Friday, February 10, 2017

SEW WHAT? Textile Exhibit

My latest news is being a participant in The Hattiesburg Arts Council's SEW WHAT? event on February 4 at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.
USM mezzo sopranos Cymon Davis and Angelica Sewer sang two numbers to open the program.

Janice Hunter from Atlanta was the featured speaker, showing her African-inspired storyquilts. Pine Belt Quilters displayed 30 quilts and I spoke about the guild's history and activities.

USM's Apparel Construction and Design professors described the new certification program, a joint program of the Departments of Theatre and Marketing/Merchandising. Several costumes were also on display. A section of the AIDS quilt was hung, along with three locally produced panels that will be submitted to the project. Beejee Jenkins gave information about the panels.
Section of the AIDS quilt with Mayor Johnny DuPree
There was a good crowd, and this historic building offered a beautiful setting for the costumes and quilts. The building was our public library until 1996, when it became the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. It houses offices for the Arts Council and the Downtown Association and is used for many interesting civic events.

Janice Hunter with her storyquilts
Martha Ginn

Janice Hunter and Martha Ginn

View from second floor

Rise and Shine, Inner City

Oh, What a Summer by Ellen Hall

Oma's Blues by Vivian Plummer

Round Robin Pathways
Althea Jerome and Claudia Cartee with Finding My Way
The exhibit will come down for a Mardi Gras ball this weekend and a wedding next weekend, and then go back up for viewing Feb. 21-22-23. I said the building was used for many events!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Barn Quilts and Paperwhites

What we refer to as "Christmas Holidays" passed rather uneventfully here in Hattiesburg. Weather was warm and humid, reminding me of living in Corpus Christi, Texas. But we finally had a few days of teens temps and icy roads. My geranium and croton plants had to be covered, but we're back in the 60-70s.
Linda and I planned to eat Christmas Dinner at Cracker Barrel since they are always open on holidays for travelers. Not! So we warmed up homemade soup and worked on her barn quilt patterns. She has become fascinated with this idea and plans to rotate her signs seasonally. She doesn't have a barn, so the quilts are for the front of her house. The Noel/Christmas tree hung during December.
The Friendship Star is up now, with the Star of the Orient ready to follow.
She bought an 8' square of 1/4" plywood and had it cut into several pieces. The Noel/Christmas tree is 2' wide by 4' high; the two star blocks are 3' square.

Meanwhile, back in the studio, I've been having lots of fun working on my Indian Orange Peel design by Karen K Stone. Here are some of the parts laid out on the table, not sewn yet--just working with color placement. These little arcs are addictive! They create a huge mess of fabric on the floor.

I had six bulbs of paperwhites last fall that made a beautiful show of flowers. Doubting that it was worthwhile, I dug up the bulbs (which had multiplied into lots of smaller ones) and stored them in the refrigerator until around Thanksgiving. I brought them out and planted them in fresh soil and began watering. My garden center guru mentioned that gin would cause the foliage to only grow about 1/2-1/3 as high while still producing regular-sized flowers. I researched to be sure I heard him correctly, and after some growth took place I began to water them with 1 part gin to 7 parts water. Here is the pot just beginning to put up leaves in mid-December. Next picture is today, January 10.
Mid-December when I started the gin/water

I'll report back later.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, and my geranium just loves this cooler weather. My thermostat has been changed from heat to cool several times. It's hard to believe the beautiful snow scenes I've seen when my yard is sunny. The geranium plant in my last blog post has added several blooms, with that November bloom finally beginning to wilt.

In the back yard is a huge sasanqua bush that really rewards me every winter.

I enjoyed finishing a wall quilt that daughter Linda had begun several years ago. She was quite surprised to see it tonight in a gift box. The HQ16 made this a quick project.
The Christmas season has been filled with music--live performances and radio and CDs--and this helps center my thoughts on the true meaning for the celebration. I had fun making some fabric postcards for special friends and family.
My decorations center around a Santa in a quilt robe made by a friend. Elizabeth has been keeping him company in a box that's not quite large enough for her. When I'm at the machine, she is in my lap or on the machine, trying to bite the threads. Recently I accidentally snipped her right cheek whiskers, which did not change her fascination for thread; she is growing some replacement whiskers and I try to be more careful..

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

It's a beautiful sunny, crisp Thanksgiving in Hattiesburg and I celebrate the blessings in my life! I made these pilgrim dolls while I still lived in Corpus Christi, meaning before 1971. Guess that means I can't deny being a pack rat! The turkey family cookie jar can be seen in the background. Thanksgiving is usually a time for families to gather, and I have wonderful memories of these times at my mom's house and later at my brother's. We usually had to travel rather than hosting. But they were happy, joyful times, more like the ones in pictures rather than the horror stories you read about!

My geranium has a huge bloom on it, with buds promising more beauty.

My maidenhair fern was originally from my mom and it gives me a home-sweet-home feeling when I see it.

I recently read an appropriate quote that brings our thoughts under control at this season:

Do more than belong:  participate.
Do more than care:  help,
Do more than believe:  practice.
Do more than be fair:  be kind.
Do more than dream:  work.
     ~William Arthur Ward

Meanwhile, back in my studio I have been having fun lots of fun sorting and arranging fabric for my Indian Orange Peel blocks.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fall is Here, also Karen K Stone

Wheeee! It's really feeling like fall, and that huge moon adds to the joy. My neighbor's persimmon trees were loaded. I had a crew do massive clean-up in my yard. My barn quilt sign was hidden and is now prominently displayed. It's nice being identified as a quilter.
Karen K Stone was in Hattiesburg for a lecture/trunk show and workshop last week; her unique color sense is so exciting and her quilts were eye candy.
Karen's Indian Orange Peel

I could hardly wait to get started selecting fabrics for an Indian Orange Peel. Here's my first arc. Karen's method makes these much easier than they first seem. And getting to play with and coordinate fabrics makes this so much fun.

Friday, November 11, 2016

My Favorite Veteran

Roy Ginn, 1950
Remembering my favorite veteran on Veterans Day. I didn't meet Roy (on a blind date!) until he came home from the Navy, but he looked just like this. Who wouldn't fall in love with those blue eyes?
     This picture was taken when he was on a ship headed for Japan after a year in radio communication school on Bainbridge Island, Washington. His training was in decoding radio transmissions in Russian.
     We married when I was 18 and he was 24--good thing at least one of us was an adult. Our 57 years together were happy and fulfilling. We were the perfect example of "in sickness and in health," each taking turns caring for the other as needed. He was a wonderful father and friend and we raised two outstanding children. Parkinson's robbed him of his last few years of activity, but he never gave up.
     Thank you for your service and your love of country, family, and all things good.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November--Pensacola Program and Wood Sculptures

I enjoyed presenting a program/trunk show for the Pensacola Quilters Guild and staying in the lovely home of Cena Harmon (and seeing her quilts like this New York Beauty). The technology gods were cooperative, so I got to share some pictures of my 2013 China trip and since it has come home, I had the Rise and Shine, Inner City quilt to show. When I left Pensacola, Cena directed me to the most unexpected fabric find--at A&E Pharmacy! It's a traditional drug store with all the usual products, medicines, pharmacists, and gifts. But there was also a huge section called A&E Fabrics featuring first-run fabrics from well-known designers and more batiks than I have ever seen in one place.
Batiks as far as the eye can see!
I stopped at the Florida Welcome Center and took several photos--a jet plane and some of the carved birds that a talented carver, Marlin Miller, has created from the oak trees killed in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. These are truly amazing and give tribute to the indomitable spirit that rose from the Gulf Coast after the devastation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October and Pine Belt Quilters 16th Show

After several weeks of preparation, my guild's 16th show took place on October 7-8-9, 2016. We hung 250 quilts plus a Hoffman traveling exhibit, held hour-long lectures on all three days, gave door prizes, shopped at 16 vendors, silent auctioned about 30 small quilts, drew for our Autumn Splendor raffle quilt, had quilt appraisals . . . and thoroughly entertained our visitors to the show. Any time you don't lose or damage a quilt, you count it as a successful show! Those of you who have been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of a quilt show can fully appreciate this statement. As show chair, I was extremely proud of our members who worked so hard and willingly to create this unique event.

On a personal note, it was exciting to win my first Best of Show-Small for a friendship quilt made with four others: Marcus Weekley, Cathy Reininger, Julia Graber, and Rita Warnock. (Our show awards two Best of Show awards--a Large and a Small.) I have shown the five sections in this earlier post. We were pleased at how the finished piece looked when the five sections were presented together. The award was a Nechi EX100 machine, and we thought of King Solomon's wisdom in what to do with one award to share among the five of us. We plan to sell it and split the proceeds.
Mississippi Ag Museum in Bloom, 120" x 36"
by Marcus Weekley, Martha Ginn, Cathy Reininger, Julia Graber, Rita Warnock
VisitHattiesburg has sponsored a purchase award for our last five shows, with this show's theme commemorating Curious George's 75th anniversary and the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at USM's 50th anniversary. The theme was "Curious George Visits de Grummond," and my quilt was titled "Curious George Reads Ezra Jack Keats" (with scenes from The Snowy Day). I was especially honored to have my quilt selected for this award since I am a supporter of the de Grummond and my daughter is a catalog librarian at USM.

My Round Robin Pathways won a third place ribbon; it is amazing me with its third award in the three shows it has appeared in. Since it "grew like Topsy" by being designed in six stages with each round being a surprise, it seems appropriate that it continues its adventures.
Round Robin Pathways, with Shapes on the Green beside it, both challenges in our guild

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September's new Artist Altered Book pages and Celtic Banners

For Nanette S. Zeller, 8" x 8", theme See the Forest for the Trees 
I have created two more pages for my exchange in the Artist's Altered Book Project, with only one more to go for October to complete the exchange among ten artists scattered from California to Florida to New York. Here are my August and September pages for Gabriele DiTota and Nanette S. Zeller:
For Gabriele DiTota, 5-1/4" x 8-1/4", theme Fire
I received pages for my Tree themed book, pages 8" x 10" from Leni Weiner and Joani Share. I have a new computer and haven't managed to transfer and find all my pictures--maybe later!

Our Pine Belt Quilters show is fast approaching and I hope my computer work is about finished. Our dates are October 7-8-9, 2016 at Lake Terrace Convention Center. Chairing a show is daunting work, but with 15 shows behind us I counted on lots of folks knowing lots of jobs.

I helped create two large felt cut-away banners for my church's new monthly Celtic Services that began in September. The patterns are by Fashions by Sarah and are similar to the Advent banners shown here and Fall banners shown here.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August and Vicksburg Old Man River Quiltfest

My Round Robin Pathways is enjoying another successful quilt show appearance. It won a 3rd place (white) ribbon in the Old Man River Quiltfest in Vicksburg yesterday. This is a new show hosted by Kay Elliott's Stitch-N-Frame Quilt Shop and Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Mississippi Ag Museum in Bloom was also a 3rd place winner in the Vicksburg show. The five sections are 36" high and a total of 10 feet wide when hung together. The sections are
Birdhouse by J. Marcus Weekley, Gulfport
The Mule Barn by Martha Ginn, Hattiesburg
Wagons and Roses by Cathy Reininger, Madison
Small Town Mississippi by Julia Graber, Brooksville
Print Shop by Rita Warnock, Madison
Mississippi Ag Museum in Bloom
Kitten update: My latest foster kittens (Hops (pictured below), Brenner, Eleven, and Nancy) for Southern Pines Animal Shelter have been sent on a transport up north. During the week I had them, they needed lots of socializing to learn that people are kind and loving. Tough job but I love doing it. My two-year-old cats pouted the entire time the little ones were in the garage.

Our Pine Belt Quilters show entry deadline has passed, and we are doing the registration and catalog paperwork and finalizing display plans. October 7-8-9 will be here in a flash.

There is tragedy affecting our neighbors and friends in South Louisiana. We have seen unbelievable devastation from flooding, but it is heart-warming to see all those boat owners rescuing people and pets. No waiting for federal troops when neighbors can help immediately.