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.)