Saturday, June 20, 2009

Friday Night Exhibit

A "Kathy's bag"

Rooster II-Martha Tsihlas

"If Wishes Were Fishes" Janis Hooker

"Sunflower" Linda Miles

"Cone Flower" Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert

"Sonia" Pam Farley

"Squash Flower blossom necklace" Mary Macauly

"Elliptical Illusion" Barb Forrister

"Sun Salution" Diana Ramirez

"Hawaiian Poinsettia" Dee Merrell

I had a fabulous time last night at the Wesley Gallery, it was worth being stuck in traffic for an hour and fifteen minutes. I live in the Northwest area of Austin so going to Dripping Springs, at that time of the day, believe me, it is not fun. But.... I just took my time driving relaxed while listening to some good music and before I knew it I was there. I actually arrived before the reception started so I was able to take photos without people in the way.
I visited with friends, looked at the fiber art, had a glass of wine (or two) and just had a great time.

I took my new bag to the exhibit. I'm now the proud owner of a "Kathy's Bag" and it was a big hit. People wanted to know who had made it, who sells them, etc. I told them Kathy H makes them and no, she does not sells them..

Let me tell you about Kathy. Kathy is a member of my quilting bee and besides being a quilter she knits and felts beautiful handbags. As far as I know there are only 2 ways to get one of her bags.

1. Have her draw your name for the Christmas Party gift exchange or....
2. Bartering to custom quilt some of her beautiful quilts in exchange for the bag.

Since #1 had a slim chance, #2 was my option. Here I'm with my bag

.....I hope I didn't pressure her too much, nagging her all night about the bag. I just knew it was my only chance to get one. Now I'm really looking forward to quilting her quilts. She makes beautiful quilts that I will post with her permission later on.
So now you know how it went Thursday night at quilting Bee

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wesley Gallery Show

I just finished my entry for the Wesley Gallery Show in Dripping Springs, TX. The show runs from June 19 to June 21st.

As much as I enjoy doing what I'm doing, I'm taking a very short break from fabrics and threads and patterns and deadlines, and so forth.
My head is full of ideas but they are just making it to the sketch book, at least for a while. I just recently realized that being creative uses a lot of energy. Some nights I have dinner and then I go and work for a couple of hours in my studio and suddenly I'm starving again. Someone told me that using your brain requires huge amounts of energy. This is all I need to know. Please pass the chocolate ice cream.

One of my 2 pieces for the gallery, has a rooster. I'm showing just a section.
In this art quilt I used batiks and commercial fabric, the rooster is a cutout from a commercial fabric and appliqueed (a cheater I would call it) .... Hey, I read that if a fabric inspires you to create something it has served its purpose. I rest my case.

I love birds and I just bought a book to learn how to draw all kind of birds. One of my goals, among many other things planned for this summer, is to learn how to draw feathered creatures....
As for now, you will have to be happy with my colorful rooster....