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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Art Exhibit at New Lucile Parker Gallery

Invitation to SMAA Exhibit
I have two fiber art pieces in the South Mississippi Art Association exhibit at the newly rebuilt Lucile Parker Art Gallery on the William Carey University campus. The beautiful gallery replaces the one destroyed in a tornado last year that did millions of dollars of damage to the campus. The opening Reception was delayed from Sept. 4 to Sept. 11 because of an approaching hurricane, which totally bypassed us. It is always a thrill for my art to be included on the invitation (Green Fish on top left).

We are on a fast countdown preparing for Pine Belt Quilters 17th Biennial Fiber Art & Quilt Show, to open October 5 for a two-day show at Lake Terrace Convention Center. We have 292 quilts entered in 16 different categories plus a special exhibit of 54 pieces by Southern Fiber Artists, a state-wide art quilting organization that meets quarterly in the central part of Mississippi. The registration process involves far more work than can be imagined unless one has been involved. We are working on the show catalog and off-site check-in materials. Lots of work has been going on in selling ads, gathering door prizes, planning the hanging and other displays, Boutique and Silent Auction items.
Our raffle quilt, Mississippi Kaleidoscope, is based on the pattern Swallows in the Window from Once Upon a Season by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins of Piece O' Cake Designs. PBQ member Susie Jackson designed the appliqué border. The quilt is 108" x 108" and difficult to photograph because of its size. The one on the poster is draped over a banister at Patio 44 Restaurant. (Sorry for the angle of this photo.)

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Mailbox and New Barn Quilt Signs

I am so proud of my new barn quilt signs! Daughter Linda made a new 3'x3' one for my little shop building (pictured on left, along with the new light on the corner).
She also removed and repainted the old 2'x2' sign, and when Mark visited, he attached it to the front of the garage over the door.
Attaching the 2'x2' repainted sign
 AND she made a two-sided  12" square one to hang below my new mailbox. Squirrels had nibbled all around the top of the previous box, letting the rain in on the back of the box. While son Mark visited  he replaced the mailbox and hung the small two-sided sign below the mailbox. I don't have a front driveway, so my mailbox is around the corner where the driveway goes to the back of my house. My lettering was too large to get the address on one line--hence splitting to both sides.

When Mark visits, he repairs/replaces everything on my list plus items he notices. Home Depot really appreciates his visits! So does my Discover card. He replaced the front porch light, shop front light, added another light to side of shop, repaired bathroom sink stopper, removed metal rim that held glass sliding doors on bathtub, hung the barn quilt signs, among other jobs.
On this visit he brought wife Melody and Willow, a precious little fluff ball. They intended to board Willow, but I didn't want that for her and agreed that the cats could tolerate an invasion of their space for a few days.


Willow and Elizabeth; Tarbaby and Rahrah remained in hiding

Ready to drive back to Texas
Cooking was not a problem; we enjoyed eating at Crescent City, Patio 44, and Tabella's. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Southern Fiber Artists Meeting

It was my privilege to present a program on Critiquing My Art at our August 25 Southern Fiber Artists meeting in Ridgeland. This group of art quilters meets quarterly to learn, share, and show our art. I recently took an online course with Lyric Kinard to study the elements and principles of design as they relate to art quilting. I shared with the group some of the points I had learned, showing some examples of good design and some that were not successful, discussing the strong points and weaknesses. You know those magic "building blocks" Shape, Color, Value, Line, and Texture. We can learn from every piece of art we make if we understand how these building blocks function. Having a group to study and critique with can be valuable because sometimes we are so close to our own work we can not view it objectively.
At each SFA meeting we have a challenge to create an 8"x 11" piece using a specified color and object. The color/object challenge for this meeting was Forest Green/Spirit; next meeting's challenge is Red/Water. The designs and techniques the quilters come up with are amazing and inspiring.
The SFA group has been invited to create a special exhibit at the Pine Belt Quilters show October 5-6, and Marcus Weekley volunteered to curate this exhibit. This exhibit will take the place of the Hoffman Exhibit that has been a part of PBQ's last several shows.
I have two pieces accepted into the South Mississippi Art Association show in the new Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University. This is the first show in the new building after the hurricane destroyed the former building. The show runs September 4-27.
Red-Green Interleave

Green Fish
The Pine Belt Quilters show is nearly here. We receive the quilts and Diane Leclair begins judging on Monday, October 1. It will be a whirlwind FOUR days of activity, followed by TWO exciting days the show is open to the public.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Finishing MOP, Shrinking Computer Screen Emergency

Stitching the centers of the Mississippi Orange Peel, wondering if I have any of the backing left for a sleeve.

Back at the computer--I often have to move cats out of the way so I can see the screen, but last night while trying to move Rahrah, this happened!
Computer screen with Facebook in a tall, narrow column
Brand new situation for me. Luckily, Linda had a suggestion that worked. Gee whiz--there is more about the computer I don't know than I do!

Last week I did a "Kindness in Action" TV interview about our Pine Belt Quilters guild activities called relating to Forrest General Hospital. We donate 400+ children's quilts every year to FGH and other area hospitals and children's shelters. TV interviews are kind of scary but I'm so proud of our guild that I swallowed my nerves and pride and did it. It's always interesting to see how much of the valid information gets tossed and what will be included in a two-minute spot! But it's fun to brag on our guild. Click on this link in case you want to watch. A group from Purvis is also featured about their making scarves for breast cancer patients.
We have had two days of heavy, stormy rains, and the cats took full advantage for some major sleeping on one of my oldest, softest, favorite quilts, made in 1987. (That's 31 years ago!) This is when I learned to draft my own blocks, choose color palette, and hand quilt. Note the lint/pet hair removal tool on the headboard.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

My New Barn Quilt Sign

Daughter Linda gave me the promise of a new barn quilt sign for Christmas last December. We decided on the size (3 ft x 3 ft) and the design (a variation of Star of the Orient by Judy Martin) and the colors (see the picture). We removed the old 2 ft x 2 ft one and she is refreshing the paint and will hang it over the garage door.

My granddaughter Brittney Kuykendall visited this week and she helped finish the painting and her husband Erik did the climbing and hanging. It looks beautiful! The repainted smaller one is ready to hang by the next relative who visits from Texas!

Brittney spraying sealer. 
 Martha and Linda in front of the shop building

The view from the driveway

The view near the street
While the painting was going on, Tanner and Kylee Jo baked a pound cake and sewed pillows. Erik painted tattoos on Knox's tummy and back. They had a good time on their way to the beach.
Tanner and Kylee Jo baking a pound cake

Knox said, "It tickles, Daddy!"