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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

Life is so busy sometimes!  I just spent a while in Colorado where I have never really been before and was totally inspired by the countryside!  Wow!  It was beautiful and awe-inspiring!  Grand Junction is amazing and I had a fabulous three day workshop with the AQuA art quilting group there.  They created some great work of which I hope to be able to post soon.  I haven't created any art in a while since I have been traveling and teaching but hopefully in the next few months I will be able to put something out there.  I did finish my latest Blue Cone Flower finally.  Here is a picture.

Blue Cone Flower III

I'm obsessed with the cone flower pattern I guess as you probably noticed in my last post.  This background fabric was great with the waves of blues, limes, and burgundies.  I top-stitched them with variegated thread and in the burgundy area I used a sparkling burgundy thread that shines in the light.  It looks really great in person.  I have to admit I had fun top-stitching it.  I don't always!  I have added it tomy Etsy page for purchase you can find at http://www.etsy.com/shop/LenoreCrawford
 
 
This is a picture I took with my IPhone since I didn't bring my camera to Grand Junction.  This is about 20 minutes from where I stayed.  I could not believe how beautiful this was!  This is called the Colorado Monument which is actually an area of beautiful rocky mountains.  Strange and amazing.  I just kept taking pictures and they actually turned out really great on that phone, thank goodness! 
 
 

Then we went across this crazy bridge at the Royal Gorge by Manitou Springs where my husband and I stayed for a couple of days.  It scared the pants off of me.  The wind was blowing like a hurricane!  The bridge was actually waving in the wind.  I didn't like it.  But how spectacular!  One more picture. 


We saw this as we went into the Garden of the Gods in Manitou Springs.  It has been like this for a million years (or so).  You can see the lady by it at the bottom.  This thing is massive and looks like it's balancing there and it could fall over.  But obviously not or it would have a long time ago.  I hope they don't have an earthquake when someone is standing next to it!  So you can see it's quite a beautiful place to visit.  We saw a lot in our one week there.  It's not as large as Michigan I guess.  I will hopefully be creating some beautiful Colorado inspired art soon!  Sign up for my Newsletter on my website at www.lenorecrawford.com on the home page. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Changing Fabric in a Pattern Completely Changes the Look

My Cone Flower Pattern has been very fun for me over the past couple of years.  I have been inspired by the variety of fabrics out there which when used give such completely different looks to the same pattern.  Here are some examples.












How fun is that!  I loved the blue one probably the best.  So I am currently working on a blue one with a very beautiful very dark background fabric.  Still stitching it!  You can see this pattern on my website at this link.  Try your own combination and send me a picture.  I will post it on my blog.  You can win a CD-ROM of your choice of any one of my four techniques!  Thanks for reading.  Lenore

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Amazing "Perfect" Scissors in an Amazing Countryside

 
I was just teaching in the Black Hills in southwest South Dakota.  What beautiful country!  I met these guys there with the big noses.  They were only about 8 miles from where we stayed outside of Rapid City.  It was  amazing!  They had the mountains and the stark brown rolling tree-less landscape. 

The hills were brown with no trees, mostly just small shrubs.  Very dry and brown.  Then you get to the mountains and they were very rocky with lots of conifers.  We stayed at Storm Mountain Center just outside of Rapid City.  The classes were great and the people were so friendly.  Karen Kay Buckley was also teaching along with Donna Thomas and me.  They both are incredible quilters who create work so opposite of mine and each other that we were amazed how they picked us all out to teach together.  So diverse!  Check out there work on their websites!  I love Karen's scissors.  I had taught with her in Tennessee at Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough in July where she introduced me to the scissors she had designed.  They are going to be in EVERY quilter and sewer's tool box. 

 
She calls them the Perfect Scissors and they are.  Read more about them on the Tools Page of this blog!  You will love them as much as I do.  They cut multiple layers without allowing slippage of the fabrics with their micro-serrated edge.  We had a good time with the ladies in the classes and saw some beautiful new landscape.  More art quilts in the future!