Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Designing Nearly Finished!

After all this time I am nearly finished with this piece.  I have a little more re-doing on the geranium section at the top and then it's finished.  I will then have to top-stitch it of course, but the rest will be done.  This piece as I mentioned before has been a challenge.  Creating the foliage and flowers was not easy.  They were all fussy cut and assembled individually.  Also the leaves were done this way too.  Here is a picture of it so far.  I will be changing the shadow at the base of the geraniums a bit, but otherwise I am mostly happy with it. 

Priest's House Entrance

I'm not sure what to call it now.  It is the entrance to the priest's house in Yvoire, a picture I took a few years ago.  I am very happy with the hydrangeas on the left now.  Of course the blue ones are more of a focal point so they pop out.  The ones on the left don't have to.  This piece is quite large too at about 45"H X 60"W.  It will be a challenge to top-stitch!  If you have any ideas on names, please let me know.  My email address is, my new one!  Thanks!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Excitement in Paducah

Last week I was very privileged to have taught at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.  I had a wonderful class full of great ladies very excited to learn a new technique and create their own art quilts from their own photos!  It was a very fun three day workshop with 20 enthusiastic girls.  A couple of their projects are shown below.  I know they will finish them! 

The rain came down in buckets and much more during the early morning of our last day, Saturday.  A couple of the ladies were staying at the local Days Inn a couple of buildings down the road from where others of us were staying at the Drury Inn.  We were the lucky ones.  The Days Inn was flooded at least a foot high on the first floor.  One of the girls woke up in the morning to a foot of water around her bed IN HER ROOM!  Her rental car was nearly floating away in the parking lot.  She didn't even know their was an issue going on outside and inside her room.  No notification from their staff!!!!  Unbelievable!  So if you go to Paducah in the rainy season, be sure to stay at a hotel located higher than creek level!

I have been working on my latest piece a bit over the weeks.  Here is an updated picture of how it's going.  It has been a challenge because of the foliage.  That is always a difficult thing to create depending on what types of textural green fabric you have.  I have been cutting the leaves out individually.  Time consuming! 

The blue hydrangeas are created from fussy cutting pieces of a very small blue floral print and fusing them in clumps like in the photo.  Finding the perfect floral for them was hard.  Now I have to create the other hydrangea bush in the lower left corner where it is currently blank.  Not sure which fabric to use!