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NC Quilt Symposium 2011

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This year’s Quilt Symposium will be held at Peace College in Raleigh, NC. Here is a list of the lectures on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, June 3rd
9:00 am Rayna Gillman Pushing Creativity with What If?
10:30 am Jan Krentz The Great Star Review
2:00 pm Frieda Anderson Frieda’s Fun Fast Fusing
3:30 pm Pepper Cory The Art of Real Scrap Quilting
7:15 pm Margaret Miller Looking Ahead with Margaret Miller
7:15 pm   Participants’ Fashion Show
Saturday, June 4th
9:00 am Joyce Becker Landscape Quilts
10:30 am Sharon Schamber My Quilting Journey
2:00 pm Lyric Kinard The Elements of Art for Quilters
3:30 pm Mary Ellen Kranz The Top Ten Ways Quiltmakers Can Use Computers
7:15 pm Leslie Riley Making Time for Making Quilts
7:15 pm Patti Cline and Cindy Page Shesa B. Quilter meets Emma C. Fortune

Grab a friend and come to Raleigh!  Browse the Quilt show, Shop with the vendors, and listen to a lecture.  This promises to be a great opportunity for a memorable road trip.


Busy week

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The past 7 days have been busy!

Rachel and I drove up to see my Mom last Tuesday (has it really only been 7 days??). Here is my mom holding miss Kiyah at her home in Burnsville, NC. We ate lunch in downtown Burnsville and did a little shopping before heading home to have dinner at Ted and Lauren’s house that night in Matthews, NC (I put over 400 miles on my car last Tuesday!)

Then on Saturday, I took a Felted Wool Flower class with Vickie Clontz. Vickie is very talented with wool and I wanted to learn the art of wet felting. Here is my merino wool fibers laid carefully on a piece of bubble wrap ready to start the felting process:

And here are the flowers we made in class:

Mine is one on the top right. When I got it home, I didn’t like the way it dried so I re-wet it, fulled it some more and shaped it and let it dry. It’s now ready to assemble. I plan on doing that tonight. I promised Vickie I would wear it at Symposium this weekend.

Which leads to the final “busy-ness” of the week. Getting ready for classes at Symposium.  North Carolina has had a Quilt Symposium every year for 32 years in a row. A State-wide Board of 21 members work to make this a continuing endeavor.  I have been serving as President of the NCQSI for the past year. I have one more year to serve.  The Symposium is being held this coming Thursday through Sunday at Peace College in Raleigh, NC.  I’ve signed up to take 2 classes with Leslie Riley. I’m very excited about the classes, but have had some preparing to do and some of that has required me to learn new things. Most of you know I am not techno-savvy and tend to hate gadgets and computers unless they are extremely user friendly. I am proud to say I’ve managed to learn to upload, download, mirror-image….. to print these wonderful images onto TAP paper.  The TAP Paper will allow me to transfer the images to cloth, polymer clay, glass, among other things.  I will be using the images to create collage this weekend.

Aren’t the images wonderful????? I got them from a great site: The Graphics Fairy.  The Graphics Fairy is a blogspot hosted by Karen. It contains over 2,000 copyright free images!  I love it!!!

So a very busy 7 days behind me with an even busier tonight and tomorrow as I finish up my felted flower and finish getting packed for Thursday morning. I’m hoing to take my computer with me to Symposium and blog each day.

Off to the studio where I need to find all those tidbits of stuff that will make my collages sing!

trip to Mary Jo’s

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Yesterday I put a post on my Facebook Wall that if I could finish my errands in time, I would go to Mary Jo’s. I had a request for pictures of what I bought. I wish I had taken my camera (I really do need to get in the habit of always having my camera with me!). Sadly, I did not have my camera so have no pictures of Mary Jo’s. 

For those of you who do not live locally, Mary Jo’s is a fabric store in Gastonia. It has been around for over 50 years and boasts 32,000 square feet of fabric and notions. People come here from miles around; occasionally there is a tour bus full of quilters who have made a 2 day trip to shop here. I live about 45 minutes away so consider myself extremely fortunate.

Yesterday’s trip had 2 purposes. I was looking for dupioni silk for a small quilt that I sketched over the weekend.  Here’s what I bought:

My second purpose for going was to see if I could find some lightweight cotton fabric to make pantaloons. I’m dancing on Saturday and the expected temperature is 86 degrees.  My costume consists of several layers of clothing and I’m thinking a lighter weight pant might help make me a bit cooler. Here’s the fabric I found:

I’m signing off now to go cut out and make the pantaloons.  I’ll post a picture when they are done.

An hour has passed and here are my pantaloons!  I’m excited to be able to wear them on Saturday.

Art money

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I am sorry my blog has been so quiet for so long. Lots of things going on in my life at the moment:  Rachel and Adam continue to live here, but are awaiting closing on a house in Mt. Holly. They both really like the house, it is close to Rachel’s work and will cut Adam’s commute in half. 

I attended a workshop yesterday taught by Lyric Kinard. It was a wonderful day spent playing with new techniques like foiling, making stamps, screen printing, and beading.  I came home inspired to play and have spent most of today in my studio playing.  I made 3 pieces of artmoney.  For those of you not familiar, you can go to the website and check it out – very cool!!!   

I hope you will come back and visit with me again soon. I hope to have my journal cover done (started in the workshop yesterday)  soon.