Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Balancing Holiday Time

Egads.... So much to do... so little time.... I've spent 2 weeks so far working on this mountain lion. It's going well, but still much to do. Thread sure makes a big difference. You can double click for closeup view of threadwork. Here's looking at you! :-)
Now... I had to put this on hold for a bit to finish a holiday piece destined for a friend. Here's a closeup of 'Santa's Secret".... a retail pattern that evolved from this very painted piece. Contact me ( if you are interested in obtaining this pattern complete with drawings and follow along picture by picture painting progression. Have a great Turkey Day!!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Securing the sandwich

I do a good bit of thread work on my quilts, but because I like to pin my quilt sandwich rather than temp spraying and gumming my needle, I often use a clear monofilament thread to secure things so I can ditch the pins giving me more freedom with detailed thread work. I'm starting this phase with this mountain lion piece. When using Monofilament, I prefer thin polyester over a nylon. I use monofilament in top and bobbin.. setting top tension low.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Blown Away by Quilts at Houston IQA Festival

Just home from teaching, lecturing, shopping, competing, and gawking at IQA Houston Quilt Festival. A long,exciting,and exhausting week. I had a great group of class students, and thank you all for the feedback I received. I have some ideas on class changes to help with large groups as we had there.
I am feeling the withdrawals from the 23 row vendor mall which I assuredly covered 3 times and was still seeing new stuff each aisle stroll. The industry is moving at one incredible clip... ever hear the business phrase.. the hurrier I go , the behinder i get? Unbelievable increases in skill set world wide. A few things I noticed in particular. Japan still is out front in meticulous work with Japan having the most number of juried entries. California had the most number of juried in quilts for a state. Of the winners from the U.S., there were many young 30 something winners turning out incredible precise work. My theory is that they don't require the amount of sleep I need. Atop the age thing is also that they all seem to be cute and trim.
My one entered piece, Windsong (shown here)... did capture a third place in the new painted category. There was much competition so I was quite pleased. All the winning quilts can he viewed at Now to get back to work here at home.

HOPE YOU ALL VOTED today! Whomever takes on the presidency, I think the whole country is ready to get behind him and make things happen.