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Sound Waves, a Winner!

July 6, 2016

My older daughter Lauren likes to quilt. I love that she is interested. With her engineering skills, she really puts together a fantastic design. This quilt was entered in the Houston Quilt Guild Quilt Show, in the “First Quilt in a Show” category. It won 1st Place! Lauren designed and pieced the quilt, and I free-motion quilted it, and did the binding. I just love this quilt. I am so proud of her, as this is a fantastic piece!

 

Happy quilting . . . .

Nancy

 

Lacey River, Linen Quilt

June 29, 2016

This quilt was inspired in a workshop with Cindy Needham through Quilting Adventures (http://www.quilting-adventures.com/). The lace top was purchased in Moscow Russia, and laid on top of a batik purchased in Bali, Indonesia. I used the bouttis method to stuff yarn in the snake like, and celtic center pieces. I used 100% silk to free motion quilt the piece. Then I heavily beaded the quilt. Wow, it was a lot of work.

I entered the quilt in the Houston Quilt Guild Show, in the category, First Quilt in a Show. I was ecstatic to win 3rd.

Happy quilting . . . .

Nancy

Cambodian Girl, Portrait Quilt

June 22, 2016

Well, I finished my quilt from the Portrait Quilt Workshop. I finished it months ago, but never put it on my blog. I am really pleased with the way it turned out.

There is a story with this completed quilt. My first finished project involved sewing the four faces together, and fashioning a quilted frame around it. I entered the quilt in our guild’s quilt show in September 2015. The judges liked it, but made a couple of comments about the way I set it in the frame. I was a little upset, but then decided to take the judge’s words and listen to the comments that had merit, and ignore the rest!

Here’s the quilt:

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This little girl was selling postcards outside of a temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Our guide recommended that we not buy the cards from her, as she was a part of a child gang. We bought a set from her, as we were worried about what would happen to her if she didn’t return with money. My husband took a picture of her. I know that the issue of responsible tourism is a difficult one. It is often recommended that you don’t give children money, but items like pencils, pens, and notebooks. When a child is begging for money or trying to earn money, it is very hard to turn them down.

I took the postcards that we bought, and cut them up and sewed them into the header on the piece. I left everything with a rough edge, and sewed yard around each picture. I used Derwent Inktense pencils to color the blue and green faces. The purple and the red are done with crayon. It was heavily quilted or thread painted. I did a different background for each face.

Happy quilting ….

Nancy

 

 

Portrait Quilt Workshop

February 17, 2015

In October, the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston offered a painted portrait workshop with Maria Elkins, http://mariaelkins.com/. Maria is talented, and I encourage you to look at her website and blog. You will be blown away by her work.

The workshop was fantastic. We began with a personal photo that had a face filling the entire photo frame, or detailed enough to enlarge and print on a letter sized fabric sheet. I used a photo of a little girl outside of a temple in Cambodia. The picture on the left shows the printed picture, and the right, my drawn image. I used a purple crayon to create the image.

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Below I quilted the image. This was my first effort at quilting a face. It was kind of scary, but I think my first effort turned out reasonably well. I am currently in the process of creating 3 more images to be put together in a Warholesque quilt. I am trying to decide how to frame them and attach them together.

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Later I will show how the others are turning out, and what the final version looks like.

Happy quilting…

Nancy

Loving Life in Houston

February 12, 2015

I am loving life in Houston! This is our first tour of duty here, which is somewhat surprising with our life in the oil patch, but we are thrilled and happy to be here!

I love the music, the food, the shopping, but most of all, I love my quilting experiences. I have met a wonderful group of ladies that are so talented. I became a member of the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston (http://www.qgghouston.org) and have been so inspired! The most important thing about belonging to such a group is exposure to so many quilting methods and design. I have been able to take classes from some real textile artists and put more emphasis on design, and art-type projects. I have taken classes from Susan Carlson, Cindy Needham, Dianne Hire, Colleen Wise, Noriko Endo, Rami Kim, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison. How lucky is that? AND, I also bought a Pfaff Powerquilter 16.0. More about all of this in the future!

I worked a little bit in my garden yesterday, and couldn’t resist posting this rose!

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Happy quilting….

Nancy

Shipment Arrives!

July 25, 2013

After seven weeks living the wanderer lifestyle, our shipment arrives tomorrow. Although I appreciate that life is about the people surrounding you and your circumstances, it is nice to have your things and to make your home, a home. We have been ‘camping out’ in our new house. We have a bed, a couple of nice living room chairs, and a dining table. I bought some outdoor dishes and new pots and pans. So it has been more than enough for living.

BUT, I have had to stop myself, as I want to make it more homey. I keep wanting to buy things to set up the house. I have to remind myself, I have 347 boxes of my things coming this way! Wait to get it all, and then decide what you need, and head to the stores after that!

I really can’t wait to set up my sewing studio. It is kind of refreshing to move, review my stash, supplies, ufo’s, and start fresh!

Happy quilting . . .

Nancy

Singapore Good-byes

July 24, 2013

All good things must come to an end … we have moved from Singapore to Houston. All moves are bittersweet. Although, I am sad to leave my dear friends, I am happy for the opportunities that await in Houston. I absolutely can not wait to go the International Quilt Festival in October. What an adventure!

My sweet quilt friends in Singapore prepared friendship squares for me. The squares are beautiful and remind me of my three years spent on the other side of the world. Before we left, I quickly sewed the squares together, and look what was created ….

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Happy quilting . . .

Nancy