Thursday, June 18, 2015

Road Trips

One of the benefits of going to QSDS is the bus trip. This year being a Quilt National year we went to Athens. What can I say, always work that makes you want to work harder to be better. Some work that puzzles you, some that makes you think a little deeper and some that makes you laugh and remember to enjoy life. Even more fun when you know the artist.

The other show we saw was Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2015 at the Ohio Crafts Museum. And here I got to be the artist. As always the placement was great, the rocking chair is a piece by Christopher M Krauskopf of Kentucky. Lots of variety in this show with ceramics, furniture, fiber, metal, etc. This piece was my Quilt National reject, but it fit perfectly here!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Long Time Ago, Last Week

A long time ago, say maybe 30 years give or take 5 or 10 years, this lady owned a horse. He was a gorgeous looking horse. He could be dead lame and win a halter class, he had a beautiful body. He was somewhat of a knot head, he liked to throw a buck in just for fun when you rode him. He was also very fastidious in his stall, pooped in one corner and would prefer to do his business outside, thank you very much. He was particularly adverse to pain, which was the reason for his lameness, he had a touch of arthritis in one knee which was treated with cortisone shots. I liked to say he had "A body by Fisher and a mind by Fisher-Price." He decided to have a bucking fit one winter night and put me in the hospital with a dislocated shoulder and several compressed vertebrae. I recovered and shortly after that he was traded for a  wonderful quarter horse mare who went on to teach several children how to ride.
Anyway, I spent last week immortalizing that beautiful, bad horse in fabric. Here he is before the background was completed. I spent 7 days at Quilt Surface Design Symposium in a master class with Rosalie Dace, as always a wonderful class with 17 like minded people. Several had breakthroughs with their work and it was awesome to watch the progress happen. There is something about being together in a creative atmosphere and QSDS is one of the best places for experiencing it. Signups for next year are in progress at

This lady also showed up. I would say it is a self portrait, I am a very tidy person (almost to obsession) but sometimes look unkempt. There will probably be more of these and they may become life sized. Very fun and quick to do. Thank you Kevin Womack for the floor scraps which became hair.
PS Kevin made some beautiful pieces which we all can't wait to see quilted.

Saturday, June 6, 2015