Thursday, April 3, 2014

CLASS WITH GWEN MARSTON

My friend Dorothy and I were adventuring again!
This time the ferry took us to
a cute quilt shop in Port Gamble, WA
called the Quilted Strait.


A hop skip and jump away from the shop
was the most fabulous place for a sewing class!
(space and wall to wall windows to the water!)


We spent the day with a nice group of 
creative ladies
and...
drum roll please...
Gwen Marston!


She is wonderfully gentle and elegant,
instilling confidence
that everything is
not only possible
but also wonderful!


Above she is demonstrating the basket block.
Below she is working magic while pressing!


She spent the day connecting with every student.

Here she is with Sharon
from the fun blog Indigo Threads



Here's Dorothy with her first fruit basket!


Here's a peek at what was on the design walls.




The next two gals turned their baskets into pails 
and even added a shovel.



One lady pieced this top years ago
and wasn't sure how to finish it
so she brought it to hear Gwen's ideas.


What a great way to show off the fabric.
There was some African, Australian, and even a Kaffe!
I loved the way she played with the snake.





All vintage!


Very pieceful...



                                       Here's my baskets.
                                    All with eggs in them...

(are you ready for this?)
                       "Don't put all your eggs in one basket!"
                                           hahahahaha



Gwen did the usual confidence building talk...
relax, play, try something new,
don't worry, puckers are OK - look, even I have puckers in my quilt!
But my take-away from this class
came when she talked about 
how every one says that 
you must think about value and have contrast.
She went on to say
that a quilt where everything is planned to have high contrast
can also become less than...
 the quilt you walk by at a quilt show - the one that does not not beckon you to look longer.
She said that having some blocks with low contrast
to the point where the block might even be a visual hole
can be a successful element.
Hmmmm....!!!

Here's a link to some photos of her latest museum exhibit.
http://lomeranger.zenfolio.com/gwenmarston

Enjoy!





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DOING LIFE

These past few years 
I have been doing a lot 
of practicing on 
enjoying opportunities/
not being afraid
and I find that there has been
a major shift 
in how I define
"doing life".

Now,
"doing life"
for me,
means
practicing
getting still
checking in to ask
what do I get to do?
what will align with my purpose?
what do I really want in this moment?
what would be fun and create joy?

mostly 
I practice
not taking "doing life" too seriously.

I have been teaching a fair amount of classes
and I feel so happy
planning/teaching/thinking about
these classes!

Here's a peak at some recent student creativity...



Jan Mullen's fishez, leavez, and daisiez



Another "Lattice" from the book Colorific


Jan Mullen's Catz
This lady was crazy creative!




Once a week I have been finding joy
while working in Calico Creations quilt shop.
I have progressed from getting no fabric to
getting a ridiculous amount of fabric to
now  where I get some fabric and
I bring my own fabric to play with
when business is slow.



Since the slow time
never lasts too long
I decided to just do some cutting
2 1/2 inch strips
and 6 inch squares.

Here's some of my favorites...




Then I saw this quilt by Freddy Moran
just off the long arm at Judy's
and now my 6" squares are being divided into 3" squares!
  

I have also been happily stripping!
Square style...


and diamond style!


"doing life"
doesn't mean perfect
or without hardship
ahhh...what a relief!

I'll end with pure joy...
our new rescue,
Walter!







Friday, March 14, 2014

QUILTER'S ANONYMOUS SHOW

Oh my gosh!
What fun!
Quilter's Anonymous Quilt Show!
Here's some of my favorites...





































My "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues"


On the right is my "Domesticality"



VERY cute vendor!


















And this UNBELIEVABLE teeny tiny quilt.
( As part of my guild volunteer hours,
I was on quilt patrol for a few hours
and everyone was compelled to touch this one...
it is totally flat!)




  My "Unfurling"



I'll end with the quilt 
that was so clever 
it made me laugh out loud!

The quilter had the challenge of using a song title.
Her title was, "A Room Full of Roses"