Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fancy-Dress Pool Party

They said dress "normally"
He thought they said "Formally!"

My Dad's sense of humor ... and free reign with Photoshop ... often renders this kind of family picture.  I sometimes wonder what future generations will think of Grandpa!
(But how about my gorgeous 87-year-old Mom standing at the top of the steps!)

Roman Squares Revisited

My friend Liz Broussard has published another beautiful quilt pattern ... a new addition to her well-known Cannibalized Series ... and I'm proud to present it here for the first time.

Turn a very easy-to-make block into something elaborate with just 2 cuts per block - 
it will stun your friends!

Scrap lovers, get out those 2 ½" strips and start sewing.  
Fabric selection is not about color, it is about value.

You'll want to use lots of different darks that yield 
a strong contrast within the block.

This pattern is written for the intermediate quilter and is meant to nudge you creatively.  You will use your quilt construction and rotary cutting skills, as well as your eagerness to try something different.  

 Your best price of $4.50 for a downloadable PDF file is available through PayPal, payable to  (Go to  It's easy and free to 
set up an account if you don't already have one.)
At PayPal, please put "Roman Squares Revisited Order" in the Subject line,
and type your full name and email address in the Message box.

If you prefer to receive a hard copy through USPS, or to use a personal check or money order, 
your cost will be $10, including shipping and handling (within the Continental U.S.)  
Please contact Liz at for mailing instructions 
of your check or money order payment, or if you have any questions.

Quilt Shops and Teachers, please contact Liz for special bulk pricing.
I love this quilt pattern, and know that it has already garnered a lot of excitement from the StashBuster Yahoo group.  Try it, I think you'll like it!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Beneath the Surface Catalog

The other day I received my catalog for the Beneath the Surface exhibit.  It's a beautiful little book, 6-3/4" square, displaying the artwork of all 37 artists who were juried into this invitational exhibit.  Each artist has a page with her artist's statement, and a facing full-page image of her fiber art.

                                                                    ( Front Cover)

(Back Cover)

The rules for entering were a 36" x 48" size (vertical orientation) created with the artist's original design, interpreting the theme of "Beneath the Surface" as desired.

The Key, 36" x 48"
Linda Teddlie Minton

The Key, detail

The Key:  A human form, viewed as if with x-ray vision; semi-submerged, revealing floating organs and cells, along with a key ... to what?

X-ray image, scanned and manipulated in Photoshop, printed on cotton fabric.  Colored with Caran d'Ache water-soluble wax pastels, machine quilted.

Beneath the Surface is presented by Dinner at Eight Artists; curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, and will be exhibited at Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California next week.  It will then travel to the Houston Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas in November.