Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dallas Quilt Show 2017

I had a wonderful time at the Dallas Quilt Show last weekend. I'm on the show committee as the printed materials chair, so I work on the show just about year round. It's so nice to see all our plans come together.

The judges liked several of my entries which added to the fun and excitement. My "Home Dream Home" challenge block won the first place ribbon.
The block is 10 x 10".

"Dr. Lizard" was awarded the Third Place ribbon in the Small Contemporary category. 
He's small. 20 x 17".

"Dad's Blue Truck" won an honorable mention in the Pictorial category.
40 x 35".

I entered "Chrysalis" in the Art Quilt category.
33 x 43".

"Dragonfly Dance" was in Small Contemporary.
14 x 18".

This quilt from 2000 called "Berek at the Koi Pond" hung in the special exhibit called "In The  Beginning." The exhibit was made up of early guild members. I joined the Quilter's Guild of Dallas in 1988.  

After several days of immersion in everything QUILT, 
I'm inspired and anxious to get busy making something new.

Coffee Memories for Grace Johnson

When I painted the coffee cups in Judy Coates Perez’s acrylic ink class at International Quilt Festival 2015 in Houston I knew I would make an art quilt for my long-time coffee buddy, Grace Johnson’s birthday.

Judy had us make 10 different background samples in the morning. The background of the cups was sea sponge-painted with several colors of acrylic ink. When the sponge paint was dry, I cut coffee cup shapes out of freezer paper and ironed them onto the fabric as a resist. I dry-brushed blue ink off of the edges of the cups to create the blue background. I added the brown coffee with a second freezer paper stencil and some fabric markers.

I added borders of my own hand-dyed, and some commercial hand-dyed fabric.

I added rice stitches around the cups and an arch to represent morning with embroidery floss. 

I drew the spoon with silver Sharpie and Tsukineko white ink. I sewed clear beads spilling from the spoon to represent sugar.

When Grace announced that she would be moving to Tulsa to be near her family I realized we had been having coffee together for 19 years.

So I glued and stitched down 19 coffee beans.

 Coffee Memories, 12 x 24"

Grace, I look forward to visiting your new home in Tulsa!