Thursday, January 20, 2011

Working on "Bridges"

I have taken a couple of vacations days this week. Today I am working on some website updates (both Quilts on the Wall and From Edge 2 Edge), answering the "impossible to keep up" emails, and some more stitch out on my "Bridges" quilt.

Tomorrow I am off to Road to California with friends to see the show and hopefully pick up some supplies that I am in need of. I am on the lookout for some things that I purchased at the IQF Long Beach 2010 exhibit and I am hoping that the same vendor will have a booth at Road.

Hope everyone is staying warm and creative. Watching the weather forcast this morning for most of the nation, that first part is going to be a little difficult. At least we can all work on the creative part.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Who Is This?

I have not posted to this blog in a very long time. I am the OTHER sister! I have decided to join the 'Sketchbook Challenge' for the year. I am a beginning drawer and painter so please don't laugh too hard, but thought that this challenge would help my progress.

I was also very lucky to have the other sister and the guy visit over the holidays. Was wonderful to actually see them, AND they brought lovely art quilts to drool over. Such a nice week.

If you want to join the Sketchbook Challenge just click on the badge and see where it takes you.
Have a wonderful day and lets make this year a positive one.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Great Time Eater

I hate computers. Sometimes. I am now starting this blog entry for the second time because of course the browser quit working and I lost everything I had type in. ARRRGGGGG.

I sat down this morning to do a few things on the computer. Read and answer email, update the Quilts on the Wall website with some new Call for Entries of other shows and then some general clean up on the computer. I gave myself a two hour window to get this done. It has now been FIVE and A HALF hours! I cannot believe it. I still have errands to do and a few other things scheduled. I did have some lunch so it has not been a total computer day.

I hope everyone's computer time goes as planned.
Have a great day.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Farmer's Market

I love my town. Five minutes from my driveway is Old Town Temecula. The weather was lovely this morning. Cool (the weather broke last night from muggy, hot) and a slight marine layer from the coast.

I drove to the local (one of thousands it seems) Starbucks and purchased my Cafe Mocha Tall, skinny, no whip, 1 pump coffee. (No, I am not one of those weird coffee order people you saw in "You've Got Mail" - my jeans are getting tight and I wanted a coffee to stroll thru the Farmer's Market with and still pretend I was being healthier than usual....)

Across the street is the most wonderful little farmer's market. It is set up every Saturday and the produce is fabulous. I should have grabbed my camera and taken a little video. Perhaps next week I will. There was a woman (did not get her name, but hopefully she will be there next week) playing Italian style music on the accordion and it was just a wonderful accompaniment to the morning. I could have stayed for hours.

There were yellow and white peaches, cut flowers, Plumeria trees to plant, plums, fresh made pesto, pasta, vinegars in all flavors, music, berries, locally made cheeses, grapefruit, ears of corn, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes of all sizes, interesting clothes, jewelry, etc. I wanted to purchase it all but limited it to what we can eat in one week. I am thinking I need to get one of the Plumeria trees. They had such lovely colors of various pinks or white. I will have to ask about the growing condition requirements and find the perfect area in my yard.

If you are ever in the Temecula area on a Saturday morning, do stop by, you will love it.

Posted: Trish

Visions Critique Meeting

David and I were able to attend this month's critique group meeting. It was fabulous as usual. There were a few new people attending and it was great to see the art that they were working on.

We all got some very useful feedback on our work and I know that everyone was pleased with what was presented and shared.

There is also some great news coming for the group. They are going to set up a blog for the group that will be accessible for the members of the group (not to the general public at this time) and also members of Visions so that they can see what we do. At a later time, there may be a public blog for the general information and quilts that can be shown publicly. Some quilt shows have restrictions on quilts being seen before they are in the show as most of us know.

Posted: Trish

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SOLD!

I have been fortunate enough to have sold 2 pieces at the Visions Gallery at Liberty Station in San Diego. This gallery is in the Point Loma area so it is a beautiful place to visit. Lots of wonderful galleries in Liberty Station and some great resturants so you can spend hours down there.

I sold Wine Country I and It Felt Like an Approaching Storm. Both were smaller pieces and were displayed in conjunction with the Critique Group exhibit. David also has a piece in the critique group exhibit so we are hoping for a Trifecta.

Not sure how long that exhibit will be up, but the one they have in the main gallery area is fabulous. If you are in the San Diego area, it is a must see.

Posted: Trish

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SAQA Exhibit - David is IN!

Let me tell you how excited David was when he saw the email notification this morning that he was accepted into this exhibit by SAQA: No Place to Call Home

To say David was inspired by this call to entry is an understatement. He had been telling me how he was not going to be taking on any more quilt challenges/exhibits as he was feeling too much pressure to get his other commitments done. David heard about this one a few days later and got an immediate "cannot ignore" inspiration. I think he did this quilt over 2 weeks because it was fairly close to the submission date when he started it.

This is where you will be able to see his quilt and the others that were selected for the exhibit. There were 39 entries and 21 were chosen.

Mancuso Quilt Festivals  ---   Curator – Kathleen McCabe
  • World Quilt Show - New England, Manchester, New Hampshire, Aug. 19-22, 2010
  • Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVII, Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 - 19, 2010
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival XIX, Santa Clara, California, October 14- 17, 2010
  • World Quilt Show - Florida, West Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 12 - 14, 2010
  • Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXII, Hampton, Virginia, February 24 - 27, 2011
  • The Quilt Fest of New Jersey VII, Somerset, New Jersey, March 3 - 6, 2011
  • Denver National Quilt Festival VI, Denver, Colorado, April 28 - May 1, 2011
We are so proud of him.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We Survived!

What a month - but more to the point, what a week last week. Not only was it crazy at work (work to do and new stuff to figure out in the way of software) but David and I also had a an extremely busy weekend.

Friday was our Textures art quilt meeting. Lots of things to discuss and do for the upcoming show in October. I am in charge of postcards and posters. I think I have a good handle on the postcard - just a few tweaks in one area and then I think I can get it sent off to get some printed. Vista Prints be expecting an order!

Saturday morning David and I did a photography workshop in Seal Beach where we took pictures of OPQ's (other people's quilts) for a portfolio book that Quilts on the Wall will be putting together. Thank you Rose and Joanell for doing that part of the effort. Saturday afternoon was the book signing and open house at Rose Hughes' house for her new book. Exploring Embellishments. Of course David and I think that is is a great book but we might be a little bit prejudiced as we both have a quilt in it. After the signing a bunch of us went out for dinner afterwards. David and I were feeling pretty good and rested until we started the drive home. That is when it hit. I had been up at 4:30 being stressed over forgetting things for the photo shoot and it was now 10:00 when we got home. Can you say exhausted?

Sunday morning we worked a bit on personal things that we had to get done and then off to San Diego to go to the Ink Spot for the artist reception of the showing of our SAQA groups show. It was an unofficial SAQA event but everyone is a member. It was really fun to see all the square foot quilts displayed in a writers guild environment. Nothing better for me than books, words and fabric!

After making it home David and I then had to process all the photos that we took to get them to the file size and format that was required for the book. It took longer than we had originally planned and we were both working on separate computers. We actually took our photos last after we processed all the others.

So, how was your week?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Handy Hint for Healthy Fabric Painting

I discovered this wonderful tip while helping one of my friends do some fabric painting. She is going off soon to a family retreat to paint fabric and quilt for a week. As she has not worked with some of the paints, I offered to help her paint some samples and work out the kinks so she could show her sisters and Mom. 
This was a lot of fun and we got some really interesting fabrics using Stewart Gills, SetaColors and Jacquard paints.

Now here’s the tip: while snipping the fabric so you can tear it into reasonable sized pieces, DO NOT drop the scissors point side down on your toe. This is a very important tip, especially if you are wearing flip-flops. AND, extremely important if you are going to be wearing 3-1/2 inch heals that night to another friends birthday party. AND you had planned to do some dancing with your husband. 

Just something to keep in mind the next time you decide to paint fabric…..

Posted: Trish

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gallery Pieces at Visions

Some exciting news! David and I will have a couple of our smaller pieces in the San Diego Quilt Visions gallery during the end of the 3 Voices exhibit. This will be part of the critique groups exhibit. The opening is May 7th, so if you are in the area it would be a wonderful event to attend.

The critique group meets the last Friday of every month to see what everyone is working on and to help anyone that is "stuck" in any area. We have lots of fun and it is wonderful to see the progress of works from one month to the next. It is a great group of artists and they are always very positive with their remarks and suggestions.

Everyone should have a wonderful group like this to bounce designs off of. It really helps to see your work through new eyes.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Postcard Quilt- Cross Currents

I am in a group, Serendipity Art Quilts, where every other month we create a 5 x 7 inch quilt that we exchange with someone in the group. This months theme was "Water". I finally got inspired with a technique and I have my FINISHED! Oh happy day.

I had to have done and mailed out so it is received by the 20th. I had a lot of fun on this one. I used new materials and tried to get the feeling of flowing water not something graphically accurate.

I used a base of fabric, hand colored lace, strings and yarns, organza and colored tinsel. All this was done in 2 layers so that you get the feeling of looking through the water. Some of the layers were heat distressed to open them to the surface.

Posted: Trish