Thursday, July 24, 2014
I won a blue ribbon on it, and my friend Lauri, who was observing the judging, told me that it was one of five quilts in the running for Best of Show as well, but was not chosen.
Alice is a very special person. One might actually call her "Looney." Go ahead, everybody does. And she wears the title proudly. She has a special building in her back yard for her crafting room, which she has christened, "The Looney Bin." Whenever anyone in our CQ for Newbies group has a life challenge, she says she's going to rattle chicken bones, burn sage, and maybe even sacrifice some virgins (I think that depends on how difficult the challenge is...or is it on the availability of virgins?). So for her heart, I tried to incorporate all three. If you look closely, you'll see a chicken skeleton rattling his own bones along a flowered path on the horizontal seam. The upper left seam is alternating volcanoes and virgins. The vertical seam on the right is done in sage green. And the hand-dyed lace motif was added because my daughter Michaela said, "Just because you have virgin sacrifice on there doesn't mean it can't be pretty."
Alice's response was, "I guffawed all down my leg..." which is exactly the response I was going for. They say laughter is the best medicine!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
We have had lots of tiger swallowtails butterflies the past few summers. They have been attracted to the day lilies here.....
...and the pansies here. I also often see them flitting around down on Main Street when I'm working at Grand Valley Books. There are lots of flowers in the planters downtown.
Here is Trystan's garter, complete with her favorite animal, a bat.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I waited a long time for this color study RR to come about, and it's been great fun. These are the last two blocks I've worked on. This one belongs to Hollie: