Thursday, May 25, 2017

Goldie Richmond Exhibit

While we were visiting in Tucson recently we went to the Arizona History Museum with our friend Paulette.  I was happy to share the Goldie Richmond Quilt exhibit with her!  Goldie was the owner of a Trading Post in Sells, AZ near the Tohono O'Odham Reservation back in the 20s to 40s.  She hand-appliqued and quilted quilts while she waited for customers.  Most of her work represents life on the Reservation at that time, and are wonderful charming works.  She also appliqued floral designs.  Only about ten of her quilts have survived.

I love how she used fabric with pottery on it for the stripping!

One of my favorites...the rider being bucked off his horse!

Goldie was six feet tall and quite a fascinating person...she had to save her husband from a bobcat once and killed the very large bobcat with her bare hands!

I would love to make a Goldie Richmond homage quilt at some time...with my own scenes inspired by hers, of Indian life.  There are actually patterns of homage quilts for sale at Cactus Quilt Shop in Tucson, HERE, but I would like to do my own thing.  I have no idea WHEN I will get this one made, though!  So many quilts, so little time!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Another Quilt Show

Took a break from packing to spend a morning with a dear friend at a quilt show.  We had a lovely time, then ate at Applebees after!

This gorgeous wall hanging wasn't displayed in the best way, just draped over the partition, but I absolutely loved it.  There were shiny quilting threads in places.

Here is a closeup, showing the gorgeous quilting!

I love chickens so this one was one of my favorites!

Paulette examining a beautiful little girl's quilt.
This kit was sold out...I can see why!  beautiful!

We loved this sweet "garden" quilt, which was appliques, embroidered and colored (perhaps with pencils or crayons).  Amid the garden plants were Bible verses.  It was just charming!

A closeup showing one of the Bible verses.

We were blown away by this one, also a kit.  Just gorgeous!

The same company made this kit as well.  Just stunning!

Loved this!  So festive for Autumn and Thanksgiving!

This is a stunning raffle quilt!  Going to be given away at the Sierra Vista show in March.  I had to buy six tickets for $5.  Would LOVE to win it!

Paulette and I stand in front of a quilt and have someone take our picture.  Going to miss my good buddy! :-(

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Last Quilt Guild

I was able to join my dear friend Paulette and go to Quilt Guild one last time.  It was a wonderful program, with Terri Linn Kygar!  Her technique of coloring applique with heated crayons was fascinating and her work beautiful!  Paulette bought her book, and I plan to get it later.  I love the combination of art techniques and quilting because they are both great loves of mine, so this was right up my alley.  A nice send-off from Tucson's amazing Quilt Guild as I soon approach the wonders of quilting (and photography and art) that Oregon has to offer.  In fact, Terri Linn is from a town near The Dallas, OR and has taught classes in Sisters, which is an hour from our new house!  Perhaps I can catch one of her classes!


Many of my shots didn't come out because of low light and the distance from the stage but I managed to capture a few.  The technique can be hand-washed  so the quilts done with the crayons aren't for heavy use and machine washing. 

I envisioned this poinsettia in the traditional reds for a Christmas wall-hanging or table runner.  I do like the blue, though.

A page from her book.  When I saw this, I immediately thought of my Mom's kitchen in her old house!  This would have looked amazing hanging there!
A show-and-tell piece I particularly liked! 
This quilt is being raffled to help a Women's Shelter, and I bought tickets.  Absolutely LOVE it.  So Southwestern though...should be moving away from that, but I will always enjoy it no matter where we go....

This is the Tucson Quilt Guild raffle quilt for 2018...they are designed and made up as you can see well in advance.  I already have tickets to hopefully win the 2017 quilt when the show happens in February...that one is pretty Southwestern in style.  There seems to be a theme here. :-)  But then it breaks away....

2018 is Tucson Quilt Guild's Ruby Jubilee, thus the choice of the red compass roses!

I will miss the Tucson Quilt Guild and my monthly "friend" time with Paulette (and sometimes GayNell).  I have made copious notes of every meeting I have attended, and have learned a lot!  Can't wait to see what lies ahead in Oregon....

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Last Quilt Guild Meeting and New Etsy Item

We had a great Quilt Guild Meeting earlier this month, as usual.  Our speaker was Gail Garber, a wonderful quilter, and one of the founders of Hawks Aloft, a raptor conservation group in New Mexico.  She gave a great presentation, but most of what she showed us was on overhead projector, so I don't have a lot of photos.

Took this shot of the group (albeit the backs of half our heads, about half were behind us) mostly for a memory since I am leaving in a few months,.

This was a quilt made by a group of her students, as a raffle to benefit Hawks Aloft.  I bought five raffle tickets for the December drawing...wish me luck!
Most of the quilts Gail makes are either geometrics or freeform with lots of flying geese like the one shown on the left.  She also, however, has some more realistic themes like the Navajo maiden on the right.

A week or so after the Guild Meeting I had to go into Cactus Quilts to get some template plastic, and saw this lovely quilt, so decided I would share it as well.

The template plastic is for my sunflower-bee ornaments, but I have also added a new item to the Etsy shop (to check out my shop, click on the LINK), a sunflower-bee potholder.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Baltimore Album Quilt Revolution

Our American Revolution, that is...At our last Quilt Guild meeting, Rita Verroca presented a number of Baltimore Album squares made by she and her students for a future quilt to be featured in a publication (unfortunately I did not write down the name of the book or author!) All of these wonderful American History squares are hand appliqued.....

Revolutionary War soldiers

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Washington chopping the cherry tree (Rita says, even if it didn't's part of our American folklore, and represents Washington's honesty and integrity)

Washington commissioning Betsy Ross to make the flag (another probably "never happened" event)

Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Paul Revere's ride

The Custom's House, site of secret meetings

[sorry about the hand!]  Anyway, this represents our nation.

The Liberty Bell

I've forgotten what this house was

Hamilton's Log House

First Washington Memorial (I think this is at his gravesite)

Even though this block was not made up for showing, this is a picture of the kit to make it.  I had to include it, because it is a favorite.  Monticello, Jefferson's home.