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Forging Ahead with a Smile

In 2016,
may your hand always be stretched out in friendship
and never in need.

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As this year draws to a close, I continue to wind up assorted projects and plan for some new ones. This past week I finished the quilt for Quilts Beyond Borders that I had started last month.  Here is a view of finished piece:

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I also have committed myself to two new classes for the start of the year. I mentioned Karen Ruanne’s Patched Pockets last week. I have added Elizabeth Barton’s Basic Dyeing for Quiltmakers which also starts in January. I know from my last class with Elizabeth that her lessons are chock full of information. I am hoping that some will be review and that I will learn some new hints that will make dyeing seem less like a major project and something that I will be willing to play with on a more regular basis. It is only a five week course and two dear web friends will be in it, so I am really looking forward to it.

With two online classes planned, it remains to be seen how much additional fiber work I will get done. I have one stitching project relating to Paris that is in process. I also hope to tackle a new art quilt based upon this photo that I took from our front window.

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The trees will be a challenge – I hope to create a layered abstract effect so you may see a lot of experimentation amidst my reports on my online studies.

I hope you will be joining me on my journey through 2016. It is bound to be an adventure and I appreciate your companionship!

Time flies….

The holiday season certainly makes the time fly by! I returned from my trip to the East Coast just over a week ago and immediately got into holiday preparations and a quick drive over to Seattle. The trip back East was extremely busy. I packed up about 10 boxes of household items to ship out to Spokane. They have all arrived safely and our second house feels more and more like a home. While I was in NYC, I did manage to visit a few places in the garment district and couldn’t resist picking up some additional fabrics.

These will work wonderfully in my hand stitching projects:

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And, this piece of cotton fabric from Japan may just show up in some of my art quilts as well!

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For now, it found its first application in a piece that I have been stitching for the past month for the end table by my bed in our new home.

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Despite all the chaos of the past few weeks, I have been steadily working on projects and the piece for my nightstand is now complete:

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While home in Victor, I also stopped in my favorite antique mall to see if there were any new finds. I am taking another stitching class with Karen Ruane in January called Patched Pockets.  A theme in the class involves using vintage hankies. I think these will work nicely in the class:

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Amidst all this activity, I have been gradually developing a plan for the new year but am not quite ready to commit it to print! Perhaps by next week!

Wishing the best for everyone in this holiday season!

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View from my studio today

 

 

On the road again!

I am a pilgrim and a traveler
And I love the journey like I love my home.

Ellen Stapenhorst

I am heading back East this week. I have had the luxury of staying fairly put this fall as we settled into our new second home. But, life calls and it time to be back on the road again. It brought to mind a song by a dear friend of mine, Ellen Stapenhorst, called Traveler. If you would like to hear it, please visit Ellen’s website. She has an audio clip of the song on the front page. All of Ellen’s music is inspirational so I think you might find the trip over to her site worth your time.

As I head out, my studio and my head feel a bit at loose ends. Ever been there? Here is a sampling of the many directions I am being pulled in:

  • I have ideas for at least one new art quilt that I am exploring but finding the right fabrics, the right techniques is taking time. Great reminder that we can’t have everything NOW!
  • I also have another quilt in process for Quilts Beyond Borders using some cheery fabric that was sent to me. It is farther along than the photo below, actually ready for quilting, but unfortunately my Bernina 830 jammed and I had to bring it in for service.  I depend on my 830 for quilting so the pinned quilt is lying over in a corner in a roll waiting the return of my machine. A great lesson in letting go and being okay with leaving the studio with a goal not met.
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  • Playing with techniques for the new art quilt took me back to playing with those Tsukineko inks again. It didn’t pan out for the art quilt, in fact I thought the results were pretty disappointing……until I heat set my samples. I now have some beautiful small pink silk squares that I know I can cut up and use in my hand stitching projects! A good lesson is just keep trying, just keep trying – what looks like a disappointment is actually just an opportunity to create material for a yet-to-be-designed project.
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  • And then there is the whole realm of handstitching! A small project for our new home has been floating around in my studio too with progress slowly happening. In addition, I have been following Karen Ruanne‘s Sampling for Stitch class for the past two months. I haven’t been actually making any sample pages – the purpose of the class. Instead I have just been listening to the videos and taking in the information. I know I will use it in future works. That is what I love about Karen’s classes – it is fine to participate at any level that works for you at the moment.  Looking ahead a bit, I will start 2016 by enrolling and participating in Karen’s new class, Patched Pockets.  And, thinking of that new class, I decided it might be nice to complete some of the pockets from the previous class on pockets with Karen. So, I did spend some time this week completing one.
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Which brings me to the end of this bit of a ramble post. If it sounds like I am dashing off in varied directions, it is because I am – both mentally and physically! If you would like to follow my adventures while I return to the East Coast with a stop in NYC, I will be posting on Instagram under the name judywar.

Finally, I would like to offer you one more source of inspiration for your own journey. I follow the blog of Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventures. This week she has a beautifully written post, Why I am Giving My Family Nothing for Christmas. Just like Ellen’s song, it is worth your time to check it out. I am not suggesting you return all those gifts you may have been collecting for the holidays, but her thoughts are a wonderful reminder of what really is important in our journeys.

Experimenting with Tsukineko Inks

In early November, I wrote a post about my trip to Houston for the IQA show and mentioned picking up some Tsukineko inks. Since then I have spent a little time exploring how I might use them in future projects and I promised at least one friend that I would post my thoughts.

There were three phases to this early experimentation: water based, aloe vera gel, and shaving cream. In addition to the demonstration that I saw in Houston, I also had the book, Simple Techniques Using Stencils and Tsukineko Inks to Create Brilliantly Colored Fabrics, as a reference.

I started off simply using the inks diluted with some water and applied to fiber with some stencils. As you can see in the print on the left, I quickly learned the issues inherent with a finely cut stencil and liberal application of media! With a more careful application on the right, the results were much improved. This first print is one of my favorites.

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I also played with some stenciling on paper. Again, it is clear that it will take a lot of practice to learn effective application, even with more forgiving stencils!

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I decided to see if I could increase my control a little more with the use of a more substantial ‘carrier’ for the inks than water. Both aloe vera gel and shaving cream were suggested. With the aloe vera gel, the inks did seem to run a bit less but the colors were less vibrant. I applied the inks mixed with gel both with a stencil and simply dabbing with a sponge. I would say that the results using the gel were my least favorite as subtleties in shading were hard to produce.

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Next, I used shaving cream as a ‘carrier’.  As you can see, there was still some bleeding with some of the stencils but the shaving cream gave me more control over variation in coloring.

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I also tried creating a background first on some cotton using an ink entitled platinum and then applying a stencil afterwards.

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My conclusion from this part of my experimentation was that I was not going to get the precision that I hoped for using these inks with stencils without a lot more practice! I did however see a lot more immediate potential in using the inks combined with the shaving cream carrier for creating a background.

Finally, letting go of the stencil application, I decided to simply play with applying the inks with a small brush to fabric. This actually was the most fun. The inks applied beautifully to fabric. I could definitely see using the inks to create subtle shading and nuances in my art quilts.

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Linking as always to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.

The Strangest of Weeks

Have you noticed that life has a way
of encouraging us to appreciate the basics.

Monday started out fairly normal….I am working on Christmas gifts so unfortunately I can only share some of my sampling of colors and stitching:

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But by Wednesday night, my evening could be summarized by this:

IMG_7308What you can just make out barely is my daughter’s violin as she and her husband entertained Judy Kate, me, and their four dogs with some Christmas tunes. We were all bundled in layers and huddled near their gas fireplace, having been without electricity and heat since 3 pm Tuesday. Why? The worst wind storm since about 1995 descended upon Spokane on Tuesday afternoon and by 3 pm the majority of homes were without power. Unfortunately  as I wrote this blog on Thursday evening, lights were still out for many (41% of one major utility company’s customers). Fortunately, for us, my lights and those in my daughter’s home blazed on again about 4:30 am Thursday morning.

Given all that was happening in the world outside Spokane this week, we were wise enough not to complain but to make the best of our discomforts and appreciate our relative good fortune: our properties received very little damage, my daughter’s in-laws offered us a hot breakfast (their power returned quickly), and our favorite take-out place was open by dinner. By Thursday mid-morning we were able to return to life more or less as we know it – a luxury not shared by Parisians or thousands of Syrian refugees today.

And so, I found myself going through today with a deeper appreciation of all I have been blessed with. It is such a gift to be able to stitch and work with fiber again while being so close to some of my family.

Update on my quilt from last week: I was able to continue to monitor my emails on my iPhone throughout the power outage and delighted to learn that Quilts Beyond Borders is sending the quilt I wrote about last week to a Down’s Syndrome School in Guatemala. And, a package is on its way to me with some fabric to use in two more quilts. So, I guess I have found a volunteer project to contribute to in our new ‘second’ home. Excellent timing I would say.

PS Linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday blog – check out some other artists!

Beginning to Network

We have now been in our new ‘second’ home for just over a month. After the quick trip to Houston, I returned once again to getting to know my sewing machine after my long hiatus. While in Houston, I picked up a set of pieces to assemble for a quilt for Quilts Beyond Borders. I had never heard of the organization before, but I was impressed with the volunteers at the booth in Houston.

If you haven’t heard about the organization before, here is a brief history:

Quilts Beyond Borders is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that reaches out to under-served children, mainly orphans, across the world to provide a handmade quilt and spread love and hope.  Over 153 million children in the world today have lost one or both parents.  Quilts Beyond Borders was born in March 2007 with the desire to reach out to these children.  Initially they focused on Ethiopia with the delivery of 230 quilts to orphans. Since then they have delivered thousands of quilts all over the world, including Japan, Haiti, India, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Cameroon, Burundi, Uganda, Russia, Romania, Kenya, USA, Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Thailand and Mexico.

I have found that simple sewing is a great way to get my creative juices flowing again, as well as to regain some of my free motion quilting skills. The packet I brought home from Houston consisted of simple 5″ blocks to sew together. But, true to form, I can never simply follow directions. It was fun to play with a layout of the seeming random collection of squares:

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However, I couldn’t resist looking through my own stash for something that might liven the quilt up a bit more. I am always amazed at the pieces I have picked up at various sales and guild meetings, knowing that eventually they would be useful. Such was the case this time:

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With a little more effort this past week, I was able to sew the quilt together and get it quilted.

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It will get shipped off  this coming week. I look forward to hearing where the child who receives it lives.

While I know many of us make quilts for many charitable organizations, adding in one more quilt for these kids would not be too much of a challenge. The quilts desired are mainly 40-45″ wide and 48-60″ long. And, if you only have time to piece a top, they will find someone to quilt it for you. If you would like to support Quilts Beyond Borders, you can find more info on their website.

Linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday so you can check out what other artists are doing.

Memories from Houston

Last week was the International Quilt Association meeting in Houston. I am so glad that I went! I used the excuse that my quilt, Imagine, was in the show. It was indeed fun to see it on display but my greatest enjoyment was getting to see the other works in the show. I feel as though, in some ways, I had forgotten the breadth of the quilt world. It was totally uplifting to see the quality and imagery of so many artists from all over the world whose works were displayed.

I arrived in Houston early enough to attend the unveiling of the grand prize winners. All were impressive but one tugged at my heart strings more than any other……

Eager_to_learnEager to Learn by Gillian Shearer was drawn from a photo taken by a photographer in the Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan of 2 young girls eager to learn in one of the Taliban targeted new girls school. The plight of education for girls in that region is close to my heart – I have long supported the work of the Central Asia Institute that happened to have built the school these girls were attending.

All of the winning quilts were amazing and you can see them listed on the International Quilt Association’s website. It can at least give you a glimpse into the quality of the work displayed in the main exhibit.

Of course, the show had many additional exhibits beyond the main exhibit, Quilts:  A World of Beauty. SAQA had two exhibits, Wild Fabrications and Balancing Act. I enjoyed getting to volunteer at the SAQA booth and meet some other members. And, there were the vendors! I spent some time going over the list of vendors before the show opened and was delighted to find some of my favorites.

The Bohin company produces my favorite needles, marking pencil and also iron cleaner. It was total joy to go through their wares and, of course, come home with a collection.

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I also stopped by the Mistyfuse booth and left with a supply of my favorite fusing. In addition, I brought home ultraviolet Mistyfuse and some Bunny paper to play with. Will let you know what I think of the Bunny paper as I experiment in the coming weeks.

Finally, I found a booth with Tsukineko Inks. I had intended to search online for these inks eventually so finding them in Houston was a real bonus. I was able to watch a demo by Thomas Teng of TSC Designs and then take advantage of a show special that sent me home with plenty of ink and tools to keep me busy.

My hope was to get energized in Houston. Mission accomplished! Now we will see what evolves from the seeds that were planted!

PS. Nina Marie is back so I am linking to her Off the Wall Friday blog. Please check out the artists and note her discussion on controversy at this year’s IQA show. 🙂

Getting my bearings………

With a week in the new house under my belt, I am beginning to enjoy the fruits of all our work the past year. Every window (and there are many!) showcases why we chose this property to build on.

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The serenity of our surroundings will hopefully, in time, translate into more serenity in our lives. For now, there are still a lot of odds and ends to fill my days as I get this house up and running.

But, I do have my studio. And, I began to use it  to share my love of fabric  with my granddaughter. Here is a series of photos that I posted on Facebook earlier this week of my granddaughter playing on my design wall.

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In addition, I was able to take all those UFOs from earlier years that I mentioned last week and create a quilt top for one of our guest rooms.

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Next week will most certainly inspire me to return to more creative fiber work as I am heading to Houston. My art quilt, Imagine, was juried into Quilts: A World of Beauty and I am looking forward to seeing it on display at the show as well as taking in all the other wonderful quilts that will be on display. I hope to attend a few lectures and, of course, stroll through the vendor displays. Will let you about my adventures when I return the following week!

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All matter in the universe is composed of energy. We use merely a fraction of that stored energy. Imagine if you could see the energy stored in everything. What would something as simple as a railing along a footbridge look like?

In this silk digital print, I transformed a tranquil scene of a footbridge over a body of water into a portrayal of kinetic energy, using the magic of Photoshop.  The resulting image is machine quilted.

Detail Image – Click to view larger:

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A Studio Emerges

I am back! It has been a whirlwind the past six weeks. I had no idea that moving into a second home would involve so much time consuming detail work. But! We are moved in and my studio is taking shape.

A pivotal moment was when the makings of a design wall were added to the space:

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A few days later, I was given the ‘okay’ to begin moving in.

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Next I focused on finishing my design  wall:

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Finally, my new sewing table arrived for my big Bernina. It was custom built by a local woodcrafter and it is perfect.

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The only thing left was to commence sewing!

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I can’t say that was the easiest part. I thought I might just jump into the art quilt of an Irish cottage that I was starting last fall. But, I quickly realized that re-emerging was going to be a longer process. Fortunately, moving my studio cross country meant looking at all the miscellaneous stuff I had accumulated over the years. I found a group of blocks that just begged using. So, I am starting off simple – designing a lap quilt.

It feels great to be back behind my machine and to be posting again.

Posting once again to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.

“AHA!” Moment

How many times in the past 11 months have I expressed regret at lack of time for my art? I felt my “creativity” was taking a second place to constructing a second home in western Washington. How silly of me!

Our home is now in the finishing stages. Months of thought and seemingly hundreds of choices are now manifesting in the physical. And, what have I learned?  😉

Our home is a work of art. The clean lines of the inside walls, ceilings, and corridors, the color palette, the woodwork, all reflect a simplicity in taste that embodies the vision that my husband and I had for our home and our lifestyle.

Aha! I have not been in absentia from creating art for all these months, I have been creating a home as a work of art. Creativity has flourished, the raw materials have simply changed.

And now, as we move into the final push towards completion, I am smiling. Everytime I walk into our still unoccupied home, I am inspired to take a deep breath and simply enjoy the fruition of many hours of effort, while looking forward to the hours ahead of returning to work in my new studio!

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Linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday blog so you can check out other artists.

Plenty of Inspiration

While I am immersed in the final stage of building a second home, I am keeping my creative juices flowing by admiring the process of other fiber artists. Every year SAQA has an annual fund raising auction where members donate 12 inch square original art quilts.

The actual auction begins September 18 and you can read about it here. What excites me this year is that SAQA has been featuring various contributors on its blog with interviews about their process.

I am finding it fascinating to read these posts and have a peek into the creative process of these artists. Each is completely different. I am in awe at what each achieves in a 12 inch square. It excites me to think that soon I will once again be back creating in my own studio!

Here are links to a few of my favorite recent posts:

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Joan Dyer

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Lois Wilby Hooper

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Beauty in the Moment

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
  ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain’d,
  To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
  Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
Joseph Brackett

I have always found drops of water mesmerizing.

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From my daughter’s vegetable garden after it’s morning watering. 

And these are some photos I took last winter as a morning snow melted.

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Hope to be back writing about the world of fiber in the near future. In the mean time, hope that you have a wonderful day. Remember to breathe and catch the beauty surrounding you!

 

Go With the Flow

Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.
Chuang Tzu

For the past 29 years, I have practiced the art of Aikido and it has deeply influenced my art and my life. This coming weekend I am again with my aikido pals for what promises to be a sweltering four days of practice. As my life unfolds around me these days, I am grateful for the basic tenets that aikido has drummed into my being in the past three decades:

Stay calm
Be willing to change
Nurture life
Trust your intuition

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Typical Aikido ‘Camp’ gathering

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Blending with ‘attacker’ to redirect their energy

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We learn as much being thrown, as we do throwing. And, it is all great fun.

Naturally I have drawn upon my aikido practice in my art works over the years:

Two figure portrayal of dance of energy in Aikido

Dance of Energy – 2010

 

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Kokyu Nage – 2010

The concepts underly much of my art as the principles are universal in application. One of my favorite ‘flow’ pieces is in my “Ice World” series:

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Ice Flow – 2012

Keeping Focus

Be the Change You Wish to See in the World
Ghandi

A card with the above quote sits near my desk in my studio. It has been with me for many years. It flows with a belief that I have held most of my life that change happens one person at a time and, if we really want to effect change, then we need to do so one person at a time………and what better time to start influencing people to make good choices than when they are young!

This past week seemed rather mundane in many ways for me –packing many boxes and just a tiny bit of stitching.

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Tiny Bit of Stitching

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Lots of boxes!

But something happened tonight that reminded me of those core beliefs and all that I spent many years coaching people in with my friend, Tom Crum. My dear granddaughter who will be four in September shared a ‘necklace’ that she got at school today.

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There wasn’t time to hear the story behind the ‘necklace’ but if my granddaughter’s preschool is acknowledging the kids in the Mighty Lions classroom for being peacemakers, I feel pretty good about our future prospects.

And, that thought seemed worthy of a blog post!

Linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.

A Worthy Cause and a Happy Acceptance

My friend, Margaret Blank, created a project honoring those with Type 1 Diabetes about 18 months ago. She has been working diligently on the project and recently broadened her efforts to include a ‘participatory’ piece where others who have known family/friends with Type 1 Diabetes could participate. It involves stitching a tiny 2 1/2″ square quilt with some stitches that represent the marks made on a body by insulin injections or blood-testing. Margaret supplies the ‘quilt’ and the embroidery floss.

If you would like to know more about the project, and participate or share the project with friends, just click here.

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My contribution.

Exciting News!

Back when I became interested in creating art quilts, one of the first shows that I visited was the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It was huge and left me slightly overwhelmed with the amazing range of quilts shown. I never really envisioned back then that a quilt of mine might be hung in the annual show. But, I decided to enter one of my pieces as an experiment. I actually tried last year and was rejected, but decided to try one more time. Yesterday I learned that it was ACCEPTED!  The show which is October 29 – November 1 and here is a taste of my piece:

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Linking to NinaMaries Off the Wall Friday.

Sacred Threads is Opening!

Sacred_Threads-ExhibitExhibit Dates: July 10 – July 26, 2015

Monday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171

I am truly pleased that my work, JOY!, will be part of the exhibit. If you are anywhere in the area, please try to stop in.

More information on the exhibit and special events surrounding the exhibit can be found here.

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“Joy!” by Judy Warner

Plan Now for Urban Murmurs!

The fog comes in
on little cat feet.
It sits looking over
harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
    Carl Sandburg

I learned about a relatively new Call for Entry this week called Urban Murmurs. It immediately brought to mind Carl Sandburg’s poem which I learned as a child…I would be curious to know what images Urban Murmurs conjures up for you!

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I would also encourage you to check out the Urban Murmurs website. The juried exhibition is being sponsored by two friends, Julie Brandon and Val Schultz, whom I deeply respect and who create really high quality exhibitions. The exhibition will run from April 18 – May 20, 2016. Since the entry deadline is February 1, 2016, you have plenty of time to plan to enter.

I can only hope that I will be in a position to submit an entry by February 1! Here is where most of my fabric stash currently exists.

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Is this all of it? Well no, only most of my quilting cottons. My handwork supplies are still filling my office and will probably do so till fall. But, I expect my time to be increasingly split between coasts as our second home nears completion, so I am beginning to box up what I can when I am in our NY home. It will give me a better feel of the size of a load that will move out to the new house.

What exactly did I accomplish in the past week? Well, I could go into details on easements and closet design, but that is not the purpose of this blog.  🙂  Time was pretty limited this week for stitching but I did manage to finish designing and stitching the side of the pouch that I was working on last week.

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Here is hoping that I have something to show on the other side of the pouch by next Friday!

Linking up, as usual, with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.

 

One Step At A Time

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have always been a firm believer in the ‘one step at a time’ approach to living. I remember walking to the top of Croagh Patrick in Ireland meditating on the thought of just putting one foot in front of the other. As I was searching for a quote for this week’s blog, I came across these words from Martin Luther King, Jr. They seemed appropriate at one level as once again my country is reeling from an onslaught of violence, this time against a community who lived the philosophy of Rev. King to the fullest. From a different, totally light hearted perspective, the quote resonated literally with the process of building a home that is currently monopolizing my time.

While my adventures in house construction continued this week, I received some positive news on the fiber arts front. The 6×6 exhibit that I wrote about in early June sent me a note that my contribution has already been purchased! I am pleased that with almost 6000 pieces, mine has already been selected by someone. My name has been already revealed to the purchaser so I can share the piece with you here. (People buy the art works without knowing who created them.)

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There are still many more wonderful pieces available for purchase online on Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s website. I encourage everyone to go check them out and consider contributing to a great cause.

While most of my time in the past week has been spent on house construction, I did find a few minutes to work on my latest pouch. I brought two along on this trip, perhaps optimistically thinking that I would be able to complete both. While that won’t be the case, stitching on this piece did help remind me of my fiber artist identity.  🙂

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Linking, as always, to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday blog.

What is it?

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What is it? Why it is absolutely the neatest sliding door pull that I have ever seen. Perfect for my slightly arthritic hands and destined for the sliding door of the closet in my new studio.

It also helps to tell the story of the past week that has, quite frankly, been a week of non-sewing. Unfortunately, that is what happens at times when one is building a house. Door pulls, towel bars, and so much more filled my days. Happily, the date for completion of our home keeps moving up and the end is only about 4 months away!

After a few days well spent on home construction and landscaping plans, I ventured over to Seattle with husband where we were privy to this most beautiful sunset from our hotel window.

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I also had a bit of free time…which, of course, meant a visit to my absolutely favorite quilt store, Undercover Quilts. I picked up this beautiful piece of cotton that I know will inspire me when, finally, I can sit down at my machine and quilt again. I am so looking forward to that time returning!

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In the meantime, I am linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday so you can check out what other artists are working on.

Another completion!

As this week comes to an end, I am back out with my daughter and family while I work on details related to building our second home. Before I left, I did finally complete the pouch that I started about a month ago. I thought I would share a few photos:

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Picnic Quilt Update!

Last week I included a photo in a post of a picnic quilt that I made for my granddaughter. A number of my blog friends wrote expressing concern about treatment that the quilt might receive from said granddaughter. I thought you might enjoy a quick photo of the picnic quilt in action…Judy Kate served a delicious lunch to Raven and myself on the living room floor.

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Linking to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday. Hope you have a minute to check out some of work of other artists!