Friday, November 9, 2018

After Arrowmont, USM Symphony

Coming home from Arrowmont brought a little unexpected excitement when someone picked up my red bag (containing Elizabeth My Almost Perfect Cat quilt!) instead of his red bag at the Jackson airport. It took several hours to locate the person, and I had to drive on home to Hattiesburg without my quilt and all my class exercises and the week's worth of clothes. Everything was delivered safely to me the next afternoon.
Working on some of Paula Kovarik's stitching exercises has been fun, even with my trusty Pfaff giving me technical problems. After a week of stitching black thread on white and white thread on black, I thought I would try a stripe background.

These range from 6" x 7" to 12" x 9"

Of course, Elizabeth wanted to help
My talented friends in the University of Southern Mississippi's symphony orchestra amaze me with their performances. Last night's program was entitled Viva Mexico and featured works with a decidedly Latin beat. 
Alejandro Junco Romero and Marlene Gentile

A week earlier for Halloween they dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf! They are such a pleasure to have come to our University Baptist Church suppers for our home-cooked meals.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Arrowmont--Part 2--The Class

I have admired Paula Kovarik's quilting and stitching for several years, and when I saw that she was teaching a week-long class at Arrowmont, I made my plans to be there. It involved driving to Jackson, flying to Knoxville, and an expensive taxi ride from the airport to Gatlinburg, Luckily, sewing machines were furnished although having one's own is preferable. The large classroom gave the 14 students plenty of work space and room for discussions and sharing around a table. Paula gave us exercises and instructions, and we tacked our pieces on the walls so we could see each student's work and follow progress.
The emphasis was on LINE--the properties of a line, what it can do, how it can lead the eye around an artwork, how it can tell a story. To capitalize on this, we worked primarily in black and white-- white thread on black, and black thread on white, as well as a variegated black-to-white thread, which resulted in unusual pieces. We did some group work such as drawing a line on paper and then moving to each station to react to the last line placed there. We also used a line to react to a word prompt, adding to each other's line. One exercise was called "slow build," meaning to start with a line and react to it over and over to slowly build the composition.
We came home with lots of exercises and sample stitches.  I like the slogan that "Product is for the ego; Process is for the soul."
Lots of room to work
Paula commented and critiqued our pieces
I wish I had done this one!
Some of my exercises
We filled the wall; Paula is on a chair tacking mine up

After lots of black/white work, we stitched on a piece of drop-cloth; Paula liked mine!
Holly, my table mate kept incorporating color in her pieces.
The Dining Hall had coffee cups made at Arrowmont--I wanted to steal this one!
The week was instructional and inspirational. An unexpected plus was meeting and forming strong friendships with several people. I was one of the few first-timers; most had been to classes several times, taking a variety of classes. I highly recommend this school for learning and an all-around good time!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts-The Place

As if enjoying crisp fall weather were not enough, I got to do it last week in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. This school is carved out of a mountainside with scenic, steep walkways joining the campus of housing, classrooms, dining hall, galleries, and offices. The town is filled with tourist shopping, amusements, dining, and a skylift that went above my cottage for a view of the area.
The Gatlinburg fire two years ago destroyed the Dormitory and woods behind it. A new 4-story dormitory has been built on the site of the destroyed one.
Enlarge any picture to see how steep some of the paths were.
Welcome to Arrowmont (see skylift above)
My housing was in Teacher's Cottage, up the hill and behind the auto on far right

My housing--Teacher's Couttage--one of the original buildings on campus
Steep drive up

My housing side view with path toward class
Work-study student housing along the path

Down the Path to class and dining hall
Down and then up--Path to class; another studio below

Map of campus; my housing was in Teacher's Cottage on far right; Dining Hall is far left.
Lots of walking up/down hill

Looking from Dining Hall toward the Classroom Building (over the hill)
Looking from Classroom toward Dining Hall (over the hill)
More about Arrowmont--The Class in next post.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fall Is Here; Successful Quilt Show

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker with Martha Ginn
(Best of Show-Small quilt by Vivian Plummer/Susie Jackson)

Hattiesburg City Councilman Jeffrey George
with Linda Ginn and Martha Ginn
It's 11 a.m. and the temp is 70 degrees--wonderful morning to enjoy coffee on the front porch! It's been a whole week since our Pine Belt Quilters show and I'm still smiling over the successful event. Receiving 290 quilts and returning 290 quilts to their makers is what I call a successful event! Diane Leclair from San Antonio was our NACQJ for the second time. She is highly complimentary of our work and enjoys coming to Hattiesburg. We also had 54 art quilts in a special exhibit by Southern Fiber Artists, which helped fulfill the title of our shows--Fiber Art & Quilt Show.
Mayor Toby Barker issued a Proclamation of Pine Belt Quilters Day and City Councilman Jeffrey George did a ribbon cutting to open our show. Linda took the entire week off to work and enjoy the quilt show. She also had two quilts entered in the show, quite impressive for a less-than-two-years quilter, says her proud mom!

Elizabeth, My Almost Perfect Cat won a first place (blue) ribbon in the Art category, and The Window Watchers (featuring Rahrah, Tarbaby, and Elizabeth) won an honorable mention (white) ribbon. My other entries were Mississippi Orange Peel, Winter Cabin, and Crayon Challenge, which did not win ribbons. "Held up well against very strong competition" I think is the comforting description often given. Insert smiley face here.

Elizabeth, My Almost Perfect Cat, 34" x 25"

The Window Watchers, 23" x 28"
Crayon Challenge, 42" x 52"

Winter Cabin, 27" x 20"

Mississippi Orange Peel, 48" x 48"
I love pictures with people admiring quilts!
The week following chairing a quilt show is totally taken up with gathering reports, sorting and organizing files and show supplies. Rahrah is checking to see if there is anything interesting here.
Quilt show supplies to go to storage

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Countdown to Quilt Show

Show poster
It's officially fall but without any crisp weather yet. My guild's (Pine Belt Quilters) 17th show checks in the quilts in less than a week, has them judged, hangs and displays all in Lake Terrace Convention Center for an October 5 opening. We will have 292 quilts in the judged show and 54 art quilts in the Southern Fiber Artists special exhibit.
My quilts are finished with sleeves and labels. The spreadsheets, ID tags, name badges, quilt receipts, judging sheets are all prepared. The lectures are planned by our talented PBQ members. I have turned in my Silent Auction piece--a hand-dyed and quilted piece.   (Click on any photo to enlarge.)
Silent Auction piece, 18" x 24"
There have been several afternoons to rest my feet and get ready for the busy week. Tarbaby was  happy to join me, once in a while sharing the lap with Elizabeth. It's like a sauna under there. They would not let Rahrah join them.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Blue Hair and the DAR

Daughter Linda and I had color added to our hair last weekend. Mine is blue and Linda's is purple, though she needs to be under bright light for the color to show in her darker hair. Our first outing was to church, pictured here in our choir robes.

Then it was my pleasure to speak to the Norvell Robertson chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution the next day. My topic was Baltimore Album Quilts, and I shared the story of the making of my quilt, "This Is My Story, This Is My Song."  This style of quilt was unique and found primarily in such a specific location between 1846 and 1852 that they were given the name of that region--Baltimore Album Quilts. 
This Is My Story, This Is My Song
completed 1995, 84" x 100"
The DAR meets in the Hattiesburg Historical Museum at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. Reciting The American's Creed and The Preamble to the Constitution with the group were meaningful and reminded me of my love for my country. Though small, this museum displays interesting bits of the history of our area, highlighting timber, armed services, furniture, and needlework.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Pictures from the Lucile Parker Gallery Exhibit

The new Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University is twice as large as the old one and really a beautiful place! The Reception was delayed a week to let Hurricane Gordon pass us by with no ill effects. The exhibit will be open through Thursday, September 27. The Gallery is located behind McMillan Hall in the Asbury Academic Building.
Karen Bennett, Terry Tjader, Jo-Ann Adams, Betty Press, Carla Carlson, Andrea Kostyal, Martha Ginn

Art by Terry Tjader's (wood) and Vixon Sullivan (sculpture)
On wall--art by Andrea Kostyal, Robert Schroeder, Martha Ginn, Carla Carlson

With my special friends Dick and Mo Conville and Gwen Yin

My Green Fish with Carla Carlson's collage

With Gwen Yin
Dr. Garry Breland getting a closer look
I need to meet these girls holding a crazy quilt piece!
Cara Larsen (L) and Laura Scovel (R)
Red-Green Interleave won an Honorable Mention ribbon