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A Cameo Role

December 5, 2011

Psssssst!   Take a little peek at the incredible Thread and Film.

That’s one of my quilts appearing with Sam and Jess Gensic, cinematographers extraordinaire!  Okay, I guess I’ll have to own up to the fact that Sam is my nephew and Jessica is his lovely bride.  They produce amazing wedding cinematography (and commercials, and some other really cool creative films!)

They were married during a really busy time in my own life when I didn’t get much time at the sewing machine, so the wedding quilt I promised them didn’t actually get completed until sometime around their fifth anniversary. (I even had to sneak in a baby quilt for them before I completed the wedding quilt!)

Thread and Film

Well, it appears that the quilt is now well-loved, and playing a cameo role in their business. Nothing makes me happier!

And please check out more of photographer Nicole Morehead’s beautiful work. She gets credit for Sam and Jess’s portraits. (And the baby portraits in her gallery are redonkulously adorable!)


Paris Inspiration

July 23, 2011

It’s fair to say that getting to know Paris takes more time than the average American vacation–it takes a lifetime!  Having only three days to spend there requires being extremely selective (and it helps if you already have a little experience getting around.) Since this trip was for my 16 year old son, we decided to do what we called “Tour des Morts” or “The Dead Guy Tour”

We focused on the gorgeous cemeteries like Montparnasse and Pere Lachaise, trying to see as many famous tombs as we could.

Pere Lachaise itself is worthy of a week of exploration, so we power-walked our way to a small selection for this trip.

We also went down into The Catacombs.

If you can get through the morbid history, the sheer volume of the bones of millions of Parisians re-entombed there, you will find a little bit of design inspiration.  I tried really hard not to see the artistry. It became easier as we walked along because we were simply overwhelmed by the place and wanted out.

So while we skipped around the city from tomb to tomb, I sought other sources of inspiration.

Like the Dome in Galleries Lafayette–circled with all of the individual designers’ retail spaces (I think I’d only need, oh, about three weeks here each season to take it all in!)

Or perhaps more appropriate for a short visit–the chocolate bar aisle (this is only a fraction of the entire chocolate display) in Lafayette Gourmet, where you can find incredible edibles.  I love big department store food!

A quick Metro ride from L’Opera to Trocadero at dusk brought us to the Eiffel Tower just in time for Friday night sparkle! Hearing the throngs of people gasp in unison as the light show began was worth having to always share the Eiffel Tower with throngs of people.

The Pantheon has a large number of famous people entombed there.  It also has gorgeous domes to inspire, should you look up.

Ditto Les Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed directly below this glorious dome:

And, of course, a quick run through The Louvre to see the highlights, including my favorites:


The Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory) is my favorite piece in the Louvre.  And check out that dirty girl Psyche . . . . she got around! That’s her with Cupid in marble, and with Hermes in Bronze.  I love how she makes Hermes’ toes curl!  We also spent a little time in Musee d’Orsay, where I got to introduce my son to Dante and Virgil in Hell by Bouguereau. No pics allowed in the galleries, but this work screams to be experienced up close, anyway.

I was unexpectedly impressed with the Musee Rodin.  Wow.  I’d never really been very interested in his work–I certainly am now.  I can’t wait to go back and stroll through the gardens a little more leisurely.

I’d like to return to sweet Hotel du Nord when I have time to ride one of their bikes along the Canal St. Martin (or maybe use Velib when the US finally gets around to having Chip and Pin credit cards–but that’s another tale) And maybe if I’m really lucky, I’ll get to plan a trip around Pour l’Amour du Fil.

Care to come along?


March 7, 2011

They’re up!  I have a little show going on at Greyhouse Coffee & Supply in West Lafayette, Indiana.

I’m glad they finally made it up there, because I was spending a little too much time with them and starting to doubt myself.  All it took was seeing them on display, and I fell in love in a whole new light.

This is the first time I have had anything on display (with the exception of the permanent installment of the West Lafayette Public Library’s Leaf Quilt) in 10 years.  It’s a little scary, but I’m really happy with the results.

My in-house graphic artist, Kiwibug, did a great job as usual on the promotional material.

Now I’m back to piecing little green hexies.  And I already have a concept for my next series work.  I might just be a quilter after all.

Poetry Slam Quilt 3

December 15, 2010

Next week, we will host our sixth annual Christmas Poetry Slam.  That doesn’t mean everyone has to recite Christmas poetry, but they do have to recite a poem–preferably from memory.  We don’t kick people out for reading off a paper, though.

Seating is limited at my house, so the kids (even the grown up kids) get big floor pillows and sprawl all over the place.  Curling up under quilts has become part of the evening, and  a few years back I set a goal for myself to have a new quilt each year for friends to cuddle up with as we enjoy the evening’s poetry.  This year makes three quilts I have finished “for the party.”  It has proven to be the only way that I make myself new quilts–but I’ve done it!   Now I just need to figure out what selection of poetry I will recite.


August 20, 2010

Hmmmm . . . that’s interesting.

See how that purple hexagon is a wee bit smaller than the green one?  The picture’s from a bit of an angle, but the margin is the same on all six sides.  When I started piecing The Life Altering Hexie Quilt, I came upon a couple of greens that were just a smidge smaller than the others.  I just assumed I must have pulled them a bit tight and bent the foundation templates (it could happen, I guess!)  I even warped a couple into the piecing after not paying close enough attention when I started setting them in.

And then I started paying close attention and realized that a good number of the purples (um, around 95% of the 150 or so that I had made) were smaller than the greens.

What the bleep happened?  I had used different printers to print the paper templates I used from Cia’s Palette throughout the process, but when I dug through the greens, there weren’t too many of the smaller ones.  The purples were made more recently than the greens–mostly in the past few months, so I know that I used our home printer for the templates.  My husband says that printing remotely on our home network could cause the print-out to scale just enough differently to cause this problem.  $#@%^&*$!!!!!  Now I have to go back to cutting and basting more purples.

On the positive side, I have made progress this week, and I’m going to have enough smaller hexies to make a little quilt.  And all of the 300 or so paper foundations I have already cut are the correct size.  Gotta go wash my mouth out with soap & dig through the pile of purples!

Have a great weekend!

Parade of School, Sewing and Stuff

August 17, 2010

It took me a couple of years, but this is my 100th post.  No time for parades.  Stuff to do.

Today is the first day of the new school year.  That includes my high school senior (who spent part of his summer building himself a fixie):

and my youngest two, whom I still teach at home:

My oldest starts her freshman year at Purdue University next week.  She already works in the IT department of The College of Science, and will be studying fine art.  My geek artist girl!  She designed my blog header.  It’s good to have an in-house graphics department!

On the sewing front, Henry’s Orange Hexie is being quilted (when I can kick Heloise off of it):

And the project I’ve begun to call The Life-Altering Hexie Quilt has moved into the Big Orange Bucket phase:

I have spent the last 18 months making over 1700 little hexies.  Most are shades of lime and chartreuse (representing almost 400 different green fabrics).  I also have grapes and saturated sky-blues.

Here’s the design I’m working from.  The background is all green, the fissure is purple, possibly moving into the blues.  I have no idea how big it will ultimately be, but I have reserved a rather large wall in my living room–whose naked, blank stare is a constant reminder to get my butt piecing so that I can get this thing done.

I spend time each day adding hexies to the design.  I’m working from the bottom of the fissure up and out.  I will ultimately add as many greens along the sides as I think work with the design.  There’s no more plan thus far.

I’ll keep posting updates on my progress.  It’s another way to keep myself motivated–along with the disapproving stare of the blank wall and the giant bucket of hexies I haul around from room to room!  When I get it all done, then I’ll throw myself a danged parade!

Orange Hex

August 8, 2010

Late-night weekend pinning session!    My Kwik Klip and I like to hang out together on weekend evenings.  We watch movies together, share a little chocolate and red wine.  And we get things done!  My youngest son’s top is officially ready to be quilted.

I have always been a big proponent of machine work.  But when things get hectic, I have found that I actually get a lot more done when I hand piece.

I can fit it into small nooks and crannies of time, it relaxes me like nothing else can, and before I know it, I have a finished top.

Poor Henry hasn’t had a new quilt since he was a baby.  Orange has always been his favorite color, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover how many different fabrics I could pull from the pile.  No hand quilting for this one, though.

Aaaaaand I’m Back!

August 22, 2009

Yes, it’s been a while since I blogged.  What a nice summer vacation.  but more about that sometime soon.

DQS7!  Here’s a little peek at what I’ve been up to:

IMG_7885I think my swapee is going to like it.  I was inspired by a little trip to Sisters, Oregon.  I was there just two days before the big outdoor show–and I couldn’t shift our trip a single bit.

I KNOW! I cried.

But there were a large number of quilts already on display inside the businesses in town, so I got to see those.  And my over-indulgent husband wasn’t satisfied with my purchases until I had been back inside The Stitchin’ Post three times buying whatever struck my fancy.

I KNOW! I cried.

I saw a number of gorgeous and inspirational quilts from Jean Wells’ book (and when I bought the book, I found ONE copy on the shelf which had been signed by Jean!):

jean_wellsAnd while my own color choices aren’t nearly as organic, it was the technique I was more interested in playing around with.  Great fun, that!

And I think I’m finally ready to blog again.

Before There Were LOL Cats

June 19, 2009

There were WTH animals!


Even in 1999 when this Philip de Leon for Alexander Henry was produced, I wondered, “What the Heck . . .?!”  I was not entiredly enamoured of this fabric, but I thought it would be worthwhile to have some for the historical kitsch factor.  I thought the fake URL’s and email addresses were too far off base to be amusing.

animals2So what if they didn’t exactly look like real URL’s.  Now that I’ve dug it out of the pile to take another look, I find that I really like this!  Take a close look at the hen-pecked rooster.  That hen is all, “What’s this on the credit card statement–$15 a month for World of Warcraft?!  Get off that thing right now and take care of these chicks!”


The cats are obviously planning their take-over of the internet.  That LOL Cat lexicon didn’t invent itself, you know!

Fiber Demons

June 5, 2009

Digging through the pile this past week found me confronting my fiber darlings and my fiber demons.  Old plans, defunct plans, “ooooh!  I need to put that at the top of the pile and get crackin’ on it” plans.  Who needs a therapist?  I just need a (metaphoric) shovel!

Back in the day, it was really tough to find fun, funky (read not calico) quality quilting fabrics.  I didn’t like living in Bland-Land.   I have always had a thing for highly-saturated colors.  Yes, there were novelty fabrics out there, but they weren’t top-shelf goods.  So what a nice surprise it was to find this little treasure from Thompson of California:


All fuschia and turquoise and cactus-y–with a lovely, silky feel.  And the coolest part is that it’s dated 1981!  I wasn’t even quilting in 1981.  1981 was about the time that my high school friends started to make fun of me for sewing.  What a shame that I let their jabs get to me and tucked away my little Singer until college.  I wish I could say that I stood up to them and kept at it.  The conformist monster in me wouldn’t let me sew for a few years, darn her!   At least I didn’t give it up forever.  I found this treasure in 1990 or so at Sew Quick in Royal Oak, Michigan.  I also got my first Bernina (“Betty”, my 1230) there around that same time.  I will never give up sewing again.