Sunday, August 21, 2011


I just got home to Menomonee Falls from our vacation in Upper Michigan.  We stopped off up north for a couple days.  I had stopped at a few quilt shops..picked up 3 fabrics.. 2 of which were fat quarters.. I just figure I need to be a bit more frugal when it comes to buying fabric.. I need to use what I have.  At the last quilt shop i picked up 3 small spools of variegated thread.  Sooo.. I had my sewing machine, these fabrics some old wonder under and a terrible scissors.  I have a cutting mat and ruler but, no rotary cutter up north.  I decided to try and whip up a quilt for AAQI.... so I put the wonder under on the fabric with the huge flowers.  When I tried to take it off it didn't come off.. so I had to soak it in water.. then the paper came off.. and the fusible actually stayed on the fabric.  I fused the fabric flower to the yellow and black fabric.  I happen to have some batting up north too.. so I made a sandwich and started to thread paint the inside of the flower... and quilt the rest of the piece.  Since I have my old machine up north my quilting is not really up to par.    I want to add some bling to it.. or at least some beads.. this is it without the binding sewn on yet.  It was an interesting project...

And speaking of the Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative...the traveling show Heartbreak to Hope will be coming to Quilt Expo in Madison the second week of Sept.  I have a quilt called THe Unknown Spirit traveling in the exhibit.  And AAQI are in need of more quilts... to take to Houston.. so please if you can help them out and make a quilt or two.. they only take a few hours... 8"x10".... for more info please go here..

After I was looking at this piece I thought about some of the color that is missing in the flower.  That to me represents some of missing parts of someone with alzheimers.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Another Gallery Show...and My Blue Heeler "Rosie"

I have had a very busy summer.  Not much time for posting about quilting or quilting.  But, now I can tell you about my quilt that was in Knoxville in the ultimate guild challenge.  It is called My Blue Heeler "Rosie" .... I'm telling you about it because it along with the other Blues challenge quilts from Milwaukee Art Quilters is going to be in a gallery show in Plymouth, WI. which begins this friday, August 12.  Here is what the gallery press release read:

Gallery 110 North is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit on the same night, and in the same spirit, as the Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts.  Milwaukee Art Quilters ‘Sing the Blues’ opens to the public on Friday, August 12, with a reception from 5-8 pm.  The art quilts will be on display through Friday, September 30th.    
The public is invited to meet the artists during the opening reception on Friday, August 12th from 5 to 8 PM. Stay the evening and enjoy the Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts throughout historic downtown Plymouth.       

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-4 PM and Sunday, 1-4 PM.  Admission is always free.  For more information contact The Plymouth Arts Center, 920-892-8409 or visit us at