Tuesday, September 12, 2017

After Irma

This is the first day in a week that I have worked in the studio.  We have been busy watching The Weather Channel to see what Hurricane Irma was doing in Florida and on up to the Carolinas.  My brother Jeff and his wife Anna evacuated a week ago from Ft. Myers, Florida and have been staying with us.  I think they will leave tomorrow...going back to no power or water, no traffic lights, and pretty much chaos.  Jeff works in Naples, where the highest wind gusts in Florida were recorded.  The house is okay and all their family is safe, which is all that matters.

When they were here on vacation just a couple of weeks ago, I wrapped Jeff's birthday present in a piece of brown Kraft paper that I had painted with an undersea scene.

He liked the wrapping paper so much that I mounted it on a gallery-wrapped canvas for him.  Here it is, glued down with gel medium and sprayed with glossy acrylic varnish.

Underwater Scene, acrylic paint on brown Kraft paper, mounted on gallery-wrapped canvas.

My new quilt guild meets Thursday, and this month's challenge block was a six-inch maple leaf.  I made two.  These did not take as long as the Sister's Choice block I featured on my last post, but I am very rusty...and still having to search for things.

I have been asked to provide quits to hang in the New River State Park clubhouse for a couple of months, so I went through the stash of smaller quilts that might work.  Lo and behold, I came across The Green Man, started many years ago in an online class with fabric artist Pamela Allen.  The Green Man is probably the strangest quilt I have ever made, but I love him.  He suffered an awful fate years ago when my grand-dog had an anxiety attack and chewed off the corner of the quilt, as well as the three-D nose and eyebrow.   

I am happy to say that I have made repairs, and I think he looks just fine.  I made a new corner for the quilt and added some leaves and flowers from an old flower arrangement.  I finished the edges with Tussah Silk Tops that I just mashed around the edges and zigzagged with my sewing machine.

The Green Man, art quilt by Jeanne Turner McBrayer

I also finally finished the edges of this little batik quilt that I made several years ago.  It is oriental paper, painted with watercolor paints and sealed with wax. The drawing is a detail from a Kathy George kit that I purchased after taking a workshop from her several years ago.  I think I will mount this one on gallery-wrapped canvas.


That's about it until next time!

Monday, September 4, 2017

A Few New Things

It has been a little crazy for the last month.  Many doctor appointments and trips to the hospital.  Charlie's blood counts got so low that he had a blood transfusion a couple of weeks ago.  That is probably due to all the radiation and the drug Xofigo which is radioactive.  After getting two units of packed red cells, he was a new man.  Amazing how bad you can feel when you are anemic.


We are continuing to enjoy our new life in the mountains, and trying to get our house organized.  It has taken awhile because of all the furnishings we brought from Raleigh, and because the new basement was just a big room that I am trying to make into a usable studio/laundry room/office.

I managed to make an Auburn Angel for my daughter-in-law Melissa's birthday.

My brother Jeff and his family from Florida came up for a week in August.  We had multiple family gatherings.  They are the ones we stayed with in Ft. Myers for three months when Charlie first had radiation at the Dattoli Cancer Center.  We love them bunches!

We celebrated Jeff's birthday while they were here.  I gave him a little remembrance of the North Carolina mountains to take back to Florida with him.

My sewing stuff was fairly organized in bins even when we lived in Wake Forest, two houses ago.  It has been easy to find stash fabrics.  Everything else, not so much.  I recently tried actually sewing an eight-inch Sister's Choice block for a quilt for a friend, and it took me eight hours by the time I found the power cord to the sewing machine, some rulers, cutting mats, etc.

Here is a little watercolor sketch I did in my art journal.  It is the Sarasota skyline as seen from across the bay at Longboat Key in the last afternoon sunlight.  The city looked golden in the last rays of the sun.

My littlest granddaughter, Layla Grace, turned one on Saturday.  She had a rubber ducky birthday party.  I made painted a yellow duckling for her birthday card, and a little one with blue and green highlights framed in a floating frame.  Both paintings were inspired by photos on Pinterest.

And here is my little Ducky!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

An Artsy/Quilty Library

We have been busy becoming official residents of Laurel Springs.  I got my new driver's license, and promptly took it to the public library in West Jefferson to get my library card!  The library is in a beautiful building on a hill overlooking the town.

I am always pleased when I see original art incorporated in public buildings--including quilts used as decoration.  The Ashe County library pleased me greatly!

High on the wall of the tower section is a large barn square quilt.  I suspect it was made by the Quilt Square Girls in West Jefferson, who also made the smaller one that we purchased for our cabin.

Hanging over the reception desk is a child's quilt by a member of the Ashe Piecemakers Quilt Guild.


And in the children's section are paper quilts that I suspect were made in local school classes, or perhaps were made in a children's craft activity at the library.

Bow Tie paper quilt

Dresden Plate and Flying Geese paper quilt blocks

Speaking of the children's section, there is a fabulous climb-aboard locomotive, a  city-scape, and  a beautiful mural of a mountain scene.

There are some very attractive sitting and work areas with inviting wall art.

I came home with a basket of library books and also DVDs to borrow.  The Hubs even came in and selected a few DVDs.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ashe County Quilt Show, Part 2

Here are more quilts from Barn Quilts and Beyond-the Ashe County Quilt Fair, 2017, held last weekend in West Jefferson,NC.

The first three pictured are the viewers' choice winners, in no particular order.

This quilt by Josephine Segal is titled Jacobean, and the design is from Pat Campbell's book Romantica.

I was very intrigued by this collaged quilt with lots of text, birds, and interesting fabrics. It is titled The Dress, by Bobbi Garden, from a pattern by Laura Heine.  It reflects the scripture in Matthew 6:26.

This is a detail of The Dress quilt.

The third Viewer's choice was a seasonal floral appliqué by Claudette Jacobs called Seasonal Silhouettes.

Here is a detail of one of the blocks.

Here are some more quilts that caught my eye.  I liked this bright star medallion quilt, which was pieced by Carl Stevens and quilted by Helga Ricci.  The pattern is by Judy Niemeyer.

Summer Solstice, Carl Stevens

I like bright quilts, especially for children, and have several WIP's using the "crumb quilt" technique.

Crumb Quilt, by Susan Bradshaw, quilted by Laurel Springs Quilting

 This is a very nicely done Double Wedding Ring quilt by Claudette Jacobs, quilted by Laurel Springs Quilting.
Friendship, by Claudette Jacobs

Here is a detail of the quilting.  Love the feathers!

The next quilt would look great in my log cabin!  I could not read the title on my photo of the label, but it is by Tammy Hutchinson.

I very much liked this floral appliqué called Flower Box Medley by Janet Ward.  The flowers look lovely against the soft blue background.

Flower Box Medley, by Janet Ward

And here is one more, which I selected because of the skillful feather quilting in the golden border.  Unfortunately, I can not find a photo of the label to identify the maker/quilter.


It was a very nice quilt show, although for a summer show an air-conditioned venue would have been preferable!  It was in the gym of an elementary school.  I believe the previous shows by this guild have been in September.  I think that finding a place to stage the show presented some problems this year, and the school was only available in the summer.  I brought home an application to become a member of this guild.  I need some friends up here in my new mountain home...and quilters are the nicest people!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ashe County Quilt Show

Surprise!  Here is something "quilty" on my blog!  We are back at home in the North Carolina mountains, and there just happened to be a quilt show in town!  This one was
  Barn Quilts and Beyond, which took place July 21st and 22nd at Westwood Elementary School in West Jefferson.  

There were cheerful quilts hanging on a clothesline in front of the entrance to the school.


There was an inviting vendor's mall, but I mostly skipped over it because I have an entire studio to unpack after our recent move from Raleigh to the mountain cabin.  Today I will share some of the art quilts and art dolls from the "quilt fair," as they termed it.

I tried to identify each of the quilts and their makers from their labels, but as there was no program guide, it was more difficult.   Please let me know if I have misidentified anyone's quilt!

This one is made of batiks using a pattern purchased in Hawaii.  Look for the gecko!
Home in the Aloha, by Barbara Barkley

 Another bright botanical reminded me at once of our stay in Sarasota, with the colorful croton plants in every yard.

Grandmother's Croton, by Jennifer Ley

 Another large single flower was this piece resulting from a retreat with Susan Brubaker Knapp.  I particularly liked the stitching forming the stamens within the flower.

My Passion Flower, by Rheta Kirk

A very nice mountain scene with a swan and gorgeous flowers was one of my favorites.
Swan and Nessie, by Barbara Barkley

A nice homage to the Ashe County rural setting is this nicely done barn, rooster, and sunflower  quilt.

Welcome to the Day!, by Lynda Harris

There was a lovely collection of art dolls on display.  I do not have information about the names or makers of most of them.  Some were quilt show entries and some part of a doll display.  
Woodland Butterfly Guardian, by Irene Bebber.  made using a Patti Medaris Culea fabric doll pattern.
Queen of Anne's Lace, by Irene Bebber, again using a Patti Medaris Culea doll pattern.