Eight years ago I was actively working on this quilt, Twilight in the Bronx. While having dinner with my sisters, sweetie and a very good friend my sisters gave me the batik fabric (where the applique’s come from) and three spools of thread, which I used in the star. It was right after this that I started the quilt, designing, deciding on the trapunto, and making further thread choices.
Right about this time the seam ripper was actively engaged in the taking out of thousands of stitches. At a meeting of our mini-group one of the quilters, rightly said, “You’re hiding your quilting,” and I took that to heart, making big changes. Later that year (2009) I entered this in the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show where it won a second place ribbon in its category. This October I am the Featured Speaker at this show. I am truly honored. Thank you to Trish and the selection committee, and the quilt show committee. I’m thinking about entering one or two quilts in the show. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to compete and this would be a great start again.
Right after I came home from Quilt Market I had the idea to remake this quilt. Well, not so much remake it because been there, done that but make another quilt with the Lone Star as the bones of the quilt. I’m going to do this twice once on Radiance (that silk/cotton blend from Robert Kaufman) and once on chartreuse Supernova. This morning I woke up for with the idea for how to mark the quilt top. I’ll be posting that tidbit of information in Lucy’s Nickles.
The Radiance is hanging on the wall ready for me to mark it.
One thing I’ve dreamed of is having a quilt hang in the Sacred Threads Exhibit in Herndon, VA. I haven’t done much in the way of serious quilt exploring and making in the last few years so entering this show hasn’t even been on my radar. There’s this whole thing about eating and a roof over my head that is oddly appealing. But I digress.
Looking at the dates/deadlines a notation is now in my calendar for September to give consideration of entering a quilt in next years exhibit. We shall see.
So, ya know how you see something written on facebook, and think, “Oh! that’s cool” but never really make the connection with the coolness and yourself? Weird, right? Pokey Bolton of Crafting a Life posted that Live Your Brightest Life a tribute to Yvonne Porcella is on it’s way to Sacred Threads. And then the dime drops, the connection is made. MY Quilt is going to be in Sacred Threads. So if you’re going to the show would you send me a picture please? I’d love to see it hanging with the other quilts again.
The quilt will come home after that so I’ll have it with me at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show in October.
I have a whole big bunch of e-books sitting in my to read in a file on my computer. It’s a great file to go to for quilty inspiration. Jean Wells has an update on Intuitive Color & Design that I’m looking forward to spending time with. Her work has influenced nearly all of my quilting life. So digging into this is high on the priority list.
All the Light you cannot see is next on the reading list, got it from the library. Tomorrow I’m flying out to St. Louis for Quilt Market and will have a layover in Atlanta. Reading time!
Today is some final Market Prep, laundry, packing, checking in for my flight. Making sure I have all of the electronic stuff necessary. Two meetings for Generation Q.
I’ll be doing facebook live vids from the show floor on both the GenQ page and my own personal page. The live vid with Tracy and Cheryl should be Sew Much Fun.
If you’re going to be at Market here’s your reminder about a few Market classes to take. And the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Tour.
Oh! Oh! Yes the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Celebration.
There are classes to teach. And quilts to make. And fabric to fondle.
Life is good. Getting to see this quilt from a distance was good. As always there are things I would do differently. Like ribbon candy in the white, and tighter on the other stitching. But ya know what? I love this quilt.
Bruce took a moment to get a photo with me. Note his name tag says Diane. This is sweet. So very sweet.
Linda Lease had two chairs in her booth. Missing “The Doctor is In 5 cents” shingle. There is a moment when a soul connects to soul, the chairs providing the opportunity and those occupying the chairs taking good advantage. The moment over far too soon. Linda’s eloquent words shared on her facebook page.
The quilts stunning as always.
Shruti Rohit Dandekar‘s beautiful portrait of one of her children. The eyes and sweet face, oh my! Shruti is an author and BERNINA Brand Ambassador in India. Visit her website to see more of her work.
I did bring the camera with me, however it once again remained safely in my backpack. I spent more time talking with people Kim Niedzwiecki, Kelly Ashton, Giovanna and Renee. After the show we had a dinner with Julie and her husband at a place in Manheim called the Cat’s Meow. Such a great day. I had a bit of a scare on the way home. Don’t worry I just freaked myself out momentarily. After chatting with Giovanna for a bit we went back in to the show floor to say good bye to a few people and to do a quick shop I wanted thread and batting. After I bought the batting I put my credit card in my pocket. While my sweetie drove I had this moment where I didn’t remember where it was. So I checked my pocket, weird. Maybe I put it in my purse. Nope. I start freaking out just a wee bit. I figure I’ll deal with it when I get home because if I dropped it somewhere the worst that can happen is…yeah. So I get home and really dig into the pocket, which I discover is deeper than I thought. The card is there, safe and secure.
I’m off to do some stitching on this lazy, beautiful Sunday morning. Rumor has it some thread followed me home. That’ll wait until tomorrow. Seems I left it in the car. Not quite sure how I did that.
And I am in a place I want to be, the AQS Show in Lancaster for the day, and then will see friends who got married about a month after my sweetie and me. I met Jules in PA, though it wasn’t until we were living in GA that our friendship blossomed. And she’s stuck with me now. After this long it’s not likely that we’re parting company any time soon. She quilts too, so bonus!
Today though is one of those days that holds deep, life long memory. Ten years ago today we said good-bye to our dad. It was Palm Sunday. My sweetie and I usually go to Church late in the day, and oddly I was showered and dressed in the morning. When my sister called to let me know what was happening I was able to get ready, and get out of the house, on my way in less than 20 minutes. I know my Sweetie helped facilitate that. And for that I am so grateful. Dad left on his favorite day of the year. April Fools Day. Oh how he loved getting over on his kids, writing Rotten Poetry, writing letters. Today I will have Coke in his honor, and memory.
Look for a couple of facebook live vids from the show floor at least one on the Generation Q Magazine page and one will be on my personal page. If you’re there please say hi. Meeting quilters is a favorite thing.
So, as often happens, I’m scrolling through fb and find something really cool.
and if you head here you can see Leslie’s full line.
Today’s words of wisdom, Just Show Up. I’ll talk more about this later in the week. For now,
If you’re a quilter who is in business and needs a bit of guidance check out Cheryl Sleboda’s courses and consulting. She has more than 20 years of experience guiding shops in the comic book industry. She’s knowledgeable and gives excellent insight.
I’ll be in Lancaster on Saturday at the AQS Show. One place I’ll be stopping is to get a photo of the Indigo and Oatmeal quilt that I made for SewBatik.
Well, I must get a quilt done.
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I’m heading off to the QuiltFest of NJ today. I hope to see you there. I am at the end of a cold so I’ll understand if you don’t want to hug me and I won’t be on the huggy side today. While I know I’m on the upswing and not contagious…
And a day in the sewing room wouldn’t be complete without using my seam ripper. The blocks on the left are correct. The blocks on the right, not so much. I need to use my very favorite seam ripper and take the off.
By the way, there’s nothing like perspective to help you see that the quilt looks way better than you see it up close and personal. Take pictures, they’re worth quilterly sanity.