Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pillow Talk (again)

My goal is to have current and overdue bee blocks completed and in the mail by the end of this week. Then I will turn my attention to pillows!

Yes, it's time for the Pillow Talk Swap, Round 4, which is arguably one of the best swaps on Flickr. So much gorgeous and inspirational work has come out of this group. I hastily put together this inspirational mosaic, but my mind is really swirling with ideas for the pillow I will be making for someone else.... I can't wait to find out who it will be!

With wishes, true and kind -- Joan

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Catching up

Once upon a time I had a beautiful baby girl.  She took my breath away!
She was my first baby, and seemed to be going on 21 from her first breath.
I've been trying to keep up with her ever since, 
and I've had the time of my life doing it!

Well, that baby girl is 21, and I'm still trying to catch my breath.
And now she is engaged!!!!!!!

This first picture of Molly was taken recently by her roommate in their dorm suite.  
The quilt on the left was made for her by my MIL, and I made the quilt on the right with fabrics that she picked out many years ago.  She made the apron she is wearing, and it cracks me up that she is wearing an apron while playing on her roommate's "antique" game system.

She is still hard to keep up with!

We are so happy for Molly and Peter, and have so much to celebrate!  

This morning Molly and I went to a special bride's event at Crate & Barrel.  As we looked at linens, she told me of an idea for a quilt design, and I am going to have a fun time fabric shopping with her to create that quilt in her head.  Of course, once we talked quilting, everywhere I looked I saw colors, shapes, designs, and textures.  We later found some great clothing for her on sale at Anthropologie, and the same thing occurred.  We never have to look far for quilty inspiration:


So many ideas, and so little time -- as always.  So, first things first.  I need to do some catching up on some bee blocks.  It's time to get that sewing machine humming along again!

Where do you find quilty inspiration?
Do you see quilts everywhere?

With wishes, true and kind -- Joan

Saturday, October 23, 2010

NW Quilting Expo 2010 Part Four B: Studio Art Quilt Associates

My Blogger issues seem to finally be resolved, so I am very happy to present the last few gems from the recent quilt expo.

 Pacific Sunset by Betty Davis Daggett, Portland

 Portland's Welcome by Betty Davis Daggett, Portland

 Quiet Retreat by Quinn Zander Corum, Portland

 Approaching Spring in the Willamette Valley by Deanna Robinson, Eugene

I loved seeing the amazing work of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and hope all of my bloggy friends have enjoyed it, too.  You can check out more of their work on their website.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

NW Quilting Expo 2010 Part Four A: Studio Art Quilt Associates

In this continuing series of posts on the NW Quilting Expo, I am excited to present the work of Studio Art Quilt Associates to you.

SAQA is an international non-profit organization that was founded in 1989 to serve artists working in the art quilt medium, as well as teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators, and corporate sponsors recognizing the importance of the art quilt.  Jean Wells is a member, and her work was previously posted here.  The theme was Oregon: State of Diversity, and I think these artists captured the sights and feelings of Oregon very well.

 Robosaurus Rules the Airshow
by Suzy Bates, Beaverton, Oregon.

 I immediately texted a picture of this quilt to my husband.  Robosaurus was at the Oregon International Airshow in 2009, the second year my husband was Board Chair.  He loves this quilt!

by Catherine Beard, Springfield, Oregon.
Juror's Choice

By Linda Christiansen, Eugene, Oregon.

by Bonnie Buckham, Vancouver, Washington.

Bike Oregon
by Shirley MacGregor, Portland, Oregon.

 Ghost Trees, Whispering
Laura Jaszkowski, Eugene, Oregon.

Columbia Gorge View
by Christiana Brown, Portland, Oregon

Ethnic Diversity
by Vera Rogers, Day's Creek, Oregon

  Earth Forms: Prairie Grass
Quinn Zander Corum, Portland, Oregon

Painted Hills (John Day Fossil Beds National Monument)
by Deanna Robinson, Eugene, Oregon

 High Desert Aspens
by Gerrie Congdon, Portland, Oregon

Everyday Barns and Family Farms
by Karen Hanken, Medford, Oregon

My Oregon
by Catherine Beard, Springfield, Oregon

 Winter of Our Discontent
by Kim Lakin, Portland, Oregon

 December Sunset
by Shirley Jo Rimkus-Falconer, Independence, Oregon

 Celebrating the Sunset
by Sara Shayne Miller, McMinnville, Oregon

I actually have more wonderful images from the show to share with you, but I've been having trouble adding images on blogger all of a sudden.  Between transitioning to an iMac at home and a Dell laptop with Windows 7, I've been slowly learning to do some things differently.  I hope you enjoyed these wonderful quilts from the SAQA, and I hope to be back soon with more.

With wishes, true and kind -- Joan