Pretty things to see. Creative stuff to do.
- Some strategies for sketching better portraits.
- Get back at your inner critic.
- Beautiful photographs of dancers.
- The truth about the creative life.
- Want to write a romance? Or a fantasy? Or a short story? Here are some ideas to quick-start your imagination (check the links).
- What? Thin out your books?
- A quilt show from last year.
- Thoughts on Henri Matisse.
- Reading about the craft of writing.
- Taking folk art in a new direction.
- How to enhance your creativity in 10 minutes a day. (And, okay, yes, the cute animated unicorn captured my attention.)
- Get started storytelling.
- Cute photos with animals. (I think the secret is opening your mouth.)
Last Saturday three ladies from my church quilt group and I headed to Payson, Arizona for a quilt show. I took lots of pictures, but I can’t post them all, so I corralled a representative sample.
The first quilt I saw set the tone of the show for me. Look at this glowing beauty, Wilma Bling by Monika Hancock:
Hosta on Green, by Mary Dickson:
Detail. I think the points were paper pieced:
Phantom Sun Flower by Louise Bossert. Whole cloth; blue background, machine quilted in different colors to produce the design.
Double Wedding Ring by Barbara Davidson. The printed fabrics are Depression era (reproductions?). Hand-quilted:
Millefiori by Nancy Ann McFall:
Joined in Marriage by Marilyn Goblin, made for the quilter’s niece as a wedding gift:
Cabin on the Railroad by Gerri Cavanagh combines two traditional patterns, Log Cabin and Underground Railroad:
Doug’s Passion in the Pines by Kay Parch, made for her son, an avid outdoorsman:
Detail of the tree block showing pine cone quilting:
Rising and Setting Stars by Brenda Clark. I love the interplay of the light and dark fabrics:
Bursting Flowers by Sue Patterson:
I Love Delft by Judy Prince:
I love how the corner blocks feature a quarter of a Dresden Plate with loose points:
Scottsdale Rodeo by Jane Wilcox:
Detail showing mane and tail embroidered with specialty yarn:
Are you familiar with the iconic photograph of an Afghan girl taken by Steve McCurry for National Geographic magazine, which appeared on the cover of the June, 1985 issue?
This is Barbara Renoux’s Afghan Girl, executed in pieced fabric:
Detail of the girl’s lips:
Foxy Lady by Monika Hancock:
Autumn Leaves Blowin’ in the Wind by Caroline R. Johnson:
Detail showing skillful use of shadow:
My Favorite Places by Rose Ann Self, a memory quilt using a variety of techniques:
Details (click on small images to enlarge):
Two quilters made similar Halloween quilts. Happy Halloween by Rose Ann Self:
Baltimore Halloween by Fleda Gorbea:
Animal House by Brenda Dickinson:
Miniature quilt, Blooming Nine Patch by Debbie Stanton:
The nine-patch blocks are only visible up close:
Gallery of Arizona was made by the Strawberry Patchers quilt group as a fund-raiser:
My absolute favorite quilt of the show was the first one above, Wilma Bling. What about you? Which one do you like best? Don’t be shy–share in the comments below.
For twenty-seven years, I’ve lived seven miles from the Gilbert (AZ) Historical Museum, and never visited it. That changed last month when a friend invited me to accompany her to a quilt show there.
The museum documents the story of the farming community, which sprang up in the early 1900s when the Arizona Eastern Railway established a rail line between Florence and Phoenix. But it also preserves the memory of our country as experienced by our grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents.
Full of charming artifacts, the museum catapulted me into memories of my extended family, particularly my aunt’s in-laws, who farmed in New Jersey. I will intersperse pictures of items from the permanent collection amongst the photos of the quilt show.
You can click on the smaller images to enlarge and see the captions.
On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, a group of quilters gathers at the museum to work.
Who wouldn’t want a laundry room equipped with these lovely washing machines, fully loaded with mechanical wringers?
Seeing the crazy quilt below triggered a memory from my childhood. When I was a little girl, an elderly friend of my parents gave them an old crazy quilt like this, heavily embroidered silk bordered and backed with burgundy velvet. My mother gave it to me to use as a bedspread on my bed, until it deteriorated into shreds. Knowing what I know now, I wish I’d had the option of saving it. I suspect it was already pretty worn out when we got it.
World War I artifacts from the Military exhibit:
Let us never forget our men and women in uniform who have perished in service to our country.
The quilt show runs through May 30, 2016. It was so worth my $4 (senior discount) to see it. And the museum is absolutely charming. I’ll be back again. And the quilt show is an annual event! See you next year, maybe.
The Arizona Quilter’s Guild held their annual quilt show March 24-26, 2016, at the Mesa Convention Center. Thanks to my good friend, Linda Murphy, for inviting me to go with her. Here are some of the beautiful quilts on display. In some cases, I’ve given a long shot and a close up so that you can see the details. Click on smaller photos to enlarge and reveal captions.
Cutest. Alphabet Quilt. Ever.
I took many more photographs, but I’m sorry, I can’t post them, because I lost track of which quilts are which, and I can’t give proper credit to the makers. I made every effort to label each picture with the correct quilter’s name. If you catch an error, please mention in the comments below so that I can make the correction.