Friday, November 22, 2013

It started with a pillowcase!!!

Sometimes art quilters do other types of quilts. Right now, I'm making twin bed covers requested last summer by my east coast grandsons.  One plays Lacrosse..the other Football... twin boys...different as can be. They loved their sports oriented pillowcases I made for the routine summer slumber parties with their cousins. Smart boys..." I'd sure like  bedding like this fabric" said... "Me too!" the other... and so the quest to find 10 yards each of already sold out fabric began. It worked out!
I must admit, this is pretty cool sports fabric.  
The bed cover comes fist...   later some matching top sheets. 

Have this first one done and bound. 

Admit I love the ghost image line drawings behind each player.

  Now to get this one bound!   Maybe I'll be favorite grammie for a day!

I've been doing some other things too.... one is a commission painting I can't show yet. But I really want to.... Mid December ... I can post.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Final 2013 Houston Favs

This quilt just looked like FUN! It may have been a bit tedious to make but the maker made it into something remarkable.  Click on any photo for an enlarged view.
       From above quilt:   A Closeup
Who doesn't recognize and love the work of David Taylor!
So... who knew a bulldozer could be so interesting?  The makers use of varied fabrics made this piece truly amazing. Now... what to do with a large quilt of a bull dozer?? I'm sure there's a family story behind this quilt so a home was probably planned in the making thereof.
This fun stacked cake quilt came from Japan. The quiltmaker made herself a great purse with one stacked cake.  Too fun!
Exciting to me to see a 'gesture' drawing/applique of  spider mums. Gorgeous.

This was a first place winner as I recall.. I loved it. 
This fascinating piece by Hollis Chatelain is much larger than this photo would suggest. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Added Houston Favs

Jane Sassaman is BACK! Hurray!  One of the top 8 winners. Jane's designs are always completely original and so interesting!
I had to include this loving pair. This is a larger art quilt... questimate 50" x 50" or so. Beautiful feather treatment.!
A first place in portrait category.... The man credited with saving the country. Who could possibly want to be President in such a time as his?
This was 1st place in digital imagery. Love that dog!
1st place miniature by Mary Ann Hildebrand who also had a spectacular entry in our Route 66 exhibition.
I LOVED this piece by Cherrie Johnson of Oklahoma. It takes me back decades to the farm of my youth.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Home From Houston...Tired but Happy!!!

What an incredible week at Houston.... teaching 4 classes plus a lecture . It was all good!!!!
My small "Winters Veil " piece  took first place in the art painted surface category.  I was both shocked and excited.  

Now to unpack and do laundry, put things away.  By the way.. here are a couple of my favorites from the show.   My overall favorite.. "WIND"... a miniature won a $5000 award. So exciting and well deserved... and it was done by a gentleman quilter from Japan. 
Best Of Show! $10K winner
For quilting... This piece by Helen Godden of Australia 'knocked me out." It's both creative and PRECISE!!!!!   click on photo for enlarged view. 
There ofcourse were hundreds of beautiful quilts though I had little time to see and photograph .  Congratulations to all including my friend Vicki Bohnhoff who stole the awards ceremony show with her surprise and joy in receiving her 1st place ribbon for "Roo"