Friday, May 31, 2013

Quilt Show in Town

Here is my booth piled high with hand dyes, and over 600 quilts behind me for the GVQC quilt festival, It was a lively crowd, and I met some wonderful people. Even some that were artists I have admired all my life. Funny what fate has in store for you.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Getting Recognition

With a family of quilters gathered, Katherine and Vickie took awards for their works. Tonight was the preview party for the members of the Genessee Valley Quilt Club at the quilt show. They open the doors tomorrow morning, and the party continues.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ham (it up) After Dinner

Carol Taylor and I (trying to pose like a super model), along with Cynthia England, Sandra Chandler, Nancy Bills, Joyce Blowers, Peg Oppenheimer, and Holice Turnbow, are set to teach at the Genesee Valley Quilt Festival this weekend. After a kick-off dinner, I am packing the boxes of fabric and heading out tomorrow morning to set up. Finally, this weekend (at home base) is here. The show starts Friday.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Finding Stuff

You know you are in trouble when you not only missed the deadline for submitting works, but have only two of the 5 bags filled with what is scheduled to be judged. Did I mention my life is in boxes? Tomorrow is another day, and maybe a reprieve.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Big Leaf this Sunday

In the midst of this move, I must turn my attention to this week's gathering. The Genesee Valley Quilt Club's Quilt Show is Friday through Sunday out at RIT. All weekend I sell my hand dyed fabric, and Sunday I teach "The Big Leaf". It promises to be an uber quilt show.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Half of a Kitchen

My trusted friend picked up half of my Ikea kitchen in New Haven, and I met her in Utica to transport it home. This is the fourth Ikea kitchen I will install. Can't wait to assemble.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Scaling Up Life Size

In my design classes, I talk about scaling up, and working large. This is the kitchen wall taped out to see what cabinets will fill the space. Looks like one of my mock-ups for a work in progress. Which is what is it, I guess.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ready to Go

In case you wonder why you don't get see my work, this is why. Today was closing. With a few improvements in hand, and work starting on my studio space below (yes, basement level), I should be up and soon. For now, enjoy the zen of this living room. Tomorrow movers show up.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Public Market Extravaganza

Flower Market Sundays, at the Rochester Public Market, are held in May and part of June. Its is quite a show, and that fist full of dollars flies out of your hand. But the choice can't be beat.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Past Perfect

Back in 1982 we purchased this house, and I planted a bare root, 10" white dogwood. It is now in full bloom, and joined by more spectacular gardens. All thanks to caring and devoted owners. Which is just what one would want to have when you leave behind something you loved. My heartfelt thanks for letting me tour my sweet old house.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Orange You Glad?

The ceiling and walls were orange. Semi gloss, no less. But now they are, well, different. Three coats took care of it, now tomorrow to finish the trim.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Time to Paint

New house, time to get painting. This guy (from the terrific Fold Art Museum in Santa Fe) is surrounded with those time pieces. Wish I had him setting some alarms. Might get painting faster.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Oak Hill Beech Wonder

Lunch with a friend at Oak Hill Country Club (site of this years PGA tournament) was grand, but this Weeping Beech was even grander. Nature trumps all. Even the perfect green. And the groundsmen were out in force.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Being Patient

This handsome bull dog waits while its owner has supper. A good dog. Now I will wait to get to my next house, and take a cue from him. Just be patient.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Watching Paint Dry

The third coat of poly went on the floors the other day, and while it dries and cures, I am busy packing and getting ready to load the van. This will be the new digs, and the next challenge. Not going far, just inside the city limits of Rochester.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Make Mine Orange

Celebrating Queen's Day means you wear orange, and if you are Aafke, you wear orange at all times. So, her construction in this weekend's class was, natch, orange leaning. What fun to be around this and all the other works in progress. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Being One with Your Sketch

Tracey is working on some small compositions, and discovered that she has repeated a motif of curved and angular lines. I notice that her shirt seemed coordinated to her designs. Tomorrow is the second day in Ithaca, New York, for my workshop for this great group of very hard-working fiber artists.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Bit of Keukenhof (Garden of the Kitchen)

This is the little Keukenhof of Aafke's garden today. Even though (as she pointed out) it is passed its prime, it is just perfect for me. Tomorrow is the workshop for "Cutting Up the Pretties".

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tile Heaven

A ceramic extravaganza sits in the Botanical Garden in Albuquerque with a trickle of water running down either end from the center. It is a fountain, no, a seat, no sculpture. I am getting my thinset and trowel.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Forms of French Fry

I have no idea what these underwater creatures are, but had to record them (to remember them) from the Albuquerque Zoo. Kinda like a Betty Busby form, right?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sun Catchers

At Bandelier National Park, in New Mexico, this was the outdoor teaching place. The stretched fabric was the perfect foil to the relentless sun. I just found my box of sunbrella fabric, and might just take a lesson on what to do with it.

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Little Ink

Last week, the Rochester Magazine ran a four page spread about wonderful me. Love to meet my friends who had no idea what I was or did. They just know me for being me. Guess the word's out.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

From the Folk Art Musem in Santa Fe

A jar, probably Acoma, was on view in Santa Fe. Its form is so beautiful. Years ago I was fortunate to design cases for the Lewis Henry Morgan collection at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. I loved handling the collection, and seeing this jar, with exciting graphics, took me back.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Greeting Me at Home

I arrived back in Upstate New York mid week, and this is what was there to greet me. The air was pungent. (I just want my friends to know I am around.) But I still have many pics to share of my New Mexico trip, so more to come.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Along Canyon Road, in Santa Fe, is this whimsy. Not just for gamers, this sculpture is a fun look for anyone who might want to be taken literally.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Resist Temptation

A walk through Bandelier National Park in New Mexico takes one by groups of collected shards. We were instructed to leave artifacts alone, but someone (well, many, actually) left them in the open for all to see. The striped lines are painted, and many were similar  This craft still echoes what was the traditional pot from 1300. Or 1400.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Betty Busby's World

Circles, dots, cellular forms -- all are found in Betty Busby's work. It intrigues me to see the range of pattern and motif. And she has more ways to skin a cat than anyone I know. If you are lucky, you could take a class from her at Art Quilt Santa Fe. Maybe someday, I will.