for their small quilt raffle. I have put these two cheek to jowl, and like them. So, maybe this will be my donation. You will  have to see for yourself at the end of this month.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lucky Me

Laurie Burtner and her band of workers made this lovely "garden in a stump" which I won last night at the Perennial Society Banquet. Now I can't say I never win. And isn't it delightful. Never mind that I need to rake, I will just focus on my little stump.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Kinda Blue

Kerry Mendez, tonight's speaker at the Greater Rochester Perennial Society's banquet, spoke about adding blue to perennial beds with a spray can. Great talk, great fun, great food. And this was the stroll before night set in at the gardens in Churchville.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Man of the House

"George" has been gone way too long, travelling lord knows where. But now he is back, hanging out in the hall, watching over us again. Good to have you home, hon.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Half-Square Shibori Draft

Anita Soloman Grossman taught me (along with a whole room full of folks) how to get two different "squares" from striped fabric. I figured that my shibori was striped enough to work. Consider these two sets of squares pinned to my design board.

Monday, October 1, 2012

See You Next Season

Before I left Chautauqua, I had to walk past this Cinema. I remember it from the 70s. But now what sticks in my head is the sign -- the acknowledgement that we had a good season, and that, with luck, we will have another. Positive thinking, eh?