Friday, May 20, 2011

"There's no place like home" Dorothy

I am back from our trip to the MQS show in Kansas and we had an great time. One of the things that I did was to take a tour bus to Lincoln Nebraska to the International Quilt Museum. It was a horribly hot day with the thermometer going from 98 to 102 degrees but a wonderful bus trip with new quilty friends.

We saw so many fabulous pieces for the corded white work from France. The work is so intricate, and work intensive. There was also an exhibit

from the Nebraska Quilt Project documenting their states quilts which was also made into a book which is currently available.

The sampler quilt picture is of a patriotic quilt that was in the conservation room where they are documented and hanging sleeves are attached if needed. There was also a Mennonite quilt and an art quilt by Katie Massopaust that were being documented.

The climate controlled quilt storage room was amazing, and capable of holding 8,000 quilts and currently had 4,000 in the permanent collections.

The White Work exhibit is a traveling exhibit that will only be there for a few more days. I highly recommend visiting the museum for any quilt lover. It is a beautiful building, the exhibits are always changing, and it really is in the heart of the midwest.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Challenge Finished

After putsing around today. I finally finished the NLMQG challenge quilt. The shisha mirrors were pretty cool, but made my fingers sore sewing them on because I had to use an upholstery needle. I added some leaf clay beads to give a hint of trees.

It was a fun project once I started. Sometimes starting is the hardest part and I can swear that I procrastinated to the end. This project was the type that everything happened and came together at the right time. I had watched an episode from the new Quilting Arts cd's that came a couple of weeks ago, that Carol Taylor was demoing a technique. I stumbled upon little round mirrors while shopping for beads at a local liquidation store this spring. I fell in love with the clay beads while at the Road 2 California quilt show in January with no special project in mind. I've never shopped for things for specific projects, I just buy whatever intrigues me. It's a pretty eclectic way to work on projects, but it's always worked for me.

How do your projects come together for you?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Posting on Blogger

Sorry readers. I have a post on a challenge quilt that I'm working on and I've tried for 2 days to post it. Blogger won't let me. This is the 2nd post I've tried to make this week that won't take. Bummer. I think it may have something to do with the pictures. I'll try again later.

P.S. After alot of searching as to why I haven't been able to post to my blog, I found that the reason is that I updated to internet explorer 9 about a week and a half ago and blogger isn't compatable with ie9 yet. So as an answer to fix this, I'm blogging on my husbands computer instead. Truthfully, I was a bit bummed not being able to blog.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Working on a Challenge for Guild

Here are pictures of a challenge I'm working on for guild. It's a paint chip challenge using your initials to chose the colors by the colors name. I've quilted my piece and attached diamond crystals. Now I need to sew down the binding and start on the embellishments. I'm planning on attaching little glass mirrors, and some turquoise beads.