Month: October 2013

Some of the winners.

I had very little time to write last night. It was a whirlwind of events and midnight came very quickly. I remind myself to focus just a little more by actually sleeping, however its hard with so many wonderful things happening, so here it is 4.00 and I’m readying for the day, a glass of pellegrino water by my side.A comment made  prompted me to reflect that If we could take the energy stored by the artists (predominantly women) in the ball room last night and also in this industry it would be a force to be reckoned with.1000’s of people dedicated to the art will descend on the George Brown Convention Centre tomorrow for Festival, 1000’s are already here attending class and Keith and I just love the ambience.  The URL for information on the winners is just a click away The Handi Quilter® Best of Show Award $10,000* Sponsored by Handi Quilter Chihuly’s Gondola by MELISSA SOBOTKA of RICHARDSON, TEXAS …

Hows the heart so far?

In Houston when you catch a shuttle bus the topic of discussion is always, Quilts, shopping, Children and the weather back home… (wherever that may be).Today going to the Galleria there were a different group of people and the discussion wasn’t quilts… I learned that if you expand the hole in your ear to 2″, with one of those flat disks, the hole never seals again… so I’ve decided thats not on my bucket list.I learned the merits of shaving ones head and leaving a small tail of hair at the back… I considered it, but decided just to have a manicure, pedicure and a brow wax.I astounded the beauty therapist by not buying all the products she thought I needed, I told her its natural to have pores in your skin…. Unnatural to fill em up with the poly filler she said was a miracle. She forgot her spiel in surprise.

Hang on to your hearts, the Quilts are coming.

I photographed quite a few of the quilts today.  Apologies for my bias on the genres of the quilts. I like the new and innovative and of course pictorial is my happiness. As I walked on those plush red carpets today I was prompted to think just how lucky we are to have this festival. Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes we thank you for giving us this fabulous gift.Its a great time to visit the quilt exhibition during Market, most people are buying and selling and the Quilt pavilion was empty. We did a little of the buying stuff. (of course) we need to make our contribution.Each year, I’m astounded at the innovation of the quilt exhibitors. Trends come and go and there seems to be a lot of thread painted quilts this year.My humble observations see more machine pieced and quilted quilts from Japan, and not as many quilts from Europe (other than their exhibition) 

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International Quilt Market 2013

Amy Butler Designs. The time has come the Walrus said. Time to  look at new fabrics, Time to study new trends.Time to consider color schemes and designs.Friend Lisa, Keith and I managed to walk just half of the hall today and I present to you some of the most delightful things we saw today.I just love Amy Butlers designs. Specially this fabric that looks like old Linoleum. How clever to  recreate that up. I can’t find any information on the range, I can’t see it on her web site but I will revisit tomorrow to find out the name of it.In the mean time I give you a feast for your eyes. (friend Di Mill says its a range called Hapi)  Love it Green Bee.  A delightful booth, superbly decorated and I quite like their simplistic designs. They captured my attention, and thats the aim of a booth at Quilt Market. I’m not including a lot of the traditional booths  in this blog, you’ve seen them all at your local quilt shop… but I hope to share …

2 months on the road.

I’ve been traveling for almost 2 months now. Dubai, India and Italy. So far, I’ve lost one pair of shoes and I think I’ve thrown away my antique linen purchased in Italy by mistake glad  It only cost me 3 Euros !!!!I’ve replaced the shoes with two more pairs. (good deal) I’m sure new fabric will come my way here in Houston and   –    best of all I’ve met 1000’s of wonderful people along the way. Thank you to my friends in class in Sulmona. Sister Jan and I at the Taj Mahal. In Dubai, I collected a lot of fabric, plain cottons in gorgeous colors  at the Indian fabric shop.I’ve traveled with my Sister for the first time in my life…. and we’re so darn similar in likes it made it so darn easy and a pleasure. Friend Luana is our adopted sister too now and we made a super team. I’ve seen sunrises to take your breath away. Good morning Ras El Kaimah And sunsets to calm the spirit and make you …

Textiles in Italy

This is a post I had partly written in Tuscany, but was unable to add images. !!!  I bought some antique linen and lace in the local market the other day in Tuscany… now I can’t find them, got a feeling I threw them out with the bag, eek and textiles seem to be difficult to locate and I was  probably looking in the wrong places.I did find a shop that sold beautiful hand woven Jacquard and I bought three lovely pieces… They are cotton and Linen blend and are quite lovely. Silk Jacquard is  famous. in Italy.Originally the Jacquard machines were mechanical and the fabric design was stored in a series of punched cards which were joined together to form a continuous chain. The Jacquards often were small and only independently controlled a relatively few warp ends. This required a number of repeats across the loom width. Larger capacity machines, or the use of multiple machines, allowed greater control, with fewer repeats, and hence larger designs to be woven across the loom width.Now of course it is all …

The wind down after a busy year.

Lets visit Tuscany was the thought. I was teaching in Abruzzo. We’ve not  been to Italy before, so Rome, Venice and Florence were placed on the agenda to be visited after the event. Family living in Russia decided to visit us in Italy rather than our planned visit to them. I took the plunge, checked on Trip advisor and finally booked a villa for 10 days. It been amazing, there are so many things to do in this area.I chose to be near the coast and I chose the area  of Tuscany with  its spectacular visual images in mind.My year has been hectic, I’ve not spent much time with family and this is my wind down.No studio to wander out to, no phone calls. We’ve gone from village to village, discovering one after the other. Each town or village has its own personality, its own voice and I’m sure we’ve only skimmed the surface, but we have a lifetime of experiences to look back on. One such experience was yesterdays lunch in Da Caino in Montemerano A 2 star michelin …

Inspired to stitch.

No photos for the next few days, the Internet as had a hernia with all my photos and stuff. How do you see things?I’ve always looked at things in detail, even as a child. I always played with color and watched the way the light fell on an object. I’ve come to realize that I’m obsessive about placing things in order or making sense of a pattern. For instance I was having my nails done in a salon in Dubai. I was captive, I couldn’t move and I had no choice but to look at an image in front of me with a pattern on it that was wasn’t even. It annoyed me intensely. I spent the rest of the time in the chair trying to subconsciously  “order” the pattern. I mentioned it to my sister who was with me at the time and she looked at me in surprise, she hadn’t seen it and it certainly didn’t worry her.In a restaurant recently, the patterns on the walls were scallop shape and they were uneven… it spoilt my meal because I needed to place them in …