Monday, April 14, 2014

Go see the quilts at

the FANE blog.  I just put up all the quilts at the show that I told you about in my last post.  You can see them all here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FANE at Etui

The fiber art group, FANE, of which I am a member is currently having a show, Architectural Elements, at Etui, a wonderful little fiber shop/gallery in Larchmont, NY.  The front of the shop is a gallery with great lighting and room for many small works to be displayed.  I was unable to make the opening of the show last Friday evening due to prior commitments so today I took the opportunity to drive over (about an hour each way) to see the show.  I was delighted with what I saw.  Even though I had previously seen most of the works at a meeting, it's always a treat to see them hang in a gallery setting.

When you walked in the door, this was the first thing you saw.  That is my quilt on the far right, with Nike and Renee to the left of me.  I took individual pictures of all the quilts and plan to get them up on the FANE blog within the next couple of days.

Favela 14" x 16"
If you look closely at the label beneath my quilt you will see that wonderful little red dot. We all know what that means.....SOLD.  However in this case it may or may not be sold.  Apparently a gentleman at the opening really liked it and asked the shop owner, Julie, to hold it until he could bring his wife in with him for final approval.  Well, the shop has not heard back from him in spite of a couple of phone calls. But here's where the plot thickens.  As I was walking into the shop a woman was also entering with her young daughter and they walked directly to my quilt and I could hear them saying nice things about it. I talked to the owner and looked at the other quilts and took photos and when I got back to my quilt the same woman and child were looking at mine again.  I told her that it was mine and that it may or may not be sold.  So she took my information and phone number and, who knows, perhaps she will get to take it home.  According to Julie my piece has been quite popular. That was nice to hear.

The show will run through the end of the month so if you are in the area, it is well worth the visit.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Pleasant Surprise

When I returned from Florida last week one of the messages on my answering machine was from the director of the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT asking if they could borrow my quilt that he saw in Studio Art Quilt Associates Portfolio 20. As a Juried Artist Member I am entitled to have one page in each yearly catalog.  Catalogs are open to the public to purchase for $30, but they are also sent to galleries and museums.  I've been in for the past several years and this is the the first time something has come of it. It is lovely catalog with nice glossy paper and a stiff soft cover.  There are 261 pages in this issue.

This is the quilt, Itajime Surprise. He wants it for an exhibit entitled Stitched in Time: American Quilts 1758-2014 that will run from Sept. 20 to January 18. Mine will be one of a few from the 21st century.  Of course I said yes!  I absolutely love this museum.  It has a fabulous permanent collection and the most interesting special exhibits. I have been there several times.  The museum, which opened in 1903, was the first to exclusively show American art.

My only problem is that this is the quilt that I was going to enter into the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. in October. I don't have anything else worthy this year, so I will have to miss having a quilt in that show.  Of course it may not have been accepted, but I think I stood a pretty good chance, having been juried into many of their shows in previous years. Oh, well, I can always enter it next year.  

Once again I've linked up with Off the Wall Friday.  Go check it out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Back to reality

I probably wasn't fooling you with those Wordless Wednesdays.  Yes, I was away with my sister, Ruth, and good friend, Claire, for a whole idyllic month in sunny, warm Florida.  It was wonderful to get away from the endless winter here in CT.  From the moment we stepped off the plane on March 1st to when we left on March 31st we reveled in the blissful weather. Unlike other Marches away when we did a lot of running around and visiting, we had a mostly layed-back relaxing time.

I never got a picture of the main gate with much larger and prettier flower beds.

We stayed at a lovely golf community called Kelly Greens in Fort Myers.  It was a great place to be because of its proximity to many things. It was about a five minute drive to the  Sanibel Island bridge, about an hour from Naples and close to numerous shopping areas, good restaurants and beaches.

We did manage to do a lot of this.....
Ladies who lunch. Dining out with friends from home.

and this...

and this...

Ruthie and Claire relaxing on the beach, but trying not to get too much sun.

and this....

Those who know me well know that I rarely go in the water, but the water in the pool that went with our rented condo was warm as a bathtub and I discovered the joys of floating around with a noodle.

and this...
A St. Patrick's Day party  with friends.  The men were all on the lanai, just like high school.

and this....

A visit to the Edison and Ford estate. We also went to the Artis-Naples Museum for a docent tour of the Duchamp family art.

and this...

Walking every morning with views of the golf course.  We did see an alligator on more that one occasion.

and this....

A trip to the Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.  Those are rare white pelicans.

and lots of this...

Shopping in Florida is fabulous and we sure did our best to help out the local economy.

 We heard that it was the worst March ever, weather-wise in the north east.  There was even a snow and ice storm on the morning that we got home, but thankfully it was all over with by the time we arrived.  It's always good to get home and I will have a lot to keep me busy, but it was so good to have a lazy month away in warmer climes. 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Woman's Club Arts and Crafts Competition.

Every year in February our club has an A&C competition for its members.  The First Place winners go to the District competition in April and those First Places go on to the State in May.
I can no longer enter quilted things because there is a limit to how much you can earn in that category before being considered a professional.  I've been lucky enough to make a few good sales these past two years, so I have to enter something else.  I've showed them all before in the blog, so click on the links if you want to see them.

My red silk jacket looked pretty good on the stand I concocted and I got so many compliments on it and it did win a first place in Sewing, Adult clothing.  They couldn't see the poor fit on me and they loved the French knots.

My cute little purse only won a second because the judges were more impressed with the other entry's many-pocketed inside. Mine only had pockets on the outside.

I entered a fabric postcard birthday card and I forgot to take a picture.  It won a First in Stationery, fabric.

I entered three photographs and won a First and Second, and Third in two different categories.  Photography is a very popular category and there are always a lot of entries.

I also entered two necklaces. Jewelry is usually a small category, but this year there were several and ones much better than mine won.  That's OK because now I can wear them and not have to wait to get them back in April or May. Again, I didn't photograph them.

It was a very good competition this year with many entires.  For a couple of years it had been dwindling, but we've been talking it up and I guess it worked.  Best of Show went to a new member with her altered book in the Creative Materials category.  It was fabulous!

I think this is the first blog post I ever did without pictures.  Sorry, I'll do better next time.